• Man is destroyed by his own free choice

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    Man is destroyed by his own free choice

    Man is destroyed by his own free choice: for out of love for some
    worldly thing he throws himself into fire, is drowned in the sea and
    gives himself into captivity. Let us suppose that someone's house or
    field has caught fire. The person who wanted to save himself fled
    without anything as soon as he noticed the fire, leaving everything in
    it and concerned only with his own life. But someone else thought he
    would take some of the goods with him, so he stayed behind to collect
    them; and as he was taking them the fire, which had already
    overwhelmed the house, caught him as well and burnt him. In this way,
    through his attachment to some transient thing, he was destroyed in
    the fire by his own free choice. Again, two men were shipwrecked. One
    of them, wanting to save himself, stripped off his clothes and threw
    himself into the water; and in this way he was able to save his life.
    The other, wanting to save his clothes as well, was drowned,
    destroying himself for the sake of a slight gain. Or again, let us
    suppose that news of an attack by an enemy was announced. One man, as
    soon as he heard the news, fled as fast as his feet would carry him,
    without a thought for his possessions. Another, either because he
    distrusted the news, or because he wanted to take with him some of his
    goods, waited until later, and when the enemy arrived he was caught.
    Thus, through his lack of alertness and his attachment to worldly
    things, he lost body and soul by his own free choice.
    --St. Symeon Metaphrastis

    September 7th – St. Sozon, Martyr

    The following is the legend of this young shepherd of Cilicia, who was originally called Tarasius and took the name of Sozon at baptism. One
    day while sleeping under a tree our Lord appeared to him, told him to
    leave his sheep, and to follow Him to death. Sozon awoke and at once
    made his way to the nearest town, Pompeiopolis, Where he found a pagan
    festival was being celebrated. He went straight into the temple of the
    god and with a mighty blow of his crook knocked down the golden image
    and broke off its hand. This hand he took and broke into further
    small pieces, which he distributed as alms among the poor. Several
    innocent persons were arrested for this, Whereupon Sozon marched into
    court and gave himself up as the true culprit.

    He was offered pardon and freedom if he would Worship the god whose
    statue he had mutilated, but Sozon mocked the idea of worshipping a
    god that could be broken by a sheep-crook. Nails were then driven,
    points upward, through the soles of his sandals and he was made thus
    to walk around the arena. As Sozon passed before the magistrate he
    pointed at his blood-stained feet and said, " I have finer red shoes
    than you ". "You are a brave fellow ", said the magistrate. "Play a
    tune on your pipe and I will let you go." But Sozon refused, saying
    that he had often piped to his sheep but would now make music only to
    God. So he was sentenced to be burned, and when night had come the
    Christians of the place collected his charred bones and gave them
    honourable burial.

    Two Greek texts preserve the alleged acts of this martyr. One has
    been edited in the Acta Sanctorum, September, vol. iii the other in
    vol. cxv of Migne, PG.

    Saint Quote:
    We do not know the number of souls that is ours to save through our
    prayers and sacrifices; therefore, let us always pray for sinners.
    --St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in my Soul

    Bible Quote:
    Put ye on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, the bowels
    of mercy, benignity, humility, modesty, patience: Bearing with one
    another and forgiving one another, if any have a complaint against
    another. Even as the Lord hath forgiven you, so do you also. (Col
    3:12-13) DRB

    The Holy Spirit

    The coming of the Spirit is gentle, his presence fragrant, his
    weight very light. Rays of light and knowledge stream before him as he approaches. The Spirit comes with the tenderness of a true friend and
    protector to save, to heal, to teach, to counsel, to strengthen, to
    console. The Spirit comes to enlighten the mind first of the one who
    receives him, and then through that person the minds of others as
    well. As light strikes the eye of those who come out of darkness into
    sunshine and enables them to see clearly things they could not discern
    before, so does light flood the souls of those counted worthy of
    receiving the Holy Spirit and enable them to see things beyond the
    range of human vision of which they had previously been ignorant.
    --St. Cyril of Jerusalem

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