Exegetic Homilies

By Saint Basil; Sister Agnes Clare C. D.P. Way | Go to book overview

HOMILY 4

The Gathering of the Waters
(ON THE HEXAEMERON)

THERE ARE SOME COMMUNITIES that feast their eyes on the manifold spectacles of conjurors from the dim morning twilight until evening itself. Nevertheless, they never have their fill of listening to soft and dissolute melodies, which undoubtedly engender in souls great impurity. Many even pronounce such people happy, because, leaving behind their business in the market or their plans for a livelihood from the arts, they pass the time of life allotted to them in all laziness and pleasure. They do not know that a theatre, flourishing with impure sights, is a common and public school of licentiousness for those who sit there, and that the elaborate melodies of the flutes and the lewd songs, sinking into the souls of the listeners, do nothing else than move them all to unseemly behavior, as they imitate the notes of the lyre or flute players. For instance, some of those who are mad with love of horses, wrangle over their horses in their sleep, unyoking the chariots and transferring the drivers, and they do not at all leave off their daytime folly even in their dreams. And we, whom the Lord, the great Wonder-worker and Craftsman, has called together for a manifestation of His works, shall we become weary in contemplating or reluctant to hear the eloquence of the Spirit? Rather, shall we not, standing around this vast and varied workshop of the divine creation, and going back in thought, each one, to the times

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • The Fathers of the Church - A New Translation *
  • The Fathers of the Church - A New Translation *
  • Exegetic Homilies *
  • Contents *
  • Introduction vii
  • Homily 1 3
  • Homily 2 21
  • Homily 3 37
  • Homily 4 55
  • Homily 5 67
  • Homily 6 83
  • Homily 7 105
  • Homily 8 117
  • Homily 9 135
  • Homily 10 151
  • Homily 11 165
  • Homily 12 181
  • Homily 13 193
  • Homily 14 213
  • Homily 15 227
  • Homily 16 247
  • Homily 17 275
  • Homily 18 297
  • Homily 19 311
  • Homily 20 333
  • Homily 21 341
  • Homily 22 351
  • Indices *
  • General Index 363
  • Index of Holy Scripture 375
  • The Fathers of the Church *
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