By Basil, Agnes Clare Way
The letters of St. Basil, 300 and sixty-eight in quantity, which include the main vibrant and such a lot own section of his works, supply us, might be, the clearest perception into the wealth of his wealthy and sundry genius. They have been written in the years from 357, almost immediately ahead of his retreat to the Pontus, till his demise in 378, a interval of significant unrest and persecution of the orthodox Catholic Church within the East. Their type is impressive, starting from uncomplicated pleasant greetings to profound causes of doctrine, from playful reproaches to critical denunciations of transgressions, from kindly innovations to earnest petitions for justice, from light messages of sympathy to sour lamentations over the evils inflicted upon or existent within the church buildings.
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Matt. 28. 91 Tapeini'iseos-a Byzantine title used hy SL Basil in speaking of himself. 92 Matt. 8. 93 Cf. 21. LETTERS 39 For, of these things of which we now behold the shadows, as in a mirror, later, when we have been freed from this earthy body and have put on an incorruptible and immortal one, we shall see distinctly the archetypes. But, we shall see them provided we guide our lives toward that which is right and take thought for the right faith, for without these things no one will see the Lord.
5. 69 Ps. 91. 70 Cf. Rom. 104. 71 Cf. Rom. 2. 72 Cf. \8. 36 SAINT BASIL was called from his character 'Devil,>73 since he had lost his previous state of bliss, and this adverse power had been fastened upon him. If, then, the heretic calls the Holy Spirit a creature, he represents His nature as limited. '75 But, as it seems, he does not even confess Him as simple in nature, for he calls Him one in number. And whatever is one in number, as I said, is not simple. But, if the Holy Spirit is not simple, He is composed of substance and sanctity, and as such is composite.
3. LETTERS 31 and if our Lord is not, according to the purpose of the Incarnation and to empirical knowledge,46 the ultimate end desired, then our Saviour does not know, as it seems, the end and final beatitude. But not even the angels know this, He saysj46 that is, not even the contemplation which is in them nor the principles of their services are the ultimate end desired. For, their knowledge is dim in comparison with that which the beatific vision gives. 47 Only the Father, He says, knows, since He Himself is the end and final beatitude.
Saint Basil: Letters Volume 1 (1-185) by Basil, Agnes Clare Way