Today’s Reflection January 16

The study of inspired Scripture is the primary way to learn what our duty is in life. In it, we find not only instruction about conduct, but also accounts of the lives of blessed men and women. . .If we devote  ourselves  to imitating  these  saints, then no matter which virtue we may feel  ourselves  lacking, we can find in Scripture, as if in a medical clinic, the proper  medicine  for our  particular  ailment. . .We’re  taught endurance by Job. He remained the  same when  the circumstances  of life  began to turn  against him. In one moment,  he  was  plunged  from  wealth  into poverty,  and  from  being  the  father  of beautiful  children  into  a  childless  man.  He  kept  the right  attitude in  his soul  all through these changes without being crushed. He wasn’t even stirred to anger against the friends who came to comfort him, but ended up trampling on  him  and  making  his  troubles  worse.  When  artists  paint  by  imitating  another  artist’s  work,  they  must  constantly  look  at  the  model, doing  their best  to transfer its features to their own work. in the same way, those who seek to perfect  themselves  in every  form of moral  excellence  must keep their eyes focused on  the  lives  of the saints. . .In this way, they can make the saints’ virtue their own by imitation.

– St. Basil the Great

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