28 September 2011

ONE HUNDRED SIXTY-FIRST

For I love much this kind of usury, in which we engage to pay that which we owe and which enriches him who receives, without depriving him who gives.  He who dispenses spiritual treasures reaps a twofold advantage.  He is employed not only in that ministry in which he excites him who listens to advancement in virtue; but he also instructs himself while instructing others; and in animating others with the desire of perfection, he animates himself.  Thus your ardour is my advancement; and the eagerness which you testify for your salvation, is a spur to my negligence.

— Cassian, Conference XXII