philoxenos_of_mabbugIt is good and fitting for the truth to be declared openly, because truth is like unto light in the type of its manifestation which is for all.

For, as light has been made to shine on everything so also truth has been revealed in the world to enlighten every man, according to the words of Him Who is Truth, and Who has given the truth:

“That which I tell I tell you in the dark, speak ye in the light; and that which you hear in your ears, preach ye upon the house-tops” (Matt. 10:27).

[…] And, in the public confession before persecutors, He exhorts and urges us by His promises to declare the faith which He has delivered unto us, saying:

“Every one that shall confess Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father Who is in heaven, and before His angels…” (Matt. 10:32-33).

Such is the openness, therefore, with which Jesus Our God commands us to declare our truth, and not to be ashamed, and not to blush, and not to be acceptors of persons in authority, and not to seek to please those men who are the adversaries of truth; for he who wishes to please men cannot be a servant of Christ.

But as for him who has experienced the love of Christ, and tasted the sweetness of truth, nothing shall ever be able to diminish the ardour of his pursuit in search of the truth which he loves.

For truth is agreeable and sweet above all things; and it inflames every soul, that has tasted it rightly, to seek after it. Like the divine Apostles and the holy Martyrs, everyone who has experienced this pleasure seeks it with an unspeakable ardour.

Nothing was able to diminish the ardour of their love in the pursuit of truth:

neither fire, nor beasts, nor swords, nor the combs of executioners, nor exile from country to country, nor close confinement in dungeons, nor the insults of enemies, nor calumnies, nor injustices,

nor the inconstancy of friends, nor the defection of acquaintances, nor separation from family, nor the opposition of the whole world,

nor the onslaught of visible and invisible enemies, nor anything above or below, can separate from the love of Christ those who have tasted and perceived the truth, as St. Paul, in the ardour of this love, speaking for all those like himself, declared, saying:

“For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor powers, nor virtues, nor height, nor depth, nor things present, nor things to come, shall be able to separate me from the love of Christ (our) God” (Rom. 8:38-39).

Philoxenus of Mabbug (d. 523): Letter to the Monks.

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