ambrose_of_milanWhere a man’s heart is, there will be his treasure be also, for God does not refuse a good gift to those who ask.

So because God is good and especially good to those who serve him, we must cling to him and be with him with all our soul and with all our heart and with all our strength.

This we must do if we are to be in his light, and see his glory, and enjoy the grace of heavenly joy.

To this happi­ness we must lift our minds, we must be in God, and live in him and cling to him, for he is beyond all human thought and understanding and he dwells in endless peace and tran­quillity.

This peace passes all understanding, passes all perception.

This is the good which permeates everything. All of us live in it, depend on it. It has nothing above itself, but is divine.

No one is good but God alone, because the good is divine and the divine is good. So the psalmist says, When you open your hand all creatures are filled with good­ness.

Through God’s goodness all the truly good things are given to us, and among them is no mixture of evil. These are the good things that scripture promises to the faithful in the words, You shall eat the good of the land.

We are dead with Christ; in our bodies we carry the death of Christ, so that the life of Christ also may be manifested in us.

We do not live any longer our own life, but the life of Christ, the life of innocence, chastity, simplicity, and of every virtue.

We have risen with Christ; we must live in Christ; we must ascend in Christ, so that the serpent can ­no longer find our heel on earth to wound.

We must flee from here. You can flee in your mind, even though you are still held back in the body.

You can be both ­here and you can be present with the Lord if in your soul you cling to him, if in all your thoughts you walk after him, if in faith and not in outward appearance merely you follow his ways, if you fly to him; he is our refuge and our strength.

[…] We must flee like deer running to the fountains of water. The thirst which David felt, let our soul too feel.

Who is that fountain? David said, For with you is the fountain of life. My soul must say to the fountain, When shall I come and behold your face? For the fountain is God.

Ambrose of Milan (c. 337-397): On Flight from the World 6.36, 7.44, 8.45, 9.52 from the Monastic Office of Vigils, Wednesday of the Third Week in Lent, Year 1.

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