Freesoulblog - English Comments
back to the blog

july 8, 2013  (1) (0145US) 
the epistle to Diognetus

Give the good Book; there is just one! (Rev of Arès iv/11)
Let's write the perpetual Book of Good!

Livre Blanc

Unknown are the author of the epistle as well as its adressee, a Diognetus.
This now well famed apology for the Christian life in the ancient days was by chance discovered in the 15th century by the customer of a fish dealer who had wrapped up bream and mackerel in it.
It might be written between 170 and 220, but let’s make it as topical in 2013 as it was then. Here is the passage of it which describes the Christians of old.

The Christians are not different from the other men, they cannot be noted for their countries, their languages, their clothings. They do not live in cities of their own, they do not use special jargons, their way of life is not unusual in any way. It is not thanks to imagination or daydream that they have gained faith; they are no champions of any ideology, so unlike many others. They live in the cities, whether greek or barbarian, one way or another by accident of birth and they follow the local customary clothing, feeding, in short living, while signalling the principles of their spiritual republic.
So each Christian lives in his or her birthplace but like a domiciled foreigner, fulfills his or her citizenship duty, meets the service charge. Every foreign country is a birthplace and every birthplace is a foreign country to them. They get married and have children like all men on earth, but they do not forsake their newborns. They share the same table, but do not share the same bed.
They are in the flesh, but they do not live according to the flesh. They live on earth, but they are citizens of Heaven. They follow the law, but they as searchers after Good overcome the law.
They love all men and all men persecute them. They are undervalued, condemned, killed and as victims they gain Life. They are poor, but make a large number of people rich. They are short of everything ; but are crammed with the (Great) Whole. They are contempted, but their glory lies in that contempt. They are slandered, but they are justified. They are insulted, but they keep blessing. They are offended, but they keep praising. They are just good people, but are treated as villains. When punished thet are joyful like they were born to Life. The Jews fight them, the Greeks persecute them and those who hate them cannot say why they do so.
To sum up, that which the soul is in the body the Christians are in the world. The soul spreads throughout the body like the Christiane spread throughout the world. The soul dwells in the body although it does not belong to the body: likewise the Christians dwell in the world but do not belong to the world. The invisible soul is imprisoned in a visible body just as the Christian are in the world, but their piety remains invisible. The flesh hates the soul and is warring with it; the soul does not harm the flesh, but tempers its pleasures; likewise the Christians do not harm the world, but are opposed to the (unleashed) pleasures there. The soul loves the flesh which hates it, just as the Christians love those who hate them. The soul, which is immortal, lives in a mortal tent: similarly the Christians pitch their camp in the corruptible while expecting heavenly incorruptibility. The soul depends upon penitence; although the Christians are persecuted, they grow in number day by day. God has assigned to them a position so noble that they cannot desert it.

Substitute Christians for Arès Pilgrims and you will have a fine text instrumental of informing anybody that asks what we Arès Pilgrims are... or should be.
This is, I think, a good meditation in the Pilgrimage days.

copyright 2013
Add a comment

00Xxx00 145USC1

Reply :

00Xxx00  145USC2

Reply :