Gregory of nyssa on virginityUploader: Anthony 8 days ago Subscribe 4115
There is another class which is enthusiastic about art and science. They therefore do not understand that all virtue is found in moderation, and that any declension to either side of it becomes a vice. Others exult over her loss, and see with malignant joy the home falling to pieces, the insolence of the servants, and the other distresses visible in such a case, of which there are plenty. This lofty state of purity is generative, and so is a kind of spiritual marriage. Then there is the memory of former days, curses on those who advised the marriage, recriminations against friends who did not stop it; blame thrown on parents whether they be alive or dead, bitter outbursts against human destiny, arraigning of the whole course of nature, complaints and accusations even against the Divine government; war within the man himself, and fighting with those who would admonish; no repugnance to the most shocking words and acts. If only, before experience comes, the results of experience could be learned, or if, when one has entered on this course, it were possible by some other means of conjecture to survey the reality, then what a crowd of deserters would run from marriage into the virgin life; what care and eagerness never to be entangled in that retentive snare, where no one knows for certain how the net galls till they have actually entered it! Indeed in them death is swallowed up by life.