The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Barlaam and Ioasaph by St. John of Damascus:|
dread no poverty: joy and gladness that have no share of grief
and vexation; perpetual peace free from all hatred and love of
strife. Blessed, thrice blessed are they that are found worthy
of these enjoyments! Free from pain and free from toil is the
life that they shall live for ever, enjoying without labour all
the sweets and pleasaunee of the kingdom of God, and reigning
with Christ world without end.'
"'And who is worthy to obtain this?' asked the king. The other
answered, `All they that hold on the road that leadeth thither;
for none forbiddeth entrance, if a man but will.'
"Said the king, `And what is the way that beareth thither?' That