Answers of the Great Masters of the Spiritual Life to the
Questions of Their Disciples.
Disciple: Tell me, master, how does man often
show his foolishness?
Master: The foolish
man often asks God to be merciful; when the mercy comes, he does not
accept it, as it did not come the way he wanted it, but more the way
the Divine Physician wanted it.
Disciple: What happens when he rejects God's
Master: He does things on his own and, as a
result, is thrown into confusion.
blames God for the confusion and for not extending His mercy and
ends up blaspheming God.
Disciple: How does God show His mercy?
Master: God expresses His mercy by telling us exactly what we
must do through the words of the masters of the spiritual life, like
St. Maximus the
Confessor, The Ascetical Life