HAPPINESS IS GAINED BY
In the first book, we spoke of
what befitted a virtuous life. . .a peaceful conscience and a calm
innocence. Just as the rising sun hides all in its brightness, virtue casts
into its shade everything that man in this world considers great and
The virtuous life, not valued
in the estimation of men of the world, is judge of itself and gives us
certainty in our own inner feeling. It is not usually the popular way of
life; it never strives for glory for the rewards of glory are
hindrances to eternal life. For those who strive for worldly glory ". .
.they have had their reward."
It belongs to a virtuous life
to do good and to fast in secret. . .showing you wish to seek your reward
from God alone and not from man. For he who seeks it from man has his
reward, but he who seeks it from God has an eternal reward.
Fittingly, therefore, has
Scriptures called the life of virtue the BLESSED LIFE and ETERNAL LIFE.
St. Ambrose: Duties
of the Clergy, Bk. II, Chap. 1