THE TWO ROADS
There are two roads, each
opposed to the other. One is broad and easy, the other hard and narrow. And
there are two guides vying with each other to attract the soul; vice
attracts the soul to the easy road and virtue to the hard road. The soul
gazes on one and then on the other.
The life of the sinner aims at
all the pleasures of the present moment; the life of the righteous aims at
The easy road, an undisciplined
way of life, leads to pleasure to be enjoyed now, not later; the way of
salvation, the narrow road, is hard in the present, but promises a beautiful
The soul is often confused in
its calculations on what to choose. If it merely looks at the present, it
will surely choose the easy way of present pleasures. If it looks at
eternity, it will choose virtue.
St. Basil the Great (PG29, 221)