THE ONE THING NECESSARY
“The one thing necessary! ‘In such sort,’ says Saint Augustine, ‘that with God we have everything, and without Him we have nothing.’
Of what use to a rich man are his gold and his fortune, if God fails him? What does it avail the monarch to wear the mantle of royalty, if he is stripped of the grace of God? Of what service to the scholar is his brilliant knowledge, if he does not know how to love God? Of what profit is it to the general to have a whole army under his command, if he himself groans under the yoke of Satan?
What did David lack after his sin? He had still his splendid gardens and magnificent palaces, the pleasures of the chase and hundred other amusements. Nevertheless, amid all these enjoyments, he found neither peace nor contentment, and his tears fell night and day. Ah! he heard a voice whispering to him: ‘Where is your God?’ And the voice added: ‘Return to your God. He alone can satisfy you.'”
– Laverty & Sons (eds), 1905