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CYRILLUS IIIEROSOLYMITANUS, A. D. 370.

Catechesi 4, de Deo. “The Provider of all future things and the most potent of all, knowing and doing whatever he wills.'

Catechesi 8. “The sons of the heretics know not the Almighty God; he is Almighty because he rules all people and has power over all things.”

EPHRÆM, A. D. 370. De Resurrectione mortuorum. “Hearing of the resurrection of the dead, let us not, brethren, despair in Christ; for all things are possible with God, and nothing is impossible with him."

BASILIUS MAGNUS, A, D. 370. Constit, Monasticorum, Cap. 2. “Abraham's servant in selfreflection said : He is God who has promised; he is the Lord of nature, and the thing cannot come to pass otherwise than as he promised. It is he that gives existence to things that could not of themselves come into existence ; he is the proprietor of all things, and he alters all things as he pleaseth.

Apud Damascenum in Parallelis, lib. 1, Cap. 80. “He upholds all things by the word of his power, he acts not in a corporal manner, and has not need of manual labor for the creation of things, but the nature of all things in existence pays voluntary obedience to him. When God wills, the order of nature is superceded; for what he wills this he can do. To will is peculiar to him, because he is good; and also to accomplish because all things are easy and obsequious to him.”

EPIPHANIUS, A. D. 380. In Ancorato. “ All things are possible to God, even to change corruptible things into incorruptibility, and to make earthly things partakers of incorruptibility. He is able of stones

to raise up children: And God is able to create upon earth the felicity of paradise.

Hæresi 77. “When he willed to display his divine power, being transfigured he showed his face as the shining sun, and his garment white as snow. For all things are possible to the omnipotent God; to show forth things that are beyond our expectation, and to transfigure senseless and inanimate things into glory and beauty ; such as the rod of Moses, and the shoes of the children of Israel.”

CYPRIANUS, A. D. 260. Epist. 81, de tribus pueris Danielis, Chapter III. Behold our God whom we worship, is able to save us from the furnace of burning fire, and to deliver us out of thy hands, O King; but if he will not, be it known to thee, O King, that we will not worship thy gods, or adore the golden statue which thou hast set up. Although they had firm faith in the truth of their saying

that God was able to deliver them from their present torture, however they would not boast nor declare it as certainbut if he will not, test the virtue of confession apart from the evidence of suffering, would be less meritorious. They added that God can do all things, but still they shewed that they were not solely desirous to be delivered on the present occasion, but that they aimed at the glory of eternal liberty and security.”

HILARIUS, A, D. 350.

Ad Psalmum 134. “God is to be praised, because he is merciful. For that he is omnipotent, it is a virtue that is natural to him ; but that he is merciful it is necessary unto us, whom the frailty of the flesh and our original condition keeps fast in sins : God doth all things he pleaseth in heaven and in earth. It is the property of God alone to do all things he pleaseth.His exclusive perfect virtue is impeded by nothing, so as not to do what he pleaseth ; and no obstacle comes in the way of him by whom all things were made ; it is the part of a nature inferior to him not to be able to do what it wishes; whilst he owes his existence to another, he lacks the virtue of omnipotence : Whilst he owes not his subsistence to himself, but to another author, he cannot do all things, since his subsistence depends on a higher power.

Lib. 12, de Trinitate. “We, preaching that Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God, should not dodge from, but refute the worldly doctrines : for when he is able to do all things, and in him God is able to do all things wisely ; neither argument frustrates his power, nor power

his reason.

It is the duty of those who preach Christ to the world, to oppose the science of the divine wisdom to the impious and imbecile arguments of the world.”

AMBROSIUS, A. D. 370. Lib. 6, Epist. 37. “Can God lie ? But he lies not, because it is impossible that God would lie. That is certainly impossible, but is it not the part of infirmity ? Certainly not. For how could he do all things if there be any one thing which he is not able to do? What then is impossible to him ? Not what is arduous to his power, but what is contrary to his nature. It is impossible to him to lie. That impossibility is not the part of infirmity, but of power and majesty."

HIERONYMUS, A, D, 390. Ad Cap. 50, Esaiæ. "Is the hand of the Lord shortened ? Against those who imagined that the Lord was not able to deliver his people from captivity, he opposes reason and the clearest proofs, that he made the Red Sea passable for his people, that he dried up the waters of the Jordan, that the rivers of Egypt ran dry, the fishes were turned into rottenness, that he caused darkness in Egypt for three days, so that the heavens appeared as if covered with a veil of darkness. He therefore was able to deliver his people from danger. Forsooth, because he said : I came, and there was not a man; I called, and there was not a man to hear ; we can say, that he who performed so many miracles, and rendered the heavens, the earth, and the seas obsequious to his will, might himself evade the cross."

CHAPTER V.

IN GOD THERE IS UNITY OF ESSENCE, TRINITY OF PER-
SONS-OF THE FATHER, AND OF THE SON, AND
OF THE HOLY GHOST; AND IN THAT DISTINC-
TION OF PERSONS, THERE IS NOTHING
GREATER, NOTHING SMALLER ; NOTH-

ING SOONER, NOTHING LATER.

Gen. 1, Verse 26. God said : Let us make man to our image and likeness.

Gen. III, 22. And God said: Behold Adam is become as one of us.

Gen. XI, 7. God said : Come let us go down, and there confound their tongue.

Gen. XVIII, 1. The Lord appeared to Abraham in the vale of Mambre, as he was sitting at the door of his tent, in the very heat of the day: and when he lifted up his eyes, there appeared to him three men standing near him ; and as soon as he saw them, he ran to meet them from the door of his tent, and adored them to the ground. And he said : Lord, if I have found favour in thy sight, &c.

Gen. XIX, 24. And the Lord rained upon Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire, from the Lord out of heaven.

Psalm XXXII, 6. By the word of the Lord the heavens were established ; and all the power of them by the spirit of his mouth.

Psalm LXVI, 8. May God, our God bless us; may God bless us ; and may all the ends of the earth fear him.

Isaiæ VI, 3. And they cried one to another, and said : Holy, holy, holy, the Lord God of hosts, all the earth is full of his glory.

Osee. I, 7. The Lord saith : I will save them by the Lord their God.

Zac. III, 2. The Lord said to Satan : and the Lord that chose Jerusalem, rebuke thee.

Matt. III, 16. Mark I, 10. Luke III, 22. And the heavens were opened to him : and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming upon him ; and behold a voice from heaven, saying : This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

Matt. XXVIII, 19. Going therefore, teach ye all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

Luke 1, 35. The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee, shall be called the Son of God.

John XIV, 16. And I will ask the Father and he shall give another Paraclete, that he may abide with you for ever, the Spirit of Truth. 26. But the Paraclete, the Holy Ghost whom the Father shall send in my name, he will teach you all things.

John XV, 26. When the Paraclete cometh, whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceedeth from the Father.

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