De Contemptu Mundi

”Eucherius was bishop of Lyons from around 434 till his death in 449. His most famous work, “De Contemptu Mundi” (“On Contempt for the World”) has enough nuggets for the devotional prospector.
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Eucherius advocated the ascetic lifestyle of the Egyptian hermits, but remained connected to a life of learning and active service. “On Contempt For the World” has much more to say on loving God than it does on bodily mortification. The theme of this epistle to Valerian is essentially 1 John 2:15 – to love not this world.
Mundi
For Eucherius, that meant a two-pronged approach: seeing the pain and inferiority of a life lived for this world alone, and meditating on the far greater reward that is God Himself and Heaven.
“And indeed I know not which should soonest or most effectually incite us to a pious care of life eternal, either the blessings which are promised us in that state of glory, or the miseries which we feel in this present life. Those from above most lovingly invite and call upon us; these below most rudely and importunately would expell hence.””
http://www.thechristianblogger.com/invitation-to-the-devotional-classics-de-contemptu-mundi/
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For Eucherius, see further:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eucherius_of_Lyon
http://www.ccel.org/ccel/eucherius
http://www.bartleby.com/210/11/162.html

For the text of “On Contempt For the World” on-line, see: http://www.ccel.org/ccel/eucherius/contempt.html

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