Sunday, August 9, 2015

"Many passions lie hidden in our souls. They are exposed when their objects appear."

Πολλὰ πάθη ἐν ταῖς ψυχαῖς ἡμῶν κέκρυπται·  πότε δὲ ἐλέγχονται, ὅταν τὰ πράγματα ἀναφαίνωνται.

     Maximus the Confessor, Four hundred chapters on love 4.52, trans. George C. Berthold, in Maximus Confessor:  selected writings, Classics of Western spirituality (New York:  Paulist Press, 1985), 81.  Capitoli sulla carità, ed. Aldo Ceresa-Gastaldo, Verba seniorum n.s. 3 (Roma : Editrice Studium, 1963), 216; PG 90, col. .
     Is this a good translation of τὰ πράγματα?  "the things concerned"?  Or even "the actions [consequent upon them]"?

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