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On Christian Doctrine In Four Books by St. Augustine

Chapter 37. But when you have joy of a man in Godà

37. But when you have joy of a man in God, it is God rather than man that you enjoy. For you enjoy Him by whom you are made happy, and you rejoice to have come to Him in whose presence you place your hope of joy. And accordingly, Paul says to Philemon, |Yea, brother, let me have joy of thee in the Lord.| For if he had not added |in the Lord,| but had only said, |Let me have joy of thee,| he would have implied that he fixed his hope of happiness upon him, although even in the immediate context to |enjoy| is used in the sense of to |use with delight.| For when the thing that we love is near us, it is a matter of course that it should bring delight with it. And if you pass beyond this delight, and make it a means to that which you are permanently to rest in, you are using it, and it is an abuse of language to say that you enjoy it. But if you cling to it, and rest in it, finding your happiness complete in it, then you may be truly and properly said to enjoy it. And this we must never do except in the case of the Blessed Trinity, who is the Supreme and Unchangeable God.
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