is the foremost of all excellent achievements
and the first of the commandments of the law.
If ever, then, the soul reach this goal, it will be in no need of anything else;
it will embrace that plenitude of things which are, whereby alone it seems in any way to preserve within itself the stamp of God's actual blessedness.
For the life of the Supreme Being is love,
seeing that the Beautiful is
necessarily lovable to those who recognize it,
and the Deity does recognize it, and so this recognition becomes love, that which He recognizes being essentially beautiful.
This True Beauty
the insolence of satiety cannot touch; and no satiety interrupting this continuous capacity to love the Beautiful, God's life will have its activity in lfe; which
life is thus in itself beautiful,
and is essentially of a
loving disposition towards the Beautiful."
-- St. Gregory of Nyssa