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And then the objects of human prayer are either subject to the control of Providence, or to the constraint of Fate, or to the shifts of Fortune, or to the management of Art. Providence is the work of God, Fate the work of necessity, Art the work of Man, Fortune the work of Chance. To one or other of these the stuff of life, and therefore the objects of our prayers, are assigned. But if they are in the realm of Providence, what need of prayer ? For if God exercises Providence, either He exercises it over the whole and is indifferent to the part-as kings preserve their states by law and justice but do not extend their care to the individual,-or else His providence is exhibited in individual cases. What shall we say ? Do you hold that God exercises Providence for the whole ? Then you must not trouble Him. He will not listen if you ask for something contrary to the interests of the whole. Suppose the members of the body could speak, when one of them was suffering from the surgeon's knife in the interests of the whole, should it implore surgery not to destroy it ? And will not Asclepius = reply, 'Wretched creatures, the whole body is not to perish in your individual interest : you must die that it may live' ? So too with the universe. There is a plague in Athens, an earthquake in Sparta, floods in Thessaly, an eruption on Aetna. You call their dissolution destruction. But the doctor knows the cause, ignores the prayers of the parts, and saves the whole : it is the whole for which he cares. But, you say, God also exercises His providence for the parts. May we then not pray here ? Why, that is like an invalid asking a doctor for a medicine or a food. If it is any help the doctor will give it unasked ; if it is dangerous, though asked he will not give it. So in the realm which Providence controls we should make no requests, no prayers.

Maximus then points out that it is equally useless to pray for things in the realm either of Fate, which no one can alter, or of Fortune, which is arbitrary and

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