42. Therefore will I speak before Thee, O Lord, what is true,
when ignorant men and infidels (for the initiating and gaining of whom
the sacraments of initiation and great works of miracles are necessary.
which we believe to be signified under the name of "fishes" and
"whales") undertake that Thy servants should be bodily refreshed,
or should be otherwise succoured for this present life, although they
may be ignorant wherefore this is to be done, and to what end; neither
do the former feed the latter, nor the latter the former; for neither
do the one perform these things through a holy and right intent, nor do
the other rejoice in the gifts of those who behold not as yet the
fruit. For on that is the mind fed wherein it is gladdened. And,
therefore, fishes and whales are not fed on such food as the earth
bringeth not forth until it had been separated and divided from the
bitterness of the waters of the sea.