197. (Also in VI.i.14) The holy fathers, especially one called Squirion (or Cyrion) , were gathered together and were prophesying about the final generation [of people on earth].
“We indeed have kept the commandments of God up till now,” said Squirion.
“What about those who come after us?” some of the fathers asked.
“They will seek God and keep the commandments of God but only half as fervently,”
“And those who come after them, what will they do?”
“The people of that generation will not keep the commandments of God and will forget the precepts of God. Iniquity will then flourish, and the charity of many will grow cold (Matthew 24.12). A time of testing will come upon them and those who endure that testing will be better, and more blessed, and more commendable than us and all our fathers.”
De Vitis Patrum III, 197