Had it been a case of a trespass only, and not of subsequent corruption,
repentance would have been well enough;
but when once transgression had begun
men came under the power of the corruption proper to their nature
and were bereft of the grace which belonged to them as creatures in the Image of God.
No, repentance [alone] […]
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“The Lord is the Most High over the kingdom of men,
and will give it to whomever He will,
and set over it even objects of contempt among men.”
(Dan 4:17, OSB)
“For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh,
not many mighty, not many noble, are called.
But God has […]
“Then the whole assembly cried out with a loud voice and blessed God,
who saves those who hope in Him”
(Susanna, verse 60)
But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife.
And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all,
able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition,
if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth,
and that they may come to […]
When Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king,
He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone.
In everything we do this blessed season, let us remember these words of St. Augustine:
Wanting to be feared and loved by other people,
for no other reason than to experience a joy that is really no joy,
is a miserable life. It is just worthless showing off.
It leads to not loving God or […]
On this day, the two saints Atrasis and Yona (Junia) were martyred. Atrasis was the daughter of the pagan emperor Hadrian (117-138 A.D.).
Because of his great love for his daughter, he built a special palace where she could live and be away from people.
Atrasis always thought about the vanity of life and the […]
“I said in my prosperity, ‘I shall never be moved.’
O Lord, in Your will You gave strength to my beauty;
but You turned away Your face from me, and I became troubled.”
(Ps 29:7-8, Septuagint)