Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Augustine: Happiness

“NO one is really happy merely because he has what he wants, but only if he wants things he ought to want.”

~St. Augustine: In Ps. 26, Enarr., 2, 7.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Jerome: "To be a Christian"

“TO be a Christian is the great thing, not merely to seem one. And somehow or other those please the world most who please Christ least.”

~St. Jerome: Letters, 58, 7.

On St. Augustine

“WE have ever had in communion with us Augustine of holy memory for the sake of his life and merits; never has the breath of evil suspicion tarnished his name. We have always kept him in memory as a man of such great learning that my predecessors ranked him with the foremost masters. Unanimously they held him in high esteem, for all loved him and paid him honor.”

~Pope St. Celestine I

“CATHOLICS venerate you as the restorer of the ancient faith, and while they look up to you, the heretics—an even more testimony—detest you.”

~St. Jerome: Letter to St. Augustine (No. 195 among letters of St. Augustine).

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Gregory I: Scripture

“I beg you, and meditate daily on the words of your Creator. Learn the heart of God in the words of God, that you may sigh more eagerly for things eternal, that your soul may be kindled with greater longings for heavenly joy.”
~Pope St. I: Letters, 5, 46.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Assumption of Our Lady

Assumption of the Virgin, by Andrea Del Sarto.
Oil on wood, 1526-29;
Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti), Florence.

“THE grave and death could not retain the Mother of God, who is unceasing in prayers, our stalwart hope by her protection; for as she is the Mother of Life, He Who dwelt in the ever Virgin hath taken her away unto life.” 

—Byzantine Menaea, Kontakion for the Feast. (ca. 6th cent.)

“MARY hath been taken to heaven; the angels rejoice; they praise and bless the Lord.” 

—Roman Breviary, Antiphon at Lauds for the Feast. (Liber Respons., 7th cent.)

“AS the most glorious Mother of Christ, our Savior and God and the Giver of life and immortality, has been endowed with life by Him, she has received an eternal incorruptibility of the body together with Him Who has raised her up from the tomb and has taken her up to Himself in a way known only to Him.”

Homily on the Assumption, 14. (Attr. to St. Modestus of Jerusalem; 7th cent.)

“IT was fitting that she, who had kept her virginity intact in childbirth, should keep her own body free from all corruptibility even after death. It was fitting that she, who had carried the Creator as a Child at her breast, should dwell in the divine tabernacles. It was fitting that the spouse, whom the Father had taken to Himself, should live in the divine mansions. It was fitting that she, who has seen her Son upon the Cross and who had thereby received into her heart the sword of sorrow which she had escaped in the act of giving birth to Him, should look upon Him as He sits at the right hand of the Father. It was fitting that God’s Mother should possess what belongs to her Son, and that she should be honored by every creature as the Mother and as the Handmaid of God.”

—St John of Damascus: Homily 2 on the Assumption, 14. (8th cent.)

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The Fathers on Prayer

“THOSE prayers quickly ascend to God which the merits of our works urge upon God.”
(St. Cyprian: On the Lord’s Prayer, 33.) 

“OUR Father, Who hast exhorted us to pray, Who also bringest about What Thou hast asked of us; since we live better when we pray to Thee and are better: hear me as I tremble in this darkness and reach out Thy hand to me. Hold Thy light before me and recall me from my strayings, that with Thee as my guide I may return to myself and to Thee.  Amen.”
(St. Augustine: Soliloquies, 2, 6, 9.)

“NOR should we imagine, as some do, that prolonged prayer is the same thing as ‘much-speaking’; many words are one thing; long-continued feelings of devotion quite another.”
(St. Augustine: Letters 130. (To Proba on prayer))

“HE who asks of God in faith things needful for this life is sometimes mercifully heard and sometimes mercifully not heard. For the Physician knows better than the patient what will avail for the sick man.”
(St. Prosper of Aquitaine: Sententiae ex Augustino delibatae, 212.)

“IN a single day I have prayed as many as a hundred times, and in the night almost as often.”
(St. Patrick: Confessio.)

“BUT before all things it is good to begin with prayer, as thereby giving ourselves up to and uniting ourselves with God.”
(Pseudo-Dionysius: On the Divine Names, 6, 1.)

“MEN by petitioning may merit to receive what almighty God arranged before the ages to give them.”
(Pope St. Gregory I: Morals, 35, 21.)

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Ambrose: "Abide in the Lord"

“We must needs abide in the Lord and not depart from Him. For, if the Lord be our protector and helper, we are able firmly to endure every contest; but if we neglect and forsake the Lord, we make our adversary stronger.”

~St. Ambrose: In Ps. 43 Enarr. 94.

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