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Never tired

Let us return to the Lord. The Lord never tires of forgiving: never! We are the ones who get tired of asking forgiveness. And let us ask for the grace never to tire of asking forgiveness because he never tires of forgiving. Let us ask for this grace.

Pope Francis words in his little homily the other day reminded me of this passage in one of Augustines sermons:

Our Lord Jesus Christ, among us a seeker, with his Father a giver, surely would not exhort us to ask unless he were willing to give. We should be ashamed of our laziness: he is more willing to give than we to receive; he is more willing to show us mercy than we to be freed from our misery.

(Augustine, Sermon 105, 1; PL 38, 619)

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Rev. Joseph A. Komonchak, professor emeritus of the School of Theology and Religious Studies at the Catholic University of America, is a retired priest of the Archdiocese of New York.



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Interesting difference in tone and personality between those two passages, no? Are we morally lazy in our failure to ask for forgiveness? Or ashamed that we have to ask so often?

Jean,Yes, they're different. Augustine reminds us of our laziness and our misery, but Francis notes our striving. Granted, neither texts are complete quotations, but this is what I mean by Augustine's retaining some Manicheanism -- he sees us as needing to be reminded constantly of our failings.

Yes, quite interesting. One is pleading, the other is chiding. I think that Augustine makes being chided fun, but suspect that someone who would speak like him would not be received well today.

I remember when you first posted this a few years ago along with the beautiful Latin -- and I also thought of this yesterday during the Pope's homily. Thanks for sharing it again!

In Pope Francis' first address to the cardinals following his election, he said the following:"He, the Paraclete, is the supreme protagonist of every initiative and manifestation of faith. Its interesting and it makes me think. The Paraclete creates all the differences in the Church and seems like an apostle of Babel. On the other hand, the Paraclete unifies all these differences not making them equal but in harmony with one another. I remember a Church father who described it like this: 'Ipse harmonia est.' The Paraclete gives each one of us a different charism, and unites us in this community of the Church that adores the Father, the Son, and Him the Holy Spirit."I was struck by the language of the Paraclete as a seeming apostle of Babel. It is a wonderfully evocative (and perhaps provocative) turn of phrase. It certainly rings true in my experience.Fr. Komonchak, have you (or anyone else here) come across this phrase or idea in the writing of the Church Fathers?

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