Lenten Reflections 2014

Who Comes to the Dinner?

Augustine was preaching on the parable of the great supper (Lk 14:16-24) from which three of those invited give excuses why they can’t come, whose places are...

Paradoxes

He who feeds all was hungry; he thirsted by whom every drink was created, who spiritually is bread for the hungry and a fountain for the thirsty. He was wearied by...

Forgiving One's Enemies

I’ve told you, about daily sins, that you have to say everyday, like a daily clean-up, “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.” So what...

Crying Out the Whole Day

“Have mercy on me, Lord, for to you I have cried out the whole day” (Ps 95:3). “The whole day” it says, not just one day. By “the...

Neither Proud nor Ungrateful

“Preserve my soul because I am holy” (Ps 85: 2). I’m not sure anyone else can say those words, “I am holy,” except him who was without...

Who Is Speaking?

The Lord Jesus has raised his own to a great hope, greater than any other could be. Listen, and rejoice in hope.... Listen, I say, and consider where our hope may...

On Not Seeking Christ in a Crowd

“The man who was healed did not know who he was” from whom he heard this. For Jesus when he had done this and commanded this, “turned from him...

Freed From Time

When the fullness of time came, he also came who was to free us from time. Freed from time, we are to come to that eternity where there is no time. You’re not...

Changes of the Heart

The Lord Jesus Christ calls, and not by speaking in any tone of voice, but by crying out, that anyone who thirsts should come to him (Jn 7:37). If we are thirsty,...

The Path

“Beloved, we now are children of God, and it has not yet appeared what we shall be; we know that when it does appear, we shall be like him because we shall...

The Forgiveness of Sins

Augustine explains the Creed to those soon to be baptized: “The forgiveness of sins.” If this did not exist in the Church, there would be no hope. If...

A Man Speaking About God

Beloved, we ought to listen very carefully to things for the understanding of which we are little children ... holding to this sound rule that we rejoice as if from...
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