Our Lord Jesus Christ ... would not so strongly urge us to ask unless he were willing to give. Human laziness should be ashamed: he is more willing to give than we are to receive; he is more willing to show us mercy than we are to be freed from our misery.Erubescat humana pigritia: plus vult ille dare, quam nos accipere: plus vult ille misereri, quam nos a miseria liberari.(Augustine, Sermon 105, 1; PL 38, 619)
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.