Thought of the day
Friday, March 14, 2014

Friday of the First week of Lent

"Go first and be reconciled with your brother"

 Saint Caesarius of Arles (470-543), monk and Bishop
Sermons to the people, no.25 ; SC 243

"Go first and be reconciled with your brother"

In heaven there is a mercy that we attain by mercy here on earth... And there are two kinds of almsgiving: one good, the other better. The first consists in offering a morsel of bread to the poor; the other in at once forgiving the brother who has sinned against you. With our Lord's help let us hasten to put into practice these two kinds of almsgiving that we may be fit to receive eternal pardon and the true mercy that is Christ's. For he himself has said: “If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you will not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions” (Mt 6,14-15). And elsewhere the Holy Spirit cries aloud: “Should a man nourish anger against his fellows and expect healing from the Lord? Should a man refuse mercy to his fellows yet seek God's pardon for his own sins?” (Sir 28,3-4)...

Let us make haste as much as we can and for as long as we live to acquire these two kinds of alms and distribute them to others. Then, on the day of judgment, we shall be able to say with full assurance: “Give, Lord, because we have given.”

Source: © 2001-2014

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