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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Wednesday of the Twenty-second week in Ordinary Time

"The crowds were looking for him"

Commentary of the day 
Saint Augustine (354-430), Bishop of Hippo (North Africa) and Doctor of the Church 
Soliloquies, Bk.1, ch.1, § 5-6
"The crowds were looking for him"

       Now I love only you, I follow only you, I seek for only you, and I am ready to serve only you, because only you justly govern; I long to be under your rule. Command me, I beg you, and make any decree you wish, but heal and open my ears, so that I may hear your voice... 

      Take back, I entreat you, your rebellious servant, my lord, most merciful father. By now I have suffered enough punishments, I have been enslaved long enough by your enemies, whom you have under your feet, I have been battered long enough by lies. Take back your servant as I flee from these things… I know I must return to you; let your door be open to my knocking; show me how to reach you... I come to you for the very things whereby an approach can be made to you, so that I might beseech you again. For the one whom you abandon is lost forever. But you do not abandon anyone, for you are the perfect good, which no one has rightly searched for and not found. All those who rightly search for you, you have caused to search rightly for you. Make me, father, search for you, protect me from evil; and as I search, let there be nothing else for me other than you, I beg you, father.

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