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Monday, December 5, 2016

Monday of the Second week of Advent

Saint Peter Chrysologus (c.406-450), Bishop of Ravenna, Doctor of the Church Sermon 50 ; PL 52, 339

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Saint Peter Chrysologus (c.406-450), Bishop of Ravenna, Doctor of the Church Sermon 50 ; PL 52, 339

"What are you thinking in your hearts?

Thanks to the faith of others the cripple's soul would be cured before his body. “Seeing their faith,” the gospel says. Note here, my brethren, that God is not interested in what foolish people want and doesn't expect to find faith among the ignorant..., among those who conduct themselves badly. On the other hand he doesn't refuse to come to the help of others' faith. Such faith is a gift of grace, at one with God's will... In his divine goodness Christ the physician strives to draw to salvation, even in spite of themselves, those affected by sickness of soul, those whom the burden of their sins and offenses overwhelms even to delirium. Yet they don't want to submit.

O my brethren, if only we wanted to, if only we all wanted to perceive our soul's paralysis in all its depth! Then we would see that it is lying on a stretcher of sins, deprived of strength. Christ's action within us would be a source of light and we would understand that each day he sees our lack of faith, harmful as it is, that he draws us towards healing remedies and sharply presses our rebellious wills. “My son” he says, “your sins are forgiven you.”

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