Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Augustine Day by Day - July 21 - The Devil's Entry: Cupidity and Fear

"Now the devil does not seduce or influence anyone unless he finds that person already somewhat similar to himself. He finds someone coveting something, and cupidity opens the door for the devil's suggestion to enter. The devil finds someone fearing something, and he advises that person to flee what is feared. By these two doors, cupidity and fear, the devil gains entry."

-- Sermon 12, 11

Prayer. Lord, you have saved my soul from the constraint of fear, so that it may serve you in the freedom of love.

-- Commentary on Psalm 30 (1), 8

July 21

"A man that avoids sin to escape hell does not fear sinning but burning." -- Augustine

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