Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Augustine Day by Day - August 11 - Two Types of Fear

"Shall I say something about the two types of fear? There is a servile fear and there is a chaste fear. The first fears that it may suffer punishment; the other fears that it may lose justice. The chaste fear endures forever. Love does not destroy it or drive it out of us, but rather embraces it and holds on to it as its companion. We come to the Lord in order to see him face to face. Then a chaste fear preserves us."

-- Sermon on John 43, 7

Prayer. I implore you, God, you to whom faith calls us, hope leads us, and love unites us. Come to me in your mercy.

-- Soliloquies 1, 3

August 11

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