Monday, November 1, 2004

Augustine Day by Day - November 1 - The Holy Martyrs

"Those who spout vain words and are true Philistines do not form part of the family of Christ. 'Who can equal me? Who dares attack me?' Is not this the language of those who pride themselves on their own resources? The just will bring low all that pride. This is what martyrs did. They vanquished the wicked at the very moment when the latter appeared to be victorious."

-- Sermon 32, 4

13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. 15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. 16 Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. 17 These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.

-- Colossians 2:13-17

Prayer. Lord, you are delightful food for the pure of heart.

-- Confessions 13, 21

November 1

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