Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Augustine Day by Day - True Priestly Service

"Clearly, there is nothing easier, more pleasureful, or more sought after than the office of bishop, priest, or deacon if this is going to be carried out lightly, amid the blandishments of flatterers. But in the eyes of God, there is nothing more miserable, more regrettable, or more worthy of condemnation.

On the other hand, provided this service is carried out as our Master commands, in the eyes of God there is no greater happiness."

-- Letter 21, 1

I expect these words will be ringing in my heart for a good while.

Prayer. Lord, you are never needy, yet you are pleased with gain. You are never covetous, yet you exact interest on all you give us.

-- Confessions 1, 4

February 22

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