Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Peter Chrysologus

Yesterday in the Offic of Readings (the first office of the day, which we say in private), there was a wonderful reading from St Peter Chrysologus, the 5th century bishop of Ravenna, about our three-fold Lenten "game plan" of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Here are some quotes:

What prayer knocks for upon a door, fasting successfully begs and mercy receives. Prayer, fasting, and mercy: these three are a unit. They give life to one another. For, fasting is the soul of prayer; and mercy is the life of fasting.

...Have this as your norm of showing mercy. Do you yourself show mercy to others in the same manner, amount, and readiness with which you desire it to be shown to yourself.

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