Total Pageviews

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Pure Gold - Prayer, Fasting and Mercy, Part I

In today’s blog and in a two-part post, one of the greatest preachers of the early church explains the key penitential practices of Lent: prayer, fasting, and mercy. Saint Peter Chrysologus, Early Church Father declares that prayer knocks at the door, fasting obtains, mercy receives. He shows how prayer, mercy and fasting are one, and they give life to each other.

“There are three things, my brethren, by which faith stands firm, devotion remains constant, and virtue endures. They are prayer, fasting and mercy. Prayer knocks at the door, fasting obtains, mercy receives. Prayer, mercy and fasting: these three are one, and they give life to each other.

“Fasting is the soul of prayer, mercy is the lifeblood of fasting. Let no one try to separate them; they cannot be separated. If you have only one of them or not all together, you have nothing. So if you pray, fast; if you fast, show mercy; if you want your petition to be heard, hear the petition of others. If you do not close your ear to others you open God’s ear to yourself.

“When you fast, see the fasting of others. If you want God to know that you are hungry, know that another is hungry. If you hope for mercy, show mercy. If you look for kindness, show kindness. If you want to receive, give. If you ask for yourself what you deny to others, your asking is a mockery.

“Let this be the pattern for all men when they practice mercy: show mercy to others in the same way, with the same generosity, with the same promptness, as you want others to show mercy to you.

To be contninued ...

St. Peter Chrysologus sermons were so inspiring that he was given the title "Chrysologus" (Greek for "Golden-worded) and was eventually declared a "Doctor of the Church."

VOTE -Scroll down & vote in the polls (5 days left before some close)
SUBSCRIBE -Subscribe! top, right column.
INVITE -Invite friends and family to Subscribe!

No comments: