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From A Sermon By Saint Peter Chrysologus,bishop: Prayer Knocks,Fasting Obtains, Mercy Receives
The Liturgy Of The Hours | 00/00/00 [5th century] | St. Peter Chrysologus

Posted on 03/05/2002 5:02:17 PM PST by Lady In Blue

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 of them 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.

Therefore, let prayer, mercy and fasting be one single plea to God on our behalf, one speech in our defense,a threefold united prayer in our favor.

Let us use fasting to make up for what we have lost by despising others.Let us offer our souls in sacrifice by means of fasting.There is nothing more pleasing that we can offer to God,as the psalmist said in prophecy:A sacrifice to God is a broken spirit;God does not despise a bruised and humbled heart.

Offer your soul to God, make him an oblation of your fasting, so that your soul may be a pure offering, a holy sacrifice,a living victim,remaining your own and at the same time made over to God.Whoever fails to give this to God will not be excused,for if you are to give him yourself you are never without the means of giving.

To make these acceptable, mercy must be added.Fasting bears no fruit unless it is watered by mercy.Fasting dries up when mercy dries up.Mercy is to fasting as rain is to the earth.However much you may cultivate your heart,clear the soil of your nature,root out vices,sow virtues, if you do not release the springs of mercy, your fasting will bear no fruit.

When you fast, if your mercy is thin your harvest will be thin;when you fast,what you pour out in mercy overflows into your barn.Therefore,do not lose by saving,but gather in by scattering.Give to the poor, and you give to yourself.You will not be allowed to keep what you have refused to give to others.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous
July 30 Saint
Peter was born in the small town of Imola, Italy. He lived in the fifth century. Bishop Cornelius of Imola educated him and ordained him a deacon. Even as a boy, Peter understood that a person is truly great only if he can control his passions and put on the spirit of Christ.
When the archbishop of Ravenna, Italy, died, Peter was appointed by Pope St. Leo the Great to succeed him. This was around 433. As a priest and bishop, St. Peter was effective. He worked hard to wipe out the paganism still practiced in his diocese. He helped his people grow in faith.
It was as a preacher that St. Peter became famous. Indeed, "Chrysologus" means "golden word." Yet his sermons or homilies were all short. He was afraid his audience would get bored. Besides that, these sermons were not especially unusual or beautiful. But St. Peter's message was more valuable than gold. He preached with such enthusiasm and fire that people listened to him breathlessly. In his sermons, St. Peter urged everyone to receive Jesus often in Holy Communion. He wanted people to realize that the Body of the Lord should be the daily food for their souls.
This good archbishop also worked for the unity of all the members of the Catholic Church. He tried to prevent people from getting confused about what Catholics believe. He also tried to keep peace. St. Peter Chrysologus died on December 2, 450, in his hometown of Imola, Italy. For his wonderful sermons, so rich in teaching, Pope Benedict XIII declared St. Peter to be a Doctor of the Church in 1729.
When we find it hard to pay attention at Mass, we can ask St. Peter Chrysologus to be near us. He will help us receive the sermon with loving hearts. He will also help us prepare our hearts for Holy Communion.

1 posted on 03/05/2002 5:02:17 PM PST by Lady In Blue
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To: Lady In Blue
Well said, and thanks for the post. Along the lines of mercy, I offer the Gospel for Evening Paryer (Episcopal Church) for today (Tuesday in the week of the thrid Sunday of Lent)

Matthew 18
21 Then Peter came up and said to him, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?"
22 Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.
23 "Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants.
24 When he began the reckoning, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents;
25 and as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made.
26 So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, 'Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.'
27 And out of pity for him the lord of that servant released him and forgave him the debt.
28 But that same servant, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat he said, 'Pay what you owe.'
29 So his fellow servant fell down and besought him, 'Have patience with me, and I will pay you.'
30 He refused and went and put him in prison till he should pay the debt.
31 When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place.
32 Then his lord summoned him and said to him, 'You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you besought me;
33 and should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?'
34 And in anger his lord delivered him to the jailers, till he should pay all his debt.
35 So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart."

2 posted on 03/05/2002 5:57:15 PM PST by Martin Tell
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To: Martin Tell
Oops. "Paryer" should be "Prayer" (memo to self: ALWAYS spell check!). And in fact the gospel reading is for the Mass, not Evening Prayer.
3 posted on 03/05/2002 6:00:01 PM PST by Martin Tell
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To: Lady In Blue
Wow! great stuff Lady in Blue.

Thank you very much for posting this.

4 posted on 03/05/2002 6:07:23 PM PST by Diago
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To: Martin Tell
5 posted on 03/05/2002 9:00:21 PM PST by Lady In Blue
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To: Diago
You're welcome,Diago.I read it this morning and I thought it was just wonderful!
6 posted on 03/05/2002 9:01:19 PM PST by Lady In Blue
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To: Lady In Blue
Thanks for posting. Good for Lent.
7 posted on 03/10/2002 1:39:58 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
You're welcome,nickcarraway!
8 posted on 03/10/2002 4:27:53 PM PST by Lady In Blue
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To: Lady In Blue

BTTT on July 30, 2004, Feast Day of St. Peter Chrysologus.

9 posted on 07/30/2004 8:40:14 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: father_elijah; nickcarraway; SMEDLEYBUTLER; Siobhan; Lady In Blue; attagirl; goldenstategirl; ...
Saint of the Day Ping!

Please notify me via FReepmail if you would like to be added to or taken off the Saint of the Day Ping List.

10 posted on 07/30/2004 9:04:18 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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11 posted on 07/30/2004 9:45:15 AM PDT by Cap'n Crunch
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To: Salvation
Thanks for the PING...
12 posted on 07/30/2004 2:26:46 PM PDT by Smartass ( BUSH & CHENEY IN 2004 - Si vis pacem, para bellum - Por el dedo de Dios se escribió.)
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To: Lady In Blue
American Catholic’s Saint of the Day

July 30, 2007
St. Peter Chrysologus

A man who vigorously pursues a goal may produce results far beyond his expectations and his intentions. Thus it was with Peter of the Golden Words, as he was called, who as a young man became bishop of Ravenna, the capital of the empire in the West.

At the time there were abuses and vestiges of paganism evident in his diocese, and these he was determined to battle and overcome. His principal weapon was the short sermon, and many of them have come down to us. They do not contain great originality of thought. They are, however, full of moral applications, sound in doctrine and historically significant in that they reveal Christian life in fifth-century Ravenna. So authentic were the contents of his sermons that, some 13 centuries later, he was declared a doctor of the Church by Pope Benedict XIII. He who had earnestly sought to teach and motivate his own flock was recognized as a teacher of the universal Church.

In addition to his zeal in the exercise of his office, Peter Chrysologus was distinguished by a fierce loyalty to the Church, not only in its teaching, but in its authority as well. He looked upon learning not as a mere opportunity but as an obligation for all, both as a development of God-given faculties and as a solid support for the worship of God.

Some time before his death, St. Peter returned to Imola, his birthplace, where he died around A.D. 450.


Quite likely, it was St. Peter Chrysologus’s attitude toward learning that gave substance to his exhortations. Next to virtue, learning, in his view, was the greatest improver of the human mind and the support of true religion. Ignorance is not a virtue, nor is anti-intellectualism. Knowledge is neither more nor less a source of pride than physical, administrative or financial prowess. To be fully human is to expand our knowledge—whether sacred or secular—according to our talent and opportunity.

13 posted on 07/30/2007 8:48:24 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Lady In Blue
St. Peter Chrysologus, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

Saint Peter Chrysologus
Optional Memorial
Bishop and Doctor of the Church
July 30th

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(406-450) As Bishop of Ravenna, Italy, he was famous for his outstanding skill in preaching (thus the nickname Chrysologus, or "the golden-worded"), for his charities, and for his writings.

Source: Daily Roman Missal, Edited by Rev. James Socías, Midwest Theological Forum, Chicago, Illinois ©2003

You made Peter Chrysologus
an outstanding preacher of your incarnate Word.
May the prayers of St. Peter help us to cherish
the mystery of our salvation
and make its meaning clear in our love for others.

Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

First Reading: Ephesians 3:8-12
To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make all men see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things; that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places. This was according to the eternal purpose which he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and confidence of access through our faith in him.

Gospel Reading: Luke 6:43-45
"For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit; for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thorns, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. The good man out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil man out of his evil treasure produces evil; for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

14 posted on 07/30/2008 10:55:44 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Lady In Blue
From a sermon by Saint Peter Chrysologus, bishop
The sacrament of Christ's incarnation
A virgin conceived, bore a son, and yet remained a virgin. This is no common occurrence, but a sign; no reason here, but God’s power, for he is the cause, and not nature. It is a special event, not shared by others; it is divine, not human. Christ’s birth was not necessity, but an expression of omnipotence, a sacrament of piety for the redemption of men. He who made man without generation from pure clay made man again and was born from a pure body. The hand that assumed clay to make our flesh deigned to assume a body for our salvation. That the Creator is in his creature and God is in the flesh brings dignity to man without dishonour to him who made him.
  Why then, man, are you so worthless in your own eyes and yet so precious to God? Why render yourself such dishonour when you are honoured by him? Why do you ask how you were created and do not seek to know why you were made? Was not this entire visible universe made for your dwelling? It was for you that the light dispelled the overshadowing gloom; for your sake was the night regulated and the day measured, and for you were the heavens embellished with the varying brilliance of the sun, the moon and the stars. The earth was adorned with flowers, groves and fruit; and the constant marvellous variety of lovely living things was created in the air, the fields, and the seas for you, lest sad solitude destroy the joy of God’s new creation. And the Creator still works to devise things that can add to your glory. He has made you in his image that you might in your person make the invisible Creator present on earth; he has made you his legate, so that the vast empire of the world might have the Lord’s representative. Then in his mercy God assumed what he made in you; he wanted now to be truly manifest in man, just as he had wished to be revealed in man as in an image. Now he would be in reality what he had submitted to be in symbol.
  And so Christ is born that by his birth he might restore our nature. He became a child, was fed, and grew that he might inaugurate the one perfect age to remain for ever as he had created it. He supports man that man might no longer fall. And the creature he had formed of earth he now makes heavenly; and what he had endowed with a human soul he now vivifies to become a heavenly spirit. In this way he fully raised man to God, and left in him neither sin, nor death, nor travail, nor pain, nor anything earthly, with the grace of our Lord Christ Jesus, who lives and reigns with the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and for ever, for all the ages of eternity. Amen.

15 posted on 07/30/2009 8:30:05 AM PDT by Salvation (With God all things are possible.)
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