January 16, 2009

St. Peter Chrysologus’ Wisdom

reposted from Friday, August 24th, 2007
St. Peter Chrysologus
St. Peter Chrysologus of Italy. Feast day: July 30.

This quote arrived in my email at the end of last month. And I’d forgotten I started this blog entry then. So let me finish it now. First the quote:

Anyone who wishes to frolic with the devil cannot rejoice with Christ. - Saint Peter Chrysologus (406-450)

Perfect in its simplicity. Succinct and precise. Either you get closer to God or you move away from God and move closer to the world and all its vain allures, and all its empty promises — and everyone knows those vain promises of (fleeting) happiness brought by sin can only come from the devil.

Monday, July 30 is the feast day of St. Peter Chrysologus, who was an archbishop in Italy, and a doctor of the church, and was known for his short homilies because (it was said) he was afraid of boring the people.

And I wouldn’t have known of this quote had it not been for the wonderful work of the Good News Ministries that sends out 2 daily email messages: Today’s Blessing which is a quote by a saint, and Daily Reflections on the Mass readings for the day. Get those 2 emails in your inbox everyday, I implore you. Stop frolicking with the enemy.

LINK: Good News Ministries
LINK: Wikipedia entry on Saint Peter Chrysologus

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