Sunday, July 11, 2010

A sacrifice to God is a contrite spirit

But men are hopeless creatures, and the less they concentrate on their own sins, the more interested they become in the sins of others. They seek to criticize, not to correct. Unable to excuse themselves, they are ready to accuse others.

... We should be displeased with ourselves when we commit sin, for sin is displeasing to God. Sinful though we are, let us at least be like God in this, that we are displeased at what displeases him. In some measure then you will be in harmony with God's will, because you find displeasing in yourself what is abhorrent to your Creator.

From a sermon by Saint Augustine, bishop
(An excerpt from the Office of Readings, 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Image Credit: Norman Rockwell, Gossip

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