Monday, August 09, 2010

Augustine: praise God for the body

Monday, August 9, 2010
    Feast of Mary Sumner, Founder of the Mothers’ Union, 1921
    By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
    —Hebrews 11:3 (NIV)
    If bodies please thee, praise God on occasion of them, and turn back thy love upon their Maker; lest in these things which please thee, thou displease. If souls please thee, be they loved in God: for they too are mutable, but in Him they are firmly established.
    ... St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430), Confessions [397], Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1886, IV.xi-xii, p. 70 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You are the root and origin of all things praiseworthy.
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