Saturday, September 03, 2022

St. Gregory: the necessity of good intentions

Saturday, September 3, 2022
    Feast of Gregory the Great, Bishop of Rome, Teacher, 604
    [Jesus:] “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!”
    —Matthew 6:22-23 (NIV)
    Many things seem to be good and yet are not, because they be not done with a good mind and intention; and therefore our Saviour saith in the Gospel, “If thy eye has naught, all thy body shall be dark.” For when the intention is wicked, all the work that follows is naught, although it seemed to be never so good.
    ... St. Gregory the Great (540?-604), The Dialogues of Saint Gregory, P. L. Warner, 1911; Arx Publishing, LLC, 2010, p. 40 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 6:22-23; 5:21-22,27-28; Gal. 5:22
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, purify my motives.
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