Thursday, April 10, 2014

Chrysologus for Lent XXXVII

And so the farmer sings of a plentiful harvest and of bountiful feasting so as not to feel the toil and sweat of the plowshare which lie ahead of him; so too the soldier makes a melody about ports and profit so as not to be afraid of shipwreck or other hazards of the sea; thus the soldier repeats a refrain about booty and triumphs so as not to fear wounds nor be afraid of blows from a sword. Therefore, may the Christian await, sing, and think about the resurrection with his mind, mouth, and eyes, so that he can despise and tread underfoot all fear of death.

Sermon 118, section 2.

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