Saint Thomas Aquinas

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Have We Lost the Fear of God?

It seems that we often fear everyone except the One whom we should all fear, God. This little saying from Saint Anthony of the Desert is a hard one to bear.
'Always have the fear of God before your eyes. Remember Him who grants death and life. Hate the world and all that is in it. Hate all peace that comes from the flesh. Renounce this life, that you may be alive to God. Remember that which you have promised God, for it will be required of you on the day of judgment. Suffer hunger, thirst, nakedness; be watchful and sorrowful; weep, and moan in your heart; test yourselves, to see if you are worthy of God; despise the flesh, so that you may preserve your souls.' 

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