OUR LORD PASSING BY
|Be of better comfort. Arise, He calleth thee (Mk 10:47)|
Image by Eustache Le Sueur: "Christ Healing the Blind Man"
Circa A.D. 1600
For there is a great mystery in this. He was passing by when the blind man cried out, but when He healed He stood still. Let this passing by of Christ make us eager to cry to Him. What is the passing by of Christ? Whatever He bore for us in time constitutes His passing. He was born: in this He has passed, for is He still being born? He grew: in this He has passed, for does He still grow? He was at His mother's breast, and does He still suck? When He was weary He slept; does He still sleep? Last of all, He was taken and loaded with chains, scourged, crowned with thorns, struck, and spit upon, hung upon a tree, put to death, pierced by a lance, and He rose again from the sepulchre; He is still passing. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of the Father; that is His permanent place. Cry to Him as much as you can; He will now enlighten you; for inasmuch as the Word was with God, He did not pass by, for He was the unchangeable God. And the Word was God, and the Word was made flesh. In His human passing the flesh did and suffered many things; the Word was immutable. The heart is enlightened in that Word itself, because in that Word itself the flesh which he took upon Himself is honoured. Take away the Word, and what is the flesh? Nothing more than the flesh of any ordinary man. But the Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us, that the flesh of Christ might be honoured. Let us therefore cry out to Him and live holy lives. . . .
Pope Benedict on St Augustine:
- On St augustine of Hippo (1)
- On St Augustine of Hippo (2)
- On St Augustine of Hippo (3)
- On St Augustine of Hippo (4)
- On St Augustine of Hippos (5)
The Confessions of St Augustine. Text at New Advent.
- Commentary on the Confessions. By Father William Most.
A Newer Translation of On the Sermon on the Mount. Online book. Use the sites zoom feature to increase text size.
Leaves From St Augustine. Online book. Excerpts from his works on many different subjects. Use the site’s zoom feature to increase text size if necessary.
St Augustine, Sex Addict to Saint. By Bishop Alban Goodier, S.J. Excerpted from his book Saints For Sinners. 13 pages.
Explanation of the Rule of St Augustine. By Hugh of St Victor.