Feast of Saint Peter Damian
Scripture of the Day: Sirach 2:1–11
My son, when you come to serve the LORD,
stand in justice and fear,
prepare yourself for trials.
Be sincere of heart and steadfast,
incline your ear and receive the word of understanding,
undisturbed in time of adversity.
Wait on God, with patience, cling to him, forsake him not;
thus will you be wise in all your ways.
Accept whatever befalls you,
when sorrowful, be steadfast,
and in crushing misfortune be patient;
For in fire gold and silver are tested,
and worthy people in the crucible of humiliation.
Trust God and God will help you;
trust in him, and he will direct your way;
keep his fear and grow old therein.
You who fear the LORD, wait for his mercy,
turn not away lest you fall.
You who fear the LORD, trust him,
and your reward will not be lost.
You who fear the LORD, hope for good things,
for lasting joy and mercy.
You who fear the LORD, love him,
and your hearts will be enlightened.
Study the generations long past and understand;
has anyone hoped in the LORD and been disappointed?
Has anyone persevered in his commandments and been forsaken?
has anyone called upon him and been rebuffed?
Compassionate and merciful is the LORD;
he forgives sins, he saves in time of trouble
and he is a protector to all who seek him in truth.
Sanctifying Gifts of the Holy Spirt
continued from yesterday
- Fear is sovereign respect for God; to dread nothing as much as to offend Him by sin; fear that is the beginning of wisdom (detachment from worldly things)
- Piety is filial affection for God as our most loving Father. Inspires us to love and to respect for His sake persons and things consecrated to Him, his Blessed Mother, the saints, the Church, the Pope, our parents, superiors, country, and its rulers. Not a burdensome duty: where there is love, there is no labor.