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Rod of the Root of Jesse

Saint Ambrose (339-397), Bishop of Milan, concurs with this image, writing: “The root is the household of the Jews, the rod is Mary, the Flower of Mary is Christ. She is rightly called a rod, for she is of royal … Continue reading

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Mindfulness of Death

the purging of impassioned thoughts from the heart embraces many of the Lord’s commandments. Continue reading

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He has scattered the proud

Great used to be the haughtiness of these demons whom He scattered, and of the devil, and of the Greek sages, as I said, and of the Pharisees and Scribes. But He put them down, Continue reading

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Learn with sincerity

It is necessary for one who wishes to be saved to seek the company of virtuous people and, as a thing much beneficial, to question them with exceeding desire … Continue reading

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Ten Thousand Monks

Practice what you preach in such a way that you don’t just give them commands, but show them by your example what to do. Continue reading

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Future Life

The end of this world is being mingled with the dawn of the future life, so that certain obscure things of this world are made known by reason of their intermingling with spiritual things. Continue reading

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The company of holy men

as if reading a clearly written book, and thus come to perceive the idleness in his way of life by contrast with their lives. Continue reading

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By the way side

All those therefore, whose mind is hard and unyielding, and so to speak, pressed together, do not “receive the divine seed: for the divine and sacred admonition finds no entrance into them… Continue reading

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Tears

If you want your virtues to be strengthened it is in floods of tears that that strengthening will come… Continue reading

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Remembering evil

if we reflect upon the evils sent against us by the demons we should be able to remain calm, knowing that God in the beginning created all things good … Continue reading

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