On I Jn 4.12-16
OVE, a sweet word but a sweeter act. We cannot always speak of it. For we are occupied with many things and our various occupations pull us in different directions so that our tongue is not always free to speak of love--for our tongue would not be better occupied with any other thing. But that of which we may not always speak, we may always keep alive. Just as what we sing now, Alleluia, do we always do this?1. Not in the whole space of even just one hour, but in the tiny little part of it we sing Alleluia and we are free for something else. Now Alleluia, as you already know, is "Praise God."2. He who praises God with his tongue cannot do so always; he who praises God by his character can do so always. Works of mercy, the feeling of love, the holiness of piety, the incorruptibility of chastity, the modesty of temperance, these things must always be held fast, whether we are in public or when at home, or when we are in front of men or when in a bedchamber, whether speaking or keeping quiet or doing something or at leisure: these things must always be held fast because all these____________________
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Publication information: Book title: Tractates on the Gospel of John. Volume: 5. Contributors: Augustine - Author, John W. Rettig - Translator. Publisher: Catholic University of America Press. Place of publication: Washington, DC. Publication year: 1988. Page number: 228.
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