Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Words of Power. (Moments in Time)

Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Words of Power. (Moments in Time)

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One of the joys of teaching Christian history is that one gets to read great Christian sermons. Always moving and insightful, some of the sermons are also painful to read simply because they are so challenging. One can only imagine what would happen, for instance, if the sermon of St. Ambrose of Milan were preached today. You may never have heard of this sermon, but the words might ring a bell. The following section was quoted by St. Thomas Aquinas, then Vatican II and most recently by the present pope. It needs no commentary.

"What you, rich, give to the needy brings profit to yourself; for yourself too your possession is increased when it is diminished. You yourself are fed by the bread you give to the poor, because whoever has mercy on the poor is himself sustained by the fruits of his compassion. Mercy is sown on earth and sprouts in heaven; what is planted in the poor produces in front of God. …

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