Tuesday, March 06, 2007


Yesterday in the Office of Reading, from the Catechetical Instruction of St. John Chrysostom, this bit of scripture was quoted:

Moses was more gentle than all who dwelt on the earth

Ok, this is the same guy that killed an Egyptian who was beating an Israelite. I take this as a confirmation that the meekness of Christ that expresses itself in gentleness (I am meek and gentle of heart) is not incompatible with justice.

so today, to continue on this thread, there is a marvelous post from Father Zuhlsdorf (WHAT DOES THE PRAYER REALLY SAY?) {]:¬)

He posts a quote from St. John Chrysostom, in his post titled "Smite him on the face"

Ibid. 1,32: But since our discourse has now turned to the subject of blasphemy, I desire to ask one favor of you all, [Anything for you, Your Excellency…] in return for this my address, and speaking with you; which is, that you will correct on my behalf the blasphemers of this city [i.e., blaspheming against God by saying that wine is evil.]. And should you hear any one in the public thoroughfare, or in the midst of the forum, blaspheming God; go up to him and rebuke him; and should it be necessary to inflict blows, spare not to do so. Smite him on the face; strike his mouth; sanctify your hand with the blow, and if any should accuse you, and drag you to the place of justice, follow them thither; and when the judge on the bench calls you to account, say boldly that the man blasphemed the King of angels! For if it be necessary to punish those who blaspheme an earthly king, much more so those who insult God. It is a common crime, a public injury; and it is lawful for every one who is willing, to bring forward an accusation. Let the Jews and Greeks learn, that the Christians are the saviours of the city; [HURRAY! And let this extend to the liturgy too, "SAVE THE LITURGY, SAVE THE WORLD"] that they are its guardians, its patrons, and its teachers. Let the dissolute and the perverse also learn this; that they must fear the servants of God too; that if at any time they are inclined to utter such a thing, they may look round every way at each other, and tremble even at their own shadows, anxious lest perchance a Christian, having heard what they said, should spring upon them and sharply chastise them.

CONCLUSIONS: If anyone tries to give you bad wine or, worse, no wine, or says anything bad about the wine you have (or don’t have) then punch him in the face right away! Moreover, make sure that Father always has very good wine at hand, so that he can give greater glory to God and have the wherewithal to serve the flock properly.

Interesting! Thank you, Fr. Z!

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