October 24 St. Anthony Claret

There are some who praise God for his power, some who praise him for his goodness to them, and some who praise him simply because he is good. The first is a slave, fearful on his own account. The second is mercenary and desires profit for himself. The third is a son who honors his father. Both he who is fearful and he who is greedy act for themselves. Only he who loves like a son does not seek his own. I think this text speaks of this kind of love. “The law of the Lord is spotless. It converts souls” [Ps. 19:7], for it alone can turn the mind from love of itself and the world and direct it to God. Neither fear nor love of self can convert the soul.

-St. Bernard of Clairvaux

 

Our Father

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Amen.