Augustine For Today

October 13

“It may happen that some catastrophe strikes suddenly. Our hearts throb as the earth quakes and thunder rolls round the sky. Or we are frightened by a terrifying attack or the threat of robbers lying in wait. There is terror all around and panic strikes home. Above and beyond these dreadful events, we suffer what is going on inside us and what is done to us by those with whom we live. We suffer our own bad qualities and we are obliged to suffer those of other people. No wonder that the psalmist cries out, ‘O Lord, cleanse me from my secret sins and spare me from the faults of others.’”

            Commentary on Psalm 37, 15-16