Augustine For Today

November 10 – SAINT LEO THE GREAT

“Now is the time of mercy, for us to correct ourselves; the time for judgment has not yet come. There is space, there’s room; we have sinned, let us correct ourselves. The journey is not yet over, the day has not yet drawn to a close, we have not yet breathed our last. There is no need to despair, which is worse than anything, because on account of those human and pardonable sins, the more frequent the more trivial they are. God has established in the Church set times for requesting mercy, a daily medicine of our saying Forgive us our debts, as we too forgive our debtors; so that washing our faces with these words we may share together in the body and blood of Christ.”

Sermon 17, 5