09 February 2013

Saint Caesarius of Arles on Mercy

Courtesy of Daily Gospel

Saint Caesarius of Arles (470-543), monk and Bishop
Sermon 25, 1 ; CCL 103, 111-112  (trans. cf Breviary Week 17, Monday)

There are two kinds of mercy, then: mercy on earth and mercy in heaven, human mercy and divine mercy. What is human mercy like? It makes you concerned for the hardship of the poor. What is divine mercy like? It forgives sinners. Whatever generosity human mercy shows during our life on earth, divine mercy repays when we reach our fatherland. In this world God is cold and hungry in all the poor, as he himself said: “As you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me” (Mt 25,40). God, then, is pleased to give from heaven, but he desires to receive on earth.

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