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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Saint Quote of the Day- Reasons for Chastisement

'Behold, the Lord is indignant and wrathful and, because you do not turn to Him, threatens. And you wonder or complain in this your obstinacy and contempt, if the rain descends rarely from above, if the earth lies neglected because of the accumulation of dust, if the barren globe with difficulty produces feeble and pallid blades of grass, if the destructive hail weakens the vines; if the overwhelming whirlwind uproots the olive, if drought stanches the spring, if a breeze spreading pestilence befouls the air, if deadly disease consumes mankind, although all these things come because of the sins that provoke them, and God is exasperated the more when such great evils avail nothing. For the same God declares in holy Scriptures in these words that these things occur either for discipline of the obstinate or for the punishment of the devil: "In vain have I struck your children; they have not received correction." And the prophet devoted and dedicated to God replies to these same words and says: "Thou has struck them and they have not grieved; thou hast bruised them and they have refused to receive correction." Behold, blows are inflicted by God and there is no fear of God. Behold stripes and scourgings from above are not lacking, and there is no trembling, no alarm. What if even such censure did not interfere with human affairs? How much greater still would the audacity of men be, if it were secure in the impunity of its crimes?'
St. Cyprian of Carthage

Proverbs 22:15
Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, and the rod of correction shall drive it away.

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