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Augustine on Psalm VIII
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ALMIGHTY God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal, through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, now and ever. Amen.
This Collect is to be repeated every day, after the other Collects in Advent, until Christmas Day.
All practices of magic or sorcery, by which one attempts to tame occult powers, so as to place them at one's service and have a supernatural power over others - even if this were for the sake of restoring their health - are gravely contrary to the virtue of religion. These practices are even more to be condemned when accompanied by the intention of harming someone, or when they have recourse to the intervention of demons. Wearing charms is also reprehensible. Spiritism often implies divination or magical practices; the Church for her part warns the faithful against it. Recourse to so-called traditional cures does not justify either the invocation of evil powers or the exploitation of another's credulity
[RC Catechism 3 2117]
The quotation above from the current Roman Catechism accurately reflects the position of the Church throughout the ages. Compare Leviticus 19:31, 20:6, and Deuteronomy 18:9-13. I hope to continue to quote ecclesiastical statements which reflect the catholic and orthodox faith supported by Scripture. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches
We are entering the season of Advent. Appointed scriptures focus on the prophesied First Coming and the promised Second Coming as we look toward the Feast of the Nativity - one of the three most important annual feasts of the Church. This marks the beginning of the major division in the liturgical year. Peter Toon wrote , "From Advent to Trinity Sunday there is a great emphasis on Dominical Holydays, and thus of the manifestation of the Lord Jesus in space and time, who he is and what he is, which are the foundation of Faith. After Trinity Sunday we enter the non-festal part of the Christian year where the emphasis is on what Jesus and his apostles teach us about the Christian life."
Augustine preaches on Psalm VIII today. I thought of this psalm not long ago when a friend sent me an enhanced photograph from the Hubble Satellite. One picture was aptly called the "Eye of God"
When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
"Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another" [St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans 14:19]
IN HOC SIGNO VINCES - TIME DEUM ET OPERARE IUSTITIAM