“Before all things, have a constant mutual charity among yourselves”

The headline comes to us from today’s Epistle for the Sunday after the Ascension.

“But before all things have a constant mutual charity among yourselves: for charity covereth a multitude of sins. Using hospitality one towards another, without murmuring.” 1Peter4:8-9

Without murmuring, indeed. Reminds me of this line from last Sunday’s Epistle:

“And if any man think himself to be religious, not bridling his tongue, but deceiving his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.” James 1:26

Terrifying, isn’t it? An unbridled tongue puts your salvation in danger. Not just blasphemy or taking our Lord’s name in vain, either. False witness, detraction, calumny. Look up the definitions if you need to.

But it doesn’t even take that much to damn yourself to Hell.

“But I say to you, that whosoever is angry with his brother, shall be in danger of the judgment. And whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council. And whosoever shall say, Thou Fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.” Matt 5:22

St. Anthony, example of obedience, pray for us
St. Anthony, star of sanctity, pray for us
St. Anthony, model of conduct, pray for us

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us

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