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Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Vol. III:
Moral Treatises of St. Augustin: Section 36

Early Church Fathers  Index     

36. Let them hear Thee, and let them come to Thee, and let them learn of Thee to be meek and lowly, who seek Thy Mercy and Truth, by living unto Thee, unto Thee, not unto themselves. Let him hear this, laboring and laden, who is weighed down by his burthen, so as not to dare to lift up his eyes to heaven, that sinner beating his breast, and drawing near from afar. 2123 Let him hear, the centurion, not worthy that Thou shouldest enter under his roof. 2124 Let him hear, Zaccheus, chief of publicans, restoring fourfold the gains of damnable sins. 2125 Let her hear, the woman in the city a sinner, by so much the more full of tears at Thy feet, the more alien she had been from Thy steps. 2126 Let them hear, the harlots and publicans, who enter into the kingdom of heaven before the Scribes and Pharisees. 2127 Let them hear, every kind of such ones, feastings with whom were cast in Thy teeth as a charge, forsooth, as though by whole persons who sought not a physician, whereas Thou camest not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. 2128 All these, when they are converted unto Thee, easily grow meek, and are humbled before Thee, mindful of their own most unrighteous life, and of Thy most indulgent mercy, in that, “where sin hath abounded, grace hath abounded more.” 2129


Footnotes

430:2123

Luke 18.13Luke xviii. 13

430:2124

Matt. 8.8

430:2125

Luke 19.2-8Luke xix. 2-8

430:2126

Luke 7:37, 38Luke 7:37, 38

430:2127

Matt. 21.31

430:2128

Matt. 9.11-13. [See R.V.]

430:2129

Rom. 5.20Rom. v. 20


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