St John Chrysostom on the recent controversy

Well, not quite.  But the reading from today’s Liturgy of the Hours (if you are celebrating the Virgin Martyr Catherine of Alexandria) seemed strangely apposite:

You must be as wise as serpents and innocent as doves…  The Lord therefore counselled the disciples to be not simply wise or innocent; rather he joined the two qualities so that they become a genuine virtue…  Cleverness is useless without innocence.  Do not believe that this precept is beyond your power. More than anyone else, the Lord knows the true natures of created things; he knows that moderation, not a fierce defence, beats back a fierce attack.

I thought that was particularly resonant of the current circumstances; especially the last sentence!

(I have a real soft spot for the LOTH; unlike the older breviary, its structure is quite easily comprehensible even to me and it is actually “doable” for an ordinary person in his working day.  In addition, I must say I find the selection of Scriptural and Patristic/Concilliar citations for the Office of Readings much fuller and of better quality than some of those in the older form.)


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