Saint Augustine on Lent

Commenting on the Gospel for Ash Wednesday, (Matthew 6:16-22) Saint Augustine writes: "From these precepts it is evident that our every action should be directed towards the attainment of an interior life, which alone giveth true happiness. For if contrariwise we seek our reward in outward things, we shall be conformed to the fashion of this world, and thus forfeit God's promise of happiness, to wit, that we shall be conformed to the image of his Son. Such happiness, inasmuch as it concerneth inward things, is all the more certain and enduring." Indeed Lent is the time to establish or improve our interior life. We should be abstaining from worldly things in order to spend more time in spiritual things.

From the book, Lenten Instructions from the Roman Breviary.


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