“Does it please you, O God, to deliver into the hands
of these beasts the defenseless children I have nourished with your love? I
beseech you, dear Lord, protect these whom I am now unable to protect.”
--Prayer of St. Clare when her convent was under siege by Muslim attackers. Her feast was August 11th.
By acknowledging your sins strip away your former self, seduced as it is by destructive desires, and put on the new self, renewed in the likeness of its Creator....Those whose sins still cling to them like a goatskin will stand on His left because they did not approach Christ's fountain of rebirth....Wash yourself clean, so that you may hold a richer store of grace.
How lovely is thy dwelling place, o Lord of hosts! My soul longs, yea, faints for the courts of the Lord…. Blessed are the men whose strength is in thee, in whose heart are the highways to Zion….Blessed is the man who trusts in thee!(Psalm 84)
"In a psalm, instruction vies with beauty."--St. Ambrose.
The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer are sprinkled on those who have incurred defilement and they restore the holiness of their outward lives; how much more effectively the blood of Christ, who offered himself as the perfect sacrifice to God through the eternal Spirit, can purify our inner self from dead actions so that we do our service to the living God.