Let us consider the Patience of God in waiting for sinners to return. That great Servant of God, Sancia Carillo, a penitent of Blessed John of Avila, used to say that the consideration of God’s patience with sinners made her wish to build a church, and entitle it “The Patience of God.” Ah, who could ever bear with what God has borne with from you?
A brief meditation for Christians from Bishop ✠Richard Challoner for everyday of the year.
As one of the four principle basilicas of Rome and one of the seven pilgrim churches, Rome’s Cathedral of St. John, the Basilica of Our Divine Saviour is dedicated to both St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist. Its name is Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano in Italian, and it was originally built by Constantine the Great in the fourth century as the first Christian church built in the city.
There are three means of acquiring the habit of continual prayer — namely, silence, solitude and the presence of God. These were the means that the Angel suggested to St. Arsenius when he said: “If you wish to be saved, fly into solitude, observe silence, and repose in God by always keeping yourself in His presence.” We shall speak of each of these means.
The infinite Mercy of God induced Him to descend from Heaven to earth to free us from eternal death. But in order that He might not only save us, but be able to feel compassion for our miseries He willed to become man capable of suffering and similar to other men. For we have not a High-Priest who cannot have compassion on our infirmities … wherefore, it behoved him in all things to be made like unto his brethren, that he might become a merciful … High-Priest (Heb. iv. 15; ii. 17).