The Man of Justice
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Vetus Tagline Wrote:  "So you also, when you shall have done all these things that are commanded you, say: We are unprofitable servants; we have done that which we ought to do." (Luke 17:10)

We are "unprofitable servants" because our service is of no profit to our Divine Master; and He justly claims it as our bounden duty. But though we are unprofitable to Him, our serving Him is not unprofitable to us; for He is pleased to give by His grace a value to our good works, which, in consequence of His promise, entitles them to an eternal reward.

An excellent tag line from Vetus.  It has an Augustinian feel to it.    Anyhow, more Pieper.

It is the man of justice, the just man, who gives to each what he deserves, who is most keenly aware of a certain fact:  That we can never repay the Lord.  How can we?  We were saved, and we did nothing to earn it, and we can never make recompense.  How then to consider it?

First we must recognize WHAT it is.  It is a Gift.  The First Christmas present (as the title of the movie), a baby.  And more, it was Love.

So we must be grateful.  And we must remember -- perhaps looking upon a crucifix and remembering at what huge price your salvation was purchased, focusing on the Consecration at Mass.  And pondering Our Lady of Sorrows, and what she agreed to so that you could be saved.
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(08-14-2010, 09:15 PM)James02 Wrote:
Vetus Tagline Wrote:  "So you also, when you shall have done all these things that are commanded you, say: We are unprofitable servants; we have done that which we ought to do." (Luke 17:10)

We are "unprofitable servants" because our service is of no profit to our Divine Master; and He justly claims it as our bounden duty. But though we are unprofitable to Him, our serving Him is not unprofitable to us; for He is pleased to give by His grace a value to our good works, which, in consequence of His promise, entitles them to an eternal reward.

An excellent tag line from Vetus.  It has an Augustinian feel to it.    Anyhow, more Pieper.

It is the man of justice, the just man, who gives to each what he deserves, who is most keenly aware of a certain fact:  That we can never repay the Lord.  How can we?  We were saved, and we did nothing to earn it, and we can never make recompense.  How then to consider it?

First we must recognize WHAT it is.  It is a Gift.  The First Christmas present (as the title of the movie), a baby.  And more, it was Love.

So we must be grateful.  And we must remember -- perhaps looking upon a crucifix and remembering at what huge price your salvation was purchased, focusing on the Consecration at Mass.  And pondering Our Lady of Sorrows, and what she agreed to so that you could be saved.

Amen
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(08-15-2010, 12:38 AM)DeVille Wrote:
(08-14-2010, 09:15 PM)James02 Wrote:
Vetus Tagline Wrote:  "So you also, when you shall have done all these things that are commanded you, say: We are unprofitable servants; we have done that which we ought to do." (Luke 17:10)

We are "unprofitable servants" because our service is of no profit to our Divine Master; and He justly claims it as our bounden duty. But though we are unprofitable to Him, our serving Him is not unprofitable to us; for He is pleased to give by His grace a value to our good works, which, in consequence of His promise, entitles them to an eternal reward.

An excellent tag line from Vetus.  It has an Augustinian feel to it.    Anyhow, more Pieper.

It is the man of justice, the just man, who gives to each what he deserves, who is most keenly aware of a certain fact:  That we can never repay the Lord.  How can we?  We were saved, and we did nothing to earn it, and we can never make recompense.  How then to consider it?

First we must recognize WHAT it is.  It is a Gift.  The First Christmas present (as the title of the movie), a baby.  And more, it was Love.

So we must be grateful.  And we must remember -- perhaps looking upon a crucifix and remembering at what huge price your salvation was purchased, focusing on the Consecration at Mass.  And pondering Our Lady of Sorrows, and what she agreed to so that you could be saved.

Amen

Nice post.  So very Anselmian of you.
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