Saturday, August 03, 2002

Being together with the bishop: from a letter from St. Ignatius of Antioch to St. Polycarp, while St. Ignatius was travelling to Rome to be martyred.

If anyone can remain chaste in honor of the Savior's flesh, then let him do so without boasting. For if he boasts of it, he is lost; and if he thinks himself for this reason better than the bishop, he is lost. ....... .......Let everything be done for God's honor.

Hear your bishop, that God may hear you. My life is a sacrifice for those who are obedient to the bishop, the presbyters, and the deacons; and may it be my lot to share with them in God. Work together in harmony, struggle together, run together, suffer together, rest together, rise together, as stewards, advisors, and servants of God. Seek to please him whose soldiers you are and from whom you draw your pay; let none of you prove a deserter. Let your baptism be your armor, your faith your helmet, your charity your spear, your patience your panoply. Let your good works be your deposits, so that you may draw out well-earned savings. So be patient and gentle with one another, as God is with you. May I have joy in you for ever!


If you are looking for resources to help you pray in union with your bishop in his upcoming fast on August 14th, there are helps available here, http://www.nccbuscc.org/liturgy/dop.htm .
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