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Fourth Sunday After Easter — Homily by Fr. Ermatinger

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The Creation of Adam, Michelangelo, c. 1512

Transcription of Homily

Translation of the Epistle for the Fourth Sunday of Easter.


Dearly beloved, every best gift, and every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no change, nor shadow of alteration. For of his own will hath he begotten us by the word of truth, that we might be some beginning of his creatures. You know, my dearest brethren. And let every man be swift to hear, but slow to speak, and slow to anger. For the anger of man worketh not the justice of God. Wherefore casting away all uncleanness, and abundance of naughtiness, with meekness receive the ingrafted word, which is able to save your souls.


Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. John.

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St. Augustine, How Does Prayer Impact the Soul?

Question 037.

What effects does prayer bring about in the soul?

Prayer produces a certain conversion of the heart towards him who is already ready to give inasmuch as we are in condition to receive.  And in this conversion a purification of the interior eye is wrought in such a way that those things in the temporal order which we used to desire are excluded.  In this way the inner eye, having become pure, can withstand the pure light… but not only withstanding the light, it dwells in it too.

from St. Augustine Answers 101 Questions on Prayer by Fr. Ermatinger.


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Meet the Author

Fr. Cliff Ermatinger is a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee where he works full time as spiritual consultant and in deliverance ministry. He has a Ph.L and an STL from Regina Apostolorum in Rome. and has published 11 books.

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