Friday, April 8, 2016

Strive for the Crown

“Perhaps you say, Why are the wicked joyous? Why do they live in luxury? Why do they not toil with me? It is because they who have not put down their names to strive for the crown are not bound to undergo the labors of the contest. They who have not gone down into the race-course do not anoint themselves with oil nor get covered with dust. For those whom glory awaits trouble is at hand. The perfumed spectators are wont to look on, not to join in the struggle, nor to endure the heat, the dust, and the showers ...”
~St. Ambrose of Milan

I will bless the Lord at all times;
   His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul makes its boast in the Lord;
   let the humble hear and be glad.
O magnify the Lord with me,
   and let us exalt His name together.

O taste and see that the Lord is good;
   happy are those who take refuge in Him.

The Lord is near to the brokenhearted,
   and saves the crushed in spirit.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
   but the Lord rescues them from them all.

~Psalm 34: 1-3, 8, 18-19

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