Timely Advice, from the 1st Century

It is now the year of Our Lord, 2014, and there is some timely advice from St. Barnabas, Apostle (from Sunday’s Office of Readings), that’s only almost 2,000 years old:

Icon of St. Barnabas (1921), Museum St. Barnabas Salamis (Cyprus). Source: Wikimedia Commons. Author: Gerhard Haubold

Icon of St. Barnabas (1921), Museum St. Barnabas Salamis (Cyprus). Source: Wikimedia Commons. Author: Gerhard Haubold

When evil days are upon us and the worker of malice gains power, we must attend to our own souls and seek the know the ways of the Lord. In those times reverential fear and perseverance will sustain our faith, and we will find need of forebearance and self-restraint as well. Provided that we hold fast to these virtues and look to the Lord, then wisdom, understanding, knowledge and insight will make joyous company with them. (Liturgy of the Hours, Book IV, p. 57; Cap. 1, 1-8; 2, 1-5: Funk 1, 3-7). 

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