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Sunday, March 13, 2011

First Sunday of Lent

The First Sunday of Lent
Station at St. John Lateran

St. Gregory the Great
(540 - 12 March 604)

St. Gregory, in a famous homily delivered today
in the Stational church of St. John Lateran,
asks why Christ consented to be tempted by Satan,
and replies that He did so
in order to defeat and humble the tempter on our behalf
and to obtain for us the grace of overcoming our temptations
by the merits of His victory.
Our Lord also wished to teach us
that there is no sin in being tempted,
but only in giving way to the tempter.

1 comment:

Anne B said...

In the year 2000 I had the privilege of visiting this Basilica where lies the body of Pope St Pius V.
I recall seeing in my childhood the painting of Christ vanquishing the Tempter who appears as a black angel. May Our Lord Jesus Christ be praised for having done for us what Pope St Gregory the Great teaches us.

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