Lenten Reflection, February 19

Consider attentively the tombs of the dead and seek there some small trace of their former magnificence and wealth and the pleasures they enjoyed. Tell me, where now are their ornaments and beautiful vestures? Where are their recreations and sports? Where are their companions and the multitude of their servants? The feasts and banquets, the laughter and games, the worldly joys and pleasures, all are ended now. Approach more closely to the tomb and you will see there nothing but a handful of dust and ashes, worms and rotted bones. Such is the end of the human body which has given itself to pleasure and wealth.  -St. John Chrysostom

Lenten Reflection, February 19

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