I long for your salvation, Lord;
your teaching is my delight.
(Mt 15:21-28; Mk 7:24-30)
1 There is a record of an important commentary on John by St. Augustine of Hippo: the Tractatus in Ioannem (124 homilies on the Gospel and 10 on the first letter) partly spoken and partly dictated starting from the year 406 to after 418. Another important biblical commentary by Augustine are the Enarrationes in Psalmum (or in Psalmos), a theological-spiritual work founded on the mystery of the unity of Christ with the Church, the praying voice of Christus totus (the whole Christ), and on the unity of Old with the New Testament.
2 Mt 6:24,33.
3 Ps 4:3; 99/100:3.
4 Ps 121/122:1.
5 The Imitation of Christ, a work of monastic origin, gradually attributed to Gersone di Vercelli (also called Gersenio Giovanni da Cavaglià, Benedictine, abbot of Vercelli), or to Jehan de Gerson of Paris (Theologian and philosopher - Gerson, Champagne, 1363 - Lyonne 1429), or to the Augustinian Thomas à Kempis. It shows the atmosphere of the so-called devotio moderna.
6 Cf. ALPHONSUS M. DE LIGUORI, Pratica di amar Gesù Cristo, 18ª ed., San Paolo, Cinisello Balsamo 1999.
7 When the third edition of Filotea. Introduzione alla vita devota (Filotea. Introduction to the devout life) came out, the author wrote this premise: “This booklet came from my hands in the year 1608... When I quote the words of Holy Scripture, it is not always to explain them, but rather to explain myself through them, inasmuch as they are more worthy of love and respect. If God hears me, you will get benefit from it and receive many blessings.”
8 Francis was born in the castle of Thorens, in Savoy (France), to a family of ancient nobility, and died in Lyonne on 28 December 1622. He studied jurisprudence in Paris and in Padua. But in the course of his academic attendance, his theological interests became preeminent, until his choice of the priestly vocation. He became bishop of Geneva. In the course of his mission, he came to know in Dijon Jeanne Frances Frémiot de Chantal, and from the devout and affectionate correspondence with the noblewoman came about the founding of the Order of the Visitation. Declared a saint in 1665, he will be proclaimed doctor of the Church in 1877 and patron of Catholic journalists in 1923.
9 Lk 8:11.
10 Mt 13:8,23.
11 Wis 1:11.
12 Sal 42/43:4.