How sweet to my tongue is your promise,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!
1 On pp. 199ff.
2 GUGLIELMO AUDISIO, Lezioni di eloquenza sacra, Marietti, Torino 1858-1859. The Royal Press of Turin had published volumes II and III of this work already in 1846.
3 At the end of Epiphany, the time of Septuagesima began, followed by the Sexagesima and Quinquagesima Sundays, while with Ash Wednesday Lent began. Septuagesima therefore indicated 70 days before Easter: “During the days of the Septuagesima and Lent, the Church, our Mother, multiplies her efforts so that each of us may diligently be aware of our miseries, be actively prodded to amend our habits, and detest especially our sins cancelling them through prayer and penance; since assiduous prayer and penance for sins committed obtain for us divine help without which every good work of ours is useless and sterile.” (Pius XII, Mediator Dei, 20 November 1947)
4 “Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness.”
5 DANTE ALIGHIERI (Florence 1265 - Ravenna 1321), La Divina Commedia, Paradiso, V, 76-78: “The new and the old Testament you have / And the Pastor of the Church who guides you: / Let these be enough for your salvation.”
6 DANTE ALIGHIERI, La Divina Commedia, Paradiso, XIII, 127-129: “... the fools... / who were like swords to the Scriptures / To distort whatever right there is.”