Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Old Testament Psalms

In the Book of Psalms there is profit for all, with healing power for our salvation... All with eyes to see can discover in it a complete gymnasium for the soul, a stadium for all the virtues, equipped for every kind of exercise; it is for each to choose the kind each judges best to help gain the prize....

If you want to study the power of the law, which is summed up in the bond of charity (“Who loves their neighbor has fulfilled the law”), you may read in the psalms of the great love with which one person faced serious dangers singlehandedly in order to remove the shame of the whole people. You will find the glory of charity more than a match for the parade of power.

— Ambrose of Milan (397)
Commentary on the Psalms

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