Rorate Caeli

David prevailed over the Philistine, with a sling and a stone

Praevaluitque David adversum Philisthaeum in funda et lapide, percussumque Philisthaeum interfecit. Cumque gladium non haberet in manu David, cucurrit, et stetit super Philisthaeum, et tulit gladium eius, et eduxit eum de vagina sua: et interfecit eum, praeciditque caput eius. (From the Second-Third Lessons for Tuesday in the IV Week after the Pentecost Octave, Roman Breviary - I Kings/I Samuel xvii, 50-51: "And David prevailed over the Philistine, with a sling and a stone, and he struck, and slew the Philistine. And as David had no sword in his hand, he ran, and stood over the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath, and slew him, and cut off his head. And the Philistines seeing that their champion was dead, fled away.")

[David] laid aside His armour, He took five stones: He laid aside, as we have said, the burdensome armour: He laid aside, that is, the rites of the Law, those rites of the Law which are not laid on the Gentiles, which we do not observe. For ye remember how much we read in the old Law, which we do not observe, yet understand to have been sent before, and set forth to signify somewhat; not that we cast away the Law of God, bul that we celebrate not the rites of promise, now that the promise is fulfilled. For what they promised has come. For the grace of the new covenant which was veiled under the Law, is unveiled in the Gospel.
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Armed ... with grace, and so not trusting in himself, — but in his Lord, he went forth against the proud Goliath, who vaunted himself, trusted in himself. He took one stone, he cast it, he smote his enemy in the forehead ... . He put five stones in his scrip, he hurled but one. The five Books were chosen, but unity conquered. For the fulfilment of the Law, as we mentioned a little above, is love: and the Apostle saith, 'Forbearing one another in love; endeavouring to keep unity of spirit in the bond of peace'. Then, having smitten and overthrown him, he took the enemy's sword, and with it cut off his head. This our David [i. e. Christ] also did, He overthrew the devil with his own weapons: and when his great ones, whom he had in his power, by means of whom he slew other souls, believe, they turn their tongues against the devil, and so Goliath's head is cut off with his own sword.
Saint Augustine
Enarratio in Psalmum CXLIII
[Personal recess for several days.]

9 comments:

M. A. said...

"This our David [i. e. Christ] also did, He overthrew the devil with his own weapons: and when his great ones, whom he had in his power, by means of whom he slew other souls, believe, they turn their tongues against the devil, and so Goliath's head is cut off with his own sword."
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How's this: He will overthrow the devil with his own weapons: and when his great ones, in Russia by means of whom he slew others souls, BELIEVE - as a consequence of that nation's consecration by the Holy Father - they turn their tongues against the devil, and so Goliath's head is cut off with his own sword and mankind will be given that period of peace promised by our Lady of Fatima.

Anonymous said...

Very good, M.A. View all things through the lens of Fatima.

Anonymous said...

Fatima is indeed one of the great Catholic touchstones of our time.

Danny

Anonymous said...

You've got some nerve taking a vacation, NC!

Delphina

mundabor said...

Interesting, isn't it?

No inter-religious dialogue here; no ARCIC-like meetings; no extenuating reasearch of mediations impossible to achieve; most of all, no rhetoric of peace.

Refreshing.

Mundabor

Brendan Allen said...

Reminds me of an old joke:

Priest in school asks kids; "with what weapon did David slay Goliath?"

Kid: "I know Father; it was the Axe of the Apostles."

Anonymous said...

Brendan, that was funny!

Does anyone know where the statue of Mary and Jesus on the blog site is found? It is very, very beautiful.

May the writer of this blog have a wonderful, restful vacation.

V. Double

New Catholic said...

I wish it were an actual vacation.

The image is of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (in this case, in front of the Church of Saint Nicholas, in the village of Roseto Valfortore, in Puglia/Apulia).

Anonymous said...

Thank you, New Catholic.

If you aren't having a real vacation, I am going to pray for you at Mass today that the Holy Spirit will give your soul a special rest - a special physical and spirititual restoration.

God bless you.

V. Double