My devotional this year is Day by Day with the Early Church Fathers.  The writers lived from just after Jesus’ time on earth up to about the year 750.

Some of what they say is exhortational, some couched in terms that just don’t resonate as I’d wish.  But some of what they say is spot-on applicable.  This comes from January 30th’s reading, taken from Jerome’s Letter 58 (paragraph 7).

But, somehow or other, those who please the world most please Christ the least . . .

Lord, help me to remember Who I should please, Whose approval I should seek, Who strengthens and supports me.

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