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The Way of Light

From a letter attributed to Barnabus

 
The Way of Light

Lonsider now the way of light: if any man wants to journey to his appointed home then he must put his whole heart into his work. To aid our steps on the road, illumination has been given to us as follows—love your Maker, fear your Creator, glorify Him who redeemed you from death. Be simple in heart, and rich in spirit. Shun the company of those who walk in the way of death. Hate all that is not pleasing to God, hate all hypocrisy, and never depart from the commandments of the Lord. Do not proclaim your own importance but keep a modest and humble mind. Do not seek to cover yourself in glory. Make no evil plans against your neighbor. Keep away from the sin of presumption.

Love your neighbor more than your own life. Do not kill an unborn child through abortion, nor destroy it after birth. Do not withhold your discipline from your son or your daughter but teach them the fear of God from their childhood onwards. Do not covet your neighbor’s goods or avariciously hold on to your own. Do not cultivate intimacy with the great but keep company with humble and virtuous men.

When tribulations come upon you, receive them as you would receive good things, seeing that nothing happens without God’s concurrence. Do not equivocate or speak in double meanings, for such deception is a deadly snare.

Share your goods with your neighbor and do not insist that they are yours alone—for if you are sharers in that which is incorruptible, how much more must you be sharers in that which is corruptible. Do not be in a hurry to speak, for the tongue is a deadly snare. Keep your soul as pure as you can. Do not be someone who stretches out his hands to take, but keeps them tight shut when it comes to giving. Cherish as the apple of your eye anyone who speaks to you expounds the word of the Lord.

Night and day keep the hour of judgment in mind. Seek the daily company of the people of God, either laboring by word of mouth—by going among them, exhorting them and striving to save souls by the word—or laboring with your hands to make reparation for your past sins.

Do not hesitate to give, and give without grumbling: you will discover who can be generous with his rewards. Keep the commandments you have received, adding nothing and taking nothing away. Hold evil in detestation. Make your decisions fairly and uprightly. Do not cause quarrels, but rather bring together those who are in dispute and reconcile them. Confess your own sins, and do not begin to pray with an unrepentant heart. This is the Way of Light.

—From the Epistle of Barnabus
Office of Readings, Wednesday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time

 


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