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« Reply #119 on: June 02, 2013, 08:24:42 PM »

'God operates in us no great thing, unless He finds in us perfect abnegation.'

St. Peter Julian Eymard
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« Reply #120 on: June 06, 2013, 01:26:08 PM »

'O, that I had in the desert a wayfarer's shelter!'

Jeremias 9:2
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« Reply #121 on: June 10, 2013, 10:10:40 PM »

'Human efforts inevitably fail unless God helps us; while God in His providence bestows every blessing without man's assistance.

What benefits were gained from their efforts by those to whom God said: 'You sowed much and gathered little, and I blew it away out of your hands' (cf. Hag. 1:9)?

And what did the righteous lack, though they gave no thought at all for their needs?

Were not the Israelites fed in the desert for forty years, without cultivating the land? They always had enough to eat, for in a strange and miraculous way quails came in from the sea and manna fell from the sky (cf. Exod. 16), and a dry rock, when struck, gushed water (cf. Exod. 17:6); and throughout the whole forty years their clothes and shoes never wore out (cf. Deut. 8:4). What land was tilled beside the brook Kerith where Elijah hid? Did not the ravens bring him food (cf. 1 Kgs. 17:6)? And when he came to Sarepta, did not the widow, despite her desperate need, give him bread, snatching it from the mouth other own children (cf. 1 Kgs. 17:10-16)?

All this shows that we should seek holiness, not clothing, food and drink.

Strange though all these things may seem, they are by no means impossible. A man can live without eating if God so wills. For how did Elijah complete a journey of forty days with the strength received from a single meal (cf. 1 Kgs. 19:8)? And how did Moses remain on the mountain in communion with God for eighty days without tasting human food? After forty days he came down and, enraged by the image of the calf which the Israelites had made, immediately he broke the tablets of stone engraved with the Law and went back up the mountain, remaining there for another forty days; and only then, after receiving two further tablets of stone, did he go down again to the people (cf. Exod. 24:12-18; 31:18-34: 3 5).

How can the human mind explain this miracle? How did his bodily nature survive without anything to replenish its daily loss of strength? This enigma is solved by the divine Logos, when He says: 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God’ (Matt. 4:4).

Why, then, do we drag the monastic way of life down from heaven to earth, burying ourselves in material anxieties?'

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« Reply #122 on: June 10, 2013, 10:17:52 PM »

'What advantage do we gain in life from all our useless toil over worldly things? 'Is not all man's labor for the sake of his mouth' (Eccles. 6:7)?

Now, according to the Apostle (1 Tim. 6:8), 'food and raiment' are all we need to maintain our humble flesh. Why, then, as Solomon asks, do we labor endlessly 'for the wind’ (Eccles. 5:16)?

Through our anxiety about worldly things we hinder the soul from enjoying divine blessings and we bestow on the flesh greater care and comfort than are good for it.

We nourish it with what is harmful and thus make it an adversary, so that it not only wavers in battle but, because of over-indulgence, it fights vigorously against the soul, seeking honors and rewards. What in fact are the basic needs of the body that we use as a pretext when indulging an endless succession of desires? Simply bread and water.

Well, do not the springs provide running water in abundance, while bread is easily earned by those who have hands? In this way we can satisfy the needs of the body, while suffering little or no distraction. And does our clothing call for much care? Again, no - if we reject a stupid conformity to fashion, and consider only our actual needs. For what fine-spun clothing, what linen or purple or silk did the first man wear? Did not the Creator command him to wear a coat of skins and to eat herbs (cf. Gen. 3:18, 21)? Such were the limits He set to the needs of the body - far different from the civilized shamelessness of today.'

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« Reply #123 on: June 11, 2013, 06:56:20 PM »

'If none can 'scape death's dreadful dart,
If rich and poor his beck obey,
If strong, if wise, if all do smart,
Then I to 'scape shall have no way.
Oh, grant me grace, O God, that I
My life may mend, sith I must die.'

St. Robert Southwell
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« Reply #124 on: June 12, 2013, 12:39:03 AM »

The king shouted with a loud voice, " O Lord, the God of Daniel, how great You are. You alone are God"  crucifix
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« Reply #125 on: June 12, 2013, 12:29:49 PM »

How great Thou art! You alone are God!

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« Reply #126 on: June 15, 2013, 07:09:56 PM »

I have what God wished me to have, and I want no more.
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« Reply #127 on: June 16, 2013, 12:42:10 AM »

Thanks be to God.  Cheesy
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« Reply #128 on: June 16, 2013, 12:46:06 AM »

'Contrition, Peter, manifests itself in many forms of spiritual beauty. For this reason, Jeremiah says, "For these things I weep, mine eye runneth down with water." However, there are two essential kinds of contrition.  When the soul, thirsting, seeks God, at the outset it feels contrition out of fear, but afterwards out of desire.'

Pope St. Gregory the Great
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« Reply #129 on: June 16, 2013, 08:14:42 PM »

I have what God wished me to have, and I want no more.
Saint Germaine Cousin

This is so beautiful in it's simplicity, just thinking about it fills my soul with peace, this is what I'm striving for.
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« Reply #130 on: June 16, 2013, 08:26:25 PM »

Thinking about it that way I feel the same. Thank you George. Thanks be to God for His mercy on poor souls.  crucifix
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« Reply #131 on: June 16, 2013, 08:32:14 PM »

  When the soul, thirsting, seeks God, at the outset it feels contrition out of fear, but afterwards out of desire.'

Yes, and out of love. And in those moments I think, How can I delight thee Lord?

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« Reply #132 on: June 17, 2013, 02:51:12 AM »

I've been working a little on getting my mornings in better order.

It calls to mind Cain and Abel, and Abel offering the first fruits. I started thinking to myself, 'Am I offering the first fruits of the day to God, or only the remains.'


'The greater and more persistent your confidence in God, the more abundantly you will receive all that you ask.'

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« Reply #133 on: June 17, 2013, 03:08:30 AM »

'In a word, let us be all to God, all for God and all in God; and remember that He wills you to lead an exemplary life, wholly pure and angelic.'

St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, to her brother a priest
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« Reply #134 on: June 18, 2013, 07:58:43 PM »

Our Lord is continually guiding our feet out of the quagmire of preoccupation of present circumstances to the solid ground of joy and thanksgiving in the eternal life of heaven, helping us to rise again from our falls and to press forward to the fullness of the resurrection where our bodies will be glorified with Christ Jesus our Savior.
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« Reply #135 on: June 18, 2013, 08:37:09 PM »

That's one I hadn't heard before!  Grin
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