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« Reply #187 on: May 12, 2012, 12:50:08 AM »

It reminds me of 'what you do for the least' . . .

A cup of water. . .

'"Like a tree planted by streams of water," [Ps. 1:3] the soul is irrigated by the Holy Scriptures and acquires vigour, produces tasty fruit, namely, true faith, and is beautified with a thousand green leaves, namely, actions that please God.'

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« Reply #188 on: May 12, 2012, 01:01:11 AM »

It reminds me of 'what you do for the least' . . .
A cup of water. . .

'"Like a tree planted by streams of water," [Ps. 1:3] the soul is irrigated by the Holy Scriptures and acquires vigour, produces tasty fruit, namely, true faith, and is beautified with a thousand green leaves, namely, actions that please God.'
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« Reply #189 on: May 13, 2012, 06:28:20 AM »

All the science of the Saints is included in these two things: To do, and to suffer. And whoever had done these two things best, has made himself most saintly.
Saint Francis de Sales
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« Reply #190 on: May 14, 2012, 03:32:25 PM »

The following is now as well known as the Saint himself  Smiley
Ever Ancient, Ever New
Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you! You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you. In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created. You were with me, but I was not with you. Created things kept me from you; yet if they had not been in you they would have not been at all. You called, you shouted, and you broke through my deafness. You flashed, you shone, and you dispelled my blindness. You breathed your fragrance on me; I drew in breath and now I pant for you. I have tasted you, now I hunger and thirst for more. You touched me, and I burned for your peace.
from The Confessions of Saint Augustine
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« Reply #191 on: May 14, 2012, 10:10:11 PM »

'All men are made in God's image; but to be in His likeness is granted only to those who through great love have brought their own freedom into subjection to God. For only when we do not belong to ourselves do we become like Him who through love has reconciled us to Himself. No one achieves this unless he persuades his soul not to be distracted by the false glitter of this life.'

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« Reply #192 on: May 15, 2012, 02:06:31 AM »

'All men are made in God's image; but to be in His likeness is granted only to those who through great love have brought their own freedom into subjection to God. For only when we do not belong to ourselves do we become like Him who through love has reconciled us to Himself. No one achieves this unless he persuades his soul not to be distracted by the false glitter of this life.'
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St. Diadochos of Photiki?
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Tell us a brief account of his life please.
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« Reply #193 on: May 15, 2012, 03:09:30 AM »

I can't find much about him. I know he is a bishop, it's said he was born around 400 A.D. and is known for 'On Spiritual Knowledge and Discrimination' a work of one hundred texts on the subject.

Photiki was part of Epirus, which if you look on a map is the land directly across the water, East of the end of the Italian peninsula.

'No one can love God consciously in his heart unless he has first feared Him with all his heart. Through the action of fear the soul is purified and, as it were, made malleable and so it becomes awakened to the action of love. No one, however, can come to fear God completely in the way described, unless he first transcends all worldly cares; for when the intellect reaches a state of deep stillness and detachment, then the fear of God begins to trouble it, purifying it with full perception from all gross and cloddish density, and thereby bringing it to a great love for God's goodness. Thus the fear which characterizes those who are still being purified is accompanied by a moderate measure of love. But perfect love is found in those who have already been purified and in whom there is no longer any fear, for 'perfect love casts out fear' (1 John 4:18). Fear and love are found together only in the righteous who achieve virtue through the energy of the Holy Spirit in them. For this reason Holy Scripture says in one place: 'O fear the Lord, all you who are His saints' (Ps. 34:9), and in another: ‘O love the Lord, all you who are His saints' (Ps. 31:23). From this we see clearly that the righteous, who are still in the process of being purified, are characterized both by fear and by a moderate measure of love; perfect love, on the other hand, is found only in those who have already been purified and in whom there is no longer any thought of fear, but rather a constant burning and binding of the soul to God through the energy of the Holy Spirit. As it is written, ‘My soul is bound to Thee: Thy right hand has upheld me' (Ps. 63:8. LXX).'

St. Diadochos of Photiki, Text 16, 'On Spiritual Knowledge and Discrimination'

'Very few men can accurately recognize all their own faults; indeed, only those can do this whose intellect is never torn away from the remembrance of God. Our bodily eyes, when healthy, can see everything, even gnats and mosquitoes flying about in the air; but when they are clouded by some discharge, they see large objects only indistinctly and small things not at all. Similarly if the soul, through attentiveness, reduces the blindness caused by the love of this world, it will consider its slightest faults to be very grave and will continually shed tears with deep thankfulness. For it is written, 'The righteous shall give thanks unto Thy name' (Ps. 140:13). But if the soul persists in its worldly disposition, even though it commits a murder or some other act deserving severe punishment, it takes little notice; and it is quite unable to discern its other faults, often considering them to be signs of progress, and in its wretchedness it is not ashamed to defend them heatedly.

Only the Holy Spirit can purify the intellect, for unless a greater power comes and overthrows the despoiler, what he has taken captive will never be set free (cf. Luke 11:21-22). In every way, therefore, and especially through peace of soul, we must make ourselves a dwelling-place for the Holy Spirit. Then we shall have the lamp of spiritual knowledge burning always within us; and when it is shining constantly in the inner shrine of the soul, not only will the intellect perceive all the dark and bitter attacks of the demons, but these attacks will be greatly weakened when exposed for what they are by that glorious and holy light. That is why the Apostle says: 'Do not quench the Spirit' (1 Thess. 5:19), meaning: 'Do not grieve the goodness of the Holy Spirit by wicked actions or wicked thoughts, lest you be deprived of this protecting light.' The Spirit, since He is eternal and life-creating, cannot be quenched; but if He is grieved - that is if He withdraws - He leaves the intellect without the light of spiritual knowledge, dark and full of gloom.'

St. Diadochos of Photiki, Texts 27 & 28, 'On Spiritual Knowledge and Discrimination'
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« Reply #194 on: May 15, 2012, 03:42:18 AM »

Thank you Shin.
The saint wrote of perfect love, being "found only in those who have already been purified and in whom there is no longer any thought of fear, but rather a constant burning and binding of the soul to God through the energy of the Holy Spirit"
There are many saints who had this perfect love.
In this day and age, though, where one cannot completely be divorced from the world, attaining this much desired spiritual growth is, well, not easy.  Even the very internet we are now  so dependent on has it's down side, almost like the T.V  Sad

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« Reply #195 on: May 15, 2012, 03:53:16 AM »

It's true, one has to separate oneself!

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« Reply #196 on: May 16, 2012, 06:12:09 AM »

"I am not capable of doing big things, but I want to do everything, even the smallest things, for the greater glory of God"
Saint Dominic Savio
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« Reply #197 on: May 16, 2012, 06:15:34 AM »

"I am not capable of doing big things, but I want to do everything, even the smallest things, for the greater glory of God"
Saint Dominic Savio


Let us resolve here and now to " do everything, even the smallest things, for the greater glory of God"
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« Reply #198 on: May 16, 2012, 08:07:02 AM »

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Beautiful!!
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« Reply #199 on: May 17, 2012, 03:00:15 AM »

"O Master, make me chaste, but not yet!"
St. Augustine
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« Reply #200 on: May 17, 2012, 03:08:05 AM »

"O Master, make me chaste, but not yet!"
St. Augustine


This quote to me captures the struggles Catholic young adults face in their Christian lives.
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« Reply #201 on: May 18, 2012, 12:29:29 AM »

Yes, they haven't realized they have to give it all up completely.

If only more people were raised as Christians from their youngest childhood, by parents who were examples of Christian life, and separate from the world!

'To abstain from sinful actions is not sufficient for the fulfillment of God's law. The very desire of what is forbidden is evil.'

St. Jean-Baptiste de la Salle


St. Paschal Baylon, pray for us.
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« Reply #202 on: May 18, 2012, 03:43:48 AM »

Where sin was hatched, let tears now wash the nest.
St. Robert Southwell

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« Reply #203 on: May 18, 2012, 10:17:47 PM »

'He who wishes to purify his faults purifies them with tears and he who wishes to acquire virtues, acquires them with tears.'

St. Poemen

St. Poemen and St. Robert Southwell, pray for us.
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