“Below are some words written by St John Vianney. I share them for your prayerful reflection:
• This is a good rule of conduct – to do nothing but what we can offer to the good God. We cannot offer to Him slanders, calumnies, injustice, anger, blasphemy, impurity. We must reflect that we have a soul to save, an eternity awaits us. This world, its riches, pleasures and its honours will pass away.
• The crosses we meet on the road to heaven are like a fine stone bridge on which you can cross a river. Christians who don’t suffer, cross this river on a shaky bridge that’s always in danger of giving way under their feet.
• Never forget, my good friends, that the tongue has been given to you to praise God; that it had been consecrated to Him in holy Baptism and Holy Communion. What makes the sin of cursing and swearing all the worse is this: if parents are in the habit of committing this sin, the children will acquire the same habit and the vice will become hereditary in the family. If there are so many houses which harbour unhappiness and are the lurking place of the evil spirit, you will find the explanation in the blasphemies and curses which have descended in these families from generation to generation.
THE PERSON WHO DOESN’T PRAY IS LIKE A CHICKEN OR A TURKEY, WHICH CAN’T RISE INTO THE AIR
• The person who doesn’t pray is like a chicken or a turkey, which can’t rise into the air. They may fly a little, but as soon as they come down, they scratch the earth and get deeper and deeper in it, they cover their heads with it and they don’t seem to take pleasure in anything else. The person who prays, on the other hand, is like a fearless eagle, and seems always to want to get closer to the Sun.
• O how bitterly shall we regret at the hour of death the time we have given to pleasures, to useless conversations, to repose, instead of having employed it in mortification, in prayer, in good works, in thinking of our misery, in weeping over our sins. Then we shall see that we have done nothing for heaven.
– From: “Spiritual Thought from Fr Chris”