How many souls do not repent because of our conduct?
“Soon there will be no one but the good God and I who love sinners,” said St Francis de Sales. Oh! why not love these poor sinners a little? Are they not in reality to be pitied?
When they are prosperous, love them at a distance by praying for them; but when they are in adversity, and when misfortune comes with its heavy weight on them, removing by death the only beings whom they do not hate, overwhelming them sometimes with some terrible malady, making them objects of contempt and misery – oh! then let us love them more closely. Let us not hesitate to extend a kind hand and say an affectionate word to them. Affection is the only remedy for souls that are dead by sin, and for evil characters…
Affection is the only remedy for souls that are dead by sin
How many have died in impenitence who would have been saints had they met with a soul who pitied and loved them, and had simply the courage to tell them so!
How many faults do we not allow to be committed. How many souls do we not leave far away from God because we have not sufficient charity.
– From Golden Grains, M.H. Gill and Son, Dublin 1889 [heading of this post added]