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WHAT FATHER HAS EVER SHARED HIS CHILDREN’S GRIEFS AS GOD HAS SHARED OURS?

WHAT FATHER HAS EVER SHARED HIS CHILDREN’S GRIEFS AS GOD HAS SHARED OURS?

GOD IS OUR FATHER

God is our Father, and we are His children by predilection; idle and wasteful, unworthy to be still called His sons, and nevertheless, still His heirs, still the objects of His paternal tenderness.

What mother has ever watched over the cradle of her first-born with the solicitude which He has shown for us? What father has ever shared his children’s griefs as God has shared ours, or bestowed his treasures more generously upon them, without even making the smallest claim on their gratitude?

Never has an affectionate father, in leading his children to bewail their fault, by showing them the pain it has caused him, and by redoubling the proofs of his affection, shown such patience as God has employed to touch our hardened hearts, and led us, humbled but more loving, to His feet. Even the rigour of His chastisements becomes dear to us, since they are accompanied by such favours and such fresh contrivances of His love.

– Fr Faber in Laverty & Sons (eds), 1905

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THE HAPPINESS OF THOSE WHOSE GOD HAS BECOME THEIR FATHER

THE HAPPINESS OF THOSE WHOSE GOD HAS BECOME THEIR FATHER

WHO CAN COMPLAIN?

Who can complain, and of what, since we can say to God: “Our Father!” David sang: “Blessed is the people whose Lord is God.”

What, then, is the happiness of those whose God has become their Father. My God! My God! It is not too much that, in order to say fittingly this adorable word, and to pronounce worthily this dear invocation, we should receive in our hearts “this Spirit of sanctity and love” who is the living conclusion and consummation of the mystery of Thy Paternity and of the Filiation which proceeds from it.

– Msgr. Gay in Laverty & Sons (eds), 1905

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2016 in Words of Wisdom

 

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THE ANGELS OF THE FIRESIDE: INDULGENCE

PRACTICAL STEPS FOR CHRISTIANS TO HELP IN CREATING A HAPPY HOME 

Loving the way God loves

Indulgence

Gracious Angel of the fireside, whom I first summoned to my aid when I wished to diffuse happiness in my family, it is not thy charms that I desire to describe, but thy counsels that I wish to make known.

Approach the loving heart, so sensitive and so delicate that the least neglect, the smallest inconsiderate word will wound and rend; come and strengthen it by the sweetness of thy teachings.

Indulgence is even more than kindness. It anticipates it without doubt, but it adds to that virtue a great strength of character, a powerful affection, an habitual innocence; the art of being indulgent is the offspring of a pure soul.

The art of being indulgent is the offspring of a pure soul

Those who have no heart do not understand indulgence.

Persons of little intelligence believe that indulgence is culpable.

Those who are not at peace with their own conscience are often led to excessive rigour. The overlooking of nothing in others is often a proof that we overlook very much in ourselves.

Indulgence is more than pardon

Indulgence is even more than pardon, it is excusing; it is the seeking of a favourable interpretation for everything; it is, above all, the faculty of never showing that such and such a thing has wounded us.

Indulgence is remarking of the person who has wounded us: “She did not reflect, otherwise she would not have done it; she did not intend to cause me pain, she loves me too much to do so; she could not do otherwise, and perhaps she is suffering because she thinks she has displeased me.” There is no more efficacious balm for wounds of the heart than the excuses which we make for those who have offended us.

“Today I will be stronger than yesterday”

To be indulgent is to forget every evening the contradictions which we have borne during the day, and to say to ourselves each morning: “Today I will be stronger and more calm than yesterday.”

Indulgence goes so far as to make us accuse ourselves inwardly for not having been sufficiently kind, affable, or charitable. To be indulgent is not only to accept the excuses which are made to us, but to anticipate those who timidly come to us in order to ask pardon.

How do we punish those who overstep the mark, though?

Then we should never punish?

Yes,… by loving still more!

The penal code of the fireside may be almost entirely summed up in the above words.

“As long as you love me”

“You will never believe me wicked,” said a young man to his sister, whom he frequently pained by his misconduct, and who always excused him.

“No,” she replied, “not as long as you love me…. Would you always give me pain?”

Nothing preserves affection in the heart like the indulgence with which we surround it, and, whilst affection lasts, it will eventually make the heart good.

A very good influence on those around you eventually “rubs off”

When we are young, we do not know how to be indulgent, for we cannot sufficiently understand human weakness. Oh! if we but knew the terrible struggles which take place in the soul of the friend who wounds us by the frivolity of his character, who irritates us by his forwardness, who sometimes even  scandalises us by his faults… Oh! if we could but see him weep, if we could see how vexed he is with himself, perhaps on our account, how we would pity him.

Let us love him and excuse him; but let him not know that we know of his weakness.

Act so that someone else may believe that he is good, thus we help him to become good almost in spite of himself.

– From: Golden Grains, Eighth Edition, H.M. Gill and Son, Dublin, 1889

 

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2016 in Words of Wisdom

 

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EACH COMPLAINT TAKES AWAY FROM US A DEGREE OF HOLINESS

One of the characteristics of holiness is to be unexacting and uncomplaining.

Each complaint, even if it is just, makes us descend a degree from that height of virtue which we may have attained with such difficulty. To confide our troubles is not complaining; a complaint nearly always contains a somewhat of ill-humour and a slight feeling of revenge.

Content with everything given

The saints are unexacting. Content with everything given them, they easily deny themselves what is refused to them.

“I made a request for an object which I believed necessary,” said a holy person. “They either forgot or did not wish to answer me; why should I have been uneasy? If I absolutely needed it, God would readily have found means to grant it to me.”

Few people will understand the following words, yet they are the echo of what Jesus Christ has said: “Your Father in heaven knoweth what is needful for you even before you ask it.”

Your Father in heaven knows what is needful for you

“I do not know the reason,” remarked another saint; “but everybody is so very attentive to me, that I have not a desire to express; one would say that everyone about me is over-anxious in my regard, and passes the day in trying to give me pleasure.”

This soul practised to the letter abandonment to Divine Providence; she served God with all her heart, and God in his turn served her and caused her to be served. What a sweet exchange of loving kindness between God and the innocent soul!

Divine Providence

Listen to these charming words of St Vincent de Paul: “When God once takes a soul into his affection, no matter what it may do, He always bears with it. Have you not seen how a father treats a little child that he loves very much. He bears with all the child does, saying even to him sometimes, Bite me, little one! And why is this? Because he loves this child…” – Truly, no one but a saint could have such thoughts, and dare to express them so simply and openly.

– From: Golden Grains, Eighth Edition, H.M. Gill and Son, Dublin, 1889

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2016 in Words of Wisdom

 

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IN THE SILENCE AND OBSCURITY OF THE NIGHT I KNOW GOD IS THERE

The Heart of Jesus is a love ever watchful.

The eye of the Lord rests always upon the just.

God sees all that is done to His child; He hears all that is said of His child; He is always ready to assist His child.

The eye of God rests always upon me; it does not pursue me in order to frighten; it follows with a sweet, loving, paternal regard, in order to encourage, to cheer, and to animate me.

In the midst of the crowd, who forget or despise me, I feel that I am not abandoned; and this intimate and deep knowledge sustains, strengthens, and makes me joyful.

A luminous ray

In the silence and obscurity of the night I know that there is a luminous ray which falls upon my soul and protects it from the terrors of darkness.

In the accomplishment of my duty I feel there is near me, invisible to others, but visible to my love, One who assists, inspires, and encourages me, One who, in return for all He does for me, only asks me to be faithful and diligent.

Oh! if I but knew how to love, how much better should I understand all things.

– From: Golden Grains, Eighth Edition, H.M. Gill and Son, Dublin, 1889

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2016 in Words of Wisdom

 

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“WHY ARE YOU SO JOYFUL? DON’T YOU FEEL THE INJUSTICE OF MANKIND?”

“You are never in ill-humour,” was remarked to a woman who was known to have a sore trial in her family; “is it because you do not feel the injustice of mankind, nor the annoyance of everyday life?”

“I feel them as you do,” she replied; “but they do not wound me.”

“You have, then, special remedies for them?”

“Yes, for the annoyance of persons I have affection; for those of things I have prayer; and over each smarting wound I pronounce these words: God wills it.”

– From: Golden Grains, Eighth Edition, H.M. Gill and Son, Dublin 1889

 

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IN FLOODS OF TEARS, ST AUGUSTINE SAID, “YOU HAVE CONQUERED ME, LORD”

“Christian, if in the midst of worldly, unfaithful, imperfect hearts, there was one adorned with all the most beautiful and precious qualities, would you not feel obliged to love it?

That is what the Heart of Jesus is

That is exactly what the Heart of Jesus is. This heart contains an abundance and super-abundance of all that is likeable to you. If you are pleased by beauty, goodness and virtue, you will find these things in both human and divine measure. If you find affection, tenderness and mercy admirable, this is the most affectionate, tender and admirable of all Hearts.

You can make it your ark, your refuge

You can make it your ark, your refuge, the place where you bring your problems, your eternal home. If it is love you are after, you will find everything that makes up the love of the angels and saints, of Mary and the Holy Trinity and of all of paradise.

In floods of tears, St Augustine said, ‘You  have conquered me, Lord. The fear of death or of your judgements or the terrors of hell did not move me, it was the love of your heart that changed me.'”

– Mons. Nicola Tafuri

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2015 in Words of Wisdom

 

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