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THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CARNAL AND SPIRITUAL PLEASURES

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CARNAL AND SPIRITUAL PLEASURES

There is this difference, dearly beloved brethren, between the pleasures of the body and the soul.

Bodily pleasures are greatly desired so long as we do not yet enjoy them, but when they are partaken of to the full our liking for them soon turns to disgust.

Spiritual delights, on the contrary, are a matter of indifference and scorn to us when we do not possess them, but when we begin to experience them then we are filled with desire, and the more we enjoy them, the more we desire them.

In the pleasures of the body desire is delightful, fruition disappointing; in the pleasures of the soul desire is poor, fruition very delightful. The former, when indulged in, soon bring disgust; but the latter we can never have too much.

– From a homily by St Gregory the Great. From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2016 in Words of Wisdom

 

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THE EFFECT OF THE LOSS OF EVEN ONE HOLY COMMUNION ON THE SOUL

Father Lacordaire, who then was the director of a college which he had founded, was once asked, on the eve of a festival, for an important purpose, to remain overnight in Paris.

I cannot, he replied, it might cause some of my young people, who are preparing for to-morrow’s festival, to miss their confessions. The effect of the loss of even one communion on the life of a soul, is incalculable, he added, in a serious tone.

And he travelled a hundred miles in order not to deprive his spiritual children of his fatherly care.

What a forcible expression: The effect of the loss of even one communion on the life of a soul is incalculable! Satan well knows the effect, and that is why he makes every effort to keep people from the Holy Table.

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

 

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