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CONFIDENCE IN GOD IS AN INESTIMABLE GIFT

CONFIDENCE IN GOD IS AN INESTIMABLE GIFT

Let us endeavour to aspire to two things – great humility, and great confidence in God. We cannot be too humble, and we cannot be too confident. When humility and confidence are found united, confidence sustains humility, and humility purifies confidence. Humility can never be dejected, when it possesses confidence, and confidence can never be presumptuous when it is joined by humility.

Humility and confidence

We can then employ the language of Saint Teresa, who was accustomed to say: What great and good things are those possessed of who have confidence in You, and of how much do those deprive themselves, who have it not!

This inestimable gift of confidence is a grace which God bestows on all those who ask for it; but if, on the one hand, it flows from the Heart of God, and is infused, on the other, it cannot be acquired without our own co-operation.

– Cardinal Manning

 

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ZEAL FOR SOULS IS SIMPLY LOVE IN ACTION

ZEAL FOR SOULS IS SIMPLY LOVE IN ACTION

MARY’S ARMY

Previous chapter: HE KNOWS THAT, FOR EVEN THE MOST SERIOUS EVILS, THERE IS A REMEDY, AND ONE ONLY WHICH GOD WILLS HIM TO EMPLOY

HOLINESS THROUGH MARY

The love of God is the heart of sanctity. Training in the love of God is, therefore, the principal task of the Child of Mary. Everything is designed to make the flame of Divine Love burn brighter: His every act is made to converge towards God, the supreme Object of his love.

In mind, will and heart, he is united with God and assimilated to Him. Thus seeking God, he relishes and lives the great Truths of his Faith, receiving eventually indomitable strength to overcome every obstacle and perform even heroic acts of virtue. The Holy Spirit comes into his soul with fire and love, making it one with Mary’s love and with Mary’s will to save the world.

Then, the love aflame there bursts forth from soul to soul pressing on daily towards the final objective, the setting of the whole world alight with the Divine Fire. The love of God expresses itself particularly in the exercise of the supernatural love of all men for God’s sake; in other words, in zeal for souls. His whole life is made one long exercise of zeal and, therefore, of love: for ZEAL is simply LOVE in action. Thus, he merits all the graces, privileges and power attached to the ceaseless practice of Divine Charity.

– Excerpts from “Holiness Through Mary” by Fr Francis Ripley, copied from a pamphlet by the Universal Rosary Association. For the Association’s details, please visit the link above (Part I).

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2016 in Prayers to Our Lady

 

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I DO NOT DESERVE THAT GOD SHOULD HEAR ME, FOR I AM A SINNER

I DO NOT DESERVE THAT GOD SHOULD HEAR ME, FOR I AM A SINNER

WE SHOULD PRAY WITH CONFIDENCE

“Ask and you shall receive.” God Himself has said it. How then, can we still doubt, since He has bound Himself by this promise, and consequently, cannot reject our prayer, or refuse us any grace really advantageous to our salvation? “By this promise,” says St Augustine, “He has constituted Himself our debtor.”

Hence we should never invoke God without the firmest confidence that we shall be heard. This is the best means of obtaining what we desire. “Whatever it may be,” says Our Lord again “that you ask for in prayer, be sure that you shall obtain it, and that you cannot fail to obtain it.”

Someone may say: I do not deserve that God should hear me, for I am a sinner. But Jesus Christ has said: “Whoever asks, receives.” Whoever, without distinction of just or sinner. For the power of prayer to obtain graces for us does not spring from our own merits, but from the mercy of God Who has pledged Himself by His promise to hear anyone who invokes Him.

“In all its demands,” says St Thomas “prayer relies, not upon our merits, but wholly on the mercy of God.” And to completely banish all fear, Jesus Christ says further: “Amen, Amen, anything that you ask My Father in My name, He will give it to you.”

– Laverty & Sons (eds), 1905

 

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COME TO ME, ALL YOU THAT LABOUR (Mt 11:25-30)

COME TO ME, ALL YOU THAT LABOUR (Mt 11:25-30)

At the time Jesus answered and said: I confess to thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast his these things from the learned and prudent, and hast revealed them to the little ones.

Yea, Father; for so hath it seemed good in thy sight.

All things are delivered to me by my Father. And no one knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither doth any one know the Father, but the Son, and he to whom it shall please the Son to reveal him.

Come to me, all you that labour, and are burdened, and I will refresh you.

Take up my yoke upon you, and learn of me, because I am meek, and humble of heart: and you shall find rest to your souls.

For my yoke is sweet and my burden light.

 
 

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“A FAINT FAITH IS BETTER THAN A STRONG HERESY” (ST THOMAS MORE)

“A FAINT FAITH IS BETTER THAN A STRONG HERESY” (ST THOMAS MORE)

“Only faith can guarantee the blessings we hope for, or prove the existence of the realities that at present remain unseen. It was for faith that our ancestors were commended.”  (Second Mass Reading, Hebrews 11:1-2; 8-19)

“…Let us prayerfully reflect on what some holy people have said about ‘faith’:

  • Faith has to do with things that are not seen and hope with the things that are not at hand. (St Thomas Aquinas)
  • Faith is the proof of what cannot be seen. What is seen gives knowledge, not faith. (Pope St Gregory the Great)
  • For when you meet frequently the forces of Satan are annulled and his destructive power is cancelled in the concord of your faith. (St Ignatius of Antioch)
  • Faith furnishes prayer with wings, without which it cannot soar to heaven. (St John Climacus)
  • Having a clear faith, based on the creed of the Church is often labelled today as fundamentalism. Whereas relativism, which is letting oneself be tossed and swept along by every wind of teaching, look like the only attitude acceptable to today’s standards. (Pope em. Benedict XVI)
  • Someone may object that it is foolish to believe what he cannot see… Yet life in this world would be altogether impossible if we were to believe only what we can see. (St Thomas Aquinas)
  • A faint faith is better than a strong heresy. (St Thomas More)
  • How can a man say he believes in Christ if he doesn’t do what Christ commends him to do? (St Ignatius of Antioch)
  • I used to pray often during the day, and the love of God and the fear of Him increased in me more and more; my faith began to grow and my spirit was stirred, so that in one day I would say as many as hundred prayers. I used to rise at dawn for prayer, in snow, frost or rain, because of the glow of the Spirit in me. (St Patrick)
  • Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence. (Pope St John Paul II)
  • To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible. (St Thomas Aquinas)

– From: Spiritual Thought From Fr Chris, August 2016

 

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PRAYER OF CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

Before the multitude of heavenly witnesses,
I offer myself, soul and body,
to You, eternal Spirit of God.
I adore the brightness of Your purity,
the unerring keenness of Your justice,
and the power of Your love.
You are the strength and light of my soul.
In You I live and move and have my being.

I desire never to grieve You by infidelity to Your grace,
and I pray wholeheartedly to be preserved
from the slightest sin against You.
Make me faithful in my every thought,
and grant that I may always listen to Your voice,
watch for Your light,
and follow Your gracious inspirations.
I cling to You,
and beg You, in Your compassion,
to watch over me in my weakness.

Holding the pierced feet of Jesus,
gazing at His five wounds,
trusting in His Precious Blood,
and adoring His open side and stricken Heart,
I implore You, adorable Spirit,
so to keep me in Your grace
that I may never sin against You.
Grant me the grace,
O Holy Spirit of the Father and the Son,
to say to You always and everywhere:
“Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening.”
Amen.

 

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