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SUPREME JOY

SUPREME JOY

ABNEGATION (poem)

 

To love the loving when skies above

Love’s heaven are fair; to see the bloom

Of flowers we plant from our hearts of love

In hearts that pity our days of gloom;

 

To know in a world where all forget

A love unchanging – are joys supreme

For the loving soul; but they fill not yet

The measure fair of a Christian’s dream.

 

For generous souls seek other bliss

Than love rewarding love; their hope

Has loftier flight and broader scope,

And finds fruitition not in this

 

In self-forgetfulness they live,

In sacrifice their dream is wrought,

Believing that, receiving naught,

Their highest pleasure is to give.

 

– Golden Grains, Sanctification and Happiness of Every-Day Life, Eighth Edition, M.H. Gill and Son, Dublin, 1889

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PRAYER OF “THE LITTLE FLOWER”

PRAYER OF “THE LITTLE FLOWER”

O Jesus, Who in thy cruel Passion didst become the “Reproach of men and the Man of Sorrows,” I worship thy Divine Face. Once it shone with the beauty and sweetness of the Divinity; now for my sake It is become as the face of a leper. Yet in that disfigured Countenance I recognise thine infinite Love, and I am consumed with the desire of loving thee and of making thee loved by all mankind. The tears that streamed in such abundance from thine Eyes are to me as precious pearls which I delight to gather, that with their infinite worth I may ransom the souls of poor sinners.

O Jesus, Whose Face is the sole beauty that ravishes my heart, I may not behold here upon earth the sweetness of thy Glance, nor feel the ineffable tenderness of thy Kiss. Thereto I consent, but I pray thee to imprint in me the Divine Likeness, and I implore thee so to inflame me with thy Love, that it may quickly consume me, and soon I may reach the vision of thy Glorious Face in Heaven! Amen.

– St Anthony’s Treasury, Laverty & Sons, Leeds, 1916

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2016 in Devotions

 

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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 DEGREE OF GRACE OFFERED TO ANY SOUL IS GOD’S SECRET

THE DEGREE OF GRACE OFFERED TO ANY SOUL IS GOD’S SECRET

MARY’S ARMY

Previous chapter: ZEAL FOR SOULS IS SIMPLY LOVE IN ACTION

HOLINESS THROUGH MARY

In working for souls, the Child of Mary is constantly aware that he is working for Christ. The secret of his influence over others is simply his own love of God overflowing upon them. His is no apostolate of mere philanthropy or natural pity for the unfortunate ones of the world. Written on his heart are the words of the Master: “So long as you did it unto one of these my least brethren, you did it to Me.

In this light, he sees all mankind, even the most repulsive, the thankless, the despised, the ungrateful, the selfish, the stupid, the afflicted, the vicious. To one and all, as to the least of Christ’s brethren, he strives to render a princely and reverential service. In each of them, he sees neither an equal nor an inferior, but one as superior to himself as is Christ. He approaches each one as he would Christ Himself, humbly, respectfully, reverently. Never does he deliver a lecture or ask a multitude of questions. He enters the cottage of the poorest in exactly the same spirit as he would enter the palace of the greatest.

Through the exercise of supernatural charity, his one aim is to sow the seeds of that eventual intimacy which will, one day, open the floodgates of grace. He regards it to be the special glory of charity to understand others. When they are deliberately rude to him, he submits meekly, remembering that such conduct often springs from a sense of neglect which most people suffer. He is never critical; he never sits in judgment on those for whom he works; he never sets up his own standards of conduct as those to which all must conform. When some differ from him, oppose him or refuse to receive him, he remembers his obligation to love and banishes the thought that they are necessarily less worthy than he. Even when he comes across lives that are unsightly with sin, he remembers that God alone can see the heart and judge as to its real position. The degree of grace offered to any soul is God’s secret and none will be asked for any return save that which has been given to him.

– 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 16, 2016 in Prayers to Our Lady

 

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DO NOT FEAR PEOPLE’S USELESS OPINIONS – TRUST GOD INSTEAD

DO NOT FEAR PEOPLE’S USELESS OPINIONS – TRUST GOD INSTEAD

What can anyone do to you by word or injury? He hurts himself rather than you, and no matter who he may be he cannot escape the judgment of God. Keep God before your eyes, therefore…

THE VAIN JUDGMENTS OF MEN

The voice of Christ tells us… My Child, trust firmly in the Lord, and do not fear the judgment of men when conscience tells you that you are upright and innocent. For it is good and blessed to suffer such things, and they will not weigh heavily on the humble heart that trusts in God rather than in itself. Many men say many things, and therefore little faith is to be put in them.

An impossibility

Likewise, it is impossible to satisfy all men. Although St Paul tried to please all in the Lord, and became all things to men, yet he made little of their opinions. He laboured abundantly for the edification and salvation of others, as much as lay in him and as much as he could, but he could not escape being sometimes judged and despised by others. Therefore, he committed all to God Who knows all things, and defended himself by his patience and humility against the tongues of those who spoke unjustly or thought foolish things and lies, or made accusations against him. Sometimes, indeed, he did answer them, but only lest his silence scandalise the weak.

Today he is here, tomorrow he is not seen

Who are you, then, that you should be afraid of mortal man? Today he is here, tomorrow he is not seen. Fear God and you will not be afraid of the terrors of men. What can anyone do to you by word or injury? He hurts himself rather than you, and no matter who he may be he cannot escape the judgment of God. Keep God before your eyes, therefore, and do not quarrel with peevish words.

If it seems, then, that you are worsted and that you suffer undeserved shame, do not repine over it and do not lessen your crown by impatience. Look instead to heaven, to Me, Who have power to deliver you from all disgrace and injury, and to render to everyone according to his works.

– From: The Imitation of Christ by Venerable Thomas à Kempis

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2016 in Words of Wisdom

 

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING (2 JOHN 4-9)

TODAY’S BIBLE READING (2 JOHN 4-9)

Week 32 of the Year, Cycle II, Friday

Only those who keep what he taught can have the Father and the Son with them.

It has given me great joy to find that your children have been living the life of truth as we were commanded by the Father. I am writing now, dear lady, not to give you any new commandment, but the one which we were given at the beginning, and to plead: let us love one another.

To love is to live according to his commandments: this is the command which you have heard since the beginning, to live a life of love.

There are many deceivers about in the world, refusing to admit that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh. They are the Deceiver; they are the Antichrist. Watch yourselves, or all our work will be lost and not get the reward it deserves. If anybody does not keep with the teaching of Christ but goes beyond it, he cannot have God with him: only those who keep to what he taught can have the Father and the Son with them.

V. The word of the Lord. R. Thanks be to God.

 
 

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SEND A GOOD THOUGHT WHICH WILL TELL OF GOD’S GOODNESS

SEND A GOOD THOUGHT WHICH WILL TELL OF GOD’S GOODNESS

YOU WISH TO PERFORM CORPORAL WORKS OF MERCY, BUT…

You wish to visit prisoners and the sick, to console those who weep, to speak of God to little children who do not know Him… but your duty keeps you within the narrow precincts of a cell, a room, or a family; send a good thought which will tell of God’s goodness, which will speak of the happiness and the merit of suffering, and will show how, perhaps in a few days, it is followed by the sweet repose of Paradise… This thought will give birth to hope, to a smile, to some act of love, … and God will be indebted to you for regaining to Himself a soul that perhaps had forgotten Him.

– From: Golden Grains, Little Counsels for the Sanctification and Happiness of Everyday Life, H. M. Gill and Son, Dublin, 1889

 

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