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ST WILLIAM, ABBOT

ST WILLIAM, ABBOT

ST WILLIAM OF VERCELLI, ABBOT – MEMORIAL: JUNE 25

William, born of noble parents at Vercelli, had scarcely completed his fourteenth year when, with a wonderful spirit of penance and an ardour of piety, he undertook a pilgrimage to Compostella. Then, after attempting in vain another pilgrimage to the sepulchre of Christ the Lord, he remained two years on a lonely hill in constant prayer, vigils and fasts.

HE BUILT A MONASTERY 

When he restored sight to a blind man, fleeing the praises of men, he built a monastery in a rugged and inaccessible spot on Monte Virgiliano, which thereafter was called Monte Vergine. He there admitted companions and molded them by certain rules, taken for the most part from the institutes of St Benedict, and by his words and by the example of his most holy life.

A MOST HOLY LIFE

When other monasteries were built later on, the holiness of William became more famous day by day and attracted men from all parts to him. They were also drawn by the fame of his frequent miracles. Finally, after predicting his death, he fell asleep in the Lord in the year of salvation 1142.

PRAYER:

O God, who made your saints an example and a help for our weakness; grant us, as we walk the path of salvation, so to venerate the virtues of the blessed Abbot William that we may obtain his intercession and follow his footsteps. Through our Lord…

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964 [bold titles added]

 

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WE ARE SAVED BY FAITH NOT BY ARGUING

WE ARE SAVED BY FAITH NOT BY ARGUING

Many a man seems to have no grasp at all of doctrinal truth. He cannot get himself to think it of importance what a man believes, and what not. He tries to do so; for a time he does…

Yet though he thinks so one day, he changes the next; he holds the truth, and then lets it go. He is filled with doubts… Reasonings do not convince him; he cannot be convinced; he has no grasp of truth.

Why? Because the next world is not a reality to him; it only exists in his mind in the form of certain conclusions from certain reasonings. It is but an inference; it can never be more, never can be present to his mind, until he acts instead of arguing.

– Bl. John Henry Newman, We are saved by faith not by arguing; P. S. IV, 231

 
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Posted by on October 9, 2019 in Words of Wisdom

 

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“BUT LAY UP FOR YOURSELVES TREASURES IN HEAVEN…” (MATTHEW 6:19-21)

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will be your heart also (Mt 6:19-21).

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WE ARE IN THE WORLD, BUT NOT OF THE WORLD

“The world passes, and we pass with it. Kings, emperors, all disappear. We are plunged into eternity, whence there is no return. Only one thing matters – the salvation of our poor souls.

The saints were not attached to the things of earth, they thought only of those of heaven. Worldly people, on the contrary, think of nothing but the present moment.

We should do as kings do. When they are about to be dethroned, they send their treasures before them, to await their coming. In the same way a good Christian sends his good works before him to the gate of heaven.

The good God has placed us on earth to see how we shall behave there, whether we love Him; but no one remains there.

If we reflected upon this, we should raise our eyes constantly to heaven, our true country. But we allow ourselves to be carried hither and thither by the world, by riches and by pleasures.

Look at the saints; how detached they were from the world and from all material things! How they despised them all! A certain religious became owner of great wealth, at the death of his parents. When they brought him the news, he asked: ‘How long are they dead?’ ‘Three weeks,’ they answered. ‘Tell me, can a dead person inherit?’ ‘Certainly not.’ ‘Well then, I cannot inherit from people who are dead three weeks, since I myself am dead for twenty years.’

This earth is a bridge over water; it serves only to support our feet… We are in this world, but not of it, since we say every day: ‘Our Father Who art in heaven.’ … We must then wait for our recompense till we are AT HOME in our Father’s house.”
– Blessed Cure d’Ars

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2013 in Prayers for Ordinary Time

 

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