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YOU HAVE HERE NO LASTING HOME

YOU HAVE HERE NO LASTING HOME

YOU ARE A STRANGER AND A PILGRIM WHEREVER YOU MAY BE

You have here no lasting home. You are a stranger and a pilgrim wherever you may be, and you shall have no rest until you are wholly united with Christ.

Why do you look about here when this is not the place of your repose? Dwell rather upon heaven and give but a passing glance to all earthly things. They all pass away, and you together with them. Take care, then, that you do not cling to them lest you be entrapped and perish. Fix your mind on the Most High, and pray unceasingly to Christ.

GIVE BUT A PASSING GLANCE TO EARTHLY THINGS

If you do not know how to meditate on heavenly things, direct your thoughts to Christ’s passion and willingly behold His sacred wounds. If you turn devoutly to the wounds and precious stigmata of Christ, you will find great comfort in suffering, you will mind but little the scorn of men, and you will easily bear their slanderous talk.

CHRIST WAS LEFT BY FRIENDS, HE HAD ENEMIES AND DEFAMERS 

When Christ was in the world, He was despised by men; in the hour of need He was forsaken by acquaintances and left by friends in the depths of scorn. He was willing to suffer and to be despised; do you dare to complain of anything? He had enemies and defamers; do you want everyone to be your friend, your benefactor? How can your patience be rewarded if no adversity test it? How can you be a friend of Christ if you are not willing to suffer any hardship? Suffer with Christ and for Christ if you wish to reign with Him.

SPIRITUAL PEACE

Had you but once entered into perfect communion with Jesus or tasted a little of His ardent love, you would care nothing at all for your own comfort or discomfort but would rejoice in the reproach you suffer; for love of Him makes a man despise himself.

A man who is a lover of Jesus and of truth, a truly interior man who is free from uncontrolled affections, can turn to God at will and rise above himself to enjoy spiritual peace.

– From: Thomas a Kempis; The Imitation of Christ (15th century)

 

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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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ST FRANCIS BORGIA, CONFESSOR

ST FRANCIS BORGIA, CONFESSOR

ST FRANCIS BORGIA, CONFESSOR – MEMORIAL: OCTOBER 10

Francis,the fourth Duke of Gandia, first shone as an example of upright life at the court of the Emperor Charles V. When he escorted the body of the Empress Isabella to Granada for burial, seeing in her countenance, so horribly changed by corruption, the fate of all mortals, he bound himself by a vow to abandon all things and to serve only the King of kings.

HE VOWED TO SERVE ONLY THE KING OF KINGS

Therefore, after the death of his wife, Eleanor of Castile, he entered the Society of Jesus. He was chosen by St Ignatius as Commissary-General for Spain, and a little later, though against his will, he was selected as the third Prepositor General of the whole Society. Pope Pius V appointed him an associate of Cardinal Allessandrino in an embassy to unite Christian princes against the Turks. Francis undertook this arduous journey and, nevertheless, happily completed his life’s course at Rome, as he would have wished, in the year of salvation 1572. He was added to the number of the saints by Clement X.

PRAYER:

O Lord Jesus Christ, model of true humility and its reward, we beseech you, that as you made blessed Francis one of your glorious imitators by his contempt for earthly honours, grant us to follow his example and to share in his glory. Who live…

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 

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MY KINGDOM IS NOT OF THIS WORLD (Jn18:36)

MY KINGDOM IS NOT OF THIS WORLD (Jn18:36)

Jesus answered: “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would certainly strive that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now my kingdom is not from hence. (John 18:36)

“Offering the homage of her veneration, the Church, which is the kingdom of Christ on earth [in the world, not of this world] destined to extend to all parts and to embrace all men, salutes in the yearly cycle of the holy liturgy her Author and Founder as King, Lord and King of Kings.” (Pius XI, December 11th, 1925)

(See also: “The Church of Christ, the Kingdom of God on Earth, Has Been Hated and Persecuted Always”; please click here)

With His reply, Christ laid bare the vain thoughts of men. Reigning worldly rulers are apt to be jealous of those whom they consider likely to rule in their stead. 

Jesus answered: “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my followers would have fought that I might not be delivered to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.” This is what the good Master wished us to know. First we had to learn how vain was the notion of this kingdom which had been current among all men, both Jews and Gentiles, and which Pilate had heard from them. As if he deserved to be condemned to death because he had aspired to an unlawful kingdom; or because reigning monarchs are apt to be jealous of those who are likely to rule in their stead, or as if, for example, there was need to beware lest his kingdom should be hostile either to the Romans or the Jews.

When the Roman governor asked Jesus, “Are you king of the Jews,” the Lord could have answered: “My kingdom is not of this world.” But Christ asked in his turn, “Do you say this of yourself, or have others told you of me?” because he wished to show from Pilate’s answer that he, Jesus, had been charged with this as a crime before Pilate by the Jews. Thus he laid bare to us the thoughts of men which he knew and which were vain. After the reply of Pilate, Jesus replied to them, to both Jews and Gentiles, more fittingly and more opportunely, “My kingdom is not of this world.”

– St Augustine, Bishop, Treatise 115 on John 18-36, from: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2016 in Words of Wisdom

 

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PEOPLE’S OPINIONS WILL PASS AWAY, BUT THE FRIENDSHIP OF GOD WILL REMAIN WITH US

Let all your life, every hour, be a perpetual prayer of praise and thanksgiving to the Lord…irrespective of what the world says about that.

Let us joyfully and cheerfully dig all those little furrows which Providence has entrusted to each of us.

Let us not allow ourselves to be delayed or disturbed by ambitious thoughts which whisper in our ears, “You could do something better;” by the deceitful desires of a false zeal which would persuade us to desert our daily task; by a ridiculous desire to propagate more beautiful flowers than our neighbours.

Let us occupy ourselves with one thing alone – that is, “to do well what is our duty to do, because God requires no more from us.”

Now, this “doing well” may be summed up in four words: “act purely, actively, joyfully, completely.”

 

How do we please God? – By acting purely, actively, joyfully, completely.

But then we may be forgotten, despised, wrongly understood, calumniated, persecuted… What matters it? This contempt, these injuries will pass away, but the friendship of God will remain with us. And we will have merited it by our patience and fidelity.

The friendship of God!

The friendship of God! Oh! who can say all that is contained in it of sweetness, of joy, of strength, of consolation? No human friendship, in its most ardent dreams, has ever even formed the faintest idea of that sweetness of God’s friendship, rendered more sensible by the Eucharistic union in our souls.

I can also understand this expression of a loving soul: “With the prospect of heaven in a short time, and holy communion every day, how can anyone think of complaining?

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

 

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WHEN GOD ASKS US TO GIVE UP SOMETHING FOR THE ULTIMATE WELFARE OF OUR SOUL…

God always has our very best interests at heart

When there is question of some sacrifice to be made, of some affection to be withdrawn, for example, let us not wait until God acts directly.

When we ourselves work, God lends his grace, and the sacrifice is accomplished without too much anguish.

When God works alone, He takes less precaution, and cuts when we would simply have disentangled.

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

 
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Posted by on March 4, 2016 in Words of Wisdom

 

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GIVE FREELY WHAT THE HELPFUL ANGEL ASKS YOU TO GIVE

To be in this world but not of this world.

Therefore, let us not sleep as others do; but let us watch, and be sober (1Thess5:6)

My child, said a priest to a young girl whom he blessed as she was about to enter the world after years of pious convent education; my child, you will find all through life, at almost every step, an angel of God, who will present himself to you under a thousand forms, offering you true happiness, but always asking something from you in return.

He is called the angel of sacrifice.

Do not refuse him what he will ask from you.

God has put into his hands immense treasures of pure joy, from which he will return a hundredfold all that you give him.

From you, who are still young, he will demand but little: a glance which would only serve to gratify your curiosity; an object of no real value, to which you are too strongly attached; a reading [or viewing] which might have fostered your self-indulgence; some word, some arrangement of your appearance, the only object of which is to please.

My child, do not deny him what he asks of you.

If you refuse him once, you will lose your strength to grant him later what he will grant imperiously.

You will hardly believe me, perhaps, but my experience is this: When we accustom ourselves to give, we become so infatuated with giving that we can never cease.

And whilst we are always giving, he gives also, and his are godly gifts, if we but learn it.

O my child! the more sacrifices we make on earth, the happier we become.

– From: Golden Grains, Eighth Edition, H.M. Gill and Son, Dublin, 1889 (headings in bold added)

 

 

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