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O MY GOD, GRANT THAT I MAY PASS THROUGH LIFE UNNOTICED!

Spiritual solids rather than milk

Oh! my God, prayed a generous soul, grant that I may pass through life unnoticed!

This is the wish, or rather the end, of all souls which are deeply devoted and courageous.

Small virtues need the applause of others to sustain them, as little children require encouragement to walk; great virtues go alone through the world, spreading good, performing great acts of self-sacrifice, and never even imagining that what they do is heroic.

Great virtue walks unaided

Oblivion should be especially the motto of a Christian woman. The end of all her efforts should be to gain the protection of God, the love of her family, and the blessing of the poor – nothing more. To attain them there are three means: fidelity, devotedness, and benevolence. 

A mother once remarked: I desire to have a son who shall be spoken of by everyone, and a daughter whom nobody speaks of. This is the true limit of a mother’s hope.

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

 

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TODAY’S PSALM (PSALM 87)

(Week 26 of the year: Wednesday)

R. Let my prayer come into your presence, O Lord.

1. I call to you, Lord, all the day long;
to you I stretch out my hands.
Will you work wonders for the dead?
Will the shades stand and praise you? (R.)

2. Will your love be told in the grave
or your faithfulness among the dead?
Will your wonders be known in the dark
or your justice in the land of oblivion? (R.)

3. As for me, Lord, I call to you for help:
in the morning my prayer comes before you.
Lord, why do you reject me?
Why do you hide your face?

ALLELUIA

Alleluia, alleluia!
Your word is a lamp for my steps
and a light for my path.
Alleluia!

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2014 in Prayers for Ordinary Time

 

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“FOR PITY’S SAKE,” THEY CRY, “DO NOT MENTION HIS NAME!”

AND YOU, WHERE WILL YOU BE?

“Go into a graveyard; consider all these skeletons, and above all, hear the words which each one addresses to you: ‘See what has happened to me, and learn what shall happen to you.’
Again, give heed to your surroundings; those family portraits, these walls, these rooms, these garments, these beds, all these things which you have inherited, have power to awaken thoughts of your own death, by recalling that of your parents and kindred.

How can you doubt that you have to die? On a certain day you were inscribed on the [register of births]; another day will come, a day already fixed upon by God, when you shall be inscribed on the register of deaths. Today you say, in speaking of your dead relatives: ‘my late father’, ‘my late uncle’, ‘my late brother’; soon those who survive will be speaking in the same way of you. In the past you have often heard [the death of others announced; some day your death will be announced in the same manner – and you shall be in eternity.]

THE GREAT OBLIVION

A man has just died, and the news spreads, ‘He was a man of honour’, says one; another adds: ‘what a loss! He was so amiable, so good!’ Some regret him because he pleased them and was of service to them; others rejoice at his death, because they reap certain advantages from it. At the most, there will soon be no more talk of it; after to-morrow he will begin to sink into oblivion. His nearest relatives will avoid awakening the remembrance of him, for fear of renewing their grief. During the visits of condolence the conversation turns on everything except him who is the occasion of them! And if, per chance, someone is about to introduce him into the conversation: ‘For pity’s sake,’ they cry, ‘do not mention his name!’

No doubt, your family will weep for you at first. But soon the pleasure of dividing your property will banish these tears and grievings; and the very apartment where you have breathed your last sigh, and heard your Final Sentence from the lips of Jesus Christ, will be the scene of family reunions and parties of pleasure. And your soul, where will it be?”
– Laverty & Sons (eds), 1905

 

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