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HOW TO CORRECT SOMEONE IN A CHARITABLE, CHRISTIAN MANNER

If you are giving instruction in some piece of work, if you are employed at some occupation with others, never turn one who is awkward into ridicule. If he be so from want of intelligence, your ridicule is very uncharitable; if from want of education, it is exceedingly unjust.

Correct in a kind manner

Correct, in a kind manner, his awkwardness, show him how to do his work, and God, seeing you and pleased with your patience, will send one of his angels to aid you when you have something difficult to accomplish.

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

 

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YOU ARE HAPPY IN BEING CHOSEN BY GOD TO ENKINDLE HIS LOVE IN THE HEARTS OF OTHERS

Natural or acquired talent may count very little

“Jesus Christ chose poor, ignorant people for his Apostles, people who from a human point of view were very ill-fitted for the work.

Not that we must be uneducated and of low birth so as to work for souls, but to teach us how little natural or acquired talent counts and that it is never the cause of success. Christ chose fishermen to show us that it is not easy work; we have to be ready for great difficulties and fatigue.

We have to be ready for great difficulties and fatigue

What a wonderful thought it is that Jesus Christ, who was able to convert the whole world by himself, should have chosen to do it through his disciples. He spent his whole life training them. Jesus took for himself what was difficult: an ignominious death, and left the renown to his disciples. What love Christ showed in allowing others to help him in work he could have done alone.

Humility and obedience are essential

A man called to convert others has need of great virtue, especially humility and obedience. We must not miss our opportunities but so turn things that we appear to be following advice rather than giving it and seem to be the instrument rather than the worker. This will humble us and make the work easier…

Being the potter’s clay

You are happy in being chosen by God to enkindle his love in the hearts of others. To do this it is necessary to have deep humility and an entire distrust of self, besides zeal. We must act without haste and wait with peace and confidence until it pleases God to accomplish in these souls that which his grace alone is capable of doing and of which he alone must reap the glory.”

– St Claude de la Columbiere, 17th century

 

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DISTRACTIONS DURING PRAYER? HOW TO MORTIFY NOT JUST THE FLESH, BUT THE BRAIN AS WELL

How to stay joyful and serene when things ‘go wrong’

“To preserve our cheerfulness amid sicknesses and troubles is a sign of a right and and good spirit.

A man should not ask tribulations of God, presuming on his being able to bear them: there should be the greatest possible caution in this matter, for he who bears what God sends him daily does not do a small thing.

They who have been exercised in the service of God for a long time, may in their prayers imagine all sorts of insults offered to them, such as blows, wounds, and the like, and so in order to imitate Christ by their charity, may accustom their hearts beforehand to forgive real injuries when they come.

Let us think of Mary, for she that unspeakable Virgin, that glorious Lady, who conceived and brought forth, without detriment to her virginity, him whom the width of the heavens cannot contain within itself.

The true servant of God acknowledges no country but heaven.

When God infuses extraordinary sweetnesses into the soul, a man ought to prepare for some serious tribulation or temptation. When we have these extraordinary sweetnesses, we ought to ask of God fortitude to bear whatever he may please to send us, and then to stand very much upon our guard, because there is danger of sin behind.

One of the most excellent means of obtaining perseverance is discretion; we must not wish to do everything at once, or become a saint in four days…

A man should not so attach himself to the means as to forget the end; neither must we give ourselves so much to mortify the flesh as to forget to mortify the brain, which is the chief thing after all.”

– St Philip Neri

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2015 in Words of Wisdom

 

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING (GALATIANS 5:18-25)

(Week 28 of the year: Wednesday)

YOU CANNOT BELONG TO CHRIST UNLESS YOU CRUCIFY ALL SELF-INDULGENT PASSIONS AND DESIRES.

But if you are led by the spirit, you are not under the law.

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are fornication, uncleanness, immodesty, luxury,

Idolatry, witchcraft, enmities, contentions, emulations, wraths, quarrels, dissensions, sects,

Envies, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like. Of the which I foretell you, as I have foretold to you, that they who do such things shall not obtain the kingdom of God.

But the fruit of the Spirit is, charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, longanimity,

Mildness, faith, modesty, continency, chastity. Against such there is no law.

And they that are Christ’s, have crucified their flesh, with the vices and concupiscences.

If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

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

 
 

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“MAY THE GOD OF PEACE MAKE US PERFECT AND HOLY” – INTERCESSIONS

God dwells with the crushed and dejected in spirit. For them, let us pray:

R. Lord, hear the cry of the poor.

For those who suffer chronic illness:
– grant them patient endurance. (R.)

For those who suffer mental or emotional illness:
– grant them peace of mind. (R.)

For those who suffer terminal illness:
– grant them hope as they approach you. (R.)

For all who love and care for the sick:
– grant them the reward of your love. (R.)

(Personal intentions)

Our Father…

May the God of peace make us perfect and holy; and may we all be kept safe and blameless, spirit, soul, and body, for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. (c.f. 1 Th 5:23)

 

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“CONFORMITY WITH JESUS CHRIST” – COUNSELS FOR A CHRISTIAN LIFE

“These counsels which I am offering to you here, are those of a mother – the testament of her Christian heart; she wished to draw up herself a line of conduct, which would keep her beloved children in the path of duty, and assure their eternal salvation.

• IN CONDUCT: Uniformity, uprightness, moderation, prudence, gentleness, firmness.

• IN CONVERSATION: Gaiety without dissipation, reserve in language, forgetfulness of self, few confidences.

• IN FAULTS: Humble and sincere acknowledgement; deep sorrow without despondency; recourse to God; abandonment to His mercy.

• IN THE FREQUENTATION OF THE SACRAMENTS: Purity of heart, and of intention; lively faith, detachment, practical fervour.

• WITH GOD: Filial confidence, the study of His will, peaceful waiting for His time; prompt, generous, unqualified obedience.

• WITH OUR NEIGHBOUR: Cordiality, thoughtfulness, tolerance, compliance without meanness, deference without flattery, condescension without human respect.

• WITH OURSELVES: Strict justice, genuine and constant self-denial, patience in every trial.

• FOR THE MIND: Wise mistrust of its own enlightenment, blissful ignorance of its merit, holy employment of its talents.

• FOR THE IMAGINATION: Unalterable tranquillity in its flights, disregard of its phantoms, turning aside from its importunity.

• FOR THE HEART: Fidelity in banishing from it every kind of anxiety, watchfulness over all its motions, sacrifice of all that is opposed to the good pleasure of God.

• A LIFE OF FAITH: That is, entire conformity with Jesus Christ, in speech, thought, sentiment, and works: and continual dependence on His Spirit, in all things.”
– Laverty & Sons (eds), 1905

 

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CHRISTIAN PATIENCE IS THE REMEDY TO ALL EVIL

PROBLEMS? ADVERSITY? BAD HEALTH? PEOPLE DON’T SEEM TO LIKE ME? I DON’T HAVE A GOOD JOB? NOT ENOUGH MONEY? I FEEL LEFT OUT? FAMILY TROUBLES? ANXIETIES? WORRIES?

“…JESUS TEACHES US HOW TO SUFFER. Look with what unalterable calm He suffers His first crib, circumcision, poverty, exile and the work of a humble trade. Look at the sublime placidity with which He took the persecution, calumny, infamy, and all the torments of His passion.

All evil was launched against Him and yet He said nothing. He never raised a hand to defend Himself. He ardently desired suffering, and accepted it courageously, and He suffered with trust in His Heart.

Christian, Jesus was innocent and suffered so much for love of you, so how can you, who have sinned so many times, have no desire to suffer for Him? Do you think Jesus suffered to save you from suffering? No, He did not. It was in order to give you the example and the strength to suffer well. Do you claim His glory in Heaven when you have not shared His cross on earth? It is an unworthy thought.

Be one with His most patient Heart and love suffering. Have patience in trials that come from God via the hands of men, in injustices, calumnies or betrayals. Have patience in trials that come from God via the devil, in temptations or disturbances. Have patience in trials that you yourself cause by mistakes, negligence or weakness. Humble yourself before God in all things, and with the Heart of Jesus, surrender to His will. The earth is a vale of tears and life is a hard pilgrimage, but Christian patience is the remedy to all evil.

The Heart of Jesus makes suffering sweet. He said, “Blessed are you when people persecute you and speak all kinds of calumny against you on my account, rejoice and be glad.” Remember that Christ sends you tribulations so that you may know your faults; to help you detach yourself from the world, to know your plight so that you may no longer trust in yourself but in Him; to purify you, to make you holy and make you like Him in this life so that you may also be like Him in glory. Think that whatever the reason for which He afflicts you, whether it is punishment or to make you more perfect, He always does it out of love for you and for your good.

If it were not good for you to suffer, Jesus, who loves you, would surely spare you the experience. The clearest sign of love is to suffer for the beloved, and so, if God suffered so much pain for love of you, the pain became for Him as lovable as love itself.

Learn that the higher Jesus wants to raise a soul to perfection, the more He will give it suffering, and this is the fate of all those that are dear to Him.

It is in the fire of tribulations that you will become like fine gold, worthy to be displayed in the heavenly palace. The suffering of this life is not only negligible when compared to blessed eternity, but also compared to divine grace which gives such sweetness and comfort that it is worthier than all worldly joys. That is why martyrs were full of joy when they were going through torment.

Do not all these considerations alleviate every pain? Yes, all sufferings, when looked at through the Heart of Jesus, become worthy of respect and love. Love that Heart and even the bitterest things will become sweet to you.”
– Mons. Nicola Tafuri

 

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