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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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ACCEPT, O LORD, MY MIND

Accept, O Lord, my entire Liberty.

Accept my Memory.

Accept, O Lord, my Mind.

Ah! what deceitful lights have bewildered my understanding. Prayer appeared fatiguing to me, religious duties too absorbing, frequent communion unnecessary, the performance of the duties of my position seemed to be a heavy bondage, and devotion only fit for weak and unloving hearts

Oh! I well knew that all this was not true, and notwithstanding I allowed myself to be half convinced.

But at what time, O my God, have I been more actively employed than when I perfectly fulfilled all my religious duties?

At what time have I been more loving and more mindful of others than when I had the happiness of often receiving Holy Communion?

At what time have I been happier and more free than when I fulfilled all the duties of my state of life?

Accept my understanding, O Lord, and nourish it with the truth.

Teach me that, when dissevered from thee, the pleasures of the senses beget remorse, loathing, weariness and satiety.

The pleasures of the heart cause anxiety, bitterness, anguish, and fears.

The pleasures of the mind are futile and void, producing vanity, jealousies, contradictions, and humiliations.

Teach me that all earthly things are fleeting; that there is nothing true, beautiful, good, and eternal but thee, and thee alone, O my God!

“I give thee all I possess.”

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

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2016 in Words of Wisdom

 

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IT IS THE DEATH OF THE WORD MADE FLESH WHICH IS OUR GREAT LESSON OF THIS WORLD

“It is the death of the Eternal Word of God made flesh, which is our great lesson how to think and how to speak of this world.

His Cross has put its due value upon everything which we see, upon all fortunes, all advantages, all ranks, all dignities, all pleasures; upon the list of the flesh, and the list of the eyes, and the pride of life… Go to the political world… to the world of intellect and science… look at misery, look at poverty and destitution, look at oppression and captivity; go where food is scanty and lodging unhealthy… Would you know how to rate all these? Gaze upon the Cross.”

– Bl. John Henry Newman, We now learn the true values, P.S. VI, 84-86

 

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