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THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CARNAL AND SPIRITUAL PLEASURES

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CARNAL AND SPIRITUAL PLEASURES

There is this difference, dearly beloved brethren, between the pleasures of the body and the soul.

Bodily pleasures are greatly desired so long as we do not yet enjoy them, but when they are partaken of to the full our liking for them soon turns to disgust.

Spiritual delights, on the contrary, are a matter of indifference and scorn to us when we do not possess them, but when we begin to experience them then we are filled with desire, and the more we enjoy them, the more we desire them.

In the pleasures of the body desire is delightful, fruition disappointing; in the pleasures of the soul desire is poor, fruition very delightful. The former, when indulged in, soon bring disgust; but the latter we can never have too much.

– From a homily by St Gregory the Great. From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2016 in Words of Wisdom

 

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HEAR, O THOU BOUNTEOUS MAKER, HEAR (HYMN)

– Lent –

Hear, O thou bounteous Maker, hear,

Our humble vows with gracious ear:

Turn not thy saving face away

Whilst on this solemn fast we pray.

 

Great searcher of our hearts, to thee

We here deplore our misery;

Behold, we to thy mercies fly,

Do thou thy healing grace apply.

– St Gregory the Great: Audi, Benigne Conditor (6th century)

 

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GOD HEARS EVERY SINGLE PRAYER

“The Lord asks nothing better than to load us with His graces. ‘But,’ says Saint Gregory the Great, ‘He wishes to be asked, nay, more importuned and, as it were, forced by our prayers.’

Saint Mary Magdalen of Pazzi goes so far as to say that God is not content with hearing our prayers; it would even seem as if He were grateful for them. Yes, for God being of infinite goodness, which demands a free outlet, He has, in a sense, an infinite need of bestowing His graces upon us. Now He Himself has laid down the law, that before giving us anything, He must be asked for it. Hence it is that our prayers are so agreeable to Him, and even place Him, so to speak, under obligations to us.

‘We pray,’ says Saint John Chrysostom, ‘and we are always heard, and heard even while we yet pray. Yes, we pray to God, and even before we have finished our prayer, the grace which we solicit is granted to us.'”

Laverty & Sons (eds), 1905

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2015 in Words of Wisdom

 

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“LET US CONSIDER WITH HOW MUCH GOODNESS GOD PUTS UP WITH US”

“What tongue can describe the heart of the divine mercy? What mind is not amazed by the riches of such great love? The psalmist was thinking of these riches of divine love when he said: ‘My helper, I will sing a psalm to you. It is you, O God, who are my protector, my God, my mercy.’

Carefully weighing the labours surrounding our humanity, he called God his helper. He calls his ‘protector’ the one who protects in the midst of our present distress until we come to eternal rest. But bearing in mind that God sees our evil deeds and bears with them, that he puts up with our sins and still preserves us for his rewards because of repentance, he could not just speak of God as being merciful but called him mercy itself, saying: ‘My God, my mercy’.

‘MY GOD, MY MERCY’

Let us then recall before our eyes the evil deeds we have done, let us consider with how much goodness God puts up with us, let us bear in mind the depth of his love. He is not only lenient toward our sins, but he even promises the heavenly kingdom to those who repent after sinning. Let each of us say from the very depths of our hearts, let us all say, ‘My God, my mercy’.”
– St Gregory the Great

 

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PRAYER TO ST GREGORY THE GREAT

(Patron saint of teachers, popes, musicians, singers, music industry and those working with haberdashery)

SAINT GREGORY THE GREAT, POPE AND DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH; MEMORIAL: SEPTEMBER 3

Born about 540, Gregory was Prefect of Rome when he renounced the world and entered a monastery about 575. He was ordained deacon, and sent on a papal mission to Constantinople from 580-585. He became pope in 590. It was the time of the barbarian attacks on Rome; he cared for the poor and refugees, made contact with the Barbarians, sent missionaries to England. His writings are extensive, particularly the commentaries on scripture. His liturgies, collected in the Gregorian Sacramentary, have been influential to our own day.

PRAYER:

Father,
you guide your people with kindness
and govern us with love.
By the prayers of Saint Gregory
give the spirit of wisdom
to those you have called to lead your Church.
May the growth of your people in holiness
be the eternal joy of your shepherds.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

 
 

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