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ARE THERE EVIL SPIRITS IN THINGS, WHICH TAKE PLEASURE IN SPITING AND THWARTING US?

ARE THERE EVIL SPIRITS IN THINGS, WHICH TAKE PLEASURE IN SPITING AND THWARTING US?

We are tempted to say sometimes that there are evil spirits in things, which take pleasure in spiting us, thwarting our desires, and resisting our wills. The more petulant we show ourselves, the more irritating they become; the more we wish to hasten, the more they persist in remaining hard and rebellious.

The Antidote

Gentleness will cause us to look upon them kindly and touch them delicately; and this regard and this tact will, as it were, restore their good nature.

Who among us has not experienced this?

In the spirit of serene resignation…

Happy are the souls who, living in friendship with the Angel of Resignation, have learned from him to “will what God wills; to turn from an obstacle rather than waste their strength trying to remove it; to yield rather than obstinately persist; to insinuate themselves rather than to enter brusquely; to ask rather than command; in fine, to will with all their hearts what they cannot prevent.”

These souls are strong to bear, pliant to yield, and, above all, kind in forgetting all that has given them pain.

– From: Golden Grains (Sanctification and Happiness of Every-Day Life), H.M. Gill and Son, Dublin, 1889

 

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Posted by on March 22, 2017 in Words of Wisdom

 

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TO NEGLECT OUR DUTY IS TO COMPLAIN OF GOD, OR TO MURMUR AGAINST HIS WILL

TO NEGLECT OUR DUTY IS TO COMPLAIN OF GOD, OR TO MURMUR AGAINST HIS WILL

“The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away: as it hath pleased the Lord so is it done: blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job1:21b)

A courageous woman was surprised, with her eyes full of tears, by one of her nieces who had brought a joyous band of children to visit her in order to amuse them.

What is the matter, aunt?

Affectionately embracing her niece, she replied: The weight on my heart is the blow which killed my son on such a day as this.

Oh, aunt! is to-day, then, the anniversary of his death? If you had told us so, we should not have worried you with our gaiety.

God forbid that I should make you bear the burden which oppresses me! That would be unjust. Poor children; is it because I am sad that you must not amuse yourselves?

And can you spend a day like this engaged in your ordinary occupations?

But, my child, is not fulfilling the duties of my state the best means of submitting my will to God, and thus securing a little consolation?

Know, my child, that when God sends us a cross, He wishes that we should bear it without neglecting on its account any of our duties, no matter how trifling they may be.

To neglect our duty is to complain of God, or to murmur against his will.

– From: Golden Grains, Little Counsels for the Sanctification and Happiness of Every-Day Life, H. M. Gill and Son, Dublin, 1889

 
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Posted by on November 11, 2016 in Words of Wisdom

 

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BEAR THIS IN MIND WHEN “THE GOING GETS TOUGH”

BEAR THIS IN MIND WHEN “THE GOING GETS TOUGH”

Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

We cannot love suffering for itself, but, aided by grace, we can love the will of God sufficiently to remain attached to it, even when it causes suffering.

God alone knows the sorrow which will result from His Will, for each one, until he sees the face of God.

Nevertheless, without knowing anything of it, without even wishing for such a knowledge, one can accept everything in advance, and love everything by considering it under this sovereign and beautiful form of the “holy will of God”.

– Laverty & Sons (eds), 1905

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Words of Wisdom

 

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MY DAUGHTER, NEVER BE HEARD TO SAY “I WISH” OR “I DO NOT WISH”

MY DAUGHTER, NEVER BE HEARD TO SAY “I WISH” OR “I DO NOT WISH”

God gave three counsels to St. Catherine of Genoa which, faithfully followed, would make family life very sweet:

  • “My daughter, never be heard to say, I wish, or I do not wish.
  • “Never make an excuse when thou art asked to perform a work of charity.”
  • “Endeavour always to do the will of others.”

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

 

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TWELVE STEPS OF SILENCE – SILENCE OF JUDGEMENT

TWELVE STEPS OF SILENCE – SILENCE OF JUDGEMENT

Step 1: Speak seldom with creatures and often with God

Previous: Silence of the mind

THE TWELVE DEGREES OF SILENCE

Step 9: Silence of judgment [Thy will be done]

Silence with regard to persons, silence with regard to things.

Do not judge, do not allow your own opinion to be perceived. Do not have them, that is, yield with simplicity, if these opinions are not opposed to prudence or charity.

It is the silence of the blessed and holy infancy, it is the silence of the perfect, it is the silence of the Angels and of the Archangels when they carry out the orders of God.

It is the silence of the Incarnate Word!

– From: The Twelve Degrees of Silence, Supplemento am.n. 2/2008 di “De Vita Contemplativa”

 

 

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OH! HOW HAPPY IS HE WHO CAN HAVE RECOURSE TO WORK AND PRAYER!

Oh! how happy is he who can have recourse to work and prayer in sad and desponding hours! – work, which powerfully distracts us, and prayer, which brings us sweet repose.

At such times, writes a holy soul, who had suffered much, I lay my complaints before God, as a child lays them before its mother. I become calmer when I have told Him all, and I can repeat with a more courageous heart the prayer of St Frances de Chantel, who certainly suffered more than I:

“Thy will be done to-day and for ever, O my God! without an “if” or a “but”

When I have said this, I hasten to occupy myself busily at my work, lest a murmur should arise in my heart.

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

 

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“I GIVE THEE ALL I POSSESS” – THE ENTIRE SURRENDER TO GOD

Suscipe – Offering Prayer to Our Lord

O my God! Thou hast made me very rich indeed.

My heart has treasures of love; I give them to thee!

I have a family, and thou knowest how I love them. If thou willest that death should lead them to heaven before me, my God, I say, but I say weeping: I give them to thee!

I have friends… If it is thy will that they should forget me; believe me guilty of wrong; withdraw from me, leaving my heart so isolated, that will be very painful and hard to bear; I give them to thee!

I have worldly goods, which afford me a certain degree of ease, and permit me to indulge in the sweet pleasure of giving alms to others poorer than I… If thou willst to take them from me degrees, even reducing me to absolute want; I give them to thee.

I have members that thou hast given me… If thou willest that paralysis should render my arms useless, that my eyes should cease to see the light of day, that my tongue may no longer articulate a word, O my God, I give thee all!

In exchange grant my thy love and thy grace, and then… nothing more but heaven.

Accept, O Lord, my Mind.

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

 
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Posted by on February 29, 2016 in Prayers for Today

 

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