You have taken me from the love of the world and given me patience to suffer. Most Sweet Jesus, Redeemer of the human race, turn Thine eyes of mercy toward the children of that race, once Thy chosen people. If a Mass is not offered, only God knows how many But I confess that, through my sins, I am not worthy of the grace to labor effectually and constantly for the eternal salvation of my soul and of the souls of my relations and neighbors; much less am I worthy of the grace to promote good works, and to increase the means, both spiritual and temporal, of restoring faith and rekindling charity among Catholics, and propagating the truth throughout the world. I must, moreover, beg to assure my opponents that I do not differ from them as widely as they perhaps imagine. The souls that have reached this point are truly the heart of the Church.
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Grant that they may no more scorn Thy most holy Name nor insolently persecute and enslave the Christian nations. At Her heart is Christ. Obtain for us likewise, a sincere loyalty to our Holy Mother, the Church; grant that we may ever remain most closely and sincerely united to the Heir of thy Faith and thy Authority, the one, true, visible Head of the Catholic Church, that mystic Ark outside of which there is no salvation.
Our single endeavor should be to give ourselves to the work and to be faithful to Him, and not to spoil His work by our shortcomings. Maria Faustina Kowalska also St. No edict, or royal declaration, or registered letters patent was strictly carried out in practice. This very day is a day of truce, a day for conversion.
Remember to guard thine eyes and reflect that the mortified eye shall behold the beauties of Heaven. Impending revolution unsettles the mind of the French, and suggests a host of new ideas which the central government alone can realize: Alphonsus Liguori If there be a true way that leads to the Everlasting Kingdom, it is most certainly that of suffering, patiently endured. Those who imagine that all we see in France is new will not read this without surprise. It has no brilliancy of its own. The law of , imposing a land tax; devolved upon each parish the duty of preparing a schedule of the estates within its limits.
How true it is that whoever works for you is paid in troubles! He also wished to listen to your prayer, and so he ordained that you experience poverty, distress, abandonment, weariness and scorn. They presented a stolid, impenetrable front to the march of intellect, and drove the people into the arms of monarchs. Lay down your arms, for we are told in Scripture not to render evil for good but to overcome evil by good.
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Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do. Simon and Schuster I see, however, that I am not worthy of such a grace.
Thus we shall be His temples and He will be within us as our God — as He actually is. Teresa of Avila The angels and the saints rejoice at the sight of men on earth who struggle, suffer and labor for the love of Christ. Was it as unexampled, as deeply subversive as they supposed? Indeed, we should accept misfortune not only in thanks, but in infinite gratitude to Providence, which by such means, detaches us from an excessive love for Earthly things and elevates our minds to the celestial and divine. That is the task which I Edition:
All our wishing cannot change them. He will use you to accomplish great things on the condition that you believe much more in his love than in your weakness. The Council registers are full of such decrees of evocation. As compared with ours, its forms are less sharply marked, its mode of action less regular, its existence less tranquil; but the system is the same. But when God's grace touches our innermost minds to bring understanding, his word which has been received by the ear sinks deep into the heart.
We must use mercy for the present and have hope for the future, as is fitting for true fathers who are eager for real correction and improvement. How is it that novelties are introduced which were never even thought of by our predecessors? And even if sufferings had no other reward than being able to bear something for that God who loves you, is not this a great reward and a sufficient remuneration? If you see a friend being honored, do not envy him. Now do I begin to be a disciple of Christ, and care for nothing in this world, that so I may find Jesus. But humility is, in reality, the opposite of self-deprecation.
Ignatius of Antioch This is the great work of a man: The former was always active, and often intelligently so. Lydwine of Schiedam This is the mark of Christianity--however much a man toils, and however many righteousnesses he performs, to feel that he has done nothing, and in fasting to say, This is not fasting, and in praying, This is not prayer, and in perseverance at prayer, I have shown no perseverance; I am only just beginning to practice and to take pains; and even if he is righteous before God, he should say, I am not righteous, not I; I do not take pains, but only make a beginning every day. Surprise has been expressed at the docility with which the French bore the burden of the conscription during and after the Revolution; but it must be borne in mind that they had long been used to it. Adhere to the only faith which continues to exist from the beginning, that faith which was preached by Paul and is upheld by the Chair of Peter.
With her for guide, you shall never go astray; invoking her, you shall never lose heart. And upon this Rock I will build My Church. It is well known that land registers terriers were kept in each seigniory, in which, century after century, were entered the boundaries of the feuds and seigniories, the rents due, the services to be rendered, the local customs.
However, we know that the difficulties of this world are nothing compared to the eternal happiness that awaits us, where there will be no limit to our joy, no end to our happiness, and we shall enjoy unimaginable peace. Despots acknowledge that liberty is an excellent thing; but they want it all for themselves, and maintain that the rest of the world is unworthy of it. Without this mark of holiness, our word will have difficulty in touching the heart of modern man. We must slow down to a human tempo and we'll begin to have time to listen. Holiness is to conceive the love of God within and to bring it forth to the world. In their eyes the intendants were the types of usurped authority, new men, employed to look after burghers and peasants; at best, very poor company.
He must one day or other walk the way of the cross to Gethsemane and Golgotha. Teresa of Avila In accordance with divine providence, the devil was not sent at once to the Gehenna assigned to him, but his sentence was postponed in order to let him test and try men's free will. And so they pass over to the eternal city. Their chief aim is to regulate the concerns of man with God, and the reciprocal duties of men toward each other, independently of social institutions.
FRANCIA AFTER THE CAROLINGIANS
Armed with these documents, an intendant applied to his sub-delegates for information, but the latter replied that they had none to give. Make frequent visits to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and the devil will be powerless against you. The government distributed, as it still does, certain sums in charity in each parish, on condition that the parishioners raised something on their side for the same purpose.