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Pondering Tidbits of Truth is my simple and inadequate way of providing nuggets of spiritual wisdom for you to chew on from time to time.
"He who loves his neighbor must do as much good for his body as for his soul. This does not consist only in calling in the doctor, but also in caring for his neighbor’s welfare – his food, his drink, his clothing, his lodging, and protecting his body from anything that might be harmful to him…They are merciful who put consideration and humanity into providing what is necessary for resisting any type of evil and alleviating pain."
(From On the Customs of the Catholic Church)
St. John Paul II
St. John Paul II
"...the loss of a sense of sin is thus a form or consequence of 'the denial of God': not only in the form of atheism, but also in the form of secularism. If sin is the breaking off of one's filial relationship to God in order to situate one's life outside the obedience to Him, then to sin is not merely to deny God. To sin is also to live as if He did not exist, to eliminate Him from one's daily life."
(From Apostolic Exhortation, Reconciliatio et Poentientia)
"A Christianity from which we tried to remove the cross of voluntary mortification and penance under the pretext that these practices are the remains of the Dark Ages or of an outworn Medieval era, quite inappropriate for a modern Humanistic Age, would be an insipid Christianity, a Christianity in name only. It would not have kept intact the doctrine of the Gospels, nor would it serve to induce men to follow in Christ's footsteps."
(From The Eight Beatitudes)