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" "In the first place it should be known that if a person is seeking God, his beloved is seeking him much more." — St. John of the Cross

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Pondering Tidbits of Truth - Week of August 2, 2012

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.

From Venerable Fulton J. Sheen

"...in previous ages men lived in the sense of the Presence of God. As the earth carries its own atmosphere while it revolves around in space, so men carried with them their faith. Today, there is a feeling not of the Presence of God, but rather the absence of God: We have not lost our thirst, but we have denied the existence of water." 
(Radicalism and Sacrifice)

From St. John of the Cross

"Endeavor to be inclined always:
not to the easiest, but to the most difficult;
not to the most delightful, but to the harshest;
not to the most gratifying, but to the less pleasant;
not to what means rest for you, but to hard work;
not the consoling, but to the unconsoling;
not to the most, but to the least;
not to the highest and most precious, but to the lowest and most despised;
not to wanting something, but to wanting nothing;
do not go about looking for the best of temporal things, but for the worst and desire to enter for Christ into complete nudity, emptiness, and poverty in everything in the world.
You should embrace these practices earnestly and try to overcome the repugnance of your will toward them. If you sincerely put them into practice, with order and discretion, you will discover in them, great delight and consolation..."
(Ascent of Mount Carmel)

 From St. Augustine

"Too little does man love You who loves something together with You, loving it not because of You."

(The Confessions of St. Augustine)

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