(Photo from Father Lawrence Lew, O.P. - God’s Excessive Love - Used With Permission)
" “The trouble with the world is me.” - St Catherine of Siena

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Pondering Tidbits Of Truth - Ocober 25, 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.

Father Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P.

The primary purpose of the priestly grace is the worthy celebration of the Sacrifice of the Mass…The secondary purpose of the grace which the priest receives at ordination is the sanctification of the faithful. If the priest has the care of souls, he has a special obligation to strive for holiness of life because of his duty toward the Mystical Body of Christ. In no other way will he be able to sanctify the souls committed to his charge or avoid the dangers of the world… 

(From The Priest In Union With Christ)


Madeleine Delbrel, Servant of  God

From a sand dune, dressed in white, the missionary overlooks an expanse of lands filled with unbaptized peoples. From the top of a long subway staircase, dressed in an ordinary suit or overcoat, we overlook, on each step, during this busy rush-hour time, an expanse of heads, of bustling heads, waiting for the door to open. Caps, berets, hats and hair of every color. Hundreds of heads – hundreds of souls. And there we stand, above. And above us, and everywhere is God. God is everywhere – and how many souls even take notice. 

(From We, the Ordinary People of the Street) 


Father Walter Farrell, O.P.

There is no man God does not wish to be saved; but there is no man God will save against that man’s will. It would be a poor kind of love that made us in His image and left us nothing to do for ourselves; it is a divine love that sets outs a man’s work for a man’s life and stands by a man’s own decisions. He has indeed left us something to do with our mind and our will as well as with our hands and our feet. If we do these things, we are fulfilling the divine will; if we do not, we are not thwarting God but ourselves, for our eternal happiness hangs on the condition of our activity This is not a reason for despair; rather it is a divine tribute to the nobility of the nature of man. 

(From My Way of Life)


  1. Very thought provoking. I really like your blog and hope you'll be part of Sunday Snippets all the time.

  2. Thank you Michael. Being from New York City, I particularly like the subway staircase image. I often pray for "the people of my life" and that includes everyone on the planet with me during my time here and those who prepared the way for me and my conversion. Now, I can see the bobbing staircase heads with all of them in mind. Images do help my prayer. This one also makes me smile.