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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Pondering Tidbits of Truth - May 23, 2013

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.

Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman
“The Catholic Church holds it better for the sun and moon to drop from heaven, for the earth to fail, and for all the many millions on it to die of starvation in extreme agony, as far as temporal affliction goes, than that one soul, I will not say, should be lost, but should commit one single venial sin, should tell one willful untruth, or should steal one poor farthing without excuse.” 

Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val

“Have a great devotion to the Passion of Our Lord. With peace and resignation, put up with your daily troubles and worries. Remember that you are not a disciple of Christ unless you partake of His sufferings and are associated with His Passion. The help of the grace of silence was the only thing that enabled the saints to carry their extremely heavy crosses. We can show our love for Him by accepting with joy the cross He sends our way.”

(From The Power of the Cross- Applying The Passion of Christ to Your Life by Michael Dubriel)

The Congregation For Clergy
“Whenever a confessor is available, sooner or later a penitent will arrive. And if the confessor continues to make himself available, even stubbornly so, sooner or later many penitents will arrive! Our rediscovery of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, both as penitents and as ministers, is a measure of authentic faith in the saving action of God which shows itself more clearly in the power of grace than in human strategic or pastoral initiatives which sometimes overlook this essential truth." 

(From The Priest Minister of Divine Mercy: An Aid for Confessors and Spiritual Directors)



  1. Love all of them, but #3 is the hobby horse I'm currently riding. Let's all go to Confession.

  2. Michael, Adam and Eve certainly did show us the suffering that followed one sin and fall from blessed communion.

  3. Joann:
    Indeed they did. Sadly not too many ponder the result of their sinfulness.

    Amen. I had the most beautiful experience in Confession yesterday and to think I almost let the evil one persuade me not to go.

  4. I am with you and Barb. Love all the quotes too.