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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, June 20, 2013

Pondering Tidbits of Truth - June 20, 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.


St. Teresa of Avila

“The highest perfection consists not in interior favors or in great raptures but in the bringing of our wills so closely into conformity with the Will of God that, as soon as we realize that He wills anything, we desire it ourselves with all our might.”
(Book of Foundations)



 “We ourselves, though we’re guilty of every sin, are not just a work of God; we’re image. Yet we have cut ourselves off from our Creator in both soul and body. Did we get eyes to serve lust, the tongue to speak evil, ears to hear evil, a throat for gluttony, a stomach to be gluttony’s ally, hands to do violence, genitals for unchaste excesses, feet for an erring life? Was the soul put in the body to think up traps, fraud and injustice? I don’t think so.”

(Tertullian On The Shows: An Anaylsis - The Journal of Theological Studies (1978) XXIX (2): 339-365)

St. Catherine of Siena

“Always keep your eyes on God. Let everything you do be directed toward God. Let each of you try to grow from strength to strength, never turning back to look at the world but keeping your heart constantly fixed on the thought of how short our time is. Ponder the price at which you have been so tenderly ransomed and the reward given to those who clothe themselves in virtue. In this way…you will grow more and more in holy desire. Then at the end of your life you will…come bound in love and charity, to that perfect union and vision of peace where there is joy and happiness completely free of sadness or bitterness.” 

(The Letters of St. Catherine of Siena, Vol. II, Suzanne Noffke, O.P., Tr.)




  1. Thanks for these tidbits. They are little jolts of inspiration to jump start our fervor.

    1. Thanks Barb. Your writings more often than not cause me to take a close look at what I am doing. For that gift, I will be eternally grateful.

  2. Love the quotes. Especially St Catherine's which is really speaking to me today.