Pondering Tidbits of Truth - February 27, 2014

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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.

St.   Thomas Aquinas

“There is a difference between the knowledge we ac­quire of God by science and by faith. The knowledge of God possessed by a study of the sciences enlightens our intellect only, by showing that God is the first cause, that He is One and All-Wise. But the knowledge of God had by faith both enlightens the intellect and delights the heart; because that knowledge not only tells us that God is the First Cause but that He is our Savior, that He is the Redeemer, that He loves us and became man for us.”

(From Saint Thomas Aquinas – Meditations for Every Day)

Father Leo Rudloff, O.S.B.

“It is certain that the suffering of the "poor souls" [in purgatory] is very great and that they suffer without being able to gain further merits, i.e., to grow in charity. Most severe of all is the fact that they are excluded from the vision of God. It is a further certainty that we can come to their aid by prayer and espe­cially by sacrifice (Holy Mass). But it is equally certain that they know of their eternal salvation and that they derive great comfort therefrom. Consequently, purgatory is de­cidedly a place of love and surrender to the will of God. After the soul has completed its period of purgation, or if it departed this life free from the last stain of sin or obligation to temporal punishment, it enters into the eternal bliss of heaven.”

(From Everyman’s Theology)

Blessed Columba Marmion

“…What God wants is that you be holy.

Let us, then, seek to carry out this will of our Heavenly Father. Our Lord asks that the splendor of our works be such as to bring those who are witness of them to glorify His Father. Let us fear neither temptation (when we resist it, God will make profit come out of it for us, because it is the occasion of a victory which strengthens us in the love of God); nor trials either. We can go through great difficulties, suffer grave contradictions, endure deep sufferings; but from the moment that we set, ourselves to serve God through love, those diffi­culties, those contradictions, those sufferings, serve as the food of love When one loves God, one can still feel the cross; God will even make us feel it more in the measure that we advance, because the cross establishes in us a greater likeness to Christ: but one loves then, if not the cross itself, at least the hand of Jesus that places the cross on our shoulders,. For this hand-gives us also the unguent of grace for bearing our burden. Love is a powerful weapon against temptation and an invincible force in adversity.”

(From Christ, The Life of the Soul)