Pondering Tidbits of Truth - April 10, 2014

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, O.P.

"Just as it is better to illuminate than merely to shine, so to pass on what one has contemplated is better than to merely contemplate."

(From Summa Theologica, II— II, 188)

Mother Julienne Morrell, O.P.

"He is not poor who never lacks anything but possesses an ample supply of everything. If we wish to be truly poor in spirit, we must be poor in fact, contenting ourselves, as do the poor, with having what is strictly necessary in regard to food, drink, clothes and bedding, neither seeking nor desiring anything superfluous but rather rejoicing when we lack for anything and are thereby enabled to practice this very precious virtue of poverty of spirit. "

(From Commentary, Chapter 1, A Treatise on The Spiritual Life by St. Vincent Ferrer)

Johann Tauler, O.P.

"Our Lord said one thing is necessary. What is this thing, which is so necessary? It is that you should know that you are nothing, That is what you have, that is what you are, and that is who you are of yourself: nothing."

(From Spiritual Conferences)