" "If I am not in a state of grace, may God put me there. If I am in a state of grace, may God keep me there." – St. Joan of Arc

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Pondering Tidbits of Truth - October 2, 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

"Now is the time of mercy;  then, there will be only the time of justice. This is why we have to live in the present moment and transform it into the moment of God."

 (From About the Creed)

Salvatore Canals

"Sometimes we allow other things to scare us, things that come from far away - fears about future dangers. We are afraid of things or of dangers, which at present do not exist and we don't know if they will ever happen; but in our imagination we see them as present, and this makes them appear even more terrible. A simple supernatural reasoning process will get rid of them: since these dangers which you imagine possible are not actual dangers and this fear you have has not been verified, then clearly you do not have the grace of God necessary to overcome them, to accept them. If your fears were verified, if things did turn out as you expect, then you would have divine grace; with that grace and your response to it you would win out and have peace.

Its quite natural that at present you do not have God’s grace to overcome those obstacles and to accept crosses which exist only in your imagination. What you have to do is base your spiritual life on a serene, objective realism."

(From Jesus as Friend)



Pope Paul VI

"Time is a gift from God. He invites us to prove our love for him in a free and determined fashion. We should therefore be miserly in our use of time. We should use it well by working with love and intensity. A Christian should never give in to sloth or boredom It is fine for us to rest whenever necessary (cf Mark 6:31), but we should always have our eyes fixed on our final resting place in Heaven."

(Address, 1 January. 1976)

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