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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Pondering Tidbits of Truth-November 20, 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. Pius X

"When vice runs wild, when persecution hangs heavy, when error is so cunning that it threatens her destruction by snatching many children from her bosom (and plunges them into the whirlpool of sin and impiety) - then, more than ever, the Church is strengthened from above. Whether the wicked will it or not, God makes even error aid in the triumph of Truth whose guardian and defender is the Church. He puts corruption in the service of sanctity, whose mother and nurse is the Church. Out of persecution He brings a more wondrous 'freedom from our enemies.' For these reasons, when worldly men think they see the Church buffeted and almost capsized in the raging storm, then she really comes forth fairer, stronger, purer, and brighter with the luster of distinguished virtues."

(From Encyclical Editae Saepe)

St. Francis de Sales

“Yes, Lord, Your will be done, on earth where we have no pleasure without admixture of pain, no roses without thorns, no day without a night to follow, no spring without a winter that went before; on earth, Lord, where consolations are rare and trials are countless. Still, O God, Your will be done, not only in the fulfillment of Your commandments, counsels and inspirations, which must be done by us, but also in the suffering of afflictions and punishments, which must be accepted by us, to the end that by us, for us, in us, and with us, Your will may do all that is pleasing to it.”

(From Finding God's Will For You)  

St. John Marie Vianney, (The Curé d'Ars)

“If we are suffering pain and discomfort He will lighten our burden and comfort us. If we succumb to illness, either He will provide a remedy or He will give us the strength to suffer it for the sake of eternal life. If we find our­selves at war with the devil and our passions, He will supply us with arms for the battle so that we can resist and ulti­mately be victorious. If we are poor, He will enrich us with all kinds of good things in this life and in etenity.”

(From Sermon on Maundy Thursday)


  1. St. Francis de Sales has such a way with words.

  2. I can never get enough of him. God used His "Introduction to a Devout Life" to penetrate my hard heart. His wisdom always challenges me.