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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, January 29, 2015

Pondering Tidbits of Truth - January 29, 2015

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.

Father Jean Nicholas Grou

“God wishes-us to fear His justice, so that we may avoid sin, so that we may forsake it as soon as possible, so that we may ex­piate it by penance, so that we may never think we have expi­ated it sufficiently, and so that we may not lightly presume on the hope of pardon. But at the same time He wishes us to trust in Him, to hope for all things from His mercy, to return to Him through love rather than fear, and never to allow ourselves to become the prey of a terror that is without foundation and in­jurious to God, and that can have no other effect than to dis­courage and dishearten us.

But how far are we to carry this trust in God? As far as His power and His goodness; as far as our own weakness and our own misery; that is to say, our trust is to be boundless.”

(From The Spiritual Life-A Comprehensive Guide for Catholics Seeking Salvation)

St. Thomas Aquinas

[Almsgiving] is more useful for the one who practices it than for the one who receives it, for the man who makes a practice of almsgiving draws out a spiritual profit from his acts, whilst those who receive his alms receive only a temporal benefit.

(From Commentary on the Second Epistle to the Corintihians)

Venerable Fulton J. Sheen

“But whatever be the reason for these trying days, of this we may be certain:  The Christ Who suffered under Pontius Pilate signed Pilate’s death warrant; it was not Pilate who signed Christ’s.  Christ’s Church will be attacked, scorned, and ridiculed, but it will never be destroyed…. The bold fact the enemies of God must face is that modern civilization has conquered the world, but in doing so has lost its soul.  And in losing its soul it will lose the very world it gained. Even our own so-called liberal culture in the United States, which has tried to avoid complete secularization by leaving little zones of individual freedom, is in danger of forgetting that these zones were preserved only because religion was in their soul.  And as religion fades so will freedom, for only where the spirit of God is, is there liberty.”

(From Characters of Passion as quoted by Patti McGuire Armstrong in Venerable Fulton J. Sheen on Politics)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      


  1. I love the quote from Venerable Sheen. He nails it every time with such clarity. What is lacking in so much Catholic writing today is simplicity and clarity.

  2. Fortunately Barb, he was a prolific writer and left us countless treasures. The problem is not enough bother to open and read them.