(Photo from Father Lawrence Lew, O.P. - God’s Excessive Love)
" "Our Lord is loved by so few, because few consider the pains He has suffered for us; but he that frequently considers them cannot live without loving Jesus." – Meditation on the Passion

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Pondering Tidbits of Truth - May 21, 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.



Monsignor Ronald A. Knox

“Why did the Lord include so many fishermen among his Apostles? ... What were the good points that He saw in them? I think there was one thing which He specially appreciated in those who were to be his Apostles: an unshakeable patience ... They had worked all night and had caught nothing; long hours of waiting after which the grey light of dawn was to bring them their reward; but there was none.

What a lot of waiting the Church of Christ has had to endure throughout the centuries ... patiently extending her invitation and leaving grace to do its work! ... What does it matter if she has worked very hard in one place or another and reaped very little for her Master? On the basis of his word; in spite of everything, she will launch her nets again until such time as His grace, the limits of which are in no way proportioned to human efforts, brings her again a new catch of fish.”

(Sermon preached on the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, June 29, 1947)


Jesus to St. Catherine of Siena



"The willing desire to suffer every pain and hardship even to the point of death for the salvation of souls is very pleasing to me. The more you bear, the more you show your love for me. In loving me you come to know more of my truth, and the more you know, the more intolerable pain and sorrow you will feel when I am offended"

(From The Dialogue)



St. Josemaria Escriva 

It is time for us Christians to shout from the rooftops that work is a gift from God and that it makes no' sense to classify men differently, according to their occupa­tion, as if some jobs were nobler or of less significance than others. Work; all work bears witness to the dignity of man, to his dominion over creation. It is an opportunity to develop one's personality. It is a bond of union with others, the way to support one's family, a means of contributing to the improvement of the society in which we live and to the progress of all humanity.

(From Christ Is Passing By)

 

2 comments:

  1. St. Josemaria is a great blessing to the Church, especially to the laity. We need to hear that work is a blessing and that no job is nobler than any other because in all jobs, if we are doing God's will, we are advancing His kingdom.

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  2. It's a shame, Barb, that work has become a dirty word in some quarters instead of a vehicle to our sanctification as God intends...

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