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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, September 24, 2015

Pondering Tidbits of Truth - September 24, 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.

Saint Augustine

“If you love God; draw to you all those who gather around or live in your house, so that all will come to love Him If you love the Body of Christ, which is the unity of the Church, impel everyone, to rejoice in God and tell them with David: ‘Magnify with me the Lord, and let us together praise His Holy Name' (Prov 21:28); and in this do not be calculating or stingy, but rather win for the Lord all those you can by whatever means possible, according to your abilities: exhorting them; bearing them up, pleading with then; arguing with them and giving them the reasons for the things of faith, with all gentleness and tact.”

(From Commentary on the Psalms)

Saint Vincent Ferrer

“…[God]  never gives His grace to one who, having available to him someone capable of instructing and directing him, chooses to despise this most efficacious means of sanctification, believing that he is sufficient unto himself and that by his efforts alone he can seek and find what is necessary for salvation ... Another who, having a director, elects to obey him without reserve and in everything will an-arrive more easily than he would do if alone, although he might well possess a keen intelligence and have at hand knowledgeable books on spiritual matters…

(From Treatise on the Spiritual Life)

St. Ambrose

“Stretch out your hand often by doing favors for your neighbor, by protecting from harm one who suffers under the weight of calumny; stretch out your hand to the poor man who begs from you; stretch out your hand to the Lord, asking pardon for your sins. This is how you stretch out your hand , and this is how you will be cured.”

(From Commentary on St. Luke’s Gospel)

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