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" “The trouble with the world is me.” - St Catherine of Siena

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Pondering Tidbits of Truth - March 24, 2016

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. Catherine of Siena

"How great is the stupidity of those who make themselves weak in spite of my strengthening, and put themselves into the devil's hands! I want you to know, then, that at the moment of death, because they have put themselves during life under the devil's rule (not by force, because they cannot be forced, as I told you; but they put themselves voluntarily into his hands), and because they come to the point of death under this perverse rule, they can expect no other judgment but that of their own conscience. They come without hope to eternal damnation. In hate they grasp at hell in the moment of their death, and even before they possess it, they take hell as their prize along with their lords as demons."

(From The Dialogue - Jesus to St. Catherine of Siena)

St. Josemaria Escriva

"Mary spent nearly every day of her life like millions of other women who look after their families, bringing up their children and take care of the house. Mary sanctifies the ordinary everyday things - what some people wrongly regard as unimporant and insignificant: everyday work, looking after those closest to you, visits to friends and relatives. What a blessed ordinariness that can be so full of love of God."

(From Christ Is Passing By)

St. Bernard

"If the winds of temptation rise against you, if you strike against the reefs of temptation, look at the star, call on Mary. If you are tossed by the waves of pride, of ambition, or of envy, look at the star, call on Mary. If anger, greed or impurity throw themselves violently against the barque of your soul, look at Mary. If you are troubled by the memory of your sins, confounded at the ugliness of your conscience, fearful at the thought of judgment, and you start sinking in the bottomless pit of sadness or in the abyss of despair, think of Mary. In danger, in affliction, in doubts, think of Mary, call on Mary. Don't let Mary be apart from your tongue, don't withdraw her from your heart; and to obtain her intercession, do not depart from the example of her virtue. You will not go wrong if you follow her, and not lose heart if you pray to her; you will not be lost if you think of her. If she takes you by the hand you will not fall; if she protects you, you will never have cause to fear; you will not grow weary if she guides you; you will reach port safely if she aids you."

(From Homily on the Virgin Mother)

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