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" "He who trusts himself is lost. He who trusts in God can do all things." - St. Alphonsus Liguori

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Pondering Tidbits of Truth - January 4, 2018


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.



Jean-Baptiste Chautard, O.C.S.O.

A preacher endowed with learning but of only mediocre piety may be able to paint a picture of Christian Truth that will stir souls, bring them a little closer to God, even increase their faith. But if one is to fill souls with the life-giving savor of virtue, he must first have tasted the true spirit of the Gospel and made it enter into the substance of his own life by means of mental prayer. 

(From The Soul of the Apostolate) 


Father Federick Faber

Kindness is the overflow of self on others. To be kind is to put others in one’s place. Kindness has convinced more sinners than zeal, eloquence or learning, and these three things have never converted anybody without kindness having something to do with it. In a word, kindness makes us as gods towards one another. It is the manifestation of this feeling in apostolic men which draws sinners to them and brings them thus to their conversion.  

(From Spiritual Conferences)


St. Vincent Ferrer 

Have the heart of a mother whether you have to encourage souls or scare them, show to them a heart full of tender charity, and let the sinner feel that your language is inspired by it. If you want to be useful to souls, begin by appealing to God with all your heart, asking Him to fill you with charity which is the compendium of all the virtues, in order that by its means you may efficaciously attain the end you have in view. 

(From Treatise on the Spiritual Life)

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