Pondering Tidbits of Truth - July 5, 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.

Father Achille Gagliardi 

“All perfection is found upon only two principles…The first principle is a very low esteem for all created things but above all, for ourselves. This low esteem should show itself, in practice, by renouncing ourselves and all creatures…especially by manifesting contentment and cheerfulness when the Lord takes from us any good The second principle is a very high esteem of God…From this esteem there must certainly arise in us a great submission of will, and of every power and faculty, to His greater glory, without any mingling of our own interest, though it be ever so holy….there will be great conformity with the Divine Will…”
(From A Year With the Saints – A Virtue for Every Month of the Year)

David Torkington

“The experience of true love is only ever given, not to the person seeking pleasurable experiences for themselves, but to the person seeking to give pleasure, fulfilment and happiness to the one they love. The great mystery of God’s love for us is that, although he demands that we love him by giving him praise, thanksgiving, blessing and all honour and glory, it is not for his benefit but for ours. It does nothing, nor can it ever do anything to further his own happiness, his own fulfilment or his own honour and glory. And herein lies the secret of God’s selfless plan for us all. For it is in encouraging us to love him, although he gains nothing for himself, that we receive everything that we could possibly hope or dream for, “The height and the depth; the breadth and the length of God’s love that is beyond all understanding” (Ephesians 3:19).”

(From Wisdom of Christian Mystics – How To Pray The Christian Way)

St. Francis de Sales

“It should be our principal business to conquer ourselves, and, from day to day, to go on increasing in strength and perfection. Above all, however, it is necessary for us to strive to conquer our little temptations, such as fits of anger, suspicions, jealousies, envy, deceitfulness, vanity, attachment and evil thoughts. For in this way we shall acquire strength to subdue greater ones.”
(From Introduction to the Devout Life)