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Nails were not enough to hold God-and-man nailed and fastened on the Cross, had not love held Him there.
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We are susceptible to heretical teachings because, in one form or another, they nurture and reflect the way that we would have it be, rather than the way God has provided, which is infinitely better for us. As they lead us into the blind alleys of self-indulgence and escape from life, heresies pander to the most unworthy tendencies of the human heart.
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To the spiritual perplexity which exercised so many of the rarest souls of the nineteenth century, God appeared as a Being whom men desired to find but could not. But such a formula, though it truly represented one side of their situation, can never represent the whole of any human situation. For God is also a Being whom it ill suits any of us to find but from whom we cannot escape. Part of the reason why men cannot find God is that there is that in Him which they do not desire to find, so that the God whom they are seeking and cannot find is not the God who truly is. Perhaps we could not fail to find God, if it were really God whom we were seeking. And indeed the deepest reality of the situation is that contained in the discovery, which alone is likely at last to resolve our perplexity, that when we were so distressfully seeking that which was not really God, the true God had already found us, though at first we did not know that it was He by whom we had been found. There is a saying,
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Who hates his neighbor has not the rights of a child. And not only has he no rights as a child, he has no father. God is not my father in particular, or any man's father (horrible presumption and madness!); no, He is only father in the sense of father of all, and consequently only my father in so far as He is the father of all. When I hate someone or deny God is his father, it is not he who loses, but I: for then I have no father.
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Commemoration of Giles of Provence, Hermit, c.710

It was not by dialectic that it pleased God to save His people; for the kingdom of God consisteth in simplicity of faith, not in wordy contention..
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Feast of Stephen, Deacon, First Martyr



The man who will not act until he knows all will never act at all.
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Commemoration of Thomas Merton, Monk, Spiritual Writer, 1968



We must remember that our experience of union with God, our feeling of His presence, is altogether accidental and secondary. It is only a side effect of His actual presence in our souls, and gives no sure indication of that presence in any case. For God Himself is above all apprehensions and ideas and sensations, however spiritual, that can ever be experienced by the spirit of man in this life.
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Feast of Willibrord of York, Archbishop of Utrecht, Apostle of Frisia, 739



There never was a pain that befell a man, no frustration or discouragement, however insignificant, that, transferred to God, did not affect God endlessly more than man, and was not infinitely more contrary to Him. So, if God puts up with it for the sake of some good He foresees for you, and if you are willing to suffer what God suffers, and to take what comes to you through Him, then whatever it is, it becomes divine in itself; shame becomes honor, bitterness becomes sweet, and gross darkness, clear light. Everything takes its flavor from God and becomes divine; everything that happens [reveals] God when a man's mind works that way; things all have this one taste; and therefore God is the same to this man alike in life's bitterest moments and sweetest pleasures.
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Feast of Monica, Mother of Augustine of Hippo, 387


What art Thou then, my God? What, but the Lord God? For who is Lord but the Lord? or who is God save our God? Most highest, most good, most potent, most omnipotent; most merciful, yet most just; most hidden, yet most present; most beautiful, yet most strong; stable, yet incomprehensible; unchangeable, yet all changing; never new, never old; all-renewing, and bringing age upon the Proud, and they know it not; ever working, ever at rest; still gathering, yet nothing lacking; supporting, filling, and over-spreading; creating, nourishing, and maturing; seeking, yet having all things. (Continued tomorrow).
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Feast of Dominic, Priest, Founder of the Order of Preachers, 1221

Continuing a short series of verse on Christ:
If it be all for naught, for nothingness

At last, why does God make the world so fair?

Why spill this golden splendor out across

The western hills, and light the silver lamp

Of eve? Why give me eyes to see, and soul

To love so strong and deep? Then, with a pang

This brightness stabs me through, and wakes within

Rebellious voice to cry against all death?

Why set this hunger for eternity

To gnaw my heartstrings through, if death ends all?

If death ends all, then evil must be good,

Wrong must be right, and beauty ugliness.

God is a Judas who betrays His Son,

And with a kiss, damns all the world to hell, --

If Christ rose not again.


... Unknown soldier, killed in World War I


August 9, 2002
Feast of Mary Sumner, Founder of the Mothers' Union, 1921

Concluding a short series of verse on Christ:
With this ambiguous earth h
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We cannot know whether we love God, although there may be strong reason for thinking so; but there can be no doubt about whether we love our neighbor or not. Be sure that, in proportion as you advance in fraternal charity, you are increasing your love of God, for His Majesty bears so tender an affection for us that I cannot doubt He will repay our love for others by augmenting, and in a thousand different ways, that which we bear for Him.
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Wonderful is the depth of thy words, whose surface is before us, gently leading on the little ones: and yet a wonderful deepness, O my God, a wonderful deepness. It is awe to look into it; even an awfulness of honour, and a trembling of love.
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Feast of Teresa of Avila, Mystic, Teacher, 1582



Our body has this defect that, the more it is provided care and comforts, the more needs and desires it finds.
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If by fate anyone means the will or power of God, let him keep his meaning but mend his language: for fate commonly means a necessary process which will have its way apart from the will of God and of men.
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Feast of Hildegard, Abbess of Bingen, Visionary, 1179

Seducers we, they
say; but they lead men astray. Oh, what a noble seduction ours, that men
should change from dissolute to sober living -- or towards it; to justice
from injustice -- or tending that way; to wisdom from being foolish --
or becoming such; and from cowardice, meanness and timidity, show courage
and fortitude, not least in this struggle for the sake of our religion.
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God gave us faculties
for our use; each of them will receive its proper reward. Then do not let
us try to charm them to sleep, but permit them to do their work until divinely
called to something higher.
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Commemoration of Mellitus, First Bishop of London, 624


It is not that we keep His commandments first, and that then He loves; but that He loves us, and then we keep His commandments. This is that grace, which is revealed to the humble, but hidden from the proud.
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Feast of Thomas Aquinas, Priest, Teacher
of the Faith, 1274

It is clear that
he does not pray, who, far from uplifting himself to God, requires that
God shall lower Himself to him, and who resorts to prayer not to stir the
man in us to will what God wills, but only to persuade God to will what
the man in us wills.
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Continuing a short series on forgiveness:


Tout comprendre, c'est tout pardonner. (To know all is to forgive all.) No commonplace is more untrue. Behavior, whether conditioned by an individual neurosis or by society, can be understood, that is to say, one knows exactly why such and such an individual behaves as he does. But a personal action or deed is always mysterious. When we really act, precisely because it is a matter of free choice, we can never say exactly why we do this rather than that. But it is only deeds that we are required to forgive. If someone does me an injury, the question of forgiveness only arises if I am convinced (a) that the injury he did me was a free act on his part and therefore no less mysterious to him than to me, and (b) that it was me personally whom he meant to injure. Christ does not forgive the soldiers who are nailing him to the Cross; he asks the Father to forgive them. He knows as well as they do why they are doing this -- they are a squad, detai
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Feast of Etheldreda, Abbess of Ely, c.678
Continuing a short series on authenticity:

For the preacher's merit or demerit,

It were to be wished the flaws were fewer

In the earthen vessel, holding treasure,

Which lies as safe in a golden ewer;

But the main thing is, does it hold good measure?

Heaven soon sets right all other matters.
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Feast of Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, Teacher, 430


None can become fit for the future life, who hath not practiced himself for it now.
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