St.Bernard on gossiping 


Look at that clever calumniator! He begins by fetching a deep sigh, he affects to be humble, and puts on a modest look, and with a voice choking with sobs tries to gloss over the slander which is on the tip of his tongue. One would fancy that he expressly assumed a calm and easy demeanor; for when he speaks against his brother, it is in a tender and compassionate tone. I am really hurt, says he, to find that our brother has fallen into such a sin; you all know how much I love him, and how often I have tried to correct him. It is not today that I have noticed his failing; for I should always be on my guard to speak of others, but others have spoken of it too. It would be in vain to disguise the fact; it is only too true, and with tears in my eyes I tell it to you. This poor unfortunate brother has talent, but it must be confessed that he is very guilty, and however great may be our friendship for him, it is impossible to excuse him.

~Saint Bernard of Clairvaux from a sermon~

50 Maxims for Attaining Perfection by St.Alphonsus Liguori


50 Maxims for Attaining Perfection by St.Alphonsus Liguori 

1. To desire ardently to increase in the love of Jesus Christ.

2. Often to make acts of love towards Jesus Christ. Immediately on waking, and before going to sleep, to make an act of love, seeking always to unite your own will to the will of Jesus Christ.

3. Often to meditate on his Passion.

4. Always to ask Jesus Christ for his love.

5. To communicate often, and many times in the day to make spiritual Communions.

6. Often to visit the Most Holy Sacrament.

7. Every morning to receive from the hands of Jesus Christ himself your own cross.

8. To desire Paradise and death, in order to be able to love Jesus Christ perfectly and for all eternity.

9. Often to speak of the love of Jesus Christ.

10. To accept contradictions for the sake of Jesus Christ.

11. To rejoice in the happiness of God.

12. To do that which is most pleasing to Jesus Christ, and not to refuse him anything that is agreeable to him.

13. To desire and to endeavour that all should love Jesus Christ.

14. To pray always for sinners and for the souls in purgatory.

15. To drive from your heart every affection that does not belong to Jesus Christ.

16. Always to have recourse to the most holy Mary, that she may obtain for us the love of Jesus Christ.

17. To honour Mary in order to please Jesus Christ.

18. To seek to please Jesus Christ in all your actions,

19. To offer yourself to Jesus Christ to suffer any pain for his love.

20 To be always determined to die rather than commit a wilful venial sin.

27. To suffer crosses patiently, saying, ‘Thus it pleases Jesus Christ.

22. To renounce your own pleasures for the love of Jesus Christ.

23. To pray as much as possible.

24. To practice all the mortifications that obedience permits.

25. To do all your spiritual exercises as if it were for the last time.

26. To persevere in good works in the time of aridity.

27. Not to do nor yet to leave undone anything through human respect.

28. Not to complain in sickness.

29. To love solitude, to be able to converse alone with Jesus Christ.

30. To drive away melancholy [i.e. gloom].

37. Often to recommend yourself to those persons who love Jesus Christ.

32. In temptation, to have recourse to Jesus crucified, and to Mary in her sorrows.

33. To trust entirely in the Passion of Jesus Christ.

34. After committing a fault, not to be discouraged, but to repent and resolve to amend.

35. To do good to those who do evil.

36. To speak well of all, and to excuse the intention when you cannot defend the action.

37. To help your neighbour as much as you can.

38. Neither to say nor to do anything that might vex him. And if you have been wanting in charity, to ask his pardon and speak kindly to him.

39. Always to speak with mildness and in a low tone.

40. To offer to Jesus Christ all the contempt and persecution that you meet with.

41. To look upon [religious] Superiors as the representatives of Jesus Christ.

42. To obey without answering and without repugnance, and not to seek your own satisfaction in anything.

43. To like the lowest employment.

44. To like the poorest things.

45. Not to speak either good or evil of yourself.

46. To humble yourself even towards inferiors.

47. Not to excuse yourself when you are reproved.

48. Not to defend yourself when found fault with.

49. To be silent when you are disquieted [i.e. upset].

50. Always to renew your determination of becoming a saint, saying, ‘My Jesus, I desire to be all Yours, and You must be all mine.

Jesus,Mary,I love Thee!Save Souls

“There is a beautiful supplication, a quick prayer that our Lord gave to Sister Maria Consolata Betrone. It says- ‘Jesus and Mary, I love Thee. Save souls.’ It is very simple, but oh it carries a lot of weight.” (Mother M Angelica)
Jesus went on to say “I do not call you for more than this: act of continual love”, Sister Consolata began to thus repeat this one prayer, over and over again, during all her waking hours, in every form of work as she went about her daily duties. For it was Christ himself, who instructed her in the practice of what He called the “unceasing act of love” expressed in the words- “Jesus, Mary, I love Thee! Save souls!”
Concerning this prayer, our Lord said, “Tell me, what more beautiful prayer do you want to offer me? —‘Jesus, Mary, I love Thee! Save souls!’— Love and souls! What more beautiful prayer could you desire? Think, One act of love can determine eternal happiness for a soul. Therefore, be careful never to omit one ‘JESUS, MARY, I LOVE THEE, SAVE SOULS:’ Lose no time-every act of love is a soul.”
Words of Our Lady: “Only in paradise will you realize the value and the fruitfulness of saving souls. The act of love is especially meritorious as one of reparation.”

“One JESUS, MARY, I LOVE THEE, SAVE SOULS atones for thousands of blasphemies.”
“Put together all victuous acts of today that you can perform, and put them beside a day uninterrupted in acts of love – and I will take the love-filled day in performence to anything else you have done of offered Me. “JESUS, MARY, I LOVE YOU, SAVE SOULS:-Here with you offer Me everything.”
“Remain true to this act of love, and renew it from hour to hour, and I will grant you everything, Consolata.”
“Consolata, I will lead you to all heights of love and suffering, but repeat always: JESUS, MARY, I LOVE THEE, SAVE SOULS: Nothing more.”
“I prefer one act of love to all other prayers. 

“JESUS, MARY, I LOVE THEE, SAVE SOULS” includes all – the souls in purgatory as those in the militant Church, the guilty and the innocent, the dying, the godless. Fear not: On the day you die, you will have reached the summit and finished your last act of love that Jesus wished from you, when He called you as a Victim of Love.” “JESUS, MARY, I LOVE YOU, SAVE SOULS” (300 days indulgence)

Morning Meditation 

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On Teaching of Truth

Persons who are taught by truth and not by symbols or deceitful words are really blessed and happy,for they learn truth in itself.Our own opinions and lack of knowledge often leads us astray,because we do not know the truth as it is.

What good will it do us to learn many things,the knowledge of which will not help us on judgement day,nor hurt us if we do not know them?It is foolish not to learn those things which are necessary for us and to waste our time on those that merely satisfy our curiosity and hurt us in the end.For if we do so,we have eyes but cannot see.

What need have we to be concerned with unessentials?He to whom the Eternal Word (Who is Jesus) speaks is freed of useless opinions.From the Word all things proceed and all creation cries out that He is God the same Who is the Beginning Who speaks to us.No one can understand the truth nor make right judgements without Him.Only those to whom all things are One,may be strong in heart and rest peacefully in God.

O my God,you are Truth;unite me to Yourself in perfect Love.I am so weary of all I read and see,for only in you is all that I will or can desire.Let all the learned be silent in Your presence and let all creatures be still and do You,Lord,alone speak to my soul.

The more we are united within ourselves and are joined to you in the simplicity of our hearts,the more effortlessly we understand the deep things,for the light of understanding comes to us from above.A pure,simple and stable heart is not bogged down by a multitude of tasks because it does all for the honor of God,and since it is not self seeking,it is not eager to follow its own will.

An unmortified spirit is your greatest hindrance.Good and devout people first plan inwardly the works they are to do outwardly;in this way they are not led to evil inclinations,but bend their wills to the rule of right reason,Who has a greater struggle than those who labor to overcome themselves?This should be our daily labor:self conquest,so as to make steady progress in the spiritual life.

There is no absolute perfection in this life,for there is always some imperfection attached to it;likewise there is no knowledge in this world that is not mixed with some ignorance.Therefore,a humble self-knowledge is a surer way to God than a search after deep learning.

It is not wrong to pursue learning,for since it comes from God it is good as far as it goes;but it is far better to have a clean conscience and lead a virtuous life.Because some prefer to be learned than to be virtuous,they make many mistakes and produce little to no fruit.

If only people would use as much energy in avoiding sin and cultivating virtues as they do in disputing questions,there would not be so much evil in the world,nor bad example given,nor would there be so much laxity in religion!

On the day of judgement we will not be asked what we have read,but what we have done;neither will we be asked how well we have spoken,but how devoutly we have lived.Where are all the Doctors and learned people who were famous in their day?They are now supplanted by others.In their lifetime they enjoyed fame,but now they scarcely remembered.

How quickly the glory of this world passes,with its deceptive pleasures!If only their life had been on a par with their learning,then all their study and reading would have been to a good end.Many there are who care little for a good life in the service of God,because they give themselves to useless pursuits.They prefer to be great in this world than to be humble,and therefore their illusions go up in smoke.

Those who abound in charity are truly great;and those are also great who are little in their own estimation and regard all worldly honors as nothing.How wise are those who look upon worldly pleasures as dung in order to gain Christ.They are truly learned who forsake their own will to follow the will of God.

~The Imitation of Christ~

10 Commandments For the Business Men

Principles given by St.Bernadine of Siena to the professional men of his time.

 

Courage

10 Commandments for the Business Men

  1. Do not sell for a higher price or purchase for a lower price than the law permits
  2. Never trade in a way that may harm the State, or put your personal interest above the public good;
  3. Sell your goods at the same fair price to both foreigners and your countrymen; to the simple and ignorant as well as the clever and learned;
  4. Do not charge a higher price for those whose payments are late;
  5. Use accurate weights and measures;
  6. Respect contracts and make payment on the dates when they are due;
  7. Do not trade on Sundays and holydays of obligation;
  8. Choose a pious and learned confessor;
  9. Avoid lying, false oaths, duplicity, and all types of fraud;
  10. Do not stay away from your wife too long [on business trips].
(in Osservatore Romano,
French weekly edition of October 23, 1959, p. 3)

Morning Meditation

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On Having a Humble Opinion of Oneself

Knowledge is a natural desire in all people.But knowledge for its own sake is useless unless you fear God.An unlearned peasant,whose contentment is in the service of God,is far better than the learned and the clever,whose pride in their knowledge leads them to neglect their souls while fixing their attention on the stars.

True self knowledge makes you aware of your own worthlessness and you will take no pleasure in the praises of others.If your knowledge encompasses the universe and the love of God in not in you,what good will it do you in God’s sight?He will judge you according to your own actions.

An overweening desire for knowledge brings many distractions and much delusion.Many like to be considered learned and to be praised for their wisdom;how much knowledge there is which adds nothing to the good of the soul.To spend yourself on worldly pursuits which do nothing to further your eternal salvation is unwise.

It is useless to spend much time in talking;only a holy life and a good conscience will ease your mind and satisfy your soul,enabling you to face God with confidence.

Remember the more you know,the more severely you will be judged.So do not be proud of any skill or knowledge you may have,for such is an awesome responsibility.No matter how much you know,realize how much there is that you do not know.Do not be afraid to acknowledge your own ignorance.

Why have an exalted opinion of yourself when you know there are many,even in your own field,whose knowledge surpasses yours?If you want to learn anything worthwhile,seek rather to be unknown and to be thought as nothing.

Nothing is so beneficial as a true knowledge of ourselves,which produces a wholesome self contempt.Always think kindly of others,while holding yourself as nothing;this is true wisdom and leads to perfection.If you see another commit a grevious sin,or whose faults are flagrant,do not regard yourself as better,for you do not know what you would do if similarily tempted.You are in good disposition now,but you do not know how long you will persevere in it.Always keep in mind that all are frail,but none so frail as yourself.
~The Imitation of Christ~

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God’s Care For You

“Cast all your anxiety on him for he cares for you”
~1 Peter 5:7

But when I take a close look at myself,I see only sin and weakness,and I cant believe that God would want to help me.

“Think no more of your past life,except in order to admire the Father’s goodness which…did not want to reject you,but rather with great care,wished to overcome your hardness and,winning over with his grace,wanted and wants to demonstrate this power over you”

“Place all your cares in God alone because God cares greatly for you”

“Let us consider Jesus’ love for us and his concern for our well being,and then let us be at peace.Let us not doubt that he will invariably assist us with fatherly care against all our enemies.If we were left to ourselves to remain on our feet,we should never be able to do it.At the first breath of air we should fall down and certainly have no hope of rising again.”

“….How many times does he not stretch out his hand to us to arrest our headlong dash towards the precipise?How many times,when we had abandoned him,has he not readmitted us to his loving embrace?”
~St.Padre Pio~

Lord,help me to remember that you love me more than I can imagine,and that, despite my sin and weakness,you always want to help me.Amen.