Temptations

“My brethren, count it all joy when ye shall fall into diverse temptations.” -Epist. S. Jas., Cat., c. i, v. 2. If we are tempted, says the Holy Spirit, “it is a sign that God loves us.” Those whom God best loves have been most exposed to temptations. “Because thou was acceptable to God,” said…

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The Value of Good Spiritual Reading

“Blessed is the man whom Thou shalt instruct, O Lord, and shalt teach him out of Thy Law.“ –Ps. 93:12 “All scripture divinely inspired, is profitable to teach, to reprove, to correct, to instruct in justice.” -2 Timoth. 3:16 Spiritual reading is to the soul what food is to the body. Be careful, therefore, to…

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Sundays and Holydays in the Spiritual Life

“The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath.” -Mark 2: 27 Every day of our life should be employed in glorifying God, but there are certain days He has particularly appointed whereon to receive from us a more special exterior worship. These are Sundays and holydays. It is therefore obligatory upon…

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On Scruples in the Spiritual Life

Having therefore such hope, we use much confidence. (St. Paul, II. Cor., c. III., v. 12.) Fear is not in charity: but perfect charity casteth out fear, because fear hath pain. And he that feareth is not perfect in charity. (St. John, I. Epist., c. IV., v. 18.) There are persons who look upon scrupulosity…

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Interior Peace & Sadness

“Always active, always at rest.” -St. Augustine Be on your guard lest your zeal degenerate into anxiety and eagerness. Saint Francis de Sales was a most pronounced enemy of these two defects. They cause us to lose sight of God in our actions and make us very prone to impatience if the slightest obstacle should…

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Thoughts on Spiritual Direction

“For it is not you who speak, but the Holy Ghost.” -Mark 13:11 It is absolutely true that in matters of conscience obedience to a spiritual director is obedience to God, for Christ has said to His ministers on earth: “He that heareth you, heareth Me” (Luke, 10: 16.) A soul possessed of this spirit…

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