The call to holiness is accepted and can be cultivated only in the silence of adoration before the infinite transcendence of God: “We must confess that we all have need of this silence, filled with the presence of him who is adored: in theology, so as to exploit fully its own sapiential and spiritual soul; in prayer, so that we may never forget that seeing God means coming down the mountain with a face so radiant that we are obliged to cover it with a veil (cf. Ex 34:33); in commitment, so that we will refuse to be locked in a struggle without love and forgiveness. All, believers and non-believers alike, need to learn a silence that allows the Other to speak when and how he wishes, and allows us to understand his words”.
"Dear children! May this time be for you a time of prayer and silence. Rest your body and spirit, may they be in God’s love. Permit me, little children, to lead you, open your hearts to the Holy Spirit so that all the good that is in you may blossom and bear fruit one hundred fold. Begin and end the day with prayer with the heart. Thank you for having responded to my call."
to any and all non-Christians, people who were looking into Christianity but are not anymore, and people who were Christians and have since left the faith because of poor examples of what it means to be a Christian.
I am sorry if you ever felt like you were belittled or had your head talked off during a discussion (or argument, rather) in which you did not have any background or previous knowledge of. That’s not fair. I have been on the receiving end of of those conversations many a time, and it does not feel good.
You can’t tell someone that they aren’t good enough - because the truth of the matter is, none of us are. But through Jesus’ death and resurrection, we ARE good enough. All of us. Just because someone won’t recognize the saving truth of Jesus or doesn’t agree with you doesn’t give you license to treat them poorly.
Souls will be saved through LOVE, not through arrogance and pride.
“I am alone and unfed, the more do I affirm the Sanctity, the Unity, the Infallibility of the Catholic Church. By my very isolation do I the more affirm it, as a man in a desert knows that water is right for man: or as a wounded dog, not able to walk, yet knows the way home. The Catholic Church is the natural home of the human spirit.”—G.K. Chesterton
"Why should anyone be shattered by the thought of hell? It is not compulsory for anyone to go there. Those who do, do so by their own choice, and against the will of God, and they can only get into hell by defying and resisting all the work of Providence and grace. It is their own will that takes them there, not God’s… Our weakness should not terrify us: it is the source of our strength.”
"Who knows how many souls are depending on your perseverance in this monastery? Perhaps God has ordained that there are many in the world who will only be saved through your fidelity to your vocation. You must remember them if you are ever tempted to leave. And you probably will be tempted to leave. Remember all those souls in the world. You know some of them. Others you may never know until you meet them in heaven. But in any case, you did not come here alone…”
This is an excerpt from Thomas Merton’s autobiography. Not only is this true for him, but it applies to all Christians, everywhere and in every vocation. God has ordained a plan for you. He has given you specific talents and abilities, he has placed certain people in your life, and causes certain people to cross paths with you for a reason. It truly is a matter of [spiritual] life and death that you remain faithful to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Even when you feel weak, when you feel that it won’t make a difference either way, or whether you are comfortable or not.
"[Christ’s suffering] lives and develops as the body of Christ, the Church, and in this dimension every human suffering, by reason of the loving union with Christ, completes the suffering of Christ. It completes that suffering just as the Church completes the redemptive work of Christ. The mystery of the Church - that body which completes in itself also Christ’s crucified and risen body - indicates at the same time the space or context in which human sufferings complete the sufferings of Christ.” - Blessed Pope John Paul II, Salvifici Doloris
ummm… i’m re-reading this encyclical and it’s blowing my mind. again.
To suffer means to become particularly susceptible, particularly open to the working of the salvific powers of God, offered to humanity in Christ. In him God has confirmed his desire to act especially through suffering, which is man’s weakness and emptying of self, and he wishes to make his power known precisely in this weakness and emptying of self.
"You shall indeed hear but not understand, you shall indeed look but never see. Gross is the heart of this people, they will hardly hear with their ears, they have closed their eyes, lest they see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their hearts and be converted and I heal them.”
let us be a people with ears, eyes, and hearts open to the transforming Gospel of Jesus Christ.
“The fullness of Your grace is here with me,
The richness of Your beauty’s all I see.
The brightness of Your glory has arrived,
In Your presence God, I’m completely satisfied.
For You I sing I dance,
Rejoice in this divine romance.
Lift my heart and my hands,
To show my love, to show my love.”—Phil Wickham
"None must be ashamed of the cross of Christ, by which he redeemed the world. None must fear to suffer for righteousness’ sake. None must doubt that God will fulfill his promises. For through toil comes rest; through death comes life."
“Authentic Christianity he found to be eternally young, eternally leaping out of the tomb, just at the moment when it seemed beyond hope: This is the thrilling romance of orthodoxy. People have fallen into the foolish habit of speaking of orthodoxy as something heavy, humdrum, and safe. There never was anything so perilous or so exciting as orthodoxy. It is sanity: and to be sane is more dramatic than to be mad.”—G.K. Chesterton & Michael O’Brien
"The Church is a timeless society. Membership makes it possible to step outside of the contemporary milieu, at least mentally, and to measure it against something infinitely better and ultimately more real."
“It is my delight to fix my gaze upon You, O incomprehensible God! My spirit abides in these mysterious dwelling places, and there I am at home. I know very well the dwelling place of my Spouse. I feel there is not a single drop of blood in me that does not burn with love for you.”—St. Faustina
“I became the most humble and the most abject of all men, that you might overcome your pride. Learn O dust, to obey; learn to humble yourself, and how to bow under the feet of all. Learn to break your own will, and yield yourself up to all subjection.”—Jesus Christ
I ask of you an extraordinary immolation of your heart.
"Yes, my Lord."
I ask you to love My enemy in My name.
"I will try to do this, my Lord, but I beg You for the necessary grace."
Where everything is given, nothing is lacking. Fear nothing, my son.
The Lord asks of us an “extraordinary immolation” of our hearts. Definition of extraordinary: going beyond what is usual, regular or customary. We are going to have to put a high degree of effort into it. Defintion of immolation: to kill as a sacrifice, usually by fire. To destroy. The Lord longs for us to be willing to offer our hearts totally and unequivocally to Himself. We must be willing to go through some suffering, some sacrifice, in order for our will to be united to His. It must be by the fire of His Spirit that our vices and attachments will be re-sealed and renewed to the Lord's glory.
Brothers and sisters… lets step outside of what we are comfortable with, and say yes to the Lord so that we may receive graces we never thought possible. Feed your soul with pure and holy things, so that you may be able to see interiorly what the Lord wishes for you to do. Ask the saints to intercede for you (they are closer to us than we know). Love those who persecute you with the love that Christ shows us. Pray for those around you. Fight for what is good and true, stand up for what is holy and righteous even against a society that belittles you for it. Do not be afraid to sacrifice for God and for others, to fast and to offer up what you can for the sanctification of humanity.
“We still too little realize that the evil in the world and the burden of life come from sin and satan. If we want to triumph and eradicate the source of sin and suffering, we must offer our crosses, our difficulties, our sacrifices to Our Lord so that the experience of the Passion and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ may be renewed within us all.”—Fr. Tomislav
takeaway all of the satisfaction and consolation you used to find in movies, friends, music, television, etc?
It’s like He won’t allow anything else to satisfy me, unless it is from Him. Interesting situation I have myself in right now. All of these things that used to be normal to me are now mundane. And as I attempt to do them, He is there gently reminding me where I ought to spend my time, reminding me whose advice really matters, and whose will I need to follow: His.