Friday, November 11, 2011

Blessed John Paul II

Despite the suffering that invades my soul, I feel empowered, even obliged, solemnly to reaffirm before all the world what my predecessors and I have repeated so often in the name of conscience, in the name of morality, in the name of humanity, and in the name of God:

Peace is not a utopia, nor an inaccessible ideal, nor an unrealizable dream.

War is not an inevitable calamity.

Peace is possible.

And because it is possible, peace is our duty: our grave duty, our supreme responsibility.

[From Breakfast with the Pope: Daily Readings (Charis/Servant Publications, 1995), meditation 7]

Thursday, November 10, 2011

St Francis de Sales

One form of gentleness we should practice is toward ourselves.  We should never get irritable with ourselves because of our imperfections.  It is reasonable to be displeased and sorry when we commit faults, but not fretful or spiteful to ourselves ...

All irritation with ourselves tends to foster pride and springs from self-love, which is displeased at finding we are not perfect.

We should regard our faults with calm, collected, and firm displeasure.  We correct ourselves better by a quiet persevering repentance than by an irritated, hasty, and passionate one.

When your heart has fallen raise it gently, humbling yourself before God, acknowledging your fault, but not surprised at your fall.  Infirmity is infirm, weakness weak, and frailty frail.

[Via In the Footprints of Loneliness by Catherine Doherty (Madonna House Publications, 2003), p. 81]

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

And now, brethren,

all that rings true, all that commands reverence, and all that makes for right; all that is pure, all that is lovely, all that is gracious in the telling; virtue and merit, wherever virtue and merit are found -- let this be the argument of your thoughts.

Philippians 4:8, trans. Msgr Ronald Knox