So then, I am speaking to you who live in the habit of mortal sin, in hatred, in the mire of the vice of impurity, and who are getting closer to hell each day. Stop, and turn around; it is Jesus who calls you and who, with His wounds, as with so many eloquent voices, cries to you, “My son, if you are damned, you have only yourself to blame: ‘Thy damnation comes from thee.’ Lift up your eyes and see all the graces with which I have enriched you to insure your eternal salvation.’ — St. Leonard of Port Maurice
Jesus said, in the Gospel of St. Matthew, that one is blessed when one is insulted, persecuted, and slandered. “Rejoice and be glad” our Saviour says “Rejoice and be glad because your reward will be great in heaven.” Of course the Lord is correct in this, but there have been many times over the past three years, that I’ve wished that I be a little less blessed in this way.
Some practice of common life is highly recommended to clerics; where it exists, it must be preserved as far as possible.
There are six things which the Lord hates, seven which are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and a man who sows discord among brothers. [Proverbs 6:16–19]
But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the polluted, as for murderers, fornicators, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their lot shall be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”[Rev 21:8]
“To obtain perfectly the gift of humility, four things are required: to despise the world, to despise no person, to despise one’s self, to despise being despised.”
— St. Philip Neri
“Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.” – St. Francis de Sales