Growing in holiness

Do not grieve over the temptations you suffer. When the Lord intends to bestow a particular virtue on us, He often permits us first to be tempted by the opposite vice. Therefore, look upon every temptation as an invitation to grow in a particular virtue and a promise by God that you will be successful, if only you stand fast.

St. Philip Neri

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See and Laugh

Why do you boast, O mighty one, of mischief done against the godly?

All day long  you are plotting destruction.
Your tongue is like a sharp razor, you worker of treachery.

You love evil more than good, and lying more than speaking the truth.
You love all words that devour, O deceitful tongue.

But God will break you down for ever; he will snatch and tear you from your tent; he will uproot you from the land of the living.

The righteous will see, and fear, and will laugh at the evildoer, saying,
‘See the one who would not take refuge in God…’

Psalm 52:1–7

Gladness

Thou hast put gladness in my heart since the time that their corn, and wine, and oil, increased. I will lay me down in peace, and take my rest for it is thou, Lord, only, that makest me dwell in safety.

Psalm 4:8–9

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The Resurrection

“Faith in the resurrection of Jesus says that there is a future for every human being; the cry for unending life which is a part of the person is indeed answered. God exists: that is the real message of Easter. Anyone who even begins to grasp what this means also knows what it means to be redeemed.” — Pope Benedict XVI

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Obedience and Docility.

Even if the Pope were Satan incarnate, we ought not to raise up our heads against him… I know very well that many defend themselves by boasting: “They are so corrupt, and work all manner of evil!” But God has commanded that, even if the priests, the pastors, and Christ-on-earth were incarnate devils, we be obedient and subject to them, not for their sakes, but for the sake of God, and out of obedience to Him.

—St. Catherine of Siena

 

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Works of the flesh or the spirit?

The Works of the Flesh

Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the law. Now the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness  idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

The Fruit of the Spirit

By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, competing against one another, envying one another.

Galatians 5:16-26

 

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