Repentance

“To repent is not to look downwards at my own shortcomings, but upwards at God’s love, it is not to look backwards with self-reproach but forward with trustfulness, it is to see not what I have failed to be, but what by the grace of Christ I might yet become.”

St. John Climacus

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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