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
Some practice of common life is highly recommended to clerics; where it exists, it must be preserved as far as possible.
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
“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
“To the extent that you pray with all your soul for the person who slanders you, God will make the truth known to those who have been scandalized by the slander.”
— St. Maximos the Confessor
The devil is: a slanderer, a deceiver, an accuser and a tempter. We know this from Holy Scripture.
When you slander others, you do the will of the devil not of God.
When you deceive others and yourself, you do the will of the devil not of God.
When you accuse others, you do the will of the devil, not of God.
When you tempt others to join in your slander, your lies and your accusations, you do the will of the devil, not of God.
Put away all slander, deception, accusation and temptation. God gives you the power to be Holy, so choose holiness. Your eternal soul depends upon it.