Some Spiritual Gems from the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer January 9, 2017Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Our Lady, Saints, sanctity, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
A few excerpts from recent issues of the awesome Catholic newspaper, published by the Transalpine Redemptorists quarterly. The first is on humility, the second contains statements by various Saints in praise of Our Blessed Mother.
On Humility: These lessons may seem superficial, even credulous, but they are actually very powerful. What we learn below is that all our acts of piety – hours of prayer, great acts of penance, numerous devotions, fasting, etc. – can all be undone of spiritual benefit if we lack humility. In fact, humility is the prerequisite for advance in the interior life. It’s also one of the most difficult to obtain virtues, so contrary to our nature is it. Humility comes from meekness, which comes from willed embrace of suffering – something our natures and the entire world scream at us is unnatural and unacceptable. Enough of me, the quote from Catholic:
The most powerful weapon for overcoming the devil is humility, because as he is a perfect stranger to the employment of it, so he knows not how to defend himself against it – St. Vincent de Paul
One day, as St. Macarius was returning to his cell, he met the devil with a scythe in his hand: the fiend endeavored to wound him, and cut him in two with it; but he was unable to do so, because the moment he came near to him he lost all his strength. Upon which, being filled with rage, he said to him, “I suffer great violence from thee, O Macarius, because though I greatly desire to hurt thee, I am unable to do so. Strange indeed it is! I do all that you do, and even more: you fast sometimes, and I never eat at all; you sleep but little, it is true, but I never close my eyes; you are chaste and so am I; in one respect alone you surpass me.” “And what is that?” replied Macarius. The devil answered, “It is in your great humility.” And having said this, he disappeared without letting the saint behold him another moment.
On a certain occasion the devil appeared to a monk in the form of the Archangel Gabriel, and told him that he was sent to him by God; but the monk feeling himself altogether unworthy of such a visit replied, “See if you were not sent to another,” and forthwith the devil disappeared.
As an aged priest was exorcising a possessed individual, the devil said he would never leave that body until he had told him who were the goats and who the lambs. The good priest immediately replied, “the goats are all those who are like me; who the lambs are is known to God.” At which words the devil cried out aloud, “I am forced by thy humility to go away,” and forthwith he fled.
In Praise of Mary: No introduction needed.
Seek refuge in Mary because she is the city of refuge. We know that Moses set up three cities of refuge for anyone who inadvertently killed his neighbor. Now the Lord has established a refuge of mercy, Mary, even for those who deliberately commit evil. Mary provides shelter and strength for the sinner. – St. Anthony of Padua
Let us not imagine that we obscure the glory of the Son by the great praise we lavish on the Mother; for the more she is honored, the greater is the glory of her Son. There can be no doubt that whatever we say in praise of the Mother gives equal praise to the Son. – St. Bernard of Clairvaux [Dang right! Listen to that, protestants!]
Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never love her more than Jesus did. – St. Maximilian Kolbe
We never give more honor to Jesus than when we honor His Mother, and we honor her simply and solely to honor Him all the more perfectly. We go to her only as a way of leading to the goal we seek – Jesus, her Son. – St. Louis Grignon de Montfort
Let us run to her, and, as little children, cast ourselves into her arms with a perfect confidence. – St. Francis de Sales
With reason did the Most Holy Virgin predict that all generations would call her blessed, for all the Elect obtain eternal salvation through the means of Mary. – St. Ildephonsus [I believe it!]
As in the natural life a child must have a father and a mother, so in the supernatural life of grace a true child of the Church must have God for his Father and Mary for his mother. If he prides himself on having God for his Father but does not give to Mary the tender affection of a true child, he is an impostor and his father is the devil. [ouch] – St. Louis de Montfort
Alright, one more on a different subject, from the Angelic Doctor himself, Thomas Aquinas:
Nothing created has ever been able to satisfy the heart of man. God alone can fill it infinitely.
Lord, do I ever know that. I tried to fill it with everything imaginable, but it remained a vacuum until I at least tried to start filling it with You. It feels much fuller now. I pray it is.