See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. - James 5:7

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Even Peter faltered.



"Sometimes it happens that despite their best efforts, some souls remain imperfect because it would be to their spiritual detriment to believe they are virtuous or to have others agree that they are." - My Sister, St. Therese

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"You must never believe when you do not practice virtue that it is due to some natural cause such as illness, time, or grief. You must draw a great lesson in humility from it and take your place among the little souls, since you are able to practice virtue only in such a feeble manner. What is necessary for you now is not to practice heroic virtues but to acquire humility. For that, your victories must of necessity always be mixed with failures, so that you cannot take any pleasure in thinking of them." - Celine, Sister and Witness to St. Therese of the Child Jesus.
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Art:  St. Peter Walking on Water, Lluis Borrassa, 1411-13 

10 comments:

  1. I love the quotations you have chosen Terry. I can always rely on you to provide me with food for thought. Your posts tend to remain with me during the day and I reflect often on what you have written.

    I often wonder what happened to the good old fashioned virtues. Charity and humility seem so lacking in our faith nowadays. They are disappearing fast from our world, its good to be reminded!

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  2. I know that if the world hates me, it doesn't mean God has disowned me, but my problem still remains, that I want the rest of the world to know, that I know, just incase they don't know, that that is what is occuring.

    Self seeking loves to go incognito, inside my heart anyway.

    Who's gonna save me from this body of death?

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  3. Thanks Housekeeper - this gospel is very meaningful to me.

    Shadowlands - self love does like to go incognito or masquerade - so St. Peter really gives us hope - we must just keep crying out 'save me Lord' like he did.

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  4. Peter is one of my favourite saints - we share some faults, like being hot-tempered - and if I make it to heaven, it will be due in part to his intercession. Our Lord made this hot-tempered, impulsive, "tough guy" our first Pope. It's a sure sign that yes, indeed, Jesus can do ANYTHING! He can take someone like Peter and create the Rock on which the Church stands... that's quite a miracle. Thank You, Lord!

    Chloesmom

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  5. I love the Gospel today, also, but the First Reading really spoke to me today. God - not in the earthquake or the flood, but rather the whispering voice that one has to listen for. A good reminder.

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  6. The First Reading has also always been a favorite of mine because its cadences are like something you find in children's literature.s

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  7. literature No "s"

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  8. I just read this beautiful little post regarding thanksgiving for priests:

    http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2011/08/on-feast-of-saint-john-mary-vianney.html

    As much as I criticize priests, I do pray for you all often and offer sacrifices for you. I am grateful for our priests.

    Thanks be to God for our priests!

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  9. Julie,

    LOL! "She tried the big bowl of porridge, but it was too hot. She tried the medium bowl of porridge but it was too cold. She tried the little bowl of porridge and it was JUST RIGHT."

    ;)

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