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

Thursday, March 20, 2014

I wonder what St. Therese would say ...



About the so-called "Magisterium of Nuns"?

"The thought that there were some religious communities who were submitting to unjust laws against the Church promulgated by the anti-Catholic secular power, filled me (Celine) with indignation. One day in Therese's presence I exclaimed, 'My entire being rises up in in rebellion when I witness such a spirit of cowardice. I would be cut into a thousand pieces rather than belong to any of these communities or to assist them in any way.'

The Saint answered:

'We should not be concerned about such matters at all. It is true that I would be of your opinion and act perhaps in the same way had I any responsibility in the matter. But I have no obligation whatsoever. Moreover, our only duty is to become united to God. Even if we were members of those communities which are being publicly criticized for their defections, we would be greatly at fault in becoming disquieted on that account.'" - "My Sister, St. Therese" - Sr. Genevieve of the Holy Face

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  1. other reactions: anxiety provoking, frustrating, confusing, perplexing, conflicting, the ways of man is not God's ... quiet resignation, all things end ...

    "Nuns take sides as contraception fight heads to the Supreme Court | MSNBC"

    oh, what to do, what to do to get to heaven ....

    " ... Even if we were members of those communities which are being publicly criticized for their defections, we would be greatly at fault in becoming disquieted on that account..."

    "... to speak or not to speak ..." that a the question?

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    1. I know - I'm just trying to make people feel guilty. :)

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    1. Thanks Diane - thanks for all of your comments BTW.

      Therese is so like the desert fathers in her simplicity, making the wisdom of St. John of the Cross and the desert fathers accessible and understandable in modern times.

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