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It is a very troublesome thought that so many persons have lofty and sincere aspirations after high things, and so few reach them; that so many are called to perfection, and so few answer the call; that so many begin ardently and prudently and yet die leaving their tower unbuilt; that so many...
The Rules for the Discernment of Spirits reveal St. Ignatius as a diagnostician of the spiritual life, whose principles of analysis were born of the interior struggle he experienced at Loyola, which ended in his conversion and began his dedication to the service of God. They were further...
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"Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight His path. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways plain: and all flesh shall see the salvation of God." — Luke 3:4-6. The Holy Baptist was sent...
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As I sit here, fingers poised above the typewriter, wondering how to begin this new booklet, my mind goes back to a little conversation that took place here in this very room a few years ago. Just then the war was at its bitterest and most horrible. Submarines, in particular, had made the seas...
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Introductory There are many reasons why we should try to understand and practise devotion to the Seared Heart of Jesus. It is one of the most widespread of the devotions of a Church world-wide, in its extension. There is hardly a Catholic to whom the words "Sacred Heart," are not full of...
The dealings of God with mankind throughout history are a divine romance of condescending love and infinite mercy. This truth is splendidly borne out by the doctrine of Perfect Contrition, if we consider it in its proper setting, namely, by recalling to mind what sin is, what makes its malice...
Rev. Leslie Rumble
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This booklet is concerned with the tragedy that has come upon more Catholics in this country than is generally realized. It is the tragedy of religious indifference; the tragedy of the merely nominal Catholic who has become the victim of the prevalent atmosphere of sheer secularism, who has...
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Silence, Solitude, and the Presence of God [Only the section on Silence is here presented] Cassian says: "The religious prays little who prays only when she is on her knees in the choir or in the cell." To fulfil the obligations of her state, a religious should keep her soul continually...
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What is the cause of the dearth of vocations to the contemplative orders? Is it not largely that this life is not understood and not being understood cannot be appreciated and loved? How can a youthful, enthusiastic soul who feels within her the inspiration to give all to God, who is glowing...
On Kindness in General The weakness of man, and the way in which he is at the mercy of external accidents in the world, has always been a favourite topic with the moralists. They have expatiated upon it with so much amplitude of rhetorical exaggeration, that it has at last produced in our minds...
Rev. Robert Nash, S.J
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1. What Doth It Profit? A reason which accounts in large measure for the difference between Our Lord’s point of view and our own is that He sees our souls and we do not see them. In His eyes the human soul is far and away the most precious thing on this earth. It is like a glorious sun sending...
Rev. A. Gits, S.J.
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Don’t take it for granted that you MUST suffer the pains of Purgatory. The ordinary Catholic may legitimately hope to pass straight from earth to Heaven without experiencing them. But on what is this hope founded? Father Gits answers the question in this booklet. Let us suppose for the sake...
"Scruples exist among people of every race," said Father O'Boyle, thoughtfully. "Yet scruples seem to be a disease peculiarly AngloSaxon." We were sitting in Father O'Boyle’s private room. From that room, for some twenty years or more, Father Francis J. O'Boyle has been going to class to teach...
Dear Children, 1. In the midst of human vicissitudes and the havoc of shock to the feeling, you voice your fears to your Father and ask for a rule of conduct. I’m going to show you and try to instill into your souls the consolation you need. 2. Jesus Christ, the Model of Christians, teaches us...
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Introduction At first sight of this little book, that bears the high-sounding title of “The Golden Key of Paradise,” perhaps, dear reader, you will be somewhat curious to know whether its contents are as good as its title. Perhaps you are inclined to shrug your shoulders and feel as you do when...
Rev. John A. Hardon, S.J.
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The single most important element in training children is to form their consciences. How can this be done effectively? To form a child's conscience is an art. This subject is immense. We will touch on four areas: The meaning of art, The meaning of conscience, The forming of the conscience of a...
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Lord, are they few that are saved? But he said to them: Strive to enter by the narrow gate; for many, I say to you, shall seek to enter, and shall not be able. — Luke 13:23-24 For many are called, but few chosen. — Mark 20:16 Behold how many there are who are called, and how few who are...
“I am come to cast fire on the earth: and what will I, but that it be kindled?” — Luke 12:49 To show what charity should normally be in the illuminative way of proficients, we shall discuss the zeal which every Christian, especially the priest and religious, should have for the glory of God and...
The Catholic community a people apart, and ought to be closely drawn together — Catholics should help one another, should promote the Kingdom of God by combination and organisation, for missionary and public purposes — Catholic Associations. As you will remember, the grand lesson taught by St...
“The World” is the sum and mass of evil tradition and practice - The first characteristic of “The World” is Indifference to God and the soul, and the being contented with the present life - The second is, Pride and independence - The third is Sensuality, and recklessness in exposing ourselves to...
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