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Holiness – Do You Will It? – Book Club

October 8, 2013 by  
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Holiness – Do You Will It? The Secret Diary of Elisabeth Leseur (Week 11 of 12)   In the Morning: Whenever I can, I will go to Mass and Holy Communion. I will communicate at least spiritually when, owing to illness or circumstances beyond my control, I am unable to go out. Meditation on my new resolution. Preparation for death. Read a chapter of the Imitation. In the Afternoon: Examination... Read More

Book Club – Journal of a Soul Week 12 of 12 – Pt 2 of 2

November 28, 2012 by  
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Journal of a Soul Editor’s Note: Part One of Week 12 of 12 can be found HERE. Final Words… We have reached the end of the Journey. And what an amazing journey it’s been! To have insight into the soul of such a beautiful human being is a gift like no other. For once, the question, without being asked, was actually answered. How can I become a saint? Step by step, day by day, we saw an... Read More

Book Club – Journal of a Soul – Week 12 of 12 – Pt 1 of 2

November 27, 2012 by  
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Journal of a Soul Week 12 of 12 – Part 1 of 2 A Proper Catholic Education The superiors of the seminary were very strict with us, and at times did not hesitate to impose stern restrictions which made us believe and say that they were too much opposed to anything modern in study or ways of thinking, and over-confident that the future would justify deeds.  In fact, after a short time the turn... Read More

Book Club – Journal of a Soul – Week 11 of 12

November 20, 2012 by  
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Purity in Deed Journal of a Soul Week 11 First of all we pray for purity of mind, a clear understanding of doctrine which is a gift of the intellect; then modesty of body. O Mary, you see what a scandal of shameless nakedness of men and women we have around us, profaning the churches, the squares and the ways of the city, for the corruption of innocent youth and the perversion of our people, with... Read More

Book Club – Journal of a Soul (Week 10 of 12)

November 14, 2012 by  
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Never, Never, Never Give Up! Journal of a Soul Week 10 Beloved brothers and children, concerning this subject of the rosary of Mary, we could find in our heart other devout considerations of moving and persuasive power, presenting it as a world-wide supplication for the peace of the Lord and for the happiness of men and peoples even in this world. But we choose to offer for your attention, as the... Read More

Book Club – Journal of a Soul (Week 7 of 12)

October 23, 2012 by  
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Journal of a Soul   Patriotism vs. Nationalism “Patriotism, which is right and may be holy, but may also degenerate into nationalism, which in my case would be most detrimental to the dignity of my episcopal ministry, must be kept above all nationalistic disputes. The world is poisoned with morbid nationalism, built up on the basis of race and blood,in contradiction to the Gospel. In this matter... Read More

Journal of a Soul Week 6 of 12 – Book Club

October 16, 2012 by  
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Journal of a Soul Week 6 Slow and Steady wins the Race Anyone who judges me from appearances takes me for a calm and steady worker. It is true that I work; but deep in my nature there is a tendency towards laziness and distraction. This tendency must, with the help of God, be forcibly resisted. To humble myself constantly I will always tell myself that I am a lazy fellow, a beast of burden that ought... Read More

Book Club – Journal of a Soul (Week 5 of 12)

October 9, 2012 by  
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Journal of a Soul Week 5 The Sorrows of Motherhood During this retreat, the Lord has been pleased to show me yet again all the importance for me, and for the success of my priestly ministry, of the spirit of sacrifice, which I desire shall from now on ever more inspire my conduct ‘as a servant and prisoner of Jesus Christ.’ And also I want all the undertakings in which I shall take part during... Read More

Book Club – Journal of a Soul (Week 4 of 12)

October 2, 2012 by  
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And what about all the other things which surround me? If God has given them to me they are extras: they have not been given to all, nor to all in equal measure. Their purpose is to serve man in the attainment of his end. Any other use I may make of them is bad, upsets the order of nature and lands me in deplorable confusion. My attitude towards them must be governed by that golden rule of detachment... Read More

Journal of a Soul — Book Club

September 11, 2012 by  
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Journal of a Soul A Man After My Own Heart 27 February, 1898 Considering that it is only a week since I finished the Spiritual Exercises, I must admit that I have spent the time very badly, because of my continual distractions during prayers…   6 March, Sunday I have been less distracted at prayer, but still not always and entirely recollected. In these last days I’ve had little recourse... Read More

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