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On the Conformity to the Will of God


On The Conformity to the Will of God “And, life in his good-will.” cf Psalm 30:6 All our salvation and perfection consists in loving God. “He that loveth not, abideth in death” (1 John 3:14). “Charity, which is the bond of perfection” (Colossians 3:14). But the perfection of love consists in conformity to the divine will; for, as the Areopagite says, the principal... Read More

Dwelling of Jesus on the Altars


ON THE LOVING DWELLING OF JESUS CHRIST ON THE ALTARS OF THE MOST HOLY SACRAMENT “Come to me, all ye that labor and are burdened, and I will refresh you.” Matthew 11:28 Having to depart from this world after he had completed the work of redemption, our loving Savior did not wish to leave us alone in this valley of tears. “No tongue,” says St. Peter of Alcántara, “can... Read More

On the Holy Communion


ON THE HOLY COMMUNION “Take ye, and eat: this is my body.” Matthew 26:26 Let us consider the great gift which Jesus Christ has bestowed on us in the institution of the most holy sacrament; the great love he has shown to us in this gift; and his great desire that we should receive this gift. Let us, in the first place, consider the great gift which Jesus Christ has bestowed upon us in giving... Read More

On the Love of God


ON THE LOVE OF GOD “Let us therefore love God, because God hath first loved us.” 1 John 4:19 Consider, in the first place, that God deserves your love, because he has loved you before you loved him, and because he has been the first of all to love you. “I have loved thee with an everlasting love” (Jeremiah 31:3). Your parents have been the first to love you on this earth; but... Read More

On Confidence in the Patronage of Mary


ON CONFIDENCE IN THE PATRONAGE OF MARY “He that shall find me, shall find life, and shall have salvation from the Lord.” Proverbs 8:35 “O, how great should be our thankfulness to the mercy of God, for having given us for our advocate Mary, who, by her prayers, can obtain for us all the graces we stand in need of” (St. Bonaventure in Salve Regina). Sinners, brethren, if we find... Read More

On Perseverance


ON PERSEVERANCE “He that shall persevere to the end, he shall be saved.” Matthew 24:13 St. Jerome says, that many begin well, but few persevere. “Incipere multorum est, perseverare paucorum” (Lib. i. Contra Jovin). Saul, Judas, Tertullian, began well, but ended badly, because they did not persevere in grace. “Non queeruntur in Christianis initia,” says the same... Read More

On Prayer


ON PRAYER “Ask, and it shall be given you; for every one that asketh receiveth.” Luke 11:9,10 Not only in this, but in a thousand places in the Old and New Testaments, God promises to hear all who pray to him. “Cry to me, and I will hear thee” (Jeremiah 33:3). Turn to me, and I will hear you. “Call upon me, and I will deliver you from all dangers” (Psalm 50:15).... Read More

On Heaven


ON HEAVEN “Your sorrow shall be turned into joy.” John 16:20 Let us at present animate ourselves with the hope of heaven, to bear patiently the afflictions of this life, and to offer them to God in return for the sufferings which Jesus Christ endured for the love of us. All these afflictions, sorrows, persecutions, and fears, shall one day have an end, and shall, if we save our souls, become... Read More

Remorses of the Damned


REMORSES OF THE DAMNED “Their worm dieth not.” Mark 9:47 According to St. Thomas [Aquinas], this worm, which dieth not, is to be understood of remorse of conscience, which shall eternally torment the damned in hell. The remorses which shall gnaw the hearts of the reprobate shall be many; but the most excruciating shall be: first, the thought of the trifles for which they are damned; secondly,... Read More

On the Eternity of Hell


ON THE ETERNITY OF HELL “And these shall go into everlasting punishment.” Matthew 25:46 Were hell not eternal, it should not be hell. Torments which continue but a short time, are not a severe punishment. The man who is afflicted with an imposthume [an abscess] or cancer, submits to the knife or the cautery. The pain is very sharp; but, because it is soon over, the torture is not very great.... Read More

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