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"Buffoonery incapacitates a person from receiving any additional spirituality from God. Nay more, it roots up the little a man may have already acquired." St. Philip Neri

It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own home. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start. M. Teresa

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All day long remember that My body has lived in your body. Even your gestures will take on gentleness from this.

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As an act, the Holy Mass speaks to us in a variety of ways. First, Guardini tells us, God makes Himself known through His words of revelation and through this also reveals to us what the world is and who we are as human beings. Through the readings and through the speaker - - God speaks. But the mystery of God's word extends to the inspiration it gives rise to in the heart of those who listen. The wisdom of God penetrates the individual and renews the soul. What takes place, then, is not simply the transmission of information but rather a personal encounter with the Living and True God. Thus, Guardini states, "It is not sufficient merely to accept ideas and understand commandments. We must lay bare our hearts and minds to the power that comes to us from beyond." We must prepare the soil of our hearts to receive the seed of God's word. It is a word that must be proclaimed, not simply read; heard and allowed to penetrate to the depths of a person's religiosity. We must cultivate that soil through preparing ourselves by meditating upon the scriptures ahead of time, reading passages in their entirety and in their context and developing a love for the Word within our hearts.

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Watchfulness of heart must be constant because the demons never sleep and are relentless to gain possession of what belongs to God alone. We must keep a guard over our senses, in particular, given the fact that through them we are in a constant state of receptivity. Once one is able to discern the true nature of his thoughts and how they defile, he can remain calm and peaceable even in the midst of attacks. However, no matter what level of discernment we may have achieved, the battle remains until the end of our lives. We must have no confidence in ourselves but cast ourselves upon the mercy of God.

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For if I am worried and anxious about many things, I do not have to face the one thing needful - coming face to face with the God I love more than anything.

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Germans had launched a second attack, fiercer than the first. It did not take long to make up my mind what to do — who would hesitate at such a moment, when the Reaper Death was busy? — and before I reached the trenches I had anointed a number of poor fellows who had struggled back after being gassed and had fallen dying by the roadside.’

The harvest that day was a big one, for there had been bloody fighting all along the Front. Many a man died happy in the thought that the priest’s hand had been raised in absolution over his head and the Holy Oils’ anointing had given pardon to those senses which he had used to offend the Almighty.

"He who is able to pray correctly, even if he is the poorest of all people, is essentially the richest. And he who does not have proper prayer, is the poorest of all, even if he sits on a royal throne"
- St John Chrysostom

'The intellect's task is to reject any thought that secretly vilifies a fellow being.'

St. Thalassios the Libyan

Very rarely do we find ourselves in the presence of someone who considers his soul to be an important field of investigation. And perhaps few of us put up any defense in the battle against meaninglessness. Recently, I read that the "true spirit resides only in discovering for oneself the simplicity and nakedness of being." If we were to truly consider ourselves in light of such a thought, most likely we would have to admit that we are too well dressed. Furthermore, many of us may be living in a half world - the victim of our own inability to believe or understand - desperately trying to quiet the cry of the voice from within saying "I don't know who or where I am, or what to do." And even if we were to allow ourselves to hear that voice, would not our first instinct be to escape?
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