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Tag Archive for ‘wisdom’

Fear is important but can also be a hindrance

We need fear in our lives to protect us. Fear can also build up such high walls around us because anxiety keeps us within a limited zone that some consider comfortable. Some walls are there to keep us out for good reason; others are made to be stepped over before they become too high to […]

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What Can I Do About My Anxiety?

We live in a dangerous world with real problems and real suffering. There are bills that need to be paid, mouths that need to be fed and pain that cannot simply be wished away. On top of that, telling someone “don’t worry” is the emotional equivalent of telling a person not to think about pink […]

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Wisdom teaches all things

By its anointing, wisdom teaches all things. Then, by having affixed the seal of God’s goodness to us, it imprints and conforms to itself by this anointing everything calmed and gentled within us. If it finds any hardness, any rigidity, it pounds and crushes it until this person, having received this wholesome happiness of God […]

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Sisyphus

A lot of time is spent quoting scripture. Verses lined up to prove some point or another, usually aimed at an opponent, real, or imagined. Then the other side, if real, could have their own set of verses, to prove that their point which is also based on scripture. Then of course both sides think […]

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Late have I loved you . . .

O Eternal truth, true love and beloved eternity. You are my God. To you do I sigh day and night. When I first came to know you, you drew me to yourself so that I might see that there were things for me to see, but that I myself was not yet ready to see […]

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Wash, make yourselves clean

You urge me to lay down for you some rule for contemplating the Beloved and to give you a method for this discovery and vision. What does this mean? Would you have me confine within a rule the bounty of God’s gift? This vision results not from human effort but from grace. It is the […]

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Our elders

They are everywhere, these very old people, each a call to meditate on our own mortality, something most would like to put off until tomorrow, yet we only have today, tomorrow does not yet exist, will never in fact, well as an idea, for there is only this day where our potential can be lived out. […]

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We live in a wilderness of noise

We live in a wilderness, a wilderness of noise. Noise is not just about sound. It has to do with the constant barrage of stimulation to our senses, emotions and even our intellect, (read information overload.) The problem with all this noise, pure and simple, is that it is an obstacle to our own inner […]

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Necessity of mortification

“If we do not risk anything for God we will never do anything great for Him.”– St. Louis de Montfort 194 The Holy Spirit tells us that wisdom is not found in the hearts of those who live in comfort, gratifying their passions and bodily desires, because “they who are of the flesh cannot please […]

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There is nothing impossible

There is nothing impossible unto those who believe; lively and unshaken faith can accomplish great miracles in the twinkling of an eye. Besides, even without our sincere and firm faith, miracles are accomplished, such as the miracles of the sacraments; for God’s Mystery is always accomplished, even though we were incredulous or unbelieving at the time of its celebration. “Shall their […]

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