• God's eternal quest:

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    God's eternal quest:

    God's eternal quest must be the tracking down of souls. You should join Him
    in His quest. Glorious to follow where the Leader goes. You are seeking
    lost sheep. You are bringing the good news into places where it has not been known before. You may not know which soul you will help, but you can leave
    all results to God. Just go with Him in His eternal quest for souls. -
    --From Twenty-Four Hours a Day

    September 22nd - St. Thomas of Villanova, Archbishop

    by Father Francis Xavier Weninger, 1876

    Among the many Saints, celebrated on account of their virtues and
    miracles, who adorned the Catholic Church at a period when a great
    number of heretics revolted against her, one of the most famous was
    St. Thomas of Villanova. He was born 1488, in Castile, and received
    his surname from the city where he was educated....


    I. The whole life of St. Thomas was a continued practice of charity to
    the poor and sick. For this he consumed almost his entire revenues.
    How much do you use, weekly, monthly, or yearly, in deeds of Christian
    charity? Do you not use much more in vanity, intemperance in eating
    and drinking, maintaining useless animals, or in various forbidden
    pleasures? Will this give you consolation in your last hour? Will you,
    acting thus, be able to justify yourself before God? "What will you
    answer to your Judge," says St. Basil,"if you have covered the walls
    of your house, but have allowed the poor to go bare and naked? if you
    have richly decked your horses, but despised your brother because of
    his torn garments? if you have allowed the corn to rot, but have not
    fed the hungry? You have not opened your house to the poor; therefore
    will the gates of heaven remain closed against you." Consider what,
    according to your circumstances, you are able to do for the poor.
    Follow the admonition Tobias gave to his son: "According to thy
    ability, be merciful. If thou have much, give abundantly; if thou have
    little, take care even so to bestow willingly a little." (Tob. iv.)

    II. St. Thomas led a holy life, and yet feared he would not be able to
    justify himself before God. Faith teaches you that you will have to
    render account, to an omniscient, just, and omnipotent Judge, of all
    your thoughts, words, actions, and omissions. This account will be
    much more difficult for you than for thousands of others, because you
    have received more benefits from God than thousands of others. "To
    whom much is given, of him much will be required," is a sentence
    pronounced by the Almighty. "With the increase of the gifts or
    benefits of God, increases also the account we have to render of
    them," says St. Gregory. The inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrha have,
    according to the words of Christ, not to render so heavy an account on
    the day of judgment, as those of Corozain and Bethsaida; because the
    latter received more graces than the former. (Matt xi.) For this
    reason the Jews and heathens have less to account for than the
    Christians. And, for the same reason, you have more to account for
    than thousands of other Christians. Is it possible then, that you do
    not fear this responsibility, this account?

    The Saints have feared, and yet you do not, although you lead an
    indifferent, perhaps even a sinful life! Can this be possible? And
    whence comes it that you do not fear? Perhaps because you do not
    earnestly think of it, or because you imagine that the time to give an
    account is still very far off. In the first you are wrong, because you
    ought to think frequently of it, as so much depends on the issue. In
    the second you err no less; for, you do not know how near or how far
    your death may be; and, hence, the account which you have to render.
    "Behold the judge standing before the door," says St. James. (James,
    v.) Should He, however, still tarry a long time, you ought
    nevertheless often to think of it, and prepare yourself for His
    coming. You ought to regulate your life in such a manner, that you can
    justify yourself to your God. How must you conduct yourself? Listen to
    the words of St. Chrysostom: "Let us keep the judgment of God
    continually before our eyes, and we shall surely endeavor to be truly
    pious; for, as he who forgets it, falls into vices, so will he who
    keeps it in mind, walk continually in the path of virtue."

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    Saint Quote:
    "Dismiss all anger," says St. Thomas of Villanova, "and look a little
    into yourself. Remember that he of whom you are speaking is your
    brother, and as he is in the way of salvation, God can make him a
    saint, notwithstanding his present weakness. You may fall into the
    same faults or perhaps into a worse fault. But supposing you remain
    upright, to whom are you indebted for it, if not to the pure mercy of
    --Readings with the Saints.

    Bible Quote:
    God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the strong.
    (I Cor. 1:27)

    On Certain Temptations Against Humility

    It is not easy to be humble when we are praised and flattered. Our
    self-love sucks in with eagerness the words of compliment. We think
    they must be partly true, or at least we are tempted to exult in the
    high opinion that others profess of us. Such occasions are very
    perilous to humility. We should do well to think of Herod when the
    people listened to his oration, and shouted out: "It is the voice of a
    god and not of a man." We read that because he took the glory to
    himself instead of giving it to God, he was smitten down by the Angel
    of the Lord and died miserably. (Acts xii.)

    Yet we cannot help being pleased when others speak kindly of us, and
    we ought to be pleased when our superiors commend us. But we must
    observe certain precautions. (1) We must take care to rejoice rather
    in the kindness of others than in their praise. (2) We must strive and
    forget ourselves, and raise our heart to God, and offer Him our
    success. (3) We must make an act of humility at the thought that if
    those who praise us saw us as God sees us, they would despise, not
    honor us.

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