Saturday, February 21, 2009

Principles and Practices - February 22

The Need of Reflection

We must reflect upon what we are told in the Gospel, ponder over it again and again, digest it, as it were. If this be properly done, the seed of the Divine Word will germinate in the soul; it will thrive and produce fruit. Many persons are not much impressed by the mere hearing of religious truths, particularly if they have often heard sermons upon these subjects; their ears become dulled. When a person takes up his abode near a milway, he hears at first every train that comes and goes, especially at night he is awakened by the noise of the passing cars. But gradually they no longer disturb him; he hardly hears them, and sleeps peacefully in spite of the noise; he has become accustomed to it.

-Father Celestine, O.M.C.
From Principles and Practices
Compiled by Rev. J. Hogan of The Catholic Missionary Society
Published by Burns Oates & Washbourne Ltd., Publishers To The Holy See
Nihil Obstat; Eduardus J. Mahoney, S.T.D. Censor deputatus.
Imprimatur; Edm. Can. Surmont, Vicarius generalis.
First printed in 1930

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