Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Principles and Practices - September 30

The Blessing of Interior Desolation

Blessed Peter Faber once received a consoling enlightenment concerning his interior barren­ness. 'Nothing,' he was told, 'arouses in the soul such a tremendous desire for the consola­tion which God alone can give, and nothing so effectually discloses the truth that He is the source of all light, as this condition of interior darkness and aridity. But it is precisely this intense longing for Him, this realization that He alone can give true happiness to the soul, which honours God most, not the basking in consolation. Persevere, therefore, until God sends the angel of consolation.'

-A. Huounder, S.J.
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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