Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Principles and Practices - December 10


That which moves and overcomes God is earnest hope; in order to attain to the union of love, the soul must journey in hope of God alone, for without it nothing will be obtained.

A living hope in God makes the soul so courageous and so earnest in the pursuit of the things of everlasting life, that it looks on this world - so indeed it is - as dry, weak, valueless, and dead, in comparison with that it hopes for hereafter.

The soul in hope strips itself of all trappings of this world, setting the heart upon nothing, hoping for nothing in it or of it, clad in the vesture of hope of everlasting life.

-St John of the Cross.
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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