Friday, May 14, 2010

Principles and Practices - May 15

Tenderness a Necessity

Now, if Our Lord is our model, and if His spirit be ours, it is plain that a Christian-like tenderness must make a deep impression upon our spiritual life, and indeed give it its prin­ciple, tone, and character.

Without tenderness we can never have that spirit of generosity in which we saw that we must serve God.

It is as necessary to our interior life or our relation with God as it is to our exterior life or relation with others; and there is one gift of the Holy Ghost, namely, piety, whose special office it is to confer this tenderness.

-Father Faber.
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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