Friday, May 21, 2010

Principles and Practices - May 22

Our Fault Always

If always grace were at once given, and came at the wish for it, it would be more than feeble man could well bear.

Therefore the grace of devotion must be awaited for with good hope and humble patience.

Ascribe it, however, to your­self and to your sins, when it is not given, or when it is secretly withdrawn.

Sometimes it is a little thing which hinders or hides grace; if, indeed, anything can be called little, and not rather great, which is an obstacle to so great a good.

But if you will put away this thing - whether it be little or great in itself - and completely overcome it; you will have what you have sought.

-The Imitation.
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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