Monday, May 03, 2010

Principles and Practices - May 4

Ignorance of the Depths

This is not the place that God has chosen for the uplifting of the heart: the heart takes its rise from deeper down, from the vale of tears.

Down there in the depths is the place for the combat and toil.

We must tear out and uproot this self-seeking and self-love which have such a living hold upon the heart, and which have struck such deep root in all directions.

It means hard labour and few joys, at any rate for the senses.

Yet here, too, there are joys, joys which are more real, and in greater fullness.

God Himself takes part in the work, and communicates to the worker the gladness or His presence, and this is why he is happy, says the sacred text.

-Very Rev. L. Tissot.
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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