Saturday, May 08, 2010

Principles and Practices - May 9

Strength of the Meek

'Blessed are the meek,' said our Divine Lord, 'for they shall inherit the earth.'

Does not this mean that the meek shall possess power over souls and control them by their very gentleness, that, far from being passive, con­sists of strength, self-possession and unchangeable serenity?

One who is assailed by the sufferings and trials of life, and never flinches; who by God's grace has learnt how to hide the depths of his own soul under a veil which allows the soul's light to shine on others without permitting its central point to be reached by agitation or trouble from without, is strong by God's own strength, and can say with S. Paul: 'I live, not I, but Christ liveth in me,' and giveth me His peace.

-Elizabeth Leseur.
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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