Sunday, September 19, 2010

An Easy Way to Become a Saint - September 19

Continued from yesterday...

Chapter 9. Meditation

We here deal with the most important subject of our lives, viz., daily meditation.

Many Catholics do not even know that they are bound to meditate!

Our Lord Himself tells us why so few become holy, why so few become Saints. "The whole World," He says, "is gone astray because no one thinks in his heart." Remark the words of Our Lord, "No one thinks in his heart." That is, no one bothers to understand, to realize, to grasp in all their fullness the wonderful, the most consoling truths of our Religion. Willful blindness!

As we have already said, God has given us a most lovely Religion, which He made expressly to help us, to console us, to make us happy. It is not a difficult Religion, made only for Saints. It was made for us, poor sinners, to strengthen our poor weak natures, to console these hearts of ours which are thirsting for peace and happiness. This Religion, if only properly understood, will help us to overcome all our sins, all our defects, and it will make us solidly happy and really holy.

How is it that we do not understand this? Simply because we neglect our great duty of daily meditation, and therefore our ideas are vague and hazy and of little or no use to us. One clear idea is worth a thousand hazy ones.

The easiest and best way - the only way - to have clear ideas is to make a short daily meditation.

Meditation does not consist in thinking all the time. We read a little, think a little, and make short little acts, as we shall now explain. Nothing is easier....

[Continued tomorrow]
From An Easy Way to Become a Saint
by E. D. M. (1949)
The Catholic Printing Press
Lisbon, Portugal
With Ecclesiastical Approbation
13th June 1949

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