Thursday, September 08, 2005

Inspiration from Holy People

Happy Birthday, Mama Mary. I hope to grow closer to you and imitate your obedience, humility, and gentleness.

Today also marks the first year of this blog. I continue to be awed by how God uses simple thoughts and reflections to touch lives.

I have also been working at the Lingkod Office for four weeks now. Monthsary!

I was disturbed by many things today and found inspiration from quotations found at the EWTN website. Naturally, I was working on something else for the Lingkod Members' Kit (the ultimate document for all Lingkod members, or so we dream) and found these instead:

So, you will ask me, who then are the people most tempted? They are these, my friends; note them carefully. The people most tempted are those who are ready, with the grace of God, to sacrifice everything for the salvation of their poor souls, who renounce all those things which most people eagerly seek. It is not one devil only who tempts them, but millions seek to entrap them.-- St. John Vianney

It is not particularly difficult to find thousands who will spend two or three hours a day in exercising, but if you ask them to bend their knees to God in five minutes of prayer, they protest that it is too long.-- Bishop Fulton Sheen

Burning the candle at both ends for God's sake may be foolishness to the world, but it is a profitable Christian exercise-for so much better the light. Only one thing in life matters. Being found worthy of the Light of the World in the hour of His visitation. We need have no undue fear for our health if we work hard for the kingdom of God; God will take care of our health if we take care of His cause. In any case it is better to burn out than to rust out.
-- Bishop Fulton Sheen

Your first task is to be dissatisfied with yourself, fight sin, and transform yourself into something better. Your second task is to put up with the trials and temptations of this world that will be brought on by the change in your life and to persevere to the very end in the midst of these things.-- St. Augustine

Amen to the saints.

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