As fulfilled love, heaven can always only be granted to man; but hell is the loneliness of the man who will not accept it, who declines this status of beggar and withdraws into himself.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
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Saturday, September 24, 2016
Consider the painful life that Jesus Christ led in the womb of his Mother, and the long-confined and dark imprisonment that he suffered there for nine months. Other infants are indeed in the same state ; but they do not feel the miseries of it, because they do not know them. But Jesus knew them well, because from the first moment of his life he had the perfect use of reason. He had his senses, but he could not use them; eyes, but he could not see ; a tongue, but he could not speak; hands, but he could not stretch them out; feet, but he could not walk; so that for nine months he had to remain in the womb of Mary like a dead man shut up in the tomb: I am become as a man without help, free among
--St. Alphonsus Liguori, The Incarnation, Birth and Infancy of Jesus Christ
Friday, September 23, 2016
I have a dogmatic certainty: God is in every person’s life. God is in everyone’s life. Even if the life of a person has been a disaster, even if it is destroyed by vices, drugs or anything else—God is in that person’s life. You can and must try to seek God in every human life. Although the life of a person is a land full of thorns and weeds, there is always a space in which the good seed can grow. You have to trust God.
--Pope Francis, My Door is Always Open: a Conversation on Faith, Hope and the Church in a Time of Change