A merely individualistic morality

It is imperative that no one, out of indifference to the course of events or because of inertia, would indulge in a merely individualistic morality. The best way to fulfill one’s obligations of justice and love is to contribute to the common good according to one’s means and the needs of others, and also to promote and help public and private organizations devoted to bettering the conditions of life.

~ Gaudium et Spes: Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, Second Vatican Council, 1965

March 11th, 2014|Classics, love|0 Comments

They should regard themselves as ashes

When the nuns at St. Damian’s had come together to hear the word of God, though no less also to see their father St. Francis, he raised his eyes to heaven, where his heart always was, and began to pray to Christ. He then commanded ashes to …be brought to him and he made a circle with them around himself on the pavement and sprinkled the rest of them on his head. He remained in the circle in silence. The saint suddenly rose and to the amazement of the nuns recited the Miserere mei Deus in place of a sermon. When he had finished he quickly left. By his actions he taught them that they should regard themselves as ashes…

~ Thomas of Celano, The Second Life of St. Francis of Assisi, Chapter CLVII, via Portiuncula: the Little Portion

He sighed for ecstatic peace

This is the peace
proclaimed and given to us
by our Lord Jesus Christ
and preached again and again
by our father Francis.

At the beginning and end of every sermon
he announced peace;
in every greeting
he wished for peace;
in every contemplation
he sighed for ecstatic peace.

~ St. Bonaventure, The Journey of the Mind to God
December 29th, 2013|Classics, Peace, St. Francis of Assisi (about him)|1 Comment

By word and example

 1. The Apostle says: The letter kills, but the spirit gives life (2 Cor 3:6). 2. Those are killed by the letter who merely wish to know the words alone, so that they may be esteemed as wiser than others and be able to acquire great riches to give to [their] relatives and friends. 3. In a similar way, those religious are killed by the letter who do not wish to follow the spirit of Sacred Scripture, but only wish to know [what] the words [are] and [how to] interpret them to others. 4. And those are given life by the spirit of Sacred Scripture who do not refer to themselves any text which they know or seek to know, but, by word and example, return everything to the most high Lord God to Whom every good belongs.

~ St. Francis, The Admonitions, Number 7: ” Good works must follow knowledge”

December 9th, 2013|Classics, St. Francis of Assisi (his own words)|1 Comment

For we have been called to this

As you announce peace with your mouth, make sure that you have greater peace in your hearts, thus no one will be provoked to anger or scandal because of you. Let everyone be drawn to peace and kindness through your peace and gentleness. For we have been called to this: to cure the wounded, to bind up the broken, to recall the erring. Many who seem to us members of the devil will yet be disciples of Christ.

~ St. Francis of Asissi

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