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Let not thy peace be in the tongues of men

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for whether they put a good or a bad construction on what thou dost,
thou art not for all that other than thou art.
Where is true peace and true glory?
Is it not in Me?
And he who covets not to please men, nor fears their displeasure,
shall enjoy much peace.(Col. 3:22)
All disquiet of heart and distraction of the senses arise from
inordinate love and vain fear.

Imitation of Christ
Chapter 28
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The Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ

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You shall receive the power of the Holy Ghost coming upon you, and you shall be witnesses unto me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and even to the uttermost part of the earth.
And when he had said these things, while they looked on, he was raised up: and a cloud received him out of their sight.
And while they were beholding him going up to heaven, behold two men stood by them in white garments. Who also said: Ye men of Galilee, why stand you looking up to heaven? This Jesus who is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come, as you have seen him going into heaven.
Act 1: 8-11
from WDTPRS (Excerpt)
Grant, we beseech You, Almighty God,that we, who believe Your Only Begotten Son our Redeemer,to have ascended on this day to heaven,may ourselves also dwell in mind amongst heavenly things.
Bl. Abbot Columba Marmion, OSB (+1923), wrote in Christ in His Mysteries that “of all the feasts of Our Lord … the Ascension is the greatest, because it is the supreme glorification of Christ Jesus.” Then, speaking about the very Collect we are looking at today, Bl. Columba says, “This prayer first of all testifies to our faith in the mystery in recalling the title ‘Only-begotten Son’ and ‘Redeemer’, given to Jesus, the Church shows forth the reasons for the celestial exaltation of her Bridegroom;—she finally denotes the grace therein contained for our souls. … The mystery of Jesus Christ’s Ascension is represented to us in a manner suitable to our nature: we contemplate the Sacred Humanity rising from the earth and ascending visibly towards the heavens.”Of course it is not only Christ’s humanity but our humanity that ascended into heaven. Preaching on 1 June 444 St. Pope Leo I “the Great” said, “Truly it was a great and indescribable source of rejoicing when, in the sight of the heavenly multitudes, the nature of our human race ascended over the dignity of all heavenly creatures, to pass the angelic orders and to be raised beyond the heights of archangels. In its ascension it did not stop at any other height until this same nature was received at the seat of the eternal Father, to be associated on the throne of the glory of that One to whose nature it was joined in the Son.”
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CRY, cease not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, Isaiah 58:1

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CRY, cease not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their wicked doings, and the house of Jacob their sins.

Jeremiah’s Complaint
Chapter 20

Thou hast deceived me, O Lord, and I am deceived: thou hast been stronger than I, and thou hast prevailed. I am become a laughing-stock all the day, all scoff at me.
8 For I am speaking now this long time, crying out against iniquity, and I often proclaim devistation: and the word of the Lord is made a reproach to me, and a derision all the day.
9 Then I said: I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name: and there came in my heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was wearied, not being able to bear it.
10 For I heard the reproaches of many, and terror on every side: Persecute him, and let us persecute him: from all the men that were my familiars, and continued at my side: if by any means he may be deceived, and we may prevail against him, and be revenged on him.
11 But the Lord is with me as a strong warrior: therefore they that persecute me shall fall, and shall be weak: they shall be greatly confounded, because they have not understood the everlasting reproach, which never shall be effaced.
12 And thou, O Lord of hosts, prover of the just, who seest the reins and the heart: let me see, I beseech thee, thy vengeance on them: for to thee I have laid open my cause.
13 Sing ye to the Lord, praise the Lord: because he hath delivered the soul of the poor out of the hand of the wicked.

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There is no true liberty nor real joy, save in the fear of God with a good conscience.

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Thomas, Kempis, 1380-1471. . Imitation of Christ; trans. from the Latin by the Rev. William Benham. Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia Library
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CHAPTER XXI
Of compunction of heart
If thou wilt make any progress keep thyself in the fear of God, and long not to be too free, but restrain all thy senses under discipline and give not thyself up to senseless mirth. Give thyself to compunction of heart and thou shalt find devotion. Compunction openeth the way for many good things, which dissoluteness is wont quickly to lose. It is wonderful that any man can ever rejoice heartily in this life who considereth and weigheth his banishment, and the manifold dangers which beset his soul.
2. Through lightness of heart and neglect of our shortcomings we feel not the sorrows of our soul, but often vainly laugh when we have good cause to weep. There is no true liberty nor real joy, save in the fear of God with a good conscience. Happy is he who can cast away every cause of distraction and bring himself to the one purpose of holy compunction. Happy is he who putteth away
-32-from him whatsoever may stain or burden his conscience. Strive manfully; custom is overcome by custom. If thou knowest how to let men alone, they will gladly let thee alone to do thine own works.
3. Busy not thyself with the affairs of others, nor entangle thyself with the business of great men. Keep always thine eye upon thyself first of all, and give advice to thyself specially before all thy dearest friends. If thou hast not the favour of men, be not thereby cast down, but let thy concern be that thou holdest not thyself so well and circumspectly, as becometh a servant of God and a devout monk. It is often better and safer for a man not to have many comforts in this life, especially those which concern the flesh. But that we lack divine comforts or feel them rarely is to our own blame, because we seek not compunction of heart, nor utterly cast away those comforts which are vain and worldly.
4. Know thyself to be unworthy of divine consolation, and worthy rather of much tribulation. When a man hath perfect compunction, then all the world is burdensome and bitter to him. A good man will find sufficient cause for mourning and weeping; for whether he considereth himself, or pondereth concerning his neighbour, he knoweth that no man liveth here without tribulation, and the more thoroughly he considereth himself, the more thoroughly he grieveth. Grounds for just grief and inward compunction there are in our sins and vices, wherein we lie so entangled that we are but seldom able to contemplate heavenly things.
5. If thou thoughtest upon thy death more often than how long thy life should be, thou wouldest doubtless strive more earnestly to improve. And if thou didst seriously consider the future pains of hell, I believe thou wouldest willingly endure toil or pain and fear not discipline. But because these things reach not the heart, and we still love
-33-pleasant things, therefore we remain cold and miserably indifferent.
6. Oftentimes it is from poverty of spirit that the wretched body is so easily led to complain. Pray therefore humbly unto the Lord that He will give thee the spirit of compunction and say in the language of the prophet, Feed me, O Lord, with bread of tears, and give me plenteousness of tears to drink.n11 Psalm lxxv. 5.
Chapter 21 Imitation of Christ

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Let not thy peace be in the tongues of men

Posted on May 2, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

for whether they put a good or a bad construction on what thou dost,
thou art not for all that other than thou art.
Where is true peace and true glory?
Is it not in Me?
And he who covets not to please men, nor fears their displeasure,
shall enjoy much peace.(Col. 3:22)
All disquiet of heart and distraction of the senses arise from
inordinate love and vain fear.

Imitation of Christ
Chapter 28
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For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey…

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1 Peter 4 :17

1 Peter 4 >>Douay-Rheims Bible

1 Christ therefore having suffered in the flesh, be you also armed with the same thought: for he that hath suffered in the flesh, hath ceased from sins:

2 That now he may live the rest of his time in the flesh , not after the desires of men, but according to the will of God.

3 For the time past is sufficient to have fulfilled the will of the Gentiles, for them who have walked in riotousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and unlawful worshipping of idols.

4 Wherein they think it strange, that you run not with them into the same confusion of riotousness, speaking evil of you.

5 Who shall render account to him, who is ready to judge the living and the dead.

6 For, for this cause was the gospel preached also to the dead: that they might be judged indeed according to men, in the flesh; but may live according to God, in the Spirit.

7 But the end of all is at hand. Be prudent therefore, and watch in prayers.

8 But before all things have a constant mutual charity among yourselves: for charity covereth a multitude of sins.

9 Using hospitality one towards another, without murmuring,

10 As every man hath received grace, ministering the same one to another: as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

11 If any man speak, let him speak, as the words of God. If any man minister, let him do it, as of the power, which God administereth: that in all things God may be honoured through Jesus Christ: to whom is glory and empire for ever and ever. Amen.

12 Dearly beloved, think not strange the burning heat which is to try you, as if some new thing happened to you;

13 But if you partake of the sufferings of Christ, rejoice that when his glory shall be revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.

14 If you be reproached for the name of Christ, you shall be blessed: for that which is of the honour, glory, and power of God, and that which is his Spirit, resteth upon you.

15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or a thief, or a railer, or a coveter of other men’s things.

16 But if as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.

17 For the time is, that judgment should begin at the house of God. And if first at us, what shall be the end of them that believe not the gospel of God?

18 And if the just man shall scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

19 Wherefore let them also that suffer according to the will of God, commend their souls in good deeds to the faithful Creator.

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Woe to you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.

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St. Luke 5:26

Jeremiah 20:8
For I am speaking now this long time, crying out against iniquity, and I often proclaim devistation: and the word of the Lord is made a reproach to me, and a derision all the day.

St.John 15:18f
18 If the world hate you, know ye, that it hath hated me before you.
19 If you had been of the world, the world would love its own: but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
20 Remember my word that I said to you: The servant is not greater than his master. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you: if they have kept my word, they will keep yours also.
21 But all these things they will do to you for my name’s sake: because they know not him who sent me.
22 If I had not come, and spoken to them, they would not have sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin.
23 He that hateth me, hateth my Father also.
24 If I had not done among them the works that no other man hath done, they would not have sin; but now they have both seen and hated both me and my Father.
25 But that the word may be fulfilled which is written in their law: They hated me without cause. 26 But when the Paraclete cometh, whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceedeth from the Father, he shall give testimony of me.
27 And you shall give testimony, because you are with me from the beginning.

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I look for no happiness beyond my own interior where God dwells. – St. Faustina

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I look for no happiness beyond my own interior where God dwells.
I rejoice that God dwells within me; here I abide with Him unendingly.
St. Faustina D454

Psalm 18 >>Douay-Rheims Bible

1 Unto the end, for David the servant of the Lord, who spoke to the Lord the words of this canticle, in the day that the Lord delivered him from the hands of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. [2 Kings 22.]

I will love thee,O Lord, my strength:
2 The Lord is my firmament, my refuge, and my deliverer. My God is my helper, and in him will I put my trust. My protector and the horn of my salvation, and my support.
3 Praising I will call upon the Lord: and I shall be saved from my enemies.
4 The sorrows of death surrounded me: and the torrents of iniquity troubled me.
5 The sorrows of hell encompassed me: and the snares of death prevented me.
6 In my affliction I called upon the Lord, and I cried to my God: And he heard my voice from his holy temple: and my cry before him came into his ears.
7 The earth shook and trembled: the foundations of the mountains were troubled and were moved, because he was angry with them.
8 There went up a smoke in his wrath: and a fire flamed from his face: coals were kindled by it.
9 He bowed the heavens, and came down: and darkness was under his feet.
10 And he ascended upon the cherubim, and he flew; he flew upon the wings of the winds.
11 And he made darkness his covert, his pavilion round about him: dark waters in the clouds of the air.
12 At the brightness that was before him the clouds passed, hail and coals of fire.
13 And the Lord thundered from heaven, and the highest gave his voice: hail and coals of fire.
14 And he sent forth his arrows, and he scattered them: he multiplied lightnings, and troubled them.
15 Then the fountains of waters appeared, and the foundations of the world were discovered: At thy rebuke, O Lord, at the blast of the spirit of thy wrath.
16 He sent from on high, and took me: and received me out of many waters.
17 He delivered me from my strongest enemies, and from them that hated me: for they were too strong for me.
18 They prevented me in the day of my affliction: and the Lord became my protector.
19 And he brought me forth into a large place: he saved me, because he was well pleased with me.
20 And the Lord will reward me according to my justice; and will repay me according to the cleanness of my hands:
21 Because I have kept the ways of the Lord; and have not done wickedly against my God.
22 For till his judgments are in my sight: and his justices I have not put away from me.
23 And I shall be spotless with him: and shall keep myself from my iniquity.
24 And the Lord will reward me according to my justice; and according to the cleanness of my hands before his eyes.
25 With the holy, thou wilt be holy; and with the innocent man thou wilt be innocent.
26 And with the elect thou wilt be elect: and with the perverse thou wilt be perverted.
27 For thou wilt save the humble people; but wilt bring down the eyes of the proud.
28 For thou lightest my lamp, O Lord: O my God enlighten my darkness.
29 For by thee I shall be delivered from temptation; and through my God I shall go over a wall.
30 As for my God, his way is undefiled: the words of the Lord are fire tried: he is the protector of all that trust in him.
31 For who is God but the Lord? or who is God but our God?
32 God who hath girt me with strength; and made my way blameless.
33 Who hath made my feet like the feet of harts: and who setteth me upon high places.
34 Who teacheth my hands to war: and thou hast made my arms like a brazen bow.
35 And thou hast given me the protection of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath held me up: And thy discipline hath corrected me unto the end: and thy discipline, the same shall teach me.
36 Thou hast enlarged my steps under me; and my feet are not weakened.
37 I will pursue after my enemies, and overtake them: and I will not turn again till they are consumed.
38 I will break them, and they shall not be able to stand: they shall fall under my feet.
39 And thou hast girded me with strength unto battle; and hast subdued under me them that rose up against me.
40 And thou hast made my enemies turn their back upon me, and hast destroyed them that hated me.
41 They cried, but there was none to save them, to the Lord: but he heard them not.
42 And I shall beat them as small as the dust before the wind; I shall bring them to nought, like the dirt in the streets.
43 Thou wilt deliver me from the contradictions of the people: thou wilt make me head of the Gentiles.
44 A people, which I knew not, hath served me: at the hearing of the ear they have obeyed me.
45 The children that are strangers have lied to me, strange children have faded away, and have halted from their paths.
46 The Lord liveth, and blessed be my God, and let the God of my salvation be exalted :
47 O God, who avengest me, and subduest the people under me, my deliverer from my enemies.
48 And thou wilt lift me up above them that rise up against me: from the unjust man thou wilt deliver me.
49 Therefore will I give glory to thee, O Lord, among the nations, and I will sing a psalm to thy name.
50 Giving great deliverance to his king, and shewing mercy to David his anointed : and to his seed for ever.

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