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Index
Act of Contrition
Acts of Faith, Hope & Charity, & Votive Prayer for Charity
Angelus & Regina Caeli
Confiteor

Divine Praises

Grace Before & After Meals
Litany of Humility

Litany of St Joseph

Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus
Litany of the Most Precious Blood
Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Litany of the Saints
Morning & Evening Prayers

Novena Prayer to St Philomena

Prayer for the Conversion of Australia
Prayers & Litany to Holy Michael the Archangel

Prayers & Litany to Our Guardian Angel

Prayers & Litany to St Joseph
Prayers & Litany to the Blessed Virgin Mary
Prayers & Litany to
the Holy Ghost &
Veni Creator
Prayers & Novena for the Souls in Purgatory
Prayers & Novena to St Martin De Porres
Prayers & Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, & Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Prayers Before & After Confession
Prayers Before Mass, Prayers Before Holy Communion, Prayers After Holy Communion & Thanksgiving After Mass

Prayers for Priests & Vocations

Prayers, Novena & Litany to St Anne
Prayers, Novenas & Litany to St Jude Thaddeus
The Prayers & Mysteries of the Holy Rosary
Various Prayers
Votive Prayers for Rain, Fine Weather & to Avert Storms
Audio Files - SSPX
Video Files - SSPX
Thoughts for the Week
 
 

 

Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Thoughts for the Week - Fr R Taouk 
19th November 2017

What Set The Saints Apart From Us?
by Rev. Fr. Edward Leen C.S.Sp.

What sets the Saints apart from the great number of good souls is that from the beginning they made God the pivot on which they made their whole existence on Earth to revolve, and that they abided constantly in this disposition. They unrolled their whole life's activity under the eye, and in the presence of God. They referred to Him in all things. They never identified themselves with their own life or their own life's tasks. They habitually asked themselves: "What will God say?" They looked upon each call on their human activity as coming, at the very moment of its happening, straight from the lips of God, they did not regard it as something springing from the condition of things. They lived, as it were, in God's house and not in their own. Life's tasks become household duties which they accomplished in such a way as to please the Master, but the tasks were His, not theirs. The value of these tasks for them were God's appointment, and not in that they were materials out of which to fashion for themselves a life and existence accommodated to egoistic ideals.

 

The revenue of their works went to God and not to themselves for they were not their works, but His. They looked to him in all things; His pleasure was the sole determinant of their activity. Love for Him, the desire to do His will out of love, was what made them do each thing, each day and at every moment of the day. They did merely the things we do, but they did them differently from us in this sense. They did them for God; we do them because they are ours to do, and because in the doing of them we evolve and build up our lives. They regarded their lives from God's angle of vision, not from their own. We wish, for instance, to indulge our own grief, undistracted by the thought of an Absolute Power which may enquire as to how we are bearing it.

 

The Saints did not live for themselves, they brought God into everything. Love of Him was the source from which it was directed. They were far more intent on the inner motive than on outward effect. They looked through their parents, they looked through the events of their life - to God. In this way every movement of the souls brought with it an increase of supernatural life and strength.

 

We persist in regarding things in the reverse order. We think that once we have done well God's work in the world, it is well with us. God wants our perfection and not the perfection of things outside of us. We persuade ourselves that in carefully doing God's work we are seeking God. In reality we may be, in a subtle manner, seeking ourselves. Even when we are not moved by (worldly) ambition, by vainglory, by desire of praise, etc., we still are not free from everything that can tarnish or vitiate our work. We can approach the task set by God in the spirit of the artist and not in the spirit of the child working in God's house. For the artist the perfection of that work is the object that determines every movement of his actions. His task is done when some element of beauty or perfection is accomplished. Something splendid has been done, but it has not, necessarily, perfected him as a man. So likewise with ourselves.