Saturday, September 29, 2007

Things to Come

Thou knowest things to come before they are done; and Thou hast no need to be taught or admonished by any one of those things that pass upon earth.

Thou knowest what is expedient for my progress, and how serviceable tribulation is to rub away the rust of sin.

-- Imitation of Christ
The Penitent, 1886




The Penitent, 1886

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Breton, Jules


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Virgin and Child with St. John the Baptist and the Three Archangels, Raphael, Gabriel and Michael




Virgin and Child with St. John the Baptist and the Three Archangels, Raphael, Gabriel and Michael

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Mainardi,...


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The Archangels Triumphing over Lucifer




The Archangels Triumphing over Lucifer

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D'oggiono, Marco


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Friday, September 28, 2007

If in all things thou seek Jesus doubtless thou wilt find Jesus.

But if thou seek thyself thou wilt indeed find thyself, to thine own ruin.

-- Imitation of Christ
The Crucifixion, Oil, in the Background Jerusalem with Temple and Turreted Walls




The Crucifixion, Oil, in the Background Jerusalem with Temple and Turreted Walls

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Jan van Eyck


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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Conscience

A good conscience can bear very much and is very joyful in the midst of adversity.

A bad conscience is always fearful and uneasy.

-- Imitation of Christ
St. John the Baptist Rebuking Herod




St. John the Baptist Rebuking Herod

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Fattori, Giovanni


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Saint Vincent de Paul French Priest




Saint Vincent de Paul French Priest

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Geille


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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Suffering and Peace

He who knows how to suffer will enjoy much peace.

Such a one is a conqueror of himself and lord of the world, a friend of Christ, and an heir of heaven.

-- Imitation of Christ

The Canadian Martyrs, September 26th



St. Jean de Br├ębeuf

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Secrets

"Be wary," saith one, "be wary, keep to thyself what I tell thee." And whilst I hold my peace, and believe the matter to be secret he himself cannot keep the secret which he desires me to keep, but presently betrays both me and himself, and goes his way.

From such tales and such incautious people defend me, O Lord, that I may not fall into their hands, nor ever commit the like.

-- Imitation of Christ
The Jews Rebuild the Temple of Jerusalem




The Jews Rebuild the Temple of Jerusalem

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Dore, Gustave


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Facsimile Copy of Ezra 6 16 the Temple of Jerusalem is Dedicated by King Darius




Facsimile Copy of Ezra 6 16 the Temple of Jerusalem is Dedicated by King Darius

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German School


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Monday, September 24, 2007

Blessings of Humility

Make no great account who is for thee or against thee, but let it be thy business and thy care that God may be with thee in everything thou dost. (Romans 8:31)

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When a man humbles himself for his defects he then easily appeases others, and quickly satisfies those that are angry with him.

The humble man God protects and delivers; the humble He loves and comforts; to the humble He gives grace (Proverbs 29:23), and after he has been depressed, raises him to glory.

To the humble He reveals His secrets, and sweetly draws and invites him to Himself.

The humble man having received reproach maintains himself well enough in peace, because he is fixed on God, and not on the world.

-- Imitation of Christ
Cl 22718A Humility Against Pride, from "Rondeaux des Vertus", Created for Louis de Savoie




Cl 22718A Humility Against Pride, from "Rondeaux des Vertus", Created for Louis de Savoie

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French School


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The Light of the World




The Light of the World

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Hunt, William...


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Sunday, September 23, 2007

Visible and Spiritual

Grant, O Lord, that I may know what I ought to know; that I may love what I ought to love; that I may praise that which is most pleasing to Thee; that I may esteem that which is valuable in Thy sight; that I may despise that which is despicable in Thy eyes.

Suffer me not to judge according to the sight of the outward eye, nor to give sentence according to the hearing of the ears of men that know not what they are about; but to determine both of visible and spiritual matters with true judgment. and above all things ever to seek Thy good will and pleasure.

The sentiments of man are often wrong in their judgments and the lovers of this world are deceived in loving visible things alone.

What is man the better for being reputed greater by man?

One deceitful man deceives another; the vain deceives the vain, the blind deceives the blind, the weak the weak, whilst he extols him, and in truth, doth rather confound him, whilst he vainly praises him.

For as much as each one is in Thy eyes, so much is he, and no more, saith the humble St. Francis.

-- Imitation of Christ
Hand Circling Receipt




Hand Circling Receipt

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The Olive Oil Merchant




The Olive Oil Merchant

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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Love and Fear

He that loves God with his whole heart neither fears death, nor punishment, nor judgment, nor hell; because perfect love gives secure access to God.

But he that is yet delighted with sin -- no wonder if he be afraid of death and judgment.

It is good, however, that if love, as yet, reclaim thee not from evil, at least the fear of hell restrain thee.

But he that lays aside the fear of God will not be able to continue long in good, but will quickly fall into the snares of the devil.

-- Imitation of Christ
The Parable of the Sower, 1557




The Parable of the Sower, 1557

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Friday, September 21, 2007

Do It Now

A patient man hath a great and wholesome purgatory, who, receiving injuries, is more concerned at the person's sin than his own wrong; who willingly prays for his adversaries, and from his heart forgives offenses; who is easier moved to compassion than to anger; who frequently useth violence to himself, and labors to bring the flesh wholly under subjectjion to the spirit.

It is better now to purge away our sins and to cut up our vices than to reserve them to be purged hereafter.

-- Imitation of Christ
The Calling of St. Matthew




The Calling of St. Matthew

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Thursday, September 20, 2007

The Korean Martyrs: September 20th



St. Andrew Kim Taegon, 1846

How Matters Stand

Very quickly thou must be gone from hence, see then how matters stand with thee; a man is here today and tomorrow he is vanished (1 Maccabees 2:63).

And when he is taken away from the sight he is quickly also out of mind.

Oh, the dullness and hardness of man's heart, which only thinks of what is present, and looks not forward to things to come.

-- Imitation of Christ
During the Battle of Inkerman Crimean War a Priest Administers the Last Rites to a French Soldier




During the Battle of Inkerman Crimean War a Priest Administers the Last Rites to a French Soldier

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A Woman Anoints the Feet of Jesus




A Woman Anoints the Feet of Jesus

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Tissot, James


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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Fear No Kind of Austerity

If thou wouldst oftener think of thy death than of a long life, no doubt thou wouldst more fervently amend thyself.

And if thou didst seriously consider in thy heart the future punishment of hell or purgatory, I believe thou wouldst willingly endure labor and pain, and fear no kind of austerity.

But because these things reach not the heart, and we still love the things which flatter us, therefore we remain cold and very sluggish.

-- Imitation of Christ
The Fasting of St. Charles, circa 1625




The Fasting of St. Charles, circa 1625

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Crespi, Daniele


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Church of S. Gennaro, Praiano, Near Amalfi, Campania, Italy




Church of S. Gennaro, Praiano, Near Amalfi, Campania, Italy

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Rainford, Roy


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St. Januarius Visited in Prison by Proculus and Sosius




St. Januarius Visited in Prison by Proculus and Sosius

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Solimena,...


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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Peace and Disturbance

A joyful going abroad often brings forth a sorrowful coming home; and a merry evening makes a sad morning.

If thou hadst not gone abroad, nor hearkened to rumors, thou hadst kept thyself better in good peace; but since thou art delighted sometimes to hear news thou must thence suffer a disturbance of heart.

--Imitation of Christ
Pope Benedict Xvi Greets Bishops




Pope Benedict Xvi Greets Bishops

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Funeral March




Funeral March

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Coleman


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Monday, September 17, 2007

Security

No man securely rejoiceth unless he hath within him the testimony of a good conscience. (2 Cor. 1:12)

Yet the security of the saints was always full of the fear of God.

-- Imitation of Christ

St. Robert Bellarmine, Sept. 17

The Centurion of Capernaum Who Begs Jesus to Heal His Paralyzed Servant




The Centurion of Capernaum Who Begs Jesus to Heal His Paralyzed Servant

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Veronese, Paolo


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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Aside from the Crowd





Silence




Silence

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Clark, Erin


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"As often as I have been amongst men," said a philosopher, "I have returned less a man"; this we often experience when we talk long.


It is easier to be altogether silent than not to exceed in words.


It is easier to keep retired at home than to be able to be sufficiently upon one's guard abroad.


Whosoever, therefore, aims at arriving at internal and spiritual things, must, with Jesus, go aside from the crowd. (John 5:13)


The Return of the Prodigal Son, 1862




The Return of the Prodigal Son, 1862

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Tissot, James...


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