They go to the Holy Table with a sort of weariness. This sin began with the world. After confession, we must plant a thorn in our heart, and never lose sight of our sins. He is as necessary to us as crutches are to a lame man. His sage counsel on 36 important topics.
The good God, wishing to give Himself to us in the Sacrament of His love, gave us a vast and great desire, which He alone can satisfy. The priest must feel the same joy, at seeing Our Lord whom he holds in his hands. What man cannot express nor conceive, and what he never would have dared to desire, God in His love has said, has conceived, and has executed. We are scattered like the wind. Oh, my children, how sad it is! They are all earthly, all brutish, and think of nothing but temporal things,.
The priest has the key of the heavenly treasures; it is he who opens the door; he is the steward of the good God, the distributor of His wealth. The greatest praise that he could give anyone was to say that he was clever. Ah, if they well understood this responsibility they would never have any dances. If the damned were asked: Why are you in Hell? The sweet writings of St. But the fingers of the priest, that have touched the adorable Flesh of Jesus Christ, that have been plunged into the chalice which contained His Blood, into the pyx where His Body has lain, are they not still more precious? Jean-Marie Vianney was born in 1786 at Dardilly, France. Some of them passed their lives in weeping for their sins.
His feast day is celebrated on the fourth of August. A pure soul is the admiration of the Three Persons of the Holy Trinity. He is not for himself, he is for you. Should we ever have dared to ask of God to put His Son to death for us, to give us His Flesh to eat and His Blood to drink? And if you saw this same man set fire to the pile, and when it was lighted throw himself upon it, what would you say? The more we know men, the less we love them. How sweet it is to die, when we have lived on the cross! A cross carried simply, and without those returns of self-love which exaggerate troubles, is no longer a cross. How pleasing to Him is the short quarter of an hour that we steal from our occupations, from something of no use, to come and pray to Him, to visit Him, to console Him for all the outrages He receives! Nevertheless, Moses prayed, and God spared His people; He let Himself be entreated; He could not resist the prayer of that pure soul. My children, if we understood the value of Holy Communion, we should avoid the least faults, that we might have the happiness of making it oftener.
When we are led by a God of strength and light, we cannot go astray. A collection might almost be made of the Fioretti of the Curé of Ars. We are great, and we are nothing. When the angels had revolted against God, this God who is so good, seeing that they could no longer enjoy the happiness for which He had created them, made man, and this little world that we see to nourish his body. We commit sin; we plunge ourselves into the mire. In like manner, allusions, metaphors, parables and figures colored all the discourses of the Curé of Ars. But see, it is faith we want.
The cross is the ladder to Heaven. We seem not to move, and we are going toward eternity as if by steam. Those who have dances in their houses load themselves with a terrible responsibility before God; they are answerable for all the evil that is done - for the bad thoughts, the slanders, the jealousies, the hatred, the revenge. Well, in this house there is a store-room. The tabernacle is the storehouse of Christians.
The mother says to her child, 'Here my little one, eat. Besides, no one was tempted to criticise him. At peace with all things, and having returned in a manner to the primitive innocence and condition of Eden, when Adam beheld creatures in the divine light, and loved them with fraternal charity, his heart overflowed with love, not only for men, but also for all beings visible and invisible. A well-instructed person always has two guides leading the way before him - good counsel and obedience. If it is not by the Holy Ghost, we labor in vain; there is no substance nor savour in anything we do. Why were the saints so detached from the earth? We have sometimes tried to write down what we had just heard, but it was impossible to recall the things that had most moved us and to put them into form. It was a wonderful thing that this man, so ready to proclaim his own ignorance, had by nature a great attraction for the higher faculties of the mind.
Those who do not pray, stoop towards the earth, like a mole trying to make a hole to hide itself in. No; it darts through the water. My children, the three acts of faith, hope and charity contain all the happiness of man upon the earth. May it keep you, and lead you to life eternal. If we loved God, we should love crosses, we should wish for them, we should take pleasure in them.