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Suitable Exercises

The ignorance of some is greatly to be pitied, who load themselves with unwise penances and other unsuitable exercises of their devising, putting all their confidence in them, and expecting to become saints by their means. -St. John of the … Continue reading

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Mastering Inclinations

The mortifications which come to us from God, or from men by His permission, are always worth more than those which are the children of our own will. -St. Francis de Sales It is narrated in the Lives of the … Continue reading

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Mastering the Tongue

St. Vincent de Paul made himself so completely master of his tongue, that useless or superfluous words were rarely heard from his mouth, and never a single one inconsiderate, contrary to charity, or such as might savor of vanity, flattery, … Continue reading

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Enduring Little Trials

It should be our principal business, to conquer ourselves, and, from day to day, to go on increasing in strength and perfection. Above all, however, it is necessary for us to strive to conquer our little temptations, such as fits … Continue reading

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Correction

Whoever has the charge of others, ought not hesitate to resist and correct the vices of those who depend on him, or even to oppose their sentiments when need requires it, — always, however, with mildness and peace, especially when … Continue reading

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Governing With Compassion

St. Francis Borgia was very strict with himself, but most compassionate and kind to his subjects; so that although he would not excuse himself for the slightest defect, he would pardon very many in them. In giving an order, he … Continue reading

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Governing With Meekness

As without faith it is impossible to please God, so without mildness it is impossible to please men and to govern them well. -St. Bernard The same Saint proved this by his example. When he was made Abbot, he proceeded … Continue reading

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