Randy Hain from the website The Integrated Catholic Life offers some practical insights in interviews he submitted himself to about his two latest books here and here. And I found this from John of the Cross helpful to be reminded of today, in a meditation on the Gospel of the day on the “foolish virgins” (via Magnificat):
They are often extremely anxious that God remove their faults and imperfections, but their motive is personal peace rather than God. They fail to realize that were God to remove their faults they might very well become more proud and presumptuous.
On Twitter (@KathrynLopez), my top background is of the steps up to Calvary at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. There it is hard (seems impossible) not to be confronted with the overwhelming reality: I’m a sinner who needs a Savior. And dear, God… thank God..
You know there that your Redeemer lives.
It’s good to be reminded when I go to tweet! It’s good to be reminded, always. It’s good to know!
There’s a picture I love of Cardinal Dolan praying the rosary on those same steps, when he took priests there on a pilgrimage early last year.
As St. Augustine preached:
let our desire be directed toward nothing but heaven, to nothing but eternal life.
May our souls advance in perfection, acting “in an entirely different manner and with a different quality” than the world would have us — than we would without God the Father, the Son, and most Holy Spirit. May we receive great benefit from humility, by which we not only place little importance on any good deeds we may do, but also take very little self-satisfaction from them.
St. John of the Cross, pray for us.