patient in adversity

“I earnestly admonish you, therefore, my brothers, to look after
your spiritual well-being with judicious concern.
Death is certain; life is short and vanishes like smoke.
Fix your minds, then, on the passion of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Inflamed with love for us, he came down from heaven to redeem us.
For our sake he endured every torment of body and soul and shrank from no bodily pain.
He himself gave us an example of perfect patience and love.
We, then, are to be patient in adversity.”

St. Francis of Paola


(the bumblebees and the blueberries / Julie Cook / 2019)

The more man freely chooses to sin and place his own truth above God’s truth,
and the more sin becomes a habit and vice,
the more man becomes enslaved to the fleeting goods of this world;
he becomes bound to disordered love and constrained by disordered attachments.
In this way sin establishes an addictive pattern that keeps men from conforming
to the truth of their being.

Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers
from Behold the Man: A Catholic Vision of Male Spirituality

7 comments on “patient in adversity

  1. “….he becomes bound to disordered love and constrained by disordered attachments. In this way sin establishes an addictive pattern that keeps men from conforming
    to the truth of their being.”

    Really enjoyed this quote. Amen.

  2. SharaC says:

    this quote is amazing… gonna have to ponder it awhile! Kept from conforming to the truth of our very being… holy smokes!

    • I know—it’s one of those quotes that you just don’t gloss over…
      A friend of mine sent me a book due to my latetest quest….Inheritence–A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity and Love by Dani Shapiro—
      It’s not our story, yours and mine—but it is in the emotional impact as this gal is dumped an unknnown quest into her lap at age 54.
      Her father, not her father.
      And her search has been much quicker than my own.
      I’ll email you an update—but there isn’t really much to update that’s why I haven’t sent any word yet…but I’ll touch base

  3. Dawn Marie says:

    Deacon Harold is an awesome man of God and a very dear friend of our Pastor’s. I adore his words of wisdom…. Hugs to you for sharing them with all of us!

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