the soul humbles herself…

“Our perfection does not consist of doing extraordinary things,
but to do the ordinary well.”

St. Gabriel Possenti

(Julie Cook / 2020)

(Julie Cook / 2020)

(Julie Cook / 2020)*

“No human motive should lead us to pray:
neither routine, nor the habit of doing as others do, nor a thirst for spiritual consolations.
No, we should go to prayer to render homage to God.
It is not, however, a common-place visit of propriety,
nor a conversation without any precise object;
we want to obtain from Him some definite spiritual good,
such or such progress in the uprooting of some vice, in the acquisition of some virtue.
We have, therefore, a purpose upon which we are bent, and all our considerations,
affections, petitions, and resolutions should combine for its attainment.
God is there, surrounding us and penetrating us;
but we were not, perhaps, thinking of this.
We must, therefore, withdraw our powers from the things of the earth,
gather them together, and fix them upon God;
thus it is we place ourselves in His presence.
Naturally, we approach Him by saluting Him with a profound and humble act of adoration.
In presence of so much greatness and holiness,
the soul perceives herself to be little and miserable;
she humbles herself, purifies herself by an act of sorrow;
apologizes for daring to approach a being of so lofty a majesty.
Powerless to pray as she should, she represents her incapacity to God,
and begs the Holy Ghost to help her to pray well.”

Rev. Dom Vitalis Lehodey, p. 91
An Excerpt From
The Ways of Mental Prayer

(Fall’s wild persimmons hang and fall from the tree)

14 comments on “the soul humbles herself…

  1. bcparkison says:

    The Spirit often needs to fill me with words when I am at a loss.

  2. says:

    The Holy Spirit will intercede with groans which we cannot discern. There are so many times when I have to depend on that fact. My own words are never sufficient.

  3. Julie,

    I am sorry that I have not stopped by in the last tow weeks. My laptop crashed and it has taken me until now to resurrect it.


  4. Rudy U Martinka says:


    Insightful post, in my opinion

    I read another post today on the subject of humite which I linked to a Citizen Tom post/

    Regards and goodwill blogging..

  5. hatrack4 says:

    Your persimmons look a lot like you persimmons from a year ago.

    • I know— but this year the tree was loaded— I’ve been taking photos of those persimmons for years—I tell my husband I need to pick them and make persimmon bread( think pumpkin spice bread) but he refuses—

      • hatrack4 says:

        In South Carolina, we had muscadine vines. I made jelly each year and shared it with the neighbors, but when we sold the house, the first thing they did was to cut down the vines. And no, I never made any wine.

  6. SLIMJIM says:

    Do you enjoy eating persimmons yourself?

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