Is 40:26, 29 – 31

Lift up your eyes, and look at the heavens; who was it that made them? Who is it that marshals the full muster of their starry host, calling each by its name, not one of them missing from the ranks? Such strength, such vigour, such spirit is his… it is he who gives the weary fresh spirit, who fosters strength and vigour where strength and vigour is none. Youth itself may weaken, the warrior faint and flag, but those who trust in the Lord will renew their strength, like eagles new-fledged; hasten, and never grow weary of hastening, march on, and never weaken on the march.

Mt 11:28 – 30

Come to me, all you that labour and are burdened; I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon yourselves, and learn from me; I am gentle and humble of heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

In Conversation with God:

As Jesus talks to the people who follow Him, harassed and helpless like sheep without a shepherd, He wins their trust through the meekness of HIs heart, always so welcoming and understanding.

The Advent liturgy shows us Christ as gentle and lowly so that we can go to Him in all simplicity…

Souls open wide to a heart that is gentle and lowly, like Christ’s. There, in His most lovable Heart, the crowds used to find shelter and rest… and find peace in Him…

The way to cure our bad temper, impatience and failure to be warm and understanding, is to imitate Jesus in His meekness…

We must not make the mistake of thinking that this ‘bad temper’ of ours, which bursts out in very definite circumstances and times, depends on the character of the people around us. The peace of our spirit does not depend on the good nature and kindness of other people… The tranquillity of our heart depends on ourselves. The ability to avoid anger, with all its ridiculous effects, has to come from within ourselves and not be dependent on the nature of other people. The power to overcome the evil in our character must not depend on some perfection outside us, but on our own virtue…

Meekness does not go with being feeble or characterless. On the contrary, it is founded on great spiritual strength… Blessed are the meek because they, in this world’s warfare, are protected against the devil and against earthly persecutors. They are like glassware so well packed into straw or hay that it is not broken when it is struck. Meekness is like a strong shield which blunts and shatters the sharp arrows of anger. The meek are like people dressed in garments of thick quilted cotton which protect them without harming anyone else…

Close to Him, we learn to consider the various happenings of our everyday life in His presence and so give them their true value, to be silent sometimes when we would like to speak, to smile, to be nice to everybody, to wait for the right moment in which to correct a fault. At the same time, we are ready to leap to the defence of truth and the interests of God and of other people with as much force as may be necessary… Meekness is not a shelter for cowardice.


… sometimes Love has to drive a nail into its own hand… Love can change us, Love can make a way…
… take this one fallen man on his knees saying, “please, forgive me…”

ToB #117 ~ Responsible Parenthood


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