It is for us men to be ready listeners, slow to speak our minds, slow to take offence; man’s anger does not bear the fruit that is acceptable to God. Rid yourselves, then, of all defilement, of all the ill-will that remains in you; be patient, and cherish that word implanted in you which can bring salvation to your souls. Only you must be honest with yourselves; you are to live by the word, not content merely to listen to it. One who listens to the word without living by it is like a man who sees, in a mirror, the face he was born with; he looks at himself, and away he goes, never giving another thought to the man he saw there. Whereas one who gazes into that perfect law, which is the law of freedom, and dwells on the sight of it, does not forget its message; he finds something to do, and does it, and his doing of it wins him a blessing. If anyone deludes himself by thinking he is serving God, when he has not learned to control his tongue, the service he gives is vain. If he is to offer service pure and unblemished in the sight of God, who is our Father, he must take care of orphans and widows in their need, and keep himself untainted by the world.
In Conversation with God:
Our Lord usually cured people instantaneously. In this case, however, He does it in stages…
What happened to this blind man in the material order can help us to consider the nature of spiritual blindness… To see clearly is a great gift of God… We need… to see with unclouded vision if the heart is to be able to love, if it is to remain young, as God wishes it to be…
… Christians are an intravenous injection into the bloodstream of society…
Gossip is one of the most harmful things to the community.
“Catechesis is an education in the faith of children, young people and adults which includes especially the teaching of Christian doctrine imparted, generally speaking, in an organic and systematic way, with a view to initiating the hearers into the fullness of Christian life.”
Liturgy of the Hours:
I thought of the days of long ago and remembered the years long past. At night I mused within my heart… Speak boastfully no longer, nor let arrogance issue from your mouths… The Lord puts to death and gives life… Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Trial, or distress, or persecution, or hunger, or nakedness, or danger, or the sword? Yet in all this we are more than conquerors because of him who has loved us.