Jas 4:2 – 3

Your desires go unfulfilled, so you fall to murdering; you set your heart on something, and cannot have your will, so there is quarrelling and fighting. Why cannot you have your will? Because you do not pray for it,  or you pray, and what you ask for is denied you, because you ask for it with ill intent; you would squander it on your appetites.

CCC #32

The world: starting from movement, becoming, contingency, and the world’s order and beauty, one can come to a knowledge of God as the origin and the end of the universe.

As St. Paul says of the Gentiles: For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. Ever since the creation of the world his invisible nature, namely, his eternal power and deity, has been clearly perceived in the things that have been made.

And St. Augustine issues this challenge: Question the beauty of the earth, question the beauty of the sea, question the beauty of the air distending and diffusing itself, question the beauty of the sky. . . question all these realities. All respond: “See, we are beautiful.” Their beauty is a profession [confessio]. These beauties are subject to change. Who made them if not the Beautiful One [Pulcher] who is not subject to change?

In Conversation with God:

… the path to hell is already a hell…

… the time for taking advantage of God’s mercy is limited: for night comes, when no one can work. With death, the possibility of repentance ends…

Each day our Lord says,  Ask of me…

… what is promised to us is no longer just a land flowing with milk and honey, or a long life, or an abundance of children, or wheat, or wine, or flocks, but heaven and the good things of heaven – divine filiation and brotherhood with his only-begotten Son, a sharing in his inheritance and being glorified together with him and reigning with him for all eternity…

The Cross in our mind, on our lips, in our heart, in all our works: this is the weapon of conquest…


… blessed are those whose strength is in You, whose hearts are set on our God, and we will go from strength to strength until we see you face to face…


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