Fr Willie Doyle – quote for the day

“God has special designs on your soul and very great graces in store for you if only you will co-operate with Him in the work of your sanctification. With the record of much want of courage and generosity, there is running through your life an undercurrent of earnest desire to be a saint. Not that desires alone will do the work – barren desires are most dangerous to a soul, making one content with intentions only; yet without a big ardent desire nothing will be done. “If thou wilt be perfect,” our Lord once said, implying that sanctification is largely a question of good will. This, then, is the first grace you must pray for: the desire to be a saint.”

“If you wish, you can keep the commandments; to behave faithfully is within your power. He has set fire and water before you; put out your hand to whichever you prefer. Man has life and death before him; whichever a man chooses will be given him.” (Book of  Ecclesiasticus)

 

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15 Responses to Fr Willie Doyle – quote for the day

  1. Terrific quote – for each one of us.

  2. Robert says:

    Sanctification living by Faith usually contrary to logic and reason. Using your Will against SELF and above everything else Perseverance. The greatest gift to ask for is Perseverance.
    It requires violence since the violent bear Heaven away.
    This is no soft road of platitudes especially in this Age of Apostacy.
    Humility before God not that weakness worldly humility which is actually compromise and accepting Sin.
    You want Merits in Heavens eyes? This requires being sifted and tested (the apparent withdrawal by God) it means dryness and assault on your mind and senses.
    Peter was sifted and denied Our Lord three times.
    You will Fall you will have scars and wounds these are the marks of a warrior.
    If you fight you will suffer these wounds and injuries.
    Prayer and Penance

  3. toadspittle says:

    “Sanctification living by Faith usually contrary to logic and reason. “
    “Usually,” but not always, eh, Roger? You’ve really got it in for logic and reason, haven’t you?
    Bit of Kierkegaard influence, do I detect? (But he was a Lutheran.)

    “It requires violence since the violent bear Heaven away.
    Incomprehensible. To me.

  4. Maggie says:

    I love Fr. Doyle and hope he will be canonized. But we may have to wait for the current crop of modern Irish Jesuits to pass…

    In any case, I have a book of his reflections and use it for spiritual direction. See the website also at http://fatherdoyle.com/

  5. Robert says:

    Toad
    Approximations and probabilities are stock in trade for human sciences.
    No I am not against logic and reason, but the starting point for logic and reason is a valid base.
    In a decimal measurement basis for instance pi is infinite. With non decimal bases Pi is finite.
    Decimal measurements approximations!
    The Faith is revealed Truth and as Aquinas pointed out is beyond logic and reason.

    Sanctification requires Faith.
    Matthew 11
    [12] And from the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent bear it away.

  6. johnhenrycn says:

    Roger, your command of the English alphabet is not bad. Not bad at all.

  7. johnhenrycn says:

    …I meant “Robert”, of course.

  8. johnhenrycn says:

    Robert (or anyone else who has thought about it) why are doorknobs on English doors one foot higher than on North American doors?

  9. toadspittle says:

    “Approximations and probabilities are stock in trade for human sciences.”
    Agreed. For life itself, in fact.
    “No I am not against logic and reason, but the starting point for logic and reason is a valid base.” Of course it is. What else?
    “In a decimal measurement basis for instance pi is infinite. With non decimal bases Pi is finite.
    Decimal measurements approximations!”
    So what?
    “The Faith is revealed Truth and as Aquinas pointed out is beyond logic and reason.”
    when we go beyond logic and reason, we are in the realm of illogicality and unreason.
    And I can;’t be having that, myself. But, it takes all sorts.

    “why are doorknobs on English doors one foot higher than on North American doors?”
    Because in England, they drive on the left. Elementary, my dear JH.

  10. Robert says:

    Then what is a miracle? What is the logical and rational explanation for reading consciences or bilocution of the sacraments?
    Why has mankind always had priests and a belief in God?
    The evidence of cave drawings and art works points proves mankind had leisure time but amongst hunters and gathers leisure time is a premium because the priority to feed, cloth, shelter.
    The glory of Egypt was a learned priestly class (as pointed out by Plato) .
    Belief in God is undermined by Naturalism which reduces everything to the level of materialism.

    Now since priesthood and religious are as old as mankind so we can begin to look at Sanctification which is also as old as Man.
    Sanctification is meaningless in an atheist naturalist world.
    Sanctification is measured with direct reference to God’s Divine attributes.
    Saints do not require degrees in logic nor reasoning do they?

  11. Robert says:

    John Henry
    The obvious reason for the difference in height of door knobs is social hierarchy so that North Americans have to bow to open doors!

  12. toadspittle says:

    “Why has mankind always had priests and a belief in God?”
    Exactly what Dawkins would like to know.
    I think a short answer is that people can’t tolerate the idea they will die.

    “The evidence of cave drawings and art works points proves mankind had leisure time but amongst hunters and gathers leisure time is a premium “
    The people who did them (some done over 40,000 years ago,by the way) were hunters and gatherers. What else? They hunted the creatures they depicted
    And I doubt if they regarded painting as a “leisure,” occupation – but as a vital, maybe magical, task. Don’t know, of course.

  13. Robert says:

    Toad
    Did the cave artists sign and date the drawings?
    If you look at the graph projections of population and growth (expotential) and follow the trends backwards! Its all about the base used!
    http://www.deathreference.com/Nu-Pu/Population-Growth.html
    By 2000 BC there would have been less than a billion on the entire Earth!
    Dawkins is looking for the religious gene (in other words he accepts that man is and has always been religious BUT is looking for a GENE! ) Aristotle remember knew that Man existed outside of his body!
    You haven’t actually thought this through have you? Rather cherry picked

  14. Robert says:

    My apologise (very very busy) this was posted in the wrong place

    Toad
    The BBC graph of population used for education purposes!
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science/ocr_gateway/understanding_environment/population_pollutionrev1.shtml

    “..Like all living things, humans exploit their surroundings for resources. Before the beginning of agriculture about 10,000 years ago, small groups of humans wandered across large areas, hunting and gathering just enough food to stay alive. Population numbers were kept low because of the difficulty of finding food. ..”
    Now your Cave man was clearly rotted in ONE place and had time and leisure didn’t they not just to paint but to observe and prepare paint/drawings etc..

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