Quote/s of the Day – 17 August – St Hyacinth OP (1185-1257) ) Confessor
For forty years St Hyacinth was devoted solely to the glory of God and the salvation of souls. He has now enjoyed, for more than seven hundred and fifty years, the heavenly joys in recompence for his labours and, he will enjoy them for all eternity. Oh! how richly God rewards the services of His elect!
“He who loves his life, loses it
and he who hates his life in this world,
keeps it unto life everlasting.
If anyone serves Me,
let him follow Me and where I Am,
there also shall My servant be.”
“Why do we on earth, not strive
to find rest with Him in Heaven,
even now, through the faith,
hope and love that unites us to Him?
While in Heaven. He is also with us
and we, while on earth, are with Him.
He is here with us by His Divinity,
His power and His love.
We cannot be in Heaven,
as He is on earth, by divinity
but in Him, we can be there by love!”
“That your joy may be full.”
“Such is our Christian life.
By desiring Heaven,
we exercise the powers of our soul.
Now this exercise will be effective,
only to the extent
that we free ourselves from desires
leading to infatuation with this world.
Let me return to the example I have already used,
of filling an empty container.
God means to fill each of you with what is good –
so cast out what is bad!
If he wishes to fill you with honey
and you are full of sour wine,
where is the honey to go?
The vessel must be emptied of its contents
and then, be cleansed.
Yes, it must be cleansed,
even if you have to work hard and scour it.
It must be made fit for the new thing,
whatever it may be!”
St Augustine (354-430)
Father and Doctor of the Church
“The happiness to which I aspire
is greater than anything on earth.
Therefore, I regard with extreme joy,
whatever pains and sufferings
may befall me here.”