Challenging Thoughts for the Gospel read on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018

The proud and avaricious man is never at rest;

while the poor and the lowly of heart abide in the multitude of peace.

Thomas a Kempis, Imitation of Christ

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There is perhaps no one of our natural passions so hard to subdue as pride.

Disguise it, struggle with it, beat it down, stifle it,

mortify it as much as one pleases,

it is still alive,

and will every now and then peep out and show itself.

Benjamin Franklin

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True prayer always includes becoming poor.

When we pray we stand naked and vulnerable in front of Our Lord

and show him our true condition.

Henri J. M. Nouwen, Gracias!  A Latin American Journal

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Always remember there are two types of people in this world.

Those who come into a room and say, “Well, here I am!”

and those who come in and say, “Ah, there you are!”

Frederick L. Collins

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Christianity for the first time made charity a rudimentary virtue….

It effected a complete revolution in this sphere,

by regarding the poor as the special representatives of the Christian Founder

and thus making the love of Christ rather than the love of man

the principle of charity.

W.E.H. Lecky, History of European Morals

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