April 2

Saint-Francis-of-PaolaO Divine Master, Saint Francis of Paola learned sanctity by separating himself from the world.  He discovered that miracles are the rewards of being attached to nothing but You.  He advised his followers to use penances to detach from sinful ways.  There are many ideas and possessions that I cling to instead of You, making self-sufficiency a higher priority.  Help me, Lord, to realize how harmful this is to my soul.  I ask Saint Francis of Paola to pray for me to weed out from my life everything that fails to bring me closer to You.  Teach me to detach from the world and to love You above all else.  Saint Francis, pray for me.  Amen.

QUOTES by Saint Francis of Paola

See to it that you refrain from harsh words. But if you do speak them, do not be ashamed to apply the remedy from the same lips that inflicted the wounds. In this way you will show each other mercy and not keep alive the memories of past wrongs. >>

Be peace-loving. Peace is a precious treasure to be sought with great zeal. You are well aware that our sins arouse God’s anger. You must change your life, therefore, so that God in his mercy will pardon you. What we conceal from men is known to God. >>

Fix your minds on the passion of our Lord Jesus Christ. Inflamed with love for us, he came down from heaven to redeem us. For our sake he endured every torment of body and soul and shrank from no bodily pain. He himself gave us an example of perfect patience and love. We, then, are to be patient in adversity. >>

Take pains to refrain from sharp words. Pardon one another so that later on you will not remember the injury. The recollection of an injury is itself wrong. It adds to our anger, nurtures our sins and hates what is good. It is a rusty arrow and poison for the soul. It puts all virtue to flight. >>

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