Apostolic Spirit

“The apostolic spirit,

exercises promote it,

prayers receive it,

and practices conserve it.”[1]

Serious study

and meditation

promote it,

but “self” menace it.

Selfishness withers,

self-seeking desiccates,

self-satisfaction parches,

self-interest shrinks.

Sincere charity

and heartfelt zeal

render us indifferent

and detached.

“The world is a fiery

and seething furnace

and blessed are those souls

that are tempered by it”[2]

[1] Father Judge Meditations p. 158

[2] Ibid p. 158

Published by carlfmaulbeck

In the movie "Harvey", Elwood P Dowd, played by Jimmy Stewart, explains coping with the world this way: "Years ago my mother used to say to me, she'd say, 'In this world, Elwood, you must be' - she always called me Elwood - 'In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.' Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me." Well, for years I was smart, oh so very smart, I too recommend pleasant - Trust the harmony

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