He that looks at a dangerous object begins to will what he wills not.
Darts of Fire: OR PROOFS THAT JESUS CHRIST HAS GIVEN US OF HIS LOVE IN THE WORK OF REDEMPTION by St. Alphonsus Liguori The Saint-Author. Darts of Fire: OR PROOFS THAT JESUS CHRIST HAS GIVEN US OF HIS LOVE IN THE WORK OF REDEMPTION by St. Alphonsus Liguori IX. Parvulus natus.
After being a novice for a year, St. Bernard could not tell whether his cell was vaulted.
Peter of Alcantara kept his eyes constantly cast down, so that he did not know the brothers with whom he conversed…. The saints were particularly cautious not to look at persons of a different sex. Hugh, bishop, when compelled to speak with women, never looked at them in the face. Clare would never fix her eyes on the face of a man. She was greatly afflicted because, when raising her eyes at the elevation to see the consecrated host, she once involuntarily saw the countenance of the priest.
Aloysius never looked at his own mother in the face. Gregory states Dialogues: Book 2, Ch. Benedict rolled himself in thorns, arose from one incautious glance at a woman. Why should not similar molestations be the lot of the religious who wilfully and without reserve fixes her eyes on persons of a different sex? Brother Roger, a Franciscan of singular purity, being once asked why he was so reserved in his intercourse with women, replied, that when men avoid the occasions of sin, God preserves them; but when they expose themselves to danger, they are justly abandoned by the Lord, and easily fall into some grievous transgressions.
No; but they ought to be directed only to what inspires devotion, to sacred images, and to the beauty of creation, which elevate the soul to the contemplation of the divinity. Francis of Assisi once said to his companion, that he was going out to preach. After walking through the town, with his eyes fixed on the ground, he returned to the convent. His companion asked him when he would preach the sermon. We have, replied the saint, by the modesty of our looks, given an excellent instruction to all who saw us.
Aloysius, that when he walked through Rome the students would stand in the streets to observe and admire his great modesty. Bernard at Clairvaux, such was the exterior modesty of the saint and of his monks, that the Pope and his cardinals were moved to tears of devotion. Lucian, a monk and martyr. By his modesty he induced so many pagans to embrace the faith, that the Emperor Maximian fearing that he should be converted to Christianity by the appearance of the saint, would not allow the holy man to be brought within his view, but spoke to him from behind a screen.
John From these passages we may conclude that the Redeemer ordinarily kept his eyes cast down.
Hence the Apostle, praising the modesty of the Saviour, says: I beseech you, by the mildness and modesty of Christ. Your email address will not be published. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam.
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Redemptorist Saint Videos. Who we are He who was without sin, took upon Himself our sins and prayed for forgiveness for them. God-fearing souls who have little or no gift of discernment, and are inclined to scruples, think that every wicked thought that enters their mind is a sin. The Lord has written us in His hands with His own blood. Jerome had retired into the grotto of Bethlehem, where he constantly prayed and mortified his body; and yet he was frightfully tormented by the recollection of those women whom he had seen long before at Rome.
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