Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Saintly Thought for Today

                                                 Our Lady of Solitude

From "The Glories of Mary," by St. Alphonsus Liguori:

Philo said that God speaks to souls only in
solitude: " Dei sermo amat deserta. " And God
himself declared this by the prophet Osee, when
he said: I will lead her into the wilderness, and
I will speak to her heart: " Ducam earn in solitu-
dinem, et loquar ad cor ejus." And hence St.
Jerome exclaims: Oh solitude, in which God
familiarly converses with his servants.  Yes,
says St. Bernard, because the quiet and the silence

that is enjoyed in solitude, force the soul to
leave the earth in thought, and to meditate on
the things of heaven.

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