Friday, March 12, 2010

Spiritual Value of Penance

" Penance is the rampart protecting chastity.
Penitence appeases God's justice and transforms it into graces.
It purifies souls,
extinguishes the fires of purgatory
and receives in heaven a most sublime recompense.
Penance pays for personal faults and those of others.
Penance is the sister of mortification. Both work together hand in hand.
Penance helps the soul rise above things of the earth.
Penance cooperates with the Redemption of the world.
Penance humbles man,
it penetrates him with an inner feeling of his baseness and his wretchedness.
Penance brings light to the soul.
It consumes and causes to disappear all in it that is purely material.
It raises him higher and higher above the earth,
making him taste of delights hitherto unknown and pure.
But this penance should be the daughter of reverence
and exist in the soul, hidden from all humans" (Diary, Sept. 24, 1895).

~ Our Lord to Venerable Concepcion Cabrera de Armida,

Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ, Eternal High Priest, Mother of all priests, and our Mother, help us respond generously to the Holy Spirit's request, through the voice of His Church, to offer up to God Eucharistic adoration for priests. Amen.

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