"Spiritual persons ought to be equally ready to experience sweetness and consolation in the things of God, or to suffer and keep their ground in drynesses of spirit and devotion, and for as long as God pleases, without their making any complaint about it."

St Philip Neri

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"The essence of perfection is to embrace the will of God in all things, prosperous or adverse. In prosperity, even sinners find it easy to unite themselves to the divine will; but it takes saints to unite themselves to God's will when things go wrong and are painful to self-love. Our conduct in such instances is the measure of our love of God."

St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"This is the greatest wisdom -- to seek the kingdom of heaven through contempt of the world. "

Thomas á Kempis

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FROM THE "PENNY CATECHISM"

     

re Article 11 of Apostles' Creed

128.

What is the eleventh article of the Creed?

 

The eleventh article of the Creed is, 'the resurrection of the body'.

 
129. What do you mean by 'the resurrection of the body'?

 

By the resurrection of the body I mean that we shall all rise again with the same bodies at the day of judgment.

 
 

re Article 12 of Apostles' Creed

  130. What is the twelfth article of the Creed?
 
 

The twelfth article of the Creed is, 'life everlasting'.

 
  131. What does 'life everlasting' mean?
 
 

'Life everlasting' means that the good shall live forever in the glory and happiness of heaven.

 
132. What is the glory and happiness of heaven?
 

The glory and happiness of heaven is to see, love, and enjoy God forever.

 
133. What does the Scripture say of the happiness of heaven?
 

The Scripture says of the happiness of heaven: 'That eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of man, what things God hath
prepared for them that love him'. 1 Cor. 2:9

 
134. Shall not the wicked also live forever?
 

The wicked also shall live and be punished forever in the fire of hell.