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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Tuesday of the Second week in Ordinary Time

Saint Aelred of Rielvaux (1110-1167), Cistercian monk Mirror of Charity, III, ch.3 (trans. Geoffrey Webb and Alan Walker)

Tuesday of the Second week in Ordinary Time

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Saint Aelred of Rielvaux (1110-1167), Cistercian monk Mirror of Charity, III, ch.3 (trans. Geoffrey Webb and Alan Walker)

                      "The sabbath was made for man"

     When a man goes in, as it were, to the secret place of his soul, turning his back on all the noise and worry and vanity of the outside world, he shuts the door and looks around, and what does he find? Here all is at peace, all is in order. There is nothing to cause remorse. Everything gives him joy and conduces to calm. Like a well-ordered family, all his thoughts, words and deeds are gathered about him, and he can smile on them benevolently like a father in a disciplined household. And this gives rise in his heart to a wonderful sense of security, and his security gives him such a joy and happiness that he cannot but thank and praise God the more fervently for his blessings. 

     This is the seventh day of rest that is only made possible by six days of labor, for we must expend our energy in good works before we can take our rest with a peaceful conscience. A clear conscience is born of zealous works, and we cannot love ourselves unless we have a good conscience enabling us to love our neighbour as ourselves (Mt 22:39).

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