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Thursday, February 15, 2007

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In order to make people understand the warped mind of dadwithnoisykids more, I have added the List of Labels to the sidebar.

In this way, anyone coming by to petition for the removal of this blog from the Catholic Blog Awards Nominees will have easy acess to proof.

The Humility of Dadwithnoisykids

For a while, I have been posting on Fr. Cajetan Mary da Bergamo's great book Humility of Heart. Well for the last week I have been afraid to pick it up because it inspired such fervent prayers for humility that I think God responded in kind.

This last week has been a trial of physical proportions for me, but even more so one of emotional and spiritual suffering for my wife and children. I would go so far as to say that the physical problems I have encountered this week are miniscule compared to the sorrows that my wife and children have borne while trying to give me a place to rest and recover.

So, even in the humiliation of being sick, I find that my little cross is nothing compared to those of my beloveds.

It does help keep down the self-pity!

So what does this have to do with Humility of Heart?

Well, I am going to follow the example of Herbert Cardinal Vaughan(1832-1903), the translator of this book into English. It is said that he kept this book with him all the time, filling it with notes and constantly referring to it. At the end of his life, when he apparently went to retire at some nice estate, he decided to translate the book into English. So while others were playing golf, he was busy doing this tremendous work which has benefitted so many. He completed this task shortly before his death.

For a guy whose experience with Italian is limited to what he hears in those Italian restaurants which play language records in the bathroom, the gift of Cardinal Vaughan is immeasurable.

So I plan on keeping the book close by, referring to it occasionally. It is hard to pull out quotes which I can post for your edification, because nearly every word(except and, but and or) strikes to the heart of me. But some are so choice, I just have to print them. Like this great big swift kick in the rear end:

"In Paradise there are many saints who never gave alms on earth:
their poverty justified them.
There are many saints who never mortified their bodies by fasting or wearing hair shirts:
their bodily infirmities excused them.
There are many saints too who were not virgins:
their vocation was otherwise.
But in Paradise there is no saint who is not humble. "(#1)

Jesus, meek and humble of heart,
make my heart like unto thine!

Buy the book. It will be on my gift list this Christmas!

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1 comment:

Truthseeker said...

I'm continuing to pray for you and your family. And maybe it will help you to know that I voted for SSD for best new Catholic blog! Roman Sacristan is very good too, but he understands why I voted for you and doesn't mind!


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