Joy and Strength 09/27

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Rom. viii. i.

IT may be that recollections of the past hinder you, but ycu must reject them; anxious thoughts may arise, put them away ; your faults seem to raise up a barrier, but no past faults can separate a loving heart from God.
H. L. Sidney Lear.

Do not scrutinize so closely whether you are doing much or little, ill or well, so long as what you do is not sinful, and that you are heartily seeking to do everything for God. Try as far as you can to do everything well, but when it is done do not think about it; try rather to think of what is to be done next. Go on simply in the Lord’s way, and do not torment yourself. We ought to hate our faults, but with a quiet, calm hatred, not pettishly and anxiously. We must learn to look patiently at them, and win through them the grace of self-abnegation and humility. Be constant and courageous, and rejoice that He has given you the will to be wholly His.
St. Francis de Sales.

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