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“During my first three years in the seminary, I worked for a pastor who was fond of saying, “Manual labor is good for the soul.” While I didn’t initially appreciate the wisdom of his maxim—especially while polishing brass, waxing floors, and pulling weeds—I gradually came to appreciate the perfective power of human labor. Men and women were not created to be idle, but to work with creation on its journey to completeness.”

—From Fr. Gary Caster, author of  Joseph, the Man Who Raised Jesus

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“If then we have angels, let us be sober, as though we were in the presence of tutors; for there is a demon present also.”

— St. John Chrysostom

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“I never found anyone so religious and devout as not to have sometimes a subtraction of grace, or feel a diminution of fervor. No saint was ever so highly rapt and illuminated as not to be tempted sooner or later. For he is not worthy of the high contemplation of God who has not, for God’s sake, been exercised with some tribulation.”

— Thomas à Kempis

 

 

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