Actions speak louder than words; let your words teach and your actions speak. We are full of words but empty of actions, and therefore are cursed by the Lord, since he himself cursed the fig tree when he found no fruit but only leaves. It is useless for a man to flaunt his knowledge of the law if he undermines its teaching by his actions.
But the apostles "spoke as the Spirit gave them the gift of speech." Happy the man whose words issue from the Holy Spirit and not from himself!
We should speak, then, as the Holy Spirit gives us the gift of speech. Our humble and sincere request to the Spirit for ourselves should be that we may bring the day of Pentecost to fulfillment, insofar as he infuses us with his grace, by using our bodily senses in a perfect manner by keeping the commandments. Likewise we shall request that we may be filled with a keen sense of sorrow and with fiery tongues for confessing the faith so our deserved reward may be to stand in the blazing splendor of the saints and to look upon the triune God. - from a sermon by Saint Anthony of Padua
Today we celebrate the feast day of Australia's first saint ~ Mary MacKillop.
Mary was born in Melbourne in 1842 and died in Sydney on the 8th August 1909. She responded to the isolation of colonial families and pioneered a new form of religious life to provide education for their children.
Mary and her sisters shared the life of the poor, offering special care to destitute women and children. She will be remembered for her eagerness to discover God's will in all things, and for her abiding trust in God's providence.
Pray to be ever ready for God's will, even when it takes you by surprise. 1880
Do all you can with the means at your disposal and calmly leave the rest to God. 1891
Never see a need without doing something about it.
Try to at least excuse what you cannot understand. 1877