Br. Francis Maluf, M.I.C.M..
This is a book of seventy-two concise meditations each on a different subject. Whether it is an event, as the Day; or a virtue, as Gratitude; or a ravaging infidelity, as Islam; or a person, as Our Lady; our author zeroes in on the topic and, with an amazing depth of understanding, simplifies it in relation to time and eternity. The salient theme throughout Brother Maluf’s daily reflections is that every challenge one experiences in this wayfaring state has the capacity to elevate our human frailty to supernatural heights if we engage it with the magnanimous attitude of confident sons of God.
Table of Contents
In the Order of Grace
In the Order of Nature
Philosophy Part One
Philosophy Part Two
The Book of Nature
The City of God
Adam and Eve
Profession of Faith
The Blessed Trinity
All Things Work Together
1. Our God is a consuming fire. (Heb. 12: 29) I am come to cast fire on the earth. (Luke 12: 49) Once we are caught in that fire, our life becomes transformed, and also all of our values. Our energy becomes positive rather than negative — an adventure rather than a process of disentangling.
2. The Rosary is a sign of fervor and a cause thereof. It is the incarnation of fervor in devotional life. Without fervor we cannot utter its words or think its thoughts.
3. Like fire, fervor cannot remain hid; its external manifestations are: eagerness, enthusiasm, ardent charity, graceful modesty, desire to help others and make them happy.
1. We only begin to hope when we begin to hope in God, and not in our own strength, and not in anything of this world.
2. Hope is humility: knowledge of self and of the goodness of God.
3. Hope is the most appropriate virtue for our life in via. It is the core of piety, the soul of spiritual life.
4. Hope lifts our hearts to heaven, and is mirrored in our eyes. “Hear us, O God, our Savior, the hope of all the ends of the earth.” (Ps. 64: 6) The world knows no other hope except what springs from our Faith.
5. Saint Augustine saw a necessary order of dependence in the three theological virtues: no hope without faith, and no charity without both.
1. True joy must have foundations in reality. The foundations of holy joy are the mysteries of the Rosary. If we can keep our minds and hearts on them, we shall never lose our joy.
2. Sufferings, disappointments, persecutions, frustrations, contradictions, insults, the low opinion of others, lack of consideration, coldness: all these are permitted by God as a challenge to the virtue of holy joy.
3. Holy joy is the outpouring of devotion, the measure of faith.
4. Holy joy must flow from the highest supernatural fountain-heads. When we fail to kindle a virtue from inside, we can always try to start from the outside: one short prayer or ejaculation, or a little work of faith, can often be the spark.
5. Holy joy is the radiance produced by the presence of the other virtues in the soul.
6. When the utterance of the Holy Names of Jesus, Mary and Joseph fail to put joy in our hearts, there is something wrong with our faith.
7. All actions which proceed from motives of faith and charity restore peace and joy to the soul.
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