Quote of the Day – “Self-denial”

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“If we would be followers of the great Apostle [Paul], first let us with him fix our eyes upon Christ our Saviour; consider the splendour and glory of His holiness, and try to love it.  Let us strive and pray that the love of holiness may be created within our hearts; and then acts will follows, such as befit us and our circumstances, in due time, without our distressing ourselves to find what they should be.  You need not attempt to draw any precise line between what is sinful and what is only allowable: look up to Christ, and deny yourselves every thing, whatever its character, which you think He would have you relinquish.  You need not calculate and measure, if you love much: you need not perplex yourselves with points of curiosity, if you have a heart to venture after Him.  True, difficulties will sometimes arise, but they will be seldom…  So shall self-denial become natural to you, and a change come over you, gently and imperceptibly; and, like Jacob, you will lie down in the waste, and will soon see Angels, and a way opened for you into heaven.” – Blessed John Henry Newman, “The Duty of Self-denial”

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