WHAT KIND OF SOUL AM I?
Someone has said, “All beings receive the same light but all accept it unequally.
Some are like white surfaces and they shed the light all about them; these souls have the most innocence.
Others are like black surfaces and they enfold the light in their own darkness; these souls are like closed coffers.
Then again some divide the light keeping part for themselves and reflecting the rest as do surfaces of variegated colors and, like these same colored surfaces, change the intensity of light and shadows according to the time of day; these are the most sensitive souls.
There are others who, like transparent surfaces, let all the light pass through them retaining nothing of it; these souls are nearest to God.
Some might be compared to mirrors in which all nature and the people who look at them never cease to see themselves and to reflect themselves; these souls are nearest us and their presence alone suffices to judge us.
Some make us think of prisms in which the white light is spread out into the rainbow colors of the spectrum….”
In which class do I belong?
I need not indulge in morbid or vain introspection but try merely to get a clear view of God’s intentions concerning me. I know the Parable of the Talents. I must not envy the riches of another but determine exactly the capital that God asks me to exploit for His greater glory, for my own sanctification, for the good of all souls with whom my sanctification is bound up, from those nearest to me even to the most distant at the other end of the world.
Tu quis es? “Who are you?” the judges asked Our Lord, Et quid dicis de teipso, “and what do you say of yourself?”
Who am I? The mystery of each personality! It is a mystery which even the most perfect and most intimate union with another personality cannot completely pierce, as for example in marriage.
There is a limitless diversity in personalities, since God made all souls originally without ever copying any previous model. How delightful this variety is: rose, anemone, violet; an extraordinary medley, gradations without limit of cut or of color….
Who am I? What are my resources? What are my good points? What are my faults? What is the color of my desires, the force of my will, the intensity of my religious need, my thirst for an integrated life, my Christian fervor, the value of my fidelity?
Who am I? That is a different question from what I say I am or what I give to understand that I am.
No, I am not a hypocrite; I do not seek to deceive for the sake of deceiving. But I am like everybody else and, without wanting to, without directly saying it, I fix up the pages of my country’s history–I try to let myself be seen only under the most glorious aspects.
People believe me to be better than I am. In any case they have a different opinion of me from what I really am.
Who am I? And what difference is there between what I am actually and what I let others discover of my person and my intimate self?
Saint Augustine prayed, “Lord, let me know myself, let me know Thee.” He desired nothing else. I want to make that my prayer too.
KNOW THYSELF PRAYER
BY ST. AUGUSTINE
Lord Jesus, let me know myself and know Thee,
And desire nothing save only Thee.
Let me hate myself and love Thee.
Let me do everything for the sake of Thee.
Let me humble myself and exalt Thee.
Let me think of nothing except Thee.
Let me die to myself and live in Thee.
Let me accept whatever happens as from Thee.
Let me banish self and follow Thee,
And ever desire to follow Thee
.Let me fly from myself and take refuge in Thee,
That I may deserve to be defended by Thee.
Let me fear for myself, let me fear Thee,
And let me be among those who are chosen by Thee.
Let me distrust myself and put my trust in Thee.
Let me be willing to obey for the sake of Thee.
Let me cling to nothing save only to Thee,
And let me be poor because of Thee.
Look upon me, that I may love Thee.
Call me that I may see Thee,
And for ever enjoy Thee. Amen.
“Don’t allow sadness to dwell in your soul, for sadness prevents the Holy Spirit from acting freely. If we insist on being sad, then let it be a holy sadness at the sight of the evil that is spreading more and more in society nowadays.” – Padre Pio
Here is a simple outline to ensure we are carrying out our daily duties as best we can on this road we travel as Catholic women. This is my own list of what I deem the basics of a successful day. It is an ideal I strive for. You may have your own plan, and I hope you do. If this can help in any way, then I have accomplished my goal with this video.
Beautiful Trifold Surrender Novena Prayer Card and Wire Wrapped Chaplet!
This chaplet is designed to be prayed with the Surrender Novena, which was given to Servant of God, Fr. Don Dolindo Ruotolo. Read more about this lovely chaplet here.
Each link is handmade and wrapped around itself to ensure quality.
REVIEW: Love! Love! Love! The Surrender Novena and chaplet. This came to my attention at the moment I need this prayer the most. Beautiful chaplet and so easy to keep with me as a reminder to surrender myself to Jesus especially when things are out of my control. So much of the world feels so out of control right now and this has brought the reminder to give it all to Christ to the forefront. Thank you so much.
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