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Friday, June 24, 2011

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Brad

St. Francis de Sales:
I want to show you a sun that shone more brightly than all these, a soul that was truly free and detached, cleaving only to the will of God. I have often wondered who is the most mortified of the saints I know, and after some reflection I have come to the conclusion that it was Saint John the Baptist. He went into the desert when he was five years old and knew that our Savior and his came on earth in a place quite close by, one or two days' journey perhaps. How his heart, touched with love of his Savior from the time he was in his Mother's womb, must have longed to enjoy his presence! Yet he spends twenty-five years in the desert without coming to see our Lord even once; and leaving the desert he stays to catechize without visiting him but waiting till our Lord comes to seek him out. Then when he has baptized him he does not follow him but stays behind to do his appointed task. How truly mortified was his spirit! To be so near his Savior and not see him, to have him so close and not enjoy his presence! Is this not a completely detached spirit, detached even from God himself so as to do his will and serve him, to leave God for God, and not to love God in order to love him better? The example of this great saint overwhelms me with its grandeur.

Bender

"John the Baptist's mission was essential: ... Jesus' own mission needed it"
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Actually, what is also essential to the work of salvation -- Jesus' own mission -- is the mission of every member of the Church, as it has been since Pentecost. If WE do not go out and proclaim the Good News and baptize the nations, it ain't going to get done. Jesus is already doing His part -- He asks us to do our part to help Him.

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