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Daily Thoughts for Priests John Baptist Hogan

Daily Thoughts for Priests

John Baptist Hogan

Published September 12th 2013
ISBN : 9781230354972
42 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...is no age, no condition of life, no degree of worthiness or unworthiness, which has not its special claims on him. When the pastor of souls considers in succession the various members of his flock, he finds in the individual circumstances of each something that goes directly to his heart. But to none does he feel more sweetly drawn than to children, and to none should he more readily devote his time and labor. 1. He learns to love them from the example of the Divine Master himself. Nothing is more touching in our Lord than His tender regard for these little ones. They instinctively gather around Him. With their parents they follow Him into the desert, and share in the miraculous meal of the loaves and the fishes. And He, in His divine condescension, welcomes them, caresses them, gives them His blessing. The scene described by St. Mark in his brief, graphic way, shows beautifully how He felt, and doubtless how He was wont to act in their regard: And they brought to Him young children that He might touch them, and the disciples rebuked those that brought them. Whom when Jesus saw, He was much displeased and saith to them: Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for of such is the Kingdom of God.... And, embracing them and laying His hands upon them, He blessed them. 2. What drew thus the heart of Our Lord towards children He Himself is careful to tell us: For of such is the Kingdom of Heaven. Their condition is most like that of the angels, and fittest to appear before God, --fittest also for His kingdom here below, under the law of the Gospel. And this is why the priest, whose business is to build up that kingdom, loves little children. Already and without effort they are what He wishes all to...