Wise Words of Francis Xavier Seelos
in God’s Mercy!
Oh, if only all the sinners of the whole wide world were present here! Yes, even the greatest, the most hardened, even those close to despair, I would call out to them: The Lord is kind and merciful, patient and full of love. I would show them why the Apostles call God the Father of Mercy, the God of all consolation. I would tell them that the prophet in the Old Testament even said that the earth is full of the mercy of God and that mercy is above all His works.
Oh, Mother of Mercy! You understood the Mercy of God when you cried out in the Magnificat — ‘His mercy is from generation to generation.’ Obtain for all sinners a childlike confidence in the Mercy of God!
Fools for Christ!
The Kindness of the Priest
A long experience has taught me the great lesson that God leads men in a human manner by other men whom he appointed to be in His place and who should be of the same kindness as he himself was while on earth. Many a soul might be gained for the true faith and eternal life if sometimes a little more charity, a little more self-denial would be evinced, and if persons would be treated as their personal dispositions and human nature would require. It is true that it requires great virtue and experience to find always the right measure in these things, but we cannot fail much if our intention remains pure.
"The assistance of power from above is plainly visible, so that we are often humbled at seeing the great mercy and goodness of God!" -- Father Francis Xavier Seelos, C.Ss.R.
"Think always on the shortness of life and on the eternal happiness that we will enjoy in glory and contentment, which now we cannot even imagine" -- Father Francis Xavier Seelos, C.Ss.R.
"We must strive to embrace the crosses which God sends us with a willing, even joyful heart." -- Fr. Francis Xavier Seelos, C.Ss.R.