Sunday, May 18, 2008

What gem hath dropp'd, and sparkles o'er his chain?
The tear most sacred, shed for other's pain.
That starts at once -- bright pure -- from Pity's mine,
Already polished by the hand divine! - Byron

In 1548, St. Ignatius, writing to St. Francis Borgia, urged him to beg of the divine Masters for "his most holy gifts; the gift of tears......of joy, of spiritual repose, of intimate consolation, and for all the spiritual sentiments peculiar to these gifts, such as humility.......for without these gifts all our thoughts, words, and works are imperfect, cold and confused."

Photo by H.McP - Spheres 57

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