Friday, February 05, 2010

On Relying on Our Own Strength Instead of Beseeching God to Help Us




The Stoning of St. Stephen by Paolo Uccello


I am currently reading Victories of the Martyrs by St. Alphonsus Liguori and I came across something that would explain why one fails to carry one's cross during times of trials and tribulations.
"...The examples of the martyrs teach us also to have immediate recourse to the assistance of God, by earnest supplication, when we feel ourselves disconsolate or weak under affliction. Thus did the holy martyrs. As their torture increased, they multiplied their prayers and secured the victory...

...There have...been examples of Christians who, failing to invoke the assistance of the Almighty, have fallen off from the confession of the faith, and forfeited the glorious crown.

An example is found in the acts of the martyrs of Japan.

An aged man, having been condemned to a protracted martyrdom, endured the torture for a considerable time, but failing to invoke heavenly aid, denied his faith in a few moments before he expired--a startling warning to all, that perseverance in prayer, in times of temptation and distress, is that which alone can insure us the victory..."

4 comments:

elena maria vidal said...

Thanks for this, Esther. VICTORIES OF THE MARTYRS was one of the most life-changing books I ever read. I love St. Alphonsus.

Esther G. said...

Elena, I am sorry it took me so long to pick it up to read. My mom has had it on her bookshelf since I was young.

Ken said...

Is it possible for me to email directly to Rev. Silva or someone that handles his emails. I have sent letters to the editor of both news papers concerning Gay Marriages opposing it with my insight views but neither have published it because of their pro agenda, or some other reason. I have never read anywhere the point of my view. It might be something he could use.

Esther G. said...

Ken, try the contact info here http://www.catholichawaii.org/staticpages/index.php?page=Bishop