Writings of St. Peter Julian Eymard


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The Interior Attraction of Recollection.pdf
My Sisters, we said that you must serve God through your attraction of grace. We gave some preliminaries; now let’s continue. It is clear that we must serve God as he wants to be served – the will of God becomes the norm for good works. We will experience great consolation and encouragement, once we have established this principle! Who knows whether the Good Lord is pleased when I practice this specific virtue, when I enter this vocation? Who knows if God is happy? As soon as I start d
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    1859
The Spirit of Nature and the Spirit of Grace.pdf
My Sisters, today we shall talk about the spirit that should move you and various other spirits. I will try to complete what I said about the attraction of grace, since I did not have time to finish. Right away, I am informing you that it is a difficult subject.[…] It is not something palpable and accessible to the senses. We shall examine the movements of the soul. I will not talk about the movements of the evil spirit – spare me that. I will not talk about them, since everyone knows
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    1860
Why Our Lord Suffered.pdf
Since we are meditating on the passion of our Lord, one recurring question is this: […] Why does the love of God have its perfection in very great suffering? Why did the Son of God suffer? He could have shown his love to us in another way. This was a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to the pagans (cf. 1 Cor 1:23), and it still is for Christians. Why does he place his reign in the cross? The answer is easy: he chose suffering in order to redeem us.
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    1861
The Dominant Virtue of a Servant of the Blessed Sacrament.pdf
My Sisters, I have to leave next week, and so I cannot give your retreat. You have enough things to read, and the Good Lord will do the rest. I think that you had a good Christmas season. Very often these great feasts are times of trial; we suffer more than we rejoice. In the past, we had this experience – it’s true that we are engaged in some ministry: we would go to God through our neighbor rather than through ourselves, through charity rather than through our own piety. What could
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    1860
The Attraction. We Must Serve God by Our Interior State of Grace in our Vocation.pdf
My Sisters, last time we said that we must serve God according to our state, because the state of our soul, like that of our body, is the expression of God’s will; and that the grace of our state was given to us in accord to that state. Consequently, it is the most perfect for us. These states come from God, and, since God loves us, he always gives us what is best for us – if another were better for us, then God would give it to us.
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    1859
The Grain of Wheat.pdf
My Sisters, it is necessary that you should become like the grain of wheat, the substance of which is totally transformed. We will consider the grain of wheat reaching its condition as a host, becoming Jesus Christ. That will give you an idea of what you need to do to attain eucharistic life. The grain of wheat is cast on earth and there it dies and its life springs from its death. From this death comes forth a seed. The grain becomes a plant. It becomes the wheat. Then we gather the ear,
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    1860
Silence.Direction.pdf
To live an interior life, we must be silent. The Holy Sprit said: The Lord does not dwell in the storm (cf. 1 Kgs 19:11-12). God speaks with a soft voice, in a gentle manner, and we must pay careful attention to hear him. In one of the psalms he also says through the mouth of the prophet: Listen, my daughter, turn your ear to my voice (cf. Ps 44:11). Our Lord does not speak in cities and in public places (cf. Is 42:2), but in deserts (cf. Hos 2:16), on mountain tops (cf. Mt 5:1); he did not
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    1858
The Attraction of Eucharist.pdf
I told you that we must serve our Lord according to our internal state, because this state is the positive indication of the will of God. Moreover, we must follow the attraction of the grace that then becomes the motivation of all the actions of our life, because that’s why it is offered. The attraction of grace for you can only be a Eucharistic attraction. If you had a different one, it could be a movement of grace, but not an attraction. God cannot contradict himself. He cannot give y
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    1859
Self-love.pdf
We will reflect on the principal enemy to the love of our Lord, since this love must be your life, your perfection, and your crown some day. What is this enemy, my dear Sisters? For us it is not mortal sin or venial sin. What is it? It is self-love, two loves fighting each other – the reign of one necessarily destroys the reign of the other. God is love (cf. 1 Jn 4:8), and man is love – God wants to be loved royally [above all]. Man wants to love royally, but the two loves are always i
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    1859
On Patience.pdf
Our Lord had two states: one state of glory – a divine state by means of his divine nature; and a humble and humiliated state by means of his human nature. In so far as he remained here on earth in a mortal state, he maintained his humiliated state, although he had all the virtues[…]. The same thing happens to us, although in a finite order, with an aspect that is great, beautiful, supernatural and divine, but which is not visible, and should not be so.
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    1866
On Mortification.pdf
We have spoken about two important religious virtues: holy poverty and obedience – virtues that are difficult for human nature. Yet, without the following virtue, a religious could never reach the perfection of her vocation; that virtue, my Sisters, is mortification. To be detached from the things of this world, and to have renounced your will in order to submit to religious obedience will not be worth much if we are not mortified. Mortification is the virtue that makes saints, and you ca
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    1858
Openness of Heart.pdf
This conference will dwell on openness of heart. The principle of perfection for each of us depends on our fidelity to grace. This is all-important. God calls each one to a particular perfection, to follow counsels of perfection. On the other hand, all perfection is based on obedience. […] Obedience is faith in practice, humility in action. Because our Lord based perfection upon abnegation and abnegation is the sacrifice of the whole person, the practice of obedience must be made to a pe
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    1860
Renouncing the Mind the Heart and the Will.pdf
My Sisters, in our last meeting, we told you that you had to be free […] and you certainly understand why this is important. In order to be always with God, you must not be occupied with extraneous thoughts and affections – let us add: we must be free from the evil ones in order to have peace: Deny yourselves (cf. Mt 16:24), says our Lord.
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    1859
Mistrust of Self_ Confidence and Rest in the God Alone.pdf
Your heart should always be pleased with God, my Sisters, since he has been so good to you by granting you precious graces during this retreat. He has shown you not only the truth about holiness, but also the truth of his love for you. It’s a great thing to know God and his grace, and to know the love of the angels. To know his love for you is wonderful. You know that God loves you and you have said: I will love him greatly; his love will be my life: he will be my law; he will be my norm
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    1866
How to Acquire Virtues.pdf
The subject of this conference is how to acquire virtues. You must become virtuous, evidently, because the holiness of our Lord is nothing other than the practice of his virtues. First of all, how can one acquire virtues? My Sisters, virtue can be divided into three things, or three states: first, its act, then its habit, and the spirit of a virtue. We must aim at acquiring the spirit of a virtue – this requires some work, and a certain knowledge.
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    1862
Humility_ The Characteristic Virtue of an Adorer.pdf
Let us place ourselves in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ, etc. My Sisters, as adorers, what must be your special virtue? It is the humility of love of our Lord. It is only by that virtue that you will please the Good Master. It is only in this way that you will be true adorers; and that alone will make you happy. Of course! It is only the virtue of humility that will make you true disciples of our Lord, and that will make you enter into the love of our Lord. Our Lord reveals hims
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    1866
Love of the Cross.pdf
In our last meeting, I spoke to you about Christian mortification; we will continue this topic and complete it. From the pulpit you hear, and from books you read that you must love the cross. It is already admirable to suffer with patience, but the truth is that we must love the cross. Whoever does not yet love the cross is not a true disciple, a follower of Jesus crucified. You ask: How can you love something that makes you suffer? Corporal penance makes us suffer, mortification of the hea
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    1861
Hidden Life in the Virtues.pdf
My good Daughters, I think you understood what I told you the last time, namely, that you should be happy. To be happy is already good, but you must even be joyful. It is my desire that your charity with each other should be a heartfelt charity. And so, try to do things as they should be done. When you are [involved] in a religious exercise, it calls for the charity of edification; when you are with the sick, the charity of compassion – the sisters who care for the sick must be very gentle
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    1860
Direction and Vocation.pdf
My Sisters, in the service of God we need a grace of consolation, in order to find strength in times of trial. Some people always want to proceed through the cross. That’s presumption and they will fail. Others want to force themselves: that’s fine providing the Good Lord is the one carrying them. When they refuse consolations, that’s self-love. There should always be a mixture of consolations and desolations. In any event, we must remain at peace, because the Good Lord knows what i
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    1860
Death For Life.pdf
How blessed you are, my Sisters, to have been called to this Eucharistic vocation! In order to arrive at the perfection of your vocation, you must become convinced and motivated by three major points. The first is suffering. […] Every Christian must suffer to gain salvation. Since it is an obligation for all Christians, all the more reason for you who came, not for your salvation, but to adore and follow our Lord in the Eucharist. […] The devil will tempt you in a thousand ways; your s
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    1858
Hidden Life in Piety.pdf
My dear Sisters, we have spoken about our hidden life in the virtues; now we will speak about our hidden life in piety. Avoid extraordinary piety, because you would then leave aside the hidden life. Extraordinary piety consists in doing things that others don’t do, which make people say: See how pious that person is; she does what the saints do. It would be wrong for us, for all the more reason, to do unusual things that would draw attention to ourselves. Our piety must be such that it b
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    1860
Grace.pdf
How will you recognize an abiding grace in yourself? First of all, it must be according to your vocation; otherwise, it is a false light. The Good Lord does not contradict himself. When you are following your given task, according to the rule of the moment, and you feel drawn elsewhere, you can say: This does not come from God. Set it aside – that’s how you can discern for an external grace.
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    1860
Detachment.pdf
My good Sisters, let’s examine an important question, the question of death and of grace. What kind of work does grace do in us? How does the Good Lord lead us to himself and even to heaven if you love him enough? So far, this question seems simple enough: it is the fundamental question of holiness, of the work of God in us. What is the goal, or if you prefer, what is the work of the love of God in us? The Good Lord is always detaching us – he gives us everything in the natural and supe
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    1862
Conditions for Direction. What Needs to be Said.pdf
My good Sisters, we will have direction tomorrow. Today, you can simply take stock of yourselves. To make good direction, you have to know how to proceed – we’ll talk about that, because the purpose of the retreat is to find the Good Lord, to know ourselves, and to make ourselves known.
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    1862
Admonition. Spiritual Direction. Religious Practices.pdf
Retreat is a time to pay one’s debts, and also to make great strides in correcting one’s faults. It’s a time to consult a monitor, to talk with our mother [superior], to ask her advice. Mother must see all the novices – they can also see their mistress [of novices]. You should talk about your external defects, because our character, our routine, and our forgetfulness can fool us. That’s why fraternal correction should warn us about these external defects. We should not make a bi
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    1862
About Direction.pdf
Direction should take place preferably after a few days of retreat, when you are more recollected. At this time you are not sufficiently recollected; wait a while. This direction is not about your sins, but about your defects. Talk about your defects. I presume that you know them. To make known your defects, if you know them, you begin by telling them as you know them, and then the confessor, who has the grace, will complete what you say. You may know your defects, but you don’t have the
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    1866
The Life of the Blessed Virgin in the Cenacle.pdf
Let us reflect on the life of the Blessed Virgin in the Cenacle. Everyone has a center of life that gives stability. For example, a child’s center of life is the affection of its mother, its family home. A merchant’s center of life is his business, he thinks only of that, and dwells there. A scholar’s center of life is knowledge, etc. Every person has a center of life, in which to rest, recreate, and find pleasure. A young man may work the entire day far from his family; he is happy
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    1861
The Grace of Consolation.pdf
My Sisters, concerning the gentleness of God there is an error that I would like to correct if you ever had the misfortune to fall into it. Briefly, it is this. Some pious persons really want to love God, but, in their love for the cross, suffering, and penance, they reject the consolations that God wants to give them. This must not be done.
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    1861
The Good Lord Unites Us to Himself by Gentleness.pdf
My Sisters, the Good Lord unites us to himself by gentleness; it is through the gentleness of this union that he leads us to strength. I often spoke to you about sacrifices, virtues, and everything that you should do; but you should not center in these sacrifices, in that state of death that I spoke of. This is not your center. The Good Lord does not unite us to himself through sacrifice, but through the experience of his goodness. He makes us feel a great sweetness, a sign of the grace of G
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    1862
The Four Ends of the Sacrifice. Adorationdocx.pdf
My Sisters, you know that we honor the entire Eucharist by the four ends of the sacrifice: not by only one; we take all four of them. These four are: adoration, thanksgiving, reparation, and intercession. Some communities have chosen only one or two of these fruits, one or two of these ends; some have only adoration and thanksgiving, such as in Brittany, and as Fr. Hermann does. This is a work of thanksgiving, not an order. I don’t know any order of thanksgiving . These are associations t
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    1862
Supernatural Charity of the Heart, of Respect, Affection and Action.pdf
We must build our perfection on charity, for this is the Lord’s commandment. He based all holiness on the love of God, and charity towards our neighbor as its expression. This is the greatest and first commandment: You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart, with your whole soul, and with all your mind. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself (for the love of God) (cf. Mt 22:37-39). Our Lord also told his apostles: Keep my precept, my new commandment –
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    1858
Suffering and Joy. Fraternal Charity.pdf
As soon as we give ourselves to God, we give ourselves to the cross, to sacrifice. It will be death in order to have life. God crucifies us and gives us life. He crucifies the old self who is always with us. Crushed at night, it revives in the morning even stronger than the night before. Our life is a constant struggle, says Job.
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    1866
Recollection. Watching and Resting.pdf
My Sisters, I think you clearly understood what I said this morning, because what I told our Fathers also concerns you. It probably concerns you even more, because you have the joy of being more recollected than we are. You should be, since you have the pure contemplative life, and thus you should be under the influence of the Blessed Sacrament more than us. Remain very recollected, my poor Sisters; that is the necessary condition of your virtue and of your sanctity. Even with all the virtue
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    1862
St. Joseph Servant. Adorer. Disciple. and Our Model.pdf
Joseph, noli timere accipere Mariam conjugem tuam — [Joseph, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home] (cf. Mt 1:20). My dear Sisters, notice today’s feast. This feast of St. Joseph is so beautiful and consoling for us! I must offer him special honor and give him to you as protector and model. That’s why I will speak to you about St. Joseph: apostle, prophet, servant, adorer, disciple and model of the coenobitic life.
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    1868
Recollection. Different ways of Placing Ourselves in the Presence of God.pdf
My Sisters, we said that recollection is loving attention to God within us. We must be recollected within ourselves. There are several ways of placing ourselves in the presence of God within us, according to these words of our Lord: Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him (Jn 14:23). Our Lord says that the Father and the Holy Spirit come to us. They do not come in order to leave, but to make their dwelling there.
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    1859
Simplicity.pdf
My Daughters, I’ve come to make an important recommendation, namely, that you avoid anything extraordinary in your piety. I insist on this. Follow the common and ordinary way of life. Something that has been approved by an entire group is better than what comes from only a few. A common law, a common rule is better than a personal rule. Therefore, love the simple and common life; the name community says clearly that your life should be such.
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    1858
Recollection. Definition.pdf
You have the mission from God to live from him and for him. For this, you need recollection. This is the principal science that you must learn. It is a grace, and also a virtue. Acquire this science – we will teach you – and, with the help of grace, you will do it on your own. To recollect oneself means to draw from the outside to the inside, to offer oneself to our Lord within us, as in a tabernacle where he receives the homage of heart, mind, will, and senses. This is how to continue
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    1859
Simplicity Goal of Your Relationship.pdf
My Sisters, let me speak to you about your external virtues, what you should be, and what should be seen. Let me be completely open with you and say what I think. Simplicity must be the goal of your relationships. True love, real charity makes all our relationships very simple, because it destroys self-love. Where there is love, there is no self-love. Self-seeking will lead to embarrassment or loud behavior. A child is simple, without self-love. God is simple; he comes to us because he
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    1860
Recollection of Silence.pdf
My Sisters, you are on your way. I think that you must be like someone who had a good meal, or someone who has just enjoyed herself; the impression remains for a while. When we spray perfume in the house, we remark: What happened here? Now, the beautiful aroma of Jesus Christ (cf. 2 Cor 2:15) rests upon you. Our Lord has been here, and given you a witness of his love. You are still drawing from it. After a retreat, after a special grace, the first virtue to practice is recollection. Keep
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    1859
Religious Life. A Means not an End.pdf
Our Lord said to a young man, If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and come, follow me – you will have treasure in heaven (cf. Mt 19:21). When this young man heard these words, he became sad, because he held tightly to his goods and his wealth. He was holding on to glory, and he went away sad. He did not do what our Lord had asked of him; he kept his goods. He did not follow our Lord.
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    1864
Recollection. Uncommon Today. Virtue and Grace of God in Us.pdf
Please, may I ask you to pray for the poor little children who will make their First Communion on the Feast. They have a right intention and good will. God changes hearts, he makes saints out of ignorant men who understand nothing. Grace sanctifies them. This is really a great consolation. We are dealing with confused children who live in the midst of the world and its scandals. These are poor children who lack everything except their ability to beg.
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    1859
Preserving Grace and Making It Bear Fruit. Recollection.pdf
My Sisters, it is good and right to receive graces, but that’s not enough; we must care for them. And there’s still more: we must let them bear fruit. You have received many graces, and you will receive them every day. In his goodness, God wants to honor you among the daughters of Israel. Your gratitude should also be very great, because his goodness is infinite. Sometimes you tell me: I don’t know what to say. You know how to say thank you; say thank you like poor people do. You do
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    1860
Recollection our life in God.pdf
My Sisters, use your time well; you have only two days remaining in your retreat. The end is more important than the beginning. It is not a question of merely making resolutions, but of giving oneself to the Good Lord. Let’s take advantage of our time. Today or tomorrow, make sure that I see you once, to tell me how your retreat went.
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    1862
On Thanksgiving.pdf
My Sisters, let us talk about the second end of the sacrifice; namely, thanksgiving. As I told you, there are several communities that have thanksgiving to the Blessed Sacrament as their purpose. Among others, there is one at Morbihan, in Mauron. A good holy woman established adoration of the Blessed Sacrament through Masses. She has the Mass of the Blessed Sacrament offered every day, and these Masses are offered in thanksgiving. Personally, I offer a Mass in thanksgiving every Tuesd
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    1862
Recollection of Contemplation. Recollection of Union..pdf
Let us continue the subject of our last meeting. I spoke only about going out of self; now I will speak about the rest. To go out of yourself is both difficult and easy. Why? Because we know ourselves, we feel ourselves, and we can grasp ourselves. It is difficult because we must divest ourselves of the self, even though we still hold on to something. There is a satisfaction there, even in suffering, in spiritual death. What is difficult is to go towards our Lord. We see nothing, feel no
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    1862
Recollection in Our Lord Through a Spirit of Love.pdf
The month of Mary is moving on, my good Sisters; we must do something [special]. Be careful to keep silence. In your work, if you must speak, speak softly and only when necessary. Silence is the soul of recollection, the soul of the presence of God. It is hard to keep it when we are bearing some suffering and when we are distracted. Take a good resolution.
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    1860
Our Lord must be happy with us.pdf
My Sisters, I wish that the Good Lord may always be happy with you, and that you may always be happy with the Good Lord. These are the two ideas that we will develop. First, I want our Lord to be pleased with you, so happy that he will remain with you willingly. Our Lord can be forced to stay with people even if he’s not happy. Certainly. In the Blessed Sacrament, our Lord belongs to mankind. He can be forced to stay there, although not happy because he is despised, blasphemed, and cru
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    1866
On Reparation. Other Motives. Reparation of Justice.pdf
Our Lord Jesus Christ came to satisfy the glory of his Father, and to redeem us. There’s no doubt that his reparation was complete, but one thought remains. Our Lord was our mediator with the Father, but who will be mediator now with him?
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    1862
On Reparation.pdf
My dear Sisters, Lent begins tomorrow. Every day should be a time of Lent for you. Why? Because that’s your true vocation: you must be always doing penance, making reparation, asking pardon – that’s the third end of the sacrifice. We spoke of adoration and thanksgiving; that leaves reparation. Let’s talk about it today.
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    1862
Obedience.That.Is.Internal.External.Extraordinary.and.Joyful.pdf
My Sisters, meditate on these words: Jesus Christ humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross. (cf. Phil 2:8). When St. Paul spoke about our Lord, he did not speak about his penances, his miracles, and all his virtues. Instead, he simply said he became obedient; with that he has said everything. In fact, our Lord never spoke one word or did any act of his own volition. He depended entirely on his heavenly Father.
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    1858

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