After reading the morning news and thinking back on debates, candidates, and other creatures of the media attention, for some reason, these quotes from Proverbs seemed to ring a bell . . . and not a gentle chime of a bell, either!
“The slothful hand hath wrought poverty; but the hand of the industrious getteth richer.”
“The mouth of the just is a vein of life; and the mouth of the wicked coverth iniquity.”
“As a tempest that passeth, so the wicked shall be no more: but the just is as an everlasting foundation.”
“The strength of the just is joy; but the hope of the wicked shall perish.”
“The lips of the just consider what is acceptable: and the mouth of the wicked uttereth perverse things.”
“Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things.
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.”
-Teresa of Ávila
“Sweet, blessed beads! I would not part
With one of you for richest gem
That gleams in kingly diadem;
Ye know the history of my heart.”
Abram Ryan – My Beads, 19th century
“Some people do not like to take the medicine that would heal them, and call it nonsense. The rosary is exactly that medicine which cures an amazing deal of nonsense. Call it spiritual homeopathy if you like. Many a proud spirit has been brought down by it—many a faddy spirit has been made patient by it. Many a queasy spirit has been made strong by it. Many a distracted spirit has become recollected by it. The weak things of htis world hath God chosen to confound the strong.”
Archbishop Ullathorne: Letters in the Oscation. 19th century