Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur, 1941


SON, cast thy heart firmly on the Lord, and fear not human judgment, whensoever thy conscience gives testimony of thy piety and innocence.

It is a good and blessed thing to suffer in such a manner; neither will this be grievous to a humble heart, nor to one that confideth in God more than in one's self.

Many say many things, and therefore little credit must be given to them.

Neither is it possible to satisfy all. Though Paul endeavored to please all in the Lord, and became all to all, yet he made little account of being judged by man's day.

2. He labored abundantly for the edification and salvation of others, as much as lay in him and as much as he could; but he could not prevent being sometimes judged and despised by others.

Therefore he committed all to God, Who knoweth all, and defended himself by patience and humility against the tongues of those that spoke unjustly, as well as those who devised vain and lying deceits, and who, according to caprice, made accusation of whatever they wished.

However, he answered them sometimes, lest his silence might give occasion of scandal to the weak.

3. Who art thou, that thou shouldst be afraid of a mortal man? Today he is, and tomorrow he is no more seen.

Fear God, and thou shalt not be afraid of the terrors of man.

What can anyone do against thee by words or injuries?

He rather hurts himself than thee; nor will he be able, whoever he be, to escape the judgment of God.

Have God before thine eyes and do not contend with querulous words.

So that if at present thou seem to be overcome, and to suffer a confusion which thou hast not deserved, do not repine at this, and do not lessen thy crown by impatience, but rather look up to Me in Heaven, Who am powerful to deliver thee from all confusion and injury, and to render to every one according to his works.


A CHRISTIAN, when assailed by the shafts of calumny, should, in reality, regard these trials from a favorable point of view, because they subject him to the happy necessity of flying to God, and of appealing to Him as the secret witness of his conscience. Although we are fully convinced that, in reality, the esteem or contempt of men, their good or bad opinion respecting us, can neither make us more happy nor more miserable, yet do we strive to obtain their approbation. Why do we not rather endeavor to establish ourselves in the favor of God, Who will decide our eternal doom?


O LORD, Who didst sacrifice Thy life by a cruel and disgraceful death, and didst give Thy Heart to perpetual sorrow and bitterness for my sake, can I refuse to sacrifice to Thee the sensibilities of my heart, when troubled on account of the remarks and disadvantageous judgments of others concerning me? Grant, O Divine Jesus, that at the sight of the outrages Thou didst endure for me, my heart may reproach itself for suffering so little, and that so unwillingly, for Thee. And, since the wounds which are inflicted upon the reputation of our neighbor fall always, either in this life or in the next, upon him who does the injury, for Thy glory, and not for mine, deliver my enemies from their blindness, forgive their malice, and inflame them with the fire of Thy charity. Amen.

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