July 12, 2013
THE TRIB TIMES WILL RETURN IN NEXT WEEK, GOD WILLING (James 4:15).
(Joh 16:33) These things I have spoken to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you shall have distress. But have confidence. I have overcome the world.
FROM THE MAILBAG
VIA Abba Anthony: St John of Kronstadt: Do not be despondent when the clouds of hell, one darker than the other, descend upon your soul; when infernal malice, envy, doubt, obstinacy, and other passions, rise up in your soul; know surely that the gathering of these dark clouds upon your mental horizon is inevitable; but they are not always there and will not remain long; they are like the appearance of dark clouds on the sky in nature--they pass over and disappear, after which the mental atmosphere of the soul is cleared up again. In nature there must be clouds on the sky, and the darkening of the light of day; but these clouds are not constant, they soon pass away, and then the light of the sun shines again with renewed power.
He was young, handsome and the father of three small children. But misfortune and calamity dogged his footsteps. Wearied by tormenting trials and worries, and having no confidence either in God or man, he chose to accept the failure of his life and set out to commit suicide.
Even before the early rays of the sun could scatter away the dullness of dawn, he stealthily stole away from his home and made for a solitary spot, nervously holding a rope in his right hand. Downcast and disheartened, he walked down the lonesome path in a nearby wood. Then all of a sudden he stopped in his tracks. He saw a piece of white paper on the ground and picked it up just out of curiosity. It was an image of Our Lady bearing the following invocation: "Consoler of the afflicted, pray for us who have recourse to thee."
"This is strange," he thought. "Why should I have found such an image at this juncture?" He walked on reading the phrase: "Consoler of the afflicted, pray for us who have recourse to thee." He paused again. A flash of light illuminated his mind and he felt a renewed desire to live and pray.
"Mother of the afflicted, pray for me who has recourse to thee," he whispered almost unconsciously.
He threw away the rope, hastened back to his wife and children and told them the striking manner in which Mary had saved him from a shameful death. Trusting in God and his Heavenly Mother, Mary, he started afresh, and lived a happy and successful family life filled with many joys and consolations.
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