Saint Philip knew that humility was the indispensable requirement for sanctity. He counselled the mortification of the intellect rather than prolonged fasts and the wearing of hair shirts. Think little of being thought little of – despise being despised – was one of his oft-repeated sayings, as was the advice to love to be unknown – amare nesciri.
Cardinal Ratzinger, who read the entire “Secret” of Fatima, has stated that the messages of Fatima and of Akita are “essentially the same.” Indeed, the Blessed Virgin conveyed the Akita warning on the anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun (October 13, 1973). Both Fatima and Akita are approved by the Church Magisterium as “worthy of belief.”
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A reflection on death, by St. John Marie Vianney
Deathbed conversions, by Fr Reginald Garrigou Lagrange, OP
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