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On the Evils of Curiosity [II]

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Aug 28, 2023, 4:21:29 AM8/28/23
On the Evils of Curiosity [II]

Do not court the favour of powerful patrons, nor popular favour, not
even the particular affection of friends. All these things are
distractions, and fill the heart with uncertainty. If you will but
await My coming, and throw open the door of your heart, I Myself will
speak to you, and reveal to you My secrets. Be ready; watch and pray.
Above all, be humble.
--Thomas à Kempis --Imitation of Christ Bk 3, Ch 24

August 28th – Saint Joaquina Vedruna Vidal de Mas
Also known as Joachina de Vedruna, Joachima de Vedruna
• Joaquima de Vedruna Vidal de Mas
• Joaquina of Saint Francis of Assisi

died 1854 at Vic, Barcelona, Spain of cholera

Born 1783 into an aristocratic family in Barcelona, Spain, Joachima
was 12 when she expressed a desire to become a Carmelite nun. But her
life took an altogether different turn at 16 with her marriage to a
young lawyer, Theodore de Mas. Both deeply devout, they became secular
Franciscans. During their 17 years of married life they raised eight

The normalcy of their family life was interrupted when Napoleon
invaded Spain. Joachima had to flee with the children; Theodore,
remaining behind, died. Though Joachima reexperienced a desire to
enter a religious community, she attended to her duties as a mother.
At the same time, the young widow led a life of austerity and chose to
wear the habit of the Third Order of St. Francis as her ordinary
dress. She spent much time in prayer and visiting the sick.

Four years later, with some of her children now married and younger
ones under their care, Joachima confessed her desire to a priest to
join a religious order. With his encouragement she established the
Carmelite Sisters of Charity. In the midst of the fratricidal wars
occurring at the time, Joachima was briefly imprisoned and, later,
exiled to France for several years.

Sickness ultimately compelled her to resign as superior of her order.
Over the next four years she slowly succumbed to paralysis, which
caused her to die by inches. At her death in 1854 at the age of 71,
Joachima was known and admired for her high degree of prayer, deep
trust in God and selfless charity.

Comment: Joachima understands loss. She lost the home where her
children grew up, her husband and, finally, her health. As the power
to move and care for her own needs slowly ebbed away, this woman who
had all her life cared for others became wholly dependent; she
required help with life’s simplest tasks. When our own lives go
spinning out of control, when illness and bereavement and financial
hardship strike, all we can do is cling to the belief that sustained
Joachima: God watches over us always.

Saint Quote:
It behooves thee to be very careful, for thou livest under the eyes of
the Judge who beholds all things.
-- St. Bernard

Bible Quote:
Let your manners be without covetousness, contented with such things
as you have. For he hath said: I will not leave thee: neither will I
forsake thee. [Hebrews 13:5] DRB

By St Augustine

Late have I loved You,
Beauty so ancient and so new,
late have I loved You!
Lo, you were within,
but I outside, seeking there for You,
and upon the shapely things You have made
I rushed headlong – I, misshapen.
You were with me but I was not with You.
They held me back far from You,
those things which would have no being,
were they not in You.
You called, shouted, broke through my deafness.
You flared, blazed, banished my blindness.
You lavished Your fragrance, I gasped
and now I pant for You;
I tasted You and now I hunger and thirst;
You touched me and I burned for Your peace.

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