A Pertinent Quotation from Blessed Newman

In today’s gospel we heard the story of the rich man and Lazarus.  Here is an excerpt from Newman that takes a look at what can happen in this life if we in the First World take our fortunate lifestyle too much for granted:

A smooth and easy life, an uninterrupted enjoyment of the goods of Providence, full meals, soft raiment, well-furnished homes, the pleasures of sense, the feeling of security, the consciousness of wealth–these, and the like, if we are not careful, choke up all the avenues of the soul, through which the light and breath of heaven might come.

The excerpt is from John Henry Cardinal Newman:  In My Own Words.

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