December 12

THOU who hast borne all burdens, bear our load,
Bear Thou our load, whatever load it be,
Our guilt, our shame, our helpless misery,
Bear Thou, who only canst, O God, my God;
Seek us and find us, for we cannot Thee.
Christina Rossetti

WORSE than the viper’s tooth is the punishment of no longer striving after goodness, or aspiring after the life of God. Just as the man cannot see through the glass on which he breathes, sin darkens the windows of the soul. You cannot look out even to know the glories of the fair world from which your soul excludes itself. There is no punishment equal to the punishment of being base. To sink from sin to sin, from infamy to infamy, that is the fearful retribution which is executed in the spiritual world. You are safe, go where you will, from the viper; as safe as if you were the holiest of God’s children. The fang is in your soul.
Frederick W. Robertson

NOTHING can work me damage except myself; the harm that I sustain I carry about with me, and never am a real sufferer but by my own fault.
St. Bernard


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