On Rusty Arrows and Poison for the Soul

On Rusty Arrows and Poison for the Soul

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I could have copy and pasted this from somewhere…but I needed to type out every word of this myself:


Fix your minds then, on the passion of our Lord Jesus Christ. Inflamed with love for us He came down from Heaven to redeem us….


He Himself gave us an example of perfect patience and love.

Put aside your hatred and animosity. Take pains to refrain from sharp words. If they escape your lips, do not be ashamed let your lips produce the remedy, since they have caused the wounds.

Pardon one another so that later on you will not remember the injury.


It gets even better.


The recollection of an injury is in itself wrong. It adds to our anger, nurtures our sin and and hates what is good.

It is a rusty arrow and a poison for the soul. 


It puts all virtue to flight.


It is like a worm in the mind: it confuses our speech and tears to shreds our petitions to God.

It is foreign to charity: it remains planted in the soul like a nail. It is wickedness that never sleeps, sin that never fails

It is indeed a daily death…..


You must change your life therefore so that God in his mercy will pardon you…..

What we conceal from men is known to God….

Be converted then with a sincere heart.


—From a letter by St Francis of Paola, LOH Vol II


If I read nothing else this Lent…This would be enough.

Saint Francis of Paola, pray for us.




  1. Karin
    Apr 6, 2014

    I agree Caroline. This was such a powerful and appropriate reading for Lent. We can let negative things pass our lips so easily. It is good to be reminded that if that happens, we have an immediate remedy at our disposal.

    • Caroline
      Apr 8, 2014

      Karin, “It (the recollection of an injury) is like a worm in the mind: it confuses our speech and tears to shreds our petitions to God.”

      I’m still meditating on this one phrase alone..I think of all the times I fight the rehearsing of a hurt, all the while believing in my heart that I’ve forgiven..No wonder St Benedict says…the life of a monk should be a continual Lent, but few have the strength for it…Yes, that would be me alright! :-) So thankfully the Holy Rule helps me accept I’m not perfect, but I must keep striving..
      Blessings always and +

  2. Victor S E Moubarak
    Apr 9, 2014

    Thank you Caroline. God bless.

    • Caroline
      Apr 10, 2014

      Hi Victor!! Thanks for stopping by. I pray you’ve had a fruitful Lent :-) I still pray for you even though I’m not on the blogs much because of classes and etc etc. Blessings always +

      • Victor S E Moubarak
        Apr 10, 2014

        Thank you so much for your prayers Caroline.

        Praying for you. God bless.

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