Little Cathechism of The Cure of Ars
The Little Catechism of the Curè of Ars is an incomparable analysis of the spiritual battle we all face to save our souls and is probably the simplest and most persuasive exhortation ever written admonishing us to renounce our sins and to lead a pure and holy life.Divided into 36 short chapters, The Little Catechism covers every basic aspect of our spiritual struggle and the means Jesus Christ has provided through His Church to overcome our spiritual problems. But more than this, The Little Catechism reflects the wisdom of a lifetime of labor spent in the vineyard of the Lord, wisdom stated in a profound yet simple and direct way that the reader will find nowhere else but in the writing of the Curè of Ars. For here we find many of the Curè’s memorable and epigrammatic sayings, so expressive of spiritual truths, such as, “I know two very certain ways of becoming poor: they are working on Sunday and taking other people’s property.” “The Christian lives in the midst of crosses, as the fish lives in the sea.” “We are like little mirrors in which God contemplates Himself. How can you expect that God should recognize his likeness in an impure soul?” “See, my children, a person who is in a state of sin is always sad. Whatever he does, he is weary and disgusted with everything; while he who is at peace with God is always happy, always joyous . . .Oh, beautiful life! Oh, beautiful death!” No one who seeks spiritual understanding will fail to discover in The Little Catechism of the Curè of Ars a unique, profound and penetrating understanding of the pitfalls we all face in trying to save our souls—and the ease with which we can, if we will only cooperate with the great means which God has placed at our disposal.