Thy pardon, Father, I beseech, In this my prayer if I offend; One something sees beyond his reach From childhood to his journeys end. My wife, our little boy Aignan, Have travelled even to Narbonne; My grandchild has seen Perpignan; And Ihave not seen Carcassonne.
Carcassonne. Translated by John Reuben Thompson. Stanza 5.
Only one thing is necessary: to possess GodAll the senses, all the forces of the soul and of the spirit, all the exterior resources are so many open outlets to the Divinity; so many ways of tasting and of adoring God. We should be able to detach ourselves from all that is perishable and cling absolutely to the eternal and the absolute and enjoy the all else as a loan, as a usufruct . To worship, to comprehend, to receive, to feel, to give, to act: this our law, our duty, our happiness, our heaven.
Heroism is the brilliant triumph of the soul over the flesh, that is to say over fear: fear of poverty, of suffering, of calumny, of illness, of loneliness and of death. There is no real piety without heroism. Heroism is the dazzling and glorious concentration of courage.