Thursday, February 27, 2014
Read some chapter of a devout book....It is very easy and most necessary, for just as you speak to God when at prayer, God speaks to you when you read.
-- Saint Vincent de Paul
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Love Mary! She is loveable, faithful, constant. She will never let herself be outdone in love, but will ever remain supreme. If you are in danger, she will hasten to free you. If you are troubled, she will console you. If you are sick, she will bring you relief. If you are in need, she will help you. She does not look to see what kind of person you have been. She simply comes to a heart that wants to love her. She comes quickly and opens her merciful heart to you, embraces you and consoles and serves you. She will even be at hand to accompany you on the trip to eternity.
-- Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Avoid evil practices; indeed, preach against them. Hear your bishop, that God may hear you. Work together in harmony,: struggle together, run together, suffer together, rest together, rise together, as stewards, advisors and servants of God. So be patient and gentle with one another, as God is with you.
-- Saint Ignatius of Antioch
Monday, February 24, 2014
Is any of you sad? Let him pray. Is he cheerful in mind? Let him sing. Is any man sick among you? Let him bring in the priests of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith shall save the sick man: and the Lord shall raise him up: and if he be in sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess therefore your sins one to another: and pray one for another, that you may be saved. For the continual prayer of a just man availeth much.
-- Saint James the Lesser from The Epistle of James 5: 13 - 16
Sunday, February 23, 2014
He leaves His angels and millions of people, to come into your soul, to consummate in you the most intimate union, to transform you into God, to nourish in you the life of grace with which you will attain heaven.
-- Saint Teresa of the Andes
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Now He that raised Him from the dead will raise us also; if we do His will and walk in His commandments and love the things which He loved, abstaining from all unrighteousness, covetousness, love of money, evil speaking, false witness; not rendering evil for evil or railing for railing or blow for blow or cursing for cursing; but remembering the words which the Lord spake as He taught; Judge not that ye be not judged. Forgive, and it shall be forgiven to you. Have mercy that ye may receive mercy. With what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again; and again Blessed are the poor and they that are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of God.
Friday, February 21, 2014
Out of the whole world one man, Peter, is chosen to preside at the head of all nations and to be set over all the apostles and all the fathers of the church. Though there are in God's people many bishops and many shepherds, Peter is thus appointed to rule in his own person those whom Christ also rules as the original ruler. Beloved, how great and wonderful is this sharing in his power that God in his goodness has given to this man. Whatever Christ has willed to be shared in common by Peter and the other leaders of the Church, it is only through Peter that he has given to others what he has not refused to bestow on them.
Jesus said: "Upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." On this strong foundation, he says, I will build an everlasting temple. The great height of my Church, which is to penetrate the heavens, shall rise on the firm foundation of this faith.
Blessed Peter is therefore told: "To you I will give the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound also in heaven. Whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed also in heaven."
-- Pope Saint Leo the Great from a sermon
Note: This post is late due to an area wide internet and telephone outage. I apologize for the delay
It is not sinners, but the wicked who should despair; it is not the magnitude of one’s crime, but contempt of God that dashes one’s hopes.
-- Saint Peter Damian
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Everyone argues in favor of the virtue he practices easily, and exaggerates the difficulties of the virtues that are contrary to it.
-- Saint Francis de Sales
Monday, February 17, 2014
If we wish to make any progress in the service of God we must begin every day of our life with new eagerness. We must keep ourselves in the presence of God as much as possible and have no other view or end in all our actions but the divine honor.
-- Saint Charles Borromeo
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Brother, I see our Lord and our Lady opening the gates of Paradise for me. Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
-- Saint John Francis Regis on his deathbed
Saturday, February 15, 2014
O sinner, be not discouraged, but have recourse to Mary in all you necessities. Call her to your assistance, for such is the divine Will that she should help in every kind of necessity.
-- Saint Basil the Great
Friday, February 14, 2014
Our Lord needs from us neither great deeds nor profound thoughts. Neither intelligence nor talents. He cherishes simplicity.
-- Saint Therese of Lisieux
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Make your people known for the unity and profession of their faith. Inspire the hearts of your people with your word and your teaching. You called us to preach the Gospel of your Christ and to encourage them to lives and works pleasing to you.
-- Saint Cyril
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
If God causes you to suffer much, it is a sign that He has great designs for you, and that He certainly intends to make you a saint. And if you wish to become a great saint, entreat Him yourself to give you much opportunity for suffering; for there is no wood better to kindle the fire of holy love than the wood of the cross, which Christ used for His own great sacrifice of boundless charity.
-- Saint Ignatius Loyola
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Are you familiar with the old saying, "when it rains it pours"?
Well, it has definitely been pouring for me. Again
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He who does not acquire the love of God will scarcely persevere in the grace of God, for it is very difficult to renounce sin merely through fear of chastisement.
-- Saint Alphonsus Liguori
Monday, February 10, 2014
I went back each day for fifteen days, and each time, except one Monday and one Friday, the lady appeared and told me to look for a stream and wash in it and to see that the priests build a chapel there. I must also pray, she said, for the conversion of sinners. I asked her many times what she meant by that, but she only smiled. Finally, with outstretched arms and eyes looking up to heaven, she told me she was the Immaculate Conception.
-- Saint Bernadette of Lourdes
Sunday, February 09, 2014
Please do not leave me tonight; let us go on until morning talking about the delights of the spiritual life.
-- Saint Scholastica to her twin brother Saint Benedict of Nursia
Saturday, February 08, 2014
Poor human reason, when it trusts in itself, substitutes the strangest absurdities for the highest divine concepts.
-- Saint John Chrysostom
Friday, February 07, 2014
I received the Sacrament of Baptism with such joy that only angels could describe.
-- Saint Josephine Bakhita
Note: On January 9, 1890 Sister Bakhita was baptized with the names of Josephine Margaret and Fortunata (which is the Latin translation for the Arabic Bakhita). On the same day she was also confirmed and received Holy Communion from Archbishop Giuseppe Sarto, the Cardinal Patriarch of Venice, the future Pope Saint Pius X, himself.
Thursday, February 06, 2014
If there be a true way that leads to the Everlasting Kingdom, it is most certainly that of suffering, patiently endured.
-- Saint Colette of Corbie
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
My good friend, God be with you. I am going to heaven. A hearty hug to Fr. Sabastian Gonsalves on my behalf.
-- Saint Gonsalo Garcia to a friend on the day of his martyrdom
Note: Saint Gonsalo Garcia is one of the 26 Martyrs of Nagasaki. He is unique, not only for his being one of the martyr's, but also because he was the first native of India to be canonized a saint. He was canonized, along with the other Martyr's of Nagasaki by Pope Blessed Pius IX in 1862.
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Lord, my creator, you have protected me since I was in the cradle. You have taken me from the love of the world and given me patience to suffer. Now receive my spirit.
-- Saint Agatha
Monday, February 03, 2014
Every Christian must be a living book wherein one can read the teaching of the gospel. This is what Saint Paul says to the Corinthians, 'Clearly you are a letter of Christ which I have delivered, a letter written not with ink, but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh in the heart' (2 Corinthians 3:3). Our heart is the parchment; through my ministry the Holy Spirit is the writer because 'my tongue is nimble as the pen of a skillful scribe'(Psalms 45:2).
-- Saint Joseph of Leonissa
It is necessary, too, that we shun the occasions which have been the cause of sin. We must have recourse to fervent prayer, receive frequently and worthily the sacraments. He who does this will be sure to persevere.
-- Saint John Vianney
Sunday, February 02, 2014
We should not bear it with bad grace if the answer to our prayer is long delayed. Rather let us because of this show great patience and resignation. For He delays for this reason: that we may offer Him a fitting occasion of honoring us through His divine providence. Whether, therefore, we receive what we ask for, or do not receive it, let us still continue steadfast in prayer. For to fail in obtaining the desires of our heart, when God so wills it, is not worse than to receive it ; for we know not as He does, what is profitable to us.
-- Saint John Chrysostom
Saturday, February 01, 2014
He causes his prayers to be of more avail to himself, who offers them also for others.
-- Pope Saint Gregory the Great