Wednesday, April 29, 2015
My little children, reflect on these words: the Christian's treasure is not on earth but in heaven. Our thoughts, then, ought to be directed to where out treasure is. This is the glorious duty of man: to pray and to love. If you pray and love, that is where a man's happiness lies.
-- Saint John Vianney
Saint John Vianney's patronage: confessors; Personal Apostolic Administration of Saint John Mary Vianney; parish priests (proclaimed on 23 April 1929 by Pope Pius XI); all priests (proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI during the year of priests); archdiocese of Dubuque, Iowa; diocese of Kamloops, British Columbia; archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas; diocese of Lafayette, Louisiana; and archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Whenever you think God has shown you other people's faults, take care: your own judgment may well be at fault. Say nothing. And if you do attribute any vice to another person, immediately and humbly look for it in yourself also. Should the other person really possess that vice, he will correct himself so much the better when he sees how gently you understand him, and he will say to himself whatever you would have told him.
-- Saint Catherine of Siena
Saint Catherine of Siena's patronage: against bodily ills; against fire; against illness; against miscarriages; against sexual temptation; against sickness; against temptations; fire prevention; firefighters; nurses; nursing services; people ridiculed for their piety; sickness; sick people; sexual temptation; Theta Phi Alpha sorority; Europe (declared on 1 October 1999 by Pope John Paul II); Italy; diocese of Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA; diocese of Gamboma, Congo; diocese of Macau, China; Siena, Italy; and Varazze, Italy.
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Do you wish to study to your advantage? Let devotion accompany all your studies. Consult God more than your books. Ask Him to make you understand what you read. Never begin or end your study except by prayer. Science is a gift of God. Do not consider it merely the work of your own mind and effort.
-- Saint Vincent Ferrer
Saint Vincent Ferrer's patronage: brick makers; builders; Calamonaci, Italy; Casteltermini, Agrigento, Italy; construction workers; fishermen (Brittany); Leganes, Philippines; diocese of Orihuela-Alicante, Spain; orphanages (Spain); pavement workers; plumbers; and tile makers
Friday, April 24, 2015
Do not grieve over the temptations you suffer. When the Lord intends to bestow a particular virtue on us, He often permits us first to be tempted by the opposite vice. Therefore, look upon every temptation as an invitation to grow in a particular virtue and a promise by God that you will be successful, if only you stand fast.
-- Saint Philip Neri
Saint Philip Neri's patronage: Gravina, Italy; archdiocese of Manfredonia-Vieste-San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy; Rome, Italy; United States Army Special Forces; Mandaluyong, Philippines; Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest; laughter; humor; and joy
Thursday, April 23, 2015
If you always love one another, if you always uphold one another, you will be capable of working wonders!
-- Saint Mary Euphrasia Pelletier
Saint Mary Euphrasia Pelletier's patronage: Good Shepherd Sisters; travellers.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
The Kingdom of Heaven, O man, requires no other price than yourself. The value of it is yourself. Give yourself for it and you shall have it.
-- Saint Augustine of Hippo
Saint Augustine of Hippo's patronage: against sore eyes; against vermin; brewers; printers; theologians; diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut; diocese of Ida, Philippines; diocese of Kalamazoo, Michigan; diocese of Laredo, Texas; diocese of Saint Augustine, Florida; diocese of Superior, Wisconsin; diocese of Tucson, Arizona; Cagayan de Oro, Philippines; Carpineto Romano, Italy; Isleta Indian Pueblo; Ponte Nizza, Italy; Saint Augustine, Florida; San Austin, Ibiza, Spain; and Valletta, Malta
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Paradox: Sanctity is more attainable than learning. But it is easier to be a scholar than to be a Saint.
-- Saint Josemaria Escriva
Saint Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer's Patronage: Opus Dei
Monday, April 20, 2015
I have come to spend a few moments with Thee, O Jesus, and in spirit I prostrate myself in the dust before Thy Holy Tabernacle to adore Thee, my Lord and God, in deepest humility. Once more a day has come to its close, dear Jesus, another day which brings me nearer to the grave and my beloved heavenly home. Once more, O Jesus, my heart longs for Thee, the true Bread of Life, which contains all sweetness and relish. O my Jesus, mercifully grant me pardon for the faults and ingratitude of this day, and come to me to refresh my poor heart which longs for Thee. As the heart pants for the waters, as the parched earth longs for the dew of heaven, even so does my poor heart long for Thee, Thou Fount of Life. I love Thee, O Jesus, I hope in Thee, I love Thee, and out of love for Thee I regret sincerely all my sins. May Thy peace and Thy benediction be mine now and always and for all eternity. Amen.
-- Saint Conrad of Parzham a spiritual communion by him
Friday, April 17, 2015
If we should be saved and become saints, we ought always to stand at the gates of the Divine mercy to beg and pray for, as an alms, all that we need.
-- Saint Alphonsus Liguori
Thursday, April 16, 2015
I have deliberated enough. For a long time my decision on what I will do has been made. I have consecrated myself entirely to Jesus, son of Mary, I have chosen Him for husband and He alone will take me for wife.
-- Saint Kateri Tekakwitha
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
The third time I went, the lady spoke to me and asked me to come every day for fifteen days. I said I would and then she said that she wanted me to tell the priests to build a chapel there. She also told me to drink from the stream. I went to the Gave, the only stream I could see. Then she made me realize she was not speaking of the Gave, and she indicated a little trickle of water close by. When I got to it I could only find a few drops, mostly mud. I cupped my hands to catch some liquid without success, and then I started to scrape the ground. I managed to find a few drops of water, but only at the fourth attempt was there sufficient for any kind of a drink. The lady then vanished and I went back home. 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. During the fifteen days she told me three secrets, but I was not to speak about them to anyone, and so far I have not.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Like the twigs of plants, the young are easily influenced, as long as someone works to change their souls. But if they are allowed to grow hard, we know well that the possibility of one day bending them diminishes a great deal and is sometimes utterly lost.
-- Saint Joseph Calasanz
Monday, April 13, 2015
Sunday, April 12, 2015
I will go peaceably and firmly to the Catholic Church for if Faith is so important to our salvation, I will seek it where the true Faith first began, seek it among those who received it from God himself.
-- Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
Saturday, April 11, 2015
"Before I come as the just judge, I am coming first as the King of Mercy. Before the day of justice arrives, there will be given to people a sign in the heavens of this sort: "All light in the heavens will be extinguished, and there will be great darkness over the whole earth. Then the sign of the cross will be seen in the sky, and from the openings where the hands and the feet of the Savior were nailed will come forth great lights which will light up the earth for a period of time. This will take place shortly before the last day."
-- Saint Faustina Kowalska from " Divine Mercy in my Soul"
Friday, April 10, 2015
O my soul, bless Jesus. Never forget the many graces He has given thee. Love that God who so loves thee. Lift thyself up to Him, who has lowered Himself for thee; show thyself as He shows Himself with thee; be clean of heart, be pure. Love thy Jesus, who has lifted thee out of so much misery. Love thy God, bless thy Lord.
-- Saint Gemma Galgani
Thursday, April 09, 2015
My dear brethren, there is no doubt that the Son of God took our human nature into so close a union with himself that one and the same Christ is present, not only in the firstborn of all creation, but in all his saints as well. The head cannot be separated from the members, nor the members from the head. Not in this life, it is true, but only in eternity will God be all in all, yet even now he dwells, whole and undivided, in his temple the Church. Such was his promise to us when he said: See, I am with you always, even to the end of the world.
-- Pope Saint Leo the Great
Wednesday, April 08, 2015
We give glory to you, Lord, who raised up your cross to span the jaws of death like a bridge by which souls might pass from the region of the dead to the land of the living. We give glory to you who put on the body of a single mortal man and made it the source of life for every other mortal man. You are incontestably alive. Your murderers sowed your living body in the earth as farmers sow grain, but it sprang up and yielded an abundant harvest of men raised from the dead.
Come then, my brothers and sisters, let us offer our Lord the great and all-embracing sacrifice of our love, pouring out our treasury of hymns and prayers before him who offered his cross in sacrifice to God for the enrichment of us all.
-- Saint Ephraem of Syria from a homily
Tuesday, April 07, 2015
|"St. John of God saving the Sick from a Fire at the Royal Hospital" |
by Manuel Gómez-Moreno González
Labor without stopping; do all the good works you can while you still have the time.
-- Saint John of God
Monday, April 06, 2015
The greatest mercy of God is not to let those nations remain in peace with each other who are not at peace with God.
-- Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina
Sunday, April 05, 2015
We have collected together extracts from the Law and the Prophets relating to those things which have Been declared concerning our Lord Jesus Christ, that we may prove to your love that this Being is perfect reason, the Word of God; He who was begotten before the light; He who is Creator together with the Father; He who is the Fashioner of man; He who is all in all; He who among the patriarchs is Patriarch; He who in the law is the Law; among the priests, Chief Priest; among kings, the Ruler; among prophets, the Prophet; among the angels, Archangel; in the voice of the preacher, the Word; among spirits, the Spirit; in the Father, the Son; in God, God; King for ever and ever.
-- Saint Melito of Sardis from "The Discourse on Faith"
Thursday, April 02, 2015
The passion of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the hope of glory and a lesson in patience.
What may not the hearts of believers promise themselves as the gift of God’s grace, when for their sake God’s only Son, co-eternal with the Father, was not content only to be born as man from human stock but even died at the hands of the men he had created?
It is a great thing that we are promised by the Lord, but far greater is what has already been done for us, and which we now commemorate. Where were the sinners, what were they, when Christ died for them? When Christ has already given us the gift of his death, who is to doubt that he will give the saints the gift of his own life? Why does our human frailty hesitate to believe that mankind will one day live with God?
Who is Christ if not the Word of God: in the beginning was the Word, and the Words was with God, and the Word was God? This Word of God was made flesh and dwelt among us. He had no power of himself to die for us: he had to take from us our mortal flesh. This was the way in which, though immortal, he was able to die; the way in which he chose to give life to mortal men: he would first share with us, and then enable us to share with him. Of ourselves we had no power to live, nor did he of himself have the power to die.
In other words, he performed the most wonderful exchange with us. Through us, he died; through him, we shall live.
-- Saint Augustine of Hippo from a homily
Wednesday, April 01, 2015
When mankind was estranged from him by disobedience, God our Savior made a plan for raising us from our fall and restoring us to friendship with himself. According to this plan Christ came in the flesh, he showed us the gospel way of life, he suffered, died on the cross, was buried and rose from the dead. He did this so that we could be saved by imitation of him, and recover our original status as sons of God by adoption.
-- Saint Basil the Great
The Lord, though he was God, became man.
He suffered for the sake of whose who suffer, he was bound for those in bonds, condemned for the guilty, buried for those who lie in the grave; but he rose from the dead, and cried aloud: “Who will contend with me?
Let him confront me.”
I have freed the condemned, brought the dead back to life, raised men from their graves.
Who has anything to say against me?
I, he said, am the Christ; I have destroyed death, triumphed over the enemy, trampled hell underfoot, bound the strong one, and taken men up to the heights of heaven: I am the Christ.
Come, then, all you nations of men, receive forgiveness for the sins that defile you.
I am your forgiveness.
I am the Passover that brings salvation.
I am the lamb who was immolated for you.
I am your ransom, your life, your resurrection, your light, I am your salvation and your king.
I will bring you to the heights of heaven.
With my own right hand I will raise you up, and I will show you the eternal Father.
-- Saint Melito of Sardis from a letter