Monday, February 28, 2011

John Paul II

From Fides et Ratio:

Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth - in a word, to know himself - so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Charlotte Gray on Cats

Sorry.  This isn't a Catholic quote, but it's very true!  

"After scolding one's cat one looks into its face and is seized by the ugly suspicion that it understood every word. And has filed it for reference."

Saturday, February 26, 2011

St. Francis de Sales

Make yourself familiar with the Angels, and behold them frequently in spirit. Without being seen, they are present with you.

Friday, February 25, 2011

St. Edith Stein

In order to be an image of God, the spirit must turn to what is eternal, hold it in spirit, keep it in memory, and by loving it, embrace it in the will.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Prayer for the Dead

God our Father,
Your power brings us to birth,
Your providence guides our lives,
and by Your command we return to dust.

Lord, those who die still live in Your presence,
their lives change but do not end.
I pray in hope for my family,
relatives and friends,
and for all the dead known to You alone.

In company with Christ,
Who died and now lives,
may they rejoice in Your kingdom,
where all our tears are wiped away.
Unite us together again in one family,
to sing Your praise forever and ever.


Monday, February 21, 2011

St. Therese

Jesus offers you the cross, a very heavy cross, and you are afraid of not being able to carry it without giving way. Why? Our Beloved Himself fell three times on the way to Calvary, and why should we not imitate Him?

Friday, February 18, 2011

Mother Teresa

Don't search for Jesus in far lands -- He is not there.  He is close to you.  He is with you.  Just keep the lamp burning and you will always see Him.  Keep on filling the lamp with all these little drops of love, and you will see how sweet is the Lord you love.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Memorare

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother!  To you I come; before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful.  O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but, in your mercy, hear and answer me.  Amen.  

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A Prayer to the Trinity

Father, You created me and put me on earth for a purpose.
Jesus, You died for me and call me to complete Your work.
Holy Spirit, You help me to carry out the work for which I was created and called.
May all my thoughts and inspirations have their origin in You and be directed to Your glory.

Monday, February 14, 2011

St. Cyril of Jerusalem

Since Christ Himself has said, "This is My Body" who shall dare to doubt that It is His Body?

Sunday, February 13, 2011

St. Ephrem

Lord, who can comprehend even one of your words? We lose more of it than we grasp, like those who drink from a living spring. For God’s word offers different facets according to the capacity of the listener, and the Lord has portrayed his message in many colours, so that whoever gazes upon it can see in it what suits him. Within it he has buried manifold treasures, so that each of us might grow rich in seeking them out.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Hail Mary / Ave Maria

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum.
Benedicta tu in mulieribus,
et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus.
Sancta Maria, Mater Dei,
ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc,
et in hora mortis nostrae.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Thomas of Villanova

What joy,
what happiness there is in heaven!

The shoot from the root of Jesse,
sown so long ago
in the time of the patriarchs,
has today sprung up and begun to grow.

It will bear a Flower
which is destined to heal the world,
a Flower whose scent revives the dead,
whose taste heals the sick,
and whose beauty delights the angels --
a white and red Flower
which angels long to see.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

St. Gregory of Nyssa

All that the Father is, we see revealed in the Son; all that is the Son’s is the Father's also; for the whole Son dwells in the Father, and he has the whole Father dwelling in himself… The Son who exists always in the Father can never be separated from him, nor can the Spirit ever be divided from the Son who through the Spirit works all things. He who receives the Father also receives at the same time the Son and the Spirit. It is impossible to envisage any kind of severance or disjunction between them: One cannot think of the Son apart from the Father, nor divide the Spirit from the Son. There is between the three a sharing and a differentiation that are beyond words and understanding.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

St. Cyril of Alexandria

That anyone could doubt the right of the holy Virgin to be called the Mother of God fills with astonishment. Surely she must be the Mother of God if our Lord Jesus Christ is God, and she gave birth to him! Our Lord's disciples may not have used those exact words, but they delivered to us the belief those words enshrine, and this has also been taught us by the holy fathers. 

The divinely inspired Scriptures affirm that the Word of God was made flesh, that is to say, he was united to a human body endowed with a rational soul. He undertook to help the descendants of Abraham, fashioning a body for himself from a woman and sharing our flesh and blood, to enable us to see in him not only God, but also, by reason of this union, a man like ourselves.

It is held, therefore, that there is in Emmanuel two entities, divinity and humanity. Yet our Lord Jesus Christ is nonetheless one, the one true Son, both God and man; not a defied man on the same footing as those who share the divine nature by grace, but true God who for our sake appeared in human form. We are assured of this by Saint Paul's declaration: "When the fullness of time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law and to enable us to be adopted as sons."

Monday, February 7, 2011

St. Bonaventure

The substance and fruit of holy Scripture is very specific: the fullness of eternal happiness. For this is what Scripture is – its words are words of eternal life, and it is written not just so that we should believe, but specially so that we should possess eternal life in which we may see, and love, and have all our desires fulfilled.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Saturday, February 5, 2011

St. Therese of Lisieux

Even when alone be cheerful, remembering always that you are in the sight of the angels.

Friday, February 4, 2011

St. Augustine

Do you wish to be great? Then begin by being. Do you desire to construct a vast and lofty fabric? Think first about the foundations of humility. The higher your structure is to be, the deeper must be its foundation. 

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Prayer from the Raccolta

O God, Who for our sake didst will Thy Son to undergo the torments of the Cross, that Thou mightest drive far from us the power of the enemy; grant unto us Thy servants that we may attain to the grace of His Resurrection.  Though the same Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

St. Sophronius

Our lighted candles are a sign of the divine splendor of the One Who comes to expel the dark shadows of evil and to make the whole universe radiant with the brilliance of His eternal light.  Our candles also show how bright our souls should be when we go to meet Christ.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

St. Augustine

May your Creed be for you as a mirror.  Look at yourself in it, to see if you believe everything you say you believe.  And rejoice in your faith each day.