Sunday, January 29, 2012

St. Augustine

The prayer of the just is the key of Heaven; the petition ascends, and the mercy of God descends.

Friday, January 27, 2012

St. Francis de Sales

Make yourself familiar with the angels, and behold them frequently in spirit; for without being seen, they are present with you.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Catechism #2725

Prayer is both a gift of grace and a determined response on our part. It always presupposes effort.

Monday, January 23, 2012

St. Therese of Lisieux

Jesus points out to me the only way which leads to Love's furnace - that way is self-surrender - it is the confidence of the little child who sleeps without fear in its father's arms.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

St. Gregory of Nyssa

He who climbs never stops going from beginning to beginning, through beginnings that have no end. He never stops desiring what he already knows.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

A Prayer for Patience and Gentleness by Johann Arndt

Bestow on me, O Lord, a genial spirit and unwearied forbearance;
a mild, loving, patient heart;
kindly looks, pleasant cordial speech, and manners
in the exchange of daily life;
that I may give offence to none, in charity with all men.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

St. Mark the Ascetic

He who speaks rightly should recognize that he receives the words from God. For the truth belongs not to him who speaks, but to God who is energizing him.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Charles de Foucauld

Father, I abandon myself into your hands; 
Do with me whatever you will.
Whatever you may do, I thank you;
I am ready for all, I accept all. 
Let only your will be done in me, 
And in all your creatures - 
I wish no more than this, O Lord. 
Into your hands I commend my spirit; 
I offer it to you with all the love of my heart, 
For I do love you, Lord, 
And so need to give myself, 
To surrender myself into your hands, 
Without reserve, 
And with boundless confidence, 
For you are my Father.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

John Paul II

True holiness does not mean a flight from the world; rather, it lies in the effort to incarnate the Gospel in everyday life, in the family, at school and at work, and in social and political involvement.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Venerable Louis of Granada

When the sky is free from clouds, we can see more clearly the brightness of the sun. In like manner, when the soul is free from sin and the gloom of passion, it participates in the divine light.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

God Himself teaches us to go forward with our hand in His by means of the Church's liturgy.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

St. Irenaeus

The Father’s purpose in revealing the Son was to make himself known to us all and so to welcome into eternal rest those who believe in him, establishing them in justice, preserving them from death. To believe in him means to do his will.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

A Prayer for Epiphany

Father of light, unchanging God,
today You reveal to men of faith
the resplendent fact of the Word made flesh.
Your light is strong,
Your love is near;
draw us beyond the limits which this world imposes,
to the life where Your Spirit makes all life complete.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

St. Isidore of Seville

Confession heals, confession justifies, confession grants pardon of sin. All hope consists in confession. In confession there is a chance for mercy. Believe it firmly. Do not doubt, do not hesitate, never despair of the mercy of God. Hope and have confidence in confession.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

George MacDonald

As cold as everything looks in winter, the sun has not forsaken us. He has only drawn away for a little, for good reasons, one of which is that we may learn that we cannot do without him.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A Prayer

Libera me, Domine Iesu Christe, ab omnibus iniquitatibus meis et universis malis, fac me tuis semper inhaerere mandatis et a te numquam separari permittas.

Deliver me, Lord Jesus Christ, from all my iniquities and from every evil, make me ever hold fast to Thy commandments and never allow me to be separated from Thee.