Sunday, April 29, 2012

Friday, April 27, 2012

Benedict XVI

It is important to recognize dissent for what it is, and not to mistake it for a mature contribution to a balanced and wide-ranging debate. It is the truth revealed through Scripture and Tradition and articulated by the Church’s Magisterium that sets us free. Cardinal Newman realized this, and he left us an outstanding example of faithfulness to revealed truth by following that 'kindly light' wherever it led him, even at considerable personal cost. Great writers and communicators of his stature and integrity are needed in the Church today, and it is my hope that devotion to him will inspire many to follow in his footsteps.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

St. Gerard Majella

Who except God can give you peace? Has the world ever been able to satisfy the heart?

Monday, April 23, 2012

St. Therese of Lisieux

Enjoy in peace the joy God is giving you, without worrying about the future. He is reserving for you, I am sure, new graces and many consolations.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

St. Augustine

Therefore do not seek to understand in order to believe, but believe that thou mayest understand.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

St. Anselm

O Lord our God, grant us grace to desire Thee with our whole heart; that,
so desiring, we may seek, and, seeking, find Thee; and so finding Thee,
may love Thee; and loving Thee, may hate those sins from which Thou hast
redeemed. Amen.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Vatican II's Optatam Totius #2

The duty of fostering vocations pertains to the whole Christian community, which should exercise it above all by a fully Christian life. The principal contributors to this are the families which, animated by the spirit of faith and love and by the sense of duty, become a kind of initial seminary, and the parishes in whose rich life the young people take part. Teachers and all those who are in any way in charge of the training of boys and young men, especially Catholic associations, should carefully guide the young people entrusted to them so that these will recognize and freely accept a divine vocation. All priests especially are to manifest an apostolic zeal in fostering vocations and are to attract the interest of youths to the priesthood by their own life lived in a humble and industrious manner and in a happy spirit as well as by mutual priestly charity and fraternal sharing of labor.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

St. Faustina

You have surrounded my life with Your tender and loving care, more than I can comprehend, for I will understand Your goodness in its entirety only when the veil is lifted. I desire that my whole life be but one act of thanksgiving to You, O God.

Friday, April 13, 2012

St. Francis de Sales

Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them -- every day begin the task anew.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

John Cardinal O'Connor

The Christ of Bethlehem
is the Christ of Galilee,
is the Christ of the Crucifixion,
is the Christ of the Resurrection,
is the Christ of the Eucharist...

Sunday, April 8, 2012

St. Melito of Sardis

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.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

St. Thomas More

Grant me, my Lord, a desire to be with You, not so as to avoid the calamities of this world, nor even to avoid the pains of purgatory nor those of hell, not to gain the joys of Heaven, not out of consideration for my own profit, but simply through true love for Thee.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

St. Justin Martyr

This food we call the Eucharist, of which no one is allowed to partake except one who believes that the things we teach are true, and has received the washing for forgiveness of sins and for rebirth, and who lives as Christ handed down to us. For we do not receive these things as common bread or common drink; but as Jesus Christ our Savior being incarnate by God's Word took flesh and blood for our salvation, so also we have been taught that the food consecrated by the Word of prayer which comes from him, from which our flesh and blood are nourished by transformation, is the flesh and blood of that incarnate Jesus.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

C.S. Lewis

I do not wish the ordinary reader to read no modern books. But if he must read only the new or only the old, I would advise him to read the old….We may be sure that the characteristic blindness of the twentieth century—the blindness about which posterity will ask, 'But how could they have thought that?'—lies where we have never suspected it. …None of us can fully escape this blindness, but we shall certainly increase it, and weaken our guard against it, if we read only modern books. Where they are true they will give us truths which we half knew already. Where they are false they will aggravate the error with which we are already dangerously ill. The only palliative is to keep the clean sea breeze of the centuries blowing through our minds, and this can be done only by reading old books"

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Prayer in Times of Disappointment

O God, you know me better than I know myself
and you know how disappointed I have been at this time.

The things that I had set my heart on
were not for me.

The friends I trusted proved untrue.

I honestly tried so hard,
and yet I failed.

Help me, O God,
To accept things as they are.
Help me not to waste my time
on vain regrets and unhappy memories.

Help me to begin again
and to try again.

Help me always to look forward
and not back.

Help me to forget the things
that are behind and
Ever to press forward
to the things which are ahead.

This I ask for your love’s sake, Amen.