Thursday, December 5, 2013

Winston Churchill

We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Henry David Thoreau

“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual…O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches. No run on my bank can drain it, for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment.”

Saturday, October 12, 2013

St. Ambrose

The devil's snare doesn't catch you unless you're already nibbling on the devil's bait.

Friday, September 27, 2013

St. Clement of Rome

Grant unto us, Lord, that we may set our hope on Thy name…and open the eyes of our hearts, that we may know Thee.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

A Prayer for the Church

We pray Thee, Almighty and Eternal God, Who through Jesus Christ hast revealed Thy glory to all nations, to preserve the works of Thy Mercy, that Thy Church, being spread through the whole world, may continue with unchanging faith in the confession of Thy Name, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

A Prayer for Safe Travel

God's Angels guard and keep you
All the way that you must travel
Till earth's days are past
When blossoms fade and
Time is fleeting fast
In times of purest joy
Or pain and fear
God's Angels guard
And keep you safe.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

St. Francis de Sales

Consider all the past as nothing, and say, like David: Now I begin to love my God.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Albus Dumbledore

There are all kinds of courage. It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

St. Thomas Aquinas

To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

St. Augustine

The death of the Lord our God should not be a cause of shame for us; rather, it should be our greatest hope, our greatest glory. In taking upon Himself the death that He found in us, He has most faithfully promised to give us life in Him, such as we cannot have of ourselves.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Richard Crashaw

On the Water of our Lord's Baptism.

Each blest drop on each blest limb,
Is wash't itself, in washing Him :
'Tis a gem while it stays here ;
While it falls hence 'tis a tear.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

St. Therese of Lisieux

In the cross is infusion of heavenly sweetness: in the cross is strength of mind: in the cross is joy of spirit.

Monday, February 25, 2013

St. Francis of Assisi

Everyday, Jesus humbles himself just as He did when He came from His heavenly throne into the Virgin’s womb; everyday He comes to us and lets us see Him in abjection, when He descends from the bosom of the Father into the hands of the priest at the altar.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

St. Bernard of Clairvaux

From Sermon 21 on the Song of Songs:

Therefore when you feel weighed down by apathy, lukewarmness and fatigue, do not yield to cowardice or cease to study spiritual truths, but look for the hand of the one who can help you, begging like the bride, to be drawn, until finally, under the influence of grace, you feel again the vigorous pulse of life. Then you will run and shout out: "I run the way of your commandments since you have enlarged my heart." But while this state of happiness remains, you must not use it as if you possessed God's gift by right of inheritance, secure in the conviction that you could never lose it; for if he should suddenly withdraw his hand and withhold his gift, you would be plunged into dejection and excessive unhappiness. When you feel happy beware of boasting: "Nothing can ever shake me!" For you may be compelled to repeat for yourself the Psalmist's sad comment: "But then you hid your face and I was terrified." If you are wise you will try to follow the advice of the Wise Man: "in the time of adversity not to be unmindful of prosperity, and in the time of prosperity not to be forgetful of adversity."

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Prayer to Christ the King

Christ Jesus, I acknowledge You King of the universe. All that has been created has been made for You. Make full use of Your rights over me. I renew the promises I made in Baptism, when I renounced Satan and all his pomp and works, and I promise to live a good life and to do all in my power to procure the triumph of the rights of God and Your Church. Divine Heart of Jesus, I offer You my efforts in order to obtain that all hearts may acknowledge Your Sacred Royalty, and that thus the Kingdom of Your peace may be established throughout the universe.
Amen.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Albus Dumbledore

In fact, being - forgive me - rather cleverer than most men, my mistakes tend to be correspondingly huger.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

A Prayer for Safe Travel

O almighty and merciful God, Who hast commissioned Thy angels to guide and protect us, command them to be our assiduous companions from our setting out until our return; to clothe us with their invisible protection; to keep us from all danger of collision, of fire, of explosion, of falls and bruises; and finally, having preserved us from all evil, and especially from sin, to guide us to our heavenly home. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

St. Bernard of Clairvaux

There are those who seek knowledge for the sake of knowledge; that is Curiosity.

There are those who seek knowledge to be known by others; that is Vanity.

There are those who seek knowledge in order to serve; that is Love.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

St. Bernard of Clairvaux

[M]y advice to you, my friends, is to turn aside occasionally from troubled and anxious pondering on the paths you may be treading, and to travel on smoother ways where the gifts of God are serenely savored, so that the thought of him may give breathing space to you whose consciences are perplexed.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

St. Therese of Lisieux

More than ever, I understand that the smallest events of our life are conducted by God; He is the One who makes us desire and who grants our desires.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

St. John Vianney

Prayer is the inner bath of love into which the soul plunges itself.