Christ’s sacred heart

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This past Saturday Steven and I attended evening Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe.

What timeliness, considering that a leaflet with prayers to the sacred heart of Jesus arrived the very same day I took photos of the beautiful statue at church.

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Contact information

Christ’s Sacred Heart (R 3/03), Sacred Heart (R56), and Prayers to the Sacred Heart (R-38/15) are from Franciscan Mission Associates, P.O. Box 598, Mount Vernon, NY 10551-0598.

Prayers

Anima Christi…  Soul of Christ, sanctify me.  Body of Christ, heal me.  Blood of Christ, drench me.  Water from the side of Christ, wash me.  Passion of Christ, strengthen me.

Good Jesus, hear me.  In your wounds, shelter me.  From turning away, keep me.  From the evil one, protect me.

At the hour of my death, call me.  Into your presence, lead me to praise you with all saints forever and ever.  Amen.

Consecration…  Most holy Lord, we humbly come before you.  You have redeemed us by your death and resurrection, [and] we are yours.  You won us from darkness and… have given the light of your love.  We wish to be yours yet more, Lord, if you will accept us.

We kneel before you and freely consecrate our hearts to your sacred heart.  We mean to stand with you all of our days and all of our lives.  We beg you to send us to call others to know your sacred heart.

Protect your church throughout the world and bring to every people the peace of your kingdom so that all humankind may come to sing your praise, who live and reign forever and ever.  Amen.

For mercy…  Blessed be the holy and immaculate conception of the blessed virgin Mary, mother of God.  We adore you, Christ, and praise you because, by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.  Most sacred heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.

For the dying…  Most merciful Jesus, lover of souls, I pray you, by the agony of your most sacred heart and by the sorrows of your immaculate mother, to wash in your most precious blood the sinners of the world who are now in their agony and who will die today.  Heart of Jesus, once in agony, have mercy on the dying.  Amen.

Heart of hearts…  May your heart dwell always in our hearts!  May your blood ever flow in the veins of our souls!  O sun of our hearts, you give life to all things by the rays of your goodness!  I will not go until your heart has strengthened me, O Lord Jesus!  May the heart of Jesus be the king of my heart!  Blessed be God.  Amen (St. Francis de Sales).

Novena…  O Lord, Jesus Christ, to your most sacred heart I confide this intention.  (Mention your request.)

Only look upon me, then do what your heart inspires.  Let your sacred heart decide.  I count on you.  I trust in you.  I throw myself on your mercy.

Lord Jesus!  You will not fail me.  Sacred heart of Jesus, I trust in you.  Sacred heart of Jesus, I believe in your love for me.

Sacred heart of Jesus. your kingdom come.

O sacred heart of Jesus, I have asked for many favors; but I earnestly implore this one.  (State your request.)  Take it, place it in your sacred heart.  When the eternal Father sees it covered with your precious blood, he will not refuse it.  It will no longer be my prayer but yours, O Jesus. O sacred heart of Jesus, I place my trust in you.  Let me never be confounded.  Amen.

Offering…  My God, I offer you all my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings in union with the sacred heart of Jesus, for the intentions for which he pleads and offers himself in the holy sacrifice of the Mass, in thanksgiving for your favors, in reparation for my sins, and in humble supplication for my temporal and eternal welfare, for the needs of our holy Mother the Church, for the conversion of sinners, and for the relief of the poor souls in purgatory.  Amen.

Petition…  O most holy heart of Jesus, fountain of every blessing, I adore you, I love you, and with lively sorrow for my sins I offer you this poor heart of mine.  Make me humble, patient, pure and wholly obedient to your will.  Grant, good Jesus, that I may live in you and for you.  Protect me in the midst of danger.  Comfort me in my afflictions.  Give me health of body, assistance in my temporal needs, your blessing on all that I do, and the grace of a holy death.  Amen.

Request…  Sacred heart of Jesus, today I wish to live in you, in your grace in which I desire at all costs to persevere.  Keep me from sin and strengthen my will by helping me to keep watch over my senses, my imagination, and my heart.  Help me to correct my faults which are the source of sin.  I beg you to do this, O Jesus, through Mary, your immaculate mother.  Amen.

Special need…  Sacred heart of Jesus, I firmly believe that you are here and see me perfectly and that you observe all my actions, all my thoughts, and the most secret movements of my heart.  You permit me, a sinner, to remain in your presence.  It is your goodness and bounty which command me to come to you in this, my time of special need.  With confidence I pray that you will grant me this grace which I ask of you.  Amen.

November 23, 2013

“Through Christ the eyes of our hearts are opened, and our weak and clouded understanding reaches up toward the light” (St. Clement I).

December 7, 2013

Christ is everything for us.  If you wish to cure a wound, he is doctor; if you burn with fever, he is fountain; if you are oppressed by iniquity, he is justice; if you are in need of help, he is strength; if you fear death, he is life; if you desire heaven, he is the way; if you flee from darkness, he is light; if you seek food, he is nourishment (St. Ambrose, c. 340-397).

April 27, 2014

To keep me from sin and straying from him, God has used devotion to the sacred heart of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.  My life vows destined to be spent in the light irradiating from the tabernacle, and it is to the heart of Jesus that I dare go for the solution of all my problems (Pope St. John XXIII).

May 6, 2014

“A joyful heart is more easily made perfect than a downcast one” (St. Philip Neri).

June 14, 2014

DL62114s-2“There is in the sacred heart the symbol and express image of the infinite love of Jesus Christ which moves us to love in return”
(Pope Leo XIII).

June 23, 2014

Thanks, Lovely Ning and Sam, for sharing the short aspirations to the Sacred Heart from your Dominican laity meeting on Saturday!

June 27, 2014

And [Christ] showed me that it was his great desire of being loved by men and of withdrawing them from the path of ruin that made him form the design of manifesting his heart to men with all the treasures of love, of mercy, of grace, of sanctification and salvation, which it contains in order that those who desire to render him and procure him all the honor and love possible might themselves be abundantly enriched with those divine treasures of which his heart is the source (St. Mary Margaret Alacoque).

August 7, 2014

O Jesus, deign to take me into your sacred heart.  Grant that it may be the sanctuary where I may be recollected, sheltered, and find my rest
(Fr. Gabriel OCD in Divine Intimacy).

September 17, 2014

When we appeal to the throne of grace we do so through Mary, honoring God by honoring his Mother, imitating him by exalting her, touching the most responsive chord in the sacred heart of Christ with the sweet name of Mary (St. Robert Bellarmine).

October 20, 2014

Build an oratory within yourself and, there, have Jesus on the altar of your heart.  Speak to him often while you are doing your work.  Speak to him of his holy love, of his holy sufferings, and of the sorrows of most holy Mary
(St. Paul of the Cross).

November 7, 2014

“The measure of love is to love without measure” (St. Francis de Sales).

November 29, 2014

The greatness of our Lady was in her humility.  No wonder Jesus, who lived so close to her, seemed so anxious that we learn from him and from her but one lesson: To be meek and humble of heart (Blessed Teresa of Calcutta).

January 15, 2015

Draw near to our Lord thoroughly aware of you own nothingness, and you may hope all things from his goodness and mercy.  Never forget that Jesus Christ is no less generous in the Blessed Sacrament than he was during his mortal life on earth (Saint Mary Euphrasia Pelletier).

April 8, 2015

“Do everything through love and for love, making good use of the present moment, and do not be anxious about the future” (St. Margaret Mary Alacoque).

April 16, 2015

Having a personal relationship with Christ means that we are called to ongoing conversion.  It is a journey in which we continually grow in the Lord.  We grow in many ways: we deepen our faith; we get to know the saints and the family of believers; we become more compassionate toward the poor and the hungry; we become better fathers and mothers (Shaun McAfee, 2015).

May 4, 2015

“There is nothing so strong as gentleness, and there is nothing so gentle as real strength” (St. Francis de Sales).

June 12, 2015

Humble yourself whenever opportunity offers with true humility of heart.  This is all, I think, that the heart of our Lord asks of you (St. Margaret Mary Alacoque).

June 14, 2015

“The most efficacious way to have devotion to the sacred heart of Jesus is through the immaculate heart of Mary” (St. Margaret Mary Alacoque).

June 29, 2015

In your hearts reverence Christ as Lord.  Always be prepared to make a defense to any one who calls you to account for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness, reverence; and keep your conscience clear so that, when you are abused, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame (1 Peter 3:15-16)

August 9, 2015

I turn to Mary and ask her to obtain for me the grace to imitate our Lord’s heart.  I saw how perfectly her heart copied his (St. Claude de la Colombiere).

August 13, 2015

Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me.  Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it (Matthew 10:37-39).

August 17, 2015

Although the heart of Jesus is distinct from that of Mary and infinitely surpasses it in excellence and holiness, nevertheless God has so closely united these two hearts that we may say with truth that they are but one heart (St. John Eudes).

August 19, 2015

Jesus is my all, and I desire to belong wholly to him.  It is extreme folly and delusion to look elsewhere for my true happiness (St. John Eudes).

August 20, 2015

“This twofold mercy abounds in the heart of the Lord Jesus— his long-suffering in waiting for the sinner and his readiness in granting pardon” (St. Bernard of Clairvaux).

October 5, 2015

Jesus.  Source of my life, sanctify me.  O my strength, fortify me.  My commander, fight for me (St. Faustina Kowalska).

November 16, 2015

St. Gertrude, a Benedictine nun, [was a mystic].  She was favored by visions… and has left… a book… called Revelations.  [She] introduced the devotion to the Sacred Heart which, four centuries later, St. Margaret Mary spread… (Catholic Culture).

November 25, 2015

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17).

“Begin with the beautiful, which leads you to the good, which leads you to the truth” (Bishop Robert Barron).

April 11, 2016

Oh, if all were to know how beautiful Jesus is, how loving he is!  They would all die of love.  And yet how is it that he is so little loved? (St. Gemma Galgani).

June 8, 2016

“I need nothing but God and to lose myself in the heart of Jesus” (St. Mary Margaret Alacoque).

June 25, 2016

“Love overcomes, love delights, [and] those who love the Sacred Heart rejoice”
(St. Bernadette Soubirous).

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Links of interest…  Alive with love…  Catholic devotions: A spiritual vocabulary…  Cheat sheet (Matthew 25:31-46)…  Surrendering to Christ…  Falling in love: Knowing the sacred heart of Jesus…  Fire of love, refuge from evil…  Franciscan Mission Associates…  Heart of fire: Four reasons to love the sacred heart…  How to receive Christ with love…  Love repaid with love…  Prayers: consecration / devotion / meditation, novena, & offering / two hearts…  Sacred Heart: about / & the Holy Eucharist / beads / blood & water / consecration (family) / devotions / devotionals / history / novena (YouTube) / reasons to love / savior / significance / society (1st Friday reflections – blogs – mater reflections)…  Shaun McAfee: about / Filling our Father’s house (book)…  St. Margaret Mary Alacoque: about (more) / apostle & messenger / book / feast / life / memorial / patron saint (more) / prayer / quotes (more) / receptionsecret / twelve promises (more)…  Staying ready

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Our Lady’s church

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Last Saturday we visited one of my most favorite churches of all time.  And, oh, what a wonderful reunion after a six-year absence.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church

Known simply as Guadalupe, the church has been part of my life since birth and to this day appears pretty much as it always has despite changes to the altar since Vatican II, the installation of the outer windows to protect the original stained-glass treasures from breakage, the musicians occupying the front left alcove area instead of the choir loft, and remodeling and painting over the years.

Built in Brownsville, TX in 1927, the church has meticulously maintained its walnut-stained, straight-backed wooden pews; its impeccably polished floors; its stunning stained-glass windows inscribed long before most of us were born; and its hardy yet graceful style.

       

           

Sense of home

Our Lady of Guadalupe’s welcoming spirit can be attributed not only to the parishioners whose families have lived in the neighboring area for generations and to Father Acosta, who diligently instructs and nurtures his flock, but also to those of us whose cherished recollections keep this sacred space very much alive.

Guadalupe’s sense of home is so vibrant that, having experienced her, one’s heart longs to be with her regardless of time and distance apart.

To know her is to love her!

What a privilege to visit Our Lady of Guadalupe Church every chance we have!

       

       

               

       

               

       

       

                               

                               

                               

               

               

Prayers

Husbands and wives…  Lord, inspire those men and women who bear the titles husband and wife.  Help them to look to you… and to one another to rediscover the fullness and mystery they once felt in their union.  Let them be honest enough to ask, “Where have we been together, and where are we going?”  Let them be brave enough to question, “How have we failed?”  Let each be foolhardy enough to say, “For me, we come first.”  Help them to reexamine their commitment [together] in the light of your love— willingly, openly, compassionately.

Hail Mary….

Hail, O Virgin of Guadalupe.  We place under your powerful patronage the purity and integrity of the holy faith in Mexico and in all the American continent for we are certain that, [as surely as] you are recognized as Queen and Mother, [matrimonies] will be saved.  Amen.

Opening to Our Lady’s memorial…  God of power and mercy, you blessed the Americas at Tepeyac with the presence of the Virgin Mary of Guadalupe.

May her prayers help all men and women to accept each other as brothers and sisters.  Through your justice present in our hearts may your peace reign in the world.  We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Petition…  Our Lady of Guadalupe, who blessed Mexico and all the Americas by your appearance to Juan Diego, intercede for the holy Church, protect the pope, and help everyone who invokes you in their necessities.

OLG51912-193O mystical rose, hear our prayers and our petitions, especially the one we are praying for at this moment.  (Mention your request.)

Since you are the ever Virgin Mary and mother of the true God, obtain for us from your most holy son the grace of keeping our faith, sweet hope in the midst of the bitterness of life, burning charity, and the precious gift of final perseverance.  Amen.

November 29, 2014

Jesus, help me to believe in your promises so that I can taste heaven every day.  Lord, I can’t wait to be with you forever! (the Word among us, November 2014, p. 49).

December 31, 2014

“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world” (C. S. Lewis).

March 13, 2014

“I find heaven in the midst of saucepans and brooms” (St. Stanislaus Kostka).

June 7, 2015

Our Lord does not come down from heaven every day to lie in a golden ciborium.  He comes to find another heaven which is infinitely dearer to him— the heaven of our souls created in his image, the living temples of the adorable Trinity (St. Thérèse of Lisieux).

December 18, 2015

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December 25, 2015

The night is bright.  God has prepared a feast that did not exist in heaven: he became man (Karl Rahner).

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Pdf file…  Father Acosta’s homily / prayer

Links of interest…  How Jesus makes heaven present to us today…  Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary: aboutbook / consecrating the hours / hymns, psalms, & readingsintroduction / prayers (more)…  Hints of heaven…  Mary: beloved of the Trinity / celebrating May / corner / devotion / gate of heaven / litany / meditations / mother (of the church) / page / prayers (miracles / more / novena / queen of angels) / untier of knots…  Missionaries of Jesus…  Our Lady of Guadalupe: abbey / about / & Advent / arch of triumph / churches: Austin (video) – Brownsville (about – facebook)/ December 12th / mother of the Americas / patroness of the Americas / prayers / shrine / story / unqualified, uncomplicated consolation / videos / warrior (Bishop Barron)…  St. Juan Diego Guild for children…  the Word among us

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Morning exchanges

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My Bible has remained open for decades and, on occasion, I turn its pages to show passages other than my favorites.  Yet, regardless of which book is open, Isaiah with its dated, handwritten notes in the margins always beckons.

Isaiah

Whether he calls me to reflect on verses of relevance and/or smile at my penciled messages from years long past, Isaiah has an open invitation for me to visit anytime.  I can stand before my Bible, reflect on the scribbled memories, caress the pages to get a feel for Isaiah’s wisdom, read a specific verse, search for something new, or— as I often do— visit mentally from anywhere I happen to be.

No matter how, when, or where, Isaiah’s presence is always strong.

Longtime fave

Isaiah’s been my fave since my college undergraduate days.  A prophet for all time, he consoles and encourages me in my toughest trials and remains constant through thick and thin.  His rock-solid wisdom is way better than Krazy Glue; his inspiration, universal.

Of late, too, Isaiah has been popping up a lot in my thoughts and conversations.  Take this morning, for instance.

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Love is patient, love is kind.  It… does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury… but rejoices with the truth.  It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things
(1 Corinthians 13:4-7).

For a brief moment I abandoned you; but with great tenderness, I will take you back.  In an outburst of wrath, for a moment, I hid my face from you; but with enduring love I take pity on you… so I have sworn not to be angry with you or to rebuke you.  Though the mountains leave their place and the hills be shaken, my love shall never leave you (Isaiah 54:7-10).

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Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name: you are mine.  When you pass through the water, I will be with you; in the rivers you shall not drown.  When you walk through fire, you shall not be burned; the flames shall not consume you.

Because you are precious in my eyes and glorious and because I love you,
I give men in return for you and peoples in exchange for your life (Isaiah 43:1-2, 4).

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Another of my faves from Isaiah immediately comes to mind: “I leave you treasures in secret places that you may know that it is I who call your name” (45:3).

I found the verse in 1983, as I was getting ready to inscribe the Reader’s Digest Bible I’d bought for Margie’s birthday (7.23).  Suffice it to say that Margie didn’t like her contemporary Bible, but the verse I serendipitously discovered that day was the affirmation I’d awaited since the Sunday morning at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church when my mind created this:

Sitting hopelessly lost among everyone
I heard myself call out to him
and I wished he’d call my name
because I felt I’d see life differently if he did.

Fearing he wouldn’t pay attention
I began to cry and
like a sobbing child being cuddled after being punished
he embraced me
not letting go
because he knew I believed.

And he called my name.

Untitled poem published twice: College Poetry Review and Pegasus
(National Poetry Press, 1977 & 1978, pp. 107 & 13, respectively).

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Morning exchanges

Because Isaiah provides comfort, wisdom, and hope, I know many of his verses by heart.  Since our morning exchanges have been a lifelong staple, he’s my cuppa joe.  I can’t think of a better way to start the daily subchapter in my book of life than with Isaiah’s steadfast reminders of the many blessings ahead.

O Lord, you are my God.  I will extol you and praise your name; for you have fulfilled your wonderful plans of old, faithful and true.

The Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces.  The reproach of his people he will remove from the whole earth, for the Lord has spoken (Isaiah 25:1, 8).

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June 29, 2012

Lord, thank you for having rescued me!  Let me walk in joyful hope that you will take care of me today (the Word among us, p. 50).

July 28, 2012

Father, you have called me by name and anointed me to proclaim your word.  Now I need your guidance.  How do I remain faithful to you?  How do I stand strong?  How do I discern my role in your kingdom?  Lord, I want to be pleasing to you (the Word among us, July/August 2012, p. 55).

February 8, 2013

Lord, be my refuge from fear so that I can walk in peace today.  Shine your light on me, and strengthen me to do what you ask (the Word among us, Jan/Feb 2013, p. 59).

February 9, 2013

Jesus, help me to rely on you in times of strain and stress.  Walk with me through the difficult moments and help me to lean on your strength and grace (the Word among us, p. 60).

November 6, 2013

Jesus, thank you for calling my name and speaking to my heart.  Open my ears to hear you above all the noise in my day (the Word among us, November 2013, p. 27).

November 15, 2013

Father in heaven, thank you for revealing yourself to me through the wonder and beauty of your creation.  Your love for me is endless.  It is as deep as the deepest sea.  Help me to love you back just as fully! (the Word among us, p. 36).

January 26, 2014

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone” (Isaiah 9:1).

June 12, 2014

“The person who does not decide to love forever will find it very difficult to really love for even one day” (St. John Paul II).

June 13, 2014

“The spirit of humility is sweeter than honey, and those who nourish themselves with this honey produce sweet fruit” (St. Anthony of Padua).

June 17, 2014

Love is watchful.  Sleeping, it does not slumber.  Wearied, it is not tired.  Pressed, it is not straitened.  Alarmed, it is not confused; but like a living flame, a burning torch, it forces its way upward and passes unharmed through every obstacle (Thomas à Kempis).

St. Dominic, Rose of Patience, pray for us! (Aquinas College, 2014).

July 22, 2014

Lord, we long to see you.  Call us by name and show yourself to us (the Word among us, July/August 2014, p. 41).

July 28, 2014

“It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself” (Ralph Waldo Emerson).

July 30, 2014

Father, you are worth more than anything else in my life.  Open my eyes to the treasure of your work in me so that I can cast off anything of lesser value! (the Word among us, p. 49).

August 25, 2014

Fight continuously in the apparently unimportant things which are to my mind important; fulfill your duty punctually; smile at whomever needs cheering up, even though there is sorrow in your soul; devote the necessary time to prayer, without haggling; go to the help of anyone who looks for you; practice justice and go beyond it with the grace of charity (St. Josemaría Escrivá).

August 26, 2014

“I formed you to open the eyes of the blind and to bring out from the dungeon those who live in darkness” (Isaiah 42:6-7).

October 21, 2014

“Fight against all opinions that are contrary to the truth, but let your weapons be patience, gentleness, and love; for violence, besides injuring your own soul, harms even the best of causes” (St. John of Kanty).

January 15, 2015

“If you always love one another, if you always uphold one another, you will be capable of working wonders!” (St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier).

January 20, 2015

The devil strains every nerve to secure the souls which belong to Christ.  We should not grudge our toil in wrestling them from Satan, and giving them back to God (St. Sebastian).

January 24, 2015

“To love our neighbor in charity is to love God in man” (St. Francis de Sales).

January 25, 2015

“Never utter in your neighbors’ absence what you would not say in their presence”
(St. Mary Magdalen of Pazzi).

February 7, 2015

“Love is an excellent thing, a great good indeed, which alone makes light all that is burdensome and equally bears all that is unequal” (Thomas à Kempis).

February 12, 2015

“It is to those who have the most need of us that we ought to show our love more especially” (St. Francis de Sales).

March 18, 2015

“Oh, how good a thing and how peaceable it is to be silent of others, nor to believe all that is said, nor easily report what one has heard!” (St. Thérèse of Lisieux).

June 20, 2015

“The most powerful weapon to conquer the devil is humility.  For, as he does not know at all how to employ it, neither does he know how to defend himself from it” (St. Vincent de Paul).

July 2, 2015

“A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows” (St. Francis of Assisi).

July 3, 2015

Jesus has invested marriage with a dignity which represents something quite new in reference to all that we have considered until now. He raised it to the rank of a Sacrament. He made of this sacred bond a specific source of grace. He transformed marriage— already sacred in itself— into something sanctifying (Dietrich von Hildebrand, Marriage: The Mystery of Faithful Love).

July 5, 2015

“My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.”  I will rather boast most gladly of my weaknesses, in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me.  Therefore, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and constraints for the sake of Christ; for when I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).

July 10, 2015

“Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens” (J.R.R. Tolkien).

July 23, 2015

“A life without love is like a year without summer” (Swedish proverb).

August 4, 2015

Real love wants for truth.  Real love accepts the beloved as they are and where they are.  Real love offers itself, as it is, in return.  Real love has less to do with what we want to be true than with our capacity for acceptance and generosity in the face of what is.  Real love is honest (Brendan Busse, SJ).

August 23, 2015

Without the burden of afflictions it is impossible to reach the height of grace.  The gift of grace increases as the struggle increases (St. Rose of Lima).

August 24, 2015

The truth is like a lion.  You don’t have to defend it.  Let it loose; it will defend itself (St. Augustine).

October 9, 2015

“Ask Jesus what he wants from you and be brave!” (Pope Francis).

October 13, 2015

It takes three to make love, not two: you, your spouse, and God.  Without God people only succeed in bringing out the worst in one another.  Lovers who have nothing else to do but love each other soon find there is nothing else.  Without a central loyalty life is unfinished (Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, Seven Words of Jesus and Mary: Lessons from Cana and Calvary).

November 8, 2015

We must take great care never to do anything before having said our morning prayers.  The devil once declared that if he could have the first moment of the day, he was sure of all the rest (St. John Vianney).

December 3, 2015

Take care not to frighten away sinners by stern rigor who are trying to lay bare the shocking state of their souls.  Speak to them rather of the great mercy of God.  Sometimes people are helped by your telling them about your own lamentable past (St. Frances Xavier Cabrini).

December 4, 2015

“Those who err in spirit shall acquire understanding, and those who find fault shall receive instruction” (Isaiah 29:24).

December 5, 2015

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.  He tells the number of the stars; he calls each by name (Psalm 147:3-4).

December 19, 2015

“We should study the interests of others as our own, and be careful to act on all occasions with uprightness and loyalty” (St. Vincent de Paul).

December 21, 2015

“The Lord has turned all our sunsets into sunrise” (St. Clement).

January 20, 2016

Truth engenders hatred of truth.  As soon as it appears, it is the enemy (Tertullian).

January 28, 2016

Don’t say “that person gets on my nerves.”  Think “that person sanctifies me” (St. Josemaría Escrivá).

April 19, 2016

“If love be true, it must labor; where labor is refused, there is no love” (St. Thomas Aquinas).

May 23, 2016

“Consider seriously how quickly people change and how little trust is to be had in them; and hold fast to God who does not change” (Teresa of Avila).

June 17, 2016

In Christ, even our failures become a source of grace when we accept them in imitation of his humility and courage; even our anxieties become a path to holiness when we ally them with his sufferings.  All that we do and say, if it is done and said in Christ, is done and said well; for true wellness is life in Christ (Clayton C. Barbeau, The Father of the Family).

June 26, 2016

Don’t judge without having heard both sides.  Even persons who think themselves virtuous very easily forget this elementary rule of prudence
(St. Josemaría Escrivá).

August 3, 2016

“True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less” (C.S. Lewis).

September 2, 2016

A good life makes a man wise according to God and expert in many things.  The more humble a man is in himself and [the] more subject to God, the more wise will he be in all things and the more at peace (Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ).

September 6, 2016

“Real strength is not just a condition of one’s muscle, but a tenderness in one’s spirit” (McCallister Dodds).

November 3, 2016

What souls we can convert by our prayers?  The one who saves a soul from hell saves this soul and his own as well (St. Jean Vianney).

November 8, 2016

Those who tell the truth love you.  Those who tell you what you want to hear love themselves (Mother Angelica).

November 18, 2016

“Humility is the virtue that requires the greatest amount of effort” (St. Rose Philippine Duchesne).

January 11, 2017

“Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be” (Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ).

January 12, 2017

“Each time we face our fear, we gain strength, courage, and confidence in the doing” (Theodore Roosevelt).

February 15, 2017

“God loves each of us as if there were only one of us” (St. Augustine).

March 9, 2017

“A married woman must, when called upon, quit her devotions to God at the altar to find him in her household affairs” (St. Frances of Rome).

March 10, 2017

A man who governs his passions is master of the world.  We must either command them or be enslaved to them.  It is better to be the hammer than the anvil (St. Dominic).

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