Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Monday, August 21, 2017
Sunday, August 20, 2017
~John Henry Newman
Saturday, August 19, 2017
~Pope Pius XI
Friday, August 18, 2017
“You mean he offers them a terrible evil on one hand and an apparently small evil on the other?”
“Yes. This is his great subtlety with us. He has observed us for millennia. The devil is an outstanding psychologist.”
“So we choose the lesser evil, thinking we have been saved from the great evil, when all the while his real purpose was to bring about the evil we have chosen.”
. . .“He wishes to infect everything, every particle of creation, with compromise. If he cannot entice a man into participating directly in his Great Revolt, he will work to infect him with its lesser attributes.”
“And does so by presenting us with false choices.”
~Michael O'Brien (from The Father's Tale)
Thursday, August 17, 2017
~Fyodor Dostoyevsky (from The Idiot)
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Monday, August 14, 2017
Sunday, August 13, 2017
Saturday, August 12, 2017
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Friday, August 11, 2017
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
~St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
~C. S. Lewis (from Mere Christianity)
Monday, August 7, 2017
Sunday, August 6, 2017
Saturday, August 5, 2017
Friday, August 4, 2017
Thursday, August 3, 2017
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Why has no one told me these things? How easily I might have misjudged another man in the same situation? I might have said, ‘He’s got over it. He’s forgotten his wife,’ when the truth was, ‘He remembers her better because he has partly got over it.’
Such was the fact. And I believe I can make sense out of it. You can’t see anything properly while your eyes are blurred with tears. You can’t, in most things, get what you want if you want it too desperately: anyway, you can’t get the best out of it. ‘Now! Let’s have a real good talk’ reduces everyone to silence, ‘I must get a good sleep tonight’ ushers in hours of wakefulness. Delicious drinks are wasted on a really ravenous thirst. Is it similarly the very intensity of the longing that draws the iron curtain, that makes us feel we are staring into a vacuum when we think about our dead? ‘Them as asks’ (at any rate ‘as asks too importunately’) don’t get. Perhaps can’t.
And so, perhaps, with God. I have gradually been coming to feel that the door is no longer shut and bolted. Was it my own frantic need that slammed it in my face? The time when there is nothing at all in your soul except a cry for help may be just the time when God can’t give it: you are like the drowning man who can’t be helped because he clutches and grabs. Perhaps your own reiterated cries deafen you to the voice you hoped to hear.
~C. S. Lewis
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Hence the Holy Ghost pronounces blessed the man who is always in fear: ‘Blessed is the man who is always fearful’ (Prov. 28:14). He who is afraid of falling, distrusts his own strength, avoids as much as possible all dangerous occasions, and recommends himself often to God, and thus preserves his soul from sin. But the man who is not fearful, but full of self-confidence, easily exposes himself to the danger of sin: he seldom recommends himself to God, and thus he falls. Let us imagine a person suspended over a great precipice by a cord held by another. Surely he would constantly cry out to the person who supports him: Hold fast, hold fast; for God's sake, do not let go.. We are all in danger of falling into the abyss of all crime, if God does not support us. Hence we should constantly beseech Him to keep His hands over us, and to help us in all dangers.
In rising from bed, St. Philip Neri used to say every morning, O Lord, keep Thy hand this day over Philip, if Thou do not, Philip will betray Thee. And one day, as he walked through the city, reflecting on his own misery, he frequently said, I despair, I despair. A certain religious who heard him, believing that the saint was really tempted to despair, corrected him, and encouraged him to hope in the divine mercy. But the saint replied, ‘I despair of myself, but I trust in God, hence, during this life which we are exposed to so many dangers of losing God, it is necessary for us to live always in great distrust in ourselves, and full of confidence in God.’”
~St. Alphonsus Liguori
Monday, July 31, 2017
Sunday, July 30, 2017
Jesus, lover of my soul, let me to Thy bosom fly,
While the nearer waters roll, while the tempest still is high.
Hide me, O my Savior, hide, till the storm of life is past;
Safe into the haven guide; O receive my soul at last.
Other refuge have I none, hangs my helpless soul on Thee;
Leave, ah! leave me not alone, still support and comfort me.
All my trust on Thee is stayed, all my help from Thee I bring;
Cover my defenseless head with the shadow of Thy wing.
Wilt Thou not regard my call? Wilt Thou not accept my prayer?
Lo! I sink, I faint, I fall—Lo! on Thee I cast my care;
Reach me out Thy gracious hand! While I of Thy strength receive,
Hoping against hope I stand, dying, and behold, I live.
Thou, O Christ, art all I want, more than all in Thee I find;
Raise the fallen, cheer the faint, heal the sick, and lead the blind.
Just and holy is Thy Name, I am all unrighteousness;
False and full of sin I am; Thou art full of truth and grace.
Plenteous grace with Thee is found, grace to cover all my sin;
Let the healing streams abound; make and keep me pure within.
Thou of life the fountain art, freely let me take of Thee;
Spring Thou up within my heart; rise to all eternity.
~Words: Charles Wesley & Music: Joseph Parry
Saturday, July 29, 2017
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Friday, July 28, 2017
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
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Monday, July 24, 2017
~Rowan Williams (from Where God Happens: Discovering Christ in One Another)
Sunday, July 23, 2017
See, I have God for my help.
The Lord sustains my soul.
I will sacrifice to you with willing heart,
and praise your name, O Lord, for it is good.
~Psalm 54: 6, 8
Saturday, July 22, 2017
~St. Lawrence of Brindisi
Friday, July 21, 2017
~St. Isaac the Syrian
Thursday, July 20, 2017
~St. John Eudes
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Monday, July 17, 2017
Sunday, July 16, 2017
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Friday, July 14, 2017
Thursday, July 13, 2017
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Monday, July 10, 2017
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Made ocean’s flood with life to teem;
Part in the firmament to fly,
And part in ocean depths to lie:
Appointing fishes in the sea,
And fowls in open air to be;
That each, by origin the same,
Its separate dwelling place might claim:
Grant that thy servants by the tide
Of Blood and Water purified
No guilty fall from thee may know,
Nor death eternal undergo.
Let none despair through sin’s distress,
Be none puffed up with boastfulness;
That contrite hearts be not dismayed,
Nor haughty souls in ruin laid.
O Father, that we ask be done,
Through Jesus Christ, thine only Son;
Who, with the Holy Ghost and thee,
Doth live and reign eternally. Amen.
Tune: CREATOR ALMA SIDERUM - L.M.
Text: Magnæ Deus potentiæ, attributed to Saint Gregory the Great, 540-604
Translation: William John Courthope, 1804-1885
Sunday, July 9, 2017
This method of prayer, which consists in keeping oneself in the company of the Savior, is profitable at every stage. It is a very certain means of progressing in the first degree of prayer and of reaching the second in a short time. And in the last stages it serves as a protection against the temptations of the devil.”
~St. Teresa of Avila
Saturday, July 8, 2017
Friday, July 7, 2017
~St. Teresa of Avila
“God is hidden in us, and from us. To find Him we must go to hide ourselves where He is hidden.”
~St. John of the Cross
Thursday, July 6, 2017
...In a word prayer may be considered a going to Jesus for spiritual direction—a direction on the way that is to lead to God. We pray not to dispose God to give, but to prepare ourselves to receive—to receive that plenitude of Divine life which is in Christ Jesus Our Lord.”
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
~Michael O’Brien (partial re-post)
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Monday, July 3, 2017
Sunday, July 2, 2017
“Let my father say, ‘Love me.’ Let my mother say, ‘Love me.’ Am I to say to these voices, ‘Be quiet’? Aren’t they making a just demand? Am I not to pay back what I have received? My father says, ‘I begot you.’ My mother says, ‘I bore you.’ My father says, ‘I reared you.’ My mother says, ‘I nursed you.’ Perhaps these voices have every right to say, ‘You want to be carried on his wings; don’t fly as a debtor; pay back the advance we made you.’ Let us answer our fathers and mothers, when they say to us, with every right, ‘Love us’; let us answer, ‘I do love you, in Christ; I don’t love you instead of Christ. Be with me in him; I won’t be with you without him.’”
Saturday, July 1, 2017
Friday, June 30, 2017
it’s how air plays with wings
it’s how birds, and If
the pressure on top of the wing
is less than that below, there is lift
-ing, yes it’s how Seven Swallows
just made it look easy
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
...Any of the poorest of men can be humbled and come to know God. He needs neither money nor reputation to come to know God, but only humility.”
Monday, June 26, 2017
Sunday, June 25, 2017
Saturday, June 24, 2017
~Nicolás Gómez Dávila
Friday, June 23, 2017
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
In a psalm, instruction vies with beauty. We sing for pleasure. We learn for our profit. What experience is not covered by a reading of the psalms? I come across the words: A song for the beloved, and I am aflame with desire for God’s love. I go through God’s revelation in all its beauty, the intimations of resurrection, the gifts of his promise. I learn to avoid sin. I see my mistake in feeling ashamed of repentance for my sins.
What is a psalm but a musical instrument to give expression to all the virtues? The psalmist of old used it, with the aid of the Holy Spirit, to make earth re-echo the music of heaven. He used the dead gut of strings to create harmony from a variety of notes, in order to send up to heaven the song of God’s praise. In doing so he taught us that we must first die to sin, and then create in our lives on earth a harmony through virtuous deeds, if the grace of our devotion is to reach up to the Lord.
David thus taught us that we must sing an interior song of praise, like Saint Paul, who tells us: I shall pray in spirit, and also with understanding; I shall sing in spirit, and also with understanding. We must fashion our lives and shape our actions in the light of the things that are above. We must not allow pleasure to awaken bodily passions, which weigh our soul down instead of freeing it. The holy prophet told us that his songs of praise were to celebrate the freeing of his soul, when he said: I shall sing to you, God, on the lyre, holy one of Israel; my lips will rejoice when I have.”
Monday, June 19, 2017
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Father, we thank thee who has planted
Thy holy Name within our hearts.
Knowledge and faith and life immortal
Jesus, thy Son, to us imparts.
Thou, Lord, didst make all for thy pleasure,
Didst give man food for all his days,
Giving in Christ the Bread eternal;
Thine is the power, be thine the praise.
Watch o’er thy Church, O Lord, in mercy,
Save it from evil, guard it still;
Perfect it in thy love, unite it,
Cleansed and conformed unto thy will.
As grain, once scattered on the hill sides,
Was in this broken bread made one,
So from all lands thy Church be gathered
Into thy kingdom by thy Son.
Tune: Rendez a Dieu 98.98 D
Music: Louis Bourgeois, 1543
Text: Didache, c. 110
Translation: F. Bland Tucker, 1941
Saturday, June 17, 2017
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Thursday, June 15, 2017
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Monday, June 12, 2017
Sunday, June 11, 2017
...If we see a man submitting to sufferings and death for us, we set him before all others, count him among our chief friends, place in his hands all that is ours, and deem it rather his than ours, and even so do not think that we give him the return that he deserves. But towards Christ we do not preserve even this degree of right feeling. He laid down His life for us, and poured forth His precious Blood for our sakes, who were neither well-disposed nor good, while we do not pour out even our money for our own sakes, and neglect Him who died for us, when He is naked and a stranger; and who shall deliver us from the punishment that is to come? For suppose that it were not God that punishes, but that we punished ourselves; should we not give our vote against ourselves? Should we not sentence ourselves to the very fire of hell, for allowing Him who laid down His life for us, to pine with hunger? But why speak I of money? Had we ten thousand lives, ought we not to lay them all down for Him? And yet not even so could we do what His benefits deserve.”
~St. John Chrysostom
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Friday, June 9, 2017
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Take care not to love only the person in front of you: we do not see many sisters and brothers, but we are united to them in the unity of Spirit. What cause is there to marvel that they are not with us? We are in one body; we have one head in heaven.
So, if you want to know if you have received the Holy Spirit, ask your heart: if fraternal charity is there, you can rest easy, for there can be no love without the Holy Spirit. As St. Paul says, the charity of God is poured forth in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who is given to us. (Romans 5:5)”
~Ludolph of Saxony (Easter Meditations From the Vita Christi)
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
~Robert Cardinal Sarah
Monday, June 5, 2017
Sunday, June 4, 2017
~Words: Bianco of Siena & Music: Ralph Vaughn Williams (re-post)
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Friday, June 2, 2017
Thursday, June 1, 2017
~C. S. Lewis
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
A bountiful rain you showered down, O God, upon your inheritance;