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The Saints Ever Gave Thanks to God

November 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, Saints

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Thanksgiving has been in all ages the characteristic of the saints. Thanksgiving has been their favorite prayer; and when their love has been grieved because men were unthankful, they have called on the animals, and even on inanimate creatures, to bless God for His goodness. St. Lawrence Justinian has a beautiful passage on thanksgiving in chapter 28 of his Treatise on Obedience: Whosoever should... Read More

The Presentation of the Virgin Mary in the Temple (Part III)

November 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Liz Estler, Mary, Memorial

The Presentation of the Virgin Mary in the Temple (Part III) Editor's Note: This third part of the “Presentation of the Virgin Mary in the Temple” concludes our series for this celebration from the “Glories of Mary” by St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori, Doctor of the Church. You may read the entire series by clicking here to begin with part one and clicking here to continue reading... Read More

Courageous and Impatient Love

Courageous and Impatient Love Presence of God – May Your love, my God, make me intrepid in seeking You, and impatient to possess You. MEDITATION Although the soul subjected to interior purifications by the Holy Spirit is profoundly conscious of its own misery and unworthiness, it is nevertheless “sufficiently bold and daring to journey toward union with God” (John of the Cross, Dark Night of... Read More

Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Presence of God – O Mary, my Mother, teach me to live hidden with you in the shadow of God. MEDITATION The liturgy enthusiastically celebrates Mary’s Nativity and makes it one of the most appealing feasts of Marian devotion. We sing in today’s Office: “Thy Nativity, O Virgin Mother of God, brings joy to the whole world, because from you came forth... Read More

Justice and Religion

Justice and Religion   Presence of God – Help me, O God, by Your grace, to render You all the homage of which I am capable. MEDITATION Justice leads us to render to each one what is his due. But when it is a question of justice to God, we can never succeed in giving Him all that we owe Him, in making Him a suitable return for all His gifts, in paying Him the worship and homage which are due... Read More

Our Mother

Our Mother Presence of God – O Mary, since you are really my Mother, make me your true and worthy child. MEDITATION When she consented to become the Mother of the Son of God, Mary bound herself by very close bonds not only to the person of Jesus, but also to His work. She knew that the Savior was coming into the world to redeem the human race; hence, when she agreed to become His Mother, she also... Read More

Dwelling of Jesus on the Altars

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ON THE LOVING DWELLING OF JESUS CHRIST ON THE ALTARS OF THE MOST HOLY SACRAMENT “Come to me, all ye that labor and are burdened, and I will refresh you.” Matthew 11:28 Having to depart from this world after he had completed the work of redemption, our loving Savior did not wish to leave us alone in this valley of tears. “No tongue,” says St. Peter of Alcántara, “can... Read More

On Perseverance

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ON PERSEVERANCE “He that shall persevere to the end, he shall be saved.” Matthew 24:13 St. Jerome says, that many begin well, but few persevere. “Incipere multorum est, perseverare paucorum” (Lib. i. Contra Jovin). Saul, Judas, Tertullian, began well, but ended badly, because they did not persevere in grace. “Non queeruntur in Christianis initia,” says the same... Read More

On Prayer

ON PRAYER “Ask, and it shall be given you; for every one that asketh receiveth.” Luke 11:9,10 Not only in this, but in a thousand places in the Old and New Testaments, God promises to hear all who pray to him. “Cry to me, and I will hear thee” (Jeremiah 33:3). Turn to me, and I will hear you. “Call upon me, and I will deliver you from all dangers” (Psalm 50:15).... Read More

On Heaven

ON HEAVEN “Your sorrow shall be turned into joy.” John 16:20 Let us at present animate ourselves with the hope of heaven, to bear patiently the afflictions of this life, and to offer them to God in return for the sufferings which Jesus Christ endured for the love of us. All these afflictions, sorrows, persecutions, and fears, shall one day have an end, and shall, if we save our souls, become... Read More

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