“Whenever we receive Communion, we enter into communion with the Holy Trinity. Did anybody ever tell you that? With each reception of Holy Communion, we experience, already here on earth, the same divine activity that we will one day experience in all its fullness in heaven—the divine activity of love eternally taking place within the Trinity . . . God wants to live his triune life in us. We are called to be dwelling places for the Holy Trinity and to enter into a personal relationship with each of the persons in God.”

— Vinney Flynn

“While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.”

 –St. Francis of Assisi

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“Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.”

–St. Francis de Sales

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“If the soul will analyze the desire it has of happiness, and the idea of happiness that presents itself to it, it will find that the object of this idea and of this desire is only and can only be God. This is the impression that the soul bears in the depths of its nature; this is what reason will teach it if it will only reflect a little, and this is what neither prejudice nor passion can ever entirely efface.”

— Fr. Jean Nicholas Grou

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“The works of God are not accomplished when we wish them, but whenever it pleases Him.”

— St. Vincent de Paul

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“All living creatures are sparks from the radiance of God’s brilliance, and these sparks emerge from God like rays of the sun.”

–St. Hildegard of Bingen

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“Let all nations know that Thou art God alone, and that Jesus Christ is Thy Son, and that we are Thy people and the sheep of Thy pasture.”

— St. Clement

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Riding in a Car, at Dusk

 

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My latest poem, “Riding In a Car, at Dusk” is now on Catholic365.com

August Queen of Heaven, sovereign Mistress of the Angels, who didst receive from the beginning the mission and the power to crush the serpent’s head, we beseech thee to send thy holy Angels, that under thy command and by thy power, they may pursue the evil spirit, encounter them on every side, resist their bold attacks, and drive them hence into the abyss of woe. Most holy Mother, send thy angels to defend us and to drive the cruel enemy from us. Amen.

All ye holy Angels and Archangels help and defend us.

 

“Contemplative prayer, in my opinion, is nothing else than a close sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with whom we know loves us.”

–St. Teresa of Avila

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“Without love, deeds, even the most brilliant, count as nothing.”

— St. Therese of Lisieux

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“For it is our plain duty to preach and defend the truth in a straightforward way. Those who are to stumble must stumble, rather than the heirs of grace should not hear. While we offend and alienate one man, we secure another; if we drive one man further the wrong way, we drive another further the right way. The cause of truth, the heavenly company of saints, gains on the whole more in one way than in the other.”

— Bl. John Henry Newman

“In dangers, in doubts, in difficulties, think of Mary, call upon Mary. Let not her name depart from your lips, never suffer it to leave your heart. And that you may more surely obtain the assistance of her prayer, neglect not to walk in her footsteps. With her for guide, you shall never go astray; while invoking her, you shall never lose heart; so long as she is in your mind, you are safe from deception; while she holds your hand, you cannot fall; under her protection you have nothing to fear; if she walks before you, you shall not grow weary; if she shows you favor, you shall reach the goal.”

–St. Bernard

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Jesus, teach me how to live as a saint today!

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“Oh Jesus, keep watch over all your dear ones. Those who labor, love, or languish keep in the center of your care. Aid those in agony, encourage the exhausted; give hope to those passing, bless the persecuted, guard the rejoicing through, by and with the Holy Spirit, in the circle of your love. Amen.”

-from At Play in God’s Creation

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“Never give up prayer, and should you find dryness and difficulty, persevere in it for this very reason. God often desires to see what love your soul has, and love is not tried by ease and satisfaction…..

“The strength of the soul consists in its faculties, passions and desires, all of which are governed by the will. Now when these faculties, passions and desires are directed by the will toward God, and turned away from all that is not God, then the strength of the soul is kept for God, and thus the soul is able to love God with all its strength.”

— St. John of the Cross

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“Our wish, our object, our chief preoccupation must be to form Jesus in ourselves, to make his spirit, his devotion, his affections, his desires and his disposition live and reign there. All our religious exercises should be directed to this end. It is the work which God has given us to do unceasingly”

— St. John Eudes

“True prayer moves us both inward and outward. It changes what we see, and where we stand. It is cloud and fire, guiding us into the heart of God.”

-from At Play in God’s Creation

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