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“God did not abandon Thomas in his doubt, nor does he abandon us. Our God, after all, is full of compassion and patience. Doubt is a wound we all share. It is a wound that God longs to heal with his divine mercy.”

 –from the book Meeting God in the Upper Room: Three Moments to Change Your Life

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“The limitless loving devotion to God, and the gift God makes of Himself to you, are the highest elevation of which the heart is capable; it is the highest degree of prayer.”

— St. Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)

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“We are all sinners. We have all turned away from the Lord, but the Lord is always ready to take us back. When we sin we hurt ourselves, we break our own hearts. The Father sends His Holy Spirit into our hearts to bring us forgiveness and to heal whatever damage we have done to ourselves.”

— Rev. Jude Winkler

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“Know that the greatest service that man can offer to God is to help convert souls.”

— St. Rose of Lima

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“The soul, however, cannot be perfectly purified from these imperfections, any more than from the others, until God shall have led it into the passive purgation of the dark night, of which I shall speak immediately. But it is expedient that the soul, so far as it can, should labor, on its own part, to purify and perfect itself, that it may merit from God to be taken under His divine care, and be healed from those imperfections which of itself it cannot remedy. For, after all the efforts of the soul, it cannot by any exertions of its own actively purify itself so as to be in the slightest degree fit for the divine union of perfection in the love of God, if God Himself does not take it into His own hands and purify it in the fire, dark to the soul.”

— St. John of the Cross

 

“Here is a rule for everyday life: Do not do anything which you cannot offer to God.”

— St. Jean Marie Vianney

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“There is not a moment in which God does not present Himself under the cover of some pain to be endured, of some consolation to be enjoyed, or of some duty to be performed. All that takes place within us, around us, or through us, contains and conceals His divine action. It is really and truly there present, but invisibly present, so that we are always surprised and do not recognise His operation until it has ceased. If we could lift the veil, and if we were attentive and watchful God would continually reveal Himself to us, and we should see His divine action in everything that happened to us, and rejoice in it. At each successive occurrence we should exclaim: ‘It is the Lord’, and we should accept every fresh circumstance as a gift of God. We should look upon creatures as feeble tools in the hands of an able workman, and should discover easily that nothing was wanting to us, and that the constant providence of God disposed Him to bestow upon us at every moment whatever we required.”

— Jean-Pierre de Caussade

 

Celebrate *´¨)
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(¸.•´ (¸.•` National Poetry Month

O, Holy Mary—

your statue rises
above blue candles,
their smoke lifting prayers
for the sick, the grieving.
You invite us to
be Your children—

to bow our hearts and bodies,
to genuflect
before Your Crucified Son
(also the Risen Savior),
before each station
of the cross
as it tells its part
in the sweet story of salvation.
You gently remind us

how even Holy Water
confirms our Baptism
and salvation in Him.

You bring honor to Jesus,
directing human hearts
beyond the beauty of
stained glass,
the history of a cathedral
built in Byzantine style,
the sweet smell of incense,

to the truth of His Presence
in the bread and the wine,
whose accidents remain,
so that proof enters willing hearts
and lets the others be.
O, Mother of God,
hold me, hold me—

beneath the window
called The Eye of God,
’til I hear my name called
to the Table of the Lord.

From Every Tender Reed

“The joy of the risen Lord is the sunshine of our Father’s love. The joy of Jesus is the hope of eternal happiness. The joy of Jesus is the flame of burning love. Easter is this joy. However, you cannot have joy without sacrifice. That is why Good Friday comes before Easter.”

–from the book: Thirsting for God: Daily Meditations

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“Those whose hearts are pure are the temples of the Holy Spirit.”

— St. Lucy

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“True devotion to Our Lady is holy; that is to say, it leads the soul to avoid sin and to imitate the virtues of the Blessed Virgin, particularly her profound humility, her lively faith, her blind obedience, her continual prayer, her universal mortification, her divine purity, her ardent charity, her heroic patience, her angelic sweetness and her divine wisdom. These are the ten principal virtues of the most holy Virgin.”

— St. Louis De Montfort

“The bread you store up belongs to the hungry; the cloak that lies in your chest belongs to the naked; the gold you have hidden in the ground belongs to the poor.”

— St. Basil the Great

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“We must cultivate that sacred silence which makes people remember the words of Jesus: See how they love one another. How often we find ourselves speaking of the faults of another. How often our conversation is about someone who is not present. Yet see the compassion of Christ toward Judas, the man who received so much love yet betrayed his own master. But the master kept the sacred silence and did not betray Judas. Jesus could have easily spoken in public—as we often do—telling the hidden intentions and deeds of Judas to others. But he didn’t. Instead, he showed mercy and charity. Rather than condemning Judas, he called him his friend.”

— St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta

 

“One just soul can obtain pardon for a thousand sinners.”

— St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

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“No one who follows Me will ever walk in darkness (Jn 8:12). These words of our Lord counsel all to walk in His footsteps. If you want to see clearly and avoid blindness of heart, it is His virtues you must imitate. Make it your aim to meditate on the life of Jesus Christ. Christ’s teachings surpasses that of all the Saints. But to find this spiritual nourishment you must seek to have the Spirit of Christ. It is because we lack this Spirit that so often we listen to the Gospel without really hearing it. Those who fully understand Christ’s words must labor to make their lives conform to His.”

— Thomas á Kempis

“The resurrection of Jesus is not simply a pledge of a new life in the future, but rather an affirmation that the new life Jesus has promised has already begun. St. Paul once urged the new Christians in Corinth to allow God to be “everything in all of you.” The resurrection of Jesus shows the type of life toward which God’s grace and mercy will always lead each of us—if we allow that.”

–from the book Peace and Good

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“It is not lengthy prayers, but generous deeds that touch God’s heart.”

— St. Arnold Janssen

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“[Mary] is the heavenly archetype. The Church—the rest of us—must struggle toward those mystical realties during all our days on this earth. Thus says the council: ‘While in the most holy Virgin the Church has already reached that perfection whereby she is without spot or wrinkle, the followers of Christ still strive to increase in holiness by conquering sin. And so they turn their eyes to Mary who shines forth to the whole community of the elect as the model of virtues’ (Lumen Gentium 65). Our struggle is individual, but it is communal, too. As members of God’s family, we are concerned for one another and concerned to bring many others into the family. … Indeed, our efforts at evangelization must have a Marian component. Evangelization should begin with Marian prayer and it should be suffused with Marian doctrine and devotion. For evangelization is all about building up a family, and no one can belong to a family without honoring the family’s mother. … Mary plays an indispensable role in each of her children’s growth in holiness. Yet how many people, even among those who are brothers of Christ, do not know they are children of Mary?”

— Scott Hahn

“The Lord’s triumph, on this day of the Resurrection, is final. Where are the soldiers the rulers posted there? Where are the seals that were fixed to the stone of the tomb? Where are those who condemned the Master? Where are those who crucified Jesus? He is victorious, and faced with His victory those poor wretches have all taken flight. Be filled with hope: Jesus Christ is always victorious!!!”

–St. Josemarie Escriva,

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

— St. Anthony of Padua

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“Let anger be guarded against. But if it cannot be averted, let it be kept within bounds. For indignation is a terrible incentive to sin. It disorders the mind to such an extent as to leave no room for reason. The first thing, therefore, to aim at, if possible, is to make tranquility of character our natural disposition by constant practice, by desire for better things, by fixed determination.”

— St. Ambrose

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