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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

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