“Praise and adoration take us from our self-preoccupation and lead us outward to God and to the creation that bears God’s perfect imprint. This is the key to the prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi, who praised God through Brother Sun and Sister Moon, Brother Wind and Sister Water and all creatures.

Like Saint Francis of Assisi, the spirit prompts us to celebrate our brotherhood and sisterhood with other creatures and praise God, not in isolation from creation, but through sunlight, rain, wind, trees, and flowers. Now is a good time for us to praise God in the woods, a garden, a valley, a lake, or at sea.”

–from the blog “Pathways to Prayer” by Friar Jack Wintz

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“You must ask God to give you power to fight against the sin of pride which is your greatest enemy—the root of all that is evil, and the failure of all that is good. For God resists the proud.”

— St. Vincent de Paul

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“Christ is the second person of the Blessed Trinity, true God and true man, eternally united with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Just as there can be no separation within Christ’s human nature, so there can be none within His divine nature. Just as we cannot separate Christ’s body from His blood, or His soul from His body and blood, so we cannot separate Christ from the other persons in the Trinity. Time after time, we hear the priest pray to the Father at the end of the opening prayer of the Mass: We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.”

— Vinney Flynn

 

 

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