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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Taken from the book "Purgatory Explained" by Fr. Schouppe, S.J. - Part II,
Chapter XXXIII (TAN Books).

Father Ravignan, an illustrious and holy preacher of the Society of Jesus,
also cherished great hope for the welfare of sinners carried away by a
sudden death, when otherwise they had borne no hatred in the heart for the
things of God. He lived to speak of the supreme moment, and it seems to
have been his opinion that many sinners are converted in their last
moments, and are reconciled to God without being able to give any exterior
sign thereof. In certain deaths there are mysteries of Mercy where the eye
of man sees nothing but strokes of Justice. As a last glimmer of light, God
sometimes reveals Himself to those souls whose greatest misfortune has been
to ignore Him ; and the last sigh, understood by Him who penetrates hearts,
may be a groan that calls for pardon ; that is to say, an act of perfect
contrition. General Exelmans, a relative of this good father, was suddenly
carried to the tomb by an accident, and unfortunately he had not been
faithful in the practice of his religion. He had promised that he would one
day make his confession, but had not had the opportunity to do so. Father
Ravignan, who, for a long time had prayed and procured prayers for him, was
filled with consternation when he heard of such a death. The same day, a
person accustomed to receive supernatural communications thought he heard
an interior voice, which said to him, "Who then knows the extent of God's
mercy? Who knows the depth of the ocean, or how much water is contained
therein? Much will be forgiven to those who have sinned through ignorance."

Friday, October 23, 2015

”When we have to reply to anyone who has insulted us, we should be careful to do it always with meekness. A soft answer extinguishes the fire of wrath. If we feel ourselves angry, it is better for us to be silent, because we should speak amiss; when we become tranquil, we shall see that all our words were culpable.”
-Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Doctor of the Church

Saturday, October 17, 2015

“But nothing causes such exceeding grief as when anyone, lying under the captivity of sin, calls to mind from where he has fallen, because he turned aside to carnal and earthly things, instead of directing his mind in the beautiful ways of the knowledge of God. So you find Adam concealing himself, when he knew that God was present and wishing to be hidden when called by God with that voice which wounded the soul of him yourself? Why are you concealed? Why do you avoid Him Whom you once longed to see? A guilty conscience is so burdensome that it punishes itself without a judge, and wishes for covering, and yet is bare before God.”
+ St. Ambrose Milan, Concerning Repentance, Book II

Sunday, October 4, 2015

An excerpt from Saint Louis de Montfort's "The Secret of the Rosary"
(Published by TAN Books)

"Whatever you do, do not be like a certain pious but stubborn lady in
Rome, so often mentioned when speaking about the Rosary.

She was so devout and so fervent that she put to shame by her holy
life even the strictest religious in the Church.

"Having decided to ask Saint Dominic's advice about her spiritual
life, she asked him to hear her confession.

For penance he gave her one whole Rosary to say and advised her to say
it every day. She said that she had no time to say it, excusing
herself on the grounds that she made the Stations of Rome every day,
that she wore sackcloth and a hair shirt, that she carried out so many
other penances and fasted so much.

Saint Dominic urged her repeatedly to take his advice and say the
Rosary, but she would not hear of it. She left the confessional,
horrified at the tactics of this new spiritual director who had tried
so hard to persuade her to take on a devotion that was not at all to
her liking.

"Later on, when she was in prayer, she fell into ecstasy and had a
vision of her soul appearing before Our Lord's Judgment Seat. Saint
Michael put all her penances and other prayers onto one tray of the
scales and all her sins and imperfections onto the other tray. The
tray of her good works was greatly outweighed by the tray with her
sins and imperfections.

"Filled with terror she cried for mercy, imploring the Blessed Virgin
Mary's help. Her gracious Advocate took the one and only Rosary that
she had said for her penance and dropped it onto the tray of her good
works. This one Rosary was so heavy that it weighed more than all her
sins as well as all her good works. Our Lady then reproved her for
refusing to follow the counsel of her servant Dominic and for not
saying the Rosary every day.

"As soon as she came to she rushed and threw herself at Saint
Dominic's feet, and told him all that had happened. She begged his
forgiveness for her unbelief and promised to say the Rosary faithfully
every day. By this means she arose to Christian perfection and finally
to the glory of everlasting life.

"You who are people of prayer -- learn from this how tremendous is the
power, the value and the importance of this devotion of the Most Holy
Rosary when it is said together with meditation on the mysteries."

Saturday, October 3, 2015

This song was on the back of the all night vigil prayer book.  I never took the time to actually read it but for some reason I did today.  It's absolutely breathtakingly beautiful!

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Jesus, the very thought of Thee
With sweetness fills the breast;
But sweeter far Thy face to see,
And in Thy presence rest.

Nor voice can sing, nor heart can frame,
Nor can the memory find
A sweeter sound than Thy blest Name,
O Savior of mankind!

O hope of every contrite heart,
O joy of all the meek,
To those who fall, how kind Thou art!
How good to those who seek!

But what to those who find? Ah, this
Nor tongue nor pen can show;
The love of Jesus, what it is,
None but His loved ones know.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Feast of the Dedication of St. Michael the Archangel
(September 29)


"AND THERE WAS a great battle in heaven, Michael and his angels fought with
the dragon, and the dragon fought and his angels; and they prevailed not,
neither was their place found any more in heaven, and that great dragon was
cast out, that old serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, who seduceth
the whole world; and he was cast unto the earth, and his angels were thrown
down with him."         
-- Apocalypse 12:7-9

Most Suitable for Our Times

    Lucifer has placed his stamp upon the present age. Open and secret
revolt against God and His Church, the spirit of criticism, unbelief and
immorality are spreading. The arrogant boast of Lucifer, "I will be like
the Most High!" re-echoes everywhere. Puffed up with their discoveries and
the progress in material science, men loudly proclaim their
self-sufficiency and deny the existence of a Supreme Being. Governments and
secret societies, plotting against God and striving to blot out from homes
and schools, from offices and factories, all traces of Christianity, show
plainly whose standard they follow. Never before in the world's history
were God's rights so blasphemously mocked and denied, or the rights of man
so arrogantly asserted, as they are today.

    These frightful evils must convince us that we must turn to St.
Michael, the Archangel, that glorious prince of Heaven who rendered all
glory to God, conquering Lucifer and casting him into the abyss.

    Already three centuries ago, St. Francis de Sales wrote: "Veneration
of St. Michael is the great remedy against despising the rights of God,
against insubordination, skepticism and infidelity" - vices which are
perhaps more prevalent now than ever before.

    Surely, it is time for Christians to "rise from sleep" and to offer
vigorous resistance to the enemies of salvation. The weapons in this
conflict are not the arms of civil warfare, but the spiritual weapons of
prayer and penance, increased fidelity to the Commandments of God, and
frequent reception of the Sacraments. And surely we can choose no better
leader in this conflict than the powerful captain who led the faithful
Angels to victory.

    Let us, then, with confident trust invoke the aid and the protection
of this mighty Archangel whose shield bears the inscription: "MI-CHA-EL" -
"Quis ut Deus" - "Who is like unto God?"


The above is taken from the excellent booklet "St. Michael the Archangel"
published by TAN Books (