Monday, January 15, 2018
Wedding feast at Cana
What is the number of those who love Thee, O God? How few they are! The Elect are much fewer than the damned! Alas! The greater portion of mankind lives in sin unto the devil, and not unto Jesus Christ. O Saviour of the world, I thank Thee for having called and permitted us to live in the true faith, which the Holy Roman Catholic Church teaches. […] But alas, O my Jesus! How small is the number of those who live in this holy faith! Oh, God! The greater number of men lie buried in the darkness of infidelity and heresy. Thou hast humbled Thyself to death, to the death of the cross, for the salvation of men, and these ungrateful men are unwilling even to know Thee. Ah, I pray Thee, O omnipotent God, O sovereign and infinite Good, make all men know and love Thee!
-Saint Alphonsus Maria Liguori, Doctor of the Church
Saturday, January 13, 2018
The greater number of men still say to God: Lord we will not serve Thee; we would rather be slaves of the devil, and condemned to Hell, than be Thy servants. Alas! The greatest number, my Jesus – we may say nearly all – not only do not love Thee, but offend Thee and despise Thee. How many countries there are in which there are scarcely any Catholics, and all the rest either infidels or heretics! And all of them are certainly on the way to being lost.
-Saint Alphonsus Maria Liguori, Doctor of the Church
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Communion cup encircled with a Garland of Fruit (1648), Jan Davidsz. de Heem
THE WORLD IN DANGER SAVED BY THE HOLY NAME
In the year 1274 great evils threatened the world. The Church was assailed by
fierce enemies from within and without. So great was the danger that the Pope,
Gregory X, who then reigned, called a council of Bishops in Lyons to determine on the best means of saving society from the ruin that menaced it. Among the many means proposed, the Pope and Bishops chose what they considered the easiest and most efficacious of all, viz., the frequent repetition of the Holy Name of Jesus.
The Holy Father then begged the Bishops to call on the Name of Jesus and to urge
their peoples to place all their confidence in this all-powerful Name, repeating it
constantly with boundless trust. The Pope entrusted the Dominicans especially with
the glorious task of preaching the wonders of the Holy Name in every country, a work
they accomplished with unbounded zeal.
Their Franciscan brothers ably seconded them. St. Bernardine of Siena and St.
Leonard of Port-Maurice were ardent apostles of the Name of Jesus.
Their efforts were crowned with success so that the enemies of the Church were
overthrown, the dangers that threatened society disappeared and peace once more
This is a most important lesson for us because, in these our own days, dreadful
sufferings are crushing many countries, and still greater evils threaten all the
No government or governments seem strong and wise enough to stem this awful
torrent of evils. There is but one remedy, and that is prayer.
Every Christian must turn to God and ask Him to have mercy on us. The easiest
of all prayers, as we have seen, is the Name of Jesus.
Everyone without exception can invoke this holy name hundreds of times a day,
not only for his own intentions, but also to ask God to deliver the world from
It is amazing what one person who prays can do to save his country and save
society. We read in Holy Scripture how Moses saved by his prayer the people of
Israel from destruction, and how one pious woman, Judith of Betulia, saved her city
and her people when the rulers were in despair and about to surrender themselves to
Again, we know that the two cities of Sodom and Gomorrha, which God destroyed by fire for their sins and crimes, would have been pardoned had there been only ten good men to pray for them!
Over and over again we read of kings, emperors, statesmen and famous military
commanders who placed all their trust in prayer, thus working wonders. If the
prayers of one man can do much, what will not the prayers of many do?
The Name of Jesus is the shortest, the easiest and the most powerful of prayers.
Everyone can say it, even in the midst of this daily work. God cannot refuse to
Let us then invoke the Name of Jesus, asking Him to save us from the calamities
that threaten us.
Taken from the booklet
THE WONDERS OF THE HOLY NAME
by Fr. Paul O'Sullivan
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
The Nativity (1597), Frederico Barocci
This has to be my favorite Nativity picture! I have it framed but never knew who painted it and now I know!!! I love the way Baby Jesus is looking around and the way that Blessed Mother Mary is focused on Him. Also, I can see St. Joseph showing the shepherds in that way.
Blessed Christmas and New Year to all!
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Mary with Child and John the Baptist (first half of 16th century), Bernard van Orley
I do not think that part from the felicity of Heaven, there can be a joy comparable to that experienced by the souls in Purgatory. An incessant communication from God renders their joy more vivid from day to day: and this communication becomes more and more intimate, to the extent that it consumes the obstacles still existing in the soul….On the other hand, they endure pain so intense, that no tongue is able to describe it. Nor is any mind capable of comprehending the smallest spark of that consuming fire, unless God should show it to him by a special grace.
-Saint Catherine of Siena