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Thursday, September 21, 2017

 Henry Thomas Bosdet-"Jesus Before His Crucifixion"

”Many appear full of mildness and sweetness as long as everything goes their own way; but the moment any contradiction or adversity arises, they are in a flame, and begin to rage like a burning mountain. Such people as these are like red-hot coals hidden under ashes. This is not the mildness which Our Lord undertook to teach us in order to make us like unto Himself.”
-Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Father and Doctor of the Church

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

“To reach satisfaction in all,
desire its possession in nothing.
To come to the knowledge of all,
desire the knowledge of nothing.
To come to possess all,
desire the possession of nothing.
To arrive at being all,
desire to be nothing.
To come to the pleasure you have not,
you must go by a way in which you enjoy not.
To come to the knowledge you have not,
you must go by a way in which you know not.
To come to the possession you have not;
you must go by a way in which you possess not.
To come to be what you are not,
you must go by a way in which you are not.
When you turn toward something,
you cease to cast yourself upon the all.
For to go from the all to the all,
you must leave yourself in all.
And when you come to the possession of all,
you must posses it without wanting anything.
In this nakedness, the spirit finds its rest,
for when it covets nothing, nothing raises it up,
and nothing weighs it down,
because it is in the center of its humility.

Words of Wisdom from St. John of the Cross

Saturday, September 16, 2017


The just shall shine, and shall run to and fro like sparks among the reeds. 
Wisdom 3:7
(From this mornings epistle)

Tuesday, September 12, 2017


”If you desire to labor with fruit for the conversion of souls, it behooves you to mix the balm of gentleness with the strong wine of your zeal, to the end that the latter be not too ardent, but benign, pacific, long-suffering and full of compassion. For the natural character of men is such that, when treated with harshness, it becomes still more hardened, whereas mildness soon softens it. Moreover we ought to remember that Jesus Christ came to bless men of good will, and if we give up our own will to His guidance, we may be sure that He will render it fruitful.”
-Saint Francis of Sales, Doctor of the Church

Monday, September 11, 2017

 This is one of my favorite Gospels.  It always comes in the fall before the difficulties of winter:

[24] No man can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one, and love the other: or he will sustain the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. [25] Therefore I say to you, be not solicitous for your life, what you shall eat, nor for your body, what you shall put on. Is not the life more than the meat: and
[26] Behold the birds of the air, for they neither sow, nor do they reap, nor gather into barns: and your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are not you of much more value than they? [27] And which of you by taking thought, can add to his stature by one cubit? [28] And for raiment why are you solicitous? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they labour not, neither do they spin. [29] But I say to you, that not even Solomon in all his glory was arrayed as one of these. [30] And if the grass of the field, which is today, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, God doth so clothe: how much more you, O ye of little faith?
[31] Be not solicitous therefore, saying, What shall we eat: or what shall we drink, or wherewith shall we be clothed? [32] For after all these things do the heathens seek. For your Father knoweth that you have need of all these things. [33] Seek ye therefore first the kingdom of God, and his justice, and all these things shall be added unto you. [34] Be not therefore solicitous for tomorrow; for the morrow will be solicitous for itself. Sufficient for the day is the evil thereof.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017


(from the booklet "Devotion to the Sorrowful Mother")

Devotion to the sorrows of Mary is a source of great graces because it is
so pleasing to our Divine Lord. Many holy writers say that through her
sufferings Mary placed an obligation, as it were upon her Son, which
constrains Him to grant her whatever she asks of Him. As soon as we
sympathize with the sorrows of His Mother, we draw our Saviour to
ourselves. "He is," says St. Bernard, "at the disposal of those who
devoutly meditate on the sufferings of His Mother." Our Lord once said to
Bl. Veronica of Binasco: "My daughter, the tears which you shed in
compassion for My sufferings are pleasing to Me, but bear in mind that on
account of My excessive love for My Mother, the tears you shed in
compassion for her sufferings are still more precious."

There are, indeed, few devotions for which our Saviour has made greater
promises that for this one, and there are few that are more pleasing to


Through her martyrdom, Mary has become in a special way the comforter of
the afflicted. It was by her own experience of sorrow that she was taught
the sympathy which enables her to comfort her children in all their
afflictions. God gave her a mighty and a sympathetic heart for this great

For all God's children, the way to Heaven leads across the mount of Calvary
-- the way of trial and suffering. In the company of our Sorrowful Mother,
we walk more easily, fight more courageously, and suffer more patiently,
perseveringly and joyfully; for she holds up before us not only the example
of the sufferings and death of her Divine Son, but also the victory, the
joy and the glory which He has won through His sufferings.

How often do we grow impatient, fainthearted, despondent and inconstant in
suffering . . . how often without endurance, without resignation, full of
complaints and murmurings! Oh, let us deeply engrave in our hearts the
sorrows of Mary! May she, our Sorrowful Mother, ever be our model in
suffering, in the patient endurance of trials, and in the humble acceptance
of sorrows and afflictions. When the hand of God lays a heavy cross upon
our shoulders, let us turn to Mary Sorrowing, and we shall obtain
consolation and strength to carry the cross patiently and meritoriously.

The above is taken from Chapter 2 of the booklet "Devotion to the Sorrowful
Mother" published by TAN Books

Monday, September 4, 2017

Prayer reveals to souls the vanity of earthly goods and pleasures.  It fills them with light, strength and consolation; and gives them a foretaste of the calm bliss of our heavenly home.
 St. Rose of Viterbo