Monday, October 17, 2016
Saint Teresa of Avila
“It is not so essential to think much as to love much.”
“It is certain that the love of God does not consist in experiencing sweetness or tenderness of heart but in truly serving God in Justice, strength and humility.”
“Look for Christ Our Lord in everyone and you will then have respect and reverence for all.”
“So dearly does His Majesty love us that He will reward our love for our neighbor by increasing the love which we bear to Himself, and that in a thousand ways.”
“Let nothing disturb thee;
Let nothing dismay thee;
All thing pass;
God never changes.
Patience attains All that it strives for.
He who has God
Finds he lacks nothing:
God alone suffices.”
St. Teresa was one of Bishop Louis' favorite saints!
Saturday, October 15, 2016
“Living to please others is a very real form of bondage. It enslaves and destroys. The only way to be liberated is to carry our crosses and submit to the shame of pleasing God over men. We must learn to love our Savior more than praise and approval, for only then will we be truly free.” – The Catholic Gentleman
Monday, October 10, 2016
We must remember that if all the manifestly good men were on one side and all the manifestly bad men on the other, there would be no danger of anyone, least of all the elect, being deceived by lying wonders. It is the good men, good once, we must hope good still, who are to do the work of Anti-Christ and so sadly to crucify the Lord afresh…. Bear in mind this feature of the last days, that this deceitfulness arises from good men being on the wrong side.
(Fr. Frederick Faber, Sermon for Pentecost Sunday, 1861; qtd. in Fr. Denis Fahey, The Mystical Body of Christ in the Modern World
Monday, October 3, 2016
Many years ago, I read in a booklet about the "Tuesdays with St. Therese" prayer. It's so simple and really isn't that what her "Little Way" was all about?
All you do is say 3 Hail Marys on Tuesday in her honor. I promise she will "gift" you during the day. Sometimes it's something little like a phone call from an old friend or finding something that you lost. But sometimes it's something really big and wonderful like a lost soul returning to the faith or a huge debt taken away from you. Also, beware that it can be something "devastating" but those were few and far between. The reason for the quotes around devastating is that those times were very hard but ended up being for the best.
So on this feast day of one of my favorite saints, I'd like to leave you with that - try it and you will see what a really wonderful, fun saint she is!!
Sunday, October 2, 2016
Today, Father Bernard had another stellar sermon - this time on the feast of the Holy Rosary (which is our parish's feast day) and how the Muslims today are still trying to do what they have done throughout history - wipe out Christianity! I found this list on another website and thought it was interesting and very timely. Please note that especially #5 was defeated through the recitation of the rosary:
Even many Catholics are unaware that Mohammendans have tried to stamp out Western Civilization and the Catholic Church on six major occasions:
- In 846 the Mohammedans raided Rome.
- In 711 the Mohammedans took city after city in Spain, which they retained until King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella retook the Alhambra in 1492.
- In 732 the Mohammedans would have conquered Western Europe, had not the Franks under Charles Martel "The Hammer" (Carolus Martellus) beaten their immense army in the battle of Tours.
- In 1565 the Mohammedans tried to conquer Malta, but were defeated by the Catholic forces.
- On October 7, 1571, Pope St. Pius V's admiral defeated a far larger contingent of Mohammedans in the Battle of Lepanto.
- On September 11, 1683, Poland's great military leader, and later king, John III (Sobieski), commanding a woefully outnumbered Christian army mustered by Pope Innocent XI, stormed the enemy camp of the Mohammedans and miraculously routed the Muslim invaders in Vienna.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
The great St. Antony, the abbot who had spent long years in the desert, passing whole nights in prayer and performing severe penances, aware of how important the virtue of humility is in the spiritual life, asked God to make him profoundly humble.
In answer to his prayer, the Almighty directed him to visit two ladies in the neighboring city, who though simple and unpretentious in their manner of life, were, so God told Antony, holier than he who had spent long years in the practice of rigorous penance and unceasing prayer.
On entering their home, the Saint sought to discover the secret of such remarkable holiness; he asked them many questions as to the fasts they made, the length of their prayers, their austerities and the like, so that he might imitate them.
He was not a little surprised to learn that they did nothing exceptional. They observed the fasts of the Church; they said their prayers devoutly; they gave what little alms they could afford; they frequented the Sacraments, heard daily Mass and practiced the ordinary Christian virtues.
What impressed the Saint most was that they loved God very simply but very sincerely. God was the great reality in their lives. They did all their actions for love of Him. They performed their daily duties, seeing God in all they did.
They accepted what happened to them, joys as well as sorrows, as coming directly from His hand.
That was all, but it sufficed to explain to the Saint the secret of their wonderful sanctity, viz., they performed their duties well and they loved God. There are thousands of such hidden, ordinary saints in the Church now, as there have been at all times.