Will of God


September 20

Feast of Sts. Andrew Kim Taegon, Priest and Martyr; Paul Chong Hasang, and Companions, Martyr

Hold fast to the will of God and with all your heart fight the good fight under the leadership of Jesus; conquer again the diabolical power of this world that Christ has already vanquished.

                                                                        -St. Andrew Kim Taegon Read the rest…

Custody of the Senses


September 18

God be in my head

And in my understanding;

God be in my eyes

And in my looking;

God be in my mouth

And in my speaking;

God be in my heart

And in my thinking;

God be at my end

And in my departing.

                                                             -The Sarum Missal (11th C.) Read the rest…

Reward


September 17

Feast of St. Robert Bellarmine (1542 – 1621)

Is it not true that you promise those who keep your commandments a reward more desirable than great wealth and sweeter than honey? You promise a most abundant reward, for as your apostle James says: ‘The Lord has prepared a crown of life for those who love him.’ What is this crown of life? It is surely a greater good than we can conceive of or desire, as Saint Paul says, quoting Isaiah: ‘Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, nor has it so much as dawned on man what God has prepared for those who love him.’”

                                                                        -St. Robert Bellarmine Read the rest…

Shared Love

September 16

Feast of St. Cornelius, Pope and Martyr (D. 253)

and St. Cyprian, Bishop and Martyr  (D. 258)

By that shared love which binds us closely together, we are doing all we can to exhort our congregation, to give ourselves unceasingly to fastings, vigils and prayers in common. These are the heavenly weapons which give us the strength to stand firm and endure; they are the spiritual defenses, the God-given armaments that protect us.

                                                -St. Cyprian in a letter to St. Cornelius Read the rest…

Our Lady of Sorrows



September 15, Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows

Our Lord and Our Lady

They warned Our Lady for the Child

That was Our Blessed Lord,

And She took Him into the desert wild,

Over the camel’s ford.

 

And a long song She sang to Him

And a short story told:

And She wrapped Him in a woolen cloak

To keep Him from the cold.

 

But when Our Lord was grown a man

The Rich they dragged Him down,

And they crucified Him in Golgotha,

Out and beyond the Town.

 

They crucified Him on Calvary,

Upon an April day;

And because He had been her little Son

She followed Him all the way.

 

Our Lady stood beside the Cross,

A little space apart,

And when She heard Our Lord cry out

A sword went through Her Heart.

 

They laid Our Lord in a marble tomb,

Dead, in a winding sheet.

But Our Lady stands above the world

With the white Moon at Her feet.

                                                                                    -Hilaire Belloc Read the rest…

Faithful Cross


September 14

Feast of the Triumph of the Cross

“Faithful Cross, above all other, one and only noble tree…Sweet the wood, and sweet the iron, and thy load, most sweet is He.”

                                                                        -Venantius Fortunatus

Today’s Reflection:

In what one area of my life have I most recently seen the liberating power of Christ’s Cross? Today, I will offer a sacrifice of praise for His gracious mercy.

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Good Resolutions


September 13

Feast of St. John Chrysostom (D. 407)

When we once begin to form good resolutions, God gives us every opportunity to carry them out.

                                                                        -St. John Chrysostom

Today’s Reflection:

How is God giving me every opportunity to carry out my good resolutions? Am I doing a good job?

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Hang In and Hang On


September 12

Perilous times, difficult circumstances, tenuous situations, and heartrending trials form the crucible in which hope is tested, refined, purified, and proven. When everything natural tells us to give up and give in, hope springs from the eternal and tells us to hang in and hang on.

                                                                        -Johnnette Benkovic Read the rest…

Strong and Simple Unity


September 10

We Christians cannot resign ourselves to leading a double life – our life must be strong and simple unity into which all our actions converge.

                                                                        -St. Josemaria Escriva Read the rest…