Ladder to Heaven

August 23

August 23

Feast of St. Rose of Lima, Virgin  (1586 – 1617)

 “Apart from the cross there is no other ladder by which we may get to heaven.

                                                                                    -St. Rose of Lima Read the rest…

Feast of the Queenship of Mary

August 22

August 22

Feast of the Queenship of Mary

 “Mary, Queen of Peace, is close to the women of our day because of her motherhood, her example of openness to others’ needs, and her witness of suffering.

                                                                                    -St. Pope John Paul II Read the rest…

Responding to Our Creator

August 20

August 20

 “Of all the movements, sensations and feelings of the soul, love is the only one in which the creature can respond to the Creator and make some sort of similar return however unequal though it be.

                                                                                                -St. Bernard Read the rest…

Giving Ourselves to God

August 19

August 19

Feast of St. John Eudes (1601 – 1680)

 “Let us therefore give ourselves to God with a great desire to begin to live thus, and beg Him to destroy in us the life of the world of sin, and to establish His life within us.

                                                                                     -St. John Eudes Read the rest…

Leave the “Doing” to God

August 18

August 18

Feast of St. Jane Frances de Chantal (1572 – 1641)

 “Hold your eyes on God and leave the doing to him. That is all the doing you have to worry about.” 

                                                                                  -St. Jane de Chantal Read the rest…

God’s Mercy

August 17

August 17

It is not our perfection which is to dazzle God, Who is surrounded by myriads of angels. No, it is our misery, our wretchedness avowed which draws down His mercy.

                                                -Blessed Columba Marmion, O.S.B. Read the rest…

Be Honorable

August 16

August 16

Feast of St. Stephen of Hungary (969 – 1038)

 “Be strong lest prosperity lift you up too much or adversity cast you down. Be humble in this life, that God may raise you up in the next. Be truly moderate and do not punish or condemn anyone immoderately. Be gentle so that you may never oppose justice. Be honorable so that you may never voluntarily bring disgrace upon anyone. Be chaste so that you may avoid all the foulness of lust like the pangs of death.

                                                                                    -St. Stephen Read the rest…

Queen of Heaven

August 15

August 15

Feast of the Assumption

 Who is she that ascends so high,

Next the Heavenly King,

Round about whom Angels fly

And her praises sing?

Who is she that, adorned with light,

Makes the sun her robe,

At whose feet the queen of night

Lays her changing globe?

To that crown direct their eyes,

Which her head attires;

There thou mayest her name descry

Writ in starry fires.

This is she in whose pure womb

Heaven’s Prince remained;

Therefore in no earthly tomb

Can she be contained.

Heaven she was, which held that fire,

Whence the world took light,

And to Heaven doth now aspire

Flames with flames t’ unite.

She that did so clearly shine

When our day begun,

See how bright her beams decline

Now she sits with the Sun.

                                    -Sir John Beaumont (1583 – 1627) Read the rest…

Silence

August 14

August 14

The fruit of silence is prayer, the fruit of prayer is faith, the fruit of faith is love, and the fruit of love is silence.

                                                                        -St. Teresa of Calcutta Read the rest…