Finding Joy in the Cross

June 20

“I could not be happy without the Cross – I could not lay it down for all the world would give. With the Cross I am happy; but without it would be lost.”
                                                –Blessed Mary of the Cross MacKillop

A Dating Hiatus

“Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being “in love” which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.”

–Louis de Bernières, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

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Lord, Save Us!

June 18

“Whenever any grievous temptation or vehement sorrow oppresses thee, invoke they guardian, thy leader; cry out to him and say, ‘Lord, save us, lest we perish!'”
                                                                                    –St. Bernard

Where the Mother is, there also is the Son

June 17

Meditate often on the sorrows of the holy Mother, sorrows inseparable from those of her beloved Son. If you seek the Cross, there you will find the Mother and where the Mother is, there also is the Son.
                                                                        -St. Paul of the Cross

Deeper Needs and Greater Destinies

June 15

The great women always recall us to the deeper needs and the greater destinies; and so they try to save the world from the shallow, the slick, the facile, and the cruel, and to show us that the world of men is not meant to be either a battlefield or a laboratory, but a family.
                                                                                    –Gerald Vann, O. P.


June 14

“Give up prayer, and you no longer see the inwardness of things; you see only the surface. And with nothing to go by but effects, statistics, and evidence supplied by natural perceptions, you arrive at the wrong conclusions.”
                                                                        -Dom Hubert Van Zeller