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…

Pray and Sacrifice

August 13

August 13

Pray. Pray and sacrifice yourselves for sinners, for many souls go to hell because they have no one to sacrifice or pray for them.

                                                                  -Blessed Virgin Mary  (Fatima, August 13, 1917)                                                    Read the rest…

Humility

August 12

August 12

It is amusing to see souls who, while they are at prayer, fancy they are willing to be despised and publicly insulted for the love of God, yet afterwards do all they can to hide their small defects; if anyone unjustly accuses them of a fault, God deliver us from their outcries!

                                                                                    -St. Teresa of Avila Read the rest…

A Place at the Divine Banquet

August 11

August 11

Feast of St. Clare, Virgin (1193 – 1253)

 “Happy indeed is she who is granted a place at the divine banquet, for she may cling with her inmost heart to him whose beauty eternally awes the blessed hosts of heaven; to him whose love inspires love, whose contemplation refreshes, whose generosity satisfies, whose gentleness delights, whose memory shines sweetly as the dawn; to him whose fragrance revives the dead, and whose glorious vision will bless all the citizens of that heavenly Jerusalem.”

                                                                                               - St. Clare Read the rest…

The Lord’s Garden

August 10

August 10

Feast of St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr

 “I tell you again and again, my brethren, that in the Lord’s garden are to be found not only the roses of His martyrs. In it there are also the lilies of the virgins, the ivy of wedded couples, and the violets of widows.

                                           -St. Augustine on the Feast of St. Lawrence Read the rest…

The Way of Faith

August 9

August 9

Feast of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, Edith Stein  (1891 – 1942)

 “The way of faith gives us more than the way of philosophical thought: it gives us God, near to us as person, who loves us and deals with us mercifully, giving us that security which human knowledge cannot give. But the way of faith is dark.

                                                            -St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross Read the rest…

Steadfast Follower

August 8

August 8

Feast of St. Dominic, Priest  (1170 – 1221)

 “I knew him as a steadfast follower of the apostolic way of life. There is no doubt that he is in heaven, sharing in the glory of the apostles themselves.

                                                -Pope Gregory IX about St. Dominic Read the rest…