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…


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…


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…

“Being” rather than “Having”

August 7

August 7

It is not wrong to want to live better; what is wrong is a style of life which is presumed to be better when it is directed toward ‘having’ rather than ‘being.’

                                                                                    -Pope Saint John Paul II Read the rest…

To Show Us the Way

August 6

August 6

Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

 “Jesus goes before us to show us the way, both up the mountain and into heaven, and – I speak boldly – it is for us now to follow him with all speed, yearning for that heavenly vision that will give us a share in his radiance, renew our spiritual nature and transform us into his likeness, making us forever sharers in his Godhead and raising us to heights as yet undreamed of.

                                                            -Anastasius of Sinai, Bishop Read the rest…