Without Difficulty


July 15

“Everyone knows that a guide is needed in order to climb a mountain without difficulty.  The same thing happens when it is a matter of a spiritual climb…and even more so in that here one must avoid the pitfalls set by the devil, who dearly wants to bring us down.'”
The Three Ages of the Interior Life,
Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange

The Way, the Truth and the Life


July 14

“Our sensible appetites, inclined to sensuality and to sloth, need to be vivified by contact with the virginal body of Christ, who endured most frightful sufferings for love of us.  We, who are always inclined to pride, to lack of consideration, to forgetfulness of the greatest truths, to spiritual folly, need to be illumined by contact with the sovereignly luminous intellect of the Savior, who is ‘the way, the truth, and the life.'”
The Three Ages of the Interior Life,
Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange

Secret Union with God


July 13

“The experience of contemplative prayer ‘is a delightful, loving attention, at times a dry purifying desire, at other times a strong thirsting for Him.  In the beginnings it is usually delicate and brief, but as it develops it becomes burning, powerful, absorbing, prolonged.  Always it is transformative of the person.'”
Fire Within, Thomas Dubay, S.M.

Infinite Goodness


July 8

“Nevertheless, He has willed that correspondence on the part of human beings is necessary, and has consequently placed in our nature the capacity for disposing ourselves towards receiving the supernatural action of grace.  Through cultivating human virtues–resilience, loyalty, truthfulness, affection, courtesy–we prepare our soul in the best possible way for the action of the Holly Spirit.”
                                                                 -In Conversation with God
                                                                by Francis Fernandez

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Holiness


July 7

“My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden.
For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed;
for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
And his mercy is on those who fear him
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm,
he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts,
he has put down the mighty from their thrones,
and exalted those of low degree;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent empty away.
He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
as he spoke to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his posterity for ever.”
-Luke 1: 46-55 (RSV)