Weeping but full of hope

April 30

Feast of Pope St. Pius V

“… seeing that the Church militant, which God has placed in our hands, in these our times is tossed this way and that by so many heresies, and is grievously troubled and afflicted by so many wars, and by the depraved morals of men, we also raise our eyes, weeping but full of hope, unto that same mountain, whence every aid comes forth, and we encourage and admonish each member of Christ’s faithful to do likewise in the Lord.”

-Pope St. Pius V (on praying the Rosary)

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Endure courageously

April 29

Feast of St. Catherine of Siena (1347 – 1380)

“You asked for suffering…You were, in effect, asking for love and light and knowledge of the truth. For suffering and sorrow increase in proportion to love. When love grows, so does sorrow … Endure courageously, then.”

-From The Dialogue of St. Catherine of Siena

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Powerful aid for help

April 28

Feast of St. Louis Grignion de Montfort (1673 – 1716)

“… the greatest saints, the souls richest in graces and virtues, shall be the most assiduous in praying to our Blessed Lady, and in having her always present as their perfect model for imitation and their powerful aid for help.”

-St. Louis de Montfort

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Grace increases in the struggle

April 26

“Our Lord and Savior lifted up his voice and said with incomparable majesty: ‘Let all men know that grace comes after tribulation. Let them know that without the burden of afflictions it is impossible to reach the height of grace. Let them know that the gifts of grace increase as the struggles increase.’”

-St. Rose of Lima

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