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 on: Today at 10:19:43 AM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
'A word suffices, sometimes, to dispose us to mental prayer. "Our Father, Who art in heaven" - pronounce those words, and then let the heart act.'

St. Paul of the Cross

 on: Today at 09:34:29 AM 
Started by CyrilSebastian - Last post by Shin
Ho ho, you forgot the (R) on it!

I have two hydrangea, of another variety, I do not know if they have survived the winter yet, and so far they have not grown high enough to blossom. Perhaps they will tell me a bit about the soil I have if they are the kind that change color depending on it.

St. Catherine of Siena, pray for us!

 on: Today at 09:32:02 AM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
'Yes, the priest stands at the altar, the priest stands there and makes a long supplication, not in order that fire from heaven may consume the things that lie to open view, but that grace, lighting on the Sacrifice, may thereby in flame the souls of all, and show them brighter than silver purified in the fire. Art thou ignorant that the soul of man could never bear this fire of the Sacrifice, but that all would be utterly consumed, were not the aid of the grace of God abundant? For if one would but consider how great a thing it is for a mortal, and one still clothed with flesh and blood, to be enabled to be nigh to that blessed and immortal nature, he would then see how great an honor the grace of the Spirit has vouchsafed to priests.'

St. John Chrysostom

 on: Today at 09:31:17 AM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
I recall that back when I was younger I thought that the saints given the title 'Confessors' were because they were very good at Confession. Cheesy

But the title 'Confessor' is actually for those saints who made a splendid confession of the Faith before the world.

 on: Today at 09:25:10 AM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
The virtue for meditation for today is. . .

A true confession of faith.

 on: Today at 09:23:12 AM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
'First of all, consideration purifies the very fountain, that is the mind, from which it springs. Then it governs the affections, directs our actions, corrects excesses, softens the manners, adorns and regulates the life, and, lastly, bestows the knowledge of things divine and human alike. It is consideration that brings order out of disorder, puts in the links, pulls things together, investigates mysteries, traces the truth, weighs probabilities, exposes shams and counterfeits. It is consideration which arranges beforehand what is to be done, and ponders what is accomplished, so that nothing faulty, or needing correction, may settle in the mind.'

St. Bernard of Clairvaux

 on: Yesterday at 02:39:31 PM 
Started by CyrilSebastian - Last post by CyrilSebastian
                   {A} Little Quick Fire Hydrangea   
                   {B} A hydrangea with white flowers that take on pink-red tones as the Summer progresses.   
                   {C} St. Catherine of Siena is the patroness of fire.

 on: Yesterday at 09:59:17 AM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
        Act of Humility
        from the Small Roman Missal

        O GOD of sanctity! Who am I, that Thou shouldst come to me? "The heavens are not pure in Thy sight," and wilt Thou dwell in my heart? "Lord! I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof."

        The consciousness of my unworthiness would prompt me to exclaim: "Depart from me, O Lord! For I am a sinner." But oh, the wonderful condescension of Thy love! Thy pressing invitation encourages me, and dispels my fears. "Here I am, for Thou didst call me." Come then, O Jesus! Take possession of a heart that wishes to belong to Thee. "Behold! They that go far from Thee shall perish."

        But, O my God! this house of my heart is too narrow for Thee: do Thou enlarge it; it is falling to ruin; do Thou repair it; it has been defiled by sin: do Thou cleanse and purify it. Look Thou upon me, and have mercy on me. Oh, heal my soul, for I have sinned against Thee! Let Thy tender mercies come unto me, and I shall live!

        Lord! I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; say but the word, and my soul shall be healed.

 on: Yesterday at 09:58:11 AM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
'For the rest, brethren, whatsoever is true, whatsoever is modest, whatsoever is just, whatsoever is pure, whatsoever is amiable, whatsoever is gracious, if there is any virtue, if there is any discipline worthy of praise, think on these.'

Philippians 4:8

 on: Yesterday at 06:25:19 AM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
'The fervour of spirituality is usually very great in the beginning, but afterwards, the Lord fingit se longius ire, makes as though He would go farther: in such a case we must stand firm and not be disturbed, because God is then withdrawing His most holy Hand of sweetnesses, to see if we are strong; and then, if we resist and overcome those tribulations and temptations, the sweetnesses and heavenly consolations return.'

St. Philip Neri

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