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 on: Yesterday at 05:24:03 PM 
Started by CyrilSebastian - Last post by CyrilSebastian
                       Christians believe David composed Psalms 3 to 9 and 11 to 32.

 on: Yesterday at 03:27:54 AM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
'Be humble and courageous in not giving way to despondency on account of your faults or of the slight vexations and humiliations with which you may meet.'

St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

 on: April 23, 2018, 09:40:50 PM 
Started by CyrilSebastian - Last post by CyrilSebastian
                          Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, the wife of King Henry II of England, was a patron of the abbey   
                            of Fontevrault for sixty years. In 1170 Eleanor granted lands, timber and firewood to the abbey.

 on: April 23, 2018, 11:53:09 AM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
'In the spiritual life there are three degrees: the first may be called the animal life; this is the life of those who run after sensible devotion, which God generally gives to beginners, to allure them onwards by that sweetness to the spiritual life, just as an animal is drawn on by a sensible object.

The second degree may be called the human life; this is the life of those who do not experience any sensible sweetness, but by the help of virtue combat their own passions.

The third degree may be called the angelic life; this is the life which they come to, who, having been exercised for a long time in the taming of their own passions, receive from God a quiet, tranquil, and almost angelic life, even in this world, feeling no trouble or repugnance in anything. Of these three degrees it is well to persevere in the second, because the Lord will grant the third in His own good time.'

St. Philip Neri

 on: April 22, 2018, 07:36:04 PM 
Started by CyrilSebastian - Last post by CyrilSebastian
                      {A} Geranium Philippe Vapelle   
                      {B} Philippe Vapelle is a clump-forming perennial. Flowers have wide-open habit   
                            with notched petals. Flowers are bluish violet.   
                      {C} Saint Philip was born in Bethsaida, Galilee.

 on: April 22, 2018, 09:46:20 AM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
'True words from a pure conscience betoken unfeigned love.'

St. Thalassios the Libyan

 on: April 21, 2018, 10:44:02 PM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
From the kitchen window. . .

To the outside. . .

'Let everything in creation draw you to God. Refresh your mind with some innocent recreation and needful rest, if it were only to saunter through the garden or the fields, listening to the sermon preached by the flowers, the trees, the meadows, the sun, the sky, and the whole universe. You will find that they exhort you to love and praise God; that they excite you to extol the greatness of the Sovereign Architect Who has given them their being.'

St. Paul of the Cross

Some images from yesterday. I had a good time out today clearing away fallen branches in the yard. The robins and rabbits had to give way for a awhile. There's more to clear up and I am glad for the exercise. I am looking forwards to having everything looking good. I like the look of the old moss in variegated colors. It makes me think of virtue in all its different forms. Much of the plants are worn and dappled now, everything will become green throughout when if rainy days arrive.

Kyrie eleison.

 on: April 21, 2018, 12:12:30 PM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
'If we no longer fulfill the desires of the flesh, then with the Lord's help the evils within us will easily be eliminated.'

St. Mark the Ascetic

 on: April 20, 2018, 03:22:08 PM 
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'Brethren and fathers, since every beginning is difficult, the first fruits of the fast corresponding to the change of diet and of works of zeal produce a certain difficulty and roughness; but with persistence and practice it is soothed and softened; this is why it is written, No chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but grievous; nevertheless, afterwards it yields the peaceable fruit of justice to those who have been trained by it. And so let us too, who have been allowed to traverse the first week of the fast, become more enthusiastic for the future through experience, knowing that enthusiasm strengthens both soul and body, making what is heavy light and what is difficult easy. The opposite is true: idleness makes what is light heavy and what is easy difficult. However let us not strive beyond our power in our works of zeal, but with our spiritual father keep a watch over our bodily health also. For what use is there in walking too hard from the start and falling down more quickly, rather than attentively keeping in view the extent of the dwelling. But since the day with exertion is accustomed to produce despondency, let us sustain the soul with good pursuits and spiritual thoughts, not with those of a worldly sort, in which are emptiness, confusion, wretchedness and bitterness, but in ones in which are sweetness and joy. I remembered God, it says, and I was glad.

Our mind then should be on God, on heavenly sights, on the beauties of Paradise, on the everlasting dwellings, on the regime there, where the souls of the just and of sinners are now, on how the appearing of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ will be, in which, according to the sacred saying, the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up; then how each soul is going to take again its yoke-fellow the body, what a gathering that will be of every human from Adam to the final consummation, how great and fearful and more dazzling than the rays of the sun will be the face of Christ, what his voice that we shall hear, and last, what will be the final state of the just who are admitted into the kingdom of heaven and of the sinners who are sent away to eternal punishments. These, brethren, are the things that we should be caring about and thinking about, with which we should be occupied, since we live out of the world, and since we have our home in heaven and our lives have nothing in common with those who live according to the world; with these it is possible to be moved to compunction, to weep and to be enlightened, both to lead a life of peace here and to have hope of attaining the eternal good things to come, in Christ Jesus our Lord, to whom be glory and might, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and always and to the ages of ages. Amen.'

St. Theodore the Studite

 on: April 19, 2018, 05:15:28 PM 
Started by CyrilSebastian - Last post by CyrilSebastian
                   King William I of England made his intentions towards the Church clear in 1070, when he replaced the native Archbishop of   
                     Canterbury, Stigand, with his own man, Lanfranc. Most of England's bishops and abbots were replaced by Norman clerics.

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