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1  Forums / Submissions / Re: Prayer Quotes on: October 04, 2012, 03:28:43 PM
What wonderful quotes.  cross prayer

The following quote is taken from a beautifl little book by St. Alphonsus Liguori titled, A Short Treatise on Prayer. It can be found on Saints Books.

Pray, pray and never cease to pray; for, if you pray, your salvation is secured; if you neglect prayer, your perdition is inevitable.
St. Alphonsus Liguori.

I read a quote before (I don't know which saint) that said something like, "The difference between the greatest saint and the most depraved apostate is, the former prays, the latter does not.
2  Forums / Book Study / Re: Readings from Fr. John Furniss on: September 27, 2012, 04:39:14 PM
Fr. Furniss writings are so simplistic that even the chidren will understand.
You should pray to Fr. Furniss before you read Patricia that his words will inspire their little hearts.
3  Forums / Saints' & Spiritual Life General Discussion / Re: Quote for the Day on: September 27, 2012, 04:29:59 PM
I think you did the right thing Patricia. That place was more than too tough!

Sometimes it's not the destination, but it's the journey, and we're only meant to stop off at some places as wayposts, to learn a little, then move on!

 Grin You certainly showed some courage there!

Sometimes it's only in hindsight we can see the benefits of such crosses.
You were very brave Patricia.

If God gives you an abundant harvest of trials, it is a sign of great holiness which he desires you to attain. Do you want to become a great saint?
Ask God to to send you many sufferings. The flame of Divine Love never rises higher than when fed with the wood of the cross, which the infinite charity of the Savior used to finish His sacrifice. All pleasures of the world are nothing compared with the sweetness found in the gall and vinegar offered to Jesus Christ. That is, hard and painful things endured for Jesus Christ and with Jesus Christ.
St. Ignatius of Loyola

Sometimes while meditating on the Passion of Our Lord, it seems as if the Lord is inviting one to suffer with Him. I can never bring myself to ask Him to send me suffering; the best I can muster is to ask for the grace and courage to accept without complaining, those trials that come along each day.  Embarrassed
4  Forums / Book Study / Re: Book Study: Interior Castle - by St. Teresa of Avila on: September 23, 2012, 07:29:09 PM
As this is a very high subject beyond most people's experience, and as St. Teresa says, she trembles 'at the thought of speaking on such a subject', how can we at all have anything to say? But at least, we can appreciate, thank God, and recalling to mind the words of other saints, try in the smallest way to gain some further understanding.

Indeed Shin, These are great mysteries and while we can't experience them ourselves without divine revelation I take comfort from the very fact that these mysteries exist and we too will have them revealed -even if not in this life at least in the next- if by the grace and mercy of God we persevere.  Smiley

All these different aspects of our being used to confuse me no end; the will, the intelect, the heart, the soul, the spirit. I still don't understand the subtleties between the soul and the spirit but I've half gotten my head round the differences between intellect and will and maybe a slight notion about the difference between heart and soul.  Undecided
5  Forums / Saints' & Spiritual Life General Discussion / Re: Quote for the Day on: September 23, 2012, 06:16:14 PM
'It is better to pray devoutly for your neighbor than to rebuke him every time he sins.'

St. Mark the Ascetic
Absolutely!  There has to be a delicate balance between charitably correcting someone who has done something wrong and nagging them about it.  Praying for them is a great idea, however, and I am definitely going to try that next time I feel the urge to nag!  Cheesy

I will mention this here as it seems so relevant.
On Wednesday past I had a long chat with an old friend. I went to his work place as I didn't know how else to contact him. I had heard that he had split with his wife and was in an adulterous relationship for almost a year.

It was also providential that he had a few hours to spare as work wasn't particularly pressing that day. As we chatted over many cups of coffee the conversation eventually came round to his current situation. He told me that he was now living in an "irregular union" with another woman. I mentioned that his choice of words might be an obstacle to him recognizing the truth of his current situation and that if he were to use the words "adulterous union" it would more accurately describe the relationship. He agreed that this term was more correct.

The next day I attended the TLM which we now have at our local parish each Thursday. Before Mass the priest made a short announcement. He started by relating what happened while he was offering the TLM privately a few days before. He had a situation in which he could not see a possible solution. During the elevation of the Host and the Chalice he said that he placed this intention with Our Lord. An hour after Mass, the phone rang in his room. The phone call revealed that the situation had been resolved.

He told us that we should never underestimate the power of the Holy Mass and he said that during Mass he would allow adequate time at the elevation of the Host and Chalice for all present to place their petitions, and he as priest, standing in persona Christi, would ask the Lord to accept our petitions.

At the elevation, I prayed that my friend would be granted the grace to end his adulterous relationship and return to the Lord.

Yesterday morning (Saturday) he turned up at my door around 9 am. He asked if he could talk privately so I suggested we take a drive to the country. He informed me that on Friday night while laying in bed, he suddenly had a realisation of the seriousness of his situation and a great fear came over him. He was still visibly shaking while he was telling me this. He said that he had ended the relationship there and then and left.
I realized that he was in no fit state to be left on his own. He said he felt shell-shocked and although he would never be returning to the adulterous relationship he didn't know where to go from hear. I stayed with him for about 6 or seven hours and eventually by talking of the mercy of God and relating stories from the saints, he calmed down enough to the extent where he had determined to spend the rest of the evening examining his conscience and to seek confession the next day.

I haven't heard from him today but I had told him to contact me anytime he needed a friend to talk to.

It was a mentally exhausting time, but spiritually I am elated and overcome with gratitude to Our Blessed Lord and the Blessed Virgin.
I pray now for perseverance for him through the coming days and weeks and pray also for reconciliation with his family. That will take a miracle but nothing is impossible for God.

Please dear friends, pray one Hail Mary for him, his family and the other woman involved.

6  Forums / Catholic General Discussion / Re: We can also become Saints on: August 06, 2012, 05:55:18 PM
Welcome George.  Smiley
7  Forums / Prayer Requests / Re: Special Personal Intention on: August 06, 2012, 05:53:21 PM
Ave Maria, gratia plena,
Dominus tecum,
benedicta tu in mulieribus,
et benedictus fructus ventris tui Iesus.
Sancta Maria mater Dei,
ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae.  Amen

You are in my prayers Shin.
8  Forums / Prayer Requests / Re: Plese pray for my grand son on: August 06, 2012, 05:50:00 PM
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection,
implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To thee I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

For Jake.  cross prayer
9  Forums / Saints' & Spiritual Life General Discussion / Re: Quote for the Day on: August 06, 2012, 05:44:46 PM
Ah... those quotes are refreshment to the soul, Beautiful.

Listen to the sermon preached to you by the flowers, the trees, the shrubs, the sky, and the whole world. Notice how they preach to you a sermon full of love, of praise of God, and how they invite you to glorify the sublimity of that sovereign artist who has given them being.
St. Paul of the Cross

I've had this sermon preached to me over the past several days while away in Donegal. The foxes, birds, rabbits, butterflies, the sea, the hills and the glorious sunsets. How great is our God.  flower angel bell
10  Forums / Saints' & Spiritual Life General Discussion / Re: St. Thomas Aquinas - Quotes from on: July 15, 2012, 05:22:05 PM
St. Thomas and the saints could see things as they are. Must be because they practiced what they preached. Sin obscures everything. Avoiding sin helps one reason and think more clearly.

through sin, the reason is obscured, especially in practical matters, the will hardened to evil, good actions become more difficult, and concupiscence more impetuous.'

11  Forums / Everything Else / Re: Holy Quiz on: July 15, 2012, 05:11:52 PM
I once heard the answer to this but I've long since forgotten who it was.  Undecided
12  Forums / Prayer Requests / Re: Plese pray for my grand son on: July 15, 2012, 05:10:04 PM
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.

Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.

13  Forums / Saints' & Spiritual Life General Discussion / Re: The days are here -- Rescue his soul on: July 12, 2012, 07:04:36 PM
One of the important notes here is the idea of the Holy Mass, the most sacred liturgy, as instead of a sacred rite of holy sacrifice, of Our Lord's Sacrifice on Calvary..

The idea of it being a place for entertainment, of theater..

This is a great evil that has been at war with the Faith from the beginning. I read once a saint speaking of how the Jews would seek to draw Christians away from the Christian churches by making their gatherings in the synagogues great theater.

And the pagans would make their rites so as well, full of dances and entertaining music.

The Holy Mass is not for our entertainment. There is nothing more to be said.

Priests are priests to offer sacrifice, they are not entertainers on a stage.

I read once a person referring to some writings saying Our Lord once told a saint that He did not institute the Holy Mass so that He would be crucified repeatedly by the sins of the priests in giving it.

Lord have mercy on us and restore the Holy Mass.  cross prayer
All you martyrs of the Holy Eucharist pray fo us.  cross prayer
14  Forums / Saints' & Spiritual Life General Discussion / Re: Quotes from the Desert on: July 12, 2012, 06:42:34 PM
I'm of the belief that grace before and after meals will keep one healthy in mind and body though that isn't the reason why we should say grace but rather simply to give thanks to God for the food that sustains us.

One of the priests on Audio Sancto did a sermon on saying grace. He mentioned that in these times it's of the utmost importance to call a blessing down on everything we put into our mouthes, even a glass of water.
15  Forums / Saints' & Spiritual Life General Discussion / Re: Saint of the day and Feast days - Part 2 on: June 22, 2012, 07:58:59 AM
Has anyone wondered about Saint Lazarus? At the Saints thread at CAF, Reginator raised the point that the story of Lazarus in the Bible according to Saint Luke is a parable, not fact; and yet here we have him appearing on the Comprehensive Calender.
According to Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, St. Ambrose did not take it as a parable but a real fact.

I'd believe St. Ambrose over a poster at CAF. The fact that the Lord mentioned him by name (if it were a parable He could have simply referred to him as "a poor man") is more consistant with St. Ambrose' view.
16  Forums / Saints' & Spiritual Life General Discussion / Re: Quote for the Day on: June 21, 2012, 07:14:37 PM
'I thank God for having preserved me in the integrity of faith in the midst of an age that has brought forth so many heresies and scandalous opinions, and for the grace of never having held any opinion contrary to that of the Church. By a special protection of God, notwithstanding the many dangerous occasions wherein I might have been turned from the right path, I have always been on the side of truth.'

St. Vincent de Paul

A relevent quote too (probably even more so) for our times. If truth is truth, how can some say that truth can be different from one person to the next?
I'm beginning to learn (or as you would say odhiambo) the penny is dropping that once the truth is known, it ceases to be the truth if it is compromised. That's seems to be the reason why the Church has so many martyrs. When one reads the accounts it becomes clear that in many cases the martyr's life would have been spared if he/she had just shown a tiny little speck of compromise.
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