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17  Forums / Everything Else / The Praises of Blessed Mary, Ever Virgin Queen of Heaven and Earth on: November 20, 2020, 05:45:20 PM
After reading a little bit of the Glories of Mary I decided that opening a thread dedicated to celebrating the praises of our Blessed Queen of Mercy would be a salutary endeavor.

Blessed be God whose Almighty Perfection produced the perfect creature the Ever Virgin Theotokos Mary!
Blessed be Mary in whose body and soul, heart and mind the fullness of grace was infused by God!
Blessed be Mary, Virgin and Mother, Queen and Handmaiden!
Blessed be Mary, Queen of God's Kingdom, whose prayers bring all the saved safely to heaven!
Blessed be Mary, among creatures there is none like her, beautiful and pure, holy and clean!
Blessed be Mary, Mother of our Saviour, Jesus she bore, the Father's luminous brilliance she suckled, the True Light she swaddled!
Blessed be Mary, Mother of all Christians, whose loving maternal care is only exceeded by God!
Blessed be Mary, Destroyer of all heresies, for you alone have destroyed all heresies in the whole world!
Blessed be Mary, Angel adored, who believed the word of the Archangel Gabriel!
Blessed be Mary, Virgin Conceiver, A virgin still, you gave your flesh to the Word and obedience to God!
Blessed be Mary, humble handmaiden, you are exalted because of your humility, all the angels and saints bless you for what you have done!
18  Forums / Book Study / Re: The Five Books of Psalms on: November 20, 2020, 05:14:37 PM
Psalm 9 which is Psalm 9&10 for the Septuagint
In finem, pro occultis filii. Psalmus David.
2 Confitebor tibi, Domine, in toto corde meo; narrabo omnia mirabilia tua.
3 Laetabor et exsultabo in te; psallam nomini tuo, Altissime.
4 In convertendo inimicum meum retrorsum; infirmabuntur, et peribunt a facie tua.
5 Quoniam fecisti judicium meum et causam meam; sedisti super thronum, qui judicas justitiam.
6 Increpasti gentes, et periit impius: nomen eorum delesti in aeternum, et in saeculum saeculi.
7 Inimici defecerunt frameae in finem, et civitates eorum destruxisti. Periit memoria eorum cum sonitu;
8 et Dominus in aeternum permanet. Paravit in judicio thronum suum,
9 et ipse judicabit orbem terrae in aequitate: judicabit populos in justitia.
10 Et factus est Dominus refugium pauperi; adjutor in opportunitatibus, in tribulatione.
11 Et sperent in te qui noverunt nomen tuum, quoniam non dereliquisti quaerentes te, Domine.
12 Psallite Domino qui habitat in Sion; annuntiate inter gentes studia ejus:
13 quoniam requirens sanguinem eorum recordatus est; non est oblitus clamorem pauperum.
14 Miserere mei, Domine: vide humilitatem meam de inimicis meis,
15 qui exaltas me de portis mortis, ut annuntiem omnes laudationes tuas in portis filiae Sion:
16 exultabo in salutari tuo. Infixae sunt gentes in interitu quem fecerunt; in laqueo isto quem absconderunt comprehensus est pes eorum.
17 Cognoscetur Dominus judicia faciens; in operibus manuum suarum comprehensus est peccator.
18 Convertantur peccatores in infernum, omnes gentes quae obliviscuntur Deum.
19 Quoniam non in finem oblivio erit pauperis; patientia pauperum non peribit in finem.
20 Exsurge, Domine; non confortetur homo: judicentur gentes in conspectu tuo.
21 Constitue, Domine, legislatorem super eos, ut sciant gentes quoniam homines sunt.
22 Ut quid, Domine, recessisti longe; despicis in opportunitatibus, in tribulatione?
23 Dum superbit impius, incenditur pauper: comprehenduntur in consiliis quibus cogitant.
24 Quoniam laudatur peccator in desideriis animae suae, et iniquus benedicitur.
25 Exacerbavit Dominum peccator: secundum multitudinem irae suae, non quaeret.
26 Non est Deus in conspectu ejus; inquinatae sunt viae illius in omni tempore. Auferuntur judicia tua a facie ejus; omnium inimicorum suorum dominabitur.
27 Dixit enim in corde suo: Non movebor a generatione in generationem, sine malo.
28 Cujus maledictione os plenum est, et amaritudine, et dolo; sub lingua ejus labor et dolor.
29 Sedet in insidiis cum divitibus in occultis, ut interficiat innocentem.
30 Oculi ejus in pauperem respiciunt; insidiatur in abscondito, quasi leo in spelunca sua. Insidiatur ut rapiat pauperem; rapere pauperem dum attrahit eum.
31 In laqueo suo humiliabit eum; inclinabit se, et cadet cum dominatus fuerit pauperum.
32 Dixit enim in corde suo: Oblitus est Deus; avertit faciem suam, ne videat in finem.
33 Exsurge, Domine Deus, exaltetur manus tua; ne obliviscaris pauperum.
34 Propter quid irritavit impius Deum? dixit enim in corde suo: Non requiret.
35 Vides, quoniam tu laborem et dolorem consideras, ut tradas eos in manus tuas. Tibi derelictus est pauper; orphano tu eris adjutor.
36 Contere brachium peccatoris et maligni; quaeretur peccatum illius, et non invenietur.
37 Dominus regnabit in aeternum, et in saeculum saeculi; peribitis, gentes, de terra illius.
38 Desiderium pauperum exaudivit Dominus; praeparationem cordis eorum audivit auris tua:
39 judicare pupillo et humili, ut non apponat ultra magnificare se homo super terram.
Douay Rheims
Unto the end, for the hidden things of the Son. A psalm for David.
2 I will give praise to thee, O Lord, with my whole heart: I will relate all thy wonders.
3 I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing to thy name, O thou most high.
4 When my enemy shall be turned back: they shall be weakened and perish before thy face.
5 For thou hast maintained my judgment and my cause: thou hast sat on the throne, who judgest justice.
6 Thou hast rebuked the Gentiles, and the wicked one hath perished: thou hast blotted out their name for ever and ever.
7 The swords of the enemy have failed unto the end: and their cities thou hast destroyed. Their memory hath perished with a noise.
8 But the Lord remaineth for ever. He hath prepared his throne in judgment:
9 And he shall judge the world in equity, he shall judge the people in justice.
10 And the Lord is become a refuge for the poor: a helper in due time in tribulation.
11 And let them trust in thee who know thy name: for thou hast not forsaken them that seek thee, O Lord.
12 Sing ye to the Lord, who dwelleth in Sion: declare his ways among the Gentiles:
13 For requiring their blood he hath remembered the: he hath not forgotten the cry of the poor.
14 Have mercy on me, O Lord: see my humiliation which I suffer from my enemies.
15 Thou that liftest me up from the gates of death, that I may declare all thy praises in the gates of the daughter of Sion.
16 I will rejoice in thy salvation: the Gentiles have stuck fast in the destruction which they have prepared. Their foot hath been taken in the very snare which they hid.
17 The Lord shall be known when he executeth judgments: the sinner hath been caught in the works of his own hands.
18 The wicked shall be turned into hell, all the nations that forget God.
19 For the poor man shall not be forgotten to the end: the patience of the poor shall not perish for ever.
20 Arise, O Lord, let not man be strengthened: let the Gentiles be judged in thy sight.
21 Appoint, O Lord, a lawgiver over them: that the Gentiles may know themselves to be but men.
22 Why, O Lord, hast thou retired afar off? why dost thou slight us in our wants, in the time of trouble?
23 Whilst the wicked man is proud, the poor is set on fire: they are caught in the counsels which they devise.
24 For the sinner is praised in the desires of his soul: and the unjust man is blessed.
25 The sinner hath provoked the Lord according to the multitude of his wrath he will not seek him:
26 God is not before his eyes: his ways are filthy at all times. Thy judgments are removed from his sight: he shall rule over all his enemies.
27 For he hath said in his heart: I shall not be moved from generation to generation, and shall be without evil.
28 His mouth is full of cursing, and of bitterness, and of deceit: under his tongue are labour and sorrow.
29 He sitteth in ambush with the rich in private places, that he may kill the innocent.
30 His eyes are upon the poor man: He lieth in wait in secret like a lion in his den. He lieth in ambush that he may catch the poor man: to catch the poor, whilst he draweth him to him.
31 In his net he will bring him down, he will crouch and fall, when he shall have power over the poor.
32 For he hath said in his heart: God hath forgotten, he hath turned away his face not to see to the end.
33 Arise, O Lord God, let thy hand be exalted: forget not the poor.
34 Wherefore hath the wicked provoked God? for he hath said in his heart: He will not require it.
35 Thou seest it, for thou considerest labour and sorrow: that thou mayst deliver them into thy hands. To thee is the poor man left: thou wilt be a helper to the orphan.
36 Break thou the arm of the sinner and of the malignant: his sin shall be sought, and shall not be found.
37 The Lord shall reign to eternity, yea, for ever and ever: ye Gentiles shall perish from his land.
38 The Lord hath heard the desire of the poor: thy ear hath heard the preparation of their heart.
39 To judge for the fatherless and for the humble, that man may no more presume to magnify himself upon earth.
Brenton Septuagint
1For the end, a Psalm of David, concerning the secrets of the Son. I will give thanks to thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will recount all thy wonderful works.
2I will be glad and exult in thee: I will sing to thy name, O thou Most High.
3When mine enemies are turned back, they shall be feeble and perish at thy presence.
4For thou hast maintained my cause and my right; thou satest on the throne, that judgest righteousness.
5Thou hast rebuked the nations, and the ungodly one has perished; thou hast blotted out their name for ever, even for ever and ever.
6The swords of the enemy have failed utterly; and thou hast destroyed cities: their memorial has been destroyed with a noise,
7but the Lord endures for ever: he has prepared his throne for judgment.
8And he will judge the world in righteousness, he will judge the nations in uprightness.
9The Lord also is become a refuge for the poor, a seasonable help, in affliction.
10And let them that know thy name hope in thee: for thou, O Lord, hast not failed them that diligently seek thee.
11Sing praises to the Lord, who dwells in Sion: declare his dealings among the nations.
12For he remembered them, in making inquisition for blood: he has not forgotten the supplication of the poor.
13Have mercy upon me, O Lord; look upon my affliction which I suffer of mine enemies, thou that liftest me up from the gates of death:
14that I may declare all thy praises in the gates of the daughter of Sion: I will exult in thy salvation.
15The heathen are caught in the destruction which they planned: in the very snare which they hid is their foot taken.
16The Lord is known as executing judgments: the sinner is taken in the works of his hands. A song of Pause.
17Let sinners be driven away into Hades, even all the nations that forget God.
18For the poor shall not be forgotten for ever: the patience of the needy ones shall not perish for ever.
19Arise, O Lord, let not man prevail: let the heathen be judged before thee.
20Appoint, O Lord, a lawgiver over them: let the heathen know that they are men. Pause.
Psalm 10
1Why standest thou afar off, O Lord? why dost thou overlook us in times of need, in affliction?
2While the ungodly one acts proudly, the poor is hotly pursued: the wicked are taken in the crafty counsels which they imagine.
3Because the sinner praises himself for the desires of his heart; and the unjust one blesses himself.
4The sinner has provoked the Lord: according to the abundance of his pride he will not seek after him: God is not before him.
5His ways are profane at all times; thy judgments are removed from before him: he will gain the mastery over all his enemies.
6For he has said in his heart, I shall not be moved, continuing without evil from generation to generation.
7Whose mouth is full of cursing, and bitterness, and fraud: under his tongue are trouble and pain.
8He lies in wait with rich men in secret places, in order to slay the innocent: his eyes are set against the poor.
9He lies in wait in secret as a lion in his den: he lies in wait to ravish the poor, to ravish the poor when he draws him after him: he will bring him down in his snare.
10He will bow down and fall when he has mastered the poor.
11For he has said in his heart, God has forgotten: he has turned away his face so as never to look.
12Arise, O Lord God; let thy hand be lifted up: forget not the poor.
13Wherefore, has the wicked provoked God? for he has said in his heart, He will not require it.
14Thou seest it; for thou dost observe trouble and wrath, to deliver them into thy hands: the poor has been left to thee; thou wast a helper to the orphan.
15Break thou the arm of the sinner and wicked man: his sin shall be sought for, and shall not be found.
16The Lord shall reign for ever, even for ever and ever: ye Gentiles shall perish out his land.
17The Lord has heard the desire of the poor: thine ear has inclined to the preparation of their heart;
18to plead for the orphan and afflicted, that man may no more boast upon the earth.
19  Forums / Saints' & Spiritual Life General Discussion / Re: Quote for the Night on: November 20, 2020, 04:11:01 PM
"Doctrine without assisting grace, although it comes in through the ears, never descends to the heart; it makes a great noise outside, but inside it profits nothing. However, the word of God brought in through the ears ultimately reaches to the heart when the grace of God touches the mind interiorly so that it might be understood. For just as God illuminates people with the flame of His divine love so that they might understand in a life-giving manner, so also he deserts the frigid and lazy so that they persist without awareness." Saint Isidore of Seville Sententiae Book 3 Chapter 10 verse 1&2
20  Forums / Everything Else / Re: Learn how to pray on: November 20, 2020, 01:23:48 AM
And now a word about prayer: prayer should be short, except when it is inspired by the Holy Spirit. It is enough to say Benedictus Dominus Deus! Or Blessed be God! Jesus I love you, make me the temple of Thy Spirit! Father, help me to be truly Thy son! Holy Virgin, Mary, purest and fairest creature, pray for me who am so miserable! God free me from the bondage of sin!
The point is to lift the mind to the realm of heavenly possibilities! When we are baptized into the baptism of Christ, we are baptized into the infinite possibilities of God! With Him all things are possible! We can move mountains, tame lions, overcome any obstacle, scale the highest wall, defeat the greatest of strongholds, all by the power of Almighty God and holy prayer! There is the pray of purification. There is the prayer of illumination. There is the prayer of unification. There is the prayer inspired by our life. There is the prayer that is inspired by the saints. There is the prayer inspired by the angels. There is the prayer inspired by the prophets. There is the prayer inspired by the Apostles. There is the prayer, given for our salvation, which is the Lord's Prayer. O Holy of holies! The Lord's Prayer is great and mighty, rich in graces, abundant in blessings, all sufficient in graces! If you could learn the truth of the Lord's Prayer it is the only prayer you would need to say. So let me give you some pious insight. The Lord Himself, prays with us, this very prayer, so that we never pray The Lord's Prayer alone. The Lord prays with us! Consider this, you are united in prayer with the King of the Universe! If I could die of love it would be sufficient to express this point! God prays with you! Not only that, but you are united to all Christians, by the commonality of the prayer, you are united to all the saints, you are united to all those Christians who came before you in the faith, they professed the same Creed, the same Lord's Prayer and you can expect the same reward provided that you follow in their imitation of our Lord. Our Lord prayed always, He would go to be alone, leaving the disciples so that He could pray in secret. The Lord Himself desires secrecy, He desires not to be bothered with the continual task of pedagogy and was desirous of the intimate unity of the Holy Trinity. For Jesus always prayed in the Holy Spirit to the Father. This is our model. To imitate Christ our Saviour. To desire with all heavenly longing to truly commune with the Father. It is always important to ask God for faith. God will supply you with all the faith that you need, provided that you ask for it. This is called the Apostles' Prayer. Lord increase our faith. Or Lord I want to believe, heal my unbelief! Pray for faith that you might pray better. Then ask God to help you to pray. For Paul says we know not how to pray as we aught. We must admit this. For God gives grace to the humble. Admit your inability to pray as you aught and God shall bless you with pious sentiments and holy prayers. For the best prayers are those infused into us by the Holy Spirit which we can be certain God hears and is pleased that we cooperated by accepting His grace. Prayers of repentance are of the utmost importance. Odds are you are familiar with the act of contrition. However, most salutary is the perfect act of contrition that flows from the desire to repent out of love and not of fear. This is a most blessed prayer that flows from the heart and reaches God as a fragrance of pure incense.
For example, My God, I am sorry for having done wrong and chosen my own will over Thy perfect will. Please forgive me my sins and perfect in me Thy perfect love that by Thy grace I may avoid sin, do what is right and always be found pleasing to you. Amen
There is no "formula" for an act of perfect contrition so it is important to pray that God will grant you the grace of contrition and most importantly the gift of tears which the saints believed was of the utmost importance. By tears our sins are washed away.
My God I love you, increase in me my sorrow for my sins, grant me the gift of tears that I may love Thee more and more with every beat of my heart. Amen
21  Forums / Book Study / Re: The Five Books of Psalms on: November 19, 2020, 05:02:56 PM
Reflection on Psalm 8
How serene Thy countenance is O Lord! How pleasant Thy vintage which Thy hands have labored and pressed! For Thy Word is as wine, bringing gladness to the face of men!
Truly o Lord, our Lord, Thy name is wonderful in all the earth! Thy magnificence is elevated above heaven and earth and all things rightly give Thee praise!
For Thou alone know our beginning! Thou have sublime knowledge of the mystery of our formation in the womb! For it was Thou who gave us life by Thy All Holy Spirit and fashioned us and knit us together within our mother!
Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings Thou hast perfected praise!
Hosanna to the Son of David! Hosanna in the Highest! Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! We shall always bless Him in the house of the Lord! Hosanna to the Son of David!
Send Salvation, O Lord of Hosts, since Thou art an awesome and mighty God, Great and Holy, Perfect and Sublime, Good and True, and it is right and just that all things give Thee praise!
For who is like God?! Shouts the Archangel Michael, fair and true! Who is Almighty like the Lord?! The Lord alone is God, the Lord is God and He is One! There is no other! He is the first and the last! The beginning and the end!
He shall not give His glory to another! For the Lord alone is worthy of all glory! The Lord alone is worthy of all praise! The Lord alone is greater than all things! Therefore, all who oppose Him shall be slain by the breath of His mouth!
Fire shall devour those who oppose the Lord of Hosts! He shall come with judgement against the ungodly, the wicked, the lawless and the evildoer! They shall be consumed and the smoke of their torment shall rise up forever!
They who have overcome the enemy by the blood of the Lamb and by the Word of His testimony shall rejoice! Let us never fear the enemy! For God alone is to be feared! Do not fear the one who can kill the body!
Fear the one who can throw the body and soul into everlasting fire!
Let us not be as those who would not follow the Lord into eternal glory but let us love one another as He has loved us, forgiving each other our trespasses as He has forgiven us!
Let us pray for all people that they one day behold the glory of heaven!
Let us pray that all may recognize the work of His hands and serve the One True Living God, the Lord of Heaven and Earth!
For the moon and the stars do not give Him praise, but His angels and His saints do!
For the Lord has established the heavens to give Him glory! The Lord has fashioned the earth for the advantage of His elect and He fills it with His glory that all might recognize the Maker and Shaper of all things!
O that we would realize the goodness of the Lord! Then we would be as the angels who adore the Holy Lord eternally!
For it was the goodness of God and His divine plan of love that He should send His Word and Son into the world and make Him a little lower than the angels that we might not be afraid to approach Him who the angels adored in Bethlehem!
For though He was crowned with thorns by men, He has received the crown of glory and honor from God His Father!
God our Father has set His Son over all the works of His hands, that all things should be subjected under His feet.
For God has made all things, the sheep innocent and clean, the oxen strong and obedient, the cattle gentle and kind, the birds lofty and free, the fish both large and small, the whales majestic and mysterious, and all the creatures of the earth, from bee to elephant!
O Lord our Lord, how wonderful is Thy name in all the earth!
For Thou have brought us glad tidings, a Gospel of Great Joy to all the people!
Thy name is indeed admirable and I give Thee thanks all my days.
22  Forums / Saints' & Spiritual Life General Discussion / Re: Quote for the Night on: November 18, 2020, 12:42:12 AM
"The law itself, by being fulfilled, becomes grace and truth. Grace is the fulfillment of love, and truth is the accomplishment of the prophecies."
Saint Augustine from Reply to Faustus XVII
23  Forums / Book Study / Re: The Imitation by Thomas Kemp on: November 16, 2020, 02:00:00 PM
The Tenth Chapter Avoiding Idle Talk
SHUN the gossip of men as much as possible, for discussion of worldly affairs, even though sincere, is a great distraction inasmuch as we are quickly ensnared and captivated by vanity.
Many a time I wish that I had held my peace and had not associated with men.
Why, indeed, do we converse and gossip among ourselves when we so seldom part without a troubled conscience?
We do so because we seek comfort from one another’s conversation and wish to ease the mind wearied by diverse thoughts.
Hence, we talk and think quite fondly of things we like very much or of things we dislike intensely.
But, sad to say, we often talk vainly and to no purpose; for this external pleasure effectively bars inward and divine consolation.
Therefore we must watch and pray lest time pass idly.
When the right and opportune moment comes for speaking, say something that will edify.
Bad habits and indifference to spiritual progress do much to remove the guard from the tongue.
Devout conversation on spiritual matters, on the contrary, is a great aid to spiritual progress, especially when persons of the same mind and spirit associate together in God.
24  Forums / Saints' & Spiritual Life General Discussion / Re: Quote for the Day on: November 16, 2020, 01:52:41 PM
St Ignatius' reference above to first spirit seems unfamiliar to me.  Can anyone explain?  Thanks.  Blessings to all.
Religious orders are based on the idea of the spirit or intention of their founder or patron. For example the spirit of the priesthood is the Spirit of Christ, the spirit of the Order of Saint Benedict is the spirit of Saint Benedict, the spirit of the Order of Jesuits is the spirit of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, the Franciscan Order is based upon the spirit of Saint Francis ect. This first spirit is the original or first intention of that order. Hence the priesthood is based upon the ministry of Christ, the OSB is based on the life of and rule of Saint Benedict and the Jesuit Order is based upon the life and teachings of Saint Ignatius, the Franciscan orders based upon the life and teachings of Saint Francis of Assisi, ect. In this case the word spirit is referring to the incorporeal mission and essence not necessarily to a bodiless power or celestial intelligence nor necessarily to the Holy Spirit though any religious order without the Holy Spirit does not serve God.
25  Forums / Saints' & Spiritual Life General Discussion / Re: Quote for the Night on: November 12, 2020, 11:41:45 AM
Counsel of Trent Session 6 Chapter 6
The manner of Preparation.
Now they (adults) are disposed unto ... justice, when, excited and assisted by divine grace, conceiving faith by hearing, they are freely moved towards God, believing those things to be true which God has revealed and promised, and this especially, that God justifies the impious by His grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus; and when, understanding themselves to be sinners, they, by turning themselves, from the fear of divine justice whereby they are profitably agitated, to consider the mercy of God, are raised unto hope, confiding that God will be propitious to them for Christ's sake; and they begin to love Him as the fountain of all justice; and are therefore moved against sins by a certain hatred and detestation, to wit, by that penitence which must be performed before baptism: lastly, when they purpose to receive baptism, to begin a new life, and to keep the commandments of God. Concerning this disposition it is written; He that cometh to God, must believe that He is, and is a rewarder to them that seek Him; and, Be of good faith, son, thy sins are forgiven thee; and, The fear of the Lord driveth out sin; and, Do penance, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of your sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost; and, Going, therefore, teach ye all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; finally, Prepare your hearts unto the Lord.
26  Forums / Saints' & Spiritual Life General Discussion / Re: Quote for the Day on: November 12, 2020, 11:37:34 AM
Counsel of Trent Session 6 Chapter 5
On the necessity, in adults, of preparation for Justification, and whence it proceeds.
The Synod furthermore declares, that in adults, the beginning of the said Justification is to be derived from the prevenient grace of God, through Jesus Christ, that is to say, from His vocation, whereby, without any merits existing on their parts, they are called; that so they, who by sins were alienated from God, may be disposed through His quickening and assisting grace, to convert themselves to their own justification, by freely assenting to and co-operating with that said grace: in such sort that, while God touches the heart of man by the illumination of the Holy Ghost, neither is man himself utterly without doing anything while he receives that inspiration, forasmuch as he is also able to reject it; yet is he not able, by his own free will, without the grace of God, to move himself unto justice in His sight. Whence, when it is said in the sacred writings: Turn ye to me, and I will turn to you, we are admonished of our liberty; and when we answer; Convert us, O Lord, to thee, and we shall be converted, we confess that we are [preceded] by the grace of God.
27  Forums / Saints' & Spiritual Life General Discussion / Re: Quote for the Day on: November 09, 2020, 07:52:08 PM
"Love is the proper and special virtue of the merciful and of the saints."
Saint Augustine
28  Forums / Saints' & Spiritual Life General Discussion / Re: Quote for the Night on: November 09, 2020, 07:49:00 PM
Chapter 18 No Gift of God is More Excellent Than Love.
"There is no gift of God more excellent than [love]. [Love] alone distinguishes the sons of the eternal kingdom from the sons of eternal perdition. Other gifts, too, are given by the Holy Spirit; but without love they profit nothing. Unless, therefore, the Holy Spirit is so far imparted to each, as to make him one who loves God and his neighbor, he is not removed from the left hand to the right. Nor is the Spirit specially called the Gift, unless on account of love."
Saint Augustine On the Trinity Book 15 Chapter 18
29  Forums / Book Study / Re: The Imitation by Thomas Kemp on: November 08, 2020, 11:18:11 AM
The Ninth Chapter
Obedience and Subjection
IT IS a very great thing to obey, to live under a superior and not to be one’s own master, for it is much safer to be subject than it is to command. Many live in obedience more from necessity than from love.
Such become discontented and dejected on the slightest pretext; they will never gain peace of mind unless they subject themselves wholeheartedly for the love of God.
Go where you may, you will find no rest except in humble obedience to the rule of authority.
Dreams of happiness expected from change and different places have deceived many.
Everyone, it is true, wishes to do as he pleases and is attracted to those who agree with him.
But if God be among us, we must at times give up our opinions for the blessings of peace.
Furthermore, who is so wise that he can have full knowledge of everything?
Do not trust too much in your own opinions, but be willing to listen to those of others.
If, though your own be good, you accept another’s opinion for love of God, you will gain much more merit; for I have often heard that it is safer to listen to advice and take it than to give it.
It may happen, too, that while one’s own opinion may be good, refusal to agree with others when reason and occasion demand it, is a sign of pride and obstinacy.
30  Forums / Book Study / Re: The Five Books of Psalms on: November 08, 2020, 11:15:30 AM
1 in finem pro torcularibus psalmus David
2 Domine Dominus noster quam admirabile est nomen tuum in universa terra quoniam elevata est magnificentia tua super caelos
3 ex ore infantium et lactantium perfecisti laudem propter inimicos tuos ut destruas inimicum et ultorem
4 quoniam videbo caelos tuos; opera digitorum tuorum lunam et stellas quae tu fundasti
5 quid est homo quod memor es eius aut filius hominis quoniam visitas eum
6 minuisti eum paulo minus ab angelis gloria et honore coronasti eum
7 et constituisti eum super opera manuum tuarum
8 omnia subiecisti sub pedibus eius oves et boves universas insuper et pecora campi
9 volucres caeli et pisces maris qui perambulant semitas maris
10 Domine Dominus noster quam admirabile est nomen tuum in universa terra
Douay Rheims
1Unto the end, for the presses: a psalm of David. O Lord our Lord, how admirable is thy name in the whole earth! For thy magnificence is elevated above the heavens.
2Out of the mouth of infants and of sucklings thou hast perfected praise, because of thy enemies, that thou mayst destroy the enemy and the avenger.
3For I will behold thy heavens, the works of thy fingers: the moon and the stars which thou hast founded.
4What is man that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man that thou visitest him?
5Thou hast made him a little less than the angels, thou hast crowned him with glory and honour:
6and hast set him over the works of thy hands.
7Thou hast subjected all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen: moreover the beasts also of the fields.
8The birds of the air, and the fishes of the sea, that pass through the paths of the sea.
9O Lord our Lord, how admirable is thy name in all the earth!
Brenton Septuagint
1For the end, concerning the wine-presses, a Psalm of David. O Lord, our Lord, how wonderful is thy name in all the earth! for thy magnificence is exalted above the heavens.
2Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou perfected praise, because of thine enemies; that thou mightest put down the enemy and avenger.
3For I will regard the heavens, the work of thy fingers; the moon and stars, which thou hast established.
4What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him?
5Thou madest him a little less than angels, thou hast crowned him with glory and honour;
6and thou hast set him over the works of thy hands: thou hast put all things under his feet:
7sheep and all oxen, yea and the cattle of the field;
8the birds of the sky, and the fish of the sea, the creatures passing through the paths of the sea.
9O Lord our Lord, how wonderful is thy name in all the earth!
31  Forums / Book Study / Re: St. Louis Marie de Montfort - The Secret of the Rosary on: November 08, 2020, 11:12:33 AM

EACH WORD of the Lord’s Prayer is a tribute we pay to the perfections of God. We honor His fertility by the name of Father:
Who throughout eternity
Dost beget a Son
Who is God like Thee—
Eternal, consubstantial with Thee
WHO Is the very same essence As Thee;
And is of like power And goodness
 And wisdom
As Thou art . . .
Father and Son
Who from Thy mutual love
Produce the Holy Spirit
Who is God like unto Thee;
Three Persons But one GOD.
Our Father—this means that He is the Father of mankind because He has created us and continues to sustain us, and because He has redeemed us.
He is also the merciful Father of sinners, the Father Who is the friend of the just and the glorious Father of the blessed in Heaven.

When we say Who art, by these words we pay tribute to the infinity and immensity and fullness of God’s essence. God is rightly called “He Who is’’49; that is to say, He exists of necessity, essentially, and eternally, because He is the Being of beings and the cause of all beings. He possesses within Himself, in a supereminent degree, the perfections of all beings and He is in all of them by His essence, by His presence and by His power, but without being bounded by their limitations. We honor His sublimity and His glory and His majesty by the words Who art in Heaven, that is to say, “Who is seated as on a throne, holding sway over all men by Thy justice.”

When we say hallowed be Thy name we worship God’s holiness; and we make obeisance to His Kingship and bow to the justice of His laws by the words Thy Kingdom come, praying that men will obey Him on earth as the Angels do in Heaven.

We show our trust in His Providence by asking for our daily bread, and we appeal to His mercy when we ask for the forgiveness of our sins.

We look to His great power when we beg Him not to lead us into temptation, and we show our faith in His goodness by our hope that He will deliver us from evil.

The Son of God has always glorified His Father by His works and He came into the world to teach men to give glory to Him. He showed men how to praise Him by this prayer which He taught us with His Own lips. It is our duty, therefore, to say it often—we should say it reverently and attentively and in the spirit in which Our Lord taught it.

32  Forums / Saints' & Spiritual Life General Discussion / Re: Quote for the Night on: November 08, 2020, 11:03:57 AM
I come now to the soul or the life-giving principle of all the virtues.
I refer to charity, the virtue alone capable of leading a man to real holiness.
In mortifying the flesh, in overcoming sin and in attaining to grace, nothing avails like charity.
Would you reach the highest rung of the ladder of perfection?
Nothing could possibly be devised to help you more than charity.

Saint Bonaventure Holiness of Life chapter 7
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