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 on: Today at 01:26:14 AM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
'The sixth weapon is the memory of the goods of paradise which are prepared for those who lawfully struggle by abandoning all the vain pleasures of the present life in accord with the saying of the most holy doctor Saint Augustine that it is impossible to enjoy present goods and future ones too. So, dear sisters, be content not to have in this world any pleasure or any beloved, and do not grow tired of denying your own will, remembering what our patriarch St. Francis said, that is, that the most excellent and greatest gift that God's servant can receive from God in this world is to conquer himself by denying his own will. So he said: "So great is the good that I behold / that every wound is beloved by me," in order to show how, through the memory of eternal things, he rejoiced in suffering evil.'

St. Catherine of Bologna

 on: Today at 01:26:04 AM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
May God grant us a resolute will to serve Him!

 on: Yesterday at 06:16:51 AM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
As said before in earlier threads, gratitude for God's gifts is incredibly important.

A reminder for everyone.. Gratitude is the secret to happiness.

If we wish to keep God's gifts and not to lose them, we must be grateful for them. If we wish to receive more of God's gifts, and not to be deprived of them, we must be grateful for what we have already received.

If we wish to be happy, all we have to do is think back on what God has given us. Think back on graces given, and every gift.

Ven. Louis de Granada deals with the subject of gratitude in the second chapter of 'The Sinner's Guide'. Cheesy

Also, the special prayer the Golden Arrow is a prayer of such goodness it makes for happiness for those who pray it. If you wish to be happy, pray the Golden Arrow and be grateful for God's gifts. Cheesy

How happy are those who have found God's gifts of His angels and saints and holy souls! How happy are those who have found. . . Cheesy

 on: Yesterday at 06:11:14 AM 
Started by whiterockdove - Last post by Shin
It is not only a motive of justice which obliges us to serve God, but our necessities force us to have recourse to Him if we would attain the perfection and happiness for which we were created.

In order to understand this more clearly, let us call to mind the general principle that creatures are not born with all their perfections. There remain many to be cultivated and developed, and only He who has begun the work can perfect it. Things instinctively go back to their first cause for their development and perfection. Plants unceasingly seek the sun, and sink their roots deep into the earth where they were formed. Fishes will not leave the element where they were engendered. Chickens seek vivifying warmth and shelter beneath their mother's wings. In like manner a lamb, until it has attained its strength, clings to the side of its ewe, distinguishing her among a thousand of the same color, arguing, doubtless, with blind instinct, that it must seek what it lacks at the source whence it has received all that it is.

This is apparent in all the works of nature, and if those of art could reason they would doubtless proceed in like manner. Were a painter to make a beautiful picture and omit the eyes, whither would the picture, were it sensible of its want, go to seek its completion? Not to the palaces of kings or princes, for all their power could not give it what it sought; no, it would seek its first cause, the master who designed it. And is not this thy position also, O rational creature? Thou art an unfinished work. Many things are lacking to the perfection of thy being. Thou hast naught of the beauty and luster which are yet to be thine. Hence thy restless, unsatisfied yearning; hence those unceasing aspirations for a higher, a better state, which arise from thy very necessities.

Yes, God let thee hunger, in order that, driven by necessity; thou mightest have recourse to Him. For this reason He did not give thee perfection at thy creation, but He withheld it only through love for thee. It was not to make thee poor, but to make thee humble; it was not to leave thee needy, but to compel thee to have recourse to Him.

If, then, thou art blind, poor, and in need, why dost thou not seek the Father who created thee, the Artist who designed thee, that He may satisfy thy wants and supply all that is lacking to thy perfection? Penetrated with this truth David cried out, "Thy hands have made me and formed me: give me understanding, and I will learn thy commandments." (Ps. 118:73).

Thy hands have made me, the prophet would say, but the work is incomplete. The eyes of my soul are still imperfect; they see not what they ought to know. To whom shall I go in my necessities, if not to Him from whom I have received all that I possess? Enlighten, then, my eyes, O Lord, that they may know Thee, and that the work Thou hast begun in me may be perfected. Therefore, only God can perfect the understanding, the will, and all the faculties of the soul.

It is He alone who satisfies His creature and never fails him. With Him the creature is content in poverty, rich in destitution, happy in solitude, and though despoiled of all possessions, yet master of all things. Hence the wise man so justly says, "One is as it were rich, when he hath nothing: and another is as it were poor, when he hath great riches." (Prov. 13:7). Rich indeed is the poor man who, like St. Francis of Assisi, has God for his inheritance, though owning naught else; but poor would he be who knew not God, though he possessed the entire universe. What do their wealth and power avail the rich and great of this world when they are a prey to anxieties which they cannot calm, a victim to appetites which they cannot satisfy? For what comfort can costly raiment, luxurious viands, and overflowing coffers bring to a troubled mind? The rich man tosses restlessly on his soft couch, and his treasure is powerless to stifle the remorse which banishes sleep. Independently, therefore, of God's benefits to us, we are, from the necessities of our nature, obliged to serve Him, if we would attain our happiness and perfection.

 on: Yesterday at 01:47:00 AM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
'A resolute will triumphs over everything with the help of God, which is never wanting.'

St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori

 on: September 19, 2017, 03:33:52 AM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
'For can anyone be excused who, by ceasing to pray, has shown that he did not wish to overcome his enemy.'

St. John Chrysostom

 on: September 19, 2017, 12:21:55 AM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
'If a priest is determined not to lose his soul, so soon as any disorder arises in the parish he must trample under foot all human considerations as well as the fear of the contempt and hatred of his people. He must not allow anything to bar his way in the discharge of duty, even where he is certain of being murdered on coming down from the pulpit. A pastor who wants to do his duty must keep his sword in hand at all times.'

St. Jean Marie Baptiste Vianney, the Cure of Ars

 on: September 18, 2017, 07:16:26 PM 
Started by CyrilSebastian - Last post by CyrilSebastian
                On August 13, 1217 St. Dominic met with his Friar Preachers and instructed them on how they were to preach.     
                On the feast of the Assumption, Dominic released his Hounds of the Lord into the world.

 on: September 18, 2017, 12:16:20 AM 
Started by CyrilSebastian - Last post by Shin
Haha, yes who could believe it coincidence?

 on: September 18, 2017, 12:14:51 AM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
'The glory of one who knows how to suffer is so great that Heaven, angels and men, and even God Himself, gaze on him with joy as a most glorious sight. And if the saints in Heaven desired anything, it would be to return to earth so as to bear some crosses.'

St. Louis Marie de Montfort

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