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 on: Yesterday at 12:03:29 PM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
A little enjoyment with the camera this morning, trying to learn to take better photos, so I thought I would share some.  Cheesy

 on: Yesterday at 12:01:27 PM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin

'Blessed the one who with understanding has loved weeping and with compunction rained tears upon the ground, like fair pearls before the Lord.'

St. Ephrem of Syria (c. A.D. 306-373)

'Brethren and fathers, because winter has passed and spring has arrived, we see creation flourishing again; the plants are flowering, the earth is growing green, the birds are singing and everything else is being renewed; and we take pleasure in all this and we glorify God the master craftsman who transforms and changes creation year by year, and it is reasonable to do so. Ever since the creation of the world his eternal power and divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seen through the things he has made [Rom. 1:20].

It is our duty not just to stay where we are, but to advance further and to examine carefully for ourselves the logic of creation. How? Because this renewal has winter as its cause. It would not have reached its prime had it not first undergone snows and rains and winds. And so it is with the soul; unless it is first snowed on by afflictions, troubles and difficulties, it will not flower, it will not fruit; but by enduring, it bears fruit and partakes in a blessing from God, as it is written: Ground that drinks up the rain falling on it repeatedly, and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is cultivated, partakes in a blessing from God [Heb. 6:7].

Therefore, brethren, let us also endure every affliction, every trouble, every trial which assails us both visibly and invisibly, the fast we are drawing out as we hunger and thirst and are otherwise made wretched, so that we may bear fruit and partake of God's blessing; and not only that, but that we may nourish and welcome Jesus as our guest. For just as we enjoy the sight of creation, so he too enjoys the hour of our souls.'

St. Theodore the Studite (A.D. 759-826)

'There is a story to this effect in the "Lives of the Fathers" about a farmer whose crops were more plentiful than those of his neighbors. On being asked how this happened with such unvarying regularity, he said he was not surprised because he always had the kind of weather he wanted. He was asked to explain. He said: "It is so because I want whatever kind of weather God wants, and because I do, he gives me the harvests I want." If souls resigned to God's will are humiliated, says Salvian, they want to be humiliated; if they are poor, they want to be poor; in short, whatever happens is acceptable to them, hence they are truly at peace in this life. In cold and heat, in rain and wind, the soul united to God says: "I want it to be warm, to be cold, windy, to rain, because God wills it."

This is the beautiful freedom of the sons of God, and it is worth vastly more than all the rank and distinction of blood and birth, more than all the kingdoms in the world. This is the abiding peace which, in the experience of the saints, "surpasseth all understanding." It surpasses all pleasures rising from gratification of the senses, from social gatherings, banquets and other worldly amusements; vain and deceiving as they are, they captivate the senses for the time being, but bring no lasting contentment; rather they afflict man in the depth of his soul where alone true peace can reside.'

St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori (A.D. 1696-1787)

 on: Yesterday at 04:53:59 AM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
'A man ought to set about putting his good resolutions in practice, and not change them lightly.'

St. Philip Neri

 on: May 25, 2017, 06:46:43 AM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
'If we look forward to receiving God's mercy, we can never fail to do good so long as we have the strength. For if we share with the poor, out of love for God, whatever he has given to us, we shall receive according to his promise a hundredfold in eternal happiness. What a fine profit, what a blessed reward! With outstretched arms he begs us to turn toward him, to weep for our sins, and to become the servants of love, first for ourselves, then for our neighbors. Just as water extinguishes a fire, so love wipes away sin.'

St. John of God

 on: May 24, 2017, 03:32:03 AM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
'If you want spiritual health, listen to your conscience, do all it tells you, and you will benefit.'

St. Mark the Ascetic

 on: May 23, 2017, 12:30:49 AM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
'Go to one who hath both knowledge and conscience, one of those who know excellently how to discern that which ought to be done. . . Choose one who is good, not anyone, whatever he may be, no! For sometimes thou wilt go to one who hath a carnal mind, and is not instructed, and who will say to thee; it is permitted thee for the sake of pleasure to thy husband to beautify thyself and to deck thself out with ornaments. Out upon him! for he is a beast; do as I say to thee: go to a man of conscience and learning, and who is good.'

St. Bernardine of Siena

 on: May 22, 2017, 12:57:04 AM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
'I travel, work, suffer my weak health, meet with a thousand difficulties, but all these are nothing, for this world is so small. To me, space is an imperceptible object, as I am accustomed to dwell in eternity.'

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

 on: May 22, 2017, 12:48:18 AM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
'One of the best proofs that we advance in virtue is to be at peace amid the attacks and the contradictions of creatures. Be firm on this point, and despise all the assaults of hell. More than ever show your fidelity to God by reposing on the cross with equanimity of spirit, and even exteriorly be calm and serene, without murmur or complaint. Drink of the chalice which Jesus Himself offers you; if it be bitter to the palate, it is sweet to the heart.'

St. Paul of the Cross

 on: May 21, 2017, 03:59:42 PM 
Started by CyrilSebastian - Last post by CyrilSebastian
                 {A} Delphinium Cecilia   
                 {B} A perennial that is topped with a raceme of many flowers.   
                 {C} Saint Cecilia is one of seven women, excluding the Blessed Virgin. commemorated by name in the Canon of the Mass.   
                   harp harp harp harp harp harp harp harp harp harp

 on: May 21, 2017, 04:03:53 AM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
'Every day at nightfall, before sleep comes upon you, excite the judgment of your conscience, demand an account from it, and whatever evil counsels you may have taken during the day . . . pierce them, tear them to pieces, and do penance for them.'

St. John Chrysostom

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