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 on: Today at 06:49:11 PM 
Started by CyrilSebastian - Last post by CyrilSebastian
                        {A} Rose Many Thanks   
                        {B} A beautiful hybrid tea rose with large blooms of pink blend with a yellow reverse.   
                        {C} "Thanks be to God" is the congregational response given after a reading from the Bible in the Catholic Mass.

 on: Today at 12:10:35 AM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
'Abandon everything to My good pleasure and let Me accomplish My designs; do not thou interfere in anything, for I will take care of all.'

The Lord, to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

 on: Yesterday at 07:48:52 AM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
'Guard yourself from hatred and dissipation, and you will not be impeded at the time of prayer.'

St. Thalassios the Libyan

 on: November 19, 2017, 06:32:45 PM 
Started by CyrilSebastian - Last post by CyrilSebastian
          Gaudete Sunday is the Third Sunday of Advent. The name comes from Gaudete in Domino semper (Rejoice in the Lord always.)     
          The priest may wear rose vestments. The third candle of the Advent wreath may be rose colored.   
Seraphim Seraphim Seraphim

 on: November 19, 2017, 08:36:33 AM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
'He who relies on theoretical knowledge alone is not yet a faithful servant: a faithful servant is one who expresses his faith in Christ through obedience to His commandments.'

St. Mark the Ascetic

 on: November 18, 2017, 07:45:38 PM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
'Man has been created to praise, honor, and serve the Lord his God, and in this way to save his soul; and everything else on earth exists for man to aid him to reach the end which God has marked out for him in creating him. He must, then, use things as long only as they conduct him. to this end, and abstain from them whenever they turn him aside from it.'

St. Ignatius of Loyola

 on: November 18, 2017, 06:40:18 PM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
'You ask to be taught how you ought to pray. The Lord himself taught us this through the invocation "Our Father", and that we should not ask for anything temporary, but for his kingdom and eternal justice. Moreover it has been ordained by the Fathers that first should come thanksgiving to God; next confession of our sins to him; and so a request for their forgiveness, and intercession for the other things that bring salvation.

So, when you are about to pray, give thanks to the Lord and Master that he brought you out of nothing into existence; that he redeemed you from every error, calling you and counting you worthy to become a partaker in the knowledge of himself, free from pagan, free from heretical error. Next that he prepared you for the monastic life, which equals that of the Angels, after the enjoyment of life in the world. The thought of all this is enough to soften the soul to compunction and the outpouring of tears. From all this comes enlightenment of heart, sweetness of spirit, desire for God. When this is present in the heart, there comes the rejection of every evil. When you have thus given thanks to God, confess to him like this, "You know, Master, how many sins I have committed against you, and how many I commit each hour", as you reckon up this sin and this offence and the ones committed in knowledge and in ignorance. But do not recall in any detail the ones that by being clearly remembered harm the soul. [Cf. The Ladder 28,58] And from this the grace of humility will dawn for you, with a broken heart [Cf. Psalm 50,18] and fear of God's recompense. After this, ask, groan, implore your Lord for forgiveness of these sins and strengthening for the future to please him, saying, "My Lord, Lord, may I no longer anger you, may I no longer love anything but you, alone truly to be loved. And should I anger you again, falling down I implore your compassion, that I may be given strength from now on to please you." And if anything else comes to your mind that is good to be accomplished, ask for it fervently. And after this call upon the holy Mother of God to have mercy on you, the holy Angels, and the Angel you have as the guardian of your life, that he may watch over you and protect you, the Forerunner and the holy Apostles, all the Saints and those whom you usually call on especially, and the one whose memory is kept that day. These then are the things, it seems to me, which hold the power of prayer, even if each person doubtless prays with other words and not the same as these, because people who pray do not always say the same things themselves, but the power, as I reckon, is always the same. So may you be kept safe as you pray for what is necessary, and become better each day, and through a strict way of life present your entire self well-pleasing to the Lord.'

St. Theodore the Studite, 'Letter to the Nun Anna'

 on: November 18, 2017, 04:46:00 PM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
As St. John of Damascus says, this prefigures the Cross.

How many times we read in the Old Testament of the sign of the cross!

 on: November 18, 2017, 04:44:28 PM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
The sun sets rather swiftly these days, the days are shorter.

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'And when Moyses lifted up his hands, Israel overcame: but if he did let them down a little, Amalec overcame. And the hands of Moyses were heavy: therefore they took a stone, and put under him, Whereupon he sate: and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands on both sides. And it came to pass that his hands were not weary until sunset.'

Exodus 17:11-12

 on: November 17, 2017, 06:34:13 PM 
Started by CyrilSebastian - Last post by CyrilSebastian
I attended a Sunday evening Mass at a Roman Catholic church. The front entrance is sectioned from the main sanctuary. On the wall is a sign which states: ENTER WITH REVERENCE. Does your church have a reverence sign?

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