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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Mother Teresa of Calcutta: Become a child in God's hands

"Unless you become a little child . . . " I am sure you will understand beautifully everything if you would only "become" a little child in God's hands. Your longing for God is so deep, and yet He keeps Himself away from you. He must be forcing Himself to do so, because He loves you so much - as to give Jesus to die for you and for me. Christ is longing to be your Food. Surrounded with fullness of living Food, you allow yourself to starve. The personal love Christ has for you is infinite; the small difficulty you have regarding His Church is finite. Overcome the finite with the infinite. Christ has created you because He wanted you. I know what you feel - terrible longing with dark emptiness. And yet, He is the one in love with you.

- Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta



Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Mother Teresa of Calcutta: Faith is a gospel of love

Our holy faith is nothing but a gospel of love, revealing to us God's love for men and claiming in return man's love for God.

- Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta



Mother Teresa of Calcutta: To see Christ in the poor

We need the eyes of deep faith to see Christ in the broken body and dirty clothes under which the most beautiful One among the sons of men hides. We shall need the hands of Christ to touch those bodies wounded by pain and suffering.

How pure our hands must be if we have to touch Christi's Body as the priest touches Him in the appearance of bread at the altar. With what love and devotion and faith he lifts the sacred Host! These same feelings we too must have when we lift the body of the sick poor.

- Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta



Thursday, December 19, 2013

Mother Teresa of Calcutta: Not called to be successful

We do nothing. He does everything. All glory must be returned to Him.

God has not called me to be successful. He called me to be faithful.

- Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta



Mother Teresa of Calcutta: Faith is a gift of God

Faith is a gift of God. Without it there would be no life. And our work, to be fruitful, and to be all for God, and to be beautiful, has to be built on faith - faith in Christ, who has said, "I was hungry, I was naked, I was sick and I was homeless, and you ministered to Me." On these words of His all our work is based.

- Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta




Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Wednesday With St. Anthony of Padua

Prayer

Most Holy Trinity, one God, let me never forget your goodness. Help me to trust you more than I have ever done before. Please teach me through the example of St. Anthony how I may best serve you in the future. May his prayers secure for me the help I need.

Reflection: Your hope in the Holy Trinity rests on the promises of Christ, and on His merits rather than on your own resources. That is why St. Anthony wishes you to give your heart to God alone.

Practice: Ask St. Anthony to help you abandon yourself completely to God's provident care for this day.


Monday, November 4, 2013

Prayer of St. Ignatius of Loyola

Receive, Lord, all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my whole will. You have given me all that I have, all that I am, and I surrender all to your divine will, in order that you may dispose of me. Give me only your love and your grace. With this I am rich enough, and I have no more to ask.

- Saint Ignatius of Loyola

 



St. Ignatius of Loyola Quotation for November 5, 2013

Man is created to praise, reverence, and serve God our Lord, and by this means to save his soul. All other things on the face of the earth are created for man to help him fulfill the end for which he is created. From this it follows that man is to use these things to the extent that they will help him to attain his end. Likewise, he must rid himself of them in so far as they prevent him from attaining it.

Therefore we must make ourselves indifferent to all created things, in so far as it is left to the choice of our free will and is not forbidden. Acting accordingly, for our part, we should not prefer health to sickness, riches to poverty, honor to dishonor, a long life to a short one. And so in all things we should desire and choose only those things that will best help us attain the end for which we are created.

- Saint Ignatius of Loyola




Saturday, October 19, 2013

St. Anthony of Egypt: Things That Make the Devil Afraid

The devil is afraid of us when we pray and make sacrifices. He is also afraid when we are humble and good. He is especially afraid when we love Jesus very much. He runs away when we make the Sign of the Cross.

- St. Anthony of Egypt (251-356)



St. Therese of Lisieux: The Lord Cherishes Simplicity

Our Lord needs from us neither great deeds nor profound thoughts. Neither intelligence nor talents. He cherishes simplicity. 
 
- St. Therese of Lisieux 
 
 
 

St. Charles of Sezze: What God Commands

God does not command us to live in hair shirts and chains, or to chastise our flesh with scourges, but to love Him above all things and our neighbor as ourselves.

- St. Charles of Sezze 
 
 
 

Saint Dwynwen: Cheerfulness Wins Hearts!

Nothing wins hearts like cheerfulness.

- Saint Dwynwen (d. 460)



St. Joseph Sebastian Pelczar Quotation

One of the most ardent desires of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is that his Most Holy Mother be venerated and loved by all:  firstly, because the Lord himself has ineffable love for her, and then because he made her the mother of all men, so that with her sweetness she might attract to herself even those who flee the Holy Cross, and bring them to the Divine Heart.

- St. Joseph Sebastian Pelczar




Blessed Laura Vicuna: A Cheerful Attitude

A cheerful attitude will sustain you in all your difficulties, trials and sufferings in life.

- Blessed Laura Vicuna 


 

Mother Teresa: Believe In God's Love More Than Your Weakness!!

Give yourself fully to God. He will use you to accomplish great things on the condition that you believe much more in His love than in your own weakness.
 
- Blessed Teresa of Calcutta
 
 

Monday, October 14, 2013

Pope John Paul II: Suffering and Healing, A Double Lesson

The Gospel often shows Jesus in the act of bending over sick people, to comfort them and also, not infrequently, to cure them. 

The Redeemer himself did not escape suffering, and he taught that pain has a value in the work of salvation, yet "he went about doing good and healing all." A double lesson can be seen in this behavior: that human pain has a precise rose to play in God's plan, and that, nevertheless, it moves the heart of Jesus to compassion,for he knows well how profoundly suffering can upset frail humanity and how severely it can test it. Thus he never withholds his understanding and comfort from the sick person who turns trustingly to him.

It is very important, in fact crucial, to accept suffering with Jesus, like Jesus, and for his love, because this conforms in a special way with him and his mission. In this regard St. Maximus the Confessor teaches that God, in his inscrutable plan of love, allows suffering to strike mankind not only as a punishment but as a medicine.

The plea to be cured is still legitimate, because health, too, is a great gift of God, thanks to which we may render valuable services to our neighbor. No divine gift, in fact, is ever bestowed for our exclusive personal advantage but "so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God."

- Blessed Pope John Paul II


Thursday, September 5, 2013

Mother Teresa of Calcutta to the Suffering: You Can Do the Most!

In Minneapolis, a woman in a wheelchair, suffering continuous convulsions from cerebral palsy asked me what people like her could do for others. I told her: You can do the most. You can do more than any of us because your suffering is united with the suffering of Christ on the Cross and it brings strength to all of us. There is a tremendous strength that is growing in the world through this continual sharing, praying together,
suffering together and working together.

- Mother Teresa of Calcutta



Friday, July 26, 2013

St. Pio of Pietrelcina: Pray, Hope, and Don't Worry!

I want to be only a poor Friar who prays. Pray, hope and don't worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayers. Prayer is the best weapon we have; it is the key to God's heart. You must speak to Jesus not only with your lips but with your heart. In fact on certain occasions you should speak to Him only with your hearts."

- St. Pio of Pietrelcina


St. Therese of Lisieux on Confidence in Jesus

I am certain that even if I had on my conscience every imaginable crime, I should lose nothing of my confidence; rather I would hurry, with a heart broken with sorrow, to throw myself into the Arms of my Jesus.
 
- St. Therese of Lisieux
 
 
 
 

Pope John Paul II: What Really Matters In Life



What really matters in life is that we are loved by Christ, and that we love him in return. In comparison to the love of Jesus, everything else is secondary. And without the love of Jesus, everything else is useless.

- Blessed Pope John Paul II




Saturday, July 13, 2013

Thoughts from St. Faustina's Diary

Most sweet Jesus, set on fire my love for You and transform me into Yourself. Divinize me that my deeds may be pleasing to You. May this be accomplished by the power of the Holy Communion which I receive daily. Oh, how greatly I desire to be wholly transformed into You, O Lord!       (1289)

      When I received Holy Communion, I said to Him, "Jesus, I thought about You so many times last night," and Jesus answered me, And I thought of you before I called you into being. "Jesus, in what way were You thinking about me?" In terms of admitting you to My eternal happiness. After these words, my soul was flooded with the love of God. I could not stop marveling at how much God loves us.       (1292) 

- St. Faustina Kowalska