Saturday, September 20, 2014

Why Shadows

'If God created shadows, it was to better emphasize the light.'

St. Pope John Paul II 

 Painting: Peter Graham, Wandering Shadows

Thursday, September 18, 2014

To Love and Revive Them

'Dearest Jesus! How I long to love You and make You greatly loved! 
During Your life on this poor earth, You made, of a few loaves, 
life and nourishment for a crowd. 
Let me be, in Your divine hands, the instrument for another such work. 
Give me... to souls, to love and revive them.'

(from Fervorinos From Galilee's Hills, compiled by a Religious, Pelligrini, Australia, 1936, p. 237)

Painting: Roland Delaporte

Sunday, September 14, 2014

If They Were To...

'Few souls understand what God would accomplish in them
if they were to abandon themselves unreservedly to Him,
and if they were to allow His grace to mold them accordingly.'

St. Ignatius Loyola

Painting: Joseph Rodefer DeCamp, The Blue Mandarin Coat

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Try it and See

'Life with Christ is a wonderful adventure.'

St. Pope John Paul II

Painting: Hans Thoma Einsamer Ritt (1889)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Beautiful the Glittering Wounds and Scars

'Lift up your eyes and see
where you belong:
the Fatherland
of the heavenly paradise...
All who are there
will be glad to see you.
They long fervently
for your joyful presence..
they want you
to engage devoutly
in the spiritual combat
of suffering,
and behave chivalrously
in all the same hardships
that they themselves
have overcome!
If you only knew
how they now,
with great sweetness,
remember the cruel years
through which they once passed.
Truly, all suffering
would only be easier for you,
knowing that the more
bitterly you have suffered,
the more honorably
you are received there.
How pleasant
that honor will be...
How exquisitely
beautiful will be
the glittering wounds and scars
that you received here below
for the sake of My love!'

Blessed Henry Suso

'Therefore, since we are surrounded by this cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every encumbrance of sin which clings to us and persevere in running the race which lies ahead.  Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, who inspires and perfects our faith.'  (Hebrews 12:1-2)

Painting: Gustave Dore.Triumph of Christianity

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Seal All Your Doings

'Seal all your doings,
my child,
with the sign
of the living cross.
Do not go out
the door of your house
till you have
signed the cross.
Whether in eating
or in drinking,
whether in sleeping
or in waking,
whether in your house
or on the road,
or again
in the season of leisure,
do not neglect this sign;
for there is
no guardian like it.
It shall be to you
as a wall,
in the forefront
of all your doings.' 

 St. Ephrem the Syrian

Painting: Helen Allingham,
in US public domain due to age

Friday, September 5, 2014

We Fly From Him

'Oh, how 
senseless we are! 
The good God 
calls us to Him 
and we fly from Him!
He wishes 
to make us happy,
and we will not 
have His happiness.'

St. John Vianney


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Painting: James Tissot

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Faithful to the Present Moment

'We must 
be faithful to 
the present 
moment, or 
we will 
the plan 
of God for 
our lives.'

Solanus Casey

Painting: Winslow Homer, The Reaper

Sunday, August 31, 2014

But Not the Folly (or: how to face the world)

‘Faith, joy, optimism.  
 But not the folly of closing your eyes to reality.’

St. Josemaria Escriva

Painting:  Frederick Childe Hassam, Summer Evening 1886; in US public domain due to age

Saturday, August 30, 2014

That the Good May Shine the Brighter

"This is why God has left the wicked in the world: so that the good may shine the brighter.

Do you see how great the gain is?  But the gain is not owing to the wicked, but to the courage of the good. Trees tossed about by contrary winds grow stronger. And the wicked gain too, by mixing with the good. They feel confused; they are ashamed; they blush in the presence of the good.  Even if they do not keep from evil, nevertheless they dare what they dare in secret. This is no small thing, not to have sins publicly committed.

The life of the good becomes the accuser of their wickedness. 'It hurts even to see him,' they say of the righteous man. It is no small amendment to be tormented by his presence."

St. John Chysostom

Painting: Adolphe Alexandre Dillens, Capture of Joan of Arc

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

To Stir Our Soul

'People easily forget what they cannot see.... We do not see our God.  Faith tells us He is present.  But since we do not see Him with our own eyes, we're too apt to forget Him and act as though He were far away.

'As a mere matter of reasoning, we know that He is everywhere.  But if we do not keep that truth in mind, the result is the same as if we didn't know it. 

'Before beginning to pray, then, we always need to stir our soul to an attentive recollection of the presence of God.'

St. Francis de Sales

Painting:  Winslow Homer, Morning Glories

Monday, August 25, 2014

This Mustard Seed

"I have a 
mustard seed, 
and I am 
not afraid 
to use it."

Pope Benedict XVI

"If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you would be able to say to this mountain. 'move from here to there,' and it would move. Nothing would be imposible for you." (Matthew 17:20)

Painting: Helen Allingham, Harvest Moon 

Friday, August 22, 2014

With Eyes Fixed on the Sun

‘Although the desert is fearful, 
I walk with lifted head and eyes fixed on the sun; 
that is to say, on the merciful Heart of Jesus.’ 

St. Faustina, Diary 886

 Painting:  Swynnerton, Sense of Sight, detail; in US public domain due to age {{PD-1923}}

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

All for the Greater Glory of God!

'In all your actions, purify your intention. 
Renew it several times a day. 
Often repeat:  All for the greater glory of God!'

St. Paul of the Cross 

Painting:  P.S. Krøyer, Skagen's Beach, Anna Ancher and Marie Krøyer Walking Together, in US public domain due to age 

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Notwithstanding Your Distractions

'Go to prayer, not to look
for what you fancy,
not to receive consolations,
but to remain in extreme reverence
and abasement in God's sight,
to pour out your misery
before His mercy,
to keep yourself,
all your distractions,
in His holy presence,
wishing only and seeking only
His good pleasure
and His holy will.'

St. Jane de Chantal

Painting: Eduard Veith,
in US public domain due to age {{PD-1923}}