“The most beautiful act of faith is the one made in darkness, in sacrifice, and with extreme effort.” - St. Padre Pio
Let our prayers win peace for Your people, O Lord, so that their offerings may be pleasing in Your sight. Grant us the requests we confidently make of You, so that it cannot be said that anyone hopes or calls upon You in vain. Through our Lord Secret prayer for the sixth Sunday after Pentecost in the 1962 Missal.
When you approach the tabernacle remember that He has been waiting for you for twenty centuries. - St. Josemaria Escriva
However great the work that God may achieve by an individual, he must not indulge in self-satisfaction. He ought rather to be all the more humbled, seeing himself merely as a tool which God has made use of. - St. Vincent DePaul July 19th is the traditional feast of St. Vincent DePaul - the founder of the Congregation of the Mission, the 'Vincentians', and the patron Saint of charities. St. Vincent was born in 1581 in France where he studied for the priesthood and was ordained. While travelling he was abducted by Barbary pirates and sold as a slave in Tunisia. After two years of bondage he was able to return to Europe and began to direct his efforts towards serving the poor. Today there are many religious orders and charitable organizations which continue to serve the poor as inspired by the 'Great Apostle of Charity' - St. Vincent DePaul.
When people love and recite the Rosary they find it makes them better. - St. Anthony Mary Claret
“Love will always be victorious. The one who loves can do everything.” - Mother Teresa of St. Augustine, Prioress of martyred Carmelite Nuns of Compiengne On July 17th 1794 sixteen Carmelite nuns were martyred by guillotine for their refusal to renounce their religious vows and Catholic beliefs. As the anti-religious tenor of the French Revolution became more aggressive the nuns vowed at Easter of 1792 to offer themselves up “to placate the anger of God, so that divine peace brought on earth by His Beloved Son would return to the Church and to the state.” It was at the guillotine in 1794 their offering was completed. Reports are that the sisters in turn knelt before their prioress, kissed a scapular and statue of Our Lady and went up the scaffold singing the Salve Regina. Their courage, commitment to faith and purity is said to have silenced the usually braying crowd. Within weeks the men who had unjustly sentenced the nuns were themselves facing the guillotine and 'Rein of Terror' had ended. Blessed Martyrs of Compiègne - Pray for us!
May today there be peace within. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith. May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content knowing you are a child of God. Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us. - St. Teresa of Avila
The best perfection of a religious man is to do common things in a perfect manner. A constant fidelity in small things is a great and heroic virtue. - St. Bonaventure July 15 is the memorial of St. Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor of the Church.
Grant, O Lord, we beseech Thee, that we whom Thou hast fed with the heavenly Gift, may be cleansed from our hidden sins and delivered from the snares of our enemies. Postcommunion prayer for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost in the 1962 Missal.