Rorate, caeli, desuper, et nubes pluant justum, aperiatur terra, et germinet Salvatorem. Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the just: let the earth be opened and bud forth a Savior. The introit from todays 'Rorate Mass' - an early morning candlelight votive Mass in honor of the Blessed Virgin.
Let us go forward in peace, our eyes upon heaven, the only one goal of our labors. - St. Therese of Lisieux
“Listen and let it penetrate your heart…do not be troubled or weighed down with grief. Do not fear any illness or vexation, anxiety or pain. Am I not here who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not your fountain of life? Are you not in the folds of my mantle? In the crossing of my arms? Is there anything else you need?” — Our Lady of Guadalupe to St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatostzin on December 12th, 1531 An image from a Mass in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas with a beautiful vestment from @altarworthy Our Lady of Guadalupe - pray for us!
We must pray without tiring, for the salvation of mankind does not depend on material success… but on Jesus alone. - St. Frances Xavier Cabrini
“No matter how sinful one may have been, if he has devotion to Mary, it is impossible that he be lost.” - St Hilary of Poitiers
O God, by foreseen merits of the death of Christ, You shielded Mary from all stain of sin and preserved the Virgin Mother immaculate at her conception so that she might be a fitting dwelling place for Your Son. Cleanse us from sin through her intercession so that we also may come to You untainted by sin. Collect prayer in the 1962 Missal for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Virgin Mary, conceived without sin, patroness of our country - pray for us!
Let your door stand open to receive Him, unlock your soul to Him, offer Him a welcome in your mind, and then you will see the riches of simplicity, the treasures of peace, the joys of grace. Throw wide the gate of your heart, stand before the sun of the everlasting everlasting light. ~ St. Ambrose December 7 is the feast of St. Ambrose of Milan, Bishop and Doctor of the Church. St. Ambrose of Milan - pray for us!
The giver of every good and perfect gift has called upon us to mimic Gods giving, by grace, through faith, and this is not of ourselves. -St. Nicholas of Myra December 6 is the feast of St. Nicholas of Myra, Bishop and Confessor. As the Archbishop of Myra Nicholas participate in the council of Nicea in AD 325 where he forcefully stood against the Arian heresy. St. Nicholas is remembered for his generosity for those in need, care for children, and concern for sailors. Today he is the patron of children, sailors, brewers, Russia and Greece. St. Nicholas of Myra - pray for us!
Put forth Your power, O Lord, we beseech You, and come, that with You as our protector we may be rescued from the impending danger of our sins; and with You as our deliverer, may we obtain our salvation. Collect prayer for Thursday of the first week of Advent in the 1962 Missal.