Monday, September 30, 2013


The friendship that can cease has never been real
The scars of others should teach us caution
When the stomach is full, it is easy to talk of fasting.
Today is the memorial of St. Jerome, translator of the Bible into its official Latin version (the Vulgate), brilliant scholar, monk, traveler, teacher, letter writer, and consultant to Popes and Bishops. He is one of the most important figures in the history of the Church.
St. Jerome was born in Dalmatia around 340-345 AD to a wealthy Christian family. At the age of 20, he was sent to study in Rome, where he became fluent in Latin and Greek and developed a love for the classical writers. Here he acquired many worldly ideas, made little effort to control his pleasure-loving instincts, and lost much of the piety that had been instilled in him at home. He traveled throughout western Europe with a friend but that ceased when he had a conversion experience in Trier and decided to become a monk. He joined a community in Aquileia in 370, where he met some who would become his close friends and others his enemies. When the community disbanded, he decided to go east and he lived for years in the the Syrian desert as a hermit. He studied Hebrew, which he hated, but used it as a distraction against sexual temptations. He was ordained a priest in Antioch and at the age of 40 went to Constantinople, where he met and befriended St. Gregory of Nazianzus (one of the four great Greek Doctors of the Church.)

St. Jerome became the secretary of Pope Damasus, who commissioned the Vulgate from him, which took him 30 years to write. His harsh temperament and his biting criticisms of his intellectual opponents made him many enemies in the Church and in Rome and he was forced to leave the city. Jerome went to Bethlehem, established a monastery, and lived the rest of his years in study, prayer, and asceticism. Jerome died at Bethlehem, September 30th, 420. Saint Jerome's remains are interred in the church of Saint Mary Major at Rome and his relics are in the Sistine chapel of Saint Mary Major in Rome.

Sunday, September 29, 2013


A perfect world would be one that lives the Spirit of Christ. But unfortunately the forces of darkness work incessantly day and night to destroy and overcome this Holy Spirit.
Let us pray daily this prayer in order that St Michael defends us and helps us to fight and combat the forces of evil.

St. Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.



Saturday, September 28, 2013

Only after the last judgement will Mary get any rest; from now until then she is much too busy with her children.

St John Mary Vianney

Friday, September 27, 2013


If you must hate, hate sin.

If you must not believe, believe not the lies of Satan.

If you must be ignorant, be ignorant of what is evil.

And if you must forget, forget what lies behind.

When you recite the Creed, are you being real or are you being a robot? Do you even know what you are saying? Is there a difference between believing there is a God and believing in God?

Thursday, September 26, 2013


You must remember that you have in Heaven, not only a Father but also a Mother. If our
wretchedness saddens us, if our ingratitude for God terrorizes us, if the memory of our faults hinders us from presenting ourselves to God, our Father, let us then have recourse to Mary, our Mother. She is all sweetness, mercy, goodness and love for us because she is our Mother.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013


Today, the 24th of September is the feast of  the Virgin Mary under the title of Our Lady of Mercy or Our Lady of Ransom.

It is not the first time that the Mother of Christ saved mankind from a catastrophe.

Let us pray the Holy Virgin to save mankind from war, which brings about poverty and devatation and include other intentions especially saving sould from eternal damnation.

Monday, September 23, 2013


St. Padre Pio’s Prayer after Holy Communion:

Stay with me, Lord, for it is necessary to have You present so that I do not forget You. You know how easily I abandon You.
Stay with me, Lord, because I am weak and I need Your strength, that I may not fall so often.
Stay with me, Lord, for You are my life, and without You, I am without fervor.
Stay with me, Lord, for You are my light, and without You, I am in darkness.
Stay with me, Lord, to show me Your will.
Stay with me, Lord, so that I hear Your voice and follow You.
Stay with me, Lord, for I desire to love You very much, and always be in Your company.
Stay with me, Lord, if You wish me to be faithful to You.
Stay with me, Lord, for as poor as my soul is, I wish it to be a place of consolation for You, a nest of Love.
Stay with me, Jesus, for it is getting late and the day is coming to a close, and life passes, death, judgement, eternity approaches. It is necessary to renew my strength, so that I will not stop along the way and for that, I need You. It is getting late and death approaches. I fear the darkness, the temptations, the dryness, the cross, the sorrows. O how I need You, my Jesus, in this night of exile! Stay with me tonight, Jesus, in life with all its dangers, I need You.
Let me recognize You as Your disciples did at the breaking of bread, so that the Eucharistic Communion be the light which disperses the darkness, the force which sustains me, the unique joy of my heart.
Stay with me, Lord, because at the hour of my death, I want to remain united to You, if not by Communion, at least by grace and love.
Stay with me, Jesus, I do not ask for divine consolation, because I do not merit it, but, the gift of Your Presence, oh yes, I ask this of You!
Stay with me, Lord, for it is You alone I look for. Your Love, Your Grace, Your Will, Your Heart, Your Spirit, because I love You and ask no other reward but to love You more and more.
With a firm love, I will love You with all my heart while on earth and continue to love You perfectly during all eternity.


Sunday, September 22, 2013


St Bonaventure Receiving Communion from the Hands of an Angel
Herrera the Elder, 1628
Musée du Louvre, Paris

In offering counsel to a Poor Clare nun on how to make progress in the spiritual life, Bonaventure writes movingly and beautifully:

Since fervour of devotion is nourished and preserved in us by a frequent return of our thoughts to the passion of Christ, anyone who wishes to keep the flame of ardour alive within himself should frequently — or rather, incessantly — contemplate in his heart Christ dying upon the cross. That is why the Lord said of old: The fire on the altar is to be kept burning; it must not go out. Every morning the priest shall put firewood on it.

Listen, devout Mother: your heart is the altar of God. It is here that the fire of intense love must burn always. You are to feed it every day with the wood of the cross of Christ and the commemoration of His passion. The prophet Isaias says (12:3): You shall draw waters with joy out of the Saviour’s fountains; meaning that whoever wishes to obtain from God the waters of grace, the waters of devotion, the waters of tears, must draw from the fountains which are the five wounds of Christ.

Therefore, let your love lead your steps to Jesus wounded, to Jesus crowned with thorns, to Jesus fastened upon the gibbet of the cross. Not only see in His hands the print of the nails, with the apostle Thomas, not only put your finger into the place of the nails, not only put your hand into His side, but enter with your whole being through the door of His side into Jesus’ heart itself. There, transformed into Christ by your burning love for the Crucified, pierced by the nails of the fear of God, wounded by the spear of superabounding love, transfixed by the sword of intimate compassion, seek nothing, desire nothing, wish for no consolation, other than to be able to die with Christ on the cross. Then you may cry out with the Apostle Paul: With Christ, I am nailed to the cross. It is no longer I that live, but Christ lives in me.


'Prayer is, beyond doubt, the most powerful weapon the Lord gives us to conquer evil passions and temptations of the devil; but we must really put ourselves into our prayer: it is not enough just to say the words, it must come from the heart. And also prayer needs to be continuous, we must pray no matter what kind of situation we find ourselves in: the warfare we are engaged in is on-going, so our prayer must be on-going also.'

St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori


The Eucharist has been given to us so that our life like that of Mary, can completely become a Magnificat."

— Pope Francis (as Cardinal)

Saturday, September 21, 2013


"Let every knee bend before Thee, O greatness of my God, so supremely humbled in the Sacred Host. May every heart love Thee, every spirit adore Thee and every will be subject to Thee!"

St. Margaret Mary Alacoque


I would like to present to you in a few words five of the most beautiful jewels in the heart of Mary:

Her simplicity

Her abandonment

Her love for the Cross

Her thirst for souls

Her love.
— Father Jean C. J. d’Elbee in the book I Believe in Love

Friday, September 20, 2013


The rosary has been a way of praying for peace (Fatima), victory (Lepanto), evangelization (Guadalupe), healing (Lourdes), and conversion (Medjugorje). In effect the rosary is part of the Spirit renewing the face of the earth


Remember that the Christian life is one of action; not of speech and daydreams. Let there be few words and many deeds, and let them be done well.
-St. Vincent Pallotti

Thursday, September 19, 2013


The image of God is reflected in a pure soul, like the sun in the water. A pure soul is the admiration of the Three Persons of the Holy Trinity. The Father contemplates His work: There is My creature! … The Son, the price of His Blood: the beauty of an object is shown by the price it has cost The Holy Spirit dwells in it, as in a temple.

-St. John Vianney

Wednesday, September 18, 2013


The Crucifixion — Pompeo Batoni, 1762

From twelve o’clock until three o’clock there was an unearthly darkness that fell over the land, for nature, in sympathy with its Creator, refused to shed its light upon the crime of deicide. Humankind, having condemned the Light of the World, now lost the cosmic symbol of the Light, the sun. At Bethlehem, where He was born at midnight, the heavens were suddenly filled with light; at Calvary, when He entered into the ignominy of His crucifixion at midday, the heavens were bereaved of light.

—Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, Life of Christ



“Servants of God, set the example! Preach by actions more than by words. Actions penetrate the heart, words slip by and are gone.”

- St. Joseph of Cupertino

Tuesday, September 17, 2013


O my soul, what are you doing? Are you not aware that God sees you always? You can never hide yourself from His sight. O Father, have pity on us because we are blind and in darkness. Drive out the darkness and give me light. Melt the ice of my self-love and kindle in me the fire of Your charity.” 

-St. Catherine of Siena


"Holy Mary, Mother of God you have given the world its true light, Jesus, your Son - the Son of God You abandoned yourself completely to God’s call and thus became a well-spring of the goodness which flows forth from Him. Show us Jesus. Lead us to Him. Teach us to know and love Him so that we too can become capable of true love and be fountains of living water in the midst of a thirsting world." — Pope Benedict XVI 

Monday, September 9, 2013


All graces are dispensed by Mary’s hands to whomever she wishes, whenever she wishes and in whatever way she wishes.