Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Confirmation...Gifts of the Holy Spirit..........April 30

coming up at our local Church.

The gift of wisdom corresponds to the virtue of charity.
The gift of understanding corresponds to the virtue of faith.
The gift of knowledge corresponds to the virtue of faith.
The gift of counsel corresponds to the virtue of prudence.
The gift of fortitude corresponds to the virtue of fortitude.
The gift of piety corresponds to the virtue of justice.
The gift of fear of the Lord corresponds to the virtue of hope.

To read more about the Gifts of the Holy Spirit click here

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Feast of St. Catherine of Siena.......... April 29

St. Catherine of Siena
Virgin and Doctor of the Church

Patroness of Fire Prevention

At eighteen years of age she received the habit of the Third Order of St. Dominic. She died at the age of 33.

St. Catherine has long been regarded as one of the finest theological minds in the Church--as is shown by her outstanding work, Dialogue--and in 1970 Pope Paul VI declared her a Doctor of the Church.

Read more about St. Catherine of Siena here.

Monday, April 28, 2008

See, Listen, Love..........April 28

"To see Jesus
is to see God.

To listen to Jesus
is to listen to God.

To love Jesus
is to love God."

Fr. Bernard

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Holy Trinity..........April 27

O Most Holy Trinity,
Undivided Unity,
Holy God,
Mighty God,
God Immortal Be Adored.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Holy Family Prayer..........April 26


O Heavenly Father, our loving God, you have given us the Holy Family as our patron to bless and guide our families that the fruit of the Holy Spirit - love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, and self-control - shall reign in our homes.

Friday, April 25, 2008

St. Mark Feast Day..........April 25

St. Mark
Patron of Venice, Italy
Patron of Notaries

St. Mark is represented with a lion lying at his feet, because the lion, one of the four symbolical animals in the vision of Ezechiel makes the desert re-echo with its roaring.

God our Father, You helped St. Mark the Evangelist with Your grace so that he could preach the Good News of Christ. Help us to know You well so that we may faithfully live our lives as followers of Christ.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

The Chalice..........April 24

"Almighty Father,
I place the Precious Blood of Jesus
before my lips before I pray,
that my prayers may be purified
before they ascend
to Your divine altar."

Sr. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

River of Suffering..........April 23

And I saw the River
over which every soul must pass
to reach the Kingdom of Heaven,
and the name of the River was SUFFERING...
and I saw the Boat which carries souls across the River,
and the name of that Boat was...LOVE."

St. John of the Cross

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Guardian Angel..........April 22

I will sing
even when I must pick my flowers
amid thorn.
The longer and sharper the thorns are,
the sweeter my song will sound.

St. Therese, The Little Flower

Monday, April 21, 2008

Cross and Book..........April 21

The crucifix is an open book
that all can read.
The crucifix is an infinite
declaration of love.

St. Catherine of Siena

Lord, inspire me to read the Crucifix often.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

HIM..........April 20

O holy and immaculate Virgin,
how shall I praise you as I ought?
You have borne in your womb
whom the heavens could not contain.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

God's Messengers..........April 19

"The Angels are the shepherds of our souls.
Not content with bringing our messages to God,
they also bring God's messages to us.
They nourish our souls
with their delightful inspirations
as well as their Divine communications."

St. John of the Cross

Friday, April 18, 2008

Silence..........April 18

"Silence exists so that we might speak to God.
And it is in silence that God communicates His graces to us."

St. Vincent de Paul

The world was silenced at His birth.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Meschini (artist) Jesus and Birds..........April 17

"Whenever our eyes feast on a spectacular scene--
such as a magnificent landscape, or a splendid sunset, or a beautiful star-studded sky--
let us realize that it is only a pale reflection of the Divine Beauty.
Let us then bless the Lord as being the sole source of all good."

St. Theresa of Avila

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Come to the Tabernacle..........April 16

"Jesus knows how to comfort us.
So when you are desolate,
leave creatures behind.
Come to the tabernacle,
and you will always find strength and consolation."

St. Peter Eymard

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Holy Father..........April 15


April 15-20, 2008

"The one who has hope lives differently;
the one who hopes has been granted
the gift of a new life."

Pope Benedict, Spe. Salvi, 2

Monday, April 14, 2008

Mass..........April 14

"When you are at Mass,
be there as if you were on Calvary.
For it is the same sacrifice
and the same Jesus Christ
who is doing for you
what He did on the cross for all human beings.

St. John Baptist de la Salle

Sunday, April 13, 2008

*The Good Shepherd..........April 13

"It takes some of us a lifetime
to learn that Christ, our Good Shepherd,
knows exactly what He is doing with us. He understands us perfectly."

Phillip Keller

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Baptism April 12

"In spite of divisions among Christians,
all those justified by faith
through baptism
are incorporated into Christ...
brothers and sisters in the Lord."

Pope John Paul II

Friday, April 11, 2008

Divine Conversation April 11

"A virtuous life is simply impossible
without the aid of prayer."

St. John Chrysostom

And what is prayer?
Just talking,
having conversation,
with our God.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Nourish Children April 10

"It is not enough for Christian parents to nourish only the bodies of their children; even animals do this.

They must also nourish their souls in grace, in virtue, and in God's holy commandments."

St. Catherine of Siena

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Eternity April 8

Let us pray for a greater faith. Let us know that life
here is only a pilgrimage. We know that the end is
only the beginning.

We know that Eternity has no end.
Eternity is forever.

Where we spend eternity is totally up to us.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Boat Called "Faith" April 7

(card dated 1872)

"No matter what happens, stay aboard the Lord's ship. Never jump off. Persevere to the end and God's kingdom will be yours."

Fr. John Randall

(thanks to Ed's blog here)

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Praying Hands April 6

"Prayer does not change You, Lord,
nor make You do what we want,
or what we think we want.
But it does allow You to change our hearts."

An Hour With Jesus, Volume II

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Silent Birds April 5

(This holy card is a folded folder type card. In the open position you see the front and the back....thus you also see a "fold line" down the middle.)

"Use the talents you possess,
for the woods would be very silent
if no birds sang
except the best."

Friday, April 4, 2008

Queen of the Patriarchs April 4

"The fidelity and the other virtues of Mary
surpass those of the Patriarchs,
whose queen she is."

There are six patriarchs shown and Moses is the only
one with a positive identity. The others might be Abraham, Isaac, Jacob (Israel) and maybe Adam and Noah?????

Thanks to John for translation to English

Patriarchs - "Fathers" who exercised authority over an extended family.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Wings to Heaven April 3

A child (representing any of us) is being readied for the way to heaven.
To support her/us in the harsh combat all the way to Him. He has commanded the angels to give to the soul two wings/ribbons.
One is Chastity, which pleases the Lord.
The other is Charity, which wins us His heart.
Blessed are those faithful souls who use these wings to fly to Him.

(Thanks John for your translaltion.)

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Mary Hugs Pope John Paul II, April 2

Today is the Third Anniversary of
the death of Pope John Paul II.
Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and
let perpetual light shine upon him.

"The desire to receive God's treasures and favors is universal.
But how few people aspire to wear themselves out and to suffer for the Son of God!"

St. John of the Cross

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Mary's Sorrows April 1

Human beings will never comprehend
sufficiently the anguish and immensity of
Mary's sorrows.
Very few Christians partake of those
sufferings and even fewer offer any
consolation to her.

St. Bridget