Saturday, February 28, 2009

*Meditate..........February 28

"Jesus told me that I please Him best
by meditating on His sorrowful Passion,
and by such meditation
much light falls upon the soul."

Saint Maria Faustina

On the card are words written by Abbe (Father) Henri Perreyve, a French priest who suffered and died at about age 34 in 1865:"I adore Thee, Lord Jesus, expiring on the cross for the salvation of all men. I adore Thee and I love Thee, dying for my salvation."

Friday, February 27, 2009

*Spiritual Visit....................February 27

Keep HIM company this Lent

"When you awake in the night,
transport yourself quickly
before the Tabernacle,
saying: Behold, my God,
I come to adore You,
to praise, thank, and love you,
and to keep your company
with all the Angels."

St. John Vianney

(At the top:)"The meeting-place of reverent souls"(At the bottom:)"Come to me, all you who toil and collapse under the burden of your sorrows, and I will give you relief!"

Thursday, February 26, 2009

*Charity..........February 26

" It is by the path of love,
which is charity,
that God draws near to man, and man to God.
But where charity is not found,
God cannot dwell.
If, then, we possess charity,
we possess God,
for "God is Charity" (1John 4:8)

St. Albert the Great

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

*Ash Wednesday..........February 25

Encore, Repeat, Again, Once More
first used February 6, 2008

"Let us receive them (ashes) in a spirit of humility and penance, that by this powerful sacramental we may obtain from almighty God the blessings which the Church implores in the act of blessing them. For, truly, "God overlooks the sins of men for the sake of repentance."

Picture and words above taken from THE SAINT ANDREW MISSAL

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

*The Dormition of Mary..........February 24

"Mary is my great treasure.
She is my All after Jesus.
She is my honor, my tenderness,
and the storehouse of my virtues!
I do everything in and through her."

St. Louis Grignion de Montfort

Prayer - O Mary, you are our greatest treasure after Jesus. Help me to prize you above everything, remain united with you, and reach your Son Jesus through you.

Above taken from MARY DAY BY DAY.

Monday, February 23, 2009

*Be Ready....................February 23

"A man must always be ready,
for death comes when and where
God wills it."

St. John Nepomucen Neumann

(At the top:)
(At the bottom:)
"I believe, Lord, that Thou art the Resurrection and the Life ... and that he who believes in Thee will live, even if he should die ... and that whoever believes in Thee will not die forever ... . Yes, Lord, like Martha and Mary, the sisters of Lazarus, I believe this, and, like them, I confess, by shedding tears over this beloved grave, that Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God, Who has come into this world to save us and to provide a glorious Resurrection."

Sunday, February 22, 2009

*Respect Human Life...........February 22

O Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Holy Family of Nazareth, model of all Christian family life, protect family life today.

May our families abide by your laws, O Lord, and say as your Mother did..."Let it be done to me as you say."

Lord, grant to mankind the wisdom to respect human life at every stage of its development. Grant to our families the knowledge that riches, the values of this world, are not what is essential for temporal and eternal happiness.

Excerpts from A WORLD AT PRAYER

Saturday, February 21, 2009

*Holy Spirit..........February 21

Father, Son and Holy Spirit

The inspiration of the Holy Spirit
is heard only in silence.

Friday, February 20, 2009

*Prayer for Priests..........February 20

Prayer for Priests

..........Give us truly holy priests who,
inflamed with the fire of Thy divine love,
seek nothing but Thy greater glory
and the salvation of our souls.

And thou, Mary, good Mother of priests,
help all priests in their trials and difficulties
and with the loving hand of a Mother,
guide them through the changes of their holy vocation.


Latin words mean, "You are a priest for ever."

Thursday, February 19, 2009

*Guardian Angelsl..........February 19

"We are like children ,
who stand in need of masters
to enlighten us and direct us;
and God has provided for this,
by appointing His angels
to be our teachers and guides."

St. Thomas Aquinas

The German quotation is a translation of Psalm 91, verse 11: "For he will give his angels charge of you to guard you in all your ways." [RSV]The German quotation is a translation of Psalm 91, verse 11: "For he will give his angels charge of you to guard you in all your ways." [RSV]

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

*Value Christ..........February 18

Christ is not valued at all
unless He is valued above all.

St. Augustine

French words: (At the top:) " The

Eucharistic Life of Jesus through the eyes
of faith"
(Around the halo:) "Father, Friend, Counselor, Light, Physician, Priest, Victim, Savior, Helper, Advocate,Confidante, Spouse, ): I am console Thy Heart, to cheer Thy spirit, to strengthen Thy weakness...and especially to be Thy helper in Thy duties toward my Father...toward Thyself."

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

*True Light of Jesus..........February 17

The Mother of God, the most pure Virgin
carried the True Light in her arms and brought Him
to those who lay in darkness.

We too should carry a light for all to see
and reflect the radiance of the True Light
as we hasten to meet Him.

St. Sophronius

Monday, February 16, 2009

*Presidents Day..........February 16

"To sin by silence
when they should protest
makes cowards of men."

Abraham Lincoln

The words on the card come from Psalm 76:8
and are referring to the judgement
of God.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

*Eucharist..........February 15

"In prayer
it is better to have
a heart without words,
than words without a heart."

John Bunyan

Saturday, February 14, 2009

*Valentine's Day...............February 14

Happy Valentine's Day to All

Today, let us give our hearts to Mary.
She will then give them to Jesus.

All for Jesus, through Mary,
for world peace
Queen of Peace,
pray for us.

Friday, February 13, 2009

*Queen of Peace..........February 13

"There is no doubt whatever
that all the praises we address to the Mother
are also addressed to the Son and vice versa.
We cannot do honor to the Son
without at the same time
giving glory to the Mother.

St. Bernard

Thursday, February 12, 2009

*Temptation..........February 12

"The trouble with opportunity is
that it only knocks.
Temptation kicks the door in.


Wednesday, February 11, 2009

*Our Lady of Lourdes..........February 11

"In no other spot as much as Lourdes do we feel so impelled toward prayer, forgetfulness of self, and charity. The most fervent are attracted to a life more totally offered to God's service.

The less fervent become aware of their tepidity and rediscover the way of prayer. Hardened sinners and unbelievers are often touched by grace."

Pope Pius XII

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

*Indwelling Christ..........February 10

"Salt, when dissolved in water, may disappear, but it does not cease to exist. We can be sure of its presence by tasting the water.
Likewise, the indwelling Christ, though unseen, will be made evident to others from the love which He imparts to us."

Sadhu Sundar Singh

Monday, February 9, 2009

*Sacrament..........February 9

Two holy cards commemorating the receiving of two sacraments. First Holy Communion and Confirmation.

What is a sacrament?
A sacrament is an outward sign, instituted by Christ, to give grace.

(double click picture to enlarge)

Sunday, February 8, 2009

*El Greco's Madonna...........February 8

"Mary has a great desire to be invoked by us so that she may dispense her favors to us in greater abundance.

So true is this that she is offended not only by those who speak ill of her but also by those who neglect to ask for her graces."

St. Bonaventure

Holy Family-Detail of Madonna
El Greco (1541-1614 Greek)

Saturday, February 7, 2009

*I Know Not...............February 7

I know not by what methods rare,

But this I know, God answers prayer.

I know not when he sends the word,
That tells us fervent prayer is heard;
I know it cometh, soon or late;
Therefore, we need to pray and wait.

I know not if the blessing sought,
Will come in the way I thought;
I leave my prayers with Him alone,
Whose will is wiser than my own.

Author - Eliza M Hickok
Thanks to a comment given by Anonymous.
Click on "comments" to read the entry.

Friday, February 6, 2009

*Feast of St. Paul Miki..........February 6

Nagasaki, Japan Martyrs

"The only reason for my being killed is that I have taught the doctrine of Christ. I thank God it is for this reason that I die. I believe that I am telling the truth before I die. I know you believe me and I want to say to you all once again: Ask Christ to help you become happy. I obey Christ. After Christ's example, I forgive my persecutors. I do not hate them. I ask God to have pity on all, and I hope my blood will fall on my fellow men as a fruitful rain. "

( St. Paul Miki)

God our Father, source of strength for all your saints, you led Paul Miki and his companions through the suffering of the cross to the joy of eternal life. May their prayers give us the courage to be loyal until death in professing our faith.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

*Feast of St. Agatha........February 5

Endowed with great beauty.
Resisting the solicitations of the governor her breasts were
torn by his order but healed by St. Peter, who appeared to her in her prison.
Her body was then rolled on pieces of broken poetery and on burning coals. She prayed after they returned her to her cell and then expired.
After death the virginal veil which covered her tomb held up the torrents of burning lava rushing down from Etna threatening to ruin the town.
"Invoke St. Agatha to preserve our homes from fire and to extinguish through the spirit of penitience, the impure flames that consume our bodies and our souls."

Taken from St. Andrew Daily Missal

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

*Global Mission..........February 4

"We must be global Christians with a global vision because our God is a global God."

John Stott

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

*My Wishes..........February 3

I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess. I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye.

French words:[In Our Lady's halo:]
"Her power is as great as her love."
[At the bottom, based on the words of Jacob to the angel that wrestled him, in Genesis 32:26 ...]
"O very holy Mother, I will not let you go, unless you bless me."

Monday, February 2, 2009

*Presentation of the Lord..........February 2

This is a post that fit the bill the first time
around and I thought it should simply
"come around again"

Mary, wishing to obey the Mosaic law, had to go to Jerusalem forty days after the birth of Jesus to offer the prescribed sacrifice.

O almighty and everlasting God, we humbly beseech Thy majesty; that as Thine only begotten Son was this day presented in the temple in the substance of our flesh, so too Thou wouldst grant us to be presented unto Thee with purified souls.

Picture and words above taken from THE SAINT ANDREW DAILY MISSAL

Sunday, February 1, 2009

*Beuron, Salve Regina..........February 1

Hail, Holy Queen enthroned above,
O Maria!
Hail, Mother of mercy and of love,
O Maria!
Triumph all ye cherubim!
Sing with us ye seraphim!
Heaven and earth resound the hymn!
Salve, salve, salve, Regina!