Friday, July 31, 2009

Act of Love................July 31


Each thought, each word, each deed of mine
Shall be an act of love divine And everything that I shall do Shall be, my God, for love of You.

From "Mary's Call"

French words on the front of the card:
"O my divine Jesus, I do not wish any longer to see You crowned with thorns!
I bring you, in exchange, the flowers of my love!"

Please click on comments to read John's lovingly translated
words to the poem at the left of the picture.
Thank you John.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Find Jesus............July 30

Who is looking for Jesus?
Why are they escaping?
Should we be looking for Him?
"There is only one way to find God,
and that is by prayer."

St. Teresa of Avila

Latin words:
"Rise, take the Child and His mother,
and flee into Egypt."
These words of an angel to St. Joseph
are found in Matthew 2:13.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Gift of Children................July 29

"We should be ever mindful of all the benefits we have received from God during life. Happy shall we be if we strive to thank God for them."

St. Bernard

Heavenly Father, thank You for the children of the world. Keep them always in Your loving arms.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Three Hearts..........July 28

(card dated 1874)

Heart of Jesus, I adore Thee.
Heart of Mary, I implore Thee.
Heart of Joseph, meek and just.
In these Three Hearts, I place my Trust!

(from a commenter...lovestjoseph, 10-6-08)

Dutch words:

"Jesus, Mary, Joseph, I give you my heart. I give you my life."

Monday, July 27, 2009

Religious Final Vows...........July 27

Religious order Nuns take temporary vows for a certain amount of time.

Then they take final vows.
Here is a holy card once sent to a nun who just took final vows.

The card speaks of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience. The three vows.

Read about
Religious Vows

French words:[Above the cross:]"Love ... Sacrifice"
[Beside the cross:]"I unite my cross to Yours, Lord. I walk after You toward Calvary, to be crucified. I wish, when it will be Your will, to die between Your arms."
The above words are quoted from the French priest,
Fr. Francois Fenelon (d. 1715).

Sunday, July 26, 2009

St. Ann (Anne, Anna) July 26

“To St. Anne, God has given the power to aid in every necessity,
because Jesus,
her Divine Grandchild according to the flesh,
will refuse her no petition,
and Mary, her glorious daughter,
supports her every request.
Those who venerate good St. Anne
shall want for nothing,
either in this life or the next. . . .”

Abbot Trithemius

Read about St. Anne.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

What Can I Do?...................July 25

"Do something
for somebody every day
for which you do not get paid."

Albert Schewitzer

Friday, July 24, 2009

WW1, 1914-1918................July 24

This is a Memorial Death card for a soldier
who died in June of 1917.

Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May all the souls of the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God,
rest in peace.

The meaning of the German words:
"They were willing to die for the law
and for their native land."

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Belief in Gospel.............July 23

"If you believe what you like in the gospel,
and reject what you don't like,
it is not the gospel you believe,
but yourself."

St. Augustine of Hippo

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Mary's Love................July 22

"Never has the world had a greater need for love than in our day. People are hungry for love. We don't have time to stop and smile at each other. We are all in such a hurry. Pray. Ask for the necessary grace. Pray to be able to understand how much Jesus loved us, so that you can love others."

Mother Teresa

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Who Do You Love?.................July 21

"To love is to be transformed
into what we love.
To love God is therefore
to be transformed into God."

St. John of the Cross

Here is the meaning of the French words:

"The Little Golden Door [of the tabernacle]. O sole Friend of my soul! Answer me ... Comfort me, because I desire no other friend than You."

Monday, July 20, 2009

Humility..........July 20

"To win,
one must become humble,
lest he loses his soul -
the greatest gift God gives to our humanity.

To lose,
one must be sincerely happy for the winner
and thus learn the great virtue of humility,
which actually is the greatest of accomplishments for our humanity!"

Fr. Leo Patalinghug (grace before

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Love At Work in the World..........July 19

"Love is the guarantee that the life of the Spirit
is growing in us.
Love is the sign of the Holy Spirit
at work in the Church
and in the world."

Thomas Merton

The inscription identifies the woman as a
"Daughter of Wisdom, without her cape/cloak."
The Daughters of Wisdom are
a congregation of women religious,
founded in the 1700s
by St. Louis Marie Grignon de Montford
and Bl. Marie Louise Trichet.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Care of the Sick .......................July 18

"Before all things and above all things
care must be taken of the sick.
They must be served in every deed
as Christ Himself."

St. Benedict

Here is the meaning of the French words:

[In the beam of light:] Look upon My Wounds ...

[At the bottom:] The response of Faith to the too common complaint (of a sufferer): Never look at your own crosses except through the Cross of the Savior ... and they will then seem mild. ... Place your heart in communion with the Sacred Heart. ... Thus you will suffer less, and in a better way.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Laughing Jesus..........July 17

is the most infallible sign
of the presence of

Leon Bloy

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Our Lady of Mount Carmel......July 16

O Beautiful Flower of Carmel,
most fruitful vine, splendor of heaven,
holy and singular, who brought forth the Son of God,
still ever remaining a pure virgin,
assist us in our necessity!
O Star of the Sea,
help and protect us!
Show us that you are our Mother!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Hummel, Holy Family.........July 15

"Let nothing disturb you.
Let nothing frighten you.
All things are passing.
God alone does not change.
Patience achieves everything.
Whoever has God lacks nothing.
God alone suffices."

St. Teresa of Avila

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Monday, July 13, 2009

Humility ...................July 13

"Humility is the only thing
that no devil can imitate.
If pride made demons
out of angels,
there is no doubt
that humility
could make angels out of demons."

St. John Climaus

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Our Lady of Boulogne............July 12

"Be firm in your (holy) resolutions;
stay in the boat in which our Lord has placed you
and let the storm come.
You will not perish."

St. Padre Pio

Saturday, July 11, 2009

St. Benedict..........July 11

St. Benedict was an
Italian monk
who founded
the Benedictine order about 540

"Listen and attend with the ear of your heart."

Read about St. Benedict

The Latin words on the book held by the saint mean, "Holy Rule" -- a reference to the series of regulations written by St. Benedict to guide his monks in their shared life of work and prayer. The Benedictine motto is, "Ora et Labora" (Pray and Work).

Friday, July 10, 2009

Thursday, July 9, 2009

I Wonder..........July 9

"It is no use walking
anywhere to preach
unless our walking is our preaching."

St. Francis of Assisi

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Adoration..............July 8

"Listen in silence
because if your heart is full of other things,
you cannot hear the voice of God...
The essential thing is not what we say,
but what God says to us and through us."

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

French words:
"Go to Jesus, the Victim of love,
in the most blessed Sacrament of the altar."

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

A Gospel to Read...........July 7

"Watch how you live.
Your lives may be the only gospel
your sisters and brothers will ever read."
Dom Helder Camara

Monday, July 6, 2009

Maria Goretti..........July 6


"Even if she had not been a martyr, she would still have been a saint, so holy was her everyday life."
Cardinal Salotti

Read about
Saint Maria Goretti

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Jesus With Apostles..........July 5

"He whose only possession is Jesus
is very rich!"

St. Peter Julian Eymard

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Independence Day..........July 4

Repeat of 7-4-08

"If My people,
which are called by My name,
shall humble themselves,
and pray, and seek My face,
and turn from their wicked ways;
then will I hear from heaven,
and will forgive their sin,
and will heal their land."


Friday, July 3, 2009

Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle.....July 3

St. Thomas doubted the Lord's resurrection.
He was invited by Jesus
to place his fingers into his wounds. Suddenly from incredulity
he passed to ardent faith,
"My Lord and my God!"
He became a great apostolic missionary and died in the 1st century.

(taken from New...St. Joseph Weekday Missal)

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Silence Killls..............July 2

"Preach the truth
as if we had a million voices,
for it is silence
that kills the world."

St. Catherine of Siena

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Star..........July 1

"Star light, Star bright..."

Jesus is the Light of the World.

Peace be with you.