Sunday, February 28, 2010

His Mother-My Mother-Your Mother....February 28

Holy Mother, pierce me through,
In my heart each wound renew,
Of my Saviour crucified.

O Mary,
make me to live in God,
with God, and for God.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Christ Before Pilate.......February 27

We too will stand before God to be judged.
Are we prepared?

Lenten Thought:
"Perhaps we need to fast from noise and busyness in order to hear God speaking in the silence. Perhaps we need to fast from television and entertainment in order to hear God in the cries of the poor and the stranger."
It is not too late to start.

Rev. Robert F. Dueweke, OSA

Friday, February 26, 2010

Suffering..........February 26

What does love look like?
It has the hands to help others.
It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy.
It has eyes to see misery and want.
It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men.
That is what love looks like.

Saint Augustine

Thursday, February 25, 2010

It Is Finished..........February 25

"My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will but as thou wilt" (Mt 26:39).

"My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?"
(Mk 15:34)

"Father, into Thy hands I commit my spirit" (Lk 23:46)

"It is finished" (Jn 19:30).

Jesus carried our sins in his own body on the cross so that we could die to sin and live in holiness; by His wounds we have been healed.
(1 Peter 2:24)

Here is the meaning of the Latin words on this card:
"Father, forgive them, for they know not what they are doing."

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Jesus Comforted by an Angel......February 23

New Testament teaches that Jesus suffered on behalf of humanity,
it never said he suffered instead of us.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Hard Lenten Promises..........February 22

"You can't say your Lenten promise
is too hard after looking at this photo."


Where there is no love, put love and
you will find love.

This is a photo that came in an email. It is not my holy card.
It just touched my soul.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

First Sunday of Lent.......February 21 (198)

Why was Jesus tempted by Satan in the desert?
To teach us to withstand sin.

If you don't think you have any sins,
That makes another one.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Our Lady of Sorrows.................February 20

Our Lady of Sorrows

Sorrowful Mary, be with us in our sorrows.
"Place your heart gently in Our Lord's wounds.
Have great confidence in His mercy for
He will never abandon you."

Padre Pio

Here is the meaning of the Latin and German words on this card:

"Sorrowful Mother, comforter of the afflicted, pray for us!"


Friday, February 19, 2010

Trials..........February 19

"Trials help greatly to detach us from earth. They make us look to God,
rather than to this world."

St. Therese of Lisieux

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Ash Wednesday..........February 17


"Through fasting and praying,
we allow Him to come and satisfy
the deepest hunger that we experience,
in the depths of our being:
the hunger and thirst for God."

Pope Benedict XVI

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Does He Hear Your Heart?........February 16

"God is so close,
in fact,
that God,
even hears the desires of our hearts."

St. Vincent Ferrer

Here is the meaning of the German words on this card ...
[At the top:]
"Holy Viaticum"
[At the bottom:]
"Come one more time to me, o Jesus. Then take me to Thyself."

Thanks John for translation.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Holy Longings......February 15

"Holy Communion, as the word itself implies, is the intimate union of Jesus and our soul and body. If we want to have life and have it more abundantly, we must live on the flesh of our Lord."
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

Here is the meaning of the French words on this card ...

[At the top:]
"Holy Longings for First Communion"

[At the bottom:]
"Oh, how beautiful is Heaven! ...
"Speak no more of the pleasures of Earth.
"They promise me a pleasure still greater!
"It is to approach ... oh, how deep the mystery ...
"To feed upon God -- I, a poor child!"
Thanks to John for translating.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Love..............February 14

"Love cannot remain by itself--
it has no meaning.
Love has to be put into action
and that action is service.
A mission of love can come only from
union with God.
From that union, love for the family,
love for one's neighbor,
love for the poor is the natural fruit."

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

"My soul longs to be nourished with Thy body:
my heart desires to be united with Thee."


Saturday, February 13, 2010

The Rosary.........February 13

Click on picture to enlarge

"Say the Rosary every day to obtain world peace and an end to war."

Our Lady of Fatima, May 13, 1917

Friday, February 12, 2010

God's Best Creation..........February 12

"You, Mary, are God's best creation.
No one has ever loved God so
intimately as you,
O glorious Lady."

St. Bridget of Sweden

Here is the meaning of the French words on this card (which, I think, was received by a First Communicant) ...
"O Virgin without equal, most gentle of all creatures, grant that we may live in the
innocence of this day,
blessed by the first visit of the Lord."

Thanks John

Thursday, February 11, 2010

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

"Give me the bread of seeing You
in all things and at all times."
~~ St. Bernadette Soubirous

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Our Lady of the Olives.....February 10

The original of this famous 19th century work was "Quasi Oliva Speciosa in Campis" by Niccolò Barabino. The title is taken from the book of Sirach and translates: "As a fair olive tree in the plains" (Sir 24:19). Our Lady is seated in a garden with the Child Jesus surrounded by olive branches and the Prince of Peace holds a branch.

Read about Our Lady of the Olives HERE.

".....the title "Our Lady of Olives" comes from the Bible and the symbolism of the Olive Tree in the Scriptures. Especially from the book of Sirach which speaks about Wisdom as a "fair olive tree in the field".

Taken from HERE.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Sacrament of Confirmation...February 9

Gifts of the Holy Spirit
"The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude,
knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord." (CCC 1831)

"The fruits of the Spirit are perfections that the Holy Spirit forms in us as the first fruits of eternal glory. The tradition of the Church lists twelve of them: charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control, chastity." (CCC 1832)

Monday, February 8, 2010

Bear Jesus through Grace..........February 8

Feast Day of St. Josephine Bakhita. Read about her HERE

O Mary, what joy must have been yours at the news that the Son of God
would be within you!
Let me rejoice too in the knowledge
that I also am called
to bear Jesus within me through grace."

"Mater Amabilis" is Latin for "Lovable Mother." In the Litany of Loreto, it is rendered more freely as "Mother most amiable."

Translation courtesy of John.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

We All Need Your Love..........February 7

"Never give a hollow greeting of peace or turn away when someone needs your love."

Rule of St. Benedict

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Pray For Priests..........February 6

Click on picture to see detail.

The year of the Priest started June 19, 2009 and ends June 19, 2010.
Are you praying for your priests? We need them and they need us.

“Do not be afraid to give your life to Christ! Nothing will ever replace the ministry of priests at the heart of the Church! Nothing will ever replace a Mass for the salvation of the world! Dear young and not so young who are listening to me, do not leave Christ's call unanswered.” — Pope Benedict XVI

"And all men are ready to pass judgment on the priest as if he was not a being clothed with flesh, or one who inherited a human nature."
St. John Chrysostom

Here is the meaning of the Latin words on this card ...

[At the top:]
"A Memorial of the Priestly Life"

[In the center, and below each of the vignettes showing events in the life of a priest, are words taken from a very old devotional work that was once used by clergymen:]
"O Priest, who are you?
"You are not from yourself, because you are from nothing.
"You are not directed toward yourself, because you are a mediator for men.
"You are not wed to yourself, because you are the spouse of the Church.
"You are not your own, because you are the servant of all.
"You are not yourself, because you are 'God' [when playing the role of Jesus in the Sacraments].
"Thus, you are nothing and yet everything."

[The words in Old English font, under the arches at the bottom, are the Latin translation of 1 Cor 4-1:]
"This is how a man should regard us: as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God."

Thank You to John for Translating.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Pious Reflections........February 5

"We must pray without ceasing,
in every occurrence and employment of our lives -
that prayer which is rather a habit
of lifting up the heart to God
as in a constant communication."

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Eucharistic Miracle..........February 4

"This is the living bread
that came down from heaven."
St. Teresa Benedicta

Card from Joy2Day2You
Thanks Janette.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

St. Blase Feast Day.....February 3

"Through the intercession of Saint Blase, bishop and martyr, may God deliver you from ailments of the throat and from every other evil. In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit"
(Blessing of Saint Blase)

According to a legend, a mother came with her young son who had a fish bone lodged in his throat. At Blase’s command the child was able to cough up the bone. He was beheaded for not sacrifacing to pagan gods

Read about St. Blase HERE

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Mary Loves..........February 2

"Mary seeks for those
who approach her devoutly and with reverence,
for such she loves,
and adopts as her children. "

St. Bonaventure

Here is the meaning of the French words on this card:

"Be praised, o most pious Virgin Mary, our gentle and loving Mother."

Monday, February 1, 2010

Making a Toy for Jesus..........February 1

Making a living is important,
but living for the MAKER
is more important.

St Joseph,
be with all fathers,
especially those trying
to make time and toys for their children.