Lent is like a long ‘retreat’ during which we can turn back into ourselves and listen to the voice of God, in order to defeat the temptations of the Evil One. It is a period of spiritual ‘combat’which we must experience alongside Jesus, not with pride and presumption, but using the arms of faith: prayer, listening to the word of God and penance. In this way we will be able to
celebrate Easter in truth, ready to renew the promises of our Baptism.
Pope Benedict XVI, Lent 2010
“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, Martyr of Nagasaki, 1565 – 1597
It would be easier for the world to survive without the sun than to do without Holy Mass.
(St Pio of Pietrelcina, 1887 – 1968)
There is nothing so great as the Eucharist. If God had something more precious, He would have
given it to us.
(St John Vianney, 1786 – 1859)
Today the Magi gaze in deep wonder at what they see: heaven on earth, earth in heaven, man in God, God in man, one whom the whole universe cannot contain now enclosed in a tiny body.
As they look, they believe and do not question, as their symbolic gifts bear witness: incense for God, gold for a king, myrrh for one who is to die.
St Peter Chrysologus (406 – 450)
At this Christmas when Christ comes, will He find a warm heart? Mark the season of Advent by loving and serving others with God’s own love and concern.
(St Teresa of Calcutta, 1910 – 1997)
Look at the set of senseless reasons the enemy gives you for abandoning your prayer: “I have no time” (when you are constantly wasting it!), “This is not for is me”, “My heart dry …”, and so on. Prayer is not a question of what you feel, but of love. And you love when you try hard to say something to the Lord, even though you might not actually say anything.
(St Josemaría Escrivá, 1902 – 1975)
When the Spirit from on high is poured out on us, then will the desert become an orchard and the orchard be as a forest. Right will dwell in the desert and justice abide in the orchard. Justice will bring about peace; right will produce calm and security. (Isaiah 32:15)
The Christian who desires to follow Jesus, carrying his cross, must bear in mind that the name “Christian” means “learner or imitator of Christ” and that if they wish to bear that noble title worthily they must, above all, do as Christ charges us in the Gospel: we must oppose or deny ourselves, take up the cross, and follow him.
St Anthony Mary Claret (1807 – 1870)
Every time I hear anyone speak of the Sacred Heart of Jesus or of the Blessed Sacrament, I feel an indescribable joy. It is as if a wave of precious memories, sweet affections and joyful hopes swept over my poor person, making me tremble with happiness and filling my soul with tenderness. These are loving appeals from Jesus who wants me wholeheartedly there, at the source of all goodness, his Sacred Heart, throbbing mysteriously behind the Eucharistic veils … I love to repeat today ‘Sweet Heart of my Jesus, make me love You more and more.’
Pope St John XXIII, 1881-1963
Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust down to hell satan, and all wicked spirits who wander the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.
St Michael, pray for us.