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Under the Mantle of Mary

Under the Mantle of Mary*
Jul 21 '14
Jul 15 '14
Jul 14 '14
"I know no surer way of discovering whether a person belongs to God than by finding out if he loves the Hail Mary & Rosary."
St. Louis de Montfort (via catholicsoul)
Jul 12 '14
"Joan of Arc was not stuck at the Cross Roads either by rejecting all the paths like Tolstoy or by accepting them all like Nietzsche. She chose a path and went down it like a thunderbolt. Yet Joan, when I come to think of her, had in her all that was true either in Tolstoy or Nietzsche — all that was even tolerable in eitber of them. I thought of all that is noble in Tolstoy: the pleasure in plain things, especially in plain pity, the actualities of the earth, the reverence for the poor, the dignity of the bowed back. Joan of Arc had all that, and with this great addition: that she endured poverty while she admired it, whereas Tolstoy is only a typical aristocrat trying to find out its secret. And then I thought of all that was brave and proud and pathetic in poor Nietzsche and his mutiny against the emptiness and timidity of our time. I thought of his cry for the ecstatic equilibrium of danger, his hunger for the rush of great horses, his cry to arms. Well, Joan of Arc had all that and, again, with this difference, that she did not praise fighting, but fought. We know that she was not afraid of an army, while Nietzsche for all we know was afraid of a cow. Tolstoy only praised the peasant; she was the peasant. Nietzsche only praised the warrior; she was the warrior. She beat them both at their own antagonistic ideals she was more gentle than the one, more violent than the other. Yet she was a perfectly practical person who did something, while they are wild speculators who do nothing."

G.K. Chesterton in Orthodoxy

A Service of

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Jul 10 '14

catholicsoul:

It is My Will that this our beloved child (St. Veronica Giuliani) should be guided by thee. Jesus to His holy Mother 

You are my favorite daughter. You are the heart of my heart! Our Lady to St. Veronica Giuliani

Jul 10 '14

catholicsoul:

O Lord Jesus Christ, who did glorify St. Veronica by the marks of Thy suffering, grant us the grace to crucify our flesh and thus become worthy of attaining to the joys of eternity. Who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.

St. Veronica Giuliani, perfected by suffering and renunciation, pray for us!

Jun 27 '14
"Stand patiently and pray steadfastly, brushing off the impacts of worldly cares and all thoughts."
St. Nilus of Sinai (via catholicsoul)
Jun 25 '14
catholicsoul:

The voice of Jesus.
My Child, with all watchfulness, keep thy heart safe for Me: for from it proceeds either life or death. 
The greatest and most pleasing gift thou canst offer, is to present thy whole heart irrevocably to Me; and thou canst have no better, nor more wholesome employment, than, to preserve thy heart faithfully for Me. 
The self-collected man keeps watch over all the avenues of the heart; Me, his God and Saviour, he entertains within himself; with Me he deals generously, with Me he converses familiarly.
Everywhere self-possessed, he peacefully enjoys the Beloved of his soul, and is ever saved from wearisomeness, and from numberless faults. Whilst inwardly recollected, he makes progress in virtue; and, in spite of every obstacle, he hastens on to perfection. 
Observe carefully, with what objects thy heart busies itself; by what it is moved, towards what it tends. Turn thyself wholly to interior things; and, intent on these, preserve inward peace, and rejoice in My presence.
The voice of the Disciple.
Grant me, I beseech Thee, Lord Jesus, an inward spirit, that I may keep my heart for Thee, that I may watch over its employments. 
For I find it ever busy but, by reason of my neglectfulness, it heeds neither place, nor time, nor objects. 
It is never at rest: when it escapes from one object, it is entangled in another. It is excited by curiosity, it is allured by cupidity, it is misled by vanity, it is defiled by pleasure, it is wasted by sadness, it is tortured by envy, it is disturbed by love and hatred, it is worried by its own misery, and by worrying itself it is broken down. 
Thus is my heart busied, thus is it defiled, when , watch not over it, or when I am careless about it. 
Imitation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Chapter XXI

catholicsoul:

The voice of Jesus.

My Child, with all watchfulness, keep thy heart safe for Me: for from it proceeds either life or death. 

The greatest and most pleasing gift thou canst offer, is to present thy whole heart irrevocably to Me; and thou canst have no better, nor more wholesome employment, than, to preserve thy heart faithfully for Me. 

The self-collected man keeps watch over all the avenues of the heart; Me, his God and Saviour, he entertains within himself; with Me he deals generously, with Me he converses familiarly.

Everywhere self-possessed, he peacefully enjoys the Beloved of his soul, and is ever saved from wearisomeness, and from numberless faults. Whilst inwardly recollected, he makes progress in virtue; and, in spite of every obstacle, he hastens on to perfection. 

Observe carefully, with what objects thy heart busies itself; by what it is moved, towards what it tends. Turn thyself wholly to interior things; and, intent on these, preserve inward peace, and rejoice in My presence.

The voice of the Disciple.

Grant me, I beseech Thee, Lord Jesus, an inward spirit, that I may keep my heart for Thee, that I may watch over its employments. 

For I find it ever busy but, by reason of my neglectfulness, it heeds neither place, nor time, nor objects. 

It is never at rest: when it escapes from one object, it is entangled in another. It is excited by curiosity, it is allured by cupidity, it is misled by vanity, it is defiled by pleasure, it is wasted by sadness, it is tortured by envy, it is disturbed by love and hatred, it is worried by its own misery, and by worrying itself it is broken down. 

Thus is my heart busied, thus is it defiled, when , watch not over it, or when I am careless about it. 

Imitation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Chapter XXI

Jun 18 '14
"How many are now in hell who thought of amending their lives at some future period."
St. Alphonsus Liguori (via catholicsoul)
Jun 12 '14
"Brothers, because of the love I have for you, I wish I were able to reassure you with the prospect of eternal happiness by saying to each of you: You are certain to go to paradise; the greater number of Christians is saved, so you also will be saved. But how can I give you this sweet assurance if you revolt against God’s decrees as though you were your own worst enemies? I observe in God a sincere desire to save you, but I find in you a decided inclination to be damned. So what will I be doing today if I speak clearly? I will be displeasing to you. But if I do not speak, I will be displeasing to God."
St. Leonard of Port Maurice (via catholicsoul)