Posted by: livingscripture | July 30, 2015

17th Thursday in Ordinary Time

“What is a vocation? It is a gift from God, so it comes from God. If it is a gift from God, our concern must be to know God’s will. We must enter that path: if God wants, when God wants, how God wants. Never force the door.”
— St. Gianna Molla

 

Meditation of the Day
“But what parent ever suffered so much for his son as Joseph for Jesus? All his sufferings were on His account, and were brought upon him because he was father to the Messiah. He was the first to suffer persecution for Him. The martyrs suffered because they were disciples of the Son of God, but Joseph paid the penalty of having been made father to the Incarnate Word. All, however, that he endured was joy unutterable to his soul, because it was for Jesus.”
— Edward Healy Thompson
Posted by: livingscripture | July 29, 2015

17th Wednesday in Ordinary Time

“The deeds you do may be the only sermon some people will hear today.”
— St. Francis of Assisi

 

Meditation of the Day
“Avoid worrying, then, about anything else for your children except whatever may contribute to bringing them up virtuously. For the rest, having entrusted them to God, try to see what His will for them is, to help them along the path in life He has chosen for them. Never be afraid of relying too much on Him, but rather seek always to increase your trust more and more, for this is the most pleasing homage you can pay Him and it will be the measure of the graces you will receive. Little or much will be given you according as you have expected little or much.”
— St. Claude De La Columbiere
Posted by: livingscripture | July 28, 2015

17th Tuesday in Ordinary Time

“Whenever anything disagreeable or displeasing happens to you, remember Christ crucified and be silent.”
— St. John of the Cross
Meditation of the Day
“If we do not die to ourselves, and if our holiest devotions do not incline us to this necessary and useful death, we shall bring forth no fruit worth anything, and our devotions will become useless. All our good works will be stained by self-love and our own will . . . We must choose therefore, among all the devotions to the Blessed Virgin, the one which draws us most toward this death to ourselves, inasmuch as it will be the best and the most sanctifying. For we must not think that all that shines is gold, that all that tastes sweet is honey, or that all that is easy to do and is done by the greatest number is the most sanctifying.”
— St. Louis De Montfort
Posted by: livingscripture | July 27, 2015

“The accidents of life separate us from our dearest friends, but let us not despair. God is like a looking glass in which souls see each other. The more we are united to Him by love, the nearer we are to those who belong to Him.”
— St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Meditation of the Day
“This Lord of ours is so anxious that we should desire Him and strive after His companionship that He calls us ceaselessly, time after time, to approach Him . . . His appeals come through the conversations of good people, or from sermons, or through the reading of good books; and there are many other ways, of which you have heard, in which God calls us. Or they come through sicknesses and trials, or by means of truths which God teaches us at times when we are engaged in prayer; however feeble such prayers may be, God values them highly.”
— St. Teresa of Avila
Posted by: livingscripture | July 26, 2015

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“You are rewarded not according to your work or your time but according to the measure of your love.”
— St. Catherine of Siena
“We are the holy Church. But I do not say ‘we’ as though to indicate only we who are here, you who have just been listening to me. I mean all of us who are here and by the grace of God faithful Christians in this church, that is, in this city; all those in this region, in this province, across the sea, all those in the whole world. Such is the Catholic Church, our true mother, the true spouse of so great a husband.”
— St. Augustine
Posted by: livingscripture | July 25, 2015

16th Saturday in Ordinary Time

“Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.”
— St. Augustine
Meditation of the Day
“Some beginners, too, make light of their faults, and at other times indulge in immoderate grief when they commit them. They thought themselves already saints, and so they become angry and impatient with themselves, which is another great imperfection. They also importune God to deliver them from their faults and imperfections, but it is only for the comfort of living in peace, unmolested by them, and not for God; they do not consider that, were He to deliver them, they would become, perhaps, prouder than ever.”
— St. John of the Cross
Posted by: livingscripture | July 24, 2015

16th Friday in Ordinary Time

“Announcing the Gospel is the first and greatest act of charity.”
— St. Arnold Janssen

 

Meditation of the Day
“We have to accustom ourselves to pray in all places and at all times. The real place to pray in is the soul, for God dwells there. If we wish to obey our Lord’s counsel, when we pray we should enter the chamber of our soul, close the door, and speak to the Father, whose loving eyes seek ever our own. This inner chamber of our soul is the true temple, the sacred sanctuary, and we carry it with us and can at any time either remain there or quickly return to it, should we have been obliged to leave it.”
— Dom Augustin Guillerand
Posted by: livingscripture | July 23, 2015

16th Thursday in Ordinary Time

“I will glory not because I am righteous, but because I am redeemed; I will glory not because I am free from sins, but because my sins are forgiven me. I will not glory because I have done good nor because someone has done good to me, but because Christ is my advocate with the Father and because the blood of Christ has been shed for me.”
— St. Ambrose
Meditation of the Day
“Like Mary, we’re all called to stand at the foot of the Cross at Mass, join ourselves with Jesus’ sacrifice, and offer ourselves through him, with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, to the glory of God the Father. And Our Blessed Mother helps us to do this, just as she helped St. John and many other saints throughout the ages.”
— Fr. Michael Gaitley
Posted by: livingscripture | July 22, 2015

16th Wednesday in Ordinary Time

“Let us thank God for having called us to His holy faith. It is a great gift, and the number of those who thank God for it is small.”
— St. Alphonsus Liguori
Meditation of the Day
“God loves everyone with unique love; he wants to lead them all to perfection, but at the same time has very different paths for different people. This means that the frequency and characteristics of the inspirations of grace will differ from one person to another. We cannot force the Spirit, God is the master of his gifts. That said, it cannot be doubted that God will grant each person at least the inspirations he needs for his own sanctification.”
— Fr. Jacques Philippe
Posted by: livingscripture | July 21, 2015

16th Tuesday in Ordinary Time

“Make it a practice to judge person and things in the most favorable light at all times, in all circumstances.”
— St. Vincent de Paul
Meditation of the Day
“The Church, which has spread everywhere, even to the ends of the earth, received the faith from the apostles and their disciples . . . Having one soul and one heart, the Church holds this faith, preaches and teaches it consistently as though by a single voice. For though there are different languages, there is but one tradition.”
— St. Ignatius of Antioch

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