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Quotes of the Day

What things God hath prepared for those that love Him


May 6, 2022

Spirituality

“… eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of man, what things God hath prepared for those that love Him.” (1 Cor. 2:9)

Doctrine

Pope Eugene IV: “Holy baptism, which is the gateway to the spiritual life, holds the first place among all the sacraments; through it we are made members of Christ and of the body of the Church.  And since death entered the universe through the first man, ‘unless we are born of water and the Spirit, we cannot,’ as the Truth says, ‘enter into the kingdom of heaven’ [John 3:5].  The matter of this sacrament is real and natural water.” (Council of Florence, “Exultate Deo,” 1439)

Mary fills with saints the empty thrones from which the apostate angels fell by pride


May 5, 2022

Spirituality

St. Louis De Montfort: “In the heavens Mary commands the angels and the blessed. As a recompense, God has empowered her and commissioned her to fill with saints the empty thrones from which the apostate angels fell by pride.” (True Devotion to Mary, #28)

Doctrine

Pope Pius XI, Rappresentanti in terra (#22), Dec. 31, 1929: “… this work of the Church in every branch of culture is of immense benefit to families and nations which without Christ are lost, as St. Hilary points out correctly: ‘What can be more fraught with danger for the world than the rejection of Christ?’”

What Does Performing Any Work While In Mortal Sin Mean?


May 4, 2022

Spirituality

St. John Eudes (17th century): “If you [while in mortal sin] perform any good works, they merit no recompense in Heaven; for those whom mortal sin deprives of sanctifying grace, can merit nothing for Heaven, so long as they remain in that state.  Their labors and sufferings, which might satisfy for the pain due to their past sins, and acquire for them, at the same time, new degrees of grace and merit, cannot produce these happy effects, because they lose their rewards through sin.” 

Doctrine

St. Jerome had such “love for the Bible that he decided – like the man in the Gospel who found a treasure – to spurn ‘any emoluments that the world could provide,’ and devote himself wholly to such studies… He left home, parents, sister, and relatives; he denied himself the more delicate food he had been accustomed to, and went to the East so that he might gather from studious reading of the Bible the fuller riches of Christ and true knowledge of his Savior.” (Pope Benedict XV, Spiritus Paraclitus #2, Sept. 15, 1920)

God has knowledge of things that are not


Spirituality

St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae, Prima Pars, Q. 14, A. 9: “Whatever therefore can be made, or thought, or said by the creature, as also whatever He [God] Himself can do, all are known to God, although they are not actual.  And in so far it can be said that He has knowledge of things that are not.”

Doctrine

St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae, Prima Pars, Q. 14, A. 13: “Hence all things that are in time are present to God from eternity, not only because He has the types of things present with Him, as some say; but because His glance is carried from eternity over all things as they are in their presentiality.  Hence it is manifest that contingent things are infallibly known by God, inasmuch as they are subject to the divine sight in their presentiality; yet they are future contingent things in relation to their own causes.”

Judge righteous judgment


May 2, 2022

Spirituality

St. Basil, Letter 204: “Judge righteous judgment [John 7:24].  This precept is one of those most necessary for salvation.”

Doctrine

Pope Clement V: “Besides, a unique baptism regenerating all who are baptized in Christ must be faithfully confessed by all just as ‘one God and one faith’ [Eph. 4:5], which celebrated in water in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit we believe to be the perfect remedy for salvation for both adults and children.” (Council of Vienne, 1311-1312)

Parents have a right to the training of their children


May 1, 2022

Spirituality

“One afternoon Lucia brought some other girls, schoolmates. When they had gone, Francisco looked seriously at her and said: ‘Don’t walk with them, because you can learn to commit sins.’ ‘But they leave school when I do’ (Lucia replied). ‘When you leave, spend a little while at the feet of the hidden Jesus, and then come home alone.’” (William Thomas Walsh, Our Lady of Fatima, p. 164.)

Doctrine

Pope Pius XI: “By nature parents have a right to the training of their children, but with this added duty that the education and instruction of the child be in accord with the end for which by God’s blessing it was begotten. Therefore it is the duty of parents to make every effort to prevent any invasion of their rights in this matter, and to make absolutely sure that the education of their children remain under their own control in keeping with their Christian duty, and above all refuse to send them to those schools in which there is danger of imbibing the deadly poison of impiety.” (Rappresentanti in terra #35, Dec. 31, 1929)

The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil


April 30, 2022

Spirituality

Proverbs 8:13- “The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil.  Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.”

Doctrine

Pope St. Siricius (A.D. 385): “… we also say that to infants who will not yet be able to speak on account of their age or to those who in any necessity will need the holy stream of baptism, we wish succor to be brought with all celerity, lest it should tend to the perdition of our souls if the saving font be denied to those desiring it and every single one of them exiting this world lose both the Kingdom and life.  Whoever should fall into the peril of shipwreck, the incursion of an enemy, the uncertainty of a siege or the desperation of any bodily sickness, and should beg to be relieved by the unique help of faith, let them obtain the rewards of the much sought-after regeneration in the same moment of time in which they beg for it.  Let the previous error in this matter be enough; [but] now let all priests maintain the aforesaid rule, who do not want to be torn from the solidity of the apostolic rock upon which Christ constructed His universal Church.” (Decree to Himerius on the Necessity of Baptism)

The people must be taught that the profession of the Catholic faith is uniquely true


April 29, 2022

Spirituality

“And a certain man said to him: Lord, are they few that are saved? But he said to them: Strive to enter by the narrow gate: for many, I say to you, shall seek to enter, and shall not be able.” (Luke 13:23-24)

Doctrine

Pope Pius VIII: “Against these experienced sophists the people must be taught that the profession of the Catholic faith is uniquely true, as the apostle proclaims: one Lord, one faith, one baptism. Jerome used to say it this way: he who eats the Lamb outside this house will perish as did those during the flood who were not with Noah in the ark. Indeed, no other name than the name of Jesus is given to men, by which they may be saved. He who believes shall be saved; he who does not believe shall be condemned.” (Traditi humilitati #4, May 24, 1829)

Pope St. Celestine Against The Nestorianism Heresy


April 28, 2022

Spirituality

Jacinta: “‘Francisco! Francisco, are you going to pray with me? It is necessary to pray a great deal to save souls from Hell. So many are going there! So many!’ And they said the prayer again together, for those who said no prayers.” (William Thomas Walsh, Our Lady of Fatima, p. 90.)

Doctrine

Pope St. Celestine: “If anyone dares to say that Christ was a God-bearing man and not rather God in truth, being by nature one Son, even as ‘the Word became flesh,’ and is made partaker of flesh and blood precisely like us, let him be anathema.” (Council of Ephesus, 431, Can. 5, Against Nestorius)

Do not love the glory of men more than the glory of God


April 26, 2022

Spirituality

“However, many of the chief men also believed in Him: but because of the Pharisees, they did not confess it, that they might not be cast out of the synagogue. For they loved the glory of men, more than the glory of God.” (John 12:42-43)

Doctrine

Pope Pius IX: “… the new heretics who call themselves ‘Old Catholics’... these schismatics and heretics... their wicked sect... these sons of darkness... their wicked faction… this deplorable sect… This sect overthrows the foundations of the Catholic religion, shamelessly rejects the dogmatic definitions of the Ecumenical Vatican Council, and devotes itself to the ruin of souls in so many ways.  We have decreed and declared in Our letter of 21 November 1873 that those unfortunate men who belong to, adhere to, and support that sect should be considered as schismatics and separated from communion with the Church.” (Graves ac diuturnae #’s 1-4, March 23, 1875, on the “Old Catholics” who reject Vatican I’s definition of Papal Infallibility)

Purity of heart and intention is necessary


April 25, 2022

Spirituality

St. John Eudes (17th century): “Is it not a deplorable truth, that many who fill the highest offices, and occupations the most holy, lose the merit of all their actions in failing to perform them with that purity of heart and intention which is necessary?”

Doctrine

Isaiah 40:12-13,21-22-“Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and weighed the heavens with his palm? Who has poised with three fingers the bulk of the earth, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance? Who has forwarded the spirit of the Lord? Or who has been his counsellor, and hath taught him?... Do you not know? Has it not been heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood the foundations of the earth? It is he that sits upon the globe of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as locusts: he that stretches out the heavens as nothing, and spreads them out as a tent to dwell in.”

Non-Catholic names should not be given either to children or adults in baptism


April 24, 2022

Spirituality

St. Basil: “For how is a man the better for having his belly filled yesterday, if his natural hunger fails to find its proper satisfaction in food today? In the same way the soul gains nothing by yesterday’s virtue unless it be followed by the right conduct of today. For it is said I shall judge you as I shall find you.” (Letter 42, 4th century)

Doctrine

Pope Benedict XIV, Quod Provinciale, Aug. 1, 1754: “The Provincial Council of your province of Albania… decreed most solemnly in its third canon, among other matters, as you know, that Turkish or Mohammedan names should not be given either to children or adults in baptism… This should not be hard for any one of you, venerable brothers, for none of the schismatics and heretics has been rash enough to take a Mohammedan name, and unless your justice abounds more than theirs, you shall not enter the kingdom of God.” (Quod Provinciale #1, Aug. 1, 1754)

St. Anselm, against those who refuse to believe until they understand


April 23, 2022

Spirituality

St. Catherine of Siena to Blessed Raymond Capua: “I saw the pains of Hell and of Purgatory, [which are] so great that no tongue of man is able to declare them. I saw also the bliss of Heaven and the glory of my Divine Spouse, which only to think of fills my soul with a loathing for all things that are in the world.”

Doctrine

St. Anselm, against those who refuse to believe until they understand: “For I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe that I may understand. For this I also believe, that unless I believe, I should not understand.” (Chapter One of the Prosologion)

When the Philistines captured the ark of God


April 20, 2022

Spirituality

When the Philistines captured the ark of God: “And the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it into the temple of Dagon [their idol], and set it by Dagon.  And when the Azotians arose early the next day, behold Dagon lay upon his face on the ground before the ark of the Lord: and they took Dagon, and set him again in his place.  And the next day again, when they rose in the morning, they found Dagon lying upon his face on the earth before the ark of the Lord: and the head of Dagon, and both the palms of his hands, were cut off upon the threshold.” (1 Kings 5:2-4)

Doctrine

St. Irenaeus, Against Heresies, c. 185: “And the heretics, indeed, who bring strange fire to the altar of God – namely, strange doctrines – shall be burned up by the fire from heaven, as were Nadab and Abiud.  But such as rise in opposition to the truth, and exhort others against the Church of God, [shall] remain among those in hell, being swallowed up by an earthquake, even as those who were with Core, Dathan, and Abiron.”

Drunkenness Is A Mortal Sin


April 19, 2022

Spirituality

St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae, I-II, Q. 88, A. 5, Reply 1: “With regard to drunkenness we reply that it is a mortal sin by reason of its genus; for, that a man, without necessity, and through the mere lust of wine, makes himself unable to use his reason, whereby he is directed to God and avoids committing many sins, is expressly contrary to virtue.”

Doctrine

Pope Benedict XIV, Ex Quo Primum (# 61), March 1, 1756: “The first consideration is that the ceremonies of the Mosaic Law were abrogated by the coming of Christ and that they can no longer be observed without sin after the promulgation of the Gospel.”

The thing which kept every one of them from being a Catholic was bad will


April 18, 2022

Spirituality

Father Leonard Feeney: “One of the experiences I have had during my life has been that of dealing with college men and women, and of being able to indicate to them that there was bad will in what was keeping them away from Our Lord and Our Lady. I listened to them for long, long months, and I knew then, as I know now, that the thing which kept every one of them from being a Catholic was bad will.”

Doctrine

Pope St. Leo the Great, Letter 15, July 21, 447: “Besides this one consubstantial, eternal, and unchangeable Godhead of the Most High Trinity there is nothing in all creation which, in its origin, is not created out of nothing.”

“Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?”


April 16, 2022

Spirituality

“…when it began to dawn towards the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary to see the sepulcher.  And behold there was a great earthquake.  For an angel of the Lord descended from heaven: and coming, rolled back the stone, and sat upon it.  And his countenance was as lightning, and his raiment as snow.  And for fear of him, the guards were struck with terror, and became as dead men.  And the angel answering, said to the women: Fear not you: for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified: He is not here; for he is risen, as he said.” (Matthew 28:1-6)

Doctrine

“As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, ‘Peace to you!’  But they were startled and frightened and thought they saw a spirit.  And he said to them, ‘Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?  See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.’ And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet.  And while they still disbelieved for joy and were marveling, he said to them, ‘Have you anything here to eat?’  They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate before them. Then he said to them, ‘These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.’  Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.  And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.’  Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them. While he blessed them, he parted from them and was carried up into heaven. And they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy...” (Luke 24:36-53)

And bowing the knee before Jesus, they mocked him


April 14, 2022

Spirituality

“Then the soldiers of the governor taking Jesus into the hall, gathered together unto him the whole band; And stripping him, they put a scarlet cloak about him. And platting a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand. And bowing the knee before him, they mocked him, saying: Hail, king of the Judeans. And spitting upon him, they took the reed, and struck his head.” (Mt. 27:27-30)

Doctrine

“And they took Jesus, and led him forth. And bearing his own cross, he went forth to that place which is called Calvary, but in Hebrew Golgotha. Where they crucified him, and with him two others, one on each side, and Jesus in the midst. And Pilate wrote a title also, and he put it upon the cross. And the writing was: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JUDEANS. This title therefore many of the Judeans did read: because the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, in Greek, and in Latin. Then the chief priests of the Judeans said to Pilate: Write not, The King of the Judeans; but that he said, I am the King of the Judeans. Pilate answered: What I have written, I have written.” (John 19:16-22)

St. Alphonsus on the damnation of the impure


April 13, 2022

Spirituality

St. Alphonsus on the damnation of the impure: “Continue, O fool, says St. Peter Damian (speaking to the unchaste), continue to gratify the flesh; for the day will come in which thy impurities will become as pitch in thy entrails, to increase and aggravate the torments of the flame which will burn thee in hell: ‘The day will come, yea rather the night, when thy lust shall be turned into pitch, to feed in thy bowels the everlasting fire.’” (Preparation for Death, p. 117)

Doctrine

Pope Leo XIII: “The Church, founded on these principles and mindful of her office, has done nothing with greater zeal and endeavor than she has displayed in guarding the integrity of the faith. Hence she regarded as rebels and expelled from the ranks of her children all who held beliefs on any point of doctrine different from her own.” (Satis Cognitum # 9, June 29, 1896)

The Devil gives sin a captivating appearance


April 12, 2022

Spirituality

St. John Eudes (17th century): “In order to ensnare us, the Devil gives sin a captivating appearance, that he might the more easily cause us to commit it. It was thus he seduced our first parents: by promising them the knowledge of good and evil. He even dared to tempt our Lord Himself in the same manner, offering Him all the possessions of the earth if He would only commit one sin. We find that in all his attempts to draw us into sin, he invariably holds out a hope of some temporal advantage. Thousands of Christians daily yield to this temptation, and lose the eternal happiness of the other life to enjoy the false pleasures of this world.”

Doctrine

Pope St. Leo the Great: “But that this may be properly observed and guarded, the integrity of the Catholic faith must first of all be preserved, and, because in all cases ‘narrow’ and steep ‘is the way that leadeth unto life,’ there must be no deviation from its track, either to the right hand or to the left.” (Letter 85, June 9, 451)

To counteract the deadly pest of heresy, spare no labor


April 11, 2022

Spirituality

“‘Why doesn’t Our Lady show Hell to sinners?’ demanded Jacinta one day. ‘If they saw it, they would never sin again, so they wouldn’t go there. You must tell that Lady to show Hell to all those people. You will see how they will be converted!’ Poor Jacinta! It seemed so simple. Perhaps she had not yet heard the parable of Dives and Lazarus. ‘If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither would they believe were one to rise from the dead (Luke 16:31).’” (William Thomas Walsh, Our Lady of Fatima, p. 90)

Doctrine

Pope Pius VIII: “The heretics have disseminated pestilential books everywhere, by which the teachings of the impious spread, much as a cancer. To counteract this most deadly pest, spare no labor.” (Traditi Humilitati # 9, May 24, 1829)

Our God is the Personal God


April 10, 2022

Spirituality

Padre Pio on the devil beating him with iron weapons: “The ogre [the devil] won’t admit defeat.  He has appeared in almost every form.  For the past few days he has paid me visits along with some of his satellites armed with clubs and iron weapons and, what is worse, in their own form as devils.” (Letter to Padre Agostino, Jan. 18, 1912)

Doctrine

Pope Pius XI: “Our God is the Personal God, supernatural, omnipotent, infinitely perfect, one in the Trinity of Persons, tri-personal in the unity of divine essence, the Creator of all existence. Lord, King and ultimate Consummator of the history of the world, who will not, and cannot, tolerate a rival God by His side.” (Mit Brennender Sorge #9, March 14, 1937)

When King Achaz sacrificed his own children to the idol Moloch


April 9, 2022

Spirituality

“During the reign of [King] Achaz the people of Juda were visited with a terrible calamity.  That unhappy king had sacrificed his own children to the idol Moloch, one of the chief gods of the Gentiles.  He had closed the gates of the Temple, and broken the sacred vessels.  The Lord therefore delivered him into the hands of the king of Syria, who slew in one day a hundred and twenty thousand men of Juda, while two hundred thousand women and children were carried into captivity.” (2 Paralip. 29-32 - Bishop Frederick Justus Knecht, A Practical Commentary on Holy Scripture, p. 314.)

Doctrine

Pope Pius X (1904): “Men even go so far as to impugn the arguments for the existence of God, denying with unparalleled audacity and against the first principles of reason the invincible force of the proof which from the effects ascends to their cause, that is God, and to the notion of His infinite attributes.  ‘For the invisible things of him, from the creation of the world, are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made: his eternal power and divinity’ (Rom. 1:20).” (Iucunda sane #15)

Rationalism and Naturalism, those deadly sources of evil


April 8, 2022

Spirituality

Acts 26:15-18 – “And I said: Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord answered: ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. But rise and stand upon your feet, for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness to the things in which you have seen me and to those in which I will appear to you, delivering you from your people and from the Gentiles—to whom I am sending you to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive remission of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by the faith that is in me.’”

Doctrine

Pope Leo XIII (1886): “Everyone knows how inimical to virtue these times are and how the Church is attacked. We have much to fear amid such dangers, lest a shaken faith languish even where it has taken strong and deep roots. It is enough to recall rationalism and naturalism, those deadly sources of evil whose teachings are everywhere freely distributed. We must then add the many allurements of corruption: the opposition to or open defection from the Church by public officials, the bold obstinacy of secret societies, here and there a curriculum for the education of youth without regard for God.” (Quod multum #3)

God made all things to be out of that which is not


April 7, 2022

Spirituality

2 Chronicles 12:5- “Then Shemaiah the prophet came to Rehoboam and to the princes of Judah, who had gathered at Jerusalem because of Shishak, and said to them: Thus says the LORD, ‘You abandoned me, so I have abandoned you to the hand of Shishak.’”

Doctrine

St. Athanasius, 4th century: “First of all believe that God is one, who created all things and fitted them together, and made all things to be out of that which is not” (On the Incarnation, 3, 1).

When the demons gnashed their teeth at St Antony of the Desert


April 6, 2022

Spirituality

“So, after making many attempts” to attack, discourage and frighten St. Antony of the Desert, they [the demons] gnashed their teeth at him… And the Lord in this also forgot not Antony’s wrestling, but came to his defense.  For looking up, Antony saw as it were the roof opening and a beam of light coming down to him.  And the demons suddenly disappeared, and the soreness of his body ceased at once, and the building was again sound.” (St. Antony of the Desert, p. 14.)

Doctrine

Job 11:7-9- “… God… He is higher than heaven, and what wilt thou do? He is deeper than hell, and how wilt thou know? The measure of him is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea.”

No common ground between the heretics and the holy fathers


April 5, 2022

Spirituality

Vision of St. Ansgar (9th century): “When then I had been brought by the men whom I mentioned into the presence of this unending light, where the majesty of almighty God was revealed to me without need for anyone to explain, and when they and I had offered our united adoration, a most sweet voice, the sound of which was more distinct than all other sounds, and which seemed to me to fill the whole world, came to me from the same divine majesty…” (Life of Ansgar, p. 10)

Doctrine

Pope St. Martin I, Lateran Synod, 649: “… there is no common ground between the heretics and the holy fathers, but that ‘as far as the East is from the West’, so far are the impious heretics in word and thought from the men who speak of God.”

To be unwilling to disquiet evildoers is none other than to encourage them


April 4, 2022

Spirituality

While converting heathen slaves in South America, St. Peter Claver (1580-1654) instructed them that they ought to ask “pardon for the sins of their past heathen life, especially for idolatry, lust and drunkenness.” (Fr. Angel Valtierra, Peter Claver – Saint of the Slaves, 1960, p. 127)

Doctrine

Pope Innocent IV, First Council of Lyons, 1245: “… to be unwilling to disquiet evildoers is none other than to encourage them, and… he who fails to oppose a manifest crime is not without a touch of secret complicity…”

The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord


April 3, 2022

Spirituality

“Padre Pio had an unpleasant duty to perform. He was talking with a recently-widowed woman. Her husband had once left her and their two children to live with another woman for over three years. Unexpectedly cancer had claimed his life. Before his death, after urgent appeals, he had consented to receive the last Sacraments of the Church. The woman, short and plain, finally asked the inevitable: ‘Where is his soul, Padre? I haven’t slept, worrying.’ Padre Pio watched her with troubled eyes. He could almost feel her grief filling his own heart. ‘Your husband’s soul is condemned forever,’ he whispered. The woman shook her head and her eyes clouded with tears. ‘Condemned?’ Padre Pio nodded sadly. ‘When receiving the last Sacraments he concealed many sins. He had neither repentance nor a good resolution. He was also a sinner against God’s mercy, because he said he always wanted to have a share of the good things in life and then have time to be converted to God.’” (Prophet of the People, A Biography of Padre Pio, p. 158)

Doctrine

Proverbs 15:8- “The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord…”

Concerning the 19th century Jesuit missionaries in the wilderness of America


April 1, 2022

Spirituality

Concerning the 19th century Jesuit missionaries in the wilderness of America: “In the first excursions made by Fathers Van Quickenborne and Christian Hoecken, they were often lost for days at a time, and would traverse the immense prairies in every direction in a vain endeavor to discover their whereabouts. These plains resembled a vast sea: as far as the eye could see one beheld nothing but a limitless stretch of green pasture and blue sky: deer, chamois, and roebuck were plentiful; prairie-chicken and other wild game abounded. Wolves and bears creeping from their lairs to eat sheep terrified both man and beast. But even in such straits they were not abandoned by divine Providence. At nightfall the Fathers would often throw the reins on the horse’s neck, letting him take his own direction, and before long would find themselves in sight of some habitation. Once an immense and strange dog sprang in front of their horses, and, making a path through the high grass, brought them to the home of a Catholic, where they rested and were refreshed, and, to their great consolation and that of their host, they celebrated the Divine Mysteries.” (The Life of Fr. De Smet, p. 78.)

Doctrine

Pope Benedict XIV, Nuper ad nos, March 16, 1743, Profession of Faith: “This faith of the Catholic Church, without which no one can be saved, and which of my own accord I now profess and truly hold…”

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