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Quotes of the Day

To seek praise from voluntary humiliations is not humility


April 1, 2022

Spirituality

There is, says the Holy Ghost, one that humbleth himself wickedly, and his interior is full of deceit (Ecclus. 19:23).  There are some who humble themselves... through a motive of being esteemed humble and of being praised for their humility.  But, according to St. Bernard, to seek praise from voluntary humiliations is not humility, but the destruction of humility, for it changes humility into an object of pride.” (St. Alphonsus)

Doctrine

St. Athanasius (4th century): “When He [Christ] extended his hands upon the cross, He overthrew ‘the ruler of the power of the air, who is at work in the sons of disobedience’ (Eph 2:2) and cleared the way to heaven for us.”

Don’t join in friendship with them that hate the Lord


March 31, 2022

Spirituality

2 Paralipomenon 19:2- “Thou helpest the ungodly, and thou art joined in friendship with them that hate the Lord, and therefore thou didst deserve indeed the wrath of the Lord.”

Doctrine

Pope Pius XI (1923): “… the heresies begotten by the [Protestant] Reformation.  It is in these heresies that we discover the beginnings of that apostasy of mankind from the Church, the sad and disastrous effects of which are deplored, even to the present hour, by every fair mind.” (Rerum omnium pertabationem #4, Jan. 26, 1923)

The Saints Loved Solitude


March 30, 2022

Spirituality

“Another characteristic of the saints that Francisco began to manifest after the apparition of the Lady (1917) was the love of solitude.  One May morning he left the two girls (Jacinta and Lucia) with the sheep, and climbed to the top of a high rock.  ‘You can’t come up here!’ he called down.  ‘Leave me alone!’… Lucia and Jacinta began to run after butterflies.  By the time they wearied of this they had forgotten all about Francisco, and they thought no more of him until they realized that they were hungry, and that it must be long past the time for their meal.  There Francisco was, still lying motionless on the top of the rock…. ‘What have you been doing all this time?’ ‘I have been thinking of God, who is so sad because of so many sins,’ the boy answered seriously.  ‘If I could only give Him joy!’” (William Thomas Walsh, Our Lady of Fatima, pp. 61-62)

Doctrine

St. Thomas Aquinas (1274): Whether A Father Can Compel His Son To Marry: “I answer that, since in marriage there is a kind of perpetual service, as it were, a father cannot by his command compel his son to marry, since the latter is of free condition...” (Summa Theologiae, Suppl., Q. 48, A. 6.)

The Church’s judgment is preferable to that of a saintly Doctor


March 29, 2022

Spirituality

“Our Lady revealed to Blessed Alan De la Roche that no sooner had St. Dominic begun preaching the Rosary than hardened sinners were touched and wept bitterly over their grievous sins… everywhere that he preached the Holy Rosary such fervor arose that sinners changed their lives and edified everyone...” (St. Louis De Montfort, The Secret of the Rosary, p. 66.)

Doctrine

Pope Benedict XIV, Apostolica (# 6), June 26, 1749: “The Church’s judgment is preferable to that of a Doctor renowned for his holiness and teaching.”

The knowledge of the Scriptures must be preserved without any distortion


March 28, 2022

Spirituality

St. Thomas Aquinas (1274): “... without any doubt we must hold simple fornication to be a mortal sin...” (Summa Theologiae, Pt. II-II, Q. 154, A. 2.)

Doctrine

Pope St. Agatho, III Council of Constantinople, 680-681: “… how could a knowledge of the Scriptures, in its fullness, be found unless what has been canonically defined by our holy and apostolic predecessors, and by the venerable five councils, we preserve in simplicity of heart, and without any distorting keep the faith come to us from the Fathers, always desirous and endeavoring to possess that one and chiefest good, viz.: that nothing be diminished from the things canonically defined, and that nothing be changed nor added thereto, but that those same things, both in words and sense, be guarded untouched?”

St. Augustine on confession to priests


March 27, 2022

Spirituality

“Thou shalt not follow the multitude to do evil: neither shalt thou yield in judgment, to the opinion of the most part, to stray from the truth.” (Exodus 23:2)

Doctrine

St. Augustine on confession to priests: “Let no man say within himself: ‘I repent in secret to the Lord. God, who has power to pardon me, knows the inmost sentiments of my heart.’ Was there, then, no reason for saying ‘whatsoever you loose on earth, shall be loosed in heaven.’ [Mt. 18:18] No reason why the keys were given to the Church of God?” (Lib. 1 Hom. 49.)

God does not forgive sins except to the baptized


March 25, 2022

Spirituality

“Our Lady revealed to Blessed Alan De la Roche that no sooner had St. Dominic begun preaching the Rosary than hardened sinners were touched and wept bitterly over their grievous sins… everywhere that he preached the Holy Rosary such fervor arose that sinners changed their lives and edified everyone...” (St. Louis De Montfort, The Secret of the Rosary, p. 66.)

Doctrine

St Augustine (395): “… God does not forgive sins except to the baptized.”

It’s idiotic to believe infants can be saved without Baptism


March 24, 2022

Spirituality

Jacinta [of Fatima] became ill a few days after Francisco.  One day Lucia found her strangely elated.  ‘Look, Lucia!’ she said.  ‘Our Lady came to see us here, and she said that she is coming very soon to take Francisco to heaven.  And she asked me if I still wanted to convert more sinners and I said yes.  Our Lady wants me to go to two hospitals.  But not to be cured.  It is to suffer more for the love of God, for the conversion of sinners and in reparation for the offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.’” (Our Lady of Fatima, p. 161)

Doctrine

Pope St. Innocent (414): “But that which Your Fraternity asserts the Pelagians preach, that even without the grace of Baptism infants are able to be endowed with the rewards of eternal life, is quite idiotic.”

Those without baptism are outside the royal city


March 23, 2022

Spirituality

St. Louis De Montfort (1710): “The Blessed Virgin, St. Bernard says… retains and keeps the saints in their plenitude, so that it may not diminish. She prevents their virtues from being dissipated, their merits from perishing, their graces from being lost, the devil from harming them...” (True Devotion to Mary #174)

Doctrine

St. John Chrysostom (392): “Weep for the unbelievers; weep for those who differ not a whit from them, those who go hence without illumination, without the seal! [Baptism]…  They are outside the royal city… with the condemned. ‘Amen, I tell you, if anyone is not born of water and the Spirit, he shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.’”

All who are truly Christ’s believe in the Immaculate Conception of Mary


March 22, 2022

Spirituality

“And Nadab and Abiu, the sons of Aaron, taking their censers, put fire therein, and incense on it, offering before the Lord strange fire: which was not commanded them. And fire coming out from the Lord, destroyed them, and they died before the Lord.” (Leviticus 10:1-2)

Doctrine

Pope Pius XI, Mortalium Animos (# 9), Jan. 6, 1928: “For this reason it is that all who are truly Christ’s believe, for example, the Conception of the Mother of God without stain of original sin with the same faith as they believe the mystery of the August Trinity, and the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ just as they do the infallible teaching authority of the Roman Pontiff…”

St. Ambrose teaches that only through the Sacrament of Baptism men are saved


March 20, 2022

Spirituality

St. Louis De Montfort (1710): “… there are some very sanctifying interior practices for those whom the Holy Ghost calls to high perfection. These may be expressed in four words: to do all things by Mary, with Mary, in Mary and for Mary; so that we may do them all the more perfectly by Jesus, with Jesus, in Jesus and for Jesus.” (True Devotion to Mary #257)

Doctrine

St. Ambrose (387): “… no one ascends into the kingdom of heaven except through the Sacrament of Baptism.”

Why Jesus Christ Is Called “Net”?


March 19, 2022

Spirituality

“In the mean time there arose a murmuring of the people against the Lord… For a mixed multitude of people… burned with desire… and said: Who shall give us flesh to eat?  We remember the fish that we ate in Egypt freecost… Now Moses heard the people weeping, every one at the door of his tent.  And the wrath of the Lord was enkindled exceedingly: to Moses also the thing seemed insupportable… [Moses said to them] the Lord may give you flesh, and you may eat: Not for one day, nor two, nor five, nor ten, no nor for twenty.  But even for a month of days, till it come out at your nostrils, and become loathsome to you… And a wind going out from the Lord, taking quails up beyond the sea brought them… The people therefore rising up all that day, and night, and the next day, gathered together of quails… As yet the flesh was between their teeth, neither had that kind of meat failed: when behold the wrath of the Lord being provoked against the people, struck them with an exceeding great plague.  And that place was called the graves of lust…” (Numbers 11)

Doctrine

St. Gregory of Elvira (A.D. 360): “Christ is called Net, because through Him and in Him the diverse multitudes of peoples are gathered from the sea of the world, through the water of Baptism and into the Church, where a distinction is made between the good and the wicked.”

St. Isaac Jogues baptizes two new converts before their deaths


March 18, 2022

Spirituality

The Life of St. Isaac Jogues, p. 225: “Two of the Hurons, Jogues learned, were to be burned to death that night at Tionontoguen.  He stayed with them on the platform and concentrated his appeals on them.  Finally they consentedAbout that moment, the Mohawks threw the prisoners some raw corn that had been freshly plucked.  The sheaths [of the corn] were wet from the recent rains.  Father Jogues carefully gathered the precious drops of water on a leaf and poured them over the heads of the two neophytes [new converts], baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  The Mohawks understood that his [Jogues’] act meant to bring happiness to these hated victims.  They raged at his audacity and beat him down, threatening to slaughter him with the Hurons… That night the two Hurons [whom he had baptized] were burned over the fire.”

Doctrine

St. Aphraates (A.D. 336): “This, then, is faith: that a man believe in God … His Spirit …His Christ… Also, that a man believe in the resurrection of the dead; and moreover, that he believe in the Sacrament of Baptism. This is the belief of the Church of God.”

God loves the humble because they love the truth


March 17, 2022

Spirituality

St. Alphonsus (c. 1755): “Humility is truth, as St. Teresa has well said, and therefore the Lord greatly loves the humble, because they love the truth.”

Doctrine

Pope Pius IX, First Vatican Council, Sess. 3, Chap. 2 on Revelation, 1870: “Hence, also, that understanding of its sacred dogmas must be perpetually retained, which Holy Mother Church has once declared; and there must never be a recession from that meaning under the specious name of a deeper understanding.”

Hour by hour keep careful watch over all you do


March 16, 2022

Spirituality

St. Benedict: “Hour by hour keep careful watch over all you do, aware that God’s gaze is upon you, wherever you may be.”

Doctrine

St. Peter Canisius (16th century), on the sin of sodomy: “This horrible and abominable sin Saint Peter and Paul do reprove – yes nature itself abhors it – and the Scriptures also declare the greatness of so foul a wickedness… this vice which can never be sufficiently detested… which sin if it be committed… the very earth is polluted with such horrible and abominable lusts… and God’s wrath is very much provoked against the people.”

“Should death come this night, I hope to die in the grace of God”


March 15, 2022

Spirituality

St. Alphonsus (c. 1755): “What greater peace can a soul feel than in being able to say on lying down at night: Should death come this night, I hope to die in the grace of God. What a consolation is it to hear the thunder roll, to feel the earth tremble, and to await death with resignation, if God so ordain it.”

Doctrine

John 20:22-23- “And when He [Jesus] had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.  Whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.’”

When God saw the wickedness of men was great on the earth


March 13, 2022

Spirituality

“And God seeing that the wickedness of men was great on the earth, and that all the thought of their heart was bent upon evil at all times, it repented him that he had made man on the earth. And being touched inwardly with sorrow of heart, He said: I will destroy man, whom I have created, from the face of the earth, from man even to beasts, from the creeping thing even to the fowls of the air, for it repenteth me that I have made them. But Noe found grace before the Lord.” (Genesis 6:5-8)

Doctrine

2 Corinthians 4:3-4- “And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, that the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should not shine unto them.”

“I see the heavens opening and the Mother of God is calling me to come!”


March 12, 2022

Spirituality

Among the many converts made by the Apostle of the Rocky Mountains, Fr. De Smet (1801-1873), “Many of those baptized died saintly deaths. A girl twelve years of age exclaimed at the moment of death: ‘How beautiful! How beautiful! I see the heavens opening and the Mother of God is calling me to come!’ Then turning to those about her she said: ‘Heed what the Black Robes tell you, for they speak the truth; they will come and in this place build a house of prayer.’” (The Life of Fr. De Smet, p. 124.)

Doctrine

St. Ephraim (350): “… we are anointed in Baptism, whereby we bear His seal.”

God made us with free-will


Spirituality

St. Louis De Montfort (1710): “… inasmuch as our good works pass through the hands of Mary, they receive an augmentation [increase] of purity, and consequently of merit, and of satisfactory and impetratory value.  On this account they become more capable of solacing the souls in purgatory and of converting sinners than if they did not pass through the virginal and liberal hands of Mary.  It may be little that we give by our Lady; but, in truth, if it is given without self-will and with a disinterested charity, that little becomes very mighty to turn away the wrath of God and to draw down His mercy.” (True Devotion to Mary #172)

Doctrine

St. Jerome (390): “God made us with free-will, neither are we drawn by necessity to virtue or vice; else where there is necessity [and not free-will], there is neither damnation nor reward.

Labor for that which endures unto everlasting life


March 10, 2022

Spirituality

“Labor not for the meat which perishes, but for that which endures unto everlasting life…” (John 6:27)

Doctrine

St. Robert Bellarmine, 1616: “The Christian faith proposes many things to be believed, which are so beyond all understanding that it is most difficult to give our consent to them; and yet we are commanded to believe them so firmly that we should be prepared (if necessary) to die a thousand deaths rather than deny one article of faith.” (De Aeterna felicitate sanctorum)

When Emperor Domitian tempted St. Clement to worship idols


March 9, 2022

Spirituality

“The Emperor Domitian tempted St. Clement to worship idols by presenting to him, as the reward for impiety, gold, silver, and precious stones. The saint heaved a deep sigh, and began to weep when he saw his God compared with earthly goods.” (St. Alphonsus)

Doctrine

Barnabas (A.D. 70): “… we descend into the water full of sins and foulness, and we come up bearing fruit in our heart…”

St. Irenaeus says water baptism is necessary to be made one in Christ Jesus


March 8, 2022

Spirituality

“There was another woman in Aljustrel [Portugal] who never lost an opportunity to revile the three [Fatima] children as liars and impostors… Jacinta said, ‘We must ask Our Lady to convert this woman.  She has so many sins which she does not confess that she will go to Hell!’  They offered some penances for her.  And never again did she give them an unkind word.” (Our Lady of Fatima, pp. 122-123)

Doctrine

St. Irenaeus (180): “… giving the disciples the power of regenerating in God, He said to them: ‘Go teach all nations, and baptize… Just as dry wheat without moisture cannot become one dough or one loaf, so also, we who are many cannot be made one in Christ Jesus, without the water from heaven… Our bodies achieve unity through the washing… our souls, however, through the Spirit. Both, then, are necessary.”

Don’t stop mental prayer on account of distractions


March 6, 2022

Spirituality

St. Alphonsus (c. 1755): “Let us remember that the devil labors hard to disturb us in the time of meditation in order to make us abandon it. Let him, then, who omits mental prayer on account of distractions be persuaded that he gives delight to the devil. It is impossible, says Cassian, that our minds should be free from all distractions during prayer. Let us, then, never give up meditation, however great our distractions may be. St. Francis de Sales says that if in mental prayer we should do nothing else than continually banish distractions and temptations, the meditation is well made.”

Doctrine

St. Peter Canisius: “Herein magistrates offend, when they bear the sword in vain, and are not, as they are called, God’s ministers and revengers unto wrath, to those that behave themselves wickedly or seditiously.”

How St. Thomas chased away a girl who wanted to seduce him


March 5, 2022

Spirituality

When St. Thomas Aquinas chose to become a Dominican (c. 1245) he met with “severe opposition from his family… St. Thomas was literally captured by his brothers and imprisoned in the family castle… The most dramatic episode of his imprisonment, came when his brothers sent a temptress to his quarters. As soon as St. Thomas saw that the girl’s intention was to seduce him, he ran to the fireplace, seized a burning stick and, brandishing it, chased her from the room with it. Then he traced a cross on the wall with the charred wood. When he fell asleep soon afterward, he dreamed that two Angels came and girded him about the waist with a cord, saying: ‘On God’s behalf we gird you with the girdle of chastity, a girdle which no attack will ever destroy.’” (33 Doctors of the Church, p. 367)

Doctrine

“See ye that I alone am, and there is no other God besides me: I will kill, and I will make to live: I will strike, and I will heal, and there is none that can deliver out of my hand. I will lift up my hand to heaven, and I will say: I live forever.” (Deuteronomy 32:39-40)

Don't spend all your youth acquiring the sort of wisdom made foolish by God


March 4, 2022

Spirituality

St. Basil the Great (360): “Much time had I spent in vanity, and had wasted nearly all my youth acquiring the sort of wisdom made foolish by God. Then once, like a man roused from deep sleep, I turned my eyes to the marvelous light of the truth of the Gospel, and I perceived the uselessness of the ‘wisdom… of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away’ (1 Cor. 2:6). I wept many tears over my miserable life and I prayed that I might receive guidance to admit me to the doctrines of the true religion.”

Doctrine

“I am the Lord and I change not.” (Malachias 3:6)

The young friar who would say the Rosary every day before dinner


March 3, 2022

Spirituality

St. Louis De Montfort (1710): “The chronicles of Saint Francis tell of a young friar who had the praiseworthy habit of saying the Crown of Our Lady (the Rosary) every day before dinner. One day for some reason or other he did not manage to say it. The refectory bell had already been rung when he asked the Superior to allow him to say it before coming to the table, and having obtained permission he withdrew to his cell to pray. After he had been gone a long time the Superior sent another Friar to fetch him, and he found him in his room bathed in a heavenly light facing Our Lady who had two angels with her. Beautiful roses kept issuing from his mouth at each Hail Mary; the angels took them one by one, placing them on Our Lady’s head, and she smilingly accepted them. Finally two other friars who had been sent to find out what happened to the first two saw the same lovely scene, and Our Lady did not go away until the whole Rosary had been said.” (The Secret of the Rosary, p. 26)

Doctrine

Pope Leo X, Exsurge Domine, June 15, 1520, The Errors of Martin Luther, # 23: “Excommunications are only external penalties and they do not deprive man of the common spiritual prayers of the Church.” – Condemned.

Show that you are zealous in the observance of the Christian religion


March 2, 2022

Spirituality

Pope St. Gregory VII: “… show that you… are zealous in the observance of the Christian religion… so that after the sea of this life you may avail to come tranquilly to the harbor of perpetual calm and eternal blessedness, by the gift of the Redeemer Himself, our Lord Jesus Christ, who with the Father and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, God throughout all eternity. Amen.” (June 1076)

Doctrine

St. Robert Bellarmine: “… the first sin of our first parents [was] not infidelity but nothing other than pride.” (De Amissione Gratiae et Statu Peccati, Book 3, Chap. 4)

Pride is the beginning of every sin


March 1, 2022

Spirituality

St. Bernard (c. 1140): “Flee from pride, my Brethren… Pride is the beginning of every sin (Ecclus. X. 15); pride it was that so speedily thrust even Lucifer himself into eternal night, though he had shone more brilliantly than all the stars!  Pride it was that transformed into a demon, not simply an angel, but the first of all the angels.  And, forthwith, through jealous hate, he [the devil] brought forth in man the iniquity he had conceived in his own heart, deluding him that tasting the forbidden tree he would become as God, knowing good and evil (Gen. iii. 5).”

Doctrine

Pope St. Damasus I, Council of Rome, 382, Can. 6: “We anathematize those who say there are two Sons, one eternal, and the other after the assumption of flesh from the Virgin.”

Sodomites destroy the soul inside the body


Spirituality

St. Aloysius (c. 1585): “A want of due attention to mental prayer is the reason why some have so little fervor in the service of God, and give so great scope to their passions.”

Doctrine

St. John Chrysostom (c. 380): “A murderer only separates the soul from the body, whereas sodomites destroy the soul inside the body.”

The dead will be judged according to their works


February 28, 2022

Spirituality

Jesus said: “Let not your heart be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in me” (John 14:1).

Doctrine

“And I saw the dead, great and small, standing in the presence of the throne, and the books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged by those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and hell gave up their dead that were in them; and they were judged every one according to their works. And hell and death were cast into the pool of fire… And whosoever was not found written in the book of life, was cast into the pool of fire.” (Apocalypse 20: 12-15)

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