United in Peace

Most High, glorious God, enlighten the shadows of our hearts, and grant to us a right faith, a certain hope, and perfect charity, so that we may accomplish your holy will. As we walk in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi, give us a spirit of poverty and humility so that we may be united with Jesus your Son in joy and in peace.

-from: Saint Junipero Serra’s Camino: A Pilgrimage Guide to the California Missions

The Salt of the Earth

The world you are inheriting is a world which needs to be touched and healed by the beauty and richness of God’s love. It needs witnesses to that love. The world needs salt. It needs you—to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world....

Do not let that hope die! Stake your lives on it! We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures; we are the sum of the Father’s love for us and our real capacity to become the image of his Son.

­­­–St. John Paul II 

–from the book The Rosary: Your Weapon for Spiritual Warfare

Language and Silence

Every statement we make is made with language. That’s even how the first chapter of John’s Gospel says that the world came into being: in the beginning was the Word. St. John of the Cross would later meditate on this theme and say that language is what makes God’s presence known. But besides language and its capacity to discover, there is silence and its ability to teach.

–from the book The Saint vs. The Scholar: The Fight Between Faith and Reason

Hear His Voice

Jesus said: “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me; and I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one” (John 10:27–30). These four verses contain the whole of Jesus’s message; it is the nucleus of his Gospel: he calls us to share in his relationship with the Father, and this is eternal life....

            Let us invoke the intercession of Mary who is the Woman of the “yes.” Mary said “yes” throughout her life! She learned to recognize Jesus’s voice from the time when she carried him in her womb. May Mary, our Mother, help us to know Jesus’s voice better and better and to follow it, so as to walk on the path of life!...

–from the book Mother Mary: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis

Lord, Speak to My Heart

Dear Lord Jesus, help me to be more attentive to you in my life. Forgive me for the times I have neglected to listen to you speaking to my heart. Help me to make a more concerted effort to be prayerful. Please help me to be mindful about my responsibility in leading others to you and away from sin. Thank you for the gift of my guardian angel whom I desire to pray to more often.

–from the book Our Lady of Fatima: 100 Years of Stories, Prayers, and Devotions

A Meditation on Saint Anthony

After you died, Saint Anthony, God chose to make your holiness known to the world and to draw people by working miracles in answer to prayers made in your name. Since then, people have asked God to continue to honor you by working wonders through your intercession. Those who have experienced the power of prayers offered in your name have told how God has answered them. God has healed the sick, restored peace of mind, relieved poverty, and granted favors of all kinds. Now in this time of need I ask you, Saint Anthony, to pray with me for the things I desire. I pray that God may again give us a sign of loving care and providence and that, through you, God may draw us all to the fullness of life and love in eternity.

from the book Saint Anthony of Padua: His Life, Legends and Devotions

Powerful Presence

In the Eucharist Christ offers his Body and Blood as food under the signs of bread and wine. The bread we eat and the cup we drink is truly Jesus Christ. Yes, it is Jesus. It is his real presence. He is present to us in many ways. The Eucharist is his most powerful and intense presence. It is always worthwhile, especially in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, to spend some time meditating and focusing on what truly happens at the Eucharist.

 

–from the book Meeting God in the Upper Room: Three Moments to Change Your Life

Symbol of Victory

Lord Jesus Christ, who for the redemption of the world gave your life completely even unto death on a cross, we lift up your glorious cross as our sign of salvation. Through your infinite love, you transformed the hated cross, an instrument of humiliation and suffering, into the holy cross, a symbol of victory over the powers of sin and death. For this reason, we wear the holy cross around our necks, hang the cross in our homes, and now sign ourselves with that cross, + in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

–from the book Saint Junipero Serra’s Camino: A Pilgrimage Guide to the California Missions

Arming Yourself

 

Recall that St. Peter tells us, “Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking some one to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). St. Paul writes: “For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).

The Rosary is a powerful weapon to put the demons to flight and to keep oneself from sin... If you desire peace in your hearts, in your homes, and in your country, assemble each evening to recite the Rosary. Let not even one day pass without saying it, no matter how burdened you may be with many cares and labors.

–Pope Pius XI

–from the book The Rosary: Your Weapon for Spiritual Warfare

Knowing What's True

One cannot understand God without first believing in God. If you have any interest in knowing what’s true, you must first have faith. It is by faith that God purifies your heart. Unless you first abandon yourself to God, you will never know God. The more you love God, the deeper your faith, and the more love and faith you possess, the more you know what’s true. All of this is truly biblical, and represents well the tradition of the Church fathers and mothers.

 

–from the book The Saint vs. The Scholar: The Fight Between Faith and Reason

Meeting God in the Upper Room