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Whenever we come to church, we must prepare our hearts to be as beautiful as we expect this church to be. Do you wish to find this basilica immaculately clean? Then do not soil your soul with the filth of sins.

St. Caesarius of Arles

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Watch over the well-being of your servant:
do not let the proud oppress me.

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The proud is me...

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It's so simple. He is always with us. Be always with him, through all your actions, in your sufferings, when your body is broken, remain under his gaze, see him present, living in your soul.
-- St. Elizabeth of the Trinity

"Judgment will come. And what bliss will flood the faithful soul when it at last meets Jesus and can contemplate him in all his goodness - when it sees the smile on the face of this Savior it has sought and loved! This will be like the meeting of a son with a much-loved father whom he has yearned to see. It will be the long-awaited embrace of friend with Friend. It will be a moment of indescribable joy."
- Blessed James Alberione

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Lord Jesus Christ,
who on the cross called the penitent thief into your kingdom,
in faith and trust and confessing our sins we implore your mercy,
that after our death
you will lead us rejoicing through the gates of paradise.
You live and reign for ever and ever.

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Taking "death" not as dead to this life but to the daily experience of suffering (like today's Sorrowful mysteries of the Rosary), thank Jesus for taking us with you.

Most people seem to leave out the first part of the sentence there. Can't imagine why. 🤔

I am not conscious of anything against me, but I do not thereby stand acquitted; the one who judges me is the Lord.
- 1 Corinthians 4:4

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"O Christ, let my greatest delight be to see you loved and your praise and glory proclaimed, especially the honor of your mercy.
"O Christ, let me glorify your goodness and mercy to the last moment of my life, with every drop of my blood and every beat of my heart.
"Would that I be transformed into a hymn of adoration of you.
When I find myself on my deathbed, may the last beat of my heart be a loving hymn glorifying your unfathomable mercy."
- St. Faustina Kowalska

"He who has put on the faith of the Cross despises even what is naturally fearful, and for Christ's sake is not afraid of death."
- St. Athanasius

"What is Christ but the death of the body, the breath of life? And so let us die with him, so that we may live with him. Let there be in us a daily practice and inclination to dying. By this separation from bodily desires ... our soul will learn to withdraw itself and to be 'placed on high' where earthly lusts cannot approach and attach themselves. Our soul takes the likeness of death upon herself so she may not incur the penalty of death."
- St. Ambrose of Milan

So I bought the Memento Mori prayer book (amazon.com/gp/product/08198500) and I'm reading through it now, and... quotes incoming.

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Hymn: "You are unchanging, always new."

I always wonder how will I feel when I experience this. Really looking forward to it.

My mother-in-law appears to be convinced that I neither sleep nor eat, because she never sees me do either of those things.

I don't really have a comment on that, I just find it worth remarking.

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"The most basic Christian gesture in prayer is and always will be the sign of the cross. By signing ourselves we place ourselves under the protection of the cross; we hold it in front of us like a shield that will guard us in all the distress of daily life and give us the courge to go on. It is our visible and public Yes to him to who suffered for us."
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

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Colossians 3:23-24
Whatever your work is, put your heart into it as if it were for the Lord and not for men, knowing that the Lord will repay you by making you his heirs. It is Christ the Lord that you are serving.

Reconciliation 

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I wonder how many people get hung up on John 3:16. How many have difficulty -- serious difficulty -- translating God so loved the 'world' to what is actually the very essence of the gospel -- God so loved the 'one.'

That is why they cannot say with certainty "God so loved 'me' that He gave His Son to die."

"To die for 'me.'"

But that's the whole point of the Lost Sheep. And the Lost Coin. And the Lost Son in Luke 15.

God loves you. God searches for you.

The one.

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"If we ask how we are to become humble we must ask in prayer for the grace of humility and ask sincerely. Then, we must accept humiliations when they come our way. But let us never forget that there is an enormous difference between being humble and being humiliated.

Dom M. Eugene Boylan, O.C. R. (Irish Monk +1964)

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