"The Church is the last rampart against the suicidal new world ethic. She must enlighten the consciences of everyone. When the sun of the Church is hidden, men grow cold. It is necessary to rediscover the courage of a St. John Paul II who paved the way in our time."

Cardinal Robert Sarah

Next Novena for America starts tomorrow. Please pray the rosary daily, and the following prayer:

God, Almighty Father, when Mary surrendered herself to your Word, she conceived Christ first in her mind through faith, in her heart through hope and love, and finally in her body through the marvelous operation of your Holy Spirit. By her eagerness to be the mother of your Son, she opened the floodgates of your merciful love for all men and women.

May she help all people to live by faith, hope, love, and obedience to your will. May she remind us always that you want to bring salvation to our brothers and sisters through our faith and good works.

Help us to accept fully our responsibility to combat the culture of death and foster the culture of life in our American society.

We ask this through Christ, Our Lord.
Amen.

"I think we have arrived at a turning point in the history of the Church. Either we pretend to save the Church by our restructuring efforts, or we decide to let ourselves be saved by the Church - by God acting in her. Historians analyze these moments as structural change, things that move history forward. But I think it is only the saints who really change things and make history advance. The structures follow, and they only perpetuate the action of the saints."

Cardinal Robert Sarah

I wish for no prayer that does not make me grow in virtue. If it were accompanied by violent temptations, aridities, and trouble, and left me more humble, I should consider it a good prayer. For the more it pleases God, the better the prayer.
— St. Teresa of Avila

"I spent 14 years not being able to practice meditation without reading. There will be many who are like me in this. Others will only be able to pray vocally, and in this prayer they will spend most of their time. We have to remember this restlessness is either caused by the soul's nature or permitted by God. And we have to remember that without grace, man's heart is incapable of even thinking good thoughts. The good thought is God's inspiration, not the heart's offspring."

St. Theresa of Avila

"I have came to understand how imperfect was my love for my (convent) sisters. I saw I didn't love them as God loves them. I now understand that charity consists in bearing with the faults of others; of not being surprised by their weaknesses, in being edified by the smallest acts of virtue we see them practice."

St. Therese of Lisieux

Let us remain very far from all that sparkles; let us love our littleness; let us love to feel nothing. Then we shall be poor in spirit, and Jesus will come to look for us, and however far we may be, He will transform us in flames of love.
— St. Thérèse of Lisieux
from a letter to her oldest sister Marie, September 17, 1896

Next Novena for America starts tomorrow. Pray the rosary daily and the following:

O Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Mercy, at this most critical time, we entrust the United States of America to your loving care.

Most Holy Mother, we beg you to reclaim this land for the glory of your Son. Overwhelmed with the burden of the sins of our nation, we cry to you from the depths of our hearts and seek refuge in your motherly protection.

Look down with mercy upon us and touch the hearts of our people. Open our minds to the great worth of human life and to the responsibilities that accompany human freedom.

Free us from the falsehoods that lead to the evil of abortion and threaten the sanctity of family life. Grant our country the wisdom to proclaim that God’ s law is the foundation on which this nation was founded, and that He alone is the True Source of our cherished rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

O Merciful Mother, give us the courage to reject the culture of death and the strength to build a new Culture of Life.

"When one learns to be content with the lowliest and worst of everything—not just resigned, but content—then there is never a wasted moment. There is no such thing as a dull, futile, or useless experience. Every sorrow loses its sting, because everything is an opportunity to glorify God."
— Fr. Augustine Wetta
from Humility Rules

"How many people know that in the West cosmetics have been manufactured with the remains of aborted fetuses? Many scandals (new COVIS vaccines?) related to these practices have affected Planned Parenthood in the United States. I sometimes have the feeling that the most amoral, godless societies promote human rights at the top of their lungs in order to cover up their own shame."

Cardinal Robert Sarah

Do not be so given to the activity of Martha as to forget the silence of Mary. May the Virgin who so well reconciled the one with the other be your sweet model and inspiration.
— St. Padre Pío

"A great aid in conforming your will to God's will is to continually bear in mind how all is vanity and how quickly everything comes to an end. This helps to remove our mind from the trivial and center it on what will never end. When we begin to become attached to something, we should strive to turn our thoughts from it and bring them back to God and his majesty."

St. Teresa of Avila

"When divine love has reached a degree of perfection at which it not only makes us do good but also do it promptly, frequently, and carefully. This is what is called devotion. In short, devotion is simply that spiritual agility and vivacity by which charity works in us."

St. Francis De Sales

God our Father, giver of life, we entrust the United States of America to Your loving care.

You are the rock on which this nation was founded. You alone are the true source of our cherished rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Reclaim this land for Your glory and dwell among Your people.

Send Your Spirit to touch the hearts of our nation's leaders. Open their minds to the great worth of human life and the responsibilities that accompany human freedom. Remind Your people that true happiness is rooted in seeking and doing Your will.

Through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, Patroness of our land, grant us the courage to reject the "culture of death." Lead us into a new millennium of life. We ask this through Christ Our Lord.

Amen.

"Love ought to manifest itself more by deeds than words. Let us all call back into memory the gifts we have received - our creation, our redemption, and other gifts unique to ourselves. We will find ourselves pondering with deep affection how much God has done for us. And how much more He desires to give us, even his very self. And then we reflect on what we have to give Him. When I do this is say: "Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and all my will - all that I possess. Dispose of it all according to your will. Just give me love for you, and your grace. That is enough for me."

St. Ignatius of Loyola (+1556)

"Do you think that Thomas was not in the Upper Room by chance? Divine compassion brought this about. When the doubting disciple touched the wounds of his master's body, he cured the wounds of our unbelief. Thomas' unbelief was of more advantage to us than the faith of the believing apostles. When he was led back to faith by touching Jesus, our own minds were relieved of all doubt and made firm in the faith."

Saint Gregory the Great (+604)

Happy Fathers' Day to all the fathers out there, biological and spiritual.

"The chief concern of the Christian should be to tend to perfection. Be faithful imitators of God. St. Gregory makes a delightful comparison when he says that we are all artists and that our souls are blank canvasses which we have to fill in. The colors we use are the Christian virtues and the original we have to copy is Jesus Christ, the perfect living image of God the Father."

St. Louis de Montfort

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