"Christianity is the story of how the rightful King has landed, you might say in disguise, and is calling all of us to take part in a great campaign of sabotage!"

C. S. Lewis

"The Lord called me from the womb, from the body of my mother he names my name (Is 49:1)" Today we can make our own these words. God knew and loved us even before our eyes could contemplate the marvels of creation. At birth all men and women receive a human name. But even before that, each one of us has a divine name: the name by which God knows and loves us from eternity and for eternity."

Saint John Paul II

"Brothers and sisters, here is a question for you: Which to you If seems the greater, the word of God or the body of Christ? If you want to give the right answer you will reply that God's word is not less than Christ's body. Therefore, just as we take care when we receive the body of Christ so that no part of it falls to the ground so, likewise, should we ensure that the word of God which is given to us is not lost to our souls because we are speaking or thinking about something different. One who listens negligently to God's word is just as guilty as one who, through carelessness, allows Christ's body to fall to the ground."
- Saint Caesarius of Arles (d.542)

"Those who have more considerable capacity and strength for suffering, God purges more intensely and quickly. But those who are very weak ... their purgation is less intense and the temptations abated, and he frequently refreshes their sense to keep them from backsliding."

St. John of the Cross

"It is ourselves who are often the cause of our own sterile arid state. God holds back consolations from us when we have a foolish complacence in them and are subject to the worms of presumption. When we neglect to gather the dear delights of God's love at the proper season, he takes them from us in punishment for our sloth."

St. Francis de Sales

Another novena for America, this one in thanks for the election, and for peace in the days ahead. Please pray the rosary daily, and the following prayer:

Father of all nations and ages, we recall the day when our country claimed its place among the family of nations; for what has been achieved we give you thanks, for the work that still remains we ask your help, and as you have called us from many peoples to be one nation, grant that, under your providence, our country may share your blessings with all the peoples of the earth.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

"Let me implore the reader to try to believe, if only for a moment, that God thinks that people with modest prosperity and the happiness of their children are not in and of themselves blessed. All this must fall from them in the end. And that if they have not learned to know him they will be wretched. And therefore he troubles them, warning them in advance of an insufficiency that one day they will have to discover and rectify."

C.S. Lewis

"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

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