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"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

"Today, there is sometimes a suggestion that the word "orthodoxy" is to be disdained. Those who hold fast to right doctrine are seen as narrow, rigid, potentially intolerant. Such a suggestion would have been incomprehensible for those in the ancient church. They rightly understood the word "orthodoxy" to mean, not right doctrine, but authentic adoration and glorification of God. They were convinced that everything depended on being in right relationship with God, on knowing what pleases him and what one can do to respond to him in the right way."

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

"We cannot speak about charity unless we start with the heart of Jesus. Charity is not an emotion. Charity is a participation in the love with which Jesus loves us, in the love that is manifested in the Sacrifice of the Mass. Christians sometimes think charity is giving a little money to the poor. It is much more than that. Charity is the blood that courses through the heart of Jesus. Charity is the love that gives itself to the point of death. Charity manifests the presence of God in the soul."

Cardinal Robert Sarah

"In the morning I watched the sun as it was born and in the evening as it set. And I thought that if it was beautiful, how much more beautiful must be the one who had made it."
— St. Josephine Bakhita

"An important characteristic of the Spirit is listening. He does not speak in his own name. He listens and teaches us how to listen. In other words, he doesn't add anything but rather acts as a guide into the heart of the Word, which becomes light in the act of listening."

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

"With the Holy Spirit within us, it is quite natural for people who had been absorbed by the things of this world to become entirely otherworldly in outlook and for cowards to become people of great courage."

St Cyril of Alexandria

"We must pray incessantly for the gift of perseverance. We must not leave off our prayers because of distractions and restlessness of mind, although it can seem useless to go on with them. He who perseveres for the whole of his accustomed time, gently recalling his mind to the subject of prayer, merits greatly."

St. Philip Neri

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