Paris,,France,,March,15,,2015:,The,Sainte,Chapelle,(holy,Chapel)

God Controls All Events, Whether Good or Bad

Nothing happens in the the universe without God willing and allowing it. This statement must be taken absolutely of everything with the exception of sin. ‘Nothing occurs by chance in the whole course of our lives’ is the unanimous teaching of the Fathers and Doctors of the Church, ‘and God intervenes everywhere.’ I am the…

Turin,,Italy,-,March,13,,2017:,The,Fresco,Of,Madonna

Introduction to the Dark Night of the Soul

The following is an Introduction penned by Fr. Benedict Zimmerman for Dark Night of the Soul by St. John of the Cross. The Dark Night, though only a short treatise in comparison with the remaining works of St. John of the Cross, is perhaps from a practical point of view the most important of the…

Vienna,-,July,3:,Guardian,Angel,With,The,Child,Paint

The Devotion of St. Aloysius to His Guardian Angel

From Speculum Innocentiae: Sive Vita Angelici Juvenis B. Aloysii Gonzagae (The Mirror of Innocence: or The Life of the Angelic Youth, Aloysius Gonzaga) by Babriel Hevenesis (1717) The tender affection which Aloysius possessed for his guardian angel constantly increased as the holy youth advanced in age and maturity. Three times each and every day, he…

Cemetery,Statues,,Despairing,Woman,Statue,,Crosses,,Resting,Place,,Graveyard,,Sculpture,

The Shortness of Life

“What is your life?  It is a vapour, which appeareth for a little while.” -James 4:15 What is your life?  It is like a vapor, which is dispersed by a breath of wind and is no more.  All know that they must die, but many are deceived by picturing to themselves death at such a…

Zaragoza,,Spain,-,March,1,,2018:,The,Painting,Of,Madonna

The Importance of Mary in the Spiritual Order (PART I)

Before we begin to write the admirable life of the Mother of God, it is necessary to make known the sublime rank which, from all eternity, she held in the divine counsels. Although the Divine Intelligence, one, indivisible and very simple, conceives and decides on an act in an infinitely simple manner, without relation to…

Vienna,,Austria,-,12,August,2018:,Painting,Of,Woman,With

The Vast Life of God and the Precious Blood

The Empire of the Precious Blood The life of God is very vast.  It is a thing to be thought rather than to be spoken of, nay, to be seen in the mind rather than to be thought.  It is very vast.  It seems to grow vaster every day.  We kneel down before it in…

Sun,Rays,Beaming,Through,The,Old,Stained,Glass,Window,Of

Humility is the Remedy for Evil

It may be said that humility is the most efficacious remedy for all evil and a most potent antidote to preserve the soul from that death and guilt which leads to everlasting perdition.  And yet it is this virtue which we neglect most of all. O my Soul, God, who Himself desires thine eternal salvation,…

Latin,Text

Why Pray in Latin?

“For the Church, precisely because it embraces all nations and is destined to endure until the end of time…of its very nature requires a language which is universal, immutable, and non-vernacular.” -Pope Pius XI (Officiorum Omnium, 1922) At a time when old religious rituals are being embraced anew by many faiths, countless Catholics are choosing…