The Necessity of Prayer

“Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you.” -Matthew 6:7 A man cannot take the smallest step in the way of divine love unless he is supported by divine grace.  We are able of ourselves to enter into the way of perdition…

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St. Francis de Sales Sermon for Ash Wednesday

Sermon for Ash Wednesday, February 9, 1622, concerning the spiritual fruits of fasting and the conditions which make fasting pleasing to God: fasting universally, that is, with all the senses and with the understanding, memory, and the appetites of the will; how completely the primitive Christians fasted, fasting through humility rather than through vanity, fasting…

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St. Benedict’s Admonition to Pray the Divine Office

By tradition going back to early Christian times, the Divine Office has been prayed by Roman Catholics, arranged in such a way that the whole course of the day and night are sanctified with prayers. This recitation of the Office of the Church praises God without ceasing, in song and prayer, and it intercedes with…

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