The Soul Sanctified

The Soul Sanctified is a timeless spiritual classic published and made available by TAN Books.  It is fondly dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary and was first published in 1873.  For generations its contents have nourished the faith of English-speaking Catholics.  The author is unknown.

Parma,,Italy,-,April,16,,2018:,The,Ceiling,Freso,Of

God Deserves to be Supremely Loved

“Let us therefore love God because He first hath loved us.”  -1 John 4:19 St. Teresa said that it was a great favor that God should call a soul to love Him.  Let us then love Him, since we are called to this love, and let us love Him as He desires to be loved. …

Porec,,Croatia,,July,31,,2020:,Beautiful,Interior,Of,The,Episcopal

Desire for Spiritual Things

“They that eat Me shall yet hunger, and they that drink Me shall yet thirst.”  -Ecclesiasticus 24:29 St. Gregory tells us that there is this difference between the pleasures of the body and the pleasures of the soul, that we desire the former with great impatience when we have them not, and when we have…

Kromeriz,,Czech,Republic,-,September,16:,Saint,Agnes,Of,Bohemia,

True Peace Found in God Alone

“Peace, because we have hoped in Thee.” -Isaias 26:3 He that seeks peace in creatures will never find it, because no creatures are fitted for giving satisfaction to the heart. God has created man for Himself, who is the Infinite Good; wherefore, God alone can content him. Hence it comes that many persons, though loaded…

Milan,,Italy,-,December,27,,2019:,Resurrection,,"gesã¹,Cristo,Risorto

Easter Meditation: Christ Was Made Sin for Us

“The joy being set before Him, He endured the cross.” -Hebrews 12:2 When the Divine Word offered Himself to redeem mankind, there were before Him two ways of redemption – the one of joy and glory, the other of pains and insults. It was His will, not only by His coming to deliver man from…

Catania,,Italy,-,April,7,,2018:,The,Fresco,Prophet,Elias

Patience in Temptation

“Our adversary, the devil, as a roaring lion, goeth about seeking whom he may devour.” -1 Peter 5:8 Do we enjoy the inestimable blessing of being in the state of grace? Have we succeeded in casting out from our hearts the enemy of our souls? Then let us be prepared to encounter a fierce combat,…

Maulbronn,,Germany,-,April,14,,2017:,Monestary,Maulbronn,From,Inside

The Christian’s Aim

“I show you a more excellent way.” -1 Corinthians 12:31 It will conduce much to our spiritual advancement that we propose to ourselves as objects the highest things and such as are of the greatest perfection, according to the counsel of the Apostle: “Be zealous for the better gifts.  And I yet show to you…

Prague,,Czech,Republic,-,October,15,,2018:,The,Painting,Of

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…

Paris,,France,-,January,05:,Saint,Thomas,,The,Dome,Painted

The Necessary Practice of Mortification

“But you, know by experience that our cross is truly full of unction, whereby it is not only light, but all the bitterness and hardship we find in our state is, by the grace of God, rendered sweet and pleasant.” -St. Bernard I shall now speak of those means that may help us to render…

Rembrandt's,Son,Titus,In,A,Monk's,Habit,,By,Rembrandt,Van

The Value of Spiritual Reading

“I will consider the wondrous things of Thy law.” -Psalm 118:18 Spiritual reading is a great help to prayer, and it is on this account that St. Paul, writing to Timothy, recommended to him “to attend to reading” (1 Tim. 4:13).  St. Athanasius esteems it so necessary for one who would walk in the path…

Prague,,Czech,Republic,-,October,12,,2018:,The,Painting,Of

On the Mercy of God

“Through the tender mercies of our God.” —Luke 1:78 So great is the desire which God has to give us His graces, that, as St. Augustine says, He has more desire to give them to us than we have to receive them from Him. And the reason is that goodness, as the philosophers say, is…