Monaco,-,November,13,,2018:,Painting,Of,Mary,Magdalene,On

It is Sweet to Serve God

Disciple: Now will I speak, O Lord, and will not be silent; I will say in the hearing of my God, my Lord and my King Who is on high: Oh, how sweet is the multitude of Thy sweetness, O Lord, which Thou hast hidden for them that fear Thee (Ps. 20:20). But what art…

South,Bend,,Indiana/usa,-,August,8,2018:,Pipe,Organ,Inside,The

What is the Interior Life (PART II)

EIGHTH TRUTH: My interior life will be no better than my custody of my heart. “Before all things keep a guard over thy heart, for from it springs forth life.”  This custody of the heart is simply a HABITUAL or at least frequent anxiety to preserve all my acts, as they arise, from everything that…

Statue,Of,Virgin,Mary,Our,Lady,Of,Grace

The Youthfulness of Mary the Mother of God

How old was Mary when she conceived Our Lord according to St. Albert the Great? The accounts of the nativity of Christ, found in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, each present to us very beautiful images of the Virgin Mary. She was the humble and innocent handmaid of the Lord, whose ready obedience to…

Euphrasian,Basilica,In,Porec,Arcades,And,Tower,View,,Unesco,World

What is the Interior Life (PART I)

In this book the words life of prayer, contemplative life will be applied, as they are in the Imitation of Christ to the state of those souls who have dedicated themselves to a Christian life which is at the same time out of the common, and accessible to all, and, in substance, obligatory for all.…

Valencia,,Spain,-,June,15,,2018:,Medieval,Painting,In,Valencia,

On Preparation for Communion

In order to receive the abundant fruits of the Holy Eucharist, a certain cooperation is required on the part of the receiver – not indeed that the efficacy of the Sacrament considered in itself depends at all on the recipient (this efficacy it has entirely from God) – but because its salutary effects in each…

Catania,,Italy,-,April,7,,2018:,The,Painting,Of,Immaculate

Mary is the Hope of All (PART II)

In the Book of Proverbs Mary herself tells us that she possesses all the riches of God, that is to say, His mercies, that she may dispense them in favour of her lovers: “With me are riches . . . and glorious riches . . . that I may enrich them that love me.” And…

Vienna,,Austria,-,May,19,,2019,-,The,Peterskirche,,Or

Sundays and Holydays in the Spiritual Life

“The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath.” -Mark 2: 27 Every day of our life should be employed in glorifying God, but there are certain days He has particularly appointed whereon to receive from us a more special exterior worship. These are Sundays and holydays. It is therefore obligatory upon…

Rome,,Italy,-,September,03:,St,Michael,The,Archangel,,Altarpiece

St. Gerard Majella’s Devotion to the Saints and Angels and Particularly to St. Michael

A child of Heaven rather than of earth, Gerard had chosen his intimate friends from among the Angels and the Saints. Besides the Twelve Apostles, he daily honored his Guardian Angel, St. Joseph, Sts. Joachim and Anne, St. John the Baptist, St. Bernard, St. Philip Neri, St. Mary Magdalen the Penitent, St. Francis Xavier, St.…