Pursuit of Perfection

Perseverance in Prayer

Fr. Jean Baptiste Saint-Jure, S.J. / November 29, 2022
Pursuit of Perfection

The Beginning of Advent: Preparing for Christmas

Msgr. Aloysius F. Coogan / November 28, 2022
Pursuit of Perfection

Familiar Friendship with Jesus

Thomas à Kempis / November 25, 2022
Pursuit of Perfection

Thanksgiving Meditation: Gratitude to Jesus Christ

The Soul Sanctified / November 24, 2022
Pursuit of Perfection

Inequality in Friendship

Fr. William Rock, FSSP / November 23, 2022
Barcelona,,Spain,-,March,3,,2020:,The,Modern,Painting,Of

Spiritual Guidance and Consolation for Married Couples

“No one, in the married or any other state of life, is completely happy on this earth.” -Fr. Fulgence Meyer, OFM The married couples who read this book are trying their best, I have reason to believe, to become true Christian parents. It will be my object, in this essay, to hearten and help them…

Reggio,Emilia,,Italy,-,April,12,,2018:,The,Painting,Of

Self-Abandonment as the Quickest Way to Love and Perfection

Your letter, my dear Sister, reminds me of that passage in the Gospel which shows us a young man approaching Our Lord in order to ask Him the way to reach eternal life. The good Master makes the immediate reply that he must keep the commandments, and when the young man answers that he has…

Antibes,,France,-,November,16,,2018:,Stained,Glass,In,The

The Grace with which the Holy Spirit Fills Devout Souls

“Grace, finally, qualifies man for all good, smooths the way to Heaven, makes the yoke of Christ sweet and light, cures man of his infirmities and lightens his burdens, so that he is enabled to run in the path of virtue.” -Ven. Louis of Granada God’s fatherly providence, of which we have just been treating,…

Catania,,Italy,-,April,8,,2018:,The,Painting,Of,St.

We Should Draw Profit from Our Faults

The faults and infidelities of which we are guilty every day should indeed bring us shame and confusion, when we approach Our Lord; and thus we read of great saints, like St. Catherine of Siena, and St. Teresa, that, when they had fallen into any fault, they experienced much confusion.  Hence it is very reasonable,…

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…

Jesus,Fresco,In,The,Ceiling,Of,The,Church,Of,The

The Virtue of Humility: Part I

“In Paradise there are many Saints who never gave alms on earth: their poverty justified them. There are many Saints who never mortified their bodies by fasting or wearing hair shirts: their bodily infirmities excused them. There are many Saints too who were not virgins: their vocation was otherwise. But in Paradise there is no…

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New Year’s Resolutions: Adopting a “Theme” for the Year

There seem to be two times each year that we think of the idea of “New Year’s Resolutions.” One is right at the end of December and into the beginning of January, the time for making New Year’s resolutions. The other falls later in the month, already into the New Year, when, if you’re like…

Brussels,-,July,26:,Stained,Glass,Window,Depicting,The,Three

The Epiphany Cake on the Twelfth Day of Christmas

“The kings of Tharsis and of the islands shall offer presents, alleluia. The kings of Arabia and of Saba shall bring gifts, alleluia.” —Roman Ritual, Blessings at Meals on Epiphany and Octave (cf. Psalm 71 (72): 10). On January 6, the annual feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord is celebrated as an extension of…