Pavia,,Italy.,November,11,2017.,The,Painting,Of,The,Assumption

Mary is the Hope of All (PART I)

OUR HOPE Modern heretics cannot endure that we should salute and call Mary our Hope: ‘Hail, our Hope!’ They say that God alone is our hope; and that He curses those who put their trust in creatures in these words of the prophet Jeremias: “Cursed be the man that trusteth in man.” Mary, they exclaim,…

Venezia,(venice),,Italy.,2,February,2018.,The,Painting,Of,Resurrected

Distrust of Ourselves Under Temptation

“The Lord is the protector of all that trust in Him.” -Psalm 17:31 One of the best means of overcoming temptations is to distrust ourselves and to place all our confidence in God, for as the Scripture notices in several places, it is this which chiefly moves Him to assist us in our temptations and…

Venice,,Italy,-,March,14,,2014:,Sacrificio,Di,Isacco,(abraham

We Should Abandon Ourselves to God in Life and in Death

Among the praises given by the saints to Abraham, St. Paul mentions this above every other, that he believed, hoping against all hope. God has promised to multiply his posterity as the stars of heaven, and as the sand of the seashore; and, notwithstanding, gave him an order to sacrifice his only son. Yet Abraham…

Bristow,,Virgina,-,April,26,,2015:,Stained,Glass,Window,Depicting

St. Benedict on Humility

From The Rule of St. Benedict (Regula) , Chapter 7, on Humility. Brothers, the Holy Scripture cries to us, saying: “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted” (Lk 14:11). By these words it declares to us that all exaltation is a kind of pride, which the Prophet…

Stained,Glass,Window,Depicting,A,Golden,Chalice,And,Paten

The Mystery of the Precious Blood

Salvation!  What music is there in that word – music that never tires but is always new, that always rouses yet always rests us!  It holds in itself all that our hearts would say.  It is sweet vigor to us in the morning, and in the evening it is contented peace.  It is a song…

Vienna,,Austria.,2020/6/19.,The,Painting,Of,The,Immaculate,Heart,Of

St. Albert the Great on the Color of Our Lady’s Hair

St. Albert the Great Speculation: “What Color was Mary’s Hair?” The desire to have a visual impression or image of any person whom we love is a very natural and human one. As beings who are both corporeal and spiritual, the affections of our heart and soul are inseparably conjoined to our physical senses. In…

Valencia,,Spain,-,June,15,,2018:,Fresco,In,The,Church

The Martyrdom of St. Maria Goretti

CHAPTER 8: EVEN TO BLOOD It is once more high noon. The sun from its zenith beats down on the Ferriere farm. A burning wind, storm-laden, sweeps across the swamps, licks the walls of the house and enters the kitchen by the open door. The Gorettis and Serenellis as usual are seated about the table.…

Prague,,Czech,Republic,-,October,12,,2018:,The,Painting,St.

The Mortification of the Passions

Having thus regulated the body and all it senses, the most important reformation still remains to be effected, which is that of the soul with all its powers.  Here the first to present itself is the sensitive appetite which comprises all our natural affections: love, hatred, joy, sorrow, fear, hope, anger, and other sentiments of…