Turin,,Italy,-,March,14,,2017:,The,Painting,Of,Sacred

Motives Impelling Devotion to the Sacred Heart

By Original Sin man lost Sanctifying Grace and thereby forfeited the right to Heaven. But God, in His merciful love, had decreed from eternity to restore him to the state of supernatural grace and to make him worthy of eternal happiness. This was to be accomplished by the Incarnation of the Son of God, who,…

Wooden,Confessional,In,The,Old,Church,In,The,Sunlights

How We Are to Fight Against Impurity

In encountering this vice we must use special tactics and greater resolution.  In order to do this we must distinguish three phases of the operation – the first, which precedes the temptation – the second, during the temptation – the third, which follows the temptation. First:  Before the time of temptation we must avoid all…

Ostensory,For,Worship,At,A,Catholic,Church,Ceremony,-,Adoration

The Assault on the Holy Eucharist

“I am not allowed in these columns to discuss politics or religion, which is inconvenient; as they are the only two subjects which seem to me to have the slightest element of interest for a sane man.” That was the English convert to Catholicism GK Chesterton writing in the Illustrated LondonNews in 1908. Chesterton became…

Archway,In,The,Gothic,Cathedral,Of,Reims,,France

Consolations and Dryness in Prayer

One of the most common and deplorable illusions consists in judging of our prayer by the consolation or dryness we meet with therein. In thinking it good because accompanied by consolation, bad, if chilled by desolation.  No, no, such is not the case.  The best prayer, were it ever so dry, is that which leaves…

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

Practice of Conformity to God (PART I)

The Practice of Conformity to the Will of God To the question, “In what things should we practice conformity to the will of God?” there can be only one answer: “In everything.” The first thing that God asks of us is that we should faithfully keep His commandments and those of the Church, humbly obey…

Detail,Of,Sculpture,Of,Jesus,Christ

The Archconfraternity of the Holy Face: Why Should One Join?

Is Reparation Destined to Save Society? In the nineteenth century Blessed Pope Pius IX stated, “Reparation is destined to save society!” One addresses God by petition, thanksgiving, adoration and reparation. Reparation is to repair the relationship between God and man. King Josaphat was a skilled archer. His grandfather, King David noted that Josaphat didn’t just…

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

Effects of Holy Communion

There is a correspondence between the natural uses of the matter of the Sacraments and at least some of the effects they produce.  For example, an effect of Baptism is that one is born again as an adopted child of God.  When one is born naturally, one is wet.  When one is born again supernaturally,…

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. …