Pursuit of Perfection

Bergamo,-,January,26:,Death,Of,St.,Joseph,Paint,From

God Does Not Abandon Us at the Hour of Death

As a gentle mother, leading her little child with her, helps it to walk, carries it according as she sees necessity, allows it to make some steps by itself in places which are very smooth, and not at all dangerous, sometimes taking it by the hand and steadying it, sometimes lifting it up in her…

Rome,,Italy,-,Circa,January,2016,-,A,Priest,Saying

Meditation on the Vestments of the Mass

You may ask, dear Reader, if Our Lord also ordained the ceremonies of Mass.  I answer, “No.”  He instituted only the essential arts of the Mass.  He left it to His Church to prescribe the rites and ceremonies to be observed in its celebration. However, most of the ceremonies of Mass are of great antiquity,…

Ravenna,,Italy,-,January,28,,2020:,The,Painting,Of,Scene

Sins of Habit

“Let not sin reign in your mortal body.” -Romans 6:12 It is a great evil to accustom ourselves to evil.  A habit of sinning is a fatal chain which binds the soul and renders it a slave to crime.  It blinds the spirit, hardens the heart, stifles the voice of conscience and gives a death-blow…

Como,,Italy,-,May,8,,2015:,The,Ceiling,Fresco,Of

Discourse on the Feast of the Assumption

Meditation on the Death of Mary On this day the Church celebrates, in honour of Mary, two solemn festivals; the first is that of her happy passage from this world; the second, that of her glorious Assumption into Heaven. In the present discourse we shall speak of her happy passage from this world; and in…

Cordoba,,Spain,-,May,27,,2015:,The,St.,Joachim,,Little

The Importance of Mary in the Spiritual Order (PART II)

The Holy Parents of Mary: Saints Joachim and Ann In fine, the appointed time approaching, God sent into the world two brilliant flambeaux, to announce the coming dawn of the Sun of Justice, Jesus, our Saviour. These were St. Joachim and St. Ann, whom the Divine Will had prepared and created to be the parents…

Top,View,Of,The,Church,St.,John,Of,Nepomuk.,Zdar

Resignation to the Divine Will

“My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me.”  -John 4:34 So said Jesus Christ, speaking of Himself.  In this mortal life, “meat” is that which preserves our life, and therefore Our Lord said that it was His meat to do the will of the Father.  This also ought to be the…

Imperial,Cathedral,Of,Speyer.,Paintings,By,Schraudolph.,Adam,And,Eve,

Remedies Against Gluttony

Gluttony is an inordinate love of eating and drinking.  Our Savior warns us against this vice, saying, “Take heed to yourselves lest your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting and drunkenness, and the cares of this life.” (Lk. 21:34).  When you feel the promptings of this shameful disorder, subdue them by the following considerations: Call to…

Parma,,Italy,-,November,3,,2013:,Correggio,Fresco,Of,The

The Glories of Heaven: The Supernatural Gifts that Await Body & Soul in Paradise

The newest addition to the TAN Resurrection collection, The Glories of Heaven was written by Saint Anselm of Canterbury and has been translated into English for the first time by Fr. Robert Nixon, OSB. The following excerpt from Fr. Nixon’s Translator’s Note heralds the powerful and resonant teachings to be found in St. Anselm’s writings.…