Pursuit of Perfection

Prague,,Czech,Republic,-,October,16,,2018:,The,Painting,Of

The Presentation of the Lord through the Eyes of the Mystics

In Jerusalem lived the priest Simeon. He was a very aged, emaciated man with a short beard. He had a wife and three grown sons, the youngest of whom was already twenty years old. Simeon lived at the Temple. He used to go through a narrow, dark passage in the wall of the Temple to…

Church,Mural,Paintings,Depicting,The,Lord,Jesus,Christ,Having,The

What is the Most Ancient of Christian Devotions?

The most ancient special devotion of Christians is doubtless that of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Son of God. The holy Sacraments and the other objects of devotion did not yet exist, when the Blessed Virgin Mary found her delight in worshiping the most Sweet Heart of her Jesus; already did Holy Joseph clasp…

Turin,,Italy,-,March,15,,2017:,The,Symbolic,Fresco,Of

Making the Devil Afraid of You

The first night I went to bed towards eleven and fell asleep immediately. As usual, I began to dream, and since the tongue always turns to the aching tooth, as the saying goes, I dreamed that I was at the Oratory with my beloved boys. I seemed to be seated at my desk while you…

The,Pharisee,And,The,Publican,-,Picture,From,The,Holy

Three Assaults on Your Interior Peace

Inordinate Affections WHENSOEVER a man desires any thing inordinately, he is presently disquieted within himself. The proud and covetous are never easy. The poor and humble of spirit live in much peace. The man that is not yet perfectly dead to himself, is soon tempted and overcome with small and trifling things. He that is…

Valencia,,Spain,-,Februar,17,,2022:,The,Painting,Of,Holy

Is the Interior Life Selfish?

Was the interior life of Mary and Joseph selfish and sterile? What blasphemy, and what absurdity! And yet they are credited with not one external work. The mere influence upon the world of an intense inner life, the merits of prayers and sacrifices applied for the spread of the benefits of the Redemption were enough…

Rome,,Italy,-,January,17,,2019:,A,Group,Of,Saint

Four Means of Distrusting Oneself

DISTRUST of self is so absolutely requisite in the spiritual combat that without this virtue we cannot expect to defeat our weakest passions, much less gain a complete victory. This important truth should be deeply embedded in our hearts; for, although in ourselves we are nothing, we are too apt to overestimate our own abilities…

Annecy,,France,-,July,10,,2022:,The,Painting,Of,St.

Maxims for Perseverance in Piety

TO LIVE constantly in devotion, we have only to establish sound principles or maxims in our soul. The first which I desire you to adopt is that of St. Paul: “All things work together for good to those who love God.” And truly, since God is able and understands how to draw good from evil,…

Modena,,Italy,-,April,14,,2018:,The,Painting,From,Live

The Martyrdom of St. Sebastian

After all of these things had taken place, Sebastian himself was arrested by the imperial spies. Since he was a man of high rank in the Roman army and court, he was taken before the emperor Diocletian for a personal audience. Diocletian looked upon Sebastian with some sadness and disappointment. At last, he exclaimed, “Sebastian,…