The Elevation of the Mind to God

“Be still and know that I am God.” I seek you, my God, but not through any of the senses of my body or through any perceptible images. Rather, I turn within myself, to the interior chamber of my thoughts and feelings, and the realm which lies beyond all thoughts and feelings. For there, O…

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Perseverance in Prayer

The anemic style so frequently noted in recent translations and compositions of prayer, particularly over the past sixty or so years, is not quite so likely to please the Master of the Kingdom that suffers persecution. Treatises have been written about the terse, clear style of prayer expressed in the collects of the Roman Rite…

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Why Pray in Latin?

“For the Church, precisely because it embraces all nations and is destined to endure until the end of time…of its very nature requires a language which is universal, immutable, and non-vernacular.” -Pope Pius XI (Officiorum Omnium, 1922) At a time when old religious rituals are being embraced anew by many faiths, countless Catholics are choosing…

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What is the Interior Life (PART II)

EIGHTH TRUTH: My interior life will be no better than my custody of my heart. “Before all things keep a guard over thy heart, for from it springs forth life.”  This custody of the heart is simply a HABITUAL or at least frequent anxiety to preserve all my acts, as they arise, from everything that…

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What is the Interior Life (PART I)

In this book the words life of prayer, contemplative life will be applied, as they are in the Imitation of Christ to the state of those souls who have dedicated themselves to a Christian life which is at the same time out of the common, and accessible to all, and, in substance, obligatory for all.…

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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…

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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…

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The School of Calvary & the Necessity of the Cross

Stop. Be still. Calm the mind for a moment; allow the striking, jarring, chilling words of the God-man to sink deeply into your soul: “And he that taketh not up his cross, and followeth me, is not worthy of me” (Mt 10:38). “And calling the multitude together with his disciplines, he said to them: If…

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The Necessity of Prayer

“Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you.” -Matthew 6:7 A man cannot take the smallest step in the way of divine love unless he is supported by divine grace.  We are able of ourselves to enter into the way of perdition…

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St. Francis de Sales Sermon for Ash Wednesday

Sermon for Ash Wednesday, February 9, 1622, concerning the spiritual fruits of fasting and the conditions which make fasting pleasing to God: fasting universally, that is, with all the senses and with the understanding, memory, and the appetites of the will; how completely the primitive Christians fasted, fasting through humility rather than through vanity, fasting…

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St. Benedict’s Admonition to Pray the Divine Office

By tradition going back to early Christian times, the Divine Office has been prayed by Roman Catholics, arranged in such a way that the whole course of the day and night are sanctified with prayers. This recitation of the Office of the Church praises God without ceasing, in song and prayer, and it intercedes with…

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Thomas à Kempis on Prayer

How We Are to Be Disposed and What We Are to Say When We Desire Anything CHRIST: My son, say this on every occasion: Lord, if it be pleasing to Thee let this be done in this manner. Lord, if it be to Thy honor let this be done in Thy name. Lord, if Thou…

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St. Gemma’s Gift of Supernatural Prayer

By means of prayer, the soul is enabled to lift itself near to God and thus live a spiritual life – that of Christian perfection.  This spiritual life has various degrees, and the soul that is enabled to pass through all of them will assuredly come to a full union with God. The first degrees…

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Spiritual Direction—What Is It?

Very few people today know what spiritual direction is. In this article, the reader will learn about the practicality and necessity of direction. It will also be helpful to distinguish between direction for beginners, the proficient, and the perfect. Finally, what ought to be the qualities of a director, and the one being directed. Practicality…

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Introducing Children to the Liturgical Seasons

The worldly parent focuses only on the natural seasons: fall, winter, spring, and summer. However, you, Dear Parent, child of Holy Mother Church, must not dwell solely in the natural but, more importantly, in the supernatural—that is, the Church’s liturgical life. Through the liturgical seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, Ordinary time, and her many…

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How to Advance in Holiness: Lectio Divina

How do we advance in holiness? This not an impractical question. The Church teaches us that we have three necessary means of salvation and, those same, according to degree, attain holiness: sacramental grace, prayer, and virtue. All three pistons have to be running in unison for the motor of the spiritual organism to advance. By…

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Teaching Your Children the Devotional Life

It is an understandable though grave mistake to merely think in terms of your child practicing devotion. No! Your child’s life must not merely consist of this and that devotion. Rather, your child must live the devout life. A devotion is a prayer, but St. Paul instructs you to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thes [P1] 5:17)…

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