by Father Lasance, My Prayer Book
Reading, a Molder of Character
The inspiration of a single book has made teachers, preachers, philosophers, authors, and statesmen.
The first book read by one has often appeared before him through life as a beacon which has saved him from many a danger. On the other hand, the demoralizing effects of one book have made profligates and criminals.
Many youths and adults now in prison trace the beginning of their downfall to the reading of a bad book.
A man’s character is shown by the books he reads.
Good books add to the happiness of a home. The true university of these days is a collection of books.-Carlyle
The Bible, “The Lives of the Saints,“ and “The Imitation of Christ “ought to be well thumbed.
It is quite reasonable to look for a Catholic magazine and a Catholic newspaper on the library table of the Catholic home.
The Catholic press ought to be supported by every Catholic family. It is a mighty apostolate; the good it does is incalculable.
The house is no home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as for the body.-Ossoli.
People are not usually better than the books they read.-Anonymous
There is no friend so faithful as a good book. There is no worse robber than a bad book.-Italian proverb
The books which help you most are those which make you think the most.-Theodore Parker.
A habit all should cultivate, is oft to read and ruminate.
Tears not how much but how well we read. -Anonymous
Books should to one of these four ends conduce:
For wisdom, piety, delight, or use.-Deham
The Faults of Those we Love
Who does not know, alas, the touching charm with which death envelops all memories? The faults of those who are gone are forgotten, for we have ceased to suffer from them.
We feel only the void which our loved ones have left, and however wayward their course, we can recall a time in their lives that was good, sentiments that were noble and touching. This period and these sentiments are our most vivid memories, and suffice to make us regret them.
Ah, why should we only discover the virtues of those who love us when it is too late to appreciate them, to enjoy them, and to let our loved ones see that we appreciate them!
No single great deed is comparable to the multitude of little kindnesses performed by those unselfish souls who forget their own sorrows and, as true followers of Christ, scatter happiness on every side, and strew all life with hope and good cheer.
The Power of Silence
What a strange power there is in silence! How many resolutions are formed – how many sublime conquests effected during that pause when the lips are closed and the soul secretly feels the eye of her Maker upon her.
When some of these cutting, sharp, blighting words have been spoken, which send the hot indignant blood to the face and head, if those to whom they are addressed keep silent, look on with awe, for a mighty work is going on within them, and the spirit of evil or their guardian angel is very near to them in that hour.
During that pause they have made a step toward heaven or toward hell, and an item has been scored in the book which the Day of Judgment shall see opened.
They are the strong ones of the earth, the mighty forces for good or evil, those who know how to keep silence when it is a pain or grief to them.
Keep Your Eye on Heaven
If the sun is going down, look up at the stars; if the earth is dark, keep your eye on heaven. With God’s presence and God’s promises, anyone may be cheerful.
Use Your Gentlest Voice at Home
I would say to all: use your gentlest voice at home. Watch it day by day as a pearl of great price; for it will be worth more to you in days to come than the best pearl hid in the sea.
A kind voice is joy, like a lark’s song, to a hearth at home. Train it to sweet tones now, and it will keep in tune through life. -Elihu Burritt
St. Francis DeSales says:
“Accustom yourself in all that you do to act and speak gently and quietly, and you will see that in a short time you will completely control that abrupt impulsiveness.“
“Courage! Let us keep on in the low valleys of the little virtues. I love these three little virtues: gentleness of heart, firmness of mind, and simplicity of life.“
“Do not be quick to speak. Say much by a modest and judicious silence.“
“Great evenness of temper, continual gentleness, and suavity of heart are more rare than perfect charity, yet very desirable.“
In the world, on awakening in the morning, I used to think over what would probably occur, either pleasing or vexatious during the day; and if I foresaw only trying events, I arose dispirited.
Now it is quite the other way: I think of the difficulties and the sufferings that await me, and I rise the more joyous and full of courage, the more I foresee opportunities of proving my love for Jesus, and earning the living of my children – seeing that I am the mother of souls.
Then I kiss my crucifix, and lay it tenderly on the pillow while I dress, and I say to Him: “My Jesus, Thou has worked enough and wept enough during the three and thirty years of Thy life on this poor earth. Take now Thy rest… My turn it is to suffer and to fight.”
“Train up a child in the way he should go, And even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
We seek happiness in many things yet we aren’t really happy. Why? You have made us for yourself & our hearts are restless till they rest in you, O Lord.
❤️🌹Our first line of defense is the bond we must have with our husband. Besides our spiritual life, which gives us the grace to do so, we must put our relationship with our husband first. It is something we work on each day.
How do we do this? Many times it is just by a tweaking of the attitude, seeing things from a different perspective. It is by practicing the virtues….self-sacrifice, submission, thankfulness, kindness, graciousness, etc.
The articles in this maglet will help you with these things. They are written by authors that are solid Catholics, as well as authors with old-fashioned values….
Pkg Deal on Catholic Wife’s Maglet and Catholic Young Lady’s Maglet available here.
Fr. Dolindo Ruotolo’s Surrender Prayer brought understanding and peace to countless souls amid the turbulence of the last century. Now, in our age of incomparable uncertainty, this miracle-worker and visionary writer offers the assurance you need to resolutely face the final things: death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell.
Read these pages, and you’ll embark on the ultimate journey of discovery into what happens to the soul after death. You’ll read true stories of the dead who have communicated to loved ones from the great beyond; you’ll learn how the saints described their mystical experiences, and you’ll investigate stunning supernatural phenomena that remain unexplained by science.
Notably, Don Dolindo provides proof for the existence of Purgatory and explains what it’s like for the souls suffering there. Moreover, he describes the consequences of sin and how the souls in Purgatory are awaiting our sacrificial suffering to be released into Paradise.
Best of all, Don Dolindo offers spiritual wisdom that you can apply to your daily life and shows you how to prepare for a holy death and the glory of the world to come. He describes the remarkable mystical experience of the soul’s awe-inspiring entrance into Heaven and explains the unique power of Our Blessed Mother to help us get there.
You’ll also learn:
- The most important prayers that help free the Holy Souls in Purgatory
- Why even venial sin impairs our relationship with God
- Why good works, almsgiving, and penances are powerful atonements for sin
- Why we need Our Lady’s maternity, humility, and love for souls
- Why the saints delight in interceding for us
- The sublime ecstasy and complete fulfillment that await us when we behold the Holy Trinity in Heaven
Archbishop Alban Goodier, S.J. fills in the many blanks in the historical narratives about the Passion of Jesus Christ with a riveting account based on history, culture and his own deep spiritual insights. He brings to life and uniﬁes the many observations, emotions and subtle and not-so-subtle actions that revolve around the person of God the Son as he faces his most tragic and triumphant moment. The author’s unique approach intersperses Scripture accounts with the commentary of an incisive narrator who sifts and judges from the span of hundreds of years. He draws from the obvious as well as the obscure, and ﬁnds supernatural meaning in the most mundane actions that surround the suffering Christ. In the hands of this writer, the Lord’s few words, accompanied by the author’s commentary, challenge contemporary believers as much as they did those who ﬁrst followed in the footsteps of Christ and his apostles.
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Silence and sweetness, sometimes easy for the wrong reason, and hard for the right the reason! 😜