The Pope’s last audible words, on hearing tens of thousands of young people singing in St. Peter’s Square as he lay in his deathbed, Friday, April 1, 2005: “I sought you out and now you come to me. Thank you.”
You are the treasure I could not afford
So I’ll spend myself ‘til I’m empty and poor.
Passion - “You Revive Me”
Receiving the Eucharist means adoring Him whom we receive. Only in this way do we become one with Him, and are given, as it were, a foretaste of the beauty of the heavenly liturgy. The act of adoration outside Mass prolongs and intensifies all that takes place during the liturgical celebration itself.
Pontiff Emeritus Benedict XVI (via backagaintothestart)
Suffering without Christ hurts. Suffering with Christ is redemptive.
Father Mike Schmitz (via graciousmelody)
Look at how a man treats his faith. That is how he will treat his future wife.
Jason Evert (via heartallonfire)
Love can wait to give, but lust can’t wait to get.
Jason Evert (via carlyiscatholic)
Non-Catholics telling Catholics what the next pope should change in the Church is like me coming to your house, redecorating it the way I like it, and never moving in.
Just got back from a Spiritual Exercises retreat. Below is an experience I had while meditating.
The die has been cast. The decision has been made.
I have stepped over the line.
I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away or be still.
My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, and my future is in God’s hands.
I am finished and done with low living, small planning, the bare minimum, smooth knees, mundane talking, frivolous living, selfish giving, and dwarfed goals.
I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, applause, or popularity.
I don’t have to be right, first, the best, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded. I now live by faith.
I lean on Christ’s presence.
I love with patience, live by prayer, and labor with the power of God’s grace.
My face is set.
My gait is fast, my goal is heaven.
My road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions are few, my Guide is reliable, and my mission is clear.
I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded, or delayed.
I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of adversity, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.
I won’t give up, shut up, let up or slow up until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, and spoken up for the cause of Christ.
I am a disciple of Jesus.
I am a Catholic.
I must go until He comes, give until I drop, speak out until all know, and work until He stops me.
And when He returns for His own, He will have no difficulty recognizing me.
My banner is clear: I am a part of the Fellowship of the Unashamed.
I dedicate my 4000th post to Benedict XIV
We will miss you!
Dear friends! God guides His Church, maintains her always, and especially in difficult times. Let us never lose this vision of faith, which is the only true vision of the way of the Church and the world. In our heart, in the heart of each of you, let there be always the joyous certainty that the Lord is near, that He does not abandon us, that He is near to us and that He surrounds us with His love.
Pope Benedict XVI (Final General Audience - 2/27/2013)