“Once the Lord said to me, Act like a beggar who does not back away when he gets more alms [than he asked for], but offers thanks the more fervently. You too, should not back away and say that you are not worthy of receiving greater graces when I give them to you. I know you are unworthy, but rejoice all the more and take as many treasures from My Heart as you can carry, for then you will please Me more. And I will tell you one more thing — take these graces not only for yourself, but also for others; that is, encourage the souls with whom you come in contact to trust in My infinite mercy. Oh, how I love those souls who have complete confidence in Me — I will do everything for them.” —St. Faustina, Diary, 294
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“Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.” -G.K. Chesterton
Prayer To Be Sustained in Faith
Lord, sustain faith within us
and make us ever loyal to Christ.
Let your church be the sign of salvation
for all the nations of the world.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. AMEN.
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“In dangers, in doubts, in difficulties, think of Mary, call upon Mary. Let not her name depart from your lips, never suffer it to leave your heart. And that you may obtain the assistance of her prayer, neglect not to walk in her footsteps. With her for guide, you shall never go astray; while invoking her, you shall never lose heart; so long as she is in your mind, you are safe from deception; while she holds your hand, you cannot fall; under her protection you have nothing to fear; if she walks before you, you shall not grow weary; if she shows you favor, you shall reach the goal.” -Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Father and Doctor of the Church
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The Risen Christ is with You
“God is not present in fear. Jesus never told us our lives were going to be easy. He never told us we were not going to suffer and he never told us we would always know exactly what to do. Jesus did tell us multiple times though to ‘be not afraid’” -Br. Anthony Freeman LC, One Step Closer, Pg. 74
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“When Jesus takes me out of my comfort zone that’s when good things happen’”
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“HOLINESS CANNOT BE PUT OFF UNTIL HEAVEN
I was created for a positive reason, for a purpose, for a good. Thus my mission in this life is to fulfill that good. I may mess up along the way and have minor and major failures but no amount of failure changes the face that I have a purpose for being here. Our ticket to Heaven consists in holiness and our holiness is connected with God’s particular plan for each one of us, which will be different from person to person. No personal failure will render God’s plan for our lives obsolete.
When we die and go before God He will not ask us scripture verses by heart…He will ask us if we were who we were placed to be. For me that’s what holiness is. Holiness is being and doing what God wants of us no matter how small or big this is. There is no way around this, there is no plan B or second reason why God created us. Our happiness and plenitude is connected with God’s plan for our lives.
Getting to Heaven doesn’t mean we were perfect in fulfilling God’s plan but His plan is our path to getting there.
Thy Kingdom Come!”
—Br. Anthony Freeman LC, One Step Closer pg. 114
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“Nowhere other than looking at himself in the mirror of the Cross can man better understand how much he is worth…Christians must lean on the Cross of Christ just as travelers lean on a staff when they begin a long journey. They must have the Passion of Christ deeply embedded in their minds and hearts, because only from it can they derive peace, grace, and truth.”
–St. Anthony of Padua
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Teach us, we ask You, humility of heart so we may be counted among the little ones of the Gospel, to whom the Father promised to reveal the mysteries of His Kingdom.
Help us to pray without ceasing, certain that God knows what we need even before we ask Him. Obtain for us the eyes of faith that will be able to recognize right away in the poor and suffering the Face of Jesus.
Sustain us in the hour of the combat and of the trial and, if we fall, make us experience the joy of the sacrament of forgiveness. Grant us your tender devotion to Mary, the Mother of Jesus and our Mother. Accompany us on our earthly pilgrimage toward the blessed homeland, where we hope to arrive in order to contemplate forever the glory of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Concerning the Mass, Padre Pio said: “It would be easier for the world to exist without the sun than without the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.”
And Padre Pio the spiritual director advises us in this way: “The field of battle between God and Satan is the human soul. This is where it takes place every moment of our lives. The soul must give free access to our Lord and be completely fortified by Him with every kind of weapon. His light must illuminate it to fight the darkness of error. We must put on Jesus Christ, His truth and justice, the shield of faith, the word of God to overcome such powerful enemies. To put on Jesus Christ we must die to ourselves. Let us humble ourselves and confess that if God were not our armour and shield, we would be pierced by all kinds of sins. That is why we must live in God by persevering in our practices, and learn to serve Him at our own expense.”
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Palm Sunday in Malaga
Spanish actor @antoniobanderasoficial takes part in the ‘Lagrimas y Favores’ (Tears and favours) brotherhood procession in Malaga, Spain, during the Feast of the Annunciation on Palm Sunday.
Photograph by Jorge Guerrero for AFP
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Usain Bolt and his Gold Miraculous Medal “I want to thank GOD for everything he has done for me cause without him none of this would be possible” – Usain Bolt @usainbolt
According to ‘The fastest man in the world’ his deep Catholic Faith has been the foundational to his success. Many of the outward signs he makes, most notably making the Sign of the Cross before and after each race and wearing the Miraculous Medal, and giving thanks to God (in dramatic fashion) as he crosses the finish line reflect an inner faith that drives him. Incidently, as one commentator put it “…the Theotokos is the most featured woman in sprinting world record videos!” Photograph by Olivier Morin for AFP
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