“Gather up the fragments that remain.”

“Gather up the fragments that remain.”  Broken things can be mighty precious.

Broken hearts need to be mended; broken bones need to be set; broken promises

call for repentance.  We live in a broken world which lives in fear of a simple virus

that can break the bank; break the churches; break free speech and free assembly.

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The Greatest Commandment

Mathew 22:

36 Master, which is the greatest commandment in the law?

37 Jesus said to him: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind.

38 This is the greatest and the first commandment.

39 And the second is like to this: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

What Soil Do You Come From?

Tell me who your friends are and I will tell you who you are. This very true
statement delves more deeply into our emotions and attitudes that we mightwish to admit. Parents develop their children’s attitudes before the marriage even took place. When one comes to realize the importance of the soil of lifethen one will take seriously which friends I unite with and the friends I want
my children to have. So let us study the four soils that our Blessed Lord
presents and what makes these soils helpful or dangerous.
In this Sunday’s gospel our Lord tells the parable of the Sower and the seed. Click Here For More

Christmas Works of Charity

The seven corporal works of mercy

  1. Feed the hungry.
  2. Give drink to the thirsty.
  3. Clothe the naked.
  4. Shelter the homeless.
  5. Visit the sick.
  6. Visit the imprisoned/Ransom the captive.
  7. Bury the Dead.

The seven spiritual works of mercy

  1. Counsel the doubtful.
  2. Instruct the ignorant.
  3. Admonish sinners.
  4. Comfort the afflicted.
  5. Forgive offences.
  6. Bear wrongs patiently.
  7. Pray for the living and the dead.

The Beatitudes

(Matthew 5:3-12)

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure of heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.



Confession

St. Antoninus on How a Devout Catholic Lost His Soul due to Concealment of Sin in Confession

St. Antoninus (1389–1459), Archbishop of Florence, relates in his writings a terrible fact which about the middle of the 15th century, spread fright over the whole North of Italy. Click Here for more …



Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

One Church

An article on One Church (Click Here)

I believe in God, The Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended to hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.

Amen.

If you or someone you know has doubts about the one True Church being the Holy Catholic Church, follow Cardinal Newman’s example:

Before becoming Catholic, for many years he sought earnestly to discover the True Church by reading history and studying works of the Fathers and discussing the subject with learned friends. At last he exclaimed, “What have I been doing? I have sought by study and discussion to find the truth, but I have not given sufficient time and attention to asking the gift of faith from God.” He at once changed his method and began to ask God earnestly to help him to find the True Church.

His prayers were speedily answered and not only saw the light himself, but became a shinning example to hundreds of others, who followed him.

Complex Problems?

“When you want to resolve a complex problem, seek God’s will in the matter, and you will find a constructive solution.” – St. Mark the Ascetic

Pray often.

God’s Existence

Borrowed from the https://www.magiscenter.com/

If you or someone you know has any doubt of God’s existence a recommended prayer by Cardinal Gibbons, which he gave to a soul, which helped him gain the gift of faith is:

“Oh God, if You exist, make me know You.”

In the story, the freethinking soul said this prayer conscientiously and repeatedly over some time then gained the gift of faith in God.

God helps those who ask.

Some Words On Prayer

“Prayer is the place of refuge for every worry, a foundation for cheerfulness, a source of constant happiness, a protection against sadness” -St. John Chrysostom

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“Ardent prayer addressed to God: this is man’s greatest happiness on earth!” – St. John Vianney

A Good Daily Resolution Prayer

I resolve this day:

To do all in my power to resist evil and to do good.

To fulfill all the responsibilities of my state in life faithfully.

To observe kindness and honesty in all contacts with my fellowmen.

To preserve complete purity of soul.

If I should be tempted to evil, I will repeat in my heart the words, “Do what is right;Be right; Be cheerful!”

That I may be able to keep this resolution, I ask the help of God, my Creator.

(above prayer taken from book: The Seven Capital Sins, by TAN publishing.)

Leadership

Always ask yourself what is the best you can do in any given situation with the tools at your disposal to help serve the Kingdom of God and pray to Heaven for help.

“Act as if everything depended on you, trust as if everything depended on God” – Saint Ignatius of Loyola

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Some More Great Saint Quotes:

“If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world on fire!” -St. Catherine of Siena

“We should abandon ourselves entirely into the hands of God, and believe that His providence disposes everything that He wishes or permits to happen to us for our greater good.” -St. Vincent de Paul

A Great Thanksgiving Prayer

Act of Thanksgiving

From the depths of my heart
I thank You, Dear Lord, 
For Your infinite kindness in coming to me.
How good You are to me!
With Your most holy Mother and all the angels,
I praise Your mercy and generosity toward me,
A poor sinner.
I thank You for nourishing my soul
With Your Sacred Body and Precious Blood.
I will try (…with the help of your grace) to show my gratitude to You
In the Sacrament of Your love,
By obedience to Your holy commandments,
By fidelity to my duties,
By kindness to my neighbour 
And by an earnest endeavour 
To become more like You in my daily conduct.

Another Great Daily Prayer

Novena To The Sacred Heart Of Jesus

This novena prayer was recited every day by Padre Pio for all those who asked his prayers:

O my Jesus, You have said, ‘Truly I say to you, ask and it will be given you, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you.’ Behold, I knock, I seek and ask for the grace of…

Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory be to the Father… Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

II. O my Jesus, You have said, ‘Truly I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, He will give it to you.’ Behold, in Your name, I ask the Father for the grace of…

Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory be to the Father… Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

III. O my Jesus, You have said, ‘Truly I say to you, heaven and earth will pass away but my words will not pass away.’ Encouraged by Your infallible words, I now ask for the grace of…

Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory be to the Father… Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, for whom it is impossible not to have compassion on the afflicted, have pity on us poor sinners and grant us the grace which we ask of You, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate heart of Mary, Your tender mother and ours.

Hail, Holy Queen… St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus, pray for us

Great subjects of Meditation

The seven corporal works of mercy

  1. Feed the hungry.
  2. Give drink to the thirsty.
  3. Clothe the naked.
  4. Shelter the homeless.
  5. Visit the sick.
  6. Visit the imprisoned/Ransom the captive.
  7. Bury the Dead.

The seven spiritual works of mercy

  1. Counsel the doubtful.
  2. Instruct the ignorant.
  3. Admonish sinners.
  4. Comfort the afflicted.
  5. Forgive offences.
  6. Bear wrongs patiently.
  7. Pray for the living and the dead.

The Beatitudes

(Matthew 5:3-12)

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure of heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.

Some Great Saint Quotes

“Know that the greatest service that man can offer to God is to help convert souls.” -St. Rose of Lima

“Act as if everything depended on you; trust as if everything depended on God.” -St. Ignatius of Loyola

A great prayer to say once a day:

Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
St. Louis De Montfort’s Consecration

I, (Name), a faithless sinner – renew and ratify today in thy hands, O Immaculate Mother, the vows of my Baptism; I renounce forever Satan, his pomps and works; and I give myself entirely to Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Wisdom, to carry my cross after Him all the days of my life, and to be more faihful to Him than I have ever been before. In the presence of all the heavenly court I choose thee this day, for my Mother and Mistress. I deliver and consecrate to thee, as thy slave, my body and soul, my goods, both interior and exterior, and even the value of all my good actions, past, present and future; leaving to thee the entire and full right of disposing of me, and all that belongs to me, without exception, according to thy good pleasure, for the greater glory of God, in time and in eternity. Amen.