The Sign of the Cross
Of what use is it to make the Sign of the Cross upon your body if the Sign of the Cross is not upon your heart?God does not want us to simply make pictures of His signs,but to act upon them.
— St Augustine, On Psalm 50:1

Of what use is it to make the Sign of the Cross upon your body if the Sign of the Cross is not upon your heart?
God does not want us to simply make pictures of His signs,
but to act upon them.

— St Augustine, On Psalm 50:1

'In “Story of a Soul,” the autobiography Thérèse penned at the insistence of her superiors, the real Little Flower walked me through the stages of her spiritual development, growing from a self-described petulant and manipulative child to an overly emotional pre-teen to a highly sensitive and depressed teenager to a young adult who found the very existence of some of her housemates (read: fellow nuns) endlessly irritating. In other words, she sounded completely normal. Typical, even. And she was! She certainly possessed natural graces given to her and earned for her by her loving and holy parents and siblings, but she was pretty much a normal girl. It was her response to her circumstances that set her apart as extraordinary. And her response was consistent: He must increase, I must decrease.

Her littleness is what made her a spiritual giant.’

—Jenny Uebbing, “The Power of the Little Flower

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purgatorialsociety:

Tombe de Sr Thérèse de l’Enfant-Jésus. (Cimetière de la ville de Lisieux.)
Je compte bien ne pas rester inactive auCiel: mon désir est de travailler encore pourl’Eglise et les âmes; je le demande à Dieuet je suis certaine qu’il m’exaucera.


Tomb of Sister Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face. (Cemetery of the town of Lisieux)
I intend well never to stay inactive in Heaven: my desire is to work still more for the Church and for souls; I ask it from God and I am certain He will fulfill it.

catholicsoul:

purgatorialsociety:

Tombe de Sr Thérèse de l’Enfant-Jésus. (Cimetière de la ville de Lisieux.)

Je compte bien ne pas rester inactive au
Ciel: mon désir est de travailler encore pour
l’Eglise et les âmes; je le demande à Dieu
et je suis certaine qu’il m’exaucera.

Tomb of Sister Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face. (Cemetery of the town of Lisieux)

I intend well never to stay inactive in Heaven: my desire is to work still more for the Church and for souls; I ask it from God and I am certain He will fulfill it.

catholicsoul:

Oh, what two great mysteries of hope and love for us are the Passion of Jesus Christ and the Sacrament of the Altar! Mysteries, which we could have never believed, had not faith assured us of them.
That God Almighty should deign to become man, shed all His blood, and die of sorrow upon a cross, and why? To pay for our sins, and gain salvation for us rebellious worms! And then His own very body, once sacrificed upon the Cross for us, this He vouchsafes to give us for our food, in order to become wholly united with us!
O God, how should not these two mysteries consume with love the hearts of all men! And what sinner is there, be he ever so abandoned, who can despair of pardon, if he repent of the evil he has done, when he sees a God so full of love for men, and so inclined to do them good?
"I will have great confidence, firmly hoping that he who has done and suffered so much for my salvation will deny me nothing that I have need of."  St. Bonaventure

catholicsoul:

Oh, what two great mysteries of hope and love for us are the Passion of Jesus Christ and the Sacrament of the Altar! Mysteries, which we could have never believed, had not faith assured us of them.

That God Almighty should deign to become man, shed all His blood, and die of sorrow upon a cross, and why? To pay for our sins, and gain salvation for us rebellious worms! And then His own very body, once sacrificed upon the Cross for us, this He vouchsafes to give us for our food, in order to become wholly united with us!

O God, how should not these two mysteries consume with love the hearts of all men! And what sinner is there, be he ever so abandoned, who can despair of pardon, if he repent of the evil he has done, when he sees a God so full of love for men, and so inclined to do them good?

"I will have great confidence, firmly hoping that he who has done and suffered so much for my salvation will deny me nothing that I have need of."  St. Bonaventure

Prayer to Our Suffering Saviour for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

O most sweet Jesus, through the bloody sweat which Thou didst suffer in the Garden of Gethsemane, have mercy on these Blessed Souls. Have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer during Thy most cruel scourging, have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer in Thy most painful crowning with thorns, have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer in carrying Thy cross to Calvary, have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer during Thy most cruel Crucifixion, have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer in Thy most bitter agony on the Cross, have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the immense pain which Thou didst suffer in breathing forth Thy Blessed Soul, have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

(Recommend yourself to the Souls in Purgatory and mention your intentions here)

Blessed Souls, I have prayed for thee; I entreat thee, who are so dear to God, and who are secure of never losing Him, to pray for me a miserable sinner, who is in danger of being damned, and of losing God forever. Amen.

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by-grace-of-god:

Inspiring sculpture by Timothy Schmalz (website, facebook) to be installed at Shrine of Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy. 

Timothy describes his experience: ”The whole time I was working on the sculpture a strange experience happened, I could not stop thinking of all the vile sins I created in my life. It was like a movie on repeat. After I was done with this, my thoughts broadened to worse sins that were created in my country, murders horrific that I heard of in the news. I could not believe what I was thinking and I could not prevent my thoughts from going to these dark places. After days of this, I thought, how horrible, I am creating a sculpture of a saint and this is what is going on inside of me? Then I understood that I was creating a sculpture of a saint who was known for confessions, In fact St. Pio has become the Patron Saint of Confessions. What was happening to me was a long confession throughout the creation of the sculpture. The Gloom I experienced was then replaced with peace when after each horrific image that passed through my mind was prayed with, and asked for forgiveness; my deeds and those of others. A fascinating journey creating this work.” (+)

…Two weeks before Brendan's death at the age of 16, his body was so ravaged by his chemo treatments that his aunt, who was helping him into bed, could pat him only on his head as every other part of his body was racked with pain.  What he said to his aunt that night could be the most poignant and selfless statement made by a 16 year old in the modern era.

Here’s the quote:

 “Aunt Kelly, I am so happy. All you need to be happy is to open your heart to Jesus.”

Brendan Kelly, pray for us.

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3.
Fra Angelico
Crucified Christ
1433-34, fresco, Chapter House, San Domenico, Fiesole


Look at the Cross. When the contradiction of your plans, the upset nature of your projects, weighs down upon you then look up at Jesus as He hangs on the cross and remember His last words shortly before He gave up His spirit:  “Father into your hands I commend my spirit.” Jesus hanging on the cross, shedding every drop of His Precious Blood, how counter-cultural that God would decide upon this means to save the whole created universe. He ends by breathing forth His spirit into the hands of the Father.
—Upset and Turned Upside Down?

kutxx:

3.

Fra Angelico

Crucified Christ

1433-34, fresco, Chapter House, San Domenico, Fiesole

Look at the Cross. When the contradiction of your plans, the upset nature of your projects, weighs down upon you then look up at Jesus as He hangs on the cross and remember His last words shortly before He gave up His spirit:  “Father into your hands I commend my spirit.” Jesus hanging on the cross, shedding every drop of His Precious Blood, how counter-cultural that God would decide upon this means to save the whole created universe. He ends by breathing forth His spirit into the hands of the Father.

Upset and Turned Upside Down?