De devotione sanctorum

One of the areas in which the Mass of All Times excels is in the devotion to the saints.

“The Church has connected with the divine sacrifice a copious rite, in which the veneration of the Saints finds manifold expression” (Rev. Dr. Nicholas Gihr)

    The devotion to the saints finds itself in the ancient rite in four ways.

The first is the mention of the saints in the various prayers throughout the Mass, such as the Confiteor and the Suscipe, sancta Trinitas in which Our Lady, St. John the Baptist, St. Michael and Sts. Peter and Paul are mentioned.  Of course, there is the mentioning by name of the many saints in the Canon both before and after the consecration.  The relics of the saints that lie in the altar are mentioned in the Oramus te Domine as the priest venerates the altar after he has ascended following the prayers at the foot of the altar.  There is the mention of St. Michael the Archangel during the blessing of the incense prior to the Offertory.  During the Libera nos, quaesumus after the Our Father there is the mention of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Sts. Peter, Paul and Andrew.

The second way is by virtue of the magnificent sanctoral calendar of the ancient rite of Mass.  The number of the feast days of the saints fills the calendar year, providing the faithful a constant reminder of the example of the saints.  Also, the division of the saints into categories such as confessor and virgin provides the priest and the faithful with an understanding of the Will of God in the lives of individuals – i.e. that He does not distribute his graces evently but ‘as He will’.  In the calendar, with what is effectively a four-class system, one gets a strong sense of the hierarchy that we will see once we enter into heaven.

Moreover, the fact that the sanctoral cycle at times takes precedence over the temporal cycle provides a profound understanding of venerating God through His saints.

The third way in which devotion to the saints is fostered is in the recognition of their role in the development of the ancient rite.  To make changes to the liturgy is the prerogative of saints.  During the Mass, the faithful enjoy a certain devotion to the saints who slowly fashioned this venerable rite through time.  From the beginnings with St. Peter and its slow growth until the codification of St. Gregory the Great.  Then from that time on the ancient rite of Mass remained relatively unchanged except in a few accidentals until 1964.  In other words, the Mass – throughout history – had minor modifications made by saints such as Pope St. Pius V.

The fourth way in which the devotion to the saints is fostered is in the consideration of the saints who attended and offered this Mass.  In substance, this is the same rite of Mass offered by such great saints as Albert the Great, Gregory the Great, Alphonsus Liguori, Ambrose, Anselm, Augustine, Robert Bellarmine, Benedict, Bonaventure, Charles Borromeo, Dominic, Ignatius, John of the Cross, Louis Mary de Montfort, Pius V, Pius X, Thomas Aquinas, Thomas More, John Mary Vianney, John Bosco, Padre Pio and a whole host of other priestly saints.  This is the rite of Mass attended devoutly by saints such as Bernadette Soubirous, Catherine of Siena, Scholastica, Gianna Beretta Molla, Katharine Drexel, Francis of Assisi, Hermenegild and Dominic Savio.  When we consider ourselves in the company of a lineage of saints, martyrs and holy virgins whose devotion to this rite of Mass was exemplary and who are certainly present during the sacrifice of the Mass, there is no doubt whatsoever that our devotion and affinity for the saints is strengthened.

Saints - Beato Angelico

24 Responses to “De devotione sanctorum”


  1. 1 anne bender August 3, 2009 at 12:48

    Gorgeous picture Gabriella! It is very interesting that “making changes in the liturgy is the prerogative of the saints”. It is also interesting that you underlined that statement. How lucky we are to have rules in place because so many people like to consider themselves to be saints and hack up the liturgy to please themselves. And I know that there are many who disregard those rules and do just that anyway. Oh, the prayers we should be praying to our beautiful saints for their intercession to keep our liturgy holy and true! Thank you for this post!

  2. 2 Deanna August 3, 2009 at 13:26

    How right you are Anne!
    My favourite saint is St. Jude, Patron of lost causes. He’s helped me many a time🙂
    (He often gets confused with Judas the traitor but St. Jude was actually a cousin of Jesus)

  3. 3 Korrigan August 3, 2009 at 13:54

    Great post, Gabriella – certainly food for thought🙂
    For all those protestants who do not venerate saints and condemn us Catholics and the Orthodox of idolatry – worshipping a creature instead of the Creator – I would like to clarify that we worship God alone. Saints are only honored and venerated as humans specially blessed by God.
    The Catholic Encyclopedia explains the difference:
    “The worship of latria (latreia), or strict adoration, is given to God alone; the worship of dulia (douleia), or honour and humble reverence, is paid the saints; the worship of hyperdulia (hyperdouleia), a higher form of dulia, belongs, on account of her greater excellence, to the Blessed Virgin Mary.”
    Similarly, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America explains:
    In the Orthodox Church the worship (latreia) given to God is completely different from the honor (tim) of love (agape) and respect, or even veneration (proskynesis) “paid to all those endowed with some dignity” (Chrysostom).
    The Bible also encourages the veneration of angels, who are comparable to the saints in that they are creatures with a special relationship to God (references include Ex. 23:20; Jos. 5:13; Dan. 8:15 and 10:4; Matt. 18:10; Luke 2:9; Acts 12:7; and Rev. 5:11 and 7:1).
    The Catechism of the Council of Trent (1566) taught that idolatry is committed “by worshipping idols and images as God, or believing that they possess any divinity or virtue entitling them to our worship, by praying to, or reposing confidence in them” (374).
    Catholic and Orthodox Christians do not commit idolatry when they venerate images.
    Catholics most often explain the practice by comparing images of the saints to photographs of loved ones: both are reminders and memorials of the people they depict.

  4. 4 Cinzia August 3, 2009 at 14:55

    Another great post Gabriella. Also a great entry by Korrigan. Thank you.

    I am realising more each day the wonder, beauty, solemnity and holiness of the Mass of All Times – surely after two millennia of Saints “putting it together” as it were – there can be nothing on earth as perfect and sublime.

    Now I can appreciate fully the meaning of: “The Extraordinary Form of the Mass, the most beautiful thing this side of heaven.”

    Korrigan, you are so right! Having been a Catholic all my life, I know the difference between venerating a saint and worshipping God. I have never confused the issue – I am certain we all know the difference between worshipping one God, praying to the Blessed Virgin Mary and venerating or praying to the saints and angels. Only those who are not Catholic get confused and have no idea. I for one have known that there is a difference since I was a child, even though I had never read the explanation of the Catholic Encyclopaedia. I am sure it is the same for all true Catholics.

    Thanks again Gabriella for such fantastic posts. They are so interesting and educational and … boy!! do you KNOW STUFF !!!!!
    I’m impressed.

  5. 5 bigjohn August 3, 2009 at 15:01

    My favourite saint is SAINT JOHN THE DWARF.

    Not kidding!! Bet you’re laughing!!

    But he’s real!!
    He lived around 339 A.D. in the lower part of Kemet, and was called John Kolobos (Kolubas), being small of stature.
    The grace of God changed his irascible and cranky temperament into one of humility.
    Being one who was solitary, he taught others that perfection comes from being always vigilant. He lived in an underground cave. He was ordained a priest at a late age. In or about 405 A.D. Berbers raided the Sketis, and he retired across the Nile River to the Suez area where he died.

    I pray he changes my irascible and cranky temperament too!

  6. 6 Brian August 3, 2009 at 19:28

    Gabriella – as always, excellent post. So good that you are here to think of all this. I never considered the four ways of devotion to the Saints. I will forward this post to my classmates. * after reading your posts I would expect that you are a teacher. We could sure use you here in NJ – especially in our Archdiocese and our formation classes. Your posts have become part of MY formation.

    In your list of Great Saints you mention Katharine Drexel. Occasionally I attend Holy Mass at the Harlem New York mission of the Missionaries of Charity. I do all kinds of work for the sisters – so I am always in-between missions in NJ and NY. This particular mission, on 127th Street, is where St. Katherine was living when she missioned in New York. When I attend Holy Mass and receive Jesus in this chapel, I stand in the same spot where a Great Saint also stood, receiving Our Lord.

    God bless!

  7. 7 Qualis Rex August 3, 2009 at 21:04

    Salve Gabriella! Appena ho scoperto il tuo blog che mi piace assai! Pensiamo tutto uguale : ) Io abito in Italia ed America (meta’/meta’). A Palermo dove ci abito, vado a San Basilio dove c’e’ la messa tridentina (l’unica). E purtroppo abbiamo la stessa situazione che descrivi riguardo ai Maomettani. Vabbe’, scrivimi se puoi!

  8. 8 Joakim August 3, 2009 at 21:12

    For the most part, I agree with Catholic/Orthodox theology. However, there are two issues where I fall squarely in the Protestant camp: The use of icons and the veneration of the saints. I thought it might be a good idea to start a discussion on these issues – after all, it’s not as if a friendly conflict between Catholics and Protestants ever hurt anyone (hehehe).

    I understand the Catholic arguments about icons, but they do not answer an important question: Why are icons necessary? Can’t we pray just as well without them? And, if they are not necessary, why use them at all?

    A similar question can be asked about the veneration of the saints: Why do we need anyone to intercede for us? Can’t God hear our prayers for Himself? Then He does not need saints to give Him any information. And isn’t He perfectly just and merciful? Then we do not need saints to plead on our behalf. In human society, you only need to get someone to plead on your behalf when you cannot plead for yourself, or when the pleading is to be done to the ear of the corrupt.

    Furthermore, are not the saints human? Then the more popular saints could not possibly listen to all the prayers addressed to them simultaneously.

    This post is not meant to be confrontational – I’m only curious to hear what my Catholic friends have to say about these issues.

  9. 9 Prianka August 3, 2009 at 22:13

    Brian – how lucky – receiving Jesus on same place as a great saint!

    Joakim – Re the question you seem to be raising – i.e. if they’re not specifically necessary then why use them – well I would liken it to food – food is necessary for nutrition but flavor is not. However people use flavor to enhance the dining experience – the same goes for the usage of saints and Icons in the spiritual sense in my opinion – so they are not necessary but the usage of them does no harm either. Therefore if they enhance some peoples’ spiritual connection with God isn’t that all that matters at the end of the day?

  10. 10 Judy August 4, 2009 at 01:04

    Hello Gabriella!
    GREAT POST/WONDERFUL BLOG!
    Thanks for joining A Thankful Woman’s Book of Blessings! Hope to see many comments from you and look forward to getting to know you:)

    Deanna, I am named for St. Jude…I am the youngest of seven…they kept sending my mother home because labor would start and stop start and stop…on the last trip into the hospital,she prayed for Jude’s intercession and told him she was so weary…and that if he’d help the baby come she would name the baby after him…that’s why my name is Judith! My mother wanted it to be “Jude” (that is what my family calls me) but my father said that was a masculine name so he compromised with Judith:)

    Anyway Gabriella, I will be visiting here often!
    May God bless you for your beautiful witness of His Church and True Faith.

  11. 11 Mary Nicewarner August 4, 2009 at 01:19

    Gabriella,
    Great post. What a grace God has given us in this great cloud of witnesses. I love reading books about saints and asking for their intercession. We can learn so much from them. My favorite saints are St. Teresa of Avila, St. Faustina, Padre Pio and The Little Flower. Oh,and I love St. Paul’s passion and fire!

  12. 12 Cinzia August 4, 2009 at 05:38

    Hello Joakim – well here’s my perspective.

    Firstly though, you might like to go back to one of Gabriella’s previous posts on the beauty of Christian Art – that will explain in part the “human” need to see beauty and see something tangible, like the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary or of a saint – knowing full well that that is NOT how they necessarily looked and knowing full well that a statue is definitely NOT necessary when praying – but it helps and is in no way harmful or irreverent.

    We can certainly pray directly to God the Father – but we can also pray to a Saint to intercede for us – there is absolutely nothing wrong in that at all. We simply recognise them as the greatest followers of Christ’s teachings and as the greatest of human beings: as strong leaders like St Catherine of Siena, by their great knowledge and teachings, such as St Thomas Aquinas and St Augustine, or as the most loving and compassionate, such as Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who lived a life in the true example of Christ and was the very essence of love and compassion towards the poorest of the poor.

    Catholics look up to and venerate these and many other saints as the best of humankind. Just like we pray for each other, offer Masses for our loved ones who have died, so we pray to our Saints to help us along in our lives.

    At the same time we pray, worship and love the one true God, his beloved Son Jesus, and the Blessed Virgin Mary. We recognise the differences – each has their place in heaven. When, for example, we recite the Rosary and pray the Hail Mary, we are not forsaking God. Our Blessed Mother in Heaven intercedes for us out of her love and mercy.

    I am sure our Heavenly Father does not have a problem with any of the above. As Jesus told us, “there is more happiness in heaven over one sinner who has repented than over 99 righteous ones.” So if praying to God, the Saints, Mary our heavenly mother, or for each other, achieves the goal of one more repented sinner, so much the better! No harm done whatsoever.

    Hope this helps. Cheers.
    Cinzia

    • 13 Judy August 4, 2009 at 12:33

      Please FORGIVE MY INTRUSION…but I think perhaps Cinzia wrote something which could be GREATLY misinterpreted and I felt compelled to clarify for her.

      In her beautiful comment/explanation above, she wrote a line that states:

      “At the same time we pray, worship and love the one true God, his beloved Son Jesus, and the Blessed Virgin Mary.”

      Catholics DO NOT WORSHIP THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY!!!

      I do not think Cinzia INTENDED to imply that we do…I just think that she included Our Lady as to whom we ask intercession and whom we give our love…but someone not of the faith who reads that line (IMHO) could clearly get the wrong idea there…

      I hope you do not mind my jumping in here and pointing that out.

      While I’m here (::SMILE::) I might also add to Cinzia’s good explanation…that Jesus HIMSELF OFTEN used TANGIBLE and earthly things through which to confer His blessings and power.
      He created in us, a people of “the senses” and I think that He knows that we can learn MUCH through our sight, sounds, tastes, touch, etc…One might remember the Scripture story of the woman who just had to “touch His cloak” (actually I think there’s a post about that very story on Gabriella’s blog)…The Bible tells us that Jesus “felt the power go out of Him” …obviously, since she had only touched His cloak…the power had to leave THROUGH that very tangible, earthly item….does God NEED the cloak to send forth His power? Of course not…but sometimes He chooses to use these things (Bread? Wine?) …He takes ordinary means and does extraordinary things through them….So too, do the ordinary means and tangibility of statues and religious art help us to be open and receptive to the graces and blessings He wishes to send…not that He needs those items…but rather, that those items help us to “BE ATTENTIVE” (as they say in the Eastern Rite Liturgy) and help us to think upon the things of Heaven and remove our thoughts from our earthly surroundings. When a loved has died, do we not gain comfort and joy by looking at their photo once in a while? Statues are a way for us to look upon the “photos” of those who have gone on before us.

      Thanks for letting me comment:)

  13. 14 Antonella Oliver August 4, 2009 at 09:58

    In Revelation, the great company of saints stand before the throne of God: (Rv 7 9-10)
    The feast in honour of Gods saints is November 1st and it is also a reminder of great promise to us, the living, that one day we shall join them in glory. In one sense we are united with them already in the communion of saints (which we refer to whenever we say the Creed) This is the union of the living, the saints in heaven, and the souls in purgatory, all joined together as the Mystical Body of Christ. The living can help the souls in purgatory, and they can pray for us who are living on earth. The saints in heaven, in turn, pray for both.
    This beautiful communion, the Body of Christ, remains unfulfilled, until we all come to the fullness of eternal life in God.
    Most of the saints are unknown to us – simple,humble people who loved God and neighbour to the best of their ability. We are called to join them. I am not a saint but I am invited to be one.
    Most of us have a patron saint by virtue of our baptism and confirmation and we can ask for intercessory prayers from him/her for our most pressing needs and thank them for favours received.

  14. 15 Cinzia August 4, 2009 at 13:56

    Judy many thanks for your clarification!

    Can I perhaps disagree a little bit and say that the misinterpretation by others would not be so GREAT! In my view, it would only be a small misinterpretation.

    The fact that I got the sentence wrong clearly explains that to me there is not much difference between worship, adoration and veneration. By that I mean that when I pray to God, to Jesus, or to the Blessed Virgin Mary, I pray in exactly the same way.

    I always have! In my simple soul, I don’t make a big deal of whether I am adoring, worshiping, venerating … I am simply praying.

    Can someone please enlighten me some more on how these two forms can be so different? and why is it such a big deal if, after all, Catholics DID worship the blessed Virgin Mary? As I said before, Catholics know the difference and make the correct distinctions, and I do too, between our one true God, the saints, the Son of God, the Holy Spirit and the Blessed Virgin Mary, and we love, respect, worship or venerate each in their rightful way. Is that not so?

    If I were to “worship” Our Lady would I be putting her over and above our Heavenly Father? I think not. I would be praying to her as the mother of Jesus and mother to us all, who loves us and intercedes for us and prays for us.

    Apologies, but am I missing something here ….

    • 16 Judy August 4, 2009 at 15:08

      OH my Cinzia…YES…I think it would a GREAT difference.
      To offer an explanation I would simply say that God, in His Commandments orders us that we “shall not worship false gods before Me”…ONLY the One, True God…the Triune God is worthy of WORSHIP…that is what makes worship VERY VERY distinct from veneration/honor…WORSHIP is reserved for GOD ALONE.
      When we “pray” to God in Jesus’ name…we are praying as to “worship”…when we “pray” to Mary, we are praying as to “seeking the aid and intercession of…having a conversation with…in much the same way as I would ask YOU to pray for me”
      This type of prayer is in no WAY similar to WORSHIP…I would NEVER worship you…nor would you, me…neither to do we WORSHIP Our Lady…nor would she want us to!!!
      Veneration is simply giving a HIGH HONOR to that which is honorable. WORSHIP is saying “I BELIEVE YOU ARE THE ONE TRUE GOD”.

      Hope that helps you in your distinction:)
      Thanks for the exchange:)

  15. 17 Wendell August 4, 2009 at 16:59

    Actually you’re both right.
    It’s only a question of semantics.
    In Catholic Theology there are different types of WORSHIP; namely the “Adoration” and the “Veneration”. Adoration or ‘Latria’ is an act of worship due only to God as our creator and sovereign Lord of heaven and earth. Adoration is the highest form of worship offered only to God, and God alone. The worship mentioned in Exodus 20:3 and Matthew 4:10 is the kind of worship that we (Catholic) call Adoration – and it is for God alone.

    Veneration = to revere the men of God or the things which relate to God as means of extolling God himself. In veneration we WORSHIP saints, angels, Mother Mary, etc. as only honoring them as the special friends and servants of God but we (Catholics)do not worship them (saints, angels, Mother Mary, etc.) as God.

  16. 18 Kieran August 4, 2009 at 17:12

    True enough – Judy states facts and I can understand Cinzia’s point of view but … for a clear explanation please read:
    http://www.catholic.com/library/Saint_Worship.asp

    Ciao to all🙂

  17. 19 Cinzia August 5, 2009 at 00:46

    Thank you Judy, Kieran and Wendell. Kieran I am going straight away to read your link.

    Judy I take your point, but let me just say this: I certainly do not worship a false God when I generalise the word worship and am speaking about Our Lady.

    As I repeat, in my simple mind I don’t distinguish between veneration and worship when I am praying, but I DO distinguish between God our Heavenly Father, his Son our Lord Jesus Christ, the Blessed Virgin Mary and all the Saints.

    Can I also add (this is my very personal opinion and could be completely wrong) that I don’t think our Heavenly Father minds one bit how we go about worshipping, adoring or venerating .. I bet He would be more pleased if I were to “worship” Our Lady rather than nothing at all, or worse …. I think it is perhaps us humans who love to complicate matters ….

    I am not trying to be confrontational or anything – I always appreciate and listen to others, particularly to you commenters in this blog whom I deeply respect for your incredible amount of knowledge and wisdom.

    Thank you and please keep those comments coming …..

    • 20 Judy August 5, 2009 at 05:49

      God bless you Cinzia; and all the others who have taken part in this wonderful exchange. I think Cinzia, that it truly is a simple matter of you using the word “worship” as equal to the word “pray”…and I am using the word “worship” in the context of “adoration only unto God” as Wendell so aptly pointed out:)
      Your love of Our Lord, Our Blessed Mother, and the Saints shines through all that you write:)

  18. 21 elizabeth August 5, 2009 at 04:47

    Thanks for such an informative post. My favorite saint is St. Theresa of Avila. Her works on discerning the voice of God have been sanity-saving to me.

  19. 22 Antonella Oliver August 5, 2009 at 11:11

    I am also like Cinzia i.e that I dont distinguish the Adoration, Veneration etc etc etc……I pray the same way but I know that God is God etc etc etc. Maybe the Adoration form of prayer comes when we are in church for the Mass !!!
    I did go to Kieran’s link and read through it.

    Many thanks everyone for all the input….one learns a lot from this “blog”………..

    next question….HOW TO PRAY with the different ways mentioned ?

  20. 23 Gabriella August 6, 2009 at 14:18

    Antonella,

    Il Padreterno sta passeggiando per il Paradiso …
    Sotto un lampione di stelle vede un gruppetto di Santi che stanno discutendo fra di loro e si avvicina per ascoltare.
    Sono San Giuseppe, Sant’Antonio e San Francesco.
    Il Padreterno nota l’aria mortificata di San Giuseppe e sente che dice:
    “Mi dispiace tanto sapete. Ne sono desolato, a me arriva un Paternoster ogni volta che Don Pasquale laggiù lo dà per penitenza ai suoi fedeli, e a te, invece, caro Francesco arrivano puntualmente duecento Paternoster al giorno, anche da uno solo dei tuoi devoti …”
    ”Non te la prendere, mio caro Giuseppe”, interviene Sant’Antonio. ”Ma hai ragione – a me ne dicono tredici ogni volta che smarriscono qualcosa e, siccome di cose se ne perdono tante, io finisco per totalizzarne sempre più di Francesco”.
    Proprio in quel momento passa di lì Santa Rita.
    ”Scusate se mi intrometto”, dice con dolcezza, “ma io sono più desolata di San Giuseppe. Se non fossi già in Paradiso, temerei per la mia umiltà. A me di Paternoster ne arrivano così tanti che non riesco assolutamente a contarli …”

    Il Padreterno ha orecchiato e passa oltre ma, tornato al suo tavolo, scrive un biglietto e chiama uno dei suoi angioletti segretari. ”Senti piccolo”, gli dice, “scendi sulla terra e fà sapere ai miei figli che almeno un Paternoster al giorno lo indirizzino anche a me … Mi sembrava di aver capito che questa fosse l’intenzione di mio Figlio”.


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Pope Benedict XVI has declared a “Year for Priests” beginning with the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on June 19, 2009. The year will conclude in Rome with an international gathering of priests with the Holy Father on June 19, 2010.
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Quest'anno sia anche un'occasione per un periodo di intenso approfondimento dell'identità sacerdotale, della teologia del sacerdozio cattolico e del senso straordinario della vocazione e della missione dei sacerdoti nella Chiesa e nella società.
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Let your light so shine before men that, seeing your good works, they may glorify your Father in Heaven. (Matthew 5:16)
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In Domino laudabitur anima mea.





"That sense of the sacred dogmas is to be faithfully kept which Holy Mother Church has once declared, and is not to be departed from under the specious pretext of a more profound understanding."- Pope Leo XIII, Testem Benevolentiae

Nessuno di noi entrerà in Paradiso senza portare con sé un fratello o una sorella. Ciascuno di noi deve uscire dalla folla e reggersi sulle proprie gambe, fiero di essere un Cattolico e capace di testimoniare la sua Fede.
Ci stiamo comportando come se la Fede Cattolica fosse un affare privato. Questo non è affatto vero. Penso che potremo andare molto, molto lontano, se riusciremo a convincere tutti i Cattolici a farsi carico della salvezza del mondo intero.
Il mondo ha bisogno di essere salvato e deve essere ciascuno di noi a farlo.




Cantate …


Cantate Domino canticum novum. Cantate Domino omnis terra. Cantate Domino et benedicite nomini Ejus. Annuntiate de die in diem salutare Ejus.

Causa nostrae laetitiae




“We can believe what we choose. We are answerable for what we choose to believe”.
(John Henry Newman)



Pueris manus imponit

Iesus vero ait eis - Sinite parvulos, et nolite eos prohibere ad me venire - talium est enim regnum caelorum.




“There is another essential aspect of Christianity: the interior, the silent, the contemplative, in which hidden wisdom is more important than practical organizational science, and in which love replaces the will to get visible results”.
(Thomas Merton)



Lo Spirito Santo


Uno dei Suoi nomi è "Consolatore"!




Confession

Confession heals, confession justifies, confession grants pardon of sin. All hope consists in confession. In confession there is a chance for mercy. Believe it firmly. Do not doubt, do not hesitate, never despair of the mercy of God. Hope and have confidence in confession.




“Almeno sei volte durante gli ultimi anni mi sono trovato nella situazione di convertirmi senza esitazione al cattolicesimo, se non mi avesse trattenuto dal compiere il gesto azzardato l'averlo già fatto”.
(G.K. Chesterton)



"Whatsoever I have or hold, You have given me; I give it all back to You and surrender it wholly to be governed by your will. Give me only your love and your grace, and I am rich enough and ask for nothing more."

(St. Ignatius of Loyola - Spiritual Exercises, #234)



"Mia madre è stata veramente una martire; non a tutti Gesù concede di percorrere una strada così facile, per arrivare ai suoi grandi doni, come ha concesso a mio fratello e a me, dandoci una madre che si uccise con la fatica e le preoccupazioni per assicurarsi che noi crescessimo nella fede".
J.R.R. Tolkien scrisse queste parole nove anni dopo la morte di sua madre.






Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. (1 Corinthians 16:13)




“Beati sarete voi quando vi oltraggeranno e perseguiteranno, e falsamente diranno di voi ogni male per cagion mia. Rallegratevi ed esultate perché grande è la vostra ricompensa nei cieli”.