O Causa Nostrae Laetitiae

Looking through an old ‘scrap book’ from my high-school days, I took a trip down memory lane.  It’s amazing what simple pictures can do to the archived files in ones memory bank!  Memories, good and bad, that I will never forget.  I remember Mother Teresa, our Principal, a beautiful nun but one tough lady!  Mother Dolorosa so frustrated at her failure to get maths into my head, Mother Philip who taught me Latin and History, Mother Carmel and all the other dedicated teachers of Loreto Convent, Valley Road.  I remember drawing cartoons in the middle of a Geography lesson and I remember using chalk on my white canvas tennis shoes trying to make them ‘look’ white after a game of netball.  All memories that bring a smile to my face but when I remember the last day before the school holidays, I cannot hold back my tears.

Excitement filled the air that day.  We all arrived at school with our miniature tins of furniture polish and duster as every pupil had to pack her books and polish her wooden desk.  At mid-morning we all lined up for Mass.  What brings a tear to my eye is remembering the hymn we all sung together at the end of Mass.  It  was our Holiday Hymn.  We loved it and all the girls and all the nuns and teachers sung it with  their heart and soul putting feeling and emotion into every line.  I still remember the words:

valleyroad1Mother of all that is pure and glad, All that is bright and blest, As we have taken our toil to thee, So will we take our rest. Take thou and bless our Holiday.  O Causa Nostrae Laetitiae.

Airs that are soft and a cloudless sky, We would owe all to Thee, Speak to Thy Son as Thou didst of old, That feast day in Galilee. Tell Him our needs in Thine own sweet way,  O Causa Nostrae Laetitiae.

 Be with us, Mother, from morn till eve, Thou and Thy Blessed Son, Keep us from all that is grief to you, ‘Till the weeks and months are run. Thine be we still, when grave or gay, O Causa Nostrae Laetitiae.

Smile upon all that is dear to us, Smile on our school and home, Smile on the days we are passing now, Smile on the years to come. Brighten our work and gladden our play, O Causa Nostrae Laetitiae.

valleyroad2Keep us in all that is blest of God, Give us the joys that endure, Lips that have smiles and words for all, Hearts that are kind and pure; So wilt Thou be by night and day, O Causa Nostrae Laetitiae.

Come when earth’s tears and smiles are o’er, Mother of peace and love, Show to us Him who is joy to earth, And joy to the hosts above. So shall we laugh in the latter day, O Causa Nostrae Laetitiae

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  1. 1 Cinzia August 13, 2009 at 08:27

    OMG!!

    Well that brought tears to my eyes too. And where on earth did you dig up those photos? WOW!!!

    Special.

    • 2 Alex April 1, 2013 at 13:41

      Thank you so much for this hymn. I have tried to recollect the words and often thought I’d been singing my own version of Latin(!). I can remember singing this hymn every year at the beginning of the hollidays and feeling exicted and happy. Wonderful memories. Can’t stop singing it now.

  2. 3 churchmouse August 13, 2009 at 08:49

    Great post (once again), Gabriella! Is the school still there?

  3. 4 Antonella Oliver August 13, 2009 at 09:30

    Yes brings back memories of the Loreto Convent and the nuns who taught us. That was a most beautiful hymn we sung….dont hear it sung anymore these days.
    Our school St Augustine’s has a beautiful school hymn : We Stand for God and for His Glory, the Lord supreme and God of All etc etc etc….but wow these days here at this school are so different……the kids are rude and cheeky and disobedient. We have endless disciplinary problems etc etc……makes teaching very unpleasant. We do take into account the background of these kids…most from broken homes and very disadvantaged but my gosh how very different from when we went to school in our days…..we never dared say a word in class and put up our hands for anything………..well as everyone seems to think…times have changed indeed…….but certainly not for the better (at this school anyhow)

  4. 5 Christine Gebis August 13, 2009 at 09:38

    Well well well🙂🙂🙂
    Look who I find by clicking on Loreto Convent Valley Road tags!🙂
    Gabriella, remember me? Your Polish classmate?
    Please write to me. I’m so happy to have found you after so many years🙂
    Yes, I do remember the hymn – still gives me goosepimples.
    I’m an artist, I now live in Oslo since many years.
    Where are you?🙂🙂🙂

    • 6 Margaret Dourado (Ribeiro) April 15, 2013 at 00:01

      Hi Christine,
      I remember you so clearly along with many others from our class. I would love to contact you again, please write.
      Margaret

  5. 7 anne bender August 13, 2009 at 10:40

    Gabriella, it’s nice to see that I am not the only one remembering old school days and friends these days, I see from your above comment that you may be reuniting with an old friend as well!

    Love the hymn! My Catholic grade school was very small, only 14 students in my whole grade, 5 girls in all. We 5 girls were the funeral choir, and we were terrible! I used to think all the poor mourners would cry over our off key singing instead of the grief they were feeling!

    Blessings to you!

  6. 8 Gabriella August 13, 2009 at 10:45

    Hey! Christine!
    Can’t believe my eyes!
    Wow. The wonders of internet.
    Will write immediately.

    Hi, Churchmouse.
    It was the best girls’ school in the late 60s in Nairobi, Kenya.
    Catholic school run by the Loreto nuns from Rathfarnham, Dublin Ireland.
    As far as I know, it’s still standing but I guess there won’t be many nuns teaching nowadays😉

  7. 9 Gabriella August 13, 2009 at 10:47

    Ahahahahah – would have loved to hear the ‘funeral choir’🙂
    Anne, don’t you ever sleep?

  8. 10 Cinzia August 13, 2009 at 11:28

    Antonella, do you actually teach at St Augustine’s? What do you teach?

  9. 11 Judy August 13, 2009 at 15:23

    OH Gabriella, those photos are WONDERFUL! The song is lovely!
    And I thank you for sharing those memories.
    What a blessing to have been taught by the nuns of Loreto!!!!!!!!
    And you were in Kenya, if I understood that correctly?
    AMAZING!

  10. 12 Mary Nicewarner August 13, 2009 at 22:42

    I have fond memories of the Catholic school that I attended as a child. Not all the teachers were nuns though. The school was attached to a convent but, sadly, I don’t think this convent is used anymore[lack of vocations]. The song is great! Our Lady is so beautiful! We didn’t sing this one; this is the first time I have heard of it.
    Funny thing, Gabriella, I was wondering if Anne ever slept too.

  11. 13 anne bender August 14, 2009 at 02:23

    You can all stop wondering, the answer is practically never and I would love some prayers! Mine don’t seem to help in this regard and I’ve tried everything else I can think of. I am totally dragging this week especially! I have no trouble falling asleep about 9:00 in the evening (much to the irritation of my family) but by 2 am, I am wide awake and done for the night. I’m like a baby with my days and nights mixed up!

  12. 14 anisha September 8, 2009 at 15:33

    we still sang it in LC delhi ! it was such a haunting tune .

  13. 15 Cinzia September 9, 2009 at 01:50

    I believe this particular hymn to Our Lady was written specifically for the Loreto Colleges around the world. I don’t think anyone knows it or has ever heard it, unless they went to a Loreto College somewhere.

    It does not get sung in parishes and churches as such, I believe.
    Which is a pity …. ’cause it’s one of the most beautiful hymns I have ever heard: a wonderful prayer to Our Lady “Cause of our Joy.”

    • 16 Margaret Nelson March 22, 2015 at 18:53

      The hymn was sang at my junior school when we breaking up for the summer holidays. St Wilfrids Bishop Auckland County Durham its a beautiful hymn loveley to hum along to again

  14. 17 Julie Houlding (nee May) March 12, 2011 at 14:32

    If this gorgeous old hymn was written for the Loreto Colleges then the Convent of the Holy Family in Sussex, UK, borrowed it at least all through the 50’s, 60’a and 70’s, probably even longer. We loved this hymn, the tune was wonderful and it was sung at the last assembly of every term, not just summer. We have had a few class reunions during the 2000’s and we belt out this Mother of all that is pure and glad…… All six verses. We are all in our sixties now but not a note is forgotten. I wish it was on You Tube. Wonderful hymns were sung in those days and I am not a religious person at all. A lapsed Catholic. How well I recall, Hail Queen of Heaven the Ocean Star, Faith of Our Fathers, Hail Glorious St Patrick and Full in the Panting Heart of Rome. Even a lapsed Catholic can be moved to a few tears at the sound of these tunes.

  15. 18 Marguerita O'Callaghan (nee Dolan) May 13, 2012 at 02:05

    Was a boarder in Loreto College, Cavan, Republic of Ireland, 1962 – 1967, this hymn was sung the evening before each holiday, after prayers. Brings back sad and happy memories. No nuns left now in cavan, all lay teachers and school is now run and owned (Ithink) by Dept., of Education . Went back a few times for a look around and cried for lost days of youth, which I thought would never end!!.

  16. 19 Elizabeth Chappell May 29, 2012 at 14:08

    I also have lovely memories of singing this hymn just before our holidays began and never thought that others would appreciate its sentiments as I do. Love it.

  17. 20 Preeti Bhavnani July 20, 2012 at 10:43

    Dear Gabriella,
    Can’t thank you enough for your post. I’m a Loreto Convent School girl from Bombay (now Mumbai) in India. It’s amazing to see how all of us- having been brought up in different countries, different cultures – unite under the Loreto Convent name. The ‘whitening your canvas shoes with chalk to make them look whiter’ part makes me feel like we were in the same school..doing exactly the same things! LOL..

    Completely love my school and have beautiful memories of the nuns (especially Sr.Ursula from Ireland) and Teachers who made us the women we are today. Ours was the best girls’ school around. Now of course, the Irish nuns are gone and the school is being run by another set of people.

    Love the holiday hymn and know its words even after all these years (passed out of school in ’94). Another song etched in the heart is the school Anthem:
    “To East and West of that fair isle
    Where the first Loreto stands
    Loreto’s banner now doth fly in many distant lands.
    In sunny Spain, on Affric’s strand
    And under the Southern Cross
    And westward ho, where rainbow-hued.
    Niagara’s waters toss.
    Chorus: Loreto’s banner gaily floats, in lands both East and West.
    Loreto’s name each girl reveres
    and holds it ever blest.”

    Feels good to have read all these posts shared by the other Loreto girls across the globe. Its just so easy to connect!
    So long..🙂

  18. 21 Joanna Peberdy July 24, 2012 at 13:21

    Hi
    You must have been a contemporary of mine – I remeber a Gabrielle in my class – small and brown haired with freckles – is it you??? I was at Valley Road 1963-1970 (standard 2 to Form 1) loved it and was particularly fond of Mother Carmel. I am about to visit – literally – on 27 July 2012 with two of my daughters after 35 years away – is Antonella – Antonella Coccencelli? I am Jo Peberdy and am still in touch with Alison Campbell and through Alison hear news of Sandie Weekes. My sister was there too – Sally Peberdy – she is now living in South Africa – I ma in the UK.

  19. 22 Maria O'Rourke August 9, 2012 at 19:27

    I attended SFX Infants and Junior Schools, in Liverpool, England from 1960 to 1966 and we called this our Holiday Song. We performed it just before the 6 weeks summer holidays, but only one verse…………. Mother of all that is pure and glad, All that is bright and blest, As we have taken our toil to thee, So will we take our rest. Take thou and bless our Holiday. O Causa Nostrae Laetitiae. ……. I am so glad to hear of it’s origin, thank you so much, this song was everyone’s favourite and we used to ask our teacher could we sing it, we all loved it that much and sang it at the top of our little voices, and with such gusto, no doubt with the wonderful anticipation of the long, hot, summer holidays to come, playing out with our little playmates.

  20. 23 Genevieve Ellis (nee Gracias) September 5, 2012 at 10:19

    Hi Gabriella

    So good to connect to your blog. I remember you and LCVR so well too. Can still recall you singing O Causa Nostrae Laetitia to this day.

    Last year I met up with some of our class girls – Evelyn from Vancouver, Margaret from Calgary, Cathy from Ontario and Carmen who lives in Connicutt, but invited us all to her holiday villa at Cape Cod. We were all 60 last year and so it was part of a celebration.

    I would love to hear from you and of course Christine Gebis, who I see contacted you too.

    Love

    Genny Ellis (nee Gracias)

  21. 24 Ilana Sondak October 1, 2012 at 17:01

    I graduated in 1958 from Loreto House Calcutta, and Loreto Convent Darjeeling (India), and living now in Israel. I remember all those beautiful hymns (I was once tempted to steal the hymnbook from the church and almost regret that I didn’t!). I love O Causa Nostrae, Little King so fair and sweet, Mary from Thy Sacred Image, Who is this cometh over the mountains, and some others. Beautiful melodies. I find myself singing these hymns in the shower and when I’m driving alone. Comment to Preeti Bavnani from Bombay – “To East and West of that Fair Isle where the first Loreto stands” was probably only sung in India. Maybe I’m wrong. My love and good wishes to ALL LORETO GIRLS all over the world.
    Ilana Sondak

  22. 25 Linda McIlwraith November 24, 2012 at 21:23

    I loved this hymn and it always made me cry. We also sung it before the start of the summer holidays. I went to Notredame High school during the 1960’s in a town called Dumbarton in Scotland. I seem to be the only person who remembers it and reading all your comments made me emotional all over again. Thank you

  23. 26 Med King February 12, 2013 at 19:43

    Gabriella:

    Aye attended Montfort in Yercaud, Salem, Madras, India. Boarding School run by the Brothers of St. Gabriel – 1957 to 1966.

    We sang this hymn every Sunday and Holidays and its refrain has haunted me. Actually it was the only hymn that would rattle the painted glass windows of the Chapel.

    Was looking up the words – for which aye thank you.

    Med King

  24. 27 Margaret Dourado (Ribeiro) April 14, 2013 at 23:55

    Hi Gabriella,
    I cannot believe that Mafalda came across your website and passed it on to the rest of us from Loreto Valley Road. I remember you well and your family. I would love to keep in touch. as Genny said we had a mini reunion recently and enjoyed meeting everyone again, I think it had been over 40 yrs since I had seen Carmen, Genny and Lorraine.
    Christine I remember you well too and would like to share a picture of our class with both of you.
    Please do contact me.
    Love and Hugs,
    Margaret

  25. 28 piyali May 17, 2013 at 16:35

    Hello All,
    Its so nice to see all of us from the same banner come together from all parts of the globe. I am from Loreto Convent Darjeeling.
    The education that Loreto infused into us is what makes us stand up tall in a crowd I am proud to say that. The nuns with their loving touch moulded us into what we are today. I serve a missionary school today under the Salesians, and feel the same spirit and love and care amidst them, but what has changed is the society and its effect shows on the learners. Was reading above about the ‘now’ and ‘then’ of education, and so true it is that what Loreto taught us, the respect for knowledge and the teachers and the love for the institution, are no longer in the value systems on the new day learners. It is painful but our mission is to go on hoping that we will make them see light.
    Just a song that we sang before we broke for holidays brought all of us together…. it speaks volumes of what this banner taught us and gave us … hope to instill a little of that in each learner that I guide today.
    With loving prayers for all of you…..God Bless…..

    Piyali

  26. 29 Angela June 17, 2013 at 05:59

    This is a fascinating thread. I attended a Loreto in Australia (there is a Loreto school in every state here) and now my daughter goes to the same fantastic school. They still sing “Cruci dum spiro fido” as the school song, but never sing the holiday hymn, which we absolutely LOVED. About once a year the teachers would announce it was banned because we got so raucous, swaying and stamping our feet….but it always came back again the next year.

    • 30 Judith Golden April 4, 2015 at 17:40

      Angela,
      I went to Kirribilli and we stamped and swayed our way through the Holiday Hymn back in the sixties but the school song was Queen of Loreto. Didn’t you sing that?
      Judith

  27. 31 Patricia bruce June 28, 2013 at 14:38

    Went to my grandchildrens closing ceremony at a catholic international school in copenhagen yesterday. The children sang Cliff Richards ” Summer holiday”. A pop song from my youth. I remembered the hymn we sang at the end of term in Notre Dame Convent High. In Glasgow Scotland ,it was O Causa Nostrae ,

  28. 32 Mary July 3, 2013 at 20:58

    I went to a school in Ireland in the 1940s run by Presentation nuns and we sang the holiday hymn every year! One of the lay teachers and one of the nuns had sisters who were Loeto so maybe thet got the hymn thus?

  29. 33 maryfa September 9, 2013 at 14:23

    I attended the Bar Convent, York, U.K. founded by the I.B.V.M.(Loreto in Ireland) in 1686. We also sang the Holiday Hymn every summer, most of us in tears. It is still sung every year at the Annual Reunion of ‘Old Girls’. The schoolis now the lower half of All Saints Catholic Comprehensive but the nuns,who now call themselves Congregation of Jesus (incomprehensively) still live in the 18th. century buildings.

  30. 34 natasha November 30, 2014 at 10:38

    hey were there any africans in that school at that time ave joined the school on 2013

  31. 35 Jessica January 14, 2015 at 03:18

    How wonderful to see the words of this beautiful hymn – we sang it at the Ursuline Convent School I went to in Wimbledon, South London, in the late ’70’s/early ’80’s.

  32. 36 Judith Golden April 4, 2015 at 02:03

    Does anyone remember the words to Queen of Loreto?

    • 37 Julie April 4, 2015 at 10:48

      Hello Judith I too am seriously searching for the words to Queen of Loreto.
      I do hope you and I can find them.
      I have a local lead so will keep looking.
      Julie

      • 38 Judith Golden April 4, 2015 at 17:31

        Hey Julie,

        This is all I can remember

        Queen of Loreto
        thy mercy show
        unto thy children
        here below

        la-la-la

        Mary our shield
        might is in thee
        unto thy children
        a rampart then be???

        I mailed the IBVM generalate in Rome and asked them. If I get a reply I will post it straight away. I left school in 1972 and we weren’t allowed to sing Q of L at the last mass because some bright bird had written a satirical version. But having been at Loreto for 13 years I am amazed that I can’t sing the whole thing. I can manage all of O causa nostrae, especially when a little oiled on the way home after an ex-students get together (happy memories of six of us in a pajero driving up Pacific Highway at one in the morning).

        I think it’s great that you can get a bunch of Loreto girls from anywhere in the world and we can all sing the same songs.

        Cheers and may the Queen of Loreto shine upon you,

        Judith
        Kirribilli, Australia 1972

      • 39 Judith April 4, 2015 at 21:39

        Got them from a friend, also called Julie!

        Queen of Loreto, thy mercy show
        Smile on thy children, here below
        Humbly we ask aid in our need
        Be to thy children a mother indeed (2X)

        Guard us from sin, false are its joys
        Bitter remorse all its pleasure destroys
        Mary our shield might is in thee
        Unto thy children a rampart then be (2X)

        Called by your name, placed in your care
        Our hope your glory, our strength your prayer
        Searching in faith, be ever our guide
        Show us Christ Jesus your son glorified (2X)

        Cheers

  33. 40 Loreto Girl September 4, 2015 at 11:48

    Hi, I have really enjoyed reading your blog.

    I am a Loreto girl from Melbourne Australia. We sang Queen of Loreto as the school hymn, Cruci Dum Spiro Fido whenever we needed a second rousing hymn for mass and we sang The Holiday Hymn at the end of every term.
    As a teacher, I have just finished teaching at Loreto in Melbourne and have moved to Loreto in Brisbane, Australia. The 3 hymns are all known here too. It is so lovely that we all share these traditions, even if it is in slightly different ways, all across the world.

    A new hymn was recently added to the repertoire called “Lead Us On Mary Ward”, written by Sister Deidre Browne, IBVM. Hopefully, it too will find its way into Loreto tradition the world over.

    • 41 Patricia April 17, 2016 at 12:09

      I am an expupil from Loreto Convent Coorparoo Brisbane and we sang all those hymns. Cruci, Queen of Loreto, the holiday Hymn. Deirdre Brown IBVM was the principal and we regularly sang a couple of hymns written by her. I just can’t remember them.

    • 42 Judith Golden July 6, 2016 at 16:54

      Hello Loreto Girls from Toorak,
      Cruci dum spiro was also written by Sr. Dierdre for, I think, the 100 year celebration of Loreto in Oz in 1975.
      Cheers,
      LOLLGFK
      (Little old lady Loreto girl from Kirribilli)

  34. 43 Sr Margaret Rose Bradley July 6, 2016 at 00:15

    Recently I found this hymn when I was doing some research. It begins ‘Mother of all that is pure and glad…’ The ‘Holiday Hymn’ hymn (as it was sometimes known) was written by a Sister of Notre Dame (SMX) – I don’t know any more than her initials- and can be found in a hymnal ‘In Hymnis et Canticis’, published in 1903 by Paternoster House in London. Only the words are printed. It seemed to have been sung in many many catholic schools certainly in Scotland and I am sure also in England and beyond. I have never seen the music and would be glad to know if anyone has a copy.
    Many thanks. Sr Margaret Rose Bradley SNDdeN.

    • 44 Judith Golden July 6, 2016 at 17:02

      Dear Sr Margaret Rose,

      I don’t know where you are but if you contact any Loreto school in Australia, I am sure you could get the music to the Holiday Hymn. As you can see from the comments, it is still sung in all the Loreto schools. I’d forget the Loreto Generalate in Rome. They didn’t bother to reply when I asked for the words to Queen of Loreto. Toorak has them on their website. The Loreto Australia website is Loreto.org.au (I think).

      I hope that helps,

      Regards

      Judith

      • 45 Margaret Rose Bradley July 7, 2016 at 20:53

        Thank you Judith very much. I am in Scotland but I will certainly follow this up.

        Thanks again.

        Sr Margaret Rose

    • 46 Deana Dodds July 9, 2016 at 10:50

      Dear Sister Margaret Rose,
      The Loreto Association of schools has recently commissioned a recording and arrangement of the Holiday Hymn. If you were to contact Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak, I am sure that they would be happy to send you a copy of the music. Ask to be put in contact with their Liturgy Co-ordinator.

      • 47 Margaret Rose Bradley July 10, 2016 at 11:20

        Dear Deana Thank you so much for your email regarding the ‘Holiday Hymn’. I will follow this up and let you know how I get on. It is indeed a small world! With blessings and thanks Sr Margaret Rose SND

  35. 48 Lost Bear October 31, 2016 at 04:41

    Gabriella, thank you. I have been trying to remember the holiday hymn for 36 years. i only got to sing it once, on my last day at one of the convent schools of the Faithful Companions of Jesus. i was one of the few non-catholic girls there, but that didn’t matter, for that year was the happiest of my school days. we then moved to another part of the country, and i lost touch with my friends. I feel quite emotional reading the words, as i recall singing it with tears pouring down my face, and being held by my classmates and our 6th form prefect.


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(G.K. Chesterton)



Anno Sacerdotale

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”.