Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Love's chosen one

 "All love's chosen one's are given trials."

--Father Jean C. J. d'Elbee in I Believe in Love

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The most special brides of Christ

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"When you are suffering under the blow of a humiliation, think of those He endured.  He was not obliged to suffer them, but He knew how hard it would be for us to be humiliated, so He Himself willed to be the first to show us the way, in order to be able to say to us, 'Where I have passed you can pass, too.'"

--Father Jean C. J. d'Elbee in I Believe In Love

Monday, March 29, 2010

Monday in Holy Week

"There is no cure for want of love but love."

--Bishop Fulton Sheen in Way To Happiness

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Good temper

"Good temper, like a sunny day, sheds light on everything."

--Washington Irving

Friday, March 26, 2010

Love enough

"God gave us love enough to spend in getting back to Him so that we could find infinity there; He did not give us love enough to hoard."

--Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in Way To Happiness

Thursday, March 25, 2010

The loving abandonment of Mary

"Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to your word."  This is the fiat of Mary, pronounced in the name of all humanity.  Without her we would not have Jesus;  we would not have our Brother, our Friend, our Savior.  The loving abandonment of Mary is at the origin of our Redemption.

--Father Jean C.J. d'Elbee in I Believe in Love

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Secrets of the heart

"The face is the mirror of the mind, and eyes without speaking
confess the secrets of the heart."

--Saint Jerome

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


"The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater."

-Haldir in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring

Monday, March 22, 2010

True worth

"The true worth of a race must be measured by the character of its womanhood."

--Mary Mcleod Bethune

Sorrowful Mother, pray for us.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Cross

"Jesus will never let the Cross crush you;  on the contrary, it will lift you up toward Heaven.  It is no longer you who will carry it;  it is the Cross which will carry you."

--Father Jean C. J. d'Elbee in I Believe in Love

Saturday, March 20, 2010


"Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems."

~Rainer Maria Rilke

Friday, March 19, 2010

Ad te Joseph

Great Saint Joseph, foster-father of the Child Jesus and chaste spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, guard and protect us that we may one day be in Heaven praising God forever with you.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Without love

“Without love, deeds, even the most brilliant, count as nothing.”

--Saint Therese of Lisieux

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

To be preferred

"Here on earth love proves itself by free choice.  When a man loves, he chooses that which he prefers.  Jesus wants to be chosen, to be preferred."

--Father Jean C. J. d'Elbee in I Believe in Love 

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

A treasure somewhere buried

"The tender friendships one gives up, on parting, leave their bite on the heart, but also a curious feeling of a treasure somewhere buried."

--Antoine de Saint-Exupery

*This painting is by Dante Gabriel Rossetti and is entitled "The First Anniversary of the Death of Beatrice."

Monday, March 15, 2010


"Joy is the echo of God's life in the soul."

--Rev. Patrick McBride

Sunday, March 14, 2010


“Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark.”

--George Iles

Saturday, March 13, 2010


I know, Jesus, that beautiful flowers
Are your friends.
You come from Heavenly prairies
To fetch souls, your sisters.
A soul is the fragrant flower,
That You, Child Jesus, would like to pick.
Jesus, the beautiful lily of the valley,
For the sake of a flower, You want to die!!!...
Ineffable mystery,
The Adorable Word
Will shed tears
When He picks His harvest of Flowers.

-- from The Angels at the Crib by Saint Therese of Lisieux

Thursday, March 11, 2010


"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle."

--J. M. Barrie in The Little White Bird

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

That I may see

"If we want to be happy, we must learn to see God and His creatures as they are in themselves, and for their own sakes:  we must pray all our lives the prayer of the man in the Gospel:  "Lord, that I may see."

--Rev. Gerald Vann in The Divine Pity

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Beauty and poise

"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”

--Audrey Hepburn


"We shall be openhearted and openhanded, for we shall know, in the depths of our hearts, that what we are and what we have is not ours but God's, and shall be glad to know it."

--Rev. Gerald Vann in The Divine Pity

Monday, March 8, 2010


Yesterday the twig was brown and bare;

To-day the glint of green is there;

Tomorrow will be leaflets spare;

I know no thing so wondrous fair,

No miracle so strangely rare.

I wonder what will next be there!

~L.H. Bailey

Sunday, March 7, 2010


"Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons in life do not last. The spring rains will come again."

--Sara Ban Breathnach

Saturday, March 6, 2010


For happiness one needs security, but joy can spring like a flower even from the cliffs of despair.

--Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Friday, March 5, 2010

Through us

“What we say does not matter-only what God says to souls through us.”

--Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Great things

“We have not come into the world to be numbered; we have been created for a purpose; for great things: to love and be loved.”

--Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

How long the Winter

No matter how long the Winter, Spring is sure to follow.


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Prayer and love

"If there were only a sufficient volume of prayer and love--the prayer that expresses love and the love that expresses prayer--in the world, then the dark cloud that weighs down on us would not only be pierced here and there to let in the light, but would be dissipated, and the world as a whole would be open once again to the infinite skies..."

--Rev. Gerald Vann, O.P. in The High Green Hills 

Monday, March 1, 2010

The will of God

"The will of God is itself the better part. There is nothing more to do then to let it act and abandon ourselves to it, blindly, with perfect confidence."

--Father Jean C. J. d'Elbee in I Believe in Love