Two Orthodox monks and a child. Lovely photo! :)
Si autem non dicis verbum Verbi, concéde non factum, per quod facta sunt ómnia. Non enim per seípsum fíeri pótuit, per quod facta sunt ómnia. Crede ergo Evangelístæ.
But unless thou sayest it was by the Word’s own word that the Word was made, thou art forced to confess that he by whom all creaturely things were made was not himself made at all, but is himself the uncreated Maker of everything that was made. Wherefore, believe the Gospel.
—excerpt from a homily by St Augustine, Bishop.
(Incidentally, I found the translation on breviary.net. The website is an awesome project done by the Cofraternity of Ss Peter and Paul. If you’ve got some free time, check out their history of the breviary—it’s worth it).
“Dear Jesus, help us to spread your fragrance everywhere we go. Flood our souls with your spirit and life. Penetrate and possess our whole being, so utterly, that our lives may be only a radiance of yours. Shine through us, and be so in us, that every soul we come in contact with may feel your presence in our soul. Let them look up and see no longer us but only Jesus! Stay with us, and then we shall begin to shine as you shine; so to shine as to be a light to others; the light, O Jesus, will be all from you; none of it will be ours; it will be you, shining on others through us. Let us preach you without preaching, not by words but by our example, by the catching force, the smpathetic influence of what we do, the evident fullness of the love our hearts bear to you. Amen.”
—Bl. John Henry Cardinal Newman, prayer after Communion
Papal Mass for Corpus Christi:
Every time I watch this video, I picture what it would be like to have public Adoration on my campus. Terrifying and exhilirating, all at once.
Actually, that description sounds rather like God sometimes.
Happy Corpus Christi, everyone.
Eucharistic flash mob - so beautiful!
What one finds in the [Carthusian] Charterhouse, then, is not a collection of great mystics and men of dazzling spiritual gifts, but simple and rugged souls whose mysticism is all swallowed up in a faith too big and too simple for visions. The more spectacular gifts have been left for lesser spirits, who move in the world of action.
—Thomas Merton (via ourladyg)
“There is only one thing to do here below: to love Jesus, to win souls for Him so that He may be loved. Let us seize with jealous care every least opportunity of self-sacrifice. Let us refuse Him nothing! He does so want our love!”
St. Therese of the Child Jesus-Holy Face- letter to her sister Celine