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What Child is This?

As we turn our eyes on Bethlehem and away from the rich and busy world, we recall the following lines: A little Child, A shining star, A stable rude, The door ajar. Yet in that place So crude, forlorn, The hope of all The world was born. If only the people of this world could […]

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Heaven will be worth it all

. . .when it seemed that wickedness had triumphed and virtue had gone down in defeat, came the sudden and ever-glorious victory in the resurrection to immortality and fadeless life and glory, to be followed shortly by the triumphal return to the heavenly kingdom and the prepared and awaiting regal seat at the right hand […]

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Take up your cross and follow Me

It is not only remarkable but astonishing that all during the tortures of the scourging, crowning with thorns, and the carrying of His cross, no word of complaint or resentment fell from Our Lord’s lips, no frown was seen on His sad but holy face. Surely He was “as a sheep being led to the […]

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Real love is stronger than death

The Apostles could not watch one hour with their suffering Lord. Their spirit was good, but their flesh was weak. For this reason He seemed to condone their failure to keep Him company. How like to them we often are! We find it so hard to keep our minds on our few brief prayers, to […]

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Take up his cross daily and follow me

“If anyone will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke IX. 2 3). We must keep this warning before our minds in our frequent trials and sufferings. Heaven will be worth it all, and far in excess of it all, if we can only wait […]

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Heaven will be worth it all

. . .when it seemed that wickedness had triumphed and virtue had gone down in defeat, came the sudden and ever-glorious victory in the resurrection to immortality and fadeless life and glory, to be followed shortly by the triumphal return to the heavenly kingdom and the prepared and awaiting regal seat at the right hand […]

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Offer ourselves and all we have to God

It should be our daily and frequent practice to offer ourselves and all we have to God, for His glory, in thanksgiving for His many blessings, in petition for the favors which we and others need, and in reparation for the sins which we and others commit. We should strive so to live and act […]

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We must be willing to do more than expected

[Neither] the Virgin Mother nor Our Lord was obliged by the laws to which they submitted forty days after the birth of Jesus. But if they exempted themselves, they would give bad example to others who would not understand their reasons, and perhaps their action would be the occasion to others of disobeying laws by […]

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Attention in Prayer

It may be taken for granted as a rule that the chief benefit which we derive from any private prayer will be in proportion to the attention and fervor which we bring to it when saying it. Without attention to what we are saying or doing, our prayers are apt to become a mere mechanical, […]

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Have faith in the final Resurrection

Our Mother’s Assumption brings before us the thought of the final destiny of her children. We are not meant to enjoy the Beatific Vision merely as separated souls. One day we too are to live before God in body as well as soul, in a body spiritualized and glorified by the power which flows to […]

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