Sunday, January 8, 2012

St. Faustina Quotes

I thought I'd share some of my favorite quotes from St. Faustina's diary.  They're all very good things to keep in mind as we start a new year:

"Love endures everything, love is stronger than death, love fears nothing..."
       -Beautiful.

"... as waters flow from the mountains down into the valleys, so, too, do God's graces flow only into humble souls."
       -Nature imagery is powerful.

"Suffering is a great grace; through suffering the soul becomes like the Savior; in suffering love becomes crystallized; the greater the suffering, the purer the love."
       -Combine this quote with the first, and you have a good summary of Christianity.

"In the beginning, God lets Himself be known as Holiness, Justice, Goodness--that is to say, Mercy.  The soul does not come to know this all at once, but piecemeal, in flashes, that is to say, when God draws near.  And this does not last for long, because the soul could not bear such light."
       -I like how St. Faustina manages to capture both the power and gentleness of God.  He reveals Himself how we can handle it.

"With God's permission... hope and love are put to the test."
       -Everything in our life comes from God.  We are meant to be purified.

"... during these spiritual torments it (the soul) is close to God, but it is blind."
       -God is loving.

"(The soul) claims that there is no light, whereas, it is so intense that it blinds her."
       -God's power and might are such that we cannot comprehend.

"When a soul has been cleansed... It does not seek reassurance in a false peace, but makes ready for battle.  It knows it comes from a warrior race... It knows that it is of royal stock."
       -I think this is especially important to remember during an election year.  There is no peace, no safety or security, no certainty outside of God.  We are not meant for this world, we are meant for the Kingdom of God.  Don't put your faith in things of this earth.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Fourth Sunday of Advent

Today is the fourth Sunday of Advent; Christmas is rapidly approaching.  We must prepare ourselves for the Infant King.

Unfortunately, I'm not yet done with my exams, so I will leave you with the last Advent hymn that I'll be posting this season:


Here's two good posts I came across on Pope Benedict as well:
The first is from The Anchoress- Tired Benedict Needs our Prayers
The second is from The American Papist- Pope Lights World's Largest Christmas "Tree"

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Third Sunday of Advent

Today is the third Sunday of Advent, I'm still busy with my ending semester, so I'll just leave another Advent hymn for you to all enjoy:


Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Immaculate Conception


Today is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. It is a wonderful feast that is often misunderstood. The feast does NOT refer to the conception of Jesus, it DOES refer to the conception of Mary, the Mother of God.

Mary was conceived without sin. God’s grace allowed her to be free from impurity in order that she could be a worthy mother to Jesus. Some Protestants argue against this belief because it is not explicitly stated anywhere within Scripture.

Despite this, there is quite a bit of evidence for Mary’s sinlessness found in the Bible. In Exodus, the ark must be built of “incorruptible wood...gilded with pure gold.” It stands to reason that the ark which holds Jesus must also be free of corruption. In the story of the Annunciation, Mary is told that she is full of grace, and that she WILL conceive Jesus by the angel Gabriel. It is important to note that she is already considered full of grace before she has conceived, so the grace Gabriel is speaking of cannot be that wonderful honor of being the mother of God, but something else--her sinlessness.

If we look outside of Scripture, there is more evidence still. In the third century, St. Ephrem, a Church Father, declared, “Thou and thy Mother are the only ones who are totally beautiful in every respect; for in thee O Lord there is no spot and in they Mother, no stain.” (Carmina Nisibena, 27.8) St. Augustine said, “All men must confess themselves as sinners except the Holy Virgin Mary...”

Not only do Catholics believe Mary to be free from sin, but Martin Luther said, “It is a sweet and pious belief that the infusion of Mary’s soul was effected without original sin; so that in the very infusion of her soul she was also purified from original sin and adorned with God’s gifts, receiving a pure soul infused by God; thus from the first moment she began to live she was free from all sin” (Sermon: “On the Day of the Conception of the Mother of God,” 1527). Before the Immaculate Conception was declared a dogma of the Church! In addition to this, Mary is viewed as being sinless within the religion of Islam.

Mary’s sinlessness has evidence in the Bible (both Old and New Testaments), the writings of the Church Fathers, the writings of Martin Luther, and even the Koran. Let us remember Mary today, and ask for her intercession.

O holy mother, conceived without sin, your Son’s faithful bride proclaims you to be blessed, now and forever. O faithful handmaid of the Lord most high, we implore for your intercession. O woman clothed in the sun and crowned with twelve stars, may the Lord establish true devotion to your immaculate heart for the salvation of all souls. Amen.

(Note: this is a repost from last year.  I am completely swamped with work--the end of the semester means papers, presentations, and exams.  I'll probably be lying pretty low until then.  Although, I may have something to say about my experience at Mass today....)

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Second Week of Advent



Already it is the Second Sunday of Advent.  I have been especially busy with school obligations, so I haven't been able to get an actual post organized.  I hope that you enjoyed the St. Faustina artwork I posted earlier.

In the meantime, here's a hodgepodge of a link-around:

The Anchoress on Nancy Pelosi writing off the bishops as "lobbyists."
At Conversion Diary, some Christmas shopping ideas.
You should check out the Crescat, who's having fun looking at different Nativity sets.
Te Deum Laudamus! has news about possible parish closings and merges happening in the Archdiocese of Detroit.

Friday, December 2, 2011

St. Faustina Artwork

I've been working on this piece for a few days now, and I thought that I would share it with all of you.  It's St. Faustina Kowalska:

It's pen and colored pencil, then I increased the contrast with my computer.  Feel free to use, but make sure to link back.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Advent!

Today was the first Sunday of Advent, marking a new year for the Church!

Here's a little something to get you in the mood for the season:
My absolute favorite Advent hymn, and they do such a great job with it!

A new Church year means a new patron saint for the year.  I've chosen St. Faustina, who I've recently had a renewed interest in, which I'm taking as a sign to look closer into her life.  I've never read her diary, which I am hoping to do as soon as I find a copy.

For those of you not feeling particularly inspired to choose a saint, perhaps you can try this random saint generator that I shared with you all last year: from Jennifer Fulwiler.