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Now in solitude He guides her, He alone

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She lived in solitude, and now in solitude has built her nest;
and now in solitude He guides her, He alone, who also bears in solitude the wound of love.
– Saint John of the Cross Spiritual Canticle
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The more the soul is afflicted, stripped, and humiliated, the more it acquires, with purity, an aptitude for the heights. The elevation of which it becomes capable is measured by the depth of the abyss in which it has its roots and foundations.
– Saint Angela of Foligno
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"Smoke of Satan" -Interview by Bruno Volpe with His Eminence Virgilio Card. Noè,former papal MC, the predecessor of Archbp. Piero Marini.

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Paul VI’s denunciation of the presence of the smoke of Satan in the Church is unforgettable. Still today, that discourse seems to be incredibly relevant.You from Petrus, have gotten a real scoop here, because I am in a position to reveal, for the first time, what Paul VI desired to denounce with that statement. Here it is. Papa Montini, for Satan, meant to include all those priests or bishops and cardinals who didn’t render worship to the Lord by celebrating badly (mal celebrando) Holy Mass because of an errant interpretation of the implementation of the Second Vatican Council. He spoke of the smoke of Satan because he maintained that those priests who turned Holy Mass into dry straw in the name of creativity, in reality were possessed of the vainglory and the pride of the Evil One. so, the smoke of Satan was nothing other than the mentality which wanted to distort the traditional and liturgical canons of the Eucharistic ceremony.”It is thought that Paul VI was the real culprit as the cause of all the ills of post-Conciliar liturgy. But based on what you have revealed, Eminence, Montini compared the liturgical chaos, even if in a veiled way, actually to something hellish.He condemned craving to be in the limelight and the delirium of almighty power that they were following the Council at the liturgical level. Mass is a sacred ceremony, he often repeated, everything must be prepared and studied adequately, respecting the canons, no one is “dominus” [lord] of the Mass. Sadly, in many after Vatican II not many understood him and Paul VI suffered this, considering the phenomenon to be an attack of the Devil.

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from WDTPRS
PETRUS: Amazing interview with Card. Noè: Paul VI’s “smoke of Satan” remark concerned liturgy

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Life is Worth Living series – free MP3 at this site

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Friday, May 16, 2008 St. Margaret of Cortona, pray for us

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Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he offered his son Isaac upon the altar?
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You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by works,
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and the scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness”; and he was called the friend of God.
Psalms 112: 1 – 6
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Praise the LORD. Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who greatly delights in his commandments!
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His descendants will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.
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Wealth and riches are in his house; and his righteousness endures for ever.
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Light rises in the darkness for the upright; the LORD is gracious, merciful, and righteous.
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It is well with the man who deals generously and lends, who conducts his affairs with justice.
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For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered for ever.
Mark 8: 34 – 38,9:1
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And he called to him the multitude with his disciples, and said to them, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
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For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.
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For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?
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For what can a man give in return for his life?
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For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
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And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see that the kingdom of God has come with power.”
Friday, May 16, 2008St. Margaret of Cortona, Third Order (Memorial)
First Reading:Psalm:Gospel:
James 2:14-24, 26
Mark 8:349:1
To be in charge of an apostolic undertaking means being ready to suffer everything, from everybody, with infinite charity.
— St Josemaria Escriva
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The heart cannot be given over wholly to God, unless it first be set free from every other love.

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St. Catherine of Siena
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The desert is an interior detachment from every creature in which the soul neither pauses nor rests in anything.
-Saint John of the Cross

We want to get rid of everything that holds us down, everything that is selfish, so that we can love God perfectly.
– Father Robert Altier, OCDS
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You must break with everything which is not I, you must make a desert for yourself where you will be as alone with Me as Saint Mary Magdalene was alone with Me in the desert. It is by detachment that you will arrive at that state.
– From the Diary of Blessed Charles de Foucald Soldier of the Spirit
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Privileged soul, come apart, hide yourself – with Jesus, escape into the desert! It is there that manna falls from Heaven… Go into the desert, ascend to the heart of God! What wonderful works the good Master will accomplish in your dear soul if He finds it alone with Him!
– Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
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Do you know, My daughter, who you are and who I am?
You are she who is not; I am He Who is.
– Words of Our Lord to Saint Catherine of Siena
The Dialogue
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Give me, O my God, a thorough knowledge of myself! Let me be really convinced that I am nothing and that You are everything! Do not let me think that I am anything more than the nothing I am.
– Saint John Eudes
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God refuses only the person who does not admit his own weakness; He sends away only the unhappy proud person. You must “hold him” well and strongly, with a poor spirit, with a poor heart, with a life entirely poor…The life of a soul who seeks true happiness clearly and indisputably depends on this: that those who seek their joy in God are the ones who give joy to God.
– Saint Raphael Kalinowski, OCD On Baptism and Religious Vows
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Tell me with whom you keep company, and I will tell you who you are.

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The Gift of Wisdom is that by which one “sets nothing before the love of Christ” (RB 4:21).
One graced with wisdom knows what will make him happy because he has tasted it;
he sings with the psalmist, “O taste and see that the Lord is sweet;
blessed is the man who hopes in him” (Ps 33:8).

The Gift of Wisdom makes one take delight in the companionship of the saints,
in the example of their lives, and in their writings.
The saints are wisdom’s children.

A proverb says, “Tell me with whom you keep company, and I will tell you who you are.”

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Thursday 14 May 2008- the Gift of Knowledge

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A Heart to Know Thee – Vultus Christi

Thursday: The Gift of Knowledge

“How deep is the mine of God’s wisdom, of his knowledge; how inscrutable are his judgments, how undiscoverable his ways! Who has ever understood the Lord’s thoughts, or been his counsellor?” (Rom 11:33-34).

The Gift of Knowledge is a way of seeing to the core of things. It is insight into situations and persons. It is a light projected onto the Word of God or, again, a light projected from the Word of God into the heart. It is that occasional pulling back of the corner of the veil that gives one just a fleeting glance into the inscrutable mysteries of God.
The Gift of Knowledge produces a quiet joy in the soul, a delight in the truth, a desire for union with the Beloved. In this way, the Gift of Knowledge is directly related to the development of the twelfth fruit of the Holy Spirit: chastity.
The Gift of Knowledge allows one to sort things out in the light of God; it obliges one to a closer conformity with His designs. With knowledge comes responsibility. With knowledge also comes a deeper capacity for compassion. The Gift of Knowledge does not make one an arrogant know-it-all. It makes one meek and lowly of heart. Above all it fills the soul with admiration, making one sing, Quam magnificata sunt opera tua, Domine! “How great are thy works, O Lord! Thou hast made all things in wisdom” (Ps 103:24). The more one uses the Gift of Knowledge, the lower one descends into adoration.

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Whatever,wherever I am. I can never be thrown away.-Cardinal Newman

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Whatever, wherever I am, I can never be thrown away.
If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him.
He does nothing in vain.
He may prolong my life, He may shorten it,
He knows what He is about.
He may make my spirits sink, hide the future from me,
still He knows what He is about.
— John Henry Cardinal Newman
Psalm 147 >>Douay-Rheims Bible

1 Praise ye the Lord, because psalm is good: to our God be joyful and comely praise.
2 The Lord buildeth up Jerusalem: he will gather together the dispersed of Israel.
3 Who healeth the broken of heart, and bindeth up their bruises.
4 Who telleth the number of the stars: and calleth them all by their names.
5 Great is our Lord, and great is his power: and of his wisdom there is no number.
6 The Lord lifteth up the meek, and bringeth the wicked down even to the ground.
7 Sing ye to the Lord with praise: sing to our God upon the harp.
8 Who covereth the heaven with clouds, and prepareth rain for the earth. Who maketh grass to grow on the mountains, and herbs for the service of men.
9 Who giveth to beasts their food: and to the young ravens that call upon him.
10 He shall not delight in the strength of the horse: nor take pleasure in the legs of a man.
11 The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear him: and in them that hope in his mercy.
12 Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem: praise thy God, O Sion.
13 Because he hath strengthened the bolts of thy gates, he hath blessed thy children within thee.
14 Who hath placed peace in thy borders: and filleth thee with the fat of corn.
15 Who sendeth forth his speech to the earth: his word runneth swiftly.
16 Who giveth snow like wool: scattereth mists like ashes.
17 He sendeth his crystal like morsels: who shall stand before the face of his cold?
18 He shall send out his word, and shall melt them: his wind shall blow, and the waters shall run.
19 Who declareth his word to Jacob: his justices and his judgments to Israel.
20 He hath not done in like manner to every nation: and his judgments he hath not made manifest to them. Alleluia.

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O Magnify the LORD with me, and let us exult His name together!

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Psalms 34: 2 – 7 (Mass of 15MAY08)

My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and be glad.

O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together!

I sought the LORD, and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.

Look to him, and be radiant; so your faces shall never be ashamed.

This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.

The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.
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Friday, May 16, 2008St. Margaret of Cortona, Third Order (Memorial)
First Reading:Psalm:Gospel:
James 2:14-24, 26
Psalm 112:1-6
Mark 8:349:1

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I do not promise you happiness in this life- but in the next.

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I look for no happiness beyond my own interior where God dwells.
I rejoice that God dwells within me;
here I abide with Him unendingly.
St. Faustina D454

Our Lady of Lourdes to St. Bernadette-
I do not promise you happiness in this life, but in the next.
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And after I had heard and seen, I fell down to adore before the feet of the angel, who shewed me these things. 9 And he said to me: See thou do it not: for I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them that keep the words of the prophecy of this book. Adore God. Rev 22:8B
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St. Faustina, & St. Bernadette, please pray for us.
O Immaculate Conception,
Mary, My Mother,
Come possess my spirit, soul, and body,
come take over my entire personality and life,
come replace me with yourself.
Incline me to constant adoration and thanksgiving in union with
the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass everywhere in the world.
Make my heart one with your heart and the Sacred Heart of Jesus,
being sacrificed at every instant,
giving praise to the Father,
and pleading for the coming of His Kingdom.
Holy Mother Mary,greatest and most wonderful mother of all time,
grant that I may entrust my life to you each day.
Mary, font of generosity and dedication,
grant that I may be joined with you at the foot of the greatest crosses of the world,
experiencing the redeeming pain of the death of your Son,
so that I might enjoy the triumph of the Resurrection for eternal life.
Amen

Have mercy on me, O God , have mercy.
Blood of Christ, bringing forth virgins,
purify, heal and sanctify my entire being
that I may be consecrated entirely to you through Mary.
Amen.

Deo Gratias!

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