This is why such a soul experiences excessive sadness and despair soon as signs of its own lack of integrity show up, with the consequence that it immediately feels unacceptable to God.  That’s why a sick soul is always hiding the truth from itself, the mechanism for which is endless self-justification. And why the correction of such a soul is always taken as rejection.
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On Helping Souls That Are Being Tried
Do not lose your serenity on account of those who are being tried.  Pray for them; offer the sufferings of My Passion and some acts of self-denial, some self-imposed sufferings for them.”
Jesus to Sister Mary of the Holy Trinity
 
When souls are being tried, what they need from you is deeper love of Me—so that, through you, I may give them the grace they need.  So you see, you need your serenity even more at such times.  Do not try to buy peace for souls by losing your own!  Offer up your act of self-denial at such times, so that the soul who is suffering may get the grace to accept in joy what she cannot change—through your free offering of love.  You will see more and more how you are all instruments in the communication of My Love, for one another as for yourselves.  The more you will understand that, the more you will love one another.
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On Feeling Unloved
Only the realization that I love you now, I, Jesus, who know all your misery, all your sins, the failure of your whole life, only the knowledge that I Who know how underserving you are of anyone‘s love, yet love you nevertheless with the Love of God Himself, can take away the pain and anxiety of feeling unloved by so many persons, and not undeservedly.
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 The Age of St. Bernard’s is not like Ours.
St. Bernard, commenting on the Canticle (Song of Songs)

"Or perhaps, drawn away and seduced by his own concupiscence, he is still being dangerously tempted. Such a soul as this does not need a Bridegroom but a Physician, and for this reason receives, not kisses or caresses, surely, but only remedies for wounds in oil and ointments."

Yes, Bernard, in your time this was true — for the time had not yet come to force men willy-nilly from the highways and byways to the wedding feast. Men were still strong and able to overcome concupiscence with a help of the Physician less than the Kiss of His Mouth, less than the embrace of His intimacy. But now we are as children, impatient as we are weak, and needing, therefore, to be fondled and kissed by the Mother and her spouse, by Mary and Jesus.  0 Bernard, those of your age, who could help yourselves, needed the Physician only to supply the ointments of which you speak. But we need the Kiss of this Bridegroom who condescends to the weakness of little ones, like this little one who is too weak to help himself and therefore cries out:
"Let him kiss me with the kiss of his mouth, for thy breasts are better than wine.  For my justification now is not that I am healed by the ointments of the Physician, but that I am in the arms of His Mother, that it is her purity that makes me worthy of His embrace, not my virtue."
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If Something Is Painful
It seems I always assume that if something is painful, it is evil and to be avoided. Then, when I am suffering, I begin to think, and I do not rest until I have discovered some truth which I hope will remove the pain. But I do not think I do this only because I want to avoid suffering: it is rather that I look upon suffering as a sign that I am wrong somehow, that God is displeased with me, and therefore something in me must be changed.
    

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Saints, Popes, Mystics, reflect on the  
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​​Listen to what St. Therese has to say about work: 
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Y"MY LITTLE CHILDREN, you must understand that I am a Father who gives Himself and in giving Himself, gives everything—just as I communicate My Being to My Only Begotten Son eternally, so that even as He is true God, He has nothing in Himself but everything from Me—that is why He is the Littlest of the little. And so I would be a Father to you, communicating Myself totally to you in My Son. O My little children, see, then, how necessary it is for you to be so small that you are nothing in yourselves, nothing outside of Me—like My Son—so that you may receive everything from me."  ​​


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         +Francis Micallef OCD, Emeritus Bishop of Kuwait

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The short meditations by the many voices in this book all teach, directly or indirectly, how the ordinary things we do in the course of our day can connect us to God.  How work in its many forms can and should be a form of prayer. In the Introduction , the book offers a Catholic doctrine of work, of how to work in a way that not only pleases Our Lord but draws Him into the work. (Link here for more information abut the book and how it might be used, e.g.. for individual  or parish study.)
This little book contains poems that have to be considered exceptional for their gentle glance into human frailty, for their tender scent of faith, no less than for their playful wit. And most of all perhaps, as poetry goes, for their lyricism. The poet, Thomas Dominic Rover, O.P. was a Dominican Priest who taught at Providence College for many years. He died in 1997, largely unsung for his artistry except in the circles of Providence College. Hopefully, this little volume may bring wider recognition to the poetic gifts God gave this faithful priest.

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Stream of Light
Mary's Locutions to a Mystic under the Direction of a Roman Catholic Monsignor


This book condenses and draws into focus the five volumes of  Locutions to the World that present daily messages given principally by Mary (from December 10, 2010 to September 24, 2015) to a special soul under the direction of a Roman Catholic priest.  In this volume, this narrative is disclosed in Mary’s own words, chapter by chapter. The opening chapter, “The Present Situation,” aids the reader to understand how to interpret our times by disclosing the way heaven views our modern age. The chapter on  “The Father’s Plan” for the world, divulges why Mary’s appearances at Fatima are key to that plan. Still other chapters present Mary’s answers to such questions as “Why the Locutions?” and “What Does Mary Want Us To Do?” Final chapters contain her predictions about “Events and Prophecies” that point toward a future world which she says will be a “world filled with the greatest gifts ever given to mankind by God.” The cumulative impact of these locutions, organized in this focused fashion, is quite powerful, not just by interpreting our times, but even more by offering guidance on how to prepare for and to negotiate the perils of the present age.
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The Heart Hath Its Reasons
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The novella is actually a collection of independent, albeit closely related stories about various people, including a priest, all looking for love. The novella tells stories of this quest that eventually get resolved in the right way, but in the end only because there is faith in the Mercy of God.
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