Do not look forward in fear to the changes of life;
Rather look to them with full hope that as they arise.
God, whose very own you are, will lead you safely
through all things.
And when you cannot stand it, God will carry you
in His arms.
Do not fear what may happen tomorrow;
The same everlasting Father who cares for you today
will take care of you today and every day.
He will either shield you from suffering or will give you
unfailing strength to bear it.
Be at peace and pit aside all anxious thoughts and
~St. Francis de Sales~
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When a storm is over, the weathers’s fine; we see this all the time. So anger and reconciling make Love enduring.
When Love tests people
in order to help them grow in spirit,
they will go through storms of pain,
followed by reconciliation
and calm weather.
You can always tell when someone is spiritually weathered
because this person boldly shouts,
“Love, I am all yours!
Only you can make me happy!
Gracious Love, be mine!”
~Hadewijch, Poems in Stanzas~
“Everywhere, wherever we find ourselves, wherever we are called to bear witness, we must protect life, we must guard human beings from everything that can crush them underfoot. Woe to those who inflict suffering. And woe to those who have destroyed a human life, who have desecrated a image of God, even when it was already breathing it’s last, even when it seemed to represent only a vestige of humanity.” ~Father Alfred Delp~
Let Mary’s soul be in each of you to proclaim the greatness of the Lord. Let Her spirit be in each to rejoice in the Lord. Christ has only one mother in the flesh, but we all bring forth Christ in faith. Every soul receives the Word of God if only it keeps chaste, remaining pure and free from sin, it’s modesty undefiled. The soul that succeeds in this proclaims the greatness of the Lord, just as Mary’s soul magnified the Lord and her spirit rejoiced in God her Savior. ~Saint Ambrose~Liturgy of the Hours~
“Who fears to honor Mary too much~when God has exalted her above the choirs of angels in the Kingdom of the Blessed”
~Saint Louis Marie de Montfort~