1. "A single act of love makes the soul return to life."
    — St. Maximilian Kolbe (via catholiclight)

    (via rootedinfaith)

  2. burning-lampstand:

    Our Lady of Sorrows by tahnja on deviantart

    "Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene." – Jn 19:25

    (via let-me-be-catholic)


  3. "Our Lord spent 30 years of His life obeying, three years teaching, three hours redeeming! But how did He redeem? Suppose a golden chalice is stolen from an altar and beaten into a large ash tray. Before that gold can be returned to the altar, it must be thrown into a fire, where the dross is burned away; then the chalice must be recast, and finally blessed and restored to its holy use. Sinful man is like that chalice which was delivered over to profane uses. He lost his Godlike resemblance and his high destiny as a child of God. So our blessed Lord took unto Himself a human nature, making it stand for all of us, plunged it into the fires of Calvary to have the dross of sin burned and purged away. Then, by rising from the dead, He became the new head of the new humanity, according to which we are all to be patterned. The cross reveals that unless there is a Good Friday in our lives, there will never be an Easter Sunday. Unless there is a crown of thorns, there will never be the halo of light. Unless there is the scourged body, there will never be a glorified one. Death to the lower self is the condition of resurrection to the higher self. The world says to us, as it said to Him on the cross: ‘Come down, and we will believe!’ But if He came down, He never would have saved us. It is human to come down; it is divine to hang there."
    — Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen (via confessionsofsomeoneanonymous)

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  4. "The Holy Gospel narrates that when Jesus was crucified “there was darkness over the whole earth” (Matthew xxvii. 45); a terrifying symbol of what happened and what still happens spiritually wherever incredulity, blind and proud of itself, has succeeded in excluding Christ from modern life, especially from public life, and has undermined faith in God as well as faith in Christ. The consequence is that the moral values by which in other times public and private conduct was gauged have fallen into disuse; and the much vaunted civilization of society, which has made ever more rapid progress, withdrawing man, the family and the State from the beneficent and regenerating effects of the idea of God and the teaching of the Church, has caused to reappear, in regions in which for many centuries shone the splendors of Christian civilization, in a manner ever clearer, ever more distinct, ever more distressing, the signs of a corrupt and corrupting paganism: “There was darkness when they crucified Jesus” (Roman Breviary, Good Friday, Response Five)."
    — Pope Pius XII, Summi Pontificatus (via byjoveimbeinghumble)

    (Source: intheshoes-ofthefisherman, via badwolfcomplex)


  5. Divine Mercy Novena Day One


    First Day

    Most Merciful Jesus, Whose very nature it is to have compassion on us and to forgive us, do not look upon our sins but upon our trust which we place in Your infinite goodness.  Receive us all into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart, and never let us escape from It.  We beg this of You by Your love which unites You to the Father and the Holy Spirit.

    Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon all mankind and especially upon poor sinners, all enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus.  For the sake of His sorrowful passion show us Your mercy, that we may praise the omnipotence of Your mercy for ever and ever.  Amen.

    Now pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

    Chaplet of Divine Mercy

    You pray this chaplet using an ordinary Rosary.

    Holding the Crucifix make the Sign of the Cross. Then on the first bead you can pray either, or both, of these optional opening prayers:

    You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelope the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.


    O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain of Mercy for us, I trust in You!

    On the next three beads say the Our Father, the Hail Mary, and the Apostles’ Creed.

    Apostles’ Creed

    I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; He descended into Hell; on the third day He rose again from the dead.  He ascended into Heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there He will come to judge the living and the dead.  I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.  Amen.

    Then you pray the rest of the chaplet as follows:

    On the single beads say:

    Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

    On the next ten beads say:

    For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

    After completing the five decades, recite the following, three times:

    Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

    Conclude with the following optional closing prayer:

    Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.

  6. catholicsoul:

    Come, O holy cross! come and show yourself this people; you are the fortunate Ark in which one can find salvation in the midst of the shipwreck of this world; you are the wonderful Rod that gives to men the strength to be able to become from monsters of iniquity, flourishing rods of holy virtues; you are the brazen Serpent at the sight of which sinners, poisoned by sin, may recover health; you are the predestined and resplendent Tree chosen among thousands to sustain the members of the Redeemer; and you are, finally, the sorrowful Altar on which the Saviour of the world wished to be immolated for our salvation.

  8. allaboutmary:

    Virgen de las Angustias

    The altar of Our Lady of Anguish of Arévalo in Ávila, Spain.

    (Source: facebook.com)

  10. joyfullycatholic:

    To some people this image may seem a little off. It’s a picture of two people getting married in the Catholic Church and the caption reads *gasp* “Pray for Vocations.” Usually we see nuns or priests on images like this, but marriage is a vocation too. It’s no holier than the religious life, and no “worse.” Let’s celebrate all the vocations and remember to pray for holy marriages too!

    (via frozencatholictimelady)