Most glorious Prince of the Heavenly Armies, Saint Michael the Archangel. defend us in “our battle against principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places” (Ephes. 6:12). Come to the assistance of men whom God has created to His likeness and whom He has redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of the devil. Holy Church venerates thee as her guardian and protector; to thee, the Lord has entrusted the souls of the redeemed to be led into heaven. Pray therefore the God of Peace to crush Satan beneath our feet, that he may no longer retain men captive and do injury to the Church. Offer our prayers unto the Most High, that without delay they may draw His mercy down upon us; take hold of “the dragon, the old serpent, which is the devil and Satan.” Bind him and cast him into the bottomless pit “so that he may no longer seduce the nations” (Apoc. 20:2).
Christ is the source of this grace. “Just as of old God encountered his people with a covenant of love and fidelity, so our Savior, the spouse of the Church, now encounters Christian spouses through the sacrament of Matrimony.” Christ dwells with them, gives them the strength to take up their crosses and so follow him, to rise again after they have fallen, to forgive one another, to bear one another’s burdens, to “be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ,” and to love one another with supernatural, tender, and fruitful love. In the joys of their love and family life he gives them here on earth a foretaste of the wedding feast of the Lamb.
[I do realize this is a bit longer than the average tumblr-er’s attention span allows for. I ask you to acknowledge that you were created in the image and likeness of God and are therefore above average. so READ IT ANYWAY.] :)
"to withdraw from illusion and pleasure, from worldly anxieties and desires, from the works that God does not want, from a glory that is only human display; to keep my mind free from confusion in order that my liberty may be always at the disposal of His will; to entertain silence in my heart and listen for the voice of God; to cultivate an intellectual freedom from the images of created things in order to receive the secret contact of God in obscure love; to love all men as myself; to rest in humility and to find peace in withdrawal from conflict and competition with other men; to turn aside from controversy and put away heavy loads of judgment and censorship and criticism and the whole burden of opinions that I have no obligation to carry; to have a will that is always ready to fold back within itself and draw all the powers of the soul down from its deepest center to rest in silent expectancy for the coming of God, poised in tranquil and effortless concentration upon the point of my dependence on Him; to gather all that I am, and have all that I can possibly suffer or do or be, and abandon them all to God in the resignation of a perfect love and blind faith and pure trust in God, to do His will.
And then to wait in peace and emptiness and oblivion of all things.”
Bonum est praestolari cum silentio salutare Dei. "It is good to wait in silence for the salvation of God."
”Dear children! I am looking at you and in your hearts I do not see joy. Today I desire to give you the joy of the Risen One, that He may lead you and embrace you with His love and tenderness. I love you and I am praying for your conversion without ceasing before my Son Jesus. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
[the crowd was surprised to see a man healed by Peter through the power of Jesus Christ]
"And when Peter saw [their astonishment] he addressed the people, "Men of Israel, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk? The God of Abraham and of Isaac and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified his servant Jesus, whom you delivered up and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release him. But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, and killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. And his name, by faith in his name, has made this man strong whom you see and know…” - Acts 3:12-16a
from the world’s noise and distraction, and live submerged in the silence of the Lord’s actions?
He said: “Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence.” (1 Kings: 19: 11—13)
"Alive in the tradition of the Church and deepened by the Magisterium, the Word of God stresses that marriage for Christian spouses implies a response to God’s vocation and the acceptance of the mission to be a sign of God’s love for all the members of the human family, by partaking in the definitive covenant of Christ with the Church. Therefore, spouses become cooperators with the Creator and Saviour in the gift of love and life. Hence Christian marriage preparation can be described as a journey of faith which does not end with the celebration of marriage but continues throughout family life. Therefore, our perspective does not close with marriage as an act, at the moment of its celebration, but is on-going." - Pontifical Council for the Family
The eloquence of this liturgy [with the Trappist monks at the monastery in Gethsemane] was even more tremendous: and what it said was one, simple, cogent, tremendous truth: this church, the court of the Queen of Heaven, is the real capital of the country in which we are living. This is the center of all the vitality that is in America. This is the cause and reason why the nation is holding together. These men, hidden in the anonymity of their choir and their white cowls, are doing for their land what no army, no congress, no president could ever do as such: they are winning for it the grace and the protection and the friendship of God.
"The logic of worldly success rests on a fallacy: the strange error that our perfection depends on the thoughts and opinions and applause of other men! A weird life it is, indeed, to be living always in somebody else’s imagination, as if that were the only place in which one could at last become real!" - Thomas Merton
"Now the word of the LORD came to me saying, "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born i consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations." Then I said, "Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth. But the LORD said to me, "Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’: for to all to whom I send you you shall go, and whatever I command you you shall speak. Be not afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, says the LORD.” - Jeremiah 1: 4-8
"Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so taht your Father in heaven may also forgive your trespasses." - Mark 11:25
Because of a very natural perversity, in the pejorative sense of the word, instead of recognizing how much we fail this ideal, we are struck by the imagined faults of our neighbours, and instead of forgiving, of humbling ourselves (because we are even more at fault), we judge and condemn.
Monk:This is the vigilance, the nepsis of monastic tradition. 'You must watch the door of your heart continually and ask each suggestion: “Are you for or against us?”.' We know from experience that we are frequently unable to discern the wolf from the lamb – the devil can clothe himself as an angel of light. This is the reason it is necessary to have a guide.
We are so clumsy, so deaf, so blind because of our passions and egotism that we easily deceive ourselves in regard to what the Spirit wishes to say to us. We need to have it confirmed by a voice other than our own. And in the end, God, who knows our weakness, has adapted the economy of his salvation to our condition. This is the principle of incarnation.
“At its heart, the wellspring of our Carthusian life is divine love, and the goal of our lives is divine love; and the way into which formation seeks to move us can be nothing other than divine love, that is to say, the love of God poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us.”—A Carthusian