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Prayer of Saint John Vianney   Leave a comment


“I love You, O my God, and my only desire is to love
You until the last breath of my life. I love You, O my
infinitely lovable God, and I would rather die loving You,
than live without loving You. I love You, Lord and the only
grace I ask is to love You eternally….My God, if my tongue
cannot say in every moment that I love You, I want my
heart to repeat it to You as often as I draw breath.”

Prayer of Saint John Vianney

Posted July 19, 2015 by Mr. Merrick in Prayers, Saints

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The Roman Socrates   Leave a comment



11 – How do you think I can work with that row going on?’ An affectionate laugh accompanies the reply ‘Is it as bad as that! As far as I’m concerned, so long as they keep free from sin, they can chop wood on my back if they feel like it.’

29 – a home in which he remained as long as possible since it gave him the greatest possible freedom of movement, and because it gave him all he wanted: a position that just kept him from dying of hunger.

30 – his food, a daily handful of corn and olives;…

30 – At the end of his life the last spiritual book he had read to him was The Fathers of the Desert, a book he always considered a manual of perfection;…

40 – the pilgrims themselves, their devotion having made them vagabonds, resembled tramps rather than the devout tourists whom we call pilgrims today.

72 – the Philippian ideal; neither speeches nor arguments can awaken a living faith in those for whom Christianity has lost its meaning.

75 – It was the most difficult thing in the world to persuade him to take a little rest, delegate some of his duties or add something to a diet which made that of a Trappist, by comparison, seem positively festive.

75 – It is a mystery how he could spend so long there in winter without freezing to death.

83 – Such things were of almost daily occurrence, and were so well known that one of his younger disciples, when tempted to sin, was able to resist by merely saying to himself, ‘No, Father Philip would know at once.’

85 – he sent Baronius to a wineshop to sample all the wines before buying half a bottle; to make it all the worse he had to offer a gold piece in payment and ask for change.

87 – The only antidote to the deadly seriousness into which pride can lead us is, when all is said and done, the joyful simplicity of the children of God.

The Roman Socrates
by Rev. Louis Bouyer
Translated by Michael Day

Posted March 23, 2015 by Mr. Merrick in Books, Saints

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Story of a Soul   Leave a comment



27 – ‘How is it that God can be present in a small host?’ The little one said: ‘That is not surprising, God is all powerful.’ What does all powerful mean?’ ‘It means He can do what He wants!’

27 – “Here, my little sisters, choose; I’m giving you all this.” Celine stretched out her hand and took a little ball of wool that pleased her. After a moment’s reflection, I stretched out mine saying: “I choose all!” and I took the basket without further ceremony.

27 – I fear only one thing: to keep my own will…

28 – The little one will be all right too, for she wouldn’t tell a lie for all the gold in the world.

71,72 – When reading the accounts of the patriotic deeds of French heroines, especially the Venerable JOAN OF ARC, I had a great desire to imitate them; and it seemed I felt within me the same burning zeal with which they were animated, the same heavenly inspiration.

72 – I don’t count on my merits since I have none, but I trust in Him who is Virtue and Holiness.

74 – the eternal riches that one can so easily amass each day, and what a misfortune it was to pass by without so much as stretching forth one’s hand to take them.

77 – Had not Therese asked Him to take away her liberty, for her liberty frightened her?

84 – I have heard it said that one cannot meet a pure soul who loves more than a repentant soul; ah! how I would wish to give the lie to this statement!

85,86 – things it would have been better for me not to hear because vanity slips so easily into the heart. One lady said I had pretty hair; another, when she was leaving, believing she was not overheard, asked who the very beautiful young girl was. These words, all the more flattering since they were not spoken in my presence, left in my soul a pleasurable impression that showed me clearly how much I was filled with self-love.

87 – I knew how to speak only to Him; conversations with creatures, even pious conversations, fatigued my soul. I felt it was far more valuable to speak to God than to speak about Him, for there is so much self-love intermingled with spiritual conversations!

99 – I heard talk of a great criminal just condemned to death for some horrible crimes; everything pointed to the fact that he would die impenitent. I wanted at all costs to prevent him from falling into hell, and to attain my purpose I employed every means imaginable.

140 – Ah! poor women, how they are misunderstood! And yet they love God in much larger numbers than men do and during the Passion of Our Lord, women had more courage than the apostles since they braved the insults of the soldiers and dared to dry the adorable Face of Jesus. It is undoubtedly because of this that He allows misunderstanding to be their lot on earth, since HE chose it for Himself.

165 – “The Lord knows our weakness, that He is mindful that we are but dust and ashes.”

179 – Jesus has no need of books or teachers to instruct souls; He teaches without the noise of words.

188 – If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world is mine, and the fullness thereof.

189 – …for the same God declares He has no need to tell us when He is hungry did not fear to beg for a little water from the Samaritan woman. He was thirsty. But when He said: “Give me to drink, it was the love of His poor creature the Creator of the universe was seeking. He was thirsty for love.

209 – people want exceptions everywhere on earth, but God alone hasn’t the right to make any exceptions!

221 – when especially the devil tries to place before the eyes of my soul the faults of such and such a Sister who is less attractive to me, I hasten to search out her virtues, her good intentions; I tell myself that even if I did see her fall once, she could easily have won a great number of victories which she is hiding through humility, and that even what appears to me as a fault can very easily be an act of virtue because of her intention.

222 – for there is no artist who doesn’t love to receive praise for his works, and Jesus, the Artist of souls, is happy when we don’t stop at the exterior, but, penetrating into the inner sanctuary where He chooses to dwell, we admire its beauty.

228 – Truly, when one knows very well that never will the time one lends ever be returned, one would prefer to say: “I give it to you.” This would satisfy self-love, for giving is a more generous act than lending, and then we make the Sister feel we don’t depend on her services.

234 – If it happens that I think or say something that is pleasing to my Sisters, I find it very natural that they take it as a good that belongs to them. This thought belongs to the Holy Spirit and not to me since St. Paul says we cannot, without the Spirit of Love, give the name of “Father” to our Father in heaven.

234 – When they see a soul more enlightened than others, immediately they conclude that Jesus loves them less than this soul, and that they cannot be called to the same perfection. Since when has the Lord no longer the right to make use of one of His creatures to dispense necessary nourishment to souls whom He loves?

258 – “Give me a lever and a fulcrum and I will lift the world.” What Archimedes was not able to obtain, for his request was not directed by God and was only made from a material viewpoint, the saints have obtained in all its fullness. The Almighty has given them as fulcrum:HIMSELF ALONE; as lever: PRAYER which burns with a fire of love.

Story of a Soul – Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux
Translated by John Clarke, O.C.D.

Damien by Aldyth Morris   Leave a comment


Damien is a 1976 one person show about Father Damien by Aldyth Morris.

Damien is a 1976 one person show about Father Damien by Aldyth Morris. The play was originally performed in Hawaii by Terence Knapp and has had numerous professional and amateur productions since that time.

The play is set in 1936 when Damien’s body is being transported from Molokai to his native Belgium. Damien’s story is retold through a series of flashbacks.

Damien featuring Terence Knapp was broadcast nationally on PBS in the United States in 1978 and again in 1986 on American Playhouse. The broadcast received a number of recognitions including a Peabody Award.

I imagine this film would be a great fit for those of us who have fond childhood memories of those old TV shows we use to watch while lounging around on the couch. Shows such as Wild America with Marty Stouffer, This Old House with Bob Vila, The Joy of Painting, or Mr. Rodgers. However this particular piece is likely to affect you more than the charming way Mr. Vila performed his home restorations.

Note: The DVD and VHS copies of this film appear to be quite rare. I found a used DVD on ebay last year, but do not know where else they can be found at decent prices. Amazon has some sellers with low priced VHS copies along with some reviews.

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