Thursday, April 30, 2015: The Fearless Virgin

J.M.J. Some spiritual gems for our reflection:

"Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."

--Our Lord Jesus Christ (+33)

"Do whatever He tells you."

--Our Blessed Mother (+58)

"He (Jesus) gave more glory to God His Father during all that time of submission to and dependence on Our Blessed Lady than He would have given Him if He had employed those thirty (hidden) years in working miracles, in preaching to the whole world and in converting all men."

--Saint Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort (+1716)

"O, how enraged is the devil when he sees a soul persevering in devotion to the divine Mother!"

--Saint Alphonsus Mary Liguori (+1787)

"My vocation is Love."

--Saint Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face (+1897)

"What are you doing? Pray, pray very much! The Holy Hearts of Jesus and Mary have designs of mercy on you."

--The Angel of Portugal (1916)

"The world would be better without the sun than without the Holy Mass."

--Saint Pio of Pietrelcina (+1968)

"The most important doctrine for Catholics to know and live is that of Grace."

--The Servant of God Father John Anthony Hardon, S.J. (+2000)

"The Blessed Virgin thus becomes a model for those who accept Christ's words."

--Saint John Paul II (+2005)

"We pray for our African-American brothers and sisters."

--Bishop Paul Vincent Dudley (+2006)

"Now is the time for Saint Joseph to come forward."

--Mother Adela Galindo, S.C.T.J.M. (2007)

"Let us celebrate the restoration of the Cathedral with Mary."

--Bishop Paul Joseph Swain (2010)

“Jesus desires us, He awaits us. But what about ourselves? Do we really desire Him? Are we anxious to meet Him? Do we desire to encounter Him, to become one with Him, to receive the gifts He offers us in the Holy Eucharist? Or are we indifferent, distracted, busy about other things? From Jesus’ banquet parables we realize that He knows all about empty places at table, invitations refused, lack of interest in Him and His closeness.”

--Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (2011)

"The Virgin Mary, model of every vocation, did not fear to utter her “fiat” in response to the Lord’s call. She is at our side and she guides us. With the generous courage born of faith, Mary sang of the joy of leaving herself behind and entrusting to God the plans she had for her life. Let us turn to her, so that we may be completely open to what God has planned for each one of us, so that we can grow in the desire to go out with tender concern towards others (cf. Lk 1:39). May the Virgin Mary protect and intercede for us all.

--Pope Francis (2015)

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