March 17: Feast of St. Patrick

Christ with me,

Christ before me,

Christ behind me,

Christ in me,

Christ beneath me,

Christ with me,

Christ before me,

Christ behind me,

Christ in me,

Christ beneath me,

Christ above me,

Christ on my right,

Christ on my left,

Christ when I lie down,

Christ when I sit down,

Christ when I arise,

Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,

Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,

Christ in every eye that sees me,

Christ in every ear that hears me.
~From The Breastplate of St. Patrick

To Love Fasting

“O Lord, I place myself in your hands and dedicate myself to you. I pledge myself to do your will in all things: To love the Lord God with all my heart, all my soul, all my strength. Not to kill. Not to steal. Not to covet. Not to bear false witness. To honor all persons. Not to do to another what I would not wish done to myself. To chastise the body. Not to seek after pleasures. To love fasting.” ~St. Benedict of Nursia

For God So Loved The World

For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. John, 3:16

“A twenty-six-word parade of hope: beginning with God, ending with life, and urging us to do the same. Brief enough to write on a napkin or memorize in a moment, yet solid enough to weather two thousand years of storms and questions. If you know nothing of the Bible, start here. If you know everything in the Bible , return here. We all need the reminder. The heart of the human problem is the heart of the human. And God’s treatment is prescribed in John 3:16. He loves. He gave. We believe. We live. The words are to scripture what the Mississippi River is to America-an entryway into the heartland.” ~Max Lucado, 3:16-The Numbers of Hope

Do Not Lose By Saving

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“In case you should lose by saving, gather in by dispensing. Give to yourself by giving to the poor, for you yourself shall not possess what you would not leave another.” ~St. Peter Chrysologus, (406-450AD)

Being Children of God

“Our being children of God, I insist, leads us to have a contemplative spirit in the midst of all human activities; to be light, salt and leaven through our prayer, through our mortification, through our knowledge of religion and of our profession. We will carry out this aim: the more within the world we are, the more we must be God’s.” ~St. Josemaria Escriva, The Forge

A Change of Heart

“It [penance] does not mean sacrifice and self denial in the first place, but a “change of heart,” a victory over sin and a striving for holiness. The sacrifices of fasting and self-denial are only means and signs of this spiritual penance. If people understand this well, they will not put the main effort in Lent on technical feats of abstaining from pleasures (which sometimes make them proud or vain), but in sincere contrition, prayer and humble fight against their faults.” ~Fr. Francis X. Weiser S.J., Religious Customs in the Family

Suffering For Love of God

“Nothing, how little so ever it be, if it is suffered for God’s sake, can pass without merit in the sight of God.” ~Thomas a Kempis

The Pleasure of Solitude

Our unhappiness arises from one thing only, that we cannot be comfortably alone in our room. … That is why the pleasure of solitude is seen as so incomprehensible. ~Blaise Pascal

I Was Hungry And You Fed Me

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“What good is it if the Eucharistic table is overloaded with golden chalices when your brother is dying of hunger. Start by satisfying his hunger and then with what is left you may adorn the altar as well.” ~Saint John Chrysostom