Friday, Easter III

Almighty, ever-living God, make our hearts more open to your love in these days of Eastertide, when you have made known to us the depth of that love. You have rescued us from the darkness of error: make us adhere more firmly to the teachings of your truth. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen 

Thursday, Easter III

“The goal of the spiritual journey can be summed up in one word: theosis. The seven sacraments, religious consecration, public worship, private devotions, prayer, fasting, almsgiving, hymns, homilies, the works of mercy, the Ten Commandments, the Sermon on the Mount all tend toward one and the same end—that through them we might become by grace what Jesus Christ is by nature: fully human, fully divine.”~A Monk

Wednesday, Easter III

“I am struck by how sharing our weakness and difficulties is more nourishing to others than sharing our qualities and successes. … We are not called by God to do extraordinary things, but to do ordinary things with extraordinary love.” ~Jean Vanier

Tuesday, Easter III

I never found anyone so religious and devout as not to have sometimes a subtraction of grace, or feel a diminution of fervor. No saint was ever so highly rapt and illuminated as not to be tempted sooner or later. For he is not worthy of the high contemplation of God who has not, for God’s sake, been exercised with some tribulation. For temptation going before is usually a sign of ensuing consolation. For heavenly comfort is promised to such as have been proved by temptation. To him that overcometh, saith our Lord, I will give to eat of the tree of life.” ~Thomas à Kempis

Monday, Easter III

“To repent is to smile, not to frown—to look up, not down. It is not just the recognition that things have gone wrong, but the realization that through Christ they can be put right. It is not the sight of our own ugliness but the vision of God’s beauty.” ~Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia

Third Sunday of Easter

Lord God, grant your people constant joy in the renewed vigor of their souls. They rejoice because you have restored them to the glory of your adopted children: let them look forward gladly in the certain hope of resurrection. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

Saturday of Easter II

O Holy Mary! My Mother; into thy blessed trust and special custody, and into the bosom of thy mercy, I this day, and every day, and in the hour of my death, commend my soul and body. To thee I commit all my anxieties and sorrows, my life and the end of my life, that by thy most holy intercession, and by thy merits, all my actions may be directed and governed by thy will and that of thy Son. ~A prayer of St. Aloysius Gonzaga

Saints Philip and James

Lord God, you give us the joy every year of celebrating the feast day of the apostles Philip and James. Make us partners, by their prayers, in the passion and resurrection of your only-begotten Son, so that we may come to the eternal vision of your glory. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

Saint Athanasius

Almighty, ever-living God and Father, you raised up Saint Athanasius as the great champion of your Son’s divinity. Through the doctrine and patronage of your saint, in which we rejoice, let our knowledge and love of you grow ever deeper and stronger. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

Saint Joseph the Worker

Lord God and Creator of the universe, you imposed on mankind the law of work. Give us grace, by Saint Joseph’s example and at his intercession, to finish the works you give us to do, and to come to the rewards you promise. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen