Daily homily thoughts, 1/4

“If I had to advise parents, I should tell them to take great care about the people with whom their children associate . . . Much harm may result from bad company, and we are inclined by nature to follow what is worse than what is better.” — Elizabeth Ann Seton

“I will go peaceably and firmly to the Catholic Church: for if Faith is so important to our salvation, I will seek it where true Faith first began, seek it among those who received it from God Himself.” — Elizabeth Ann Seton

“The gate of heaven is very low; only the humble can enter it.” — Elizabeth Ann Seton

“Afflictions are the steps to heaven.” — Elizabeth Ann Seton

“Can you expect to go to heaven for nothing? Did not our Savior track the whole way to it with His tears and blood? And yet you stop at every little pain.” — Elizabeth Ann Seton

“Our Lord Himself I saw in this venerable Sacrament . . . I felt as if my chains fell, as those of St. Peter at the touch of the Divine messenger. My God, what new scenes for my soul!” — Elizabeth Ann Seton

Daily homily thoughts, 1/2

From Matins today, from a sermon by Saint Gregory Nazianzen

Such was the prelude to our friendship, the kindling of that flame that was to bind us together. In this way we began to feel affection for each other. When, in the course of time, we acknowledged our friendship and recognized that our ambition was a life of true wisdom, we became everything to each other: we shared the same lodging, the same table, the same desires, the same goal. Our love for each other grew daily warmer and deeper.

The same hope inspired us: the pursuit of learning. This is an ambition especially subject to envy. Yet between us there was no envy. On the contrary, we made capital out of our rivalry. Our rivalry consisted, not in seeking the first place for oneself but in yielding it to the other, for we each looked on the other’s success as his own.

Daily Homily thoughts, 1/1

From In Sinu Jesu

I so desire your company….I have called you to experience the grace of My friendship. I want you to be for my Heart another St. John — loving Me, seeking Me, listening to Me, abiding in My presence and that of My Mother…..I want you to love My Mother as John loved her–in obedience to My word from the Cross, “Behold your Mother.” All the graces that you have received…were obtained for you by her intercession and given you by her hands…. Draw from My Body and Blood given you al the grace of which you stand in need. Priests receive little from their daily communion at My altars because they expect so little. Ask and you shall receive….ask boldly, confidently, and joyfully. And thank Me for the effects of My Body and Blood in your body and blood, in your soul, in your mind, in your heart of hearts. The Eucharist is transforming for all who receive Me with faith and with confidence devotion…