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O Blood and Water

When you say this prayer, with a contrite heart and with faith on behalf of some sinner, I will give him the grace of conversion. This is the prayer: “O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of Mercy for us, I trust in You.” —The Diary of […]

Ignorance and Forgiveness

It is not their conscious wisdom that saves them; it is their unconscious ignorance. + If there were full consciousness of the evil, perfect deliberation, perfect understanding of the consequences of acts, there would be no room for forgiveness. That is why there is no redemption for the fallen angels. They knew what they were […]

Ora et labora

Pascal, in his Pensees, wrote that if you simply gave a man the money he wanted to win at the gaming table, he would be disappointed, because the last thing he really wants is silence. “I have discovered that all the unhappiness of men arises from one single fact, that they cannot stay quietly in […]

How St. John Paul II Prayed for the Gifts of the Holy Spirit

From his childhood, his father instilled in Karol a strong devotion to the Holy Spirit. He recalled his father telling him, “You don’t pray to the Holy Spirit enough. You ought to pray to him.” Karol, Sr., gave him a prayer book on the Holy Spirit, which he used throughout his life, and also taught […]

On Life and Death… But Most of All On Love

—from the end of an article/interview with author Kate DiCamillo, speaking about her dog Henry Losing Henry, “it breaks your heart — it is the lesson of life just made so explicit,” she said. “Because your heart goes, ‘I will never do that again.’ But then you think, what’s the point of being here if […]

Lucifer, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and God’s Greatest Creation

Strictly speaking, the highest nature that God has created was that of the greatest of the angels – Lucifer. The Blessed Virgin Mary, though, became the loftiest creature through her sacrifice, her works, and the grace of God (see CCC 490-493). Her exaltation was not an act of creation but of sanctification. God made Lucifer […]

Baseball and Theology and Good ‘Ol Charlie Brown

Something for the start of the baseball season. And something just for fun… the very first Peanuts comic strip!