“An incomparable person, learned in the Scriptures, a virgin doctor of the virgin Church, who loved chastity and heard its praises with pleasure.”
~ St. Jerome describing St. Damasus I
“O God, Who did adorn Your holy virgin and martyr Barbara with extraordinary fortitude in the confession of the Faith, and did console her in the most atrocious torments; grant us through her intercession perseverance in the fulfillment of Your law and the grace of being fortified before our end with the holy Sacraments, and of a happy death. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.”
~ Prayer in honor of Saint Barbara
“In Bethlehem, the angel announced tidings of great joy. Jesus wanted to share his joy with his apostles and prayed that ‘my joy may be yours.’ Joy was the password of the first Christians. In various ways, St. Paul repeats the refrain of joy: ‘Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say, rejoice.’ Remember, joy is not simply a matter of temperament, but of choice; it must be cultivated.”
~ Saint Theresa of Calcutta
- Do I really believe Jesus wants to share His joy with me? How can I be more open to this gift Jesus wants to share with me?
- Do I see being joyful as a choice to be made or a feeling that comes and goes on a whim, dependent on external circumstances?
- What ways can I cultivate more joy in my life?
“Our Lord has created persons for all states of life, and in all of them we see people who have achieved sanctity by fulfilling their obligations well.”
~ a quote from St. Anthony Mary Claret apropos to the life of St. Virgil.
“O Blessed St. Berward, you who faithfully led your flock for many years and were gifted with many spiritual gifts and temporal talents, through your intercession we pray that we may use our gifts and talents to glorify the Lord always. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.”
~ Prayer to St. Bernward
“We must pray without tiring, for the salvation of mankind does not depend on material success; nor on sciences that cloud the intellect. Neither does it depend on arms or human industries, but on Jesus alone.”
~ St. Frances Xavier Cabrini
“O Blessed St. Leonard, you who ministered to prisoners during your lifetime, hear and bless our prayer for those men and women in prison today. Through your intercession, help them to find repentance and see God’s forgiveness. Give them and their families the gifts of home and patience in their trials. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.”
~ Prayer to St. Leonard of Noblac
“The best way to show gratitude to God and to others is to accept everything with joy. One day, people brought us a man from the streets. After we had washed him and given him a ticket to St. Peter, he said, ‘Sisters, I am going to God.’ That is joy.”
~ Saint Theresa of Calcutta
- Do I accept everything with joy, even hardships? Why or why not?
- In what ways can my joyful actions lead others to God?
- In what ways can I be like the man from the streets, accepting others’ joy and assistance in my own life so that I can go to God?