“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