The Secret of Sanctity Prayer is one of my favorites! It’s easy to memorize so you can meditate on the words anytime and anywhere. At the end of the post are some additional resources and a link to a printable prayer card. I hope this prayer blesses you, as much as it has blessed me! Cardinal Mercier’s Secret of Sanctity Prayer “I am going to reveal to you the secret of sanctity and happiness. Every day for five minutes control your imagination and close your eyes to the things of sense and your ears to all the noises of the world, in order…continued
Photo: Hostiam Sanctam by Bro Lawrence, OP. We are called to become holy, to become more like God, to become perfect as our Heavenly Father is perfect. Is this because our Father has unreasonably high expectations of us? No, it is because He loves us. Our Father loves us and longs to give Himself to us; He longs to give all of Himself to us. Our Heavenly Father’s longing and love for us is so great that He sent His only son, our Lord Jesus, to give flesh to that love, to show us in a way we could see with our eyes. Even…continued
Have you ever felt like you have been praying but God hasn’t been hearing your prayer? Or maybe you have been working hard to grow in virtue but see no change in your life despite your best efforts? Maybe you’ve felt like you just don’t know how to pray anymore, although you continue to set aside time to be with Him. Perhaps a lesson from Earth Science class can help us out here. Let’s put a pot of ice water on the stove and turn on the heat. We will watch the temperature on a thermometer to measure the change…continued
“You must therefore be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Matthew 5:48 (New Jerusalem Translation) What does it mean to be perfect? The New Catholic Dictionary defines perfection as “a state of supreme excellence to which nothing is lacking.” Christian perfection is described as “a state of union with God through charity.” Can we be like God our Father? Can we be holy and perfect? We can! God would never ask us to be something that is impossible for us to be. As our creator, He is in the best position to be aware of our defects, our…continued
“Some people say there is a crisis of faith or of authority, but I think there is actually a crisis of holiness. Any trials you can encounter can refine you and seperate the good from the bad in you.” The Road of Hope by Bishop Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan I am so excited to now own this book! I first learned about it through a presentation by a Vietnemese seminarian to our little prayer group. He shared a qoute from this book and I wanted to read more. Last month I read another qoute from it at Beginning to Pray and I knew I had to get…continued
Our true happiness, our holiness, consists in breathing the breath of His will back to Him from whom it comes. The Will of God, Dom Hubert Van Zeller p. 23 This is a beautiful thought to sit with in prayer, asking the Lord to explain it and to teach us the way to happiness and holiness through His will. How will we breath His will back to Him? I can’t tell you how to do this; you must listen for His voice to teach you in the silence of your heart.
The world offers us words of wisdom to help us overcome ourselves and do what must be done, to push on beyond what we enjoy or with which we are comfortable. The words “suck it upm” are to be applied when we are a little whiny, or perhaps digging in our heels to resist that which must be accomplished. Now I would never say those words of wisdom from the world to anyone else (except maybe my kids!), but I have said them to myself many times over the years. When I didn’t want to do something but had to…continued