Friday, July 15, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
I come from God; hence, I belong to God. I am destined for God, who is not only my creator and my master, but also my last end. Thus my end is to know God, to love God, to serve God. ~St. Ignatius of Loyola
Posted by The Hermit at 5:00 AM
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
We are all made in the image and likeness of God. ... In order to be ourselves, we need to be like Him. Jesus told us frequently, "Come follow me." You could say that we are programmed to imitate somebody, or more accurately, we are programmed to imitate Somebody with a Capital S.
A lot of people in today's world have the idea that we are supposed to be completely independent, and that being ourselves means being as weird and offbeat as possible. I'm sure you know people who try to express themselves by calling attention to themselves through wearing strange clothes, getting weird tattoos and piercings. ...
In spite of this modern emphasis on individuality, the urge to follow and to imitate cannot be driven completely from our minds. But many of our peers, our friends and neighbors have never had an encounter with Jesus Christ, the God Man. So, they can't figure out whom to follow. They follow pop stars or sports heroes or political figures, all the while going to great lengths to distinguish themselves and demonstrate their uniqueness.
The irony of this pose of independence is that Jesus is the one person we can follow and not lose ourselves or our identity. In fact we become more ourselves than ever. We can become the best versions of ourselves, by following Jesus. ~Jennifer Roback Morse
Posted by The Hermit at 6:16 AM
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Friday, July 8, 2011
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Thank, thanks be to you, Eternal Father! I am imperfect and full of darkness, but you, perfection and light, have shown me to perfection and the way of your Son. I was dead and you brought me to life. ~St. Catherine of Siena
Posted by The Hermit at 5:56 AM
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
There is a general rule concerning all special graces granted to any human being. Whenever the divine favor chooses someone to receive a special grace, or to accept a lofty vocation, God adorns the person chosen with all the gifts of the Spirit needed to fulfill the task at hand. ~St. Bernadine of Siena
Posted by The Hermit at 6:11 AM
Monday, July 4, 2011
It is not possible to live and grow in the faith without the support of a group, of a Christian community. It is here that you will learn together to build a better world. ~Bl. Pope John Paul II
Posted by The Hermit at 7:31 PM
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Saturday, July 2, 2011
One of the greatest gifts that the Holy Spirit can bestow on us is peace in time of struggle, calm in the midst of trouble, so that in time of desolation we are armed with a strong courage.
~ St. Claude De la Colombiere
Posted by The Hermit at 4:19 AM