Rosa Mystica: A Commonplace Book

Let our judgment of souls cease, for God’s mercy upon them is extraordinary.

St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul (1684)

At the very heart of Christian faith is the conviction that the Father sent the Son into our human condition — which means into matter, finitude, sickness and fear. The downward journey of the Son of God, even to the very limits of godforsakenness, is the richest possible expression of God’s solidarity with every one of us who suffers. Into all the dark corners of our human experience, God’s mercy has come.

Bp. Robert Barron

So delighted to see my Roman Catholic parish offering video of Sunday Mass now. (It’s offered in Spanish as well.)

(Camera work still needs finessing, but this is Holy Mass, not a Scorsese movie. Works for me.)

The first thing that should motivate us and encourage us to enter into a life of prayer is that God himself is inviting us to do it. Man searches for God, but God seeks out man even more actively.

Fr. Jacques Philippe, Thirsting for Prayer

Do not pay attention to the faults of others, and do not try to compare yourself with others, knowing you are less than every created thing.

Saint John the Dwarf (via @OrthodoxUSA on Twitter)

The authentically Christian spiritual itinerary never ends with something as bland as “self-discovery.” Rather, it ends with the splendid privilege of participating in God’s own work of bringing grace into the world.

Bp. Robert Barron (via @hambisela on Twitter)

Instead of noticing the evil that is found in the world, develop the habit of thinking about the good and encouraging it. You will then have a contented life.

Fr. Lawrence G. Lovasik, The Hidden Power of Kindness

For through bodily fasting you restrain our faults, raise up our minds, and bestow both virtue and its rewards, through Christ our Lord.

From the Roman Missal, Preface of Lent IV

Sometimes, you find a lot of wisdom and inspiration in small packages. You’ll find such succinct quotes here in the Brief Takes category of postings.

Father Pambo asked Father Antony, “What ought I to do?” Antony replied, “Do not trust in your own righteousness, do not worry about the past, but control your tongue and your stomach.”

The Wisdom of the Desert Fathers and Mothers