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Good Lord Christ Jesus, I cry thee mercy for all states that be in Holy Church, for the Pope and all his cardinals, for all archbishops and bishops, and for all the order of priesthood, for all men and women of religion, and especially for them that are busy to save and defend the Faith of Holy Church. Lord, for thy mercy, bless them and grant them the victory over all their enemies, and speed them in all that they go about in thy worship; for all that are in grace, at this time, God send them perseverance unto their lives’ end, and make me worthy to be partaker of their prayers, and them of mine, and each of us of others.

– The Book of Margery Kempe (modernised text 1936)


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Poor mother! poor wife!

Poor mother! poor wife! go and prostrate yourself before the Blessed Sacrament and tell the good God, or even in the privacy of your own chamber, tell Him all that you dare not say to him whom you love, and who causes you so much suffering.

Bear the sick soul into the presence of Jesus, as formerly they carried the paralytic, who could not, perhaps “would not” drag himself thither.

Soften the anger God feels towards him, as you would appease the anger of an earthly master on whom depended his temporal prosperity, beseech our Lord simply to “bear with him a little longer.”

Ask Him what you must say

Confide to the good God alone all your anxieties, your discouragements, and the means which you employ in order to succeed. Ask Him what you must do, what you must say. A word suggested by Him during prayer is more efficacious for the conversion of a soul than all human contrivances.

Such a word will escape us unconsciously; we may not know when we have said it, but it will work its way into the soul, and, having taken root there, will silently do its work.

It will silently do its work

You are at times astonished to see such little results after so many years! Ah! you do not know how to consider it… Do you know what you have obtained for the poor, erring soul?

The results of your prayers up to this point

In the first place you have obtained “time”, and very often a “physical impossibility of sinning”, which causes annoyance and is attributed to chance, but it is Providence that has brought it about. And is one sin less in a lifetime nothing?

A physical impossibility of sinning

“A vague uneasiness” which destroys repose. “An involuntary confidence” which permits you to enter into that soul. “A greater liberty is permitted to your pious influence;” your pious practices no longer are met with “a smile of disdain”. Is all this nothing?

If only you could see the struggles in the soul you are praying for!

Ah! if while on your knees in your chamber, praying for that soul which you wish to win to God, you could see what passes therein – the struggles it has to sustain, the remorse which it seeks to stifle; if you could witness the operations of God which gently and firmly seek to triumph over his will, without, however, forcing it – how fervently would you not continue to pray!

In such an hour as this you command, and God works for you.

Refrain from being exacting

Have patience to wait, and perseverance sufficient to prevent your growing weary.

Even God finds the conversion of a stubborn soul, in one sense, not an easy thing.

It is because she does not know how to “wait” that the pious woman is often exacting towards the soul which she wishes to reclaim.

“The more haste we make,” says a wise man, “the less do we progress;” the more we try to exact, the more we expose ourselves to refusal. Men like to move apparently without restraint and have themselves the merit of their virtues.

It is because she does not know how to “persevere” that the work always seems as if it were commenced anew.

Courage, then!

Courage, then! The cultivation of the ground is very difficult, but each prayer offered to God is like a drop of dew. The marble is very hard, but each prayer is a cut of the chisel which shapes it by slow degrees.

– From: Golden Grains, A Collection of Little Counsels for the Sanctification and Happiness of Every-Day Life, Eighth Edition, M.H. Gill and Son, Dublin 1889


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“Wheat and weeds growing side by side until the harvest. That’s how Christ described his Church. Good and bad, saints and sinners, would all be part of his kingdom on earth.

And that is the way it has been from the beginning. Indeed the history of the Church is so full of sin and sinners that the wonder of it all is how it survived, how it continued to exist, how, despite its frailty and sinfulness, it managed to continue to be such a mighty force for good in the world up to the present time.

How did it survive the scandals, the weaknesses of its leaders and its members? The answer of course is that Christ never abandoned, never left his Church. ‘I will be with you always until the end of time’ he promised. Jesus knew his Church would not be perfect here on earth, that ultimate perfection will only come about in the next life. During his short life here on earth his enemies denounced him for ‘eating and drinking with sinners’. In doing so he made it clear that his love embraces everyone, saint and sinner.

Sinful and imperfect as we are, this teaching comforts us. Christ nevertheless calls on us to keep trying to grow and improve, to keep up the struggle. He tells us to be ‘perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect’. We don’t become perfect overnight. It is a lifetime process but Christ is with us all the way, carrying us in times of weakness, urging us on when we are complacent and tempted to be content with our lukewarm state. We pray for the grace of perseverance and a deeper awareness of his loving and helpful presence in our lives.”

– This article was published in St Martin Magazine, issue July 2015. For subscriptions please visit (external link)

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Posted by on August 6, 2015 in Words of Wisdom


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The best method

“It consists in praying constantly; that is in recommending ourselves on all occasions to Jesus Christ, and in invoking the intercession of our Angel guardian, of our holy patrons, and above all of the Blessed Virgin; for all God’s graces pass through her hands.

Our whole welfare depends on prayer

Our whole welfare depends on prayer. Every day we should specially ask God for perseverance in grace. He who prays for perseverance obtains it; he who does not pray for it does not obtain it, and is lost for all eternity. We should also ask from Jesus Christ the grace of His divine love, as well as perfect conformity to His holy will. And to obtain these graces, we must rely above all on the merits of Jesus and the intercession of Mary.

These prayers should be said on rising in the morning

These prayers should be said on rising in the morning. We should return to them during the day, in our devotions, at Holy Communion, in visiting the Blessed Sacrament, and, finally, at our evening examination of conscience.

We should particularly ask God’s help in resisting temptations, above all temptations against chastity. We shall be unable to resist, unless we constantly invoke the holy names of Jesus and Mary. He who prays, triumphs; he who does not pray is overcome.

He who prays triumphs

Yes, O my Jesus, how many times I have fallen, because I neglected to call upon You! Doce nos orare. O teach me Yourself to pray, and to recommend myself to the maternal care of our Blessed Mother!”

– St Alphonsus


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“‘What wouldst thou have me do for thee?’ This is the question which Jesus put to the blind man who besought mercy of our Lord as He passed by on His way to Jerusalem. It was a breath-taking question. It was a blank check on the infinite power of God. ‘Anything you want you may have,’ Jesus is saying. ‘What is your choice?’

The blind man had his answer ready. He was obsessed by a single consuming desire – to be able to gaze upon the world about him. ‘Lord, that I may see!’ he begged. Instantly his prayer was granted. ‘Receive thy sight,’ Jesus replied, ‘thy faith has saved thee.’


If Jesus suddenly were to appear before us with a similar question, ‘What do you want Me to do for you?’ what would our answer be? Better health? Success on the job? Money to pay off the bills? Solution of a personal or family problem?

It is to be hoped that we would have the discernment to pass over all such lesser needs and to ask for the gift which surpasses all others in importance: the grace of final perseverance, the grace of a happy death. ‘Lord, that I may love You, and love You to the end!’ This surely would be our answer if we had but one opportunity to draw upon God’s bounty.

Fortunately we are not limited to one opportunity. Jesus does not appear visibly before us, but His ears are permanently attuned to us. His invitation is never withdrawn, His benevolence is never exhausted. ‘What wouldst thou have me do for thee?’


God knows our wants, of course, even better than we know them ourselves. It would seem that in temporal matters the more perfect prayer of petition would be simply, ‘Give me whatever You know to be best for me, Lord; whatever is most in accord with Your will.’

Still, it pleases God to have us turn to Him in our particular needs. In every prayer of petition there is an implied act of adoration. By our requests we acknowledge God’s infinite goodness and power. We would not be turning to Him if we did not believe He cares for us and that He can help us.


If our entreaty is to be effective, however, it must also include an acknowledgement of God’s infinite wisdom. We must concede that, in the end, only God knows what is best for us and for those whose lives are intertwined with ours. His must be the final decision as to whether another grace must be substituted instead.


As we well know, petitions are the least essential of our prayers. In the hierarchy of importance, prayers of adoration are at the top of the list. These are the prayers in which we salute God’s infinite greatness and holiness. We concede our own nothingness apart from Him. We assure Him of our faith in Him, our trust in Him and, above all, of our love for Him.

Next come prayers of thanksgiving for the love and the care which God has lavished upon us. Adoration and gratitude then naturally lead to prayers of contrition, as we grieve for our pettiness and our disobedience to a God so holy and good.

It is only after these three steps that we are prepared for prayer of petition. This does not mean that every time we give ourselves to prayer we must mechanically tick off praise, thanksgiving and contrition before daring to ask God for anything. It means only that we must maintain a sense of proportion in our prayers and not think that when we have asked for our daily bread, we can let the rest of the Lord’s prayer go by the board.


In our petitions, too, there is a gradation of importance. Unselfish prayers, prayers offered for the needs of other persons, are especially pleasing to God. In praying for ourselves, it is our spiritual petitions which God most welcomes. When we plead, ‘Please, God, help me to keep from sin.’ ‘Please, God, help me to do Your will always,’ or ‘Please, God, help me to grow in love for You,’ there is no need to add the condition, ‘If it be Thy will’. In such petitions, we KNOW that our will is at one with God’s. Offered with sincerity and perseverance, these requests infallibly will be granted.”
– Fr Leo J. Trese, 1966


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R. They are happy who follow God’s law!

1. They are happy whose life is blameless,
who follow God’s law!
They are happy those who do his will,
seeking him with all their hearts. (R.)

2. You have laid down your precepts
to be obeyed with care.
May my footsteps be firm
to obey your statutes. (R.)

3. I will thank you with an upright heart
as I learn your decrees.
I will obey your statutes;
do not forsake me. (R.)


Blessed are those who, with a noble and generous heart, take the word of God to themselves and yield a harvest through their perseverance.


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Bless us, Lord, as we realise
the grace of patience and perseverance
in our life of faith.
Bless us as we meet challenges to our faith,
as it speaks a language that does not always
sit easily with modern thought.
Bless us, during this Season of Lent,
as we overcome the temptation
to give up or give in.


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