Catholic Candle note: If a person sincerely wants to receive Holy Communion but is truly unable to, Our Lord will see to it that he still receives the beneficial fruit of the Sacrament.  Below, Our Lord assures us of our reward from a Spiritual Communion, when we cannot receive Sacramental Communion.

 

 

Words to Live by – from Catholic Tradition

 

The Voice of Christ:

 

When he is indeed unable to come, he will always have a good will and pious intention to communicate and thus he will not lose the fruit of the Sacrament. 

 

The Imitation of Christ, by Thomas à Kempis, Book IV, ch. 10 (emphasis added).

 

 

 

 

Words to Live by – from Catholic Tradition

 

The Voice of Christ:

 

What more do I ask than that you give yourself entirely to Me?  I care not for anything else you may give me, for I seek not your gift but you.  Just as it would not be enough for you to have everything if you did not have Me, so whatever you give cannot please Me if you do not give yourself.

 

The Imitation of Christ, by Thomas à Kempis, Book IV, ch. 8 (emphasis added).

Words to Live by – from Catholic Tradition

 

Here is how St. Thomas Aquinas, greatest Doctor of the Catholic Church, depicts the fight between good and evil at the end of the world, quoting the Father of the Church, Theophylactus:

 

In the persecution by the Anti-Christ, let no one seek to protect his own life, for he will lose it.  But he who exposes himself to danger and death will save his soul, never submitting himself to the tyrant, out of love for his life.

 

Catena Aurea on St. Luke’s Gospel, Ch.17, §9.

 

Let us face the tyranny of our times with this same firm resolution!

Words to Live by – from Catholic Tradition

Let us Trust in God and not yield to Anxiety

The Disciple:

Lord, I willingly commit all things to You, for my anxiety can profit me little.  But I would that I were not so concerned about the future, and instead offered myself without hesitation to Your good pleasure.

The Imitation of Christ, by Thomas à Kempis, Book III, Chapter 39.

Words to Live by – from Catholic Tradition

If we tried to stand as brave men in battle, the help of the Lord from heaven would surely sustain us.  For He Who gives us the opportunity of fighting for victory, is ready to help those who carry on and trust in His grace.

The Imitation of Christ, by Thomas à Kempis, Book I, Ch. 2.

Words to Live by – from Catholic Tradition

The Holy Rosary, indicating our future salvation or damnation

St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort writes:

Here is what our Blessed Lady revealed to Blessed Alan de la Roche as recorded in his book, The Dignity of the Rosary: “Know, my son, and make it known to all, that lukewarmness or negligence in saying the Hail Mary, or a distaste for it, is a probable and proximate sign of eternal damnation, for by this prayer the whole world was restored.”  …

On the other hand, we know from experience that those who show positive signs of being among the elect, appreciate and love the Hail Mary and are always glad to say it. The closer they are to God, the more they love this prayer, as our Blessed Lady went on to tell Blessed Alan.

I do not know how this should be, but it is perfectly true; and I know no surer way of discovering whether a person belongs to God than by finding out if he loves the Hail Mary and the Rosary.

Quoted from True Devotion to Mary, by St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort, ¶¶ 250-251.

 

Words to Live by – from Catholic Tradition

The Voice of Christ:

Do not consider yourself forsaken if I send some temporary hardship, or withdraw the consolation you desire.  For this is the way to the kingdom of heaven.

The Imitation of Christ, by Thomas à Kempis, Book III, Chapter 30.

Words to Live by – from Catholic Tradition

If all fathers fulfilled their duty of watching over the education of their children, we should have but few crimes and few executions.

St. Alphonsus de Liguori, Sermon 36, On the Education of Children, First Point, section 4.

 

Words to Live by – from Catholic Tradition

For Love of God you should undergo all things cheerfully, all labors and sorrows, temptations and trials, anxieties, weaknesses, necessities, injuries, slanders, rebukes, humiliations, confusions, corrections, and contempt.  For these are helps to virtue.

The Imitation of Christ, by Thomas à Kempis, Book III, Chapter 35.

Words to Live by – from Catholic Tradition

If we wish to save our souls, we must overcome human respect, and bear the little confusion which may arise from the scoffs of the enemies of the Cross of Jesus Christ.  “For there is a shame that bringeth sin, and there is a shame that bringeth glory and grace.” (Eccl. iv. 25.)

St. Alphonsus de Liguori, Doctor of the Church, Sermon 27, On Human Respect, for the Sunday after the Ascension.

Words to Live by – from Catholic Tradition

The Voice of Christ:

Let not your heart be troubled……When you judge that almost all is lost, then very often you are in the way of gaining great merit.

The Imitation of Christ, by Thomas à Kempis, Book III, Ch. 30.

Words to Live by – from Catholic Tradition

 

Try to live now in such a manner that at the moment of death you may be glad rather than fearful.

 

My Imitation of Christ, by Thomas a Kempis, Book I, Chapter 23.

Words to Live by – from Catholic Tradition

 

We should be grateful for the Crosses we receive

Our Lord teaches us that we should thank God for the Crosses we suffer and these crosses should cause us to have great hope of salvation.

Teaching of St. John Chrysostom, Doctor of the Church, quoted in the Catena Aurea of St. Matthew’s Gospel, St. Thomas Aquinas, greatest Doctor of the Church, ch. 26, §8.

Words to Live by – from Catholic Tradition

 

A lover must embrace willingly all that is difficult and bitter for the sake of the Beloved, and he should not turn away from Him because of adversities.

 

My Imitation of Christ, by Thomas à Kempis, Book III, Chapter 5.