Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Come, O Holy Spirit:
enlighten my understanding 
to know your commands;
strengthen my heart 
against the wiles of the enemy; inflame my will...
I have heard your voice, 
and I don't want to harden my heart to resisting, 
by saying 'later... tomorrow.'
Nunc coepi! Now! 
Lest there be no tomorrow for me!
O, Spirit of truth and wisdom,
Spirit of understanding and counsel,
Spirit of joy and peace!
I want what you want, 
I want it because you want it,
I want it as you want it, 
I want it when you want it.



The Memorial of the Passion of St. John the Baptist

John-the-Baptist-in-Prison 2By Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem.

"Each of us is up against something that requires us to 'fight hard,' from ordinary human weakness to temptations to sin. We know that the victory belongs to Christ, but we also have this lingering fear: I know that I can, but I'm afraid that I won't. I know that I can do all things in Him who strengthens me, but I'm afraid that I will back out and not fight hard."


As a Bride Adorned for her Husband: On the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin

coronation apse maggioreBy Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem.

"In crowning the Blessed Virgin as Queen of heaven and earth, God does more than crown His greatest work of grace in a mere human being. The joy and glory that await her children, 'those who keep the commandments of God and bear testimony to Jesus,' is also shone forth (Rev 12:17). Saint Josemaria exhorts us: 'It is indeed just that the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit should crown the Blessed Virgin as Queen and Lady of all created things. With the daring of a child, join in this celebration in Heaven' (cf. The Forge, no. 285)."


"The Blessed Virgin, Cause of Our Joy"

assumption-1617crop By St. Josemaria Escriva

"'Mary has been taken up to heaven by God in body and soul, and the angels rejoice.' Joy overtakes both angels and men. Why is it that we feel today this intimate delight, with our heart brimming over, with our soul full of peace? Because we are celebrating the glorification of our mother, and it is only natural that we her children rejoice in a special way upon seeing how the most Blessed Trinity honors her."


Lifting Up Our Eyes: The Transfiguration of the Lord

RG3A4803 Transfiguration Tabor 3By Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem. 

"The saying goes that most people see only what they want to see. If that's true, then most of us live with a kind of selective blindness. Either we deliberately ignore certain things on certain occasions or habitually on all occasions—covering one or both eyes before the unpleasant or unwanted reality before us."


Please, Thank You, and I'm Sorry: Three Keywords for Married Couples

pope1 2Quotations from St. Josemaria Escriva

"Please," "Thank you," "I'm sorry." Pope Francis teaches that although these words are easier to say than to mean, they are absolutely necessary. They are part of good manners, meaning respect and the desire for the good of the other, not hypocrisy or pretence. "If a marriage is to preserve its initial charm and beauty, both husband and wife should try to renew their love day after day, and that is done through sacrifice, with smiles and also with ingenuity," said St Josemaria, and he recommended spouses to try and overcome themselves a little every day to ensure that their marriage always stays as young and joyful as it was on the first day. 


Working for Love

Padre 20140318140121361719 20140404190245697626 2 By Most Rev. Javier Echevarria

"The new encyclical of the Holy Father Francis is closely tied to the opening pages of Sacred Scripture. God created the human being as man and woman and placed them in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it (Gen 2:15). And he brought all the animals to the man to see how he would name them (cf. Gen 2:19). This was an act of love on God's part, an expression of his confidence in each human being, to whom he entrusted the task of developing the potentialities that he himself had placed in creatures."


Heroic in Love: On the Feast of St Mary Magdalene

Guido Reni - Penitent Magdalene - Google Art ProjectcropBy Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem.

"Love is most in its element when it abides in hearts that dare to replicate the Savior’s love for them. Heading St Josemaria’s 'list' of such ardent souls is Saint Mary Magdalene, in whose love we see answered the boundless love and mercy shown her by Christ. In her holy 'excess' an icon emerges of what loving God heroically means, and what it means for Him to love us heroically. On either side, there is an unselfconscious outpouring of self that focuses entirely on the good of the beloved."


Homecoming for the Children of God

ourladyof refuge-udayton2By Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem.

"We don't have to be in dire straits before we think about fleeing to Mary for help. The wine doesn't have to run out completely before we come with our empty vessels. And yet, we should realize that should such desperate moments come, Mary always stands before us as an open door. In her we find the harbor, the sanctuary, the place where all life's hurts are understood by one whose life was overshadowed by a prophecy of piercing sorrow and punctuated by its full enactment."


Stories of Intercession: "Coming into the Church"

Macdonald Family 2 By The MacDonald Family

"My family and I were all received into the Catholic Church during this past Easter Vigil, so the celebration of St Josemaria is especially poignant for us this year. My husband was baptized Catholic, but had never received any of the other sacraments. Though we attended various churches over the years, none of four children nor I had ever been baptized."


Stories of Intercession: "Becoming a Better Person on a Daily Basis"

Amador Family 2 By The Amador Family

"St. Josemaria has provided me with the guidance and insight to better understand how I can become a better person on a daily basis. I am able to improve my attitude and maintain solid inner peace through meditating on his writings and constantly reminding me of my call to holiness."


"May you seek Christ, May you find Christ, May you love Christ." - St. Josemaria Escriva

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