THE CROSS IS THE MAGNET OF LOVE!
Grant, O my God,
that my prayer, like a sweet melody, rises to You,
so that it draws on all whom I love
a merciful glance. 


LOVE FOR LOVE
That is the whole law of Jesus.
Nest of the Dove
I will retire into solitude and there I will listen to what the Lord tells me.
Letailler
The Call of the Sheep
Dopter


God of Love,
animate me, vivify me
just as if it were my last day.
Visit of the Good Master
Bouasse Lebel
Implore God, repent, and you will rest in the Heart of Jesus.
Turgis
SOURCE OF GRACES
O my jesus is how dry the heart that moves away  
from you.


Sweet Savior,
to know you
is to love you
and to prefer you
above all.  
Letaille

THROUGH JESUS I RAISE MY HEART IN PRAYER.
Through my heart, flooded by Divine Light, allow the incense of the prayers to evaporate.
Mon. Bouasse Lebel
JESUS MARY JOSEPH
Teach us how
to share the suffering.
Turgis



















Fruit of Love

Love is helping the poor 
and blessing our greatest enemy 
because they are our brothers, 
and that is the only way 
to please God.


Jesus is the Divine Gardener
of Our Hearts
  Bouasse Lebel 1254
Christ, the Divine Gardner, is depicted here within the heart of the believer gently and carefully working to uproot the weeds that mar its beauty.
"Behold, I stand at the door and knock..."

Ash Wednesday, February 18, 2015

WAKE UP
It is time to think of Jesus.
Bouasse Lebel, Pl.1411


And a wonderful way to "wake up and think of Jesus" during the Lenten season is to visit  ENLARGING THE HEART ~ Mark Armitage's gracious offering of devotional readings from the early fathers and the saints.

Holy guardian angels,
watch over us as our
Lenten journey begins...

Shrove Tuesday, Feast Day of The Holy Face of Jesus






The Feast Day of the Holy Face of Jesus is observed on Shrove Tuesday, a movable feast celebrated this year Liturgical Year on Tuesday, March 4, 2014




The name "Shrove Tuesday" is derived from the custom of confessing sins and being "shriven" (absolved) just before Lent.
Give Me, my child, your heart. Proverbs 23:26
Benziger

St. Valentine's Day. February 14

CARITAS
God is Love; and he that abides  in love
abides in God and God in him.
1 John 4:16
Bouasse Lebel M92

Sts. Cyril and Methodius: Feast Day, February 14

By you O Mother and Virgin, heaven trembles with elation and the angels and the archangels rejoice. ~St Cyril
Sts. Cyril and Methodius, Co- Patrons (with St Benedict, St Edith Stein, and St Bridget of Sweden) of Europe
"...the funeral Mass was held in all three liturgical languages: Latin, Greek, and Slavonic.  Rivers of faithful who had received Christ through the achievements of these two missionaries flowed for days as they paid their respects after the funeral.Their lives are a testimony of love, pure and simple.  They loved their God and the souls they served more than themselves, and so they gave their lives in honor of that love.  Such is the perfect valentine, if you ask me.  So I say again what I already said, and I mean it: have a very happy Valentine’s Day, today and every day. "
by Father John Bartunek, LC | Source: Catholic.net
The three hearts tell us over and over again
Love, Love, Love


Let your eyes be fixed on the sign of salvation.
Turgis 1030
The Holy Family
multilingual cololithograph
JESUS MARY JOSEPH
Pour on us treasures of your graces.
Turgis 
 
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I belong to you.
Jesus, Mary, Joseph, 
Help us ever to lead a pure and blameless life. 
Bouasse Lebel, Paris pl. 1119
Holy Family by Leber
old color lithograph

First Friday

At the mere sound of my appearing
Once opened the door softly.
There calleth: Come child to me,
Here you will find peace and rest.
The Three Hearts
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph
 EARTHLY TRINITY 
Three hearts beat as one.
Bouasse Lebel 794
Holy Family in Heaven and on Earth
St. Augustine Society

Feast of the Presentation (Candlemas) Feb. 2

Blessed are those to whom the
divine Savior will be revealed.
Felix, Paris
JESUS MARY JOSEPH
Unite us with the sweet chain of love. 
Turgis

Novena to the Holy Face begins today, Sunday Feb. 1, 2015


Novena begins 2 Sundays before the start of Lent, but it can be said at any time of the year.














(after the Holy Shroud of Turin)
This image is a reproduction of the drawing by Sr. Genevieve of the Holy Face 
(Celine Martin) sister of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face

February Devotion ~ The Holy Family

Holy Days ~ February 2015
2. Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas Day) (F) Feb. 2
11. Our Lady of Lourdes (F) Feb. 11
14. Sts. Cyrl and Methodius: (F) Feb. 14
17. Shrove Tuesday, (F) Holy Face of Jesus  Feb. 17
18. Ash Wednesday

February Small Albums:
Small albums ~ Lent:

THE DIVINITY OF JESUS CHRIST
O God so great, who has made you so small?..  Love.
What do you ask in return?..  Love.
~St. Bernard
Letaille
Bensiger
SHE IS MY MOTHER!!
I have chosen her  
to dispense all my favors and share my power.
Bouasse Lebel 776

Holy Mother of God
O Virgin
who the King of Glory deigned to choose for His palace, 
Ark [of the New Covenant], Altar of Propitiation where Heaven gave us Peace.
Mon. Bouasse Lebel

O INFANT, SON OF THE VIRGIN MOTHER, 
HAVE MERCY ON US
My Beloved is Mine and I am His
Jesus Caressing Mary
You are all beautiful O my beloved, and ages shall call you blessed.
By you O Mother and Virgin, heaven trembles with elation and the angels and the archangels rejoice.  ~St Cyril
Sts. Cyril and Methodius, Co- Patrons (with St Benedict, St Edith Stein, and St Bridget of Sweden) of Europe
"...the funeral Mass was held in all three liturgical languages: Latin, Greek, and Slavonic.  Rivers of faithful who had received Christ through the achievements of these two missionaries flowed for days as they paid their respects after the funeral.Their lives are a testimony of love, pure and simple.  They loved their God and the souls they served more than themselves, and so they gave their lives in honor of that love... "
by Father John Bartunek, LC | Source: Catholic.net

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Day 8

Christ's Prayer for Christian Unity
Matthew 28:18,  John 5:20,  and John 17:2 recount the post Resurrection account of Christ sending forth the Apostles on Mt. Tabor where He prayed to the Father for Christian Unity:

John 17: 20-24
After blessing the Apostles who will carry the Gospel into the world, Jesus prays to the Father for us all:

20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;

21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:

23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

Barnes' Commentary:
"Neither pray I for these alone ..."   Not for the apostles only, but for all who shall be converted under the preaching of the gospel. They will all need similar grace and be exposed to similar trials. It is a matter of unspeakable joy that each Christian, however humble or unknown to men however poor, unlearned, or despised, can reflect that he was remembered in prayer by "him whom God heareth always." We value the prayers of pious friends. How much more should we value this petition of the Son of God! To that single prayer we who are Christians owe infinitely more real benefits than the world can ever bestow; and in the midst of any trials we may remember that the Son of God prayed for us, and that the prayer was assuredly heard, and will be answered in reference to all who truly believe.
All may be one - May be united as brethren. Christians are all redeemed by the same blood, and are going to the same heaven. They have the same wants, the same enemies, the same joys. Though they are divided into different denominations, yet they will meet at last in the same homes of glory. Hence they should feel that they belong to the same family, and are children of the same God and Father. There are no ties so tender as those which bind us in the Gospel. There is no friendship so pure and enduring as that which results from having the same attachment to the Lord Jesus. Hence, Christians, in the New Testament, are represented as being indissolubly united - parts of the same body, and members of the same family, Acts 4:32-35; 1Co. 12:4-31;Ephesians 2:20-22; Romans 12:5.

St. Francis de Sales: Memorial, January 24

St. Francis de Sales, Doctor of Writers
Small album ~ Doctors of the Church


"I would rather account to God for too great gentleness than for too great severity. God the Father is the Father of mercy; God the Son is a Lamb; God the Holy Spirit is a Dove..."
~St. Francis de Sales

"Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength."
~St. Francis de Sales

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Day 7

Under your eyes, Lord
see their union.
On verso:
Behold how good it is for brothers to dwell together in unity! 

Psalm 133:1
Bourdet, Paris

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