DAY 47 – March 27, 2016 – Easter Sunday   ANNUAL CONFESSIONS   If Easter were prolonged to Pentecost, you would not go to Confession until Pentecost, or if the latter did not come around for ten years, you would go to Confession only every ten years. Indeed, if the Church did not give you a…

DAY 46 – March 26, 2016  – Holy Saturday   MODEL YOUR DEATH UPON THAT OF JESUS CHRIST   If we were required to die twice, we could jettison one death. But man dies once only, and upon his death depends his eternity. Where the tree falls, there shall it lie. If, at the hour of…

DAY 45 – March 25, 2016 – Good Friday   IT IS NECESSARY TO BE CONVERTED   No, my dear brethren, let us never forget that in order to receive Holy Communion it is necessary to be converted and strong in a true resolution to persevere. When Jesus Christ desired to give His Adorable Body and…

DAY 44 – March 24, 2016 – Holy Thursday     PRISONERS OF SIN   If we understood fully what it is to receive the sacraments, we should bring to the reception of them very much better sentiments than those we do. It is true that the greater number of people, in hiding their sins, always…

DAY 43 – March 23, 2016   WE ARE NOTHING IN OURSELVES   Temptation is necessary to us to make us realize that we are nothing in ourselves. St. Augustine tells us that we should thank God as much for the sins from which He has preserved us as for those which He has had…

DAY 42 – March 22, 2016   WE MUST EXPECT TEMPTATION   It is most unfortunate for ourselves if we do not know that we are tempted in almost all our actions, at one time by pride, by vanity, by the good opinion which we think people should have of us, at another by jealousy,…

DAY 41 – March 21, 2016   HE WILL HELP US   Yes, my dear brethren, in everything that we see, in everything that we hear, in all we say and do, we are conscious of the fact that we are drawn towards evil. If we are at table, there is sensuality, and gluttony, and…

DAY 40 – March 20, 2016– Palm Sunday BAD COMPANY   My dear brethren, I call that man bad company who is without religion, who does not concern himself with either the commandments of God or those of the Church, who does not recognize Lent or Easter, who seldom comes to church or, if he…

DAY 39 – March 19, 2016   ARE YOUR AFFAIRS GOING BETTER?   Another bad habit which is very common in homes and among working people is impatience, grumbling, and swearing. Now, my children, where do you get with your impatience and your grumbling? Do your affairs go any better? Do they cause you any…

DAY 38 – March 18, 2016 THE EVIL TONGUES   There are some who, through envy, for that is what it amounts to, belittle and slander others, especially those in the same business or profession as their own, in order to draw business to themselves. They will say such evil things as “their merchandise is…

DAY 37 – March 17, 2016   Selected Sermons of the Curé of Ars St. John Vianney (Patron Saint of Parish Priests) THE SERVICE OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN   If I wanted to, I would show you that in all walks of life there have been great servants of the Blessed Virgin. I would find…

DAY 36 – March 16, 2016   CHAPTER 16: On Paradise   “Blessed, O Lord, are those who dwell in Your house: they shall praise You for ever and ever.”   To dwell in the house of the good God, to enjoy the presence of the good God, to be happy with the happiness of…

DAY 35 – March 15, 2016   CHAPTER 15: On the Love of God   “If you love Me, keep My Commandments.”   Nothing is so common among Christians as to say, “O my God; I love You,” and nothing more rare, perhaps, than the love of the good God. Satisfied with making outward acts…

DAY 34 – March 14, 2016 CHAPTER 14: On Prayer   Our catechism teaches us, my children, that prayer is an elevation, an application of our mind and of our heart to God, to make known to Him our wants and to ask for His assistance. We do not see the good God, my children,…

DAY 33 – March 13, 2016 CHAPTER 13: On Grace   Can we, of our own strength, avoid sin, and practice virtue? No, my children, we can do nothing without the grace of God: that is an article of faith; Jesus Christ Himself taught it to us. See, the Church thinks, and all the saints…

DAY 32 – March 12, 2016 CHAPTER 12: On Sloth   Sloth is a kind of cowardice and disgust, which makes us neglect and omit our duties, rather than to deny our own will and our appetites.   Alas, my children, how many slothful people there are on this earth: how many are cowardly, how…

DAY 31 – March 11, 2016 CHAPTER 11: On Anger   Anger is an emotion of the soul, which leads us violently to repel whatever hurts or displeases us.   This emotion, my children, comes from the devil: it shows that we are in his hands; that he is the master of our heart; that…

DAY 30 – March 10, 2016 CHAPTER 10: On Gluttony   Gluttony is an inordinate love of eating and drinking.   We are gluttonous, my children, when we take food in excess, more than is required for the support of our poor body; when we drink beyond what is necessary, so as even to lose…

DAY 29 – March 9, 2016 CHAPTER 9: On Envy   Envy is a sadness which we feel on account of the good that happens to our neighbor.   Envy, my children, follows pride; whoever is envious is proud. See, envy comes to us from Hell; the devils having sinned through pride, sinned also through…

DAY 28 – March 8, 2016 CHAPTER 8: On Lust   Lust is the love of the pleasures that are contrary to purity.   No sins, my children, ruin and destroy a soul so quickly as this shameful sin; it snatches us out of the hands of the good God and hurls us like a stone…

DAY 27 – March 7, 2016 CHAPTER 7: On Avarice   Avarice is an inordinate love of the goods of this world.   Yes, my children, it is an ill-regulated love, a fatal love, which makes us forget the good God, prayer, the Sacraments, that we may love the goods of this world – gold and…

DAY 26 – March 6, 2016 CHAPTER 6: On Pride   Pride is an untrue opinion of ourselves, an untrue idea of what we are not.   The proud man is always disparaging himself, that people may praise him the more. The more the proud man lowers himself, the more he seeks to raise his miserable…

DAY 25 – March 5, 2016 CHAPTER 5: On Temptations   We are all inclined to sin, my children; we are idle, greedy, sensual, given to the pleasures of the flesh. We want to know everything, to learn everything, to see everything; we must watch over our mind, over our heart, and over our senses,…

DAY 24 – March 4, 2016 CHAPTER 4: On Sin   Sin is a thought, a word, an action, contrary to the law of God.   By sin, my children, we rebel against the good God, we despise His justice, we tread under foot His blessings. From being children of God, we become the executioner and…

DAY 23 – March 7, 2064 CHAPTER 3: On the Last Judgment   Our catechism tells us, my children, that all men will undergo a particular judgment on the day of their death. No sooner shall we have breathed our last sigh than our soul, without leaving the place where it has expired, will be…

DAY 22 – March 2, 2016 CHAPTER 2: On Death   A day will come, perhaps it is not far off, when we must bid goodbye to life, goodbye to the world, goodbye to our relations, goodbye to our friends. When shall we return, my children? Never. We appear upon this earth, we disappear, and…

DAY 21 – March 1, 2016 PART II: EXPLANATIONS AND EXHORTATIONS   CHAPTER 1: On Salvation   The happiness of man on earth, my children, is to be very good; those who are very good bless the good God, they love Him, they glorify Him, and do all their works with joy and love, because…

DAY 20 – February 29, 2016 CHAPTER 20: Catechism on the Cardinal Virtues   Prudence shows us what is most pleasing to God, and most useful to the salvation of our soul. We must always choose the most perfect. Two good works present themselves to be done, one in favor of a person we love,…

DAY 19 – February 28, 2016 CHAPTER 19: Catechism on Hope   My children, we are going to speak of hope: that is what makes the happiness of man on earth. Some people in this world hope too much, and others do not hope enough. Some say, “I am going to commit this sin again….

DAY 18 – February 27, 2016 CHAPTER 18: Catechism on Suffering   Whether we will or not, we must suffer. There are some who suffer like the good thief, and others like the bad thief. They both suffered equally. But one knew how to make his sufferings meritorious, he accepted them in the spirit of…

DAY 17 – February 26, 2016 CHAPTER 17: Catechism on Confession   My children, as soon as ever you have a little spot upon your soul, you must do like a person who has a fine globe of glass, which he keeps very carefully. If this globe has a little dust on it, he wipes…

DAY 16 – February 25, 2016 CHAPTER 16: Catechism on Impurity   That we may understand how horrible and detestable is this sin, which the demons make us commit, but which they do not commit themselves, we must consider what a Christian is. A Christian, created in the image of God, redeemed by the Blood…

DAY 15 – February 24, 2016 CHAPTER 15: Catechism on Pride   Pride is that accursed sin which drove the angels out of paradise, and hurled them into Hell. This sin began with the world. See, my children, we sin by pride in many ways. A person may be proud in his clothes, in his…

DAY 14 – February 23, 2016 CHAPTER 14: Catechism on Sin   Sin is the executioner of the good God, and the assassin of the soul. It snatches us away from Heaven to precipitate us into Hell. And we love it! What folly! If we thought seriously about it, we should have such a lively…

DAY 13 – February 22, 2016   CHAPTER 13: Catechism on Frequent Communion   My children, all beings in creation require to be fed, that they may live; for this purpose God has made trees and plants grow; it is a well-served table, to which all animals come and take the food which suits each…

DAY 12 – February 21, 2016 CHAPTER 12: Catechism on Communion   To sustain the soul in the pilgrimage of life, God looked over creation, and found nothing that was worthy of it. He then turned to Himself, and resolved to give Himself. O my soul, how great you are, since nothing less than God…

DAY 11 – February 20, 2016 CHAPTER 11: Catechism on the Real Presence   Our Lord is hidden there, waiting for us to come and visit Him, and make our request to Him. See how good He is! He accommodates Himself to our weakness. In Heaven, where we shall be glorious and triumphant, we shall…

DAY 10 – February 19, 2016   CHAPTER 10: Catechism on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass   All good works together are not of equal value with the sacrifice of the Mass, because they are the works of men, and the holy Mass is the work of God. Martyrdom is nothing in comparison; it…

DAY 9 – February 18, 2016 CHAPTER 9: Catechism on the Priesthood   My children, we have come to the Sacrament of Orders. It is a Sacrament which seems to relate to no one among you, and which yet relates to everyone. This Sacrament raises man up to God. What is a priest! A man…

DAY 8 – February 17, 2016 CHAPTER 8: Catechism on Prayer   See my children; the treasure of a Christian is not on the earth, it is in Heaven. Well, our thoughts ought to be where our treasure is. Man has a beautiful occupation, that of praying and loving. You pray, you love – that…

DAY 7 – February 16, 2016 CHAPTER 7: Catechism on the Sanctification of Sunday   You labor, you labor, my children; but what you earn ruins your body and your soul. If one ask those who work on Sunday, “What have you been doing?” they might answer, “I have been selling my soul to the…

DAY 6 – February 15, 2016   CHAPTER 6: Catechism on the Prerogatives of the Pure Soul   Nothing is so beautiful as a pure soul. If we understood this, we could not lose our purity. The pure soul is disengaged from matter, from earthly things, and from itself…. That is why the saints ill-treated…

DAY 5 – February 14, 2016 CHAPTER 5: Catechism on the Word of God My children, the Word of God is of no little importance! These were Our Lord’s first words to His Apostles: “Go and teach”… to show us that instruction is before everything.  My children, what has taught us our religion? The instructions…

DAY 4 – February 13, 2016 CHAPTER 4: Catechism on the Blessed Virgin The Father takes pleasure in looking upon the heart of the most Holy Virgin Mary, as the masterpiece of His hands; for we always like our own work, especially when it is well done. The Son takes pleasure in it as the…

DAY 3 – February 12, 2016 CHAPTER 3: Catechism on the Holy Spirit O my children, how beautiful it is! The Father is our Creator, the Son is our Redeemer, and the Holy Spirit is our Guide…. Man by himself is nothing, but with the Holy Spirit he is very great. Man is all earthly…

  DAY 2 – February 11, 2016 CHAPTER 2: Catechism on the Love of God Our body is a vessel of corruption; it is meant for death and for the worms, nothing more! And yet we devote ourselves to satisfying it, rather than to enriching our soul, which is so great that we can conceive nothing…

DAY 1 – February 10, 2016 The Little Catechism of the Curé of Ars St. John Vianney (Patron Saint of Parish Priests) PART I: INSTRUCTIONS ON THE CATECHISM CHAPTER 1: Catechism on Salvation There are many Christians who do not even know why they are in the world. “Oh my God, why have You sent me…

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