Saint Augustine offers us these most encouraging words on the importance of prayer for our life and for the eternal salvation of our immortal souls: He who prays well, lives well; he who lives well, dies well; and he who dies well, all is well.” In a nutshell, the Doctor of Grace, Saint Augustine motivates us by this short, rhythmic sentence to value to the maximum, our prayer life as an indispensable tool to arrive at the goal and purpose of our life—Heaven! Another good analogy might be the following: What air is to the lungs; prayer is to the … Read more
The Letter of Saint James expresses the power of prayer when offered by a holy man. Our prayer can even determine weather conditions. The example in the Letter of Saint James is taken from the person of the great Prophet Elijah. His prayer stopped the rain from coming down and then opened up the skies so that it would rain again:
Elijah was a human being like us; yet he prayed earnestly that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain upon the land. Then he prayed again, this time for rain, and … Read more
As we celebrate the Risen Lord Jesus we should be experiencing great joy, an abundant joy, an overflowing joy, a radiant joy, and a contagious joy. The Antiphon that we pray frequently in Mass for the fifty days of the Easter Season is the following: “This is the day the Lord has made, let us be glad and rejoice in it.”
Blessed Pope Paul VI penned a short but uplifting document on the topic of Joy: Gaudete In Domino—meaning, Rejoice in the Lord. This is taken from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Philippians: Rejoice in the Lord; … Read more
Blessed are those who learn and put into practice these ten Beatitudes—blessings—that flow from living out the greatest virtue in the Sacred Heart of Jesus—His infinite mercy! Saint Pope John Paul II was one of the greatest promoters of the message of Divine Mercy with Saint Faustina Kowalska. How providential that this great and saintly pontiff, John Paul II actually died on April 2, 2005 which was the Vigil of Divine Mercy, and received Holy Communion shortly before he passed from this life to eternal life. May we all learn these ten Beatitudes of Divine Mercy and … Read more
The primary obligation of parents towards their children is to pave the way for the salvation of their immortal souls. Jesus pointed this out very clearly: “What would it profit a man if he were to gain the whole world and lose his soul in the process. What can a man exchange for his very soul?” This Biblical passage was instrumental in the conversion of the great missionary, Saint Francis Xavier.
In this short essay, we would like to pinpoint five concrete decisions and practices that parents can undertake so as to pave the way to heaven for their children. … Read more