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The Priority of Prayer

The substance of mental prayer, in my opinion, consists in nothing but conversing with God as with a friend. And so, to speak of this thing or of that to Him, who, we know, loves us, is mental prayer. -St. … Continue reading

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The Value of Prayer

Prayer well made gives much pleasure to the angels, and therefore it is much assisted by them; it gives great displeasure to the devils, and therefore is much persecuted and disturbed by them. -St. John Chrysostom The same Saint says … Continue reading

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St. Simon Stock

Simon was born in the county of Kent, England, and left his home when he was but twelve years of age, to live as a hermit in the hollow trunk of a tree, whence he was known as Simon of … Continue reading

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St. Bonaventure

Sanctity and learning raised Bonaventure to the Church’s highest honors, and from a child he was the companion of Saints. Yet at heart he was ever the poor Franciscan friar. St. Francis gave him his name; for, having miraculously cured … Continue reading

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St. Camillus de Lellis

The early years of Camillus gave no sign of sanctity. At the age of nineteen, he took service with his father, an Italian noble. . . . After four years’ hard campaigning found himself, through his violent temper, reckless habits, … Continue reading

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Virgin Most Renowned

It is the Archangel Gabriel who, bowing with reverence before her, says: “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.” Many holy persons had, ere this, been saluted with the words contained in the latter half of this sentence: … Continue reading

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St. Henry

Henry, Duke of Bavaria, saw in a vision his guardian, St. Wolfgang, pointing to the words “after six.” This moved him to prepare for death, and for six years he continued to watch and pray; when, at the end of … Continue reading

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