Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Tricks to Humility

Humility is one of the most beautiful virtues given to us by God. It opens our eyes and makes us realize that all the good around us comes from our beloved Creator. But humility and battling our pride can be very difficult and often times confusing. For example we can admit to ourselves how prideful we are, but then while doing that, thinking we're humble and becoming even more prideful because of it. It can become a vicious cycle and at the end of the day we wonder how we can ever advance in humility without becoming more prideful! Here are a few points that have helped me personally with the virtues of humility.

Stop thinking about it - As startling as that sounds, we need to stop focusing so much on the concept of pride and humility, and look at it from the perspective that God has given us everything, we are nothing, and we need His help. In thinking of it from this viewpoint we keep ourselves from the danger of thinking we're humble, and accrediting God for everything. Focus on the goodness of God and rejoice that such a loving Father has given us everything! It keeps away discouragement and fills the soul with peace. 

Focus on mercy - Humility is a hard virtue to master, so when we beat ourselves up about it, it only gives us more pride. Trusting totally in Gods mercy will protect us from this, since instead of focusing on how prideful we are, we can think that even though we are sinners, we have a loving Father that will lift us up and through His grace will make us saints. 

Accepting our own goodness - Once we reach the point of accepting that God can do all things even though we can't, we'll have to start accepting that we can become holy - saints even! After all, the goal is to become a saint before we die. How can we reach that point then if we're so stuck on the idea that we can't be saints since we're so horrible? Instead, let us focus on the fact that God can make us saints, and even though we can do nothing on our own and can't take credit for any of these virtues, since we are sinners, if we trust God, He will give us the strength to become the greatest and reach the highest realms of heaven.

Therefore let us ask God for true humility, trust in Him, and understanding with ourselves, who are sinners yet are masterpieces of God that have so much potential.

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

A New Concept of Modesty

In previous articles I've spoken about modesty, explaining to the reader that modesty is a misunderstood beautiful virtue that should be loved and cherished. But as I learn more and more about it, and experience different situations, I've realized something else very important. 

Helping Them Cope - As you know these modesty articles are directed towards girls. But what girls don't realize is that guys think differently when it comes to purity. For girls it can actually be quite easy  fighting temptations of purity, and we forget it can be much harder for men to fight these things, especially when we throw modesty out the window. So why not help them out a little bit by dressing properly? Surely we'll get merit for our charity. For example, if we knew our friend who had something like depression, and was triggered easily, we would be very careful to make sure they were as comfortable as possible. Therefore if we care about their wellbeing, let us dress accordingly.

Making Others Inspired - Modesty isn't just about ourselves, but rather everyone around us. It isn't meant to drag us down or prevent us from following the latest trends. Rather it's there to put us in our right position and make our bodies truly beautiful - the way God intended. In doing this we make other around us realize that the concept of modesty, which is so ridiculed in our day and age, is actually an amazing thing and lifts our spirits far higher than immodest trends ever could. They will begin to see that girls can be beautiful and follow the good trends while sticking to their morals. Let us always inspire everyone around us. It will then be at the Last Judgment when God calls upon us in front of the whole world that we will be called the inspirer. 

Don't Think, Just Do - A lot of times people will dwell forever on modesty, picking it apart and turning into a torturous task. Skirts ten inches below the knee exactly! Turtle necks only! Really, if we overthink all of this, it will reflect to those around us and they'll lose the inspiration they so desperately need. Instead of being so cold with modesty, set your regular Catholic boundaries, don't overthink it, then pray for the grace to see the beauty of modesty. Modesty isn't just in the fabric, it's so much more. It's in our actions, our words, our thoughts, and so on. Let us pray for the true spirit of modesty! 

Therefore dear reader, clothe yourself with the mantle of Our Lady, bathe your soul with the blood of the Lamb, and rejoice in the beautiful virtues which God has given us! 

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Happy Feast of St. Louis de Montfort!!

I am overjoyed to say today is St. Louis de Montfort's  300th anniversary from when he died. A very important feast to be sure! Today I wanted to tell you all a quick story from his life, a story that really inspired me. 

Throughout all his life he went from town to town, preaching sermons, talking in the streets, converting, but mainly being persecuted and hated by most. This is why he is the patron of the forgotten and lonely, because being unloved by thousands was his everyday life. Yet he accepted it and praised God for giving him the opportunity to sanctify himself. One day he went to a small poor town to preach a mission, and was shocked at how he was greeted by the people. Instead of getting stoned or spat at, everyone wouldn't stop hugging him! They hugged him, gave him huge meals, they all sanctified themselves and listened carefully every time he talked, it was a perfect success. At the end, his two followers were so happy they threw a party for such a holy town. As the party progressed they realized Montfort (as he liked people to call him) was missing! They looked and looked, and finally found him in a corner, looking very sad. They said, "Montfort! You've sanctified this whole town, everyone is a hundred times holier than they were before! Why are you so sad?" St. Louis slowly looked up at them and calmly said, "...what a cross... is no cross."

And so we see St. Louis de Montfort spirituality. No matter what suffering we have in life, or even when life is good to us, we must always follow God's will, and do it with a smile. Be gentle and kind to all that pass us, pray for those that hate you, and carry the cross alongside this amazing saint.

Friday, 8 April 2016

Listen to Your Needs

I’ve been really thinking about how souls have such a difficult time discerning their vocations. Some have it easy, and just get married, or enter a monastery, and not give it a second thought. But for most of us, especially us young people who are trying to figure out God’s will for the future, it can be a very confusing journey. But I want the reader, especially if you’re discerning, to always remember, you were built for something. Your heart, and all it’s needs, will correspond with where you go. 
In other words, you might be terrified it’s God’s will for you to be a cloistered nun, because you have such a need to be with people, and a need to feel human affections. But don’t worry, listen to your needs, and discern accordingly. God doesn’t want to put you in a place where you’ll be miserable. If you’re not happy when you’re trying out a certain way of life, don’t hesitate to change it! So many Catholics think that we should never be comfortable, always mortified and willing to suffer. And though it is true that we must be willing to conform to God’s will and offer up the sufferings of life, God didn’t make you so He could put you in a way of life that wouldn’t give you all that your heart needed. So please, choose a way of life that you’ll be happy and comfortable in. 

Life isn’t meant to be a constant series of pain and sacrifice. It’s a beautiful journey where sacrifice is rewarded, and mortification is given a greater good. All that you do will be rewarded a hundred fold “even on earth” as Our Lord said. I know discerning is difficult, but if you listen to what you need, you’ll get through this and live a life of peace, no matter what it is. Whether it’s a mom, or a monk, or a hermit, or a single man working in the world, all souls are equally loved by God, and will be high in heaven, as long as we fight for it.

Friday, 25 March 2016

On Good Friday

Let us remember today that Our Blessed Lord took upon His shoulders all our sins, all our faults, all our pain, and all our worries onto His shoulders so that we may be free and live a peaceful life. I wish you all a holy Good Friday and will be praying for you today.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Compassionate Short Film

I found this very moving. There is also a Part 2 for anyone interested. Always have compassion and understanding for others, you never know their story. 

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Go Say Hi to God!

"If we but paused for a moment to consider attentively what takes place in this Sacrament, I am sure that the thought of Christ's love for us would transform the coldness of our hearts into a fire of love and gratitude."
- St. Angela of Foligno
With the sun coming out and spring almost upon us (at least here in Canada), I realized I could finally start doing something I love to do - walk to my local church to visit the Blessed Sacrament. So many Catholics these days don't think to go into a church and greet the King of kings. Visits to the Blessed Sacrament are so vital to our souls, because it refreshes us with grace, and reminds us what's important in life. With all the different things on our plates, it's good to sit back sometimes and organize our thoughts in front of God. After all, we need time to just relax and recuperate - and who better to do that with than Our Lord Himself!

Now keep in mind that you don't have to be sitting in your local church for five hours while kneeling on concrete with your arms outstretched. Just a few minutes, or if you're in a rush, a few moments just to say hello. Even just a hello is infinitely precious to your soul. God will reward you a hundred fold for coming to His home and asking for His help for the days to come. And if you're bored out of your mind (and still trying your best), all the more merit for you! The driest prayers are the most meritorious, since Our Lord appreciates such effort, even if we can't feel anything.

So go to your local church, and say hello to Our Blessed Lord. He's waiting for you!

Monday, 8 February 2016

The Last Thread

"For though I should walk in the midst of the shadow of death, I will fear no evils, for thou art with me." (Psalm 23:4) At times discerning your vocation can begin to relate to the above quote. Especially for the youth, between trying to figure out what the future holds, keeping up with the spiritual life, and fighting the good fight, it can all begin to feel exhausting. And when trials and tribulations hit, one is almost bound to ask God why He is not clearer, why He piles suffering upon our shoulders in such a way that we feel we are drowning instead of growing. But it is in these times that we have to look around us, because in the darkest times God is always trying to get a messages across.

There's a strategy that I like to use that really helps with these feelings. If we feel we're holding on to our last thread, hold on like never before. In other words, if there's only one thing left in the world that makes us happy, that lifts our spirits and gives us hope, focus on that one thing, and see the glory of God in it. Whether it be your family, a friend, someone you deeply love, sometimes God takes away a lot just so you can see a massive blessing in front of your eyes. 

And in this way the future can become clearer to us. When we slow down, stop worrying about everything, and treasure the things we love most, our thinking will definitely clear up. So look around, and find the thread that God has given you to reflect His infinite goodness. Sometimes God doesn't have to give us a mountain of consolation to change our lives, rather He can change us and make us better by sending one, infinitely important thread in the weave of life.  A thread that can hold all together and bring us closer to God. 


Sunday, 24 January 2016

Depression in God's Eyes

As Catholics there's one thing we don't want to admit to people. In the eyes of the world we want to always be strong, we want to be the Joan of Arc of society, we never want to appear like we're going through something. But this mentality needs to be fought, because it isn't true. Our whole religion revolves around the crucifix. And what does this crucifix represent? Suffering and overcoming it. Therefore, as Catholics, we shouldn't be afraid to admit to the fact that sometimes, yes, we get depressed. 

Whether we like it or not, some of us will have to face depression at some point. We'll have to wake up one day, and simply not want to get out of bed. But if I've learned anything, it's that we can trigger our worst triggers with consolations. And with these consolations we can not only help ourselves, but those around us who need this help too.

Firstly, we must remember that God is watching over us. Just because you're in pain doesn't mean God has stopped loving you. In fact, because you're going through this, He's watching over you with particular love and kindness. He knows how you feel, after all, he was abandoned in the Garden of Olives by His closest friends. He understands your pain and sees His reflection in your soul. Do you realize how happy He is to see someone in this broken world actually willing to offer up a sacrifice for Him!? This is huge! You represent the suffering Lord in our modern age. You're the one He was talking about when He said, "I was hungry, and you gave me to eat." Or perhaps, "I was hungry, and you fed me not." You give others around you the opportunity to serve God. You're another Christ, and the merit you're gathering up for heaven is more than you could ever imagine. You will receive your hundred fold on this earth, and the next. God is using you as an example of His suffering love, and is testing souls through you. He wants to see souls offer up acts of charity to Him because of you. You are the "least of My Brethren," and the light shines brighter from the darkness in your soul than it would if you were in consolation. Because now you're more Christlike than ever before.

Also, never forget that you won't always be in tribulation. God only gives us what we can handle, and when He sees us collapsing from the weight, He will help us get up. He can barely stand seeing you suffer like this, He's only allowing it for the greater good. Another thing to remember, is that if they don't repent and amend, those who made you suffer will feel the wrath of God. After all, they hurt a soul very close to God. They hurt the soul who reflected the crucified Savior. 

And so suffering soul, life will go on. Some days will be dark, but the days to come will be even brighter. Heaven won't ever look at you the same after this. Because you're their living martyr. 

Monday, 26 October 2015

A Quick Review on What I've Learned

 And now comes the time to recap what has happened in the last six months. For those who are new to my blog (welcome!!), I have had this blog up for quite some time, but then decided to enter a Dominican convent in Australia last January. I spent six months there, but decided that it wasn't God's will for me to be a nun. In any case, I'm very happy I'm back. Here are some main points I learned throughout the experience that will hopefully help those discerning, those who have left the convent themselves,and everyone else in between.

Don't worry about the future - If there's anything I've learned, it's that everything will work out in the end. God isn't just going to leave you on your own to figure out things - He's there to support you every step of the way. And yes, maybe sometimes it seems like everything you dreamed of for your future is collapsing, but you have to hold on to the conviction that it won't be like that forever, and that God will make sure you find your proper path.

The right decision is the best decision - Those who have left the convent can wholeheartedly agree that though it's great to finally decide your place in the world, it isn't easy leaving the convent. After all, being in a convent, you're told repeatedly, "you're a chosen soul," "God picked you out of millions," "this is the highest place you could be." But I need to make a very important point. Yes nuns have an important role to play, but so do you - not being a nun. No matter where you are, that's where God wants you and you have been "specially chosen" for that position. It took me a very long time to wrap my head around this, so I beg the readers to convince themselves of this truth. Never think that God loves other souls more than you, or that you're not chosen. You are chosen, you are worth the infinite, and you are loved - no matter what your position in life is.

Be kind to yourself - When trying to figure out your future, things can get very messy. Doubt can creep in, discouragement, melancholy, the list goes on. And in this very important time in your life, it's easy to be very hard on yourself. So please, try your best to be kind and gentle to yourself. Understand that this can be a scary time, and making mistakes right now is expected. Also, don't forget while you begin to be more understanding to yourself, that God is understanding (a million times more than you are) right along with you. There's a tendency to think that you understand yourself the best and God is there just to judge you as soon as you fall. But really, we should be asking God to be as understanding as He is towards us. He is ready always to forgive us for our imperfections, and fully acknowledges our weak human nature. He's not out to get you, He's there to patiently lift you up and support you in this difficult time.

Therefore my dear readers, if you're trying to figure out things in your life, be gentle to yourself in this difficult time. Our Lady is there to support you the whole way, and no matter what you choose, will love and care for you as the infinitely precious soul that you are.

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Guess Who's Back :)

Firstly, I need to apologize for taking so long to write on here. I suppose there's something intimidating about telling your dear readers, after telling them you're going to be gone forever, that you're back home and have decided being a nun wasn't for you. I'll get into details in later posts, but I would just like you all to know that I am in fact back and am ready once again to write! It would be an honour if you all decided to read my blog once again, I'm preparing to write articles on some very interesting topics. 

I also wanted to point out that I've completely given my blog a new look. Though I'm sticking with the theme of "the depths of the catacombs," I wanted to give it a different feel, since over the past months I was in Australia, I've changed as a person. My blog used to focus on perseverance, fighting temptation, and mortification. I want these next few months to focus on the inner soul - how to be patient and understanding to yourself in the spiritual life, how to have peace of soul in our modern world, and how, though we are sinners, to understand we are still loved by God. I'll be writing articles that not only will be helpful for those who are having a hard time, but will also be helpful for me to convince myself of these truths.

So please, join me once more in my quest for happiness. I will try my best as I used to :)

Tuesday, 6 January 2015


I will be leaving tomorrow morning to go to Australia to enter the Dominican convent, and wanted to say goodbye to you all. Thank you for reading my articles, and supporting my passion for writing. This blog has taken me on such an amazing journey, and it wouldn't be possible without you! Though I can't keep writing here, I will be leaving my blog up so you can still read my older articles. Please keep me in your prayers, as you are always in mine.

Hopefully I'll see you all in Paradise!

God bless and Our Lady protect,
Alexandra Reis

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Merry Christmas!

I'd like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and happy New Year! May God pour forth His Christmas graces upon you, and may we all be joyful and thankful for God's gifts.

I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.- Charles Dickens
Celebrate the feast of Christmas every day, even every moment in the interior temple of your spirit, remaining like a baby in the bosom of the heavenly Father, where you will be reborn each moment in the Divine Word, Jesus Christ. 

St. Paul of the Cross

“the goodness and kindness of God our Saviour towards man appeared” (Tit 3:4)

God bless and Our Lady protect,

Friday, 12 December 2014

Can Religion Co-exist with Culture?

There is a new tendency going around, especially in the youth, that promotes the idea that our Catholic religion should be completely separate from our modern culture. For example, a girl will go to Mass on Sundays, wear skirts around her traditional friends, and claim to live a good life, but as soon as she’s home, she cranks the heavy metal music, puts shorts on, and becomes a completely different person. This double world is a danger to a lot of people, because they only want to be Catholic when it feels nice, then put away their religion in a box for the rest of the time.

But can culture co-exist with religion? Can we actually live one life that is Catholic through and through? Of course! We mustn’t think being Catholic is a burden that no one should know about, rather it should uplift everything in our lives. Without religion in our culture, we will never really be satisfied. It is in our soul to desire the infinite good, the unending love, the unlimited happiness of God. But how are we ever to be satisfied if we seek this in limited worldly pleasures? We must learn to stand up and be proud of our Faith - it’s the only way to be really happy.

You see, our modern western world has made us pitifully soft. The world tells us to conform to what everyone else is doing, and not put up any opposition when it comes to other people’s lives. Unfortunately for them, this is exactly what Catholicism is, putting up opposition to the world. And why would you want to lower yourself down to someone of the world anyway? Why would you want to never be happy, never be satisfied, and never find the immeasurable love that you’re searching for?

Therefore, let us try not to live double lives, but conform every moment to our Faith. Let every step of our spiritual journey be followed with every step of our culture. Our culture shouldn’t separate our hearts and make us hypocrites, rather it should help lead us to Paradise. And never forget, that just because we are Catholic, it doesn’t mean our lives have to be boring. In fact, we as Catholics should have the most amazing, adventurous lives out of everyone in the world. 

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Forgotten Consolation

In these times of darkness in the world, there is often need of consolation. One thing that God takes pleasure in especially is comforting us on our journey to Paradise, but there are some consolations right in front of us that we can sometimes forget.

All through Our Lord’s life, He used the natural to prove the supernatural. For example, when the cripple was brought to Jesus, and Jesus told Him his sins were forgiven, the Pharisees said He was blaspheming. And in order to show them that He had forgiven the cripple’s sins, He proved Himself with something the human eyes could see, a visible miracle. He healed the man and told him to walk home. All were astonished and realized that God uses natural means to tell us something.

And so it is with consolation. God often wants to tell us things through natural means. He doesn’t need to use extraordinary means to speak to us, all we have to do is open our eyes and ask for the gift of divine wisdom. Divine wisdom gives us the ability to see all things through the eyes of God. For example, instead of indifferently passing by a flower in our friend’s garden, we can look at the flower and realize that for all eternity God knew He would create this one beautiful flower not just to give Him glory, but for you to appreciate and enjoy.

Everything around us can be a source of consolation, including people, whether they are our friends or people that test our patience. All we have to do is see Our Lord in them, and it will be much easier to practice acts of charity towards them. Our Lord even told us to do this when He said, “I was hungry, and you gave me to eat, etc.” God wants us to think this way, He wants us to realize that He is always with us, and is always willing to help and console us.

So let us see the world through the eyes of God and never forget that no matter what situation we are in, the loving eyes of our Creator are gazing down at us.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Do you believe in evolution? Watch this!

Though this is a Protestant program, this man proves how evolution is false in incredible ways!

Friday, 24 October 2014

Down Syndrome - All People Can Live Beautiful lives

Why do people abort their children with Down Syndrome? They can beautiful lives just like us!

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Modesty – A Misunderstood Virtue

Often in young Catholic circles, modesty is sometimes misunderstood and looked upon as being a virtue filled with unnecessary severity and harshness. From the outside teens think modesty is just an outdated rule that forces you to wear skirts for no reason at all. They think it is an empty principle, and that it should only be followed when in the company of traditional Catholics. But in fact, this virtue is filled with beauty and merit.

Modesty does not conceal beauty, but reveals it - The virtue of modesty isn’t meant to conceal a person’s beauty, but conceal her in a way that reveals her beauty all the more. When someone chooses to dress in short-shorts and a tank top, they are telling the world that they have no dignity, and that they don’t care that they’ve lowered themselves to nothing but an object. But when one dresses with modesty, they are telling others that they recognize themselves as children of God and have respect for themselves. Following immodest trends lowers a person’s dignity, while modesty uplifts it.

Modesty doesn’t mean ugly – Often when people try to buy modest clothing, they think they are obliged to buy big, out of style clothing. But on the contrary there are many things one can wear that are both modest and fashionable. It is actually an act of charity to one’s neighbour when one dresses beautifully. All it takes is a little creativity, and buying modestly is easy.

But it isn’t just about clothes!! – Modesty certainly doesn’t stop at clothing. Some Catholics think modesty consists of measuring skirts and nothing more. But modesty has an inseparable connection with purity. Not only must we be modest in dress, but in words, thoughts, and actions. It is hardly helpful if we dress well but talk in an impure manner. We must be modest also in our souls and understand that in following this virtue, we uplift who we are and tell the world that we are not on their level of poor standards.

So please, my dear reader, understand that this beautiful virtue is not to suppress, but to uplift and dignify. We mustn’t condemn people if their skirt isn’t exactly 6 inches below the knee, or look down harshly on souls, but rather shun the immodest fashions of the world, and enlighten and encourage people to take the wonderful path of modesty.

I'd also like to ask my readers to pray for a very good priest that inspired this article, Father Webber. Thank you all, and God bless!

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Please Pray for Me on My Birthday!

Today I must ask you all to spare a prayer for me on my 18th birthday! This year especially will be eventful, since I will be entering the convent, and I need all the help I can get. Thank you so much, and God bless!

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

It's Far Too Empty Here...

The worldly man often gets caught up in the world and forgets the reality of the supernatural. We make our home here on earth and occupy our minds with any thought but God. But I must warn you, it’s far too empty here for us.

Our hearts desire that which is lasting, that’s how they were made. They weren’t made to live off of short pleasures and worldly amusements alone. If we set our hearts on these things, we will truly be disappointed in the end. So don’t give your hearts to the world, it seeks something else.

St. Augustine tells us that our hearts are empty until they rest in the Lord. Don’t bind yourself to worldly objects, but the everlasting God. Food perishes, money is spent, friendships are forgotten, our lives die! But God does not die. So detach yourself from the world and give your heart to God.

And don’t think God will let your heart down. After all, He created all these earthly pleasures we seek for tirelessly. They are but reflections of Him. So ask Him to show you who He really is, for He is the only one that can satisfy you.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Reparation for an Outrage

As many of you may have heard, today at 7pm, a black mass is to be held in Oklahoma City. If you don't know what a black mass is, it's basically a "mass" where someone calls on Satan and uses different horrible methods to desecrate a host. Because many of these methods are illegal at a public event, they've changed some things, but the fact that this public outrage has been allowed to happen is a disgrace. This event not only calls down God's wrath upon the United States, but the whole world.

I ask you then to offer up prayers of love and reparation to our heavenly Father. Make many Spiritual Communions, inviting Our Lord into your soul to comfort Him. The event will cause more evil than we could imagine... we must do something about it.

Prayers of Reparation:

Act of Reparation for Blasphemies Uttered Against the Holy Name

O Jesus, my Savior and Redeemer, Son of the living God, behold, we kneel before Thee and offer Thee our reparation; we would make amends for all the blasphemies uttered against Thy holy name, for all the injuries done to Thee in the Blessed Sacrament, for all the irreverence shown toward Thine immaculate Virgin Mother, for all the calumnies and slanders spoken against Thy spouse, the holy Catholic and Roman Church. O Jesus, who has said: "If you ask the Father anything in My name, He will give it to you," we pray and beseech Thee for all our brethren who are in danger of sin; shield them from every temptation to fall away from the true faith; save those who are even now standing on the brink of the abyss; to all of them give light and knowledge of the truth, courage and strength for the conflict with evil, perseverance in faith and active charity! For this do we pray, most merciful Jesus, in Thy name, unto God the Father, with whom Thou livest and reignest in the unity of the Holy Ghost world without end. Amen.
Prayers taught by the Angel at Fatima
My God, I believe, I adore, I hope, and I love You. I ask pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope, and do not  love You.

Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore You profoundly, and I offer You the Most Precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences by which He is offended. And by the infinite merits of His most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg the conversion of poor sinners.

The Golden Arrow Prayer
May the most holy, most sacred, most adorable,
most incomprehensible and unutterable Name of God
be always praised, blessed, loved, adored
and glorified in Heaven, on earth,
and under the earth,
by all the creatures of God,
and by the Sacred Heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ,
in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
The Divine Praises 
Blessed be God.
Blessed be His Holy Name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true Man.
Blessed be the Name of Jesus.
Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart.
Blessed be His Most Precious Blood.
Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.
Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most Holy.
Blessed be her Holy and Immaculate Conception.
Blessed be her Glorious Assumption.
Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother.
Blessed be St. Joseph, her most chaste spouse.
Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints. Amen.

Short Prayers of Reparation 

We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee; because by Thy holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world. 

May the Holy Trinity be blessed. 

May the Most Blessed Sacrament be praised and adored forever. 

My Jesus, mercy! 

Eternal Father, I offer thee the wounds of Our Lord Jesus Christ to heal the wounds of our souls.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

I'm back!

I’m back from my trip to Australia and have finally had time to write another article. All your prayers helped make my visit a very fruitful one, and I’m happy to tell you that I will be entering the Dominican Order there in January. I learned a lot of things from my trip, especially concerning the religious life, and I wanted to share them with you.

It isn’t difficult to discern – Many people have the idea that discerning what you should do in life is an extremely difficult and painful process. They think in order to figure out what God wants them to do, they have to go on multiple retreats, visit multiple religious communities, and wait a very long to for God’s will to be manifested. But it’s so much easier than that! St. Ignatius tells us that if you find a good religious community and they think you are a good fit for the order, then enter. Don’t think for years about it, just do it! The Devil likes to make things seem overly confusing in order to make us lose our peace of soul. But please, don’t let him do that. If your discerning your vocation, ask the opinion of others, try out a religious community first to see if it’s right for you, and if not, don’t worry. Soon enough God will manifest His will for you. Discernment isn’t painful, it’s an adventure. “ ‘Make haste, I beseech you,’ exclaims St. Jerome, ‘and rather cut than loosen the rope by which your bark is bound fast to the land,’ for even a day’s delay deprives a person of invaluable merit, which he would acquire in religion,” says Father Doyle.

The Immense Beauty of the Religious Life – One thing that struck me during the first few days at the convent was how incredible the life is. There’s no more worrying, no fear, only peace and joy. “What a glorious kingdom of the  Holy Ghost is the religious state!” writes Father Meschler, S.J. “It is like an island of peace and calm in the middle of the fleeting, changing, restless flood of this earthly life.  It is like a garden planted by God and blessed with the fat of the land and the dew of heavenly consolation.  It is like a lofty mountain where the last echoes of this world are still, and the first sounds of the blessed eternity are heard.  What peace, what happiness, purity and holiness has it shed over the face of the earth.” I hear people say that they’ve thought of entering religion, but they think the married life is better and more beautiful. But in fact, the religious life is a more perfect, and more beautiful way of life. The life of a religious is solely centred on the salvation of one’s soul, the salvation of other souls, and the hope of heaven. And in order to accomplish these three things, the religious lives a life of perfection and grace. What could be more beautiful than that?

Attachment to the World – You also hear people saying they could never give up their possessions, or give up their family forever. But Our Lord has an answer for you. He tells us that if you give up your possessions and your family for the kingdom of God (which you will have to do anyway at the end of your life), you will receive a hundred-fold and eternal life! In other words, any pleasure, any person, really anything you give up for God will be given back a hundred times over. St. Alphonsus also gives us advice on this points. St. Alphonsus says that the hardest trial of all his life was when he told his father he was leaving the world.“Dear father, I see that you suffer for my sake. However, I must declare that I no longer belong to this world: God has called me, and I am determined to follow His voice.” For three hours the father clasped him in his arms weeping and repeating, “My son, do not leave me! Oh, my son, my son! I do not deserve this treatment.”  If he had listened to this pathetic appeal the Church would have lost one of her grandest saints; fortunately he remembered the words of Him Who could call Himself “the kindest and gentlest of men”: “Do not think that I came to send peace upon earth: I came not to send peace but the sword. For I came to separate the son from the father, and the daughter from the mother; … he that loveth father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me.” Father Doyle also says, “Though it meant a big sacrifice, even a serious loss, no right-minded father would dream for a moment of forbidding a marriage which would bring to his child joy and good fortune; why then interfere with that holy alliance, made in heaven, which means far greater happiness?Detachment might seem like a scary thing at the moment, but God will give you the grace to separate yourself and be completely His.

Paradise! – And just think of this, if you enter the religious life, God will be able to give enough merit not only for you to be very high in heaven, but your whole family and many souls! And while He is doing great works because of your sacrifice, you enjoy on earth a kind of earthly Paradise. “An earthly Paradise,” says St. Mary Magdalen of Pazzi; and St. Scholastica, “If men knew the peace which religious enjoy in retirement, the entire world would become one great convent.” Our world at the moment is tearing at the seams and we need people to give their lives for others. Now is the perfect time to enter the religious life, what will you choose?

So I ask for your prayers again now and at the time I enter the Dominican Order, and I ask you to advise those discerning their vocation to try the religious life. For “many are called but few are chosen.” God bless!