Please fast and pray every Thursday for the renewal of the Catholic Church in America. Please note: The Cybersociety will fast on Fridays beginning January 2013, in accordance with ancient custom.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Winter Dreams


"Love of God is not something that can be taught. We did not learn from someone else how to rejoice in light or want to live, or to love our parents or guardians. It is the same--perhaps even more so--with our love for God. It does not come by another's teaching. As soon as the living creature [that is, man] comes to be, a power of reason is implanted in us like a seed, containing within it the ability and the need to love." -- St. Basil the Great

Friday, January 12, 2018

Ordinary (Winter) Time


"I cannot be contented to view this wonderful universe, and especially the nature of man, and to conclude that everything is the result of brute force. I am inclined to look at everything as resulting from designed laws, with the details, whether good or bad, left to the working out of what we may call chance. I feel most deeply that the whole subject is too profound for the human intellect." -- Charles Darwin

Friday, December 22, 2017

Christmas


Are you not mine who art the whole world's lover?
Can I not find you in all winds that blow,
In the wild loneliness of lark and plover,
In slender shadow trees upon the snow?

--Sister M. Madeleva (1887-1964)

Friday, December 8, 2017

Advent


Trample my courts no more!
Your new moons and festivals I detest,
they weigh me down....
Make justice your aim....
Cease doing evil, learn to do good....
Though your sins be as scarlet,
they may become white as snow.
---Isaiah, Chapter 1

Friday, April 28, 2017

Psalm 11


"For what is our great stay and consolation amid the perturbations of this world? The truth and justice of God. The righteous Lord loveth righteousness; His countenance doth behold the upright (Psalm 11:7). Accordingly, when we witness the inequalities of the present world, we comfort ourselves by reflecting that they will be put right in another. St. Paul tells us that he that cometh to God, must believe that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6)."
--Blessed John Henry Newman.



Friday, December 23, 2016

Psalm 10

Why do you stand afar off, O Lord? Why do you hide in times of trouble?  (Psalm 10:1)

"Never forget the sweet presence of God, as do the majority of people. Talk to God as often as you can....Don't be afraid that you will offend God if you sometimes complain and say: Why do you stand afar off, O Lord? Why do you hide in times of trouble? Lord, it is you who must save me. I am ready to suffer, if that is your good pleasure, but you, for your part, must help me."
--St. Alphonsus de Liguori, A Way of Conversing Continually with God, 1753.



Friday, December 9, 2016

Psalm 9

"For thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee." (Psalm 9:10)

"However often I call upon you, you are near, for to call upon you is to turn to you....You, O Lord, are my journey's companion. Wherever I turn, you are there. Nor do you forsake me in a time of tribulation." --Nicholas of Cusa (1401-1464), On the Vision of God.