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, August 29, 2014

August 29--Passion of Saint John the Baptist

"Come and see"--John 1:39
... for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and kept him in custody.When he heard him, he was much perplexed--

 and yet he liked to listen to him. (Mark 6:19-20)

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Queenship of Mary

"So it was that she began to taste the fruits of her future reign while still in the flesh. At one moment she would withdraw to God in ecstasy; at the next she would bend down to her neighbors with indescribable love."--St. Amadeus, Bishop of Lausanne, Abbot (d. 1159)

My soul magnifies the Lord...(Luke 1:46)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Vitam praesta puram,
iter para tutum,
ut videntes Jesum
semper collaetemur.

Bestow a pure life,
Prepare a safe way,
That seeing Jesus,
We may ever rejoice with you.

("Ave Maris Stella," Marian hymn, 7th (?) century)

Friday, August 8, 2014

August Days

You have taught me from my  youth, and to this day I declare your wondrous works. 

Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, do not forsake me.

Let my mouth be filled with Your praise and with Your glory all the day. (Psalm 71:8, 17-18)

Friday, August 1, 2014


     Ah, my dear angry Lord,

              Since Thou dost love, yet strike;

                        Cast down, yet help afford;

                                       Sure I will do the like.

     I will complain, yet praise;

                  I will bewail, approve;

                  And all my sour-sweet days,

                                      I will lament and love.

--George Herbert, "Bitter-Sweet," 1633