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Without prayer, a man will not persevere long in spirituality; we must have recourse to this most powerful means of salvation every day…. We must never trust ourselves, for it is the devil’s way first to get us to feel secure, and then to make us fall!… Our sweet Christ, the Word Incarnate, has given himself to us for everything that was necessary for us, even to the hard and ignominious death upon the cross…. We need to pray for the grace to love Jesus not out of fear but out of love.

– St. Philip Neri

Saint Philip Neri († 1595) was an Italian priest and the founder of the Oratory.  Excerpt from If God Be With Us: The Maxims of St. Philip Neri, Father F.W. Faber, Ed.



Cast yourself into the arms of God and be very sure that if he wants anything of you, He will fit you for the work and give you strength.

– St. Philip Neri



Mary, Our Blessed Mother, pray for us.

Be not afraid!  And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always.  Holy Family pray for us.  Amen.

The Holy Family, Murillo
The Heavenly and Earthly Trinities (c. 1675-82) by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617 – 1682)

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