Monday, April 23, 2018

Who does not Have Mary for His Mother, does not Have God for His Father: Saint Louis Marie de Montfort


Our condition of children of Mary is by express will of Jesus, who wanted His Church not to be orphaned, but to have a Mother to love, invoke and imitate, this means we necessarily need to turn to her.

Represented by Saint John at the foot of the Cross, Christ left us as a testament: "Behold your Mother".

The way to reach Christ is through Mary, those who flee from her will not find peace": Saint Bonaventure

Saint Louis Marie de Montfort teaches us on A Treatise on the True Devotion to Mary, p. 284):
“Just as in natural and bodily generation there is a father and a mother, so in the supernatural and spiritual generation there is a father who is God and a mother who is Mary.”
“All true children of God have God for their father and Mary for their mother; anyone who does not have Mary for his mother, does not have God for his father. This is why the reprobate, such as heretics and schismatics, who hate, despise or ignore the Blessed Virgin, do not have God for their father though they arrogantly claim they have, because they do not have Mary for their mother. Indeed if they had her for their mother they would love and honour her as good and true children naturally love and honour the mother who gave them life.”
“An infallible and unmistakable sign by which we can distinguish a heretic, a man of false doctrine, an enemy of God, from one of God's true friends is that the heretic and the hardened sinner show nothing but contempt and indifference for our Lady. He endeavours by word and example, openly or insidiously - sometimes under specious pretexts - to belittle the love and veneration shown to her. God the Father has not told Mary to dwell in them because they are, alas, other Esaus.”

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Pride is Lucifer’s Most Favorite Sin



Pride is the sin of Lucifer. Pride clouds reason and understanding. When someone feels their pride hurt, they react like a wounded animal, losing all capacity for judgment.

To seek the truth despite our wounded pride is a virtue that only very few attain. Only by asking it to God is it achieved. It is a quality almost impossible to find today. It is only for the chosen who have asked for it.

Pride blinds many and loses them. It is the most difficult sin to overcome. It leads many souls to eternal damnation. The devil uses the proud to attack what he most detests.

That was the sin of Luther and many others like him.

We should pray and ask God daily that even when someone hurts our ego, we do not become blind so we can seek the truth and remain in it forever. The problem is that we tend to give more importance to our own opinion because it is more comfortable for us. And pride anchors us in it.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Soul and the Body, by Sr. Clotilde García Espejel, E.D.


In modern-day life, we see that the body gets a lot of attention and care.

We use the life we have to care for the body in all its internal and external functions: daily exercise, deep breathing, fear of disease and death. We could expose an endless list of actions, both for men and for women, that abound in the care and repair of the body.

The strange thing is that, at the same time, the body is poisoned with alcohol, drugs, sleepless nights, and pleasures that wear down its health and, although it is a true contradiction: "I take care of my body and, at the same time, I hurt it". But with these vices and excesses I stain my soul, I weaken it ... However, it is well known that everything is intended for the pleasure of the senses and the cult of the body.

Now, I ask: What is done for the health of the Soul? Do you even know that you have a soul? You forgot it already?

The truth is that, since we ignore it, we have forgotten about it and lost the light of its existence.

God creates a soul for each body, and the soul vivifies, gives spirit to that body. Without the soul, the body would not have life. Thanks to the soul, man can think, know, choose, love... and yet we have forgotten the motor of our life and, I ask: "What is the soul?".

The soul is a substance created by God, whose qualities are: simplicity, spirituality, freedom and immortality. And it needs the body to know what exists and happens on the outside, and as a spiritual laboratory, it transforms and elevates in its interior what is transmitted to it. And, later, it expresses it to the outside, in multiple manifestations.

But the soul needs its food. And, what is the food of the soul? The knowledge of God, the study of good works, attendance at Holy Mass, prayer. But at its core foundation, the Sanctifying Grace through the Sacraments. Even the knowledge of truth through philosophy, science and true art. Much must be given to the soul and this will be for the benefit of the whole human being.

Man or woman: move your body, with the life that the soul transmits to you, and reach the confessional; confess your sins and, thus anointed your soul by the grace, you will feel the new life, the life of God, which is the supernatural life, which can lead human beings to unsuspected heights that satisfy, something that cannot be provided by matter, nor the pleasure of the senses.

The soul and the body are two different substances, but together they make the substantial union, forming a single rational and volitional being.

Take care harmoniously of your body and your soul: "My soul for the body and my body for the soul", making them a single identity, giving only glory to God and therefore achieving happiness; since for this we are born.

Sr. Clotilde García Espejel, E.D.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Disposition to Pray when We Want to Obtain any Grace – Saint Thomas à Kempis

Not every desire is from the Holy Spirit, even though it may seem right and good. It is difficult to be certain whether it is a good spirit or a bad one that prompts one to this or that, and even to know whether you are being moved by your own spirit.

Many who seemed at first to be led by a good spirit have been deceived in the end. Whatever the mind sees as good, ask and desire in fear of God and humility of heart. Above all, commit the whole matter to Him with true resignation, and say: