"The supreme perfection of man in this life is to be so united to God that all his soul with all its faculties and powers are so gathered into the Lord God that he becomes one spirit with him, and remembers nothing except God, is aware of and recognises nothing but God, but with all his desires unified by the joy of love, he rests contentedly in the enjoyment of his Maker alone."

St Albert the Great

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"The name of Jesus, pronounced with reverence and affection, has a kind of power to soften the heart. "

St Philip Neri

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"Men should often renew their good resolutions, and not lose heart because they are tempted against them."

St Philip Neri

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FROM THE "PENNY CATECHISM"

     

Grace and Prayer

135.

Will Faith alone save us?

 

Faith alone will not save us without good works; we must also have Hope and Charity.

 
136. What is Hope?

 

Hope is a supernatural gift of God, by which we firmly trust that God will give us eternal life and all means necessary to obtain it, if we do what he requires of us.

 
  137. Why must we hope in God?
 
 

We must hope in God because he is infinitely good, infinitely powerful, and faithful to his promises.

 
  138. Can we do any good work of ourselves towards our salvation?
 
 

We can do no good work of ourselves towards our salvation; we need the help of God's grace.

 
139. What is Grace?
 

Grace is a supernatural gift of God, freely bestowed upon us for our sanctification and salvation.

 
140. How must we obtain God's grace?
 

We must obtain God's grace chiefly by prayer and the holy Sacraments.

 
141. What is prayer?
 

Prayer is the raising up of the mind and heart to God.

 
142. How do we raise up our mind and heart to God?
 

We raise up our mind and heart to God by thinking of God; by adoring, praising, and thanking him; and by begging of him all blessings for soul and body.

 
143. Do those pray well who, at their prayers, think neither of God nor of what they say?
 

Those who, at their prayers, think neither of God nor of what they say, do not pray well; but they offend God, if their distractions are wilful.