01.02.14 ~ Memorial of Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen, Bishops and Doctors of the Church


1 Jn 2:28

… little children, dwell in him, so that when he appears we may greet him confidently, instead of being ashamed at his presence.

In Conversation with God:

In ordinary life, calling a person by his Christian name indicates familiarity. How decisively it marks a stage, even in casual friendship, when two people begin, without effort and without embarrassment, to call one another by their Christian names! And when we fall in love, and all our experience takes on a sharper edge and little things mean so much to us, there is one Christian name in the world which casts a spell over eye or ear when we see it written on the page of a book, or overhear it mentioned in a conversation; we are thrilled by the mere encounter with it. And it was with this sense of personal romance that people like St. Bernard invested in the holy name of Jesus…

If the winds of temptation rise against you, if you strike against the reefs of temptation… If you are tossed by the waves of pride, of ambition, or of envy… If anger, greed or impurity throw themselves violently against the barque of your soul… If you are troubled by the memory of your sins, confounded at the ugliness of your conscience, fearful at the thought of judgment, and you start sinking in the bottomless pit of sadness or in the abyss of despair… In danger, in affliction, in doubts, think of Mary, call on Mary… do not depart from the example of her virtue. You will not go wrong if you follow her…

If the whole Church is in debt to the Virgin Mary, since it was through her that she received Christ, in the same way she owes to St. Joseph a special gratitude and reverence…


… in my life, be lifted high, in our love, be lifted high, in my love, be lifted high…


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