Overcoming Perfectionism and Finding Peace

JMJ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. “He willed to create great souls comparable to lilies and roses, but He has created smaller ones and these must be content to be daisies or violets destined to give joy to God’s glances when He looks down at His feet.” – St. Therese of Lisieux Fear of striving towards holiness because of the past we have lived – being discouraged by the thoughts and judgment of others as we grow in holiness. These are feelings all too commonly expressed to me by other souls God has called to join His Church later in life. In fact, these are concerns your humble author struggles with daily in her perpetual striving to grow in holiness and develop a closer relationship with Our Lord. In a fashion different than many previous letters I have written for this website I am going to speak rather plainly and frankly. God has not filled my soul with any poetics this week, and I believe this is because He wills for this message to be concise and straightforward. However, it is through simplicity of writing that a topic such as this ought to be addressed as it seeks to reach out to those perhaps unfamiliar with the flowery and poetic style all too common in spiritual writings. May God let my words reach those who are struggling the most in their efforts to grow closer to Him. Indeed, may …

Learning to Listen When God is Speaking

JMJ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen My Lord how often we selfishly waste the precious little time we ungrateful and faithless creatures allocate to prayer – time which we miserable beings often in our daily lives so longingly wish to have more of to give; that time which we all too often claim to be unable to find; and yet, my God, how readily we can find time to devote to ourselves. How quick we are to spend the hours with which You have so lovingly blessed us selfishly bustling about concerned with wordly affairs and busying ourselves with tedious tasks so we can afford to indulge our lowest and most depraved of passions fruitlessly. We spend our time as if it were our own and not, instead, the truly precious gift rightly belonging to You alone and merely bestowed to us so we may come to love You more, our most precious and Adorable Jesus. In prayer, a sacred time when we are to set aside our worthless endeavors to be with You – time when we ought to be listening intently for the faintest whisperings of the Holy Spirit – we insignificant yet prideful and sniveling creatures find ourselves speaking so loudly about those concerns we ought to have set aside that we would be unable to hear even the most deafening of cries calling us to You. We, Your faithful and loyal subjects, who desire so …

Daily Livestream of Liturgy of the Hours Starting 1 April 2019

I have been giving this a lot of thought over the past few months, and I’ve finally decided to go ahead and move forward with this project. I was originally going to hold off until I felt prepared to offer the ’62 Divine Office; however, I’ve noticed quite a few people on social media struggling to take up private Liturgical prayer. I have therefore decided, in an effort to help more people benefit from this wonderful “school of prayer” as Father calls it, to daily live stream the ‘cornerstone’ prayers of the Liturgy of the Hours – Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer. Disclaimer: I am just a layperson. Therefore, I may make mistakes or otherwise incorrectly perform the Office from time to time. However, I will do my best to ensure this is kept to a minimum. Please do not consider what I do to be ‘the way’ of doing it. While I do my best to adhere to the General Instruction if a Priest or other Religious has taught you to recite the Office in a way different than how I do it please follow their instructions instead of mine. Our Lord does not look so much at the greatness of our actions, or even at their difficulty, as at the love with which we do them St. Thérèse de Lisieux While it is certainly more beneficial to offer these prayers in community with others physically present with you not everyone is blessed with an opportunity to do so. …

The Importance of Avoiding Venial Sin

JMJ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. Oh, my sweet Jesus please help me as I compose this letter today writing about the small temptations and venial sins that are the ruin of little souls. Those deplorable sins that in their seeming insignificance slip past our minds. Those venial sins which we have, in our wretchedness, fallen into the habit of committing which such frequency that they have become no longer only temptation but routine to our weak and foolish minds. Those sins which cause You, Our Blessed Lord, so much pain on our behalf due to the ease and willingness by which we commit them. We who so often consider not that every sin which we commit pains Your most Sacred and Blessed Heart. How quickly, my God, we offend you. How much we too hurt our souls when we hurt You. When a member of the body aches, it is the head which genuinely experiences the pain. My God if we could be freed, I beg You my Lord through the intercession of Your Blessed Mother Mary ever Virgin – the Immaculate Conception – if we could – by Your Grace – be but freed from all these small temptations how easily would avoidance of more grievous temptations and sins be for we little slaves of Yours. It is these seemingly insignificant sins – actions which in our having committed them so often no longer seem to us …

Little Souls and the Spirit of Poverty

JMJ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. My Lord, allow me please I beg you, to say a few little words, even if only of the smallest value, on this most beneficial and holy of topics. A soul as small and wretched as mine will most certainly struggle to say anything of use on such an important topic and therefore, my Lord I pray, You inspire anyone who reads this to seek out priests, bishops, and religious who are far more learned than I am regarding such a profound and divine subject. I am but a humble faithless soul who struggles herself daily against the temptations of this world, and therefore it is with a nervous hand that I seek to write on such a lofty topic. Guide my pen, I beg You my Heavenly Spouse, for without Your inspiration there is but nothing of value which a soul as wretched and vile as mine could ever hope to say upon this subject of spiritual poverty. For we Your servants sojourning here upon this earth the blessing of the love of holy poverty is of extreme benefit. May we gain, by Your grace, a true spirit of poverty – a poverty which is not one which oppresses your servants, although that poverty as well has its value to those who You have chosen to suffer material poverty for their spiritual benefit, but one which liberates we little souls from the …