“Let us always guard our tongue; not that it should always be silent, but that it should speak at the proper time.” St. John Chrysostom
“Only those who do not fight are never wounded.” St. John Chrysostom
“The love of husband and wife is the force that welds society together. Men will take up arms and even sacrifice their lives for the sake of this love. Because when harmony prevails, the children are raised well, the household is kept in order, and neighbors, friends and relatives praise the result. Great benefits, both for families and states, are thus produced. When it is otherwise however, everything is thrown into confusion and turned upside down.” St. John Chrysostom
If there are difficulties in marriage, I recommend a devotion and prayer to Our Lady Undoer of Knots!
Pope Francis’ Prayer to Mary Undoer of Knots
Holy Mary, full of God’s presence during the day of your life, you accepted with full humility the Father’s will, and the devil was never capable of tying you up with his confusion.Once with your Son you interceded for our difficulties, and full of kindness and patience, you gave us example of how to untie the knots in our life. By remaining forever Our Mother, you put in order and make more clear the ties that link us to the Lord.Holy Mother, Mother of God and our Mother, to you who untie with a motherly heart the knots of our life, we pray to you to receive in your hands (the name of the person), and to free him/her of the knots and confusion with which our enemy attacks.Through your grace, your intercession and your example deliver us from all evil, Our Lady, and untie the knots that prevent us from being united with God, so that we, free from sin and error, may find Him in all things, may have our hearts placed in Him, and may serve Him always in our brothers and sisters. Amen.
“It is here, my daughters, that love is to be found – not hidden away in corners but in the midst of occasions of sin. And believe me, although we may more often fail and commit small lapses, our gain will be incomparably the greater.” St. Teresa of Avila
God’s merciful love is always flowing abundantly in the Sacrament of Reconciliation…take advantage of this tremendous gift!!
“Yet, taught by time, my heart has learned to glow for other’s good, and melt at other’s woe.” Homer
“In times of aridity when I am incapable of praying, of practicing virtue, I seek little opportunities, mere trifles, to give pleasure to Jesus; for instance a smile, a pleasant word when inclined to be silent and to show weariness. If I find no opportunities, I at least tell Him again and again that I love Him; that is not difficult and it keeps alive the fire in my heart. Even though this fire of love might seem extinct I would still throw little straws upon the embers and I am certain it would rekindle.” St. Therese of Lisieux
“People themselves alter so much, that there is something new to be observed in them forever.” (Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice)
“Solitude sometimes is best society.” (Paradise Lost by John Milton)
“If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.”