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Quote/s of the Day – 3 August- Peter and Peter

Quote/s of the Day – 3 August – Friday of the Seventeenth week in Ordinary Time, Year C and the Memorial of St Peter Faber SJ (1506-1546) and St Peter Julian Eymard SSS (1811-1868) “Apostle of the Eucharist”

“Seek grace for the smallest things,
and you will find grace to accomplish,
to believe in,
and to hope for,
the greatest things.
Attend to the smallest things,
examine them,
think about putting them into effect,
and the Lord will grant you greater.”

St Peter Faber (1506-1546)seek grace in the smallest things - st peter faber.jpg

“Eucharistic adoration is the greatest of actions.
To adore is to share the life of Mary on earth
when she adored the Word Incarnate in her virginal womb,
when she adored Him in the Crib,
on Calvary,
in the divine Eucharist.”eucharistic-adoration-is-the-greatest-of-actions-st-peter-julian-eymard-2-aug-2017 and 2 aug 2019.jpg

“Eucharistic Adoration
is the greatest
act of holiness on earth.”

St Peter Julian Eymard (1811-1868)eucharistic adoration is the greatest st peter julian eymard 2 aug 2019.jpg

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Memorials of the Saints – 2 August

St Eusebius of Vercelli (c 283-371) Bishop (Optional Memorial)
St Peter Julian Eymard SSS (1811-1868) – “Apostle of the Eucharist”
Biography:
https://anastpaul.com/2017/08/02/saint-of-the-day-2-august-st-peter-julian-eymard-sss-apostle-of-the-eucharist/

Our Lady of the Angels
St Auspicius of Apt
St Betharius of Chartres
St Centolla of Burgos
St Etheldritha of Croyland
Bl Frederic Campisani
Bl Giustino Maria Russolillo
Bl Gundekar of Eichstätt
Bl Joanna of Aza
Bl John of Rieti
St Maximus of Padua
St Pedro de Osma

St Peter Faber SJ (1506-1546) the “Second Jesuit”
Biography:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/08/02/saint-of-the-day-2-august-st-peter-faber-s-j-1506-1546-the-second-jesuit/

St Plegmund
St Rutilius
St Serenus of Marseille
St Sidwell
St Pope Stephen I

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
Bl Fernando Olmedo Reguera
Bl Miguel Amaro Rodríguez

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Quote/s of the Day – 5 November – Feast of All Saints and Blesseds of the Society of Jesus

Quote/s of the Day – 5 November – Feast of All Saints and Blesseds of the Jesuits

“If our church is not marked by caring for the poor,
the oppressed, the hungry, we are guilty of heresy.”if-our-church-st-iggy-31-july-2018

“Be generous to the poor orphans and those in need.
The man to whom our Lord has been liberal
ought not to be stingy.
We shall one day find in Heaven as much rest and joy
as we ourselves have dispensed in this life.”

St Ignatius Loyola SJ (1491-1556)be-generous-to-the-poor-orphans-31-july-2018

“Take care, take care, never to close your heart to anyone!”

St Peter Faber (1506-1546)take-care-take-care-never-to-close-your-heart-to-anyone-st-peetr-faber - 2 aug 2018

“To do the will of God,
man must despise his own –
the more he dies to himself,
the more he will live to God.”

St Peter Claver SJ (1581-1654)to do the will of god - st peter claver - 5 nov 2018 all jesuit saints

“God gave Himself to you:
give yourself to God.”

St Robert Southwell SJ (1561-1595)god gave himself - st robert southwell - 21 feb 2018

“Any friend of the poor, is a friend of God.”any-friend-of-the-poor-is-a-friend-of-god-bl-john-sullivan-19-feb-2018

“Take life in instalments.
This one day now.
At least let this be a good day.
Be always beginning.”

Blessed John Sullivan SJ (1861-1933)take-life-in-instalments-bl-john-sullivan-19-feb-2018

“I hold that every poor man,
every vagrant, every beggar,
is Christ carrying His cross.
And as Christ, we must love and help him.”i hold that every poor man - st alberto hurtado - 5 nov 2018 - all jesuit saints and blesseds

“Christ roams through our streets
in the person of so many
of the suffering poor, sick and dispossessed
and people thrown out of their miserable slums.
Christ huddled under bridges,
in the person of so many children
who lack someone to call father,
who have been deprived for many years,
without a mother’s kiss on their foreheads…
Christ is without a home!
Shouldn’t we want to give Him one,
those of us who have the joy of a comfortable home,
plenty of good food,
the means to educate
and assure the future of our children?”

St Alberto Hurtado SJ (1901-1952)christ roams through our streets - st alberto hurtado - 5 nov 2018 all jesuit saints.jpg

” To serve Christ is to love this concrete Church
and to serve her with generosity
and with the spirit of obedience.”to-serve-christ-is-to-love-this-concrete-church-pope-francis-31-july-2018

“Ask for the grace of shame;
the shame that comes from the constant dialogue of mercy with Him;
the shame that makes us blush before Jesus Christ;
the shame that puts us in tune with the heart of Christ who is made sin for me;
the shame that harmonises our heart in tears and accompanies us in the daily following of “my Lord”.

Pope Francis SJ – 31 July 2013 on the Feast of St Ignatiusask-for-the-grace-of-shame-pope-francis-31-july-2018

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Thought for the Day – 2 August – The Memorial of St Peter Faber (1506-1546)

Thought for the Day – 2 August – The Memorial of St Peter Faber (1506-1546)

The Mass for the Feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, the titular feast day for the Society of Jesus, was offered on 3 January 2014, by Pope Francis in the Gesu Church in Rome.   Today the Church reminds us “to let the centre of … [our] heart be occupied by Christ.”   Gathering for prayer was an opportunity for the Holy Father to gather with his religious community in Rome to give God thanks for the many blessings received, and to give thanks for the new Jesuit saint Peter Faber (Pierre Favre).

In his homily Francis said: (excerpt)

“The heart of Christ is the heart of a God who, out of love, “emptied” himself.   Every one of us Jesuits who follow Jesus should be willing to empty himself.   We are called to this abasement: to be of the “emptied.”   To be men that do not live centred on themselves because the centre of the Society is Christ and his Church.   And God is the Deus semper maior, the God who always surprises us.   And if the God of surprises is not at the centre, the Society becomes disoriented.   Because of this, to be a Jesuit means to be a person of incomplete thought, of open thought: because one always thinks looking at the horizon which is the ever greater glory of God, who ceaselessly surprises us.   And this is the restlessness of our void, this holy and beautiful restlessness!

This is the restlessness that Peter Faber had, man of great desires, another Daniel.   Faber was a “modest, sensible man of profound interior life and gifted with the gift of close relations of friendship with persons of all sorts” (Benedict XVI, Address to Jesuits, April 22, 2006).   However, he was also a restless, uncertain and never satisfied spirit.   Under the guidance of Saint Ignatius he learned to unite his restless but also gentle — I would say exquisite –, sensibility with the capacity to take decisions.   He was a man of great desires; he took charge of his desires, he acknowledged them.   In fact for Faber, it was precisely when difficult things were proposed that his true spirit was manifested which moved him to action (cf. Memoriale, 301).   Authentic faith always implies a profound desire to change the world.   Here is the question we should ask ourselves: do we also have great visions and dash?   Are we also daring?   Does our dream fly high? Does zeal devour us (cf. Psalm 69:10)?   Or are we mediocre and content with our laboratory apostolic programs?   Let us remember always:   the strength of the Church does not lie in herself and in her organisational capacity but is hidden in the profound waters of God.   And these waters agitate our desires and desires enlarge the heart.   It is what Saint Augustine says:   pray to desire and desire to enlarge the heart. In fact it was in his desires that Faber could discern God’s voice.   Without desires one goes nowhere and it is because of this that we must offer our desires to the Lord.   

Faber had the real and profound desire to “be dilated in God”:   he was completely centred on God and because of this, he could go, in the spirit of obedience, often also on foot, everywhere in Europe to speak to all with gentleness and to proclaim the Gospel.  As Saint Peter Favre wrote, “We never seek in this life a name that is not connected with that of Jesus” (Memoriale, 205).   And we pray to Our Lady to be messengers with her Son.”…Pope Francis, 3 January 2014

Holy Mother, Pray for us!holy mary mother of god - pray for us - 13 may 2018

St Peter Faber, Pray for us!st peter faber pray for us - no 2 - 2 aug 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 2 August – The Memorial of Sts Peter Faber (1506-1546) and Peter Julian Eymard (1811-1868)

Quote/s of the Day – 2 August – The Memorial of Sts Peter Faber (1506-1546)

and Peter Julian Eymard (1811-1868)

“Take care, take care, never to close your heart to anyone!”Take care take care never to close your heart to anyone - st peetr faber

“Seek grace for the smallest things,
and you will find grace to accomplish,
to believe in,
and to hope for,
the greatest things.
Attend to the smallest things,
examine them,
think about putting them into effect,
and the Lord will grant you greater.”seek grace for the smallest things - st peter faber - 2 aug 2018

“To find God in the works,
compared to finding Him in prayer,
is often like the actual execution,
compared to the mere desire.”

St Peter Faber (1506-1546)to find god in the works - st peter faber - 2 aug 2018

“Eucharistic adoration is the greatest of actions.
To adore is to share the life of Mary on earth
when she adored the Word Incarnate in her virginal womb,
when she adored Him in the Crib,
on Calvary,
in the divine Eucharist.”eucharistic-adoration-is-the-greatest-of-actions-st-peter-julian-eymard-2 aug 2017

“When we work hard, we must eat well.
What a joy, that you can receive Holy Communion often!
It’s our life and support in this life – receive Communion often
and Jesus will change you into Himself.”

St Peter Julian Eymard (1506-1546)when-we-work-hard-we-must-eat-well-st-peter-julian-eymard-2 aug 2017

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One Minute Reflection – 2 August – The Memorial of St Peter Faber S.J. (1506-1546)

One Minute Reflection – 2 August – The Memorial of St Peter Faber S.J. (1506-1546)

‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard and your almsgiving remembered before God.’...Acts 10:31

REFLECTION – “I then noted that by seeking God in good works through the spirit, one will more readily find Him afterwards in prayer than if one had sought Him first in prayer so as to find Him subsequently in good works, as is often done.   For he who seeks and finds the spirit of Christ in good works makes much more solid progress than the person whose activity is limited to prayer alone.”…St Peter Fabercornelius your prayer has been heard and your acts 10 - 31 - I the noted - st peter faber - 2 aug 2018

PRAYER – Lord God, light of the faithful and shepherd of souls, who gave blessed Peter to Your Church, to feed Your flock by his teaching and form them by his example, grant that by his intercession, we may keep the faith which he taught and follow in the way he walked.   We make our prayer through Christ our Lord, in union with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.st peter faber pray for us - 2 aug 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 2 August – The Memorial of St Peter Faber S.J. (1506-1546)

Our Morning Offering – 2 August – The Memorial of St Peter Faber S.J. (1506-1546)

I Beg of You, My Lord
By St Peter Faber (1506-1546)

I beg of You, my Lord,
to remove anything which separates
me from You
and You from me.
Remove anything
that makes me unworthy
of Your sight,
Your control,
Your reprehension;
of Your speech and conversation,
of Your benevolence and love.
Cast from me every evil
that stands in the way of my seeing You,
hearing, tasting, savouring and touching You,
fearing and being mindful of You,
knowing, trusting, loving and possessing You;
being conscious of Your presence
and, as far as may be,
enjoying You.
This is what I ask for myself
and earnestly desire from You.
Ameni beg of you my lord - st peter faber - 2 august 2018

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Saint of the Day – 2 August – St Peter Faber S.J. (1506-1546) the “Second Jesuit”

St Peter Faber S.J. (1506-1546) the “Second Jesuit”, was the first Jesuit priest and theologian, who was also a co-founder of the Society of Jesus.   Born on 13 April 1506, in Villaret, Duchy of Savoy, Holy Roman Empire and died on 1 August 1546 (aged 40)
Rome, Papal States. Patronage – The Spiritual Excercises and co-patron of the Jesuits.st peter faber headerFaber was born in 1506 to a peasant family in the village of Villaret, in the Duchy of Savoy (now Saint-Jean-de-Sixt in the French Department of Haute-Savoie).   As a boy, he was a shepherd in the high pastures of the French Alps.   He had little education but a remarkable memory; he could hear a sermon in the morning and then repeat it verbatim in the afternoon for his friends.   Two of his uncles were Carthusian priors.   At first, he was entrusted to the care of a priest at Thônes and later to a school in the neighbouring village of La Roche-sur-Foron.st peter faber - young - my edit

 

In 1525, Faber went to Paris to pursue his studies.   He was admitted to the Collège Sainte-Barbe, the oldest school in the University of Paris, where he shared his lodgings with St Francis Xavier SJ (1506-1552).   There Faber’s spiritual views began to develop, influenced by a combination of popular devotion, Christian humanism and late medieval scholasticism.   Faber and Xavier became close friends and both received the degree of Master of Arts on the same day in 1530.   At the university, Faber also met Ignatius of Loyola and became one of his associates.   He tutored Loyola in the philosophy of Aristotle, while Loyola tutored Faber in spiritual matters.   Faber wrote of Loyola’s counsel:  “He gave me an understanding of my conscience and of the temptations and scruples I had had for so long without either understanding them or seeing the way by which I would be able to obtain peace…”   Xavier, Faber and Loyola all became roommates at the University of Paris and are all recognised by the Jesuits as co-founders of the Society of Jesus.st peter faber - lg

Faber was the first among the small circle of men who formed the Society of Jesus to be ordained.   Having become a priest on 30 May 1534, he received the religious vows of Ignatius and his five companions at Montmartre on 15 August.peter_faber3

After graduation, Loyola returned to Spain for a period of convalescence, after instructing his companions to meet in Venice and charging Faber with conducting them there.   After Loyola himself, Faber was the one whom Xavier and his companions esteemed the most.   Leaving Paris on 15 November 1536, Faber and his companions rejoined Loyola at Venice in January 1537.   When war between Venice and the Turks prevented them from evangelising the Holy Land as they planned, they decided to form the community that became the Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuit Order.   The group then travelled to Rome where they put themselves at the disposal of Pope Paul III. After Faber spent some months preaching and teaching, the Pope sent him to Parma and Piacenza, where he brought about a revival of Christian piety.

Recalled to Rome in 1540, Faber was sent to Germany to uphold the position of the Catholic Church at the Diet of Worms and then at the Diet of Ratisbon in 1541.   Another Catholic theologian Johann Cochlaeus reported that Faber avoided theological debate and emphasised personal reformation, calling him “a master of the life of the affections”.   Faber was startled by the unrest that the Protestant movement had stirred up in Germany and by the decadence he found in the Catholic hierarchy.   He decided that the remedy did not lie in discussions with the Protestants but in the reform of the Roman Catholic, especially of the clergy.   For ten months, at Speyer, at Ratisbon and at Mainz, he conducted himself with gentleness with all those with whom he dealt.   He influenced princes, prelates and priests who opened themselves to him and amazed people by the effectiveness of his outreach.   Faber possessed the gift of friendship to a remarkable degree.   He was famous not for his preaching, but for his engaging conversations and his guidance of souls.   He crisscrossed Europe on foot, guiding bishops, priests, nobles and common people alike in the Spiritual Exercises.7061_Petrus-Faber_1000-e1460375034950

As a lone Jesuit often on the move, Faber never felt alone because he walked in a world whose denizens included saints and angels.   He would ask the saint of the day and all the saints “to obtain for us not only virtues and salvation for our spirits but in particular whatever can strengthen, heal and preserve the body and each of its parts”.   His guardian angel, above all, became his chief ally.   He sought support from the saints and angels both for his personal sanctification and in his evangelisation of communities.   Whenever he entered a new town or region, Faber implored the aid of the particular angels and saints associated with that place.   Through the intercession of his allies, Faber could enter even a potentially hostile region assured of a spiritual army at his side.   As he desired to bring each person he met to a closer relationship through spiritual friendship and conversation, he would invoke the intercession of the person’s guardian angel.

San Pedro Fabro sj

Called to Spain by Loyola, he visited Barcelona, Zaragoza, Medinaceli, Madrid and Toledo.   In January 1542, the pope ordered him to Germany again.  For the next nineteen months, Faber worked for the reform of Speyer, Mainz and Cologne.   The Archbishop of Cologne, Hermann of Wied, favored Lutheranism, which he later publicly embraced. Faber gradually gained the confidence of the clergy and recruited many young men to the Jesuits, among them Peter Canisius.   After spending some months at Leuven in 1543, where he implanted the seeds of numerous vocations among the young, he returned to Cologne.   Between 1544 and 1546, Faber continued his work in Portugal and Spain.  Through his influence while at the royal court of Lisbon, Faber was instrumental in establishing the Society of Jesus in Portugal.   There and in Spain, he was a fervent and effective preacher.   He was called to preach in the principal cities of Spain, where he aroused fervour among the local populations and fostered vocations to the clergy. Among them there was Francis Borgia, another significant future Jesuit.   King John III of Portugal wanted Faber made Patriarch of Ethiopia.   Simon Rodrigues (1510-1579), founder of the Jesuit province in Portugal, wrote that Faber was “endowed with charming grace in dealing with people, which up to now I must confess I have not seen in anyone else.   Somehow he entered into friendship in such a way, bit by bit coming to influence others in such a manner, that his very way of living and gracious conversation powerfully drew to the love of God, all those with whom he dealt.”   He then worked in several Spanish cities, including Valladolid, Salamanca, Toledo, Galapagar, Alcalá and Madrid.

In 1546 Faber was appointed by Pope Paul III to act as a peritus (expert) on behalf of the Holy See at the Council of Trent.   Faber, at age 40, was exhausted by his incessant efforts and his unceasing journeys, always made on foot.   In April 1546 he left Spain to attend the Council and reached Rome, weakened by fever, on 17 July 1546.   He died in the arms of Loyola, on 1 August 1546.   Faber’s body was initially buried at the Church of Our Lady of the Way, which served as a centre for the Jesuit community.   When that church was demolished to allow for the construction of the Church of the Gesù, his remains and those of others among the first Jesuits were exhumed. His are now in the crypt near the entrance to the Gesù.   Church of Gesus, St Ignatius Altar, Nave, Chapel of Madonna della Strada and Triumph of the Name of Jesus – by Giovanni Battista Gaulli.

 

Those who had known Faber in life already invoked him as a saint.   Saint Francis de Sales (1567-1622), whose character recalled that of Faber’s, never spoke of him except as a saint.   He is remembered for his travels through Europe promoting Catholic renewal and his great skill in directing the Spiritual Exercises.   Faber was beatified on 5 September 1872.      Faber was honoured as part of the 2006 Jesuit Jubilee Year which celebrated the 500th anniversary of the birth of Francis Xavier, the 500th anniversary of the birth of Peter Faber and the 450th anniversary of the death of Ignatius Loyola.

Pope Francis, on his own 77th birthday, 17 December 2013, announced Faber’s Canonisation.   He used a process known as equipollent canonisation that dispenses with the standard judicial procedures and ceremonies in the case of someone long venerated. Faber is regarded as one of Pope Francis’ favourite saints.   A few weeks earlier, Francis had praised Faber’s “dialogue with all, even the most remote and even with his opponents; his simple piety, a certain naïveté perhaps, his being available straightaway, his careful interior discernment, the fact that he was a man capable of great and strong decisions but also capable of being so gentle and loving.”    Pope Francis also gave thanks for Faber’s Canonisation when he celebrated Mass on 3 January 2014, at the Church of the Gesù.st peter faber-st peter fabre - beautiful

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Thought for the Day – 1 August – The Feast of St Peter Faber S.J.

Thought for the Day – 1 August – The Feast of St Peter Faber S.J.

Annuncio vobis gaudium magnum! On 13 November 2013 Pope Francis announced the canonisation of Pierre Favre, SJ, aka Peter Faber (1506-46).   For many Catholics the response was probably, “Who?”

For most Jesuits, though, the response was probably, “Finally!”   For Pierre Favre has been a Blessed since…1872. Francis has announced this as an “equivalent canonization,” as Pope Benedict XVI had done with the canonization of St Hildegard of Bingen.   In these cases the devotion to the saint is already well established.

In the Pope’s recent interview in America, he singled out for praise the man often called the “Second Jesuit.”   The Pope was asked the reason for his devotion to this “First Companion” of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus. “[Pierre Favre’s] dialogue with all,” said the pope, “even the most remote and even with his opponents;  his simple piety, a certain naïveté perhaps, his being available straightaway, his careful interior discernment, the fact that he was a man capable of great and strong decisions but also capable of being so gentle and loving.”   Favre spent a great deal of his Jesuit life working with Protestants during the explosive time of the Reformation; and, as the pope intimated, he always did so with great openness and charity–during a time when they were called “heretics.”

One of my favorite quotes from Pierre–no, my favorite–is: “Take care, take care, never to close your heart to anyone.”

Favre was said by St. Ignatius to be the man best suited to direct others in the Spiritual Exercises–quite an accolade from the author of the Exercises.   But, surprisingly, Favre’s story is not nearly as well known as those of his two famous college roommates, Ignatius Loyola and Francis Xavier.   (When I once asked an elderly Jesuit why Favre was still a Blessed and not a saint, he said,  “Even in heaven he is humble! He doesn’t want to place himself on par with Ignatius and Xavier.”)   Many Jesuits are devoted to this humble spiritual master: the new Jesuit residence at Boston College for men in formation is named after him–though they may have to sandblast the “Blessed” on the stone sign in front of the house.   But he still languishes in relative obscurity.   Or will for another month.   Indeed, that so many writers can’t even agree on a standard way of referring to the man–you will see, variously, the original French “Pierre Favre,” the somewhat modified Anglo-French “Peter Favre,” and the totally Anglicized “Peter Faber”–is an indication of the lack of attention given him.   That of course changes with the canonisation.

For Favre, a man troubled all his life by a “scrupulous” conscience, that is, an excessive self-criticism, Ignatius was a literal godsend. “He gave me an understanding of my conscience,” wrote Favre.   Ultimately, Ignatius led Peter through the Spiritual Exercises, something that dramatically altered Favre’s worldview.

This happened despite some very different backgrounds.   And here is one area where Ignatius and his friends highlight an insight on relationships: friends need not be cut from the same cloth.   The friend with whom you the least in common may be the most helpful for your personal growth.   Ignatius and Peter had, until they met, led radically different lives.   Peter came to Paris at age 19 after what his biographer called his “humble birth,” having spent his youth in the fields as a shepherd.   Imbued with a simple piety toward Mary, the saints, relics, processions, and shrines and also angels, Peter clung to the simple faith of his childhood.   Ignatius, on the other hand, had spent many years as a courtier and some of them as a soldier, undergone a dramatic conversion, subjected himself to extreme penances, wandered to Rome and the Holy Land in pursuit of his goal of following God’s will.

One friend had seen little of the world; the other much.   One had always found religion a source of solace;  the other had proceeded to God along a tortuous path.

Ultimately, Ignatius helped Peter to arrive at some important decisions through the freedom offered in the Spiritual Exercises.   Peter’s indecision before this moment sounds refreshingly modern, much like the frustrating indecision of any college student today.   He wrote about it in his journals:

“Before that–I mean before having settled on the course of my life through the help given to me by God through Inigo–I was always very unsure of myself and blown about by many winds:  sometimes wishing to be married, sometimes a doctor, sometimes a lawyer, sometimes a professor of theology, sometimes a cleric without a degree–at times wishing me to be a monk.”

In time, Peter decided to join Ignatius on his new path, whose ultimate destination was still unclear.   Peter, sometimes called the “Second Jesuit,” was enthusiastic about the risky venture from the start.  “In the end,” he writes, “we became one in desire and will and one in a firm resolve to take up the life we lead today….”   His friend changed his life.   Later, Ignatius would say that Favre was the most skilled of all the Jesuits in giving the Spiritual Exercises.   From The Jesuit Guide to Almost Everything.

So dear humble St Peter, we ask of you to pray that we too may become humble in the service of our Lord. Please pray for us!

st peter faber pray for us

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Quote/s of the Day – 1 August – Memorials of St Alphonsus Liquori of St Peter Faber S.J.

Quote/s of the Day – 1 August – Memorials of St Alphonsus Liquori and of St Peter Faber S.J.

“Know also that you will probably gain more
by praying fifteen minutes
before the Blessed Sacrament
than by all the other spiritual exercises of the day.
True, Our Lord hears our prayers anywhere,
for He has made the promise, ‘Ask, and you shall receive,’
but He has revealed to His servants,
that those who visit Him in the Blessed Sacrament
will obtain a more abundant measure of grace.”

know also that you will probably gain more - st alphonsus

“Your God is ever beside you –
indeed, He is even within you.”

ST ALPHONSUS QUOTE

“St Augustine and St Thomas
define mortal sin
to be a turning away from God:
that is, the turning of one’s back upon God,
leaving the Creator for the sake of the creature.
What punishment would that subject deserve who,
while his king was giving him a command,
contemptuously turned his back upon him to go
and transgress his orders?
This is what the sinner does;
and this is punished in hell with the pain of loss,
that is, the loss of God,
a punishment richly deserved by him
who in this life turns his back upon his sovereign good.”

st augustine and st thomas define mortal sin - st alphonsus

“Let us thank God
for having called us to His holy faith.
It is a great gift
and the number of those,
who thank God for it is small.”

St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787) Doctor of the Church

let us thank god for having called us - st alphonsus

“Seek grace in the smallest things
and you will find also grace,
to accomplish,
to believe in
and to hope for
the greatest things.”

St Peter Faber S.J.

seek grace in the smallest things - st peter faber