Expedition Guides

St. Joseph

When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him.

St. Raphael

"I have been there many times. I know the place well and I know all the routes."

St. Francis

"All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle."

St. Benedict

"I was mute and was humbled and kept silence even from good things."

St. John Bosco

"Be brave and try to detach your heart from worldly things."

St. Catherine

MORNING SCRIPTURE & PRAYERS saints1_olet

'I am the light of the world; anyone who follows me will not be walking in the dark; he will have the light of life.' -- John 8:12

'As long as the day lasts I must carry out the work of the one who sent me; the night will soon be here when no one can work. As long as I am in the world I am the light of the world.'
-- John 9:4-5

God, You caused St. Catherine to shine with Divine love in the contemplation of the Lord's Passion and in the service of Your Church. By her help, grant Your people, associated in the mystery of Christ, may ever exult in the revelation of His glory. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Catherine, God our Father enkindled the flame of holy love in your heart as you meditated on the Passion of Jesus His Son. Moved by His grace, you devoted your life to the poor and the sick, as well as to the peace and unity of the Church. Through your intercession, may we also come to know the love of Jesus, bring His compassion to all, and work for the unity of His Church. We ask this in Jesus' Name and for His sake. Amen.

AFTERNOON MEDITATIONS & PRAYER"Dearest son in Christ sweet Jesus: I Catherine, servant and slave of the servants of Jesus Christ, write to you in His precious Blood: with desire to see you free from every particle of self-love, so that you may not lose the light and knowledge which come from seeing the unspeakable love which God has for you. And because it is light which makes us know this, and false love is what takes light from us, therefore I have very great desire to see it quenched in you. Oh, how dangerous this self-love is to our salvation! It deprives the soul of grace, for it takes from it the love of God and of its neighbour, which makes us live in grace. It deprives us of light, as we said, because it darkens the eye of the mind, and when the light is taken away we walk in darkness, and do not know what we need."

"What do we need to know? The great goodness of God, and His unspeakable love toward us; the perverse law which always fights against the Spirit, and our own wretchedness. In this knowledge the soul begins to render His due to God; that is, glory and praise to His Name, loving Him above everything, and the neighbour as one's self, with eager desire for virtue; and the soul bestows hate and displeasure on itself, hating in itself vice, and its own sensuousness, which is the cause of every vice. The soul wins all virtue and grace in the knowledge of itself, abiding therein with light, as was said. Where shall the soul find the wealth of contrition for its sins, and the abundance of God's mercy? In this House of Self- Knowledge."
-- St. Catherine of Siena (1347 - 1379), Excerpt from her Letters

Almighty and everlasting God, look upon the Heart of Your well-beloved Son and upon the acts of praise and satisfaction which He renders unto You in the name of sinners; and in Your great goodness, grant pardon to them who seek Your mercy, In the name of Your only Son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You, world without end. Amen.

EVENING meditation & PRAYERS

"Dearest daughter in Christ sweet Jesus: I Catherine, servant and slave of the servants of Jesus Christ, write to you in His precious Blood: with desire to see you persevere in holy desire, so that you may never look back. For otherwise you would not receive your reward, and would transgress the word of the Saviour, which says that we are not to turn back to look at the furrow. Be persevering, then, and contemplate not what is done, but what you have to do. And what have we to do? To turn our affections constantly back toward God, despising the world with all its joys, and loving virtue, bearing with true patience what the divine goodness permits us; considering that whatever He gives is given for our good that we may be sanctified in Him. We shall find in the Blood that the truth is thus. So we ought to fill our memory with this glorious Blood, which shows us so sweet a truth, that we may never be without the recollection of it. Thus I want you to do, dearest daughters: that in this life you shall persevere until death, and at the close of your life shall receive the Eternal Vision of God. I say no more here.."
-- St. Catherine of Siena (1347 - 1379), Excerpt from her Letters

O Catherine, heroic lover of the Heart of Jesus, look today upon my poor soul, with the heart that Jesus bestowed on you. Here is mine; take it; I submit it to you, that you may give it to Jesus. Take pity on its weaknesses, its attachment to creatures, its coldness towards your heavenly Spouse. Let fall upon it a spark from that furnace of love which consumed your life, from that love, strong as death, which grows amid obstacles and feeds upon immolation. May I love Jesus with ardor, tenderness, especially with generosity, vigor and might. Let my love be translated in action, devotion, sacrifice. Let it not stop at sentiment, but may it produce virtues, strong, energetic virtues like yours. Amen.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be. Amen.

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