The saints, friends of God and our friends, traveled this earthly journey before us and are ever ready to help us on our path to heaven.
Meménto homo, + quia pulvis es, et in púlverim revertéris.
Remember, man, + that thou art dust, and unto dust thou shalt return.
A MEMBER of the "24 Club", St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows is a special inspiration to the young, students, clerics, and novices whose patron he is. In his short life, he rose heroically from an average, even worldly, life to one of great perfection, as is exhibited by the resolutions which guided his brief religious life.
"How poor a life in which there is not thirst. Craving and longing, and the restlessness which goes with them are a sort of consolation in themselves, and a hint of likeness with Him; and it is craving and longing, more than anything else, which makes the difference between one's good and bad days." - from Notes of a Meditation by Mother Janet Stuart
"Agatha went to prison radiant with joy and with head held high as though
invited to a festive banquet. And she commended her agony to the Lord in prayer."
February has been traditionally associated with both devotion to the Holy Family and with devotion to the Passion of our Lord.
Our vowed life is a life lived in imitation of Christ's life. Fr. Louis Colin writes about religious life, "Devised by the sovereign Wisdom, from all eternity, proposed by the Master to His disciples, it is one of the exquisite fruits of the Redemption: a vigorous and immortal offshoot growing at the very foot of the Tree of the Cross, watered and nourished by the Blood of Jesus."
Hail Mary, Mother of God, Virgin Mother, Morning Star, Vessel of Honor.
"O Root of Jesse...O Radix Jesse, qui stas in signum populorum...who standest for an ensign for the people..." Antiphon for Solemn Vespers at the Cathedral
St. Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor
"Omnia Christus est nobis! If you have a wound to heal, He is the doctor; if you are parched by fever, He is the spring; if you are oppressed by injustice, He is justice; if you are in need of help, He is strength; if you fear death, He is life; if you desire Heaven, He is the way; if you are in the darkness, He is light.... Taste and see how good is the Lord: blessed is the man who hopes in Him!"