Wednesday, October 15, 2014

St Teresa of Avila!

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Happy feast day of St Teresa of Avila! The patron saint of dearest St Therese of the Child Jesus and Holy Face, therefore my patron too!!! : D 

I love St Teresa of Avila's poems! From the very little I know of her poems, they are extremely rich, even though I only know them from the English translation and not in their original Spanish. They tell us of her beautiful spirituality. 

Quoting from the Foreword taken from St Therese of Lisieux's Autobiography, Story of a Soul: 

“In fact this reading moves the hearts of men, inclines their wills, amends their lives, kindles charity and produces other salutary results which absolutely transcend human power, and can find no adequate explanation except in the action of Divine Grace itself.”3”

Excerpt From: Saint Therese of Lisieux. “The Story of a Soul.”

“3. The proclamation of the heroic Virtue of Sister Thérèse of the Child Jesus by the Congregation of Rites, 14th August, 1921.”

Deo gratias et Mariae et Teresa of Avila for the beautiful poems! 

Let me share with you a short but beautiful poem by St Teresa of Avila "On Those Words: "Dilectus Meus Mihi":

Myself surrendered and given, The exchange is this:My Beloved is for me, And  I am for my Beloved. 
When the Gentle hunterWounded and subdued me,In love's arms,My soul fallen;New life receiving,Thus did I exchangeMy Beloved is for me,And I am for my Beloved. 
The arrow he drewFull of love,My soul was onesWith her Creator. Other love I want not,Surrendered now to my God,That my Beloved is for me,And I am for my Beloved. 

- St Teresa of Avila, taken from "The Collected Works of St. Teresa of Avila, Volume Three"

Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Anne, Therese, I love You; Save Souls!

Deus propitius esto mihi peccatori.

Jesu mitis et humilis corde, Fac cor nostrum secundum Cor tuum. (ter)

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Monday, October 06, 2014

Marking Music

Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Anne, Therese, I love You; Save Souls!

Jesu mitis et humilis corde, Fac cor nostrum secundum Cor tuum (ter).

Deus propitius esto mihi peccatori.

+ J.M.J.A.T
I posted several videos on the Rachmaninov piece in 2010. 

This is posted here for my reference, and yours, if you wish to listen to it.

I think that these pieces have been executed very brilliantly. 

Deo gratias et Mariae.

Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43

Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 in E Flat Major Op. 73 "Emperor"

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Thursday, October 02, 2014


From infancy to death human life is surrounded by their (the angels) watchful care and intercession. Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life. Already here on earth the Christian life shares by faith in the blessed company of angels and men united to God.~from the Catechism of the Catholic Church; 336.

When tempted, invoke your Angel. He is more eager to help you than you are to be helped! Ignore the devil and do not be afraid of him: he trembles and flees at the sight of your guardian angel. - St. John Bosco

Make yourself familiar with the Angels, and behold them frequently in spirit. without being seen, they are present with you. - St. Francis de Sales

I bind to myself today the power in the love of the Seraphim, in the obedience of the Angels, in the ministration of the Archangels, in the hope of Resurrection unto reward, in the prayers of the Patriarchs, in the predictions of the Prophets, in the preaching of the Apostles, in the faith of the Confessors, in the purity of the holy Virgins, in the deeds of Righteous men. - St. Patrick of Ireland

For, as it is written in the book of the Prophets: And the angel that spoke in me, said to me... He does not say spoke to me but in me. - St. Augustine

An angel can illume the thought and mind of man by strengthening the power of vision, and by bringing within his reach some truth which the angel himself contemplates. - St. Thomas Aquinas

A Poem that St Therese wrote to her Holy Guardian Angel

O glorious guardian of my frame!
In heaven's high courts thou shinest bright,
As some most pure and holy flame,
Before the Lord of endless light.
Yet for my sake thou com'st to earth, 
To be my brother, Angel dear:
My friend and keeper from my birth,
By day and night to me most near.
Knowing how weak a child am I,
By thy strong hand thou guidest me;
The stones that in my pathway lie,
  I see thee move them carefully. 
Ever thy heavenly tones invite
My soul to look to God alone;
And ever grows thy face more bright,
  When I more meek and kind have grown.
O thou who speedest through all space
More swiftly than the lightnings fly! 
Go very often, in my place,
To those I love most tenderly.
With thy soft touch, oh! dry their tears;
Tell them the cross is sweet to bear; 
Speak my name softly in their ears,
And Jesu's name, supremely fair.
Through all my life, though brief it be,
I fain would succor souls from sin. 
Dear Angel, sent from heaven to me,
Kindle thy zeal my heart within!
Naught but my holy poverty,
And daily cross to give have I; 
O join them to thine ecstasy,
And offer them to God on high.
Thine are heaven's glory and delight,
The riches of the King of kings; 
The Host in our ciboriums bright
Is mine, and all the wealth pain brings. 
So with the Cross, and with the Host,
And with thine aid, dear Angel Friend,
I wait in peace, on time's dark coast,
Heaven's happiness that knows no end.
                                                                                                       February, 1897

Deus propitius esto mihi peccatori.

Jesu mitis et humilis corde, Fac cor nostrum secundum Cor tuum. (ter)

Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Anne, Therese, I love You; Save Souls! 

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