I would like to share with you another project I put together for my 7 year old. A printing practice book using the Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism. Feel free to print and use this project for your own family if you would like. You can find the file on our download page under handwriting.
Come Apart In A Desert Place and Rest Awhile
Mark: vi .31
Apart into a desert place
My God Thou leadest me;
And here I ask one only grace:
O Lord, that I may see!
Nature and earth soft vapors raise,
That dim my inward sight,
Oh, scatter that deceitful haze,
And let me see aright!
It may be pain, it may be shame
Deep anguish it may be;
Yet, shall my prayer be still the same,
O Lord, that I may see!
Show me Thy law, whose precepts wise
My every step should guide;
Then let me view with clearest eyes
My practice side by side.
Show me my duties, one by one,
Unshrinking let me see
What was omitted, and what was done
For other end than Thee.
Show me myself without disguise,
As clearly, I entreat,
As when Death’s hand shall open my eyes
Before Thy Judgement Seat!
But, dearest Lord, my weakness pleads
Let not Thy light stop there,
The vision of my own misdeeds
Were else too hard to bear;
Show me Thyself, Thy tender Heart
In all its love display,
One ray of heavenly light impart,
To chase earth’s gloom away;
The truths of the faith, the joys of Love,
And virtues solid bliss,
The glories of the world above,
The hollowness of this;
The sweetness of Thy service, Lord,
The honor and the joy,
Oh, how can anything be hard
In such a proud employ!
All this, and many a lesson more
Make clear and plain to me;
Oh, I entreat Thee oer’ and oe’r,
My God that I may see!
~ Little Treasury of Leaflets - Father Lasance book
Lift Up Your Hearts, Imprimatur 1926
To be firm in faith is not to be easily shaken and turned aside from what it teaches. Many
Catholics live in what may be called an un-Catholic atmosphere. What they hear said around them and what they read are things fitted to make them forget the teachings of their faith, or worse still to make them distrustful of their true Mother the Church. Thus the practice of their faith grows weak, though in theory they remain Catholics. When they judge of things or come to a decision in regard to acting this way or that, it does not occur to them that the Catholic faith should be their guide.
Now, Faith is God's great gift to man, on which depending and by which acting man may rise above the things that are and may lay hold of the things that are to be, in the better world.
It is the "substance of things to be hoped for and the evidence of things that appear not."
This does not mean that reason's work is useless, but rather that divine faith is neither its outcome nor its conclusion. Reason examines the evidence upon which a revelation is guaranteed as coming from God and when that is found to be sufficient, the understanding aided by a good will accepts the doctrine revealed, however impenetrable to the glance of reason, solely on the authority of God revealing it. [Such as the article of Faith which must be believed: One-Holy-Catholic-Apostolic]
Thus faith is a submission, an obedience, a captivity. Thus, also, we find our Blessed Lord demanding the simplicity of "little children" from those whom He invited to enter His Kingdom. It is true He gave proofs of His Mission, of His Divinity, but whenever proposed His doctrine as a matter of discussion: He taught like a master, "like one having authority," and demanded obedience.
When, therefore, we pray for firmness of faith we pray for the subduing of pride, of wilfulness, of prejudice, and for an increase of childlike simplicity and trustfulness — in order that God's revelation may shine with full clearness upon the mind and hold the
understanding and will in firm adhesion to its truth.
Messenger of the Sacred Heart ~ February 1891
The Victims of Sensuality
EVERY man has two lives: one of the senses, to eat, drink, play and enjoy, and with this he begins as a child; the other of reason, to understand his duty in life and to live up to it, uprightly and honorably, facing difficulties and keeping at peace with God and man, and, since reason is Christian, to lead the life of faith, which is that of the Saints. Some men remain children always in their love of the life of the senses; and as this is against reason, they become unreasonable, and as it is against the law of God, which faith teaches, they become filled with sensual sins. All their thoughts go out to gratifying their appetites.
There is a grave reason why sins of sensuality are become more frequent in our day. It is easy to travel and see all sides of life; and the newspapers bring to everyone's door the knowledge and frequent thought of sins that St. Paul says are not even to be named among Christians. Then comfort is now considered a necessity, and luxuries are easily obtained, while Christian mortification is little thought of. The pride and independence of life, to which men are trained from their youth up, prepare the soul for gross sins. For only the humble fear of God is the beginning and lesson and root of wisdom, even all wisdom itself.
Yet the heart of the sensual man is still open to God's grace, and grace is given to prayer. Sensuality, it is true, hardens, but the soul wearies of its slavery; and the thought of death, when the senses shall rot away in corruption, gives a loathing for the unreasonable and un-Christian life of sin. That these thoughts, and the grace of purity given by God, may have their due effect among the poor victims of sensuality. If any of you want wisdom, let him ask of God Who giveth to all men abundantly? Blessed are the clean of heart, for they shall see God?
Messenger of the Sacred Heart ~ In the year of Our Lord 1891
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