Friday, February 5, 2016


Praying for Pope Pius XII at Castel Gandolfo shortly before his death.
 Rome, 1958, Photo by Mark Kauffman

"Blessed are the meek, for they shall possess the land" (Matt. v. 4).  It is exhibited notably in the Church, which is always oppressed and always victorious;  which does not take the sword of the flesh for her defense, and therefore cannot perish by the sword; and which finds that the blood of her martyrs is the seed of abounding harvests. 

Quiet effort united with prayer is the most efficient and lasting force.

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