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"The first thing that must strike a non-Christian about a Christian's faith is that it is all too daring. It is too beautiful to be true: The mystery of being, unveiled as absolute love, coming down to wash the feet and the souls of its creatures; a love that assumes the whole burden of our guilt and hate, that accepts the accusations that shower down.. all the scorn and contempt that nails down his incomprehensible movement of self-abasement -- all this absolute love accepts in order to excuse his creature before himself......"
(Hans Urs von Balthsar)
Great is the
Lord and highly to be praised!
Welcome! This site, a 'labor of love,' begun Aug. 18, 1996, is dedicated to all those who have lavished love on me, family and friends (the best in the world!), living and deceased: and to Him whose Heart is the font of all love, the Heart of the world:
To Him be glory forever!
For those who prefer the more "meandering" original Welcome Page (Aug 1996-June 2000), you can still use it as it does offer more materials than this newer version. The original Welcome Page is kept updated -- for the most part.
This Catholic Page for Lovers is an attempt to offer a site on the Internet for prayer and reflection, and for warming hearts...and for the increase of joy and gratitude for the great gift of faith.
"The mercies of the Lord are never exhausted; the mercies of the Lord are never spent; but they are *new* each morning. Great is Thy faithfulness!" (Lam 3:22)
I hope your visit will refresh your own heart and renew faith, hope, and love! And I hope you'll revisit since, God willing, I hope to keep this site ever expanding and updated, and this Catholic Page for Lovers contains several "webs within webs" -- e.g. The New Liturgical Movement, The Bridegroom Pages. I may be an unrealistic "romantic" -- but I really hope you will visit this site with a measure of stillness and quietness of heart (yes, even on the net!).
This site is perhaps a bit like a garden with many nooks and crannies--and you can browse and pluck a flower or two from the great abundance of our magnificent tradition.
I think of the wonderful prayer of Dame Gertrude More (original spelling kept):
"O lett me sitt alone, silent to all the world and it to me, that I may learn the song of love."
"Be still! And know that I am God!" (Ps 46:10)
And how grateful I would be if you would, while prayerfully visiting this site (and "sitting alone" at your computer), say a prayer for me. I commit myself, as well, to pray for all those who visit this site!
"Cor ad cor loquitur." Heart speaks to heart.
"My child, give me thy heart." (Prov 23:29)
On these pages I have attempted as well to "wed" text to image--believing as I do that works of art are "not only aesthetic representations, but genuine sources of theology." (Pere Marie Dominique Chenu, OP, quoted by Pope John Paul II in "The Way of Beauty"). This website attempts to proclaim "the beauty of holiness and the holiness of beauty".....
"The only really effective apologia for Christianity comes down to two arguments, namely, the saints the Church has produced, and the art which has grown in her womb. Better witness is borne to the Lord by the splendor of holiness and art which have arisen in the community of believers than by the clever excuses which apologetics has come up with to justify the dark sides which, sadly, are so frequent in the Church's human history. If the Church is to continue to transform and humanize the world, how can she dispense with beauty in her liturgies, that beauty which is so closely linked with love and with the radiance of the Resurrection? No. Christians must not be too easily satisfied. They must make their Church into a place where beauty--and hence truth--is at home. Without this the world will become the first circle of Hell."
(Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger)
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Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit--now and forever and unto ages of ages. Amen! Glory to the Ever-Greater Triune Love of God, One God in Three Divine Persons, the Mystery of the Most Blessed Trinity! Glory to Jesus Christ, the Heart of the world!
Let us pray!
Father of mercies and God of all consolation, You gave us the loving Heart of your own beloved Son, because of the boundless love by which You have loved us, which no tongue can describe. May we render You a love that is perfect with hearts made one with His. Grant, we pray, that our hearts may be brought to perfect unity: each heart with the other and all hearts with the Heart of Jesus....and may the rightful yearnings of our hearts find fulfillment through Him: Our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
(Collect from St John Eudes' Mass,
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And may his poem "Love" set the tone for your visit!
O my God, the saint of the burning heart, Augustine of Hippo, wrote these searing words: "You have made us for Yourself, O God, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You." Dare I add, O my God, that YOUR HEART is restless until it rests in me?
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