May 20

Saint-Bernardine-of-Siena.jpgLoving Lord, Saint Bernardine of Siena preached about Your mercy during a time when the Church was embattled by divisions.  His preaching skills were so great and caused so many conversions, I ask him to intercede for speakers, advertisers, public relations and communications personnel, writers, publishers, and all in my church who employ the tools of persuasion.  Jesus, You are the Word of God; teach us to use words to advance Your kingdom of love rather than to tear people down or to build fear.  Help us to be Your voice of mercy, reconciling enemies and healing the wounded.  Saint Bernardine of Siena, pray for us.  Amen.

QUOTES by Saint Bernardine of Siena

The Name of Jesus is the refuge of the penitent sinner, a refuge full of meekness in which majesty effaces itself, tenderness becomes sweeter, Divine mercy appears in Its grandeur. >>

And so the Church, the bride of Christ strengthened by his testimony, rejoices with the psalmist, singing: ‘O God from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds.’ >>

The Name of God is awesome; in it is found the ardor of the flame which consumes, the wrath which chastises, the weight which crushes; but all these things have been tempered in the wellspring of mercy by Jesus Christ Who was smitten with love for us in the womb of the Virgin Mary. >>

Prayer is the raising of the mind to God. When we pray we go to meet Christ, who is coming to us. If our Creator and Savior comes from heaven with such great love, it is only fitting that we should go to meet Him. And this is what we do when we spend some time in prayer. >>

You must know that when you ‘hail’ Mary, she immediately greets you! Don’t think that she is one of those rude women of whom there are so many, on the contrary, she is utterly courteous and pleasant. If you greet her, she will answer you right away and converse with you! >>

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