Lucio Massari, The Penitent Magdalene, c. 1610s



Pange Lingua

Written by St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) for the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, this hymn is considered the most beautiful of Aquinas’ hymns and one of the great seven hymns of the Church. The rhythm of the Pange Lingua is said to have come down from a marching song of Caesar’s Legions: “Ecce, Caesar nunc triumphat qui subegit Gallias.” Besides the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, this hymn is also used on Holy Thursday. The last two stanzas make up the Tantum Ergo (Down in Adoration Falling) that is used at Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

Saint Thomas Aquinas, pray for us.


Hail Mary, may the burning love of your heart inflame the coldness of mine.

- St Louis de Montfort

" Dorothy Day (via you-before-me)
" Jesus to St. Faustina in her diary (via you-before-me)


O my Jesus how dry is the heart that moves away from you.

(via magnacogitatio)

" St. Josemaria Escriva (via joecatholic)

(via hislittleflower-throughconcrete)


Albert Chevallier Tayler - Ecce Agnus Dei

(via caravaggista)


Here we are at the feast of the divine Blood … What a great feast of love
for Jesus is this feast of ours! Yes, let us love Jesus incessantly,
irrevocably, so that we can love him eternally in paradise. To look at
Jesus as he pours out his Blood is an act of religion which helps us do
great work for our own eternal salvation as well as that of our neighbors,
praying in a special way for the success of the missions and for the
apostolic work that is being promoted throughout the Catholic world.
   (from St. Gaspar’s Letter 1188 to Luigia del Bufalo, July 3, 1825)


One day St. Teresa of Avila heard someone say: “If only I had lived at the time of Jesus… If only I had seen Jesus… If only I had talked with Jesus…” To this she responded: “But do we not have in the Eucharist the living, true and real Jesus present before us? Why look for more?”

(via tradcatdevotion)