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Ending poverty through education and service. Lending a helping hand to support the dignity of every person.

Why did I decide to document my experiences with this social issue? I believe that virtually every problem in the world can be solved with education and service, and I would like to prove that my hypothesis is true, at least in my corner of the world. Since 2007, I have found myself working with several homeless aid organizations. Because I am greatly moved by the goals and objectives of the Archdiocese of Baltimore's Charities, I promote them as much as possible by recruiting my friends to volunteer at Sarah's House shelter and participating in after school tutoring programs for underserved children.

There are so many things you can do to help achieve A Maryland Without Poverty. I hope that you will use this blog as a resource and become an advocate!

catholicsoul:

…at this moment there were presented to his mind all the sins of the world, the blasphemies, the sacrileges, the impurities, and all the other sins that men were going to commit after his death. Each one of these sins came then as a cruel monster to tear his heart by its own malice.
It seems that then in his agony our afflicted Saviour was obliged to say: O men! is it thus that you respond to the immense love that I have borne towards you? Alas! after so many sufferings endured for you, to see so many sins! after so many proofs of my love, to see so much ingratitude!
It is that which afflicts me, makes me sad even unto death, and makes me sweat blood: And his sweat became as drops of blood trickling down upon the ground.
O my tender Jesus! I do not notice in this garden scourges, thorns, nails, which wound Thee; yet I see Thee bathed in blood from head to foot. My sins there fore were the cruel pressure which, by the violence of the affliction and of sadness, forced so much blood from Thy heart.
 I have myself been one of Thy most cruel executioners.

catholicsoul:

…at this moment there were presented to his mind all the sins of the world, the blasphemies, the sacrileges, the impurities, and all the other sins that men were going to commit after his death. Each one of these sins came then as a cruel monster to tear his heart by its own malice.

It seems that then in his agony our afflicted Saviour was obliged to say: O men! is it thus that you respond to the immense love that I have borne towards you? Alas! after so many sufferings endured for you, to see so many sins! after so many proofs of my love, to see so much ingratitude!

It is that which afflicts me, makes me sad even unto death, and makes me sweat blood: And his sweat became as drops of blood trickling down upon the ground.

O my tender Jesus! I do not notice in this garden scourges, thorns, nails, which wound Thee; yet I see Thee bathed in blood from head to foot. My sins there fore were the cruel pressure which, by the violence of the affliction and of sadness, forced so much blood from Thy heart.

I have myself been one of Thy most cruel executioners.

“The biggest coward is a man who awakens a woman’s love with no intention of loving her.”

—   Bob Marley (via seabelle)

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Come on baby, don’t say maybe

“I opened my mouth, almost said something. Almost. The rest of my life might have turned out differently if I had. But I didn’t.”

—   The Kite Runner (via shayeofodile)

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Martyr

allaboutmary:

Mary was a martyr, not by the sword of the executioner, but by bitter sorrow of heart.

- St Bernard of Clairvaux

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catholicsoul:

O Lord, I am fully persuaded that without suffering, and suffering with patience, I cannot win the crown of Paradise. David said: From Him is my patience. And I say the same; my patience in suffering must come from You.
I make many purposes to accept in peace of all tribulations; but no sooner are they at hand than I grow sad and alarmed; and if I suffer, I suffer without merit and without love, because I know not how to suffer them so as to please You.
O my Jesus, through the merits of Your patience in bearing so many afflictions for love of me, grant me the grace to bear crosses for the love of You! I love You with my whole heart, O my dear Redeemer! I love You, my sovereign good! I love You, my own love, worthy of infinite love.
I am grieved at any displeasure I have ever caused You, more than for any evil whatever. I promise You to receive with patience all the trials You may send me; but look to You for help to be faithful to my promise, and especially to be enabled to bear in peace the throes of my last agony and death. 
O Mary, my Queen, vouchsafe to obtain for me a true resignation in all the anguish and trials that await me in life and death.
St. Alphonsus Liguori

catholicsoul:

O Lord, I am fully persuaded that without suffering, and suffering with patience, I cannot win the crown of Paradise. David said: From Him is my patience. And I say the same; my patience in suffering must come from You.

I make many purposes to accept in peace of all tribulations; but no sooner are they at hand than I grow sad and alarmed; and if I suffer, I suffer without merit and without love, because I know not how to suffer them so as to please You.

O my Jesus, through the merits of Your patience in bearing so many afflictions for love of me, grant me the grace to bear crosses for the love of You! I love You with my whole heart, O my dear Redeemer! I love You, my sovereign good! I love You, my own love, worthy of infinite love.

I am grieved at any displeasure I have ever caused You, more than for any evil whatever. I promise You to receive with patience all the trials You may send me; but look to You for help to be faithful to my promise, and especially to be enabled to bear in peace the throes of my last agony and death. 

O Mary, my Queen, vouchsafe to obtain for me a true resignation in all the anguish and trials that await me in life and death.

St. Alphonsus Liguori

catholicsoul:

Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament!
Our Lord hears our prayers anywhere, but He has revealed to His servants that those who visit Him in the Eucharist will obtain a more abundant measure of grace. 
Certainly amongst all devotions, after that of receiving the sacraments, that of adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament holds the first place, is the most pleasing to God, and the most useful to ourselves.
St. Alphonsus Ligouri

catholicsoul:

Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament!

Our Lord hears our prayers anywhere, but He has revealed to His servants that those who visit Him in the Eucharist will obtain a more abundant measure of grace. 

Certainly amongst all devotions, after that of receiving the sacraments, that of adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament holds the first place, is the most pleasing to God, and the most useful to ourselves.

St. Alphonsus Ligouri

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.