October 30 St. Alphonsus Rodriguez

We don’t reach salvation without crossing the stormy sea, continually threatened with disaster. Calvary is the hill of the saints, but from there we pass on to another mountain [heaven].

– St. Pio of Pietrelcina


For life is long and there are many trials in it and we have need to look at Christ our Pattern, and also at His Apostles and Saints, and to reflect how they bore these trials, so that we, too, may bear them perfectly. The good Jesus is too good company for us to forsake Him and His most sacred Mother.

-St Teresa of Avila


Prayer for the Church in Need

God of power and of mercy, you gave courage to the martyrs who died for their faith. In many places in the world, our brothers and sisters in Christ continue to suffer for their belief in you and in your Son. Strengthen all those who suffer religious persecution. May we work for the day when all your children may worship you in freedom and in joy.