Even More

At Saint Augustine Catholic Church in Manchester, England

Our Lord saved the world even more by His heroic love on the Cross than by His sermons. His words gave us light, pointed out the way for us to follow; His death on the Cross obtained for us the grace to follow this way.
Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange OP (1877–1964)


Love of the Cross

Stations of the Cross: Our Lady of Fatima Church, Bangkok, Thailand

Truly spiritual delights come from the Cross, from the spirit of sacrifice which puts to death all that is inordinate in us in order to assure the first place to the love of God and of souls in God.
Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange OP (1877–1964)

Action to Contemplation – Contemplation to Action

Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange

The active life, to which is attached the exercise of the moral virtues of prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance, and the outward works of charity prepares for the contemplative life, so far as it regulates the passions that disturb contemplation and so far as it makes us grow in the love of God and of our neighbour. Then comes the contemplation of God, which is proper to the perfect; it is found either in the purely contemplative life, or in the mixed life which fructifies in the apostolate. Contemplation then directs action from above and renders it much more supernatural and fruitful.
Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange OP (1877–1964)

Simple and Above Perception

Reginald Garrigou-LagrangeWhat is meant by the direct acts of contemplation? They are acts which are in no way discursive, but which are made by a simple gaze, above reasoning. And indeed they are at times so peaceful that the soul does not, so to speak, perceive them; in that case they are the contrary of reflective or perceived acts. With this meaning… Saint Antony said, “There is no perfect prayer if the solitary perceives that he is praying.”
Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange OP (1877–1964)