“When you go to Confession, to this fountain of My [God’s] mercy, My heart always flows down upon your soul and ennobles it. Every time you go to Confession, immerse yourself in My [God’s] mercy, with great trust, so that I may pour the bounty of My grace upon your soul. When you approach the confessional, know this, that I [God] Myself am waiting there for you. I am only hidden by the priest, but I Myself act in your soul. Here the misery of the soul meets the God of Mercy.”
- Saint Faustina, “The Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska: Divine Mercy in My Soul,” Stockbridge, MA: Saint Mary’s Press, 2011, para. 1602. Print.
“Popular devotions of the Christian people are to be highly commended, provided they harmonize with the liturgical seasons, accord with the sacred Liturgy, are in some fashion
derived from it, and lead the people to it, since, in fact, the Liturgy by its very nature far surpasses any of them.”
- Pope Paul VI, Lumen Gentium [Dogmatic Constitution on the Church], November 21, 1964, no. 13.
“‘The Catholic Church has always offered and still offers to the sacrament of the Eucharist the adoration, not only during Mass, but also outside of it, reserving the consecrated hosts with the utmost care, exposing them to the solemn veneration of the faithful, and carrying them in procession.”
- Catechism of the Catholic Church no. 1378; Cf. Paul VI, Mysterium Fidei [On the Holy Eucharist], September 3, 1965, no. 56.
“Meditation engages thought, imagination, emotion, and desire. This mobilization of faculties is necessary in order to deepen our convictions of faith, prompt the conversion of our heart, and strengthen our will to follow Christ. Christian prayer tries above all to meditate on the mysteries of Christ, as in lectio divina or the rosary. This form of prayerful reflection is of great value, but Christian prayer should go further: to the knowledge of the love of the Lord Jesus, to union with Him.”
- Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2708.
“The Rosary, precisely because it starts with Mary’s own experience, is an exquisitely contemplative prayer… By its nature the recitation of the Rosary calls for a quiet rhythm and a lingering pace, helping the individual to meditate on the mysteries of the Lord’s life as seen through the eyes of her who was closest to the Lord.”
- Saint Pope John Paul II, Rosarium Virginis Mariae [On the Most Holy Rosary], October 16, 2002, no. 13.