Thursday, March 26, 2015

For love of priests, and of holy Mass...

 "We are born to love, we live to love, 
and we will die to love still more." - St. Joseph Cafasso
 
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"March 26th is one of two days the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church honors a Pearl of Our Lady's Dowry. The Church chose this day, as it was the first available. In reality, she was put to death on quite a momentous day. Not only was it March 25th - the date that the Feast of the Annunication is normally celebrated, but in the year that she died, 1586, this date was also Good Friday. She followed in  her dear Saviour's footsteps so closely that she died in a cruciform position, her hands and arms outstretched and bound to the floor on which she would be crushed. After having been secured in the cruciform position mentioned before, in imitation of Christ, the martyr was crushed to death by several hundred pounds of weights that were laid on top of her. She was not the only victim of the execution. She had been four months pregnant.

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This "Pearl" is St. Margaret Clitherow. She died in defense of the Catholic faith. More specifically, she died in defense of the priesthood, the Mass, and the Blessed Sacrament. 

St. Margaret opened her home to the most reviled class of people in Elizabethan England - Catholic priests. "This is a war and a trial in God's Church," she wrote of the persecution in her country. "Therefore, if I cannot do my duty without peril and dangers, yet by God's grace I will not be slacker for them. If God's priests dare venture themselves to my house, I will never refuse them." 

One biographer wrote, "The heart and center of [St. Margaret's] life was the Mass." One priest that she harbored, Father John Mush, wrote, "Her most delight was to kneel where she might continually behold the Blessed Sacrament."
St Margaret Clitherow
England ~ 1556-1586
Convert, Wife, Mother, Martyr
aka "Pearl of York"
Co-Patroness: Seven Sisters Apostolate
FEAST DAY - March 26



"I die for the love of my Lord Jesu."St Margaret Clitherow 
Moved by her saintly life, all her children entered the religious life.
Anne became a nun. Henry and William both became priests.


St Margaret Clitherow, pray for us!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

That generous word... "be it done"

The ANNUNCIATION of the LORD
Solemnity

 "The Virgin Mary uttered that generous word, "Be it done" 
... Immediately the Heart of Jesus, ever to be adored, 
has begun to pulsate with love, divine and human."
Pius XII, On Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 63


"The Wisdom of God creates poets. How evidently this is so can be seen by considering Mary of Nazareth. When she had given to the Lord of Hosts the Flesh that would become our Bread, Wisdom caused her to break into a poem of praise, a song repeated by more people than probably any other ever composed. The Presence within stirred her to exult and proclaim the One 'who has filled the hungry with good things'. And the praise owed to the Presence of embodied Wisdom among us has never ceased in the Church from that day until this."
James T. O'Connor
The Hidden Manna


When the Divine Child was conceived, Mary’s humanity gave Him hands and feet, eyes and ears, and a body with which to suffer. Just as the petals of a rose after a dew close on the dew as if to absorb its energies, so too Mary as the Mystical Rose closed upon Him Whom the Old Testament had described as a dew descending upon the earth. When finally she did give Him birth, it was as if a great ciborium had opened, and she was holding in her fingers the Guest Who was also the Host of the world, as if to say, ‘Look, this is the Lamb of God; look, this is He Who takes away the sins of the world.’”

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
Life of Christ

Top Image: The Annunciation, Adolphe-William Bouguereau (1888)
Bottom Image: Mystical Rose - Sr Marie Pierre Semlar, M.M.

More on the ANNUNCIATION,
incl liturgical readings, history and family activities



Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, 
that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Belonging to Christ, not to ourselves...

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;
the old has passed and the new has come! - II Cor 5:17

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"The saints go to Holy Communion in complete poverty of spirit.  It is not a question of supplying for their deficiencies, of completing themselves - it is a question of replacing their nothingness by the fullness of Christ.  Their past life - good and bad - their sins and merits, count as nothing in their eyes; their hope, their whole desire, their whole self, is found in the Blessed Sacrament. ...

We cannot believe our good fortune; we cannot realize the love and bounty of God.  We do not know the gift of God; we do not realize that God can give us all the desires of our heart.  We still cling to our own selves and our own strength, and put our hope in our selves.

If we would be truly happy, and find all that our heart longs for let us go to Communion in faith, hope, charity, humility, and complete abandonment to the will of Him who comes as our food and our tremendous lover.  For we cannot do better than to adopt the device of St Columban: Christi simus, non nostri - Let us belong to Christ, and not to ourselves."

M. Eugene Boylan, O.Cist. R
This Tremendous Lover (pg 172-3)

Monday, March 23, 2015

To be content always...

But you are a shield around me, O LORD; 
you bestow glory on me and lift up my head. - Psalm 3:3

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"The only One necessary to have
to be content
always
is to have our Lord."

 St Turibius de Mogrovejo
Nee Spain ~ 1538 - 1606
Layman to ordained Archbishop of Lima! (see YouTube below)
Started First Seminary in the Americas
Patron: Peru, Latin Am. Bishops, Native Rights
Incorrupt
Feast Day - March 23
IMAGE above:  At Prayer ~ F Schurig, circa 1890
 
When Turibius undertook the reform of the clergy as well as unjust officials, he naturally suffered opposition. Some tried, in human fashion, to explain God's law in such a way as to sanction their accustomed way of life.  He answered them in the words of Tertullian, "Christ said, 'I am the truth'; he did not say, 'I am the custom.'"
 
 
St Turibius, pray for us!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

He is lifted, I am drawn...

Fifth Sunday of Lent*
*Final Lenten Sunday before Palm Sunday

 "And when I am lifted up from the earth, 
I will draw everyone to Myself." - John 12:32
(Gospel ~ today's Liturgy)

 
"I spend every free moment
at the feet of the hidden God
[in the Blessed Sacrament]. 
He is my Master; I ask Him about everything;
I speak to Him about everything.  
Here I obtain strength and light;
here I learn everything;
here I am given light
on how to act toward my neighbor."
 
St. Maria Faustina of the Blessed Sacrament
Divine Mercy Diary, 704