Thursday, October 23, 2014

SALT and LIGHT for others...

 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world
to be holy and blameless in his sight. - Eph 1:4

From the treatise Mirror of the Clergy by St John of Capistrano, but can also be fittingly applied to the priesthood of believers...

  "Those who are called to the table of the Lord must glow with the brightness that comes from the good example of a praiseworthy and blameless life. They must completely remove from their lives the filth and uncleanness of vice.

    Their upright lives must make them like the salt of the earth for themselves and for the rest of mankind. The brightness of their wisdom must make them like the light of the world that brings light to others. ...

     They have been placed here to care for others. Their own lives should be an example to others, showing how they must live in the house of the Lord. "

 St John of Capistrano
Italy ~ 1385-1456
Lawyer, governor
Franciscan priest, preacher, theologian
Taught theology by St. Bernardine of Siena -
 together the two worked to reform the Franciscan order
Nickname - "soldier priest"*
*When Mohammed II was threatening Vienna and Rome, St. John, age 70, was commissioned by Pope Callistus II to preach and lead a crusade against the invading Turks. Marching at the head of 70,000 Christians, he gained victory in the great battle of Belgrade against the Turks in 1456.
FEAST DAY - October 23 


On St John's tomb in the Austrian town of Villach,
the governor had this message inscribed:

"This tomb holds John, by birth of Capistrano,
a man worthy of all praise, defender and promoter of the faith,
guardian of the Church, zealous protector of his Order,
an ornament to all the world, lover of truth and religious justice,
mirror of life, surest guide in doctrine;
praised by countless tongues, he reigns blessed in heaven."

St John of Capistrano, pray for us!


Comments of Prof. Plinio CorrĂȘa de Oliveira:

"One could try to make a classification of the saints. Some were founders of nations, others were organizers of nations, still others were founders of religious orders. Then, there is a category of saints who were the defensive walls of the House of God. They constitute a kind of saint whose principal goal is to fight, to destroy the enemies of God. They have the capacity to put fire in souls to stimulate them to the defense of God, to lead them to combat. And in the combat they know how to sustain the courage of the good as well as how to attack the enemies. Doing this, they defend the walls of the House of God. Such is the mission of this category of saints. St. John of Capistrano was one of these saints."

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Heroic, authentic living!

"From the Eucharist comes strength to live the Christian life and zeal to share that life with others." - St John Paul II
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"Only through the Eucharist is it possible to live the heroic virtues of Christianity: charity, to the point of forgiving one's enemies; love for those who make us suffer; chastity in every age and situation of life; patience in suffering and when one is shocked by the silence of God in the tragedies of history or of one's own personal existence.
You must always be Eucharistic souls in order to be authentic Christians." 
St John Paul II*
1920-2005 (Nee Poland)
Ordination to Priesthood: 1946
Reign as Pope: 1978-2005
Apostle of the Eucharist and Youth
FEAST DAY - October 22
*Canonization date:  April 27,2014

A wheelchair was made for St John Paul II so he could move around freely. The chair was level with the Tabernacle in his chapel. His secretary found the Pope embracing the Tabernacle. He asked the Pope why. The Pope replied: “I just don't know what else I can do to console Him.”

StJohn Paul II, pray for us! 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

That you may see...

But everything exposed by the light becomes visible,
for it is light that makes everything visible. ... Wake up, O sleeper... 
and Christ will shine on you. - Eph 5:13-14

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 "No matter how much you labor,
you labor to this end: that you may see."

St. Augustine

Monday, October 20, 2014

Truth deceives no man

 I resolved to know nothing while I was with you
except for Jesus Christ, and him crucified. - I Cor 2:2

"Let weak and frail man come here
in humble entreaty
to adore the Sacrament of Christ,
not to discuss high things,
or to wish to penetrate difficulties,
but to bow down
to secret things in humble veneration,
and to abandon God's mysteries to God,
for Truth deceives no man -
Almighty God can do all things."

St Paul of the Cross
Priest, Mystic, powerful teacher/preacher
Founder - Passionist Order
To the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience they added a fourth: 
to spread devotion to Christ’s passion among the faithful.
Italy ~ 1694-1775
FEAST DAY - October 20


"It is an excellent and holy practice to call to mind and meditate on our
Lord's Passion, since it is by this path that we shall arrive at union with God. 
In this, the holiest of all schools, true wisdom is learned, for it was there
that all the saints became wise." From a letter written by St. Paul of the Cross
St Paul of the Cross, pray for us,
that we may embrace our crosses with courage!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The heart and center!

"Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the Living Heart
of each of our parishes." - Bl Pope Paul VI

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“The Eucharistic mystery
stands at the heart and center of the Liturgy
since it is the fount of life
by which we are cleansed and strengthened
to live not for ourselves but for God
and to be united in love among ourselves.”

Blessed Pope Paul VI
Beatification day - today - 19 October 2014

“When we look to this great Pope, this courageous Christian, this tireless apostle, 
we cannot but say in the sight of God a word as simple as it is heartfelt and important: thanks! 
Thank you, our dear and beloved Pope Paul VI! 
Thank you for your humble and prophetic witness of love for Christ and His Church!” 
- Pope Francis, 10/19/14

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"If evil increases, the devotion of the People of God should also increase." 
- Bl Pope Paul VI

 Bl Pope Paul VI , pray for us!