Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Pillar of FIRE...

I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths 
I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them 
and make the rough places smooth.  These are the things I will do; 
I will not forsake them. - Isaiah 42:16

“Remember that the Blessed Sacrament
is like a pillar of fire
that is our light and guide.”

St Frances Xavier Cabrini
Italy, then to USA (citizenship)  ~ 1850-1917 
Foundress - Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus 
Founder - orphanages, schools, hospitals (globally) 
Patron of immigrants
Feast Day - November 13

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"The more I love You, the less I love You,
because I would like to love You more, but I cannot. 
Oh, enlarge, enlarge my heart." St Frances Cabrini

St Frances Cabrini, pray for us!

Monday, November 12, 2018

Of friendship...

I rejoiced with those who said to me,
"Let us go to the house of the Lord." - Psalm 122:1

“How pleasing to our Lord 
in the Blessed Sacrament
is the short quarter of an hour that
we steal from our occupations, 
from something of no use,
to come and pray to Him, 
to visit Him, to console Him.”

Saint John Vianney

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Love God, serve God...

I shall raise up for myself a faithful priest, who will act 
in accord with my heart and my mind, says the Lord. -  I Sam 2:35

“Love God, serve God:  
everything is in that.” ~ St Clare of Assisi

St Martin of Tours
Bishop, Patron of Soldiers
Italy ~ 316 - 397
"The Glory of Gaul"
Feast Day – Nov 11
St Martin bore a great love for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament,
the faith and the poor.  He was a soldier in his youth.

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The most famous episode of the military period in Martin's life is his meeting with a poor man almost naked in the dead of winter, and trembling with cold. Martin did not have a penny to give him, but he remembered the text of the Gospel: “I was naked, and you clothed Me.”

“My friend,” he said, “I have nothing but my weapons and my garments.” And taking up his sword, he divided his cloak into two parts and gave one to the beggar. The following night he saw Jesus Christ in a dream, clothed with this half-cloak and saying to His Angels: “It is Martin, still a catechumen, who covered Me.” Soon afterwards he was baptized.

Interesting fact: Martin Luther was named after St. Martin, 
as he was baptized on November 11 (St. Martin's Day), 1483.

St Martin of Tours, pray for us!

Let us join in prayers of gratitude 
for the generosity, sacrifice, heroism and bravery 
of all of our veterans – past and present!

Armistice Day (also known as Remembrance Day) is on 11 November 
and commemorates the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compi├ĘgneFrance, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front, which took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning — 
the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918.

Pope Francis marks World War I centenary with message of peace

U.S. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed an Armistice Day for November 11, 1919. In proclaiming the holiday, he said
"To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations."