Monday, July 6, 2015

Generous witness

Cor mundum crea in me, Deus.
Create a clean heart in me, O God. -  Psalm 51:10
COMMUNION Antiphon (Today's Liturgy)
The Lamb who is at the center of the throne
will lead them to the springs of the waters of life. - Rev 7:17
PRAYER after COMMUNION (Today's Liturgy)
 O God, who bestowed on blessed Saint Maria Goretti
a crown among the Saints for her twofold triumph
of virginity and martyrdom, grant, we pray,
through the power of this Sacrament, that,
bravely overcoming every evil, we may attain
the glory of heaven.  Through Christ our Lord.
St Maria Goretti
Italy ~ 1890 -1902
Martyr at age 12 in defense of her virginity
Patron of Youth and Victims of Rape
FEAST DAY - July 6

"Even if she had not been a martyr,
she would still have been a saint,
so holy was her everyday life."  ~ Cardinal Salotti

 St Maria Goretti, pray for us! 

"Parents can learn from her story how to raise their God-given
children in virtue, courage and holiness; they can learn to train
them in the Catholic faith so that, when put to the test,
God's grace will support them and they will come through
undefeated, unscathed and untarnished."
~ Pope Pius XII: homily, canonization Mass - St Maria Goretti (1950)

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Rousing from insensibility...

“Jesus has given us His Blood even to the last drop.
What is there left to do?  Jesus is a victim.  Behold I am ready,
O my God, to be a victim of love!” – St Gaspar del Bufalo
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“In every era the Lord has inspired certain devotions to stem the tide of iniquity. We also see that in times past the Church was attacked in this or that doctrine.

Today the war is being waged against religion as such and against Christ Crucified. We need, therefore, to reemphasize the glories of the Cross and of our Crucified Redeemer, to reopen the fountains of mercy just when the devil would make us the victim of wrath.

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Now, more than ever, it is opportune to tell people at what price our souls were redeemed. We must let it be known how the Blood of Christ cleanses the souls and sanctifies them, particularly by means of the sacraments.

We must arouse them from their insensibility by reminding them that His Blood is offered up every morning upon the altars and that instead of blasphemy and insult, we should give it adoration and praise.”

St Gaspar del Bufalo (+1837)

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Verso l'alto - "To the heights!"

...everlasting joy will crown their heads. 
Gladness and joy will overtake them,
and sorrow and sighing will flee away. - Isaiah 35: 10

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 When Pier Giorgio Frassati  was only 22 years old
he wrote in a letter to the Catholic Action group to...

"...approach the Eucharist Table
as often as possible.
When you become totally consumed
with the Eucharistic Fire
you will be able to taste that happiness 
which people of the world have never tasted."

Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati
Italy ~ 1901-1925
"Man of the Eight Beatitudes"
Patron of World Youth Days
Motto:  Verso l'alto - "To the heights!"
FEAST DAY – July 4

“To live without faith, without a patrimony to defend,
without a steady struggle for truth, that is not living,
but merely existing; we must never just "exist". - Bl Pier-Giorgio

 *To this day, Frassati´s body remains incorrupt: "When they opened
Pier Giorgio´s tomb in 1981, his body was perfectly preserved,"
recalled one witness. "He had a smile on his face and a rosary in his hands.
It was like meeting him for the first time."

 Bl Pier Giorgio Frassati, pray for us!

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"Be free people! What do I mean? Perhaps it is thought that freedom means doing everything one likes, or seeing how far one can go.... This is not freedom.
Freedom means being able to think about what we do, being able to assess what
is good and what is bad, these are the types of conduct that lead to development;
it means always opting for the good. Let us be free for goodness.

And in this do not be afraid to go against the tide, even if it is not easy!
Always being free to choose goodness is demanding, but it will make you
into people with a backbone who can face life, people with courage and patience....

Be men and women with others and for others:
true champions at the service of others." - Pope Francis

Friday, July 3, 2015

"My Lord and my God!"

How right they are to adore you! - Song of Songs 1:4

Jesus and Holy Father Pope Francis

“Is not this gazing upon the Eucharistic Saviour
a magnificent profession of our faith in the
Divinity of Christ, such as was made by
the incredulous Thomas?  When St. Thomas said,
‘My Lord and my God!’ (see John 20:24-28)
we may be sure he did not keep
his eyes cast down, but looked with open
and sincere gaze into the eyes of his Master.”

Servant of God, Fr. Lukas Etlin, O.S.B. (+1927)
Detail - The Incredulity of Saint Thomas (Caravaggio)

St. Thomas the Apostle
Martyr (d. 74)
Carried and fearlessly preached the Gospel to India
SW coast of India call themselves 'Christians of St. Thomas'
Martyred in India with piercing from swords of four soldiers
FEAST DAY - July 3

Besides tradition, we have the witness of Saints and Fathers of the Church that St. Thomas preached in India. The following powerful quote is from St. Ephraim the Syrian, in a writing on the devil. He discusses the power of the Apostles through Christ from the devil's perspective:

"The evil one wails, "Where then can I flee from the righteous? I incited Death to kill the apostles as if to escape from their scourges by their death. More than ever now I am scourged harshly. The apostle I killed in India (has come) to Edessa before me. Here is he and also there. I went there, there he is. Here and there I found him, and I am gloomy. Did that merchant carry the bones? Or perhaps, indeed, they carried him!"

 St Thomas the Apostle, pray for us!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Taking the chalice of salvation...

You are ransomed... not with perishable things
like silver and gold but with
the precious blood of Christ. - I Peter 1:18-19

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"'What shall I render unto the Lord
for all that He has rendered unto me?  
I shall take the chalice of salvation.'

Yes, O my God, if I take this Chalice, crimsoned with the
Blood of my Master, and in utterly joyous thanksgiving,
mingle my blood with that of the sacred Victim,
He will impart to it something of His own infinity,
and it will give You, O Father, wonderful praise. ... 

O Jesus, grant that I may become so identified with You 
that I may ceaselessly express You in the sight of Your Father."

Bl Elizabeth of the Trinity (+1906)
Excerpt from Last Retreat

ORDAINED to the Holy Priesthood of Jesus Christ
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Oh, day of Love Divine, all loves excelling!
An Old German saying:
It is worth wearing out a pair of shoes to walk
to receive a priest's First Blessing!
Rev Mr Mark Horn ~ Diocese of Rapid City (South Dakota)
Rev Mr John Paul Trask~ Diocese of Rapid City
Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help ~ 7:00 PM Mass
Let us hold them in prayer and offer thanksgiving for each 'YES'!

"Whatever else you forget, do not forget the word - priest.
In every language in history, in every religion ancient and living, 
the word, priest, means the one who sacrifices." - Fr John A Hardon, S.J.