Wednesday, August 27, 2014

May it be said of you and of me...

My heart is steadfast, O God ... - Psalm 108, 1a
 
 
 
St Augustine has left us this praise of his mother, St Monica:

"She did not let a day pass
without being present
at the Divine Sacrifice
before Your altar, O Lord."
 
St Monica
North Africa ~ 333-387
Mother of St Augustine
Patroness of Married women and Mothers
FEAST DAY - August 27
 
"Nothing is far from God." - St Monica
 
As recounted by Augustine... before his mother died she told him:

"There was indeed one thing for which I wished to tarry a little in this life, and that was that I might see you a Catholic before I died. My God hath answered this more than abundantly, so that I see you are now made His servant and spurning all earthly happiness. What more am I to do here?"

Prayer for St Monica's intercession
Exemplary mother of the great Augustine, you perseveringly pursued your wayward son not with wild threats but with prayerful cries to heaven.  Intercede for all mothers in our
day so that they may learn to draw their children to God.
Teach them how to remain close to their children, even the prodigal sons and daughters who have sadly gone astray. Amen.
 
St Monica, pray for us!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Motherly advice... of the highest sort...

 But you would be fed with the finest of wheat;
with honey from the rock, I would satisfy you. - Psalm 81:16
 
Artist: Emile Friant
 

"If I can give you any advice, I beg you
to get closer to the Eucharist and to Jesus...
We must pray to Jesus to give us
that tenderness of the Eucharist."
 

 Bl Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Anniversary of birth
August 26, 1910
 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Christ's word: sufficient!

... so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return
to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. - Isaiah 55:11 
 
 

"In the person of St Louis IX were the qualities which form a great king, a hero of romance, and a saint!  With his death, the century of knights ended.  One day a messenger, breathless with haste, burst in upon the king with surprising and exciting news. "Your majesty," he cried, "hasten to the Church!  A great miracle is occurring there.  A priest is saying holy Mass, and after the consecration, instead of the host there is visible on the altar Jesus Himself in His human figure.  Everybody is marveling at it.  Hurry before it disappears."

To the astonishment of the messenger, the saintly monarch calmly replied:

Let them go to see the miracle who have any doubt regarding the Real Presence of our Lord in the Holy Sacrament.  As for me, even if I saw Jesus on the altar in His visible form, and touched Him with my hand, and heard His voice, I should not be more convinced than I now am, that He is present in the consecrated Host.  
The word of Christ is sufficient for me.  
I need no miracle."

Excerpt from Hidden Treasure, the Riches of the Eucharist
Louis Kaczmarek

King St Louis IX
France ~ 1214-1270
Good and generous king, model father
Father of eleven children
FEAST DAY - August 25
 
 

 
From St Louis' mother...
 
"Never forget that sin is the only great evil in the world. No mother
could love her son more than I love you. But I would rather see you lying
dead at my feet than know that you had offended God by one mortal sin."
 
 

King St Louis IX, pray for us!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

His witness...before the world

Be kind and compassionate to one another... Be imitators of God...
and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up
for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.  - Eph 4:32a, 5:1a, 2

 
"He strengthens you constantly
by His Presence in the Eucharist,
so that you can be His witness before the world. 
Are you ready to say ‘yes’ to Him?"

Pope Francis
14 August 2014
Seoul, Korea

Saturday, August 23, 2014

To pass entirely into God...

 Come and share your master's happiness! - Matthew 25: 21/23

 

“St Rose of Lima was so ardent in her love of God in the Blessed Sacrament that when she knelt in His presence the fire which sparkled in her eyes showed the flame which consumed her soul.  At times she appeared like an angel.  If anyone asked her what effects the Blessed Sacrament produced in her, she stammered and said she had no words to express them, but that she seemed to pass entirely into God, and was inundated with such happiness that nothing in common life could be compared to it” (pg 34, Hidden Treasure).  ...

“St Joseph Benedict LaBre, St Paschal Baylon and St Rose of Lima are three saints that we know of who spent forty straight hours in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament commemorating the forty hours Christ was in the tomb” (pg 39, Hidden Treasure).

Excerpts from Hidden Treasure, The Riches of the Eucharist
Louis Kaczmarek

St Rose of Lima
Peru ~ 1586-1617
Father - Spaniard ~ Mother - Indian
Third Order Dominican, Mystic
First Canonized Saint of the New World
Patroness of the Americas, Philippines
FEAST DAY - Aug 23

 
 
“When we serve the poor and the sick we serve Jesus.
We must not fail to help our neighbors,
because in them we serve Jesus.” - St Rose of Lima

 St Rose of Lima, pray for us!