Saturday, October 21, 2017

Motherly advice times two...

"There are two things I want you to do - keep close to Our Lord
in the Holy Eucharist... (and) stay close to His Mother.
With those two loves, you will always have the light
to see what is right and what is wrong."- Mother Angelica

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In the Salve Regina we 'poor banished children of Eve' hail the New Eve, 
mother of the Eucharist, as 'our life, our sweetness and our hope.'
And we implore her to 'show us, after this exile, the blessed fruit' of her womb.
This our heavenly mother will certainly do, lovingly and graciously.

But already here and now, that is, during our exile in this 'vale of tears,' 
she untiringly shows us the blessed fruit of her womb
integrally present in the sacrament of the altar.
As His handmaid and herald she urges us to draw ever closer to Him.
For not only is He the source of life and holiness;
He is the pledge and pattern of our bodily resurrection
when the new world finally dawns." - Fr Richard Foley, S.J.

Click here: Salve, Regina (Full text: English and Latin)

Friday, October 20, 2017

Your heart: a living tabernacle...

"Live in the joy and peace of the divine Majesty. 
Live lost in divine love." - St Paul of the Cross

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"How wonderful are the treasures which are enclosed in the divine Eucharist! I exhort you, 
even though you live in the world, 
to receive Communion often, but with piety. 
Holy Communion is the most efficacious means 
of uniting one's self to God.

Always prepare yourself well for this sacred banquet. 
Have a very pure heart, and watch over your tongue, 

for it is on the tongue that the Sacred Host is laid. 
Carry Our Lord home with you after your thanksgiving, and 
let your heart be a living tabernacle for Jesus. 
Visit Him often in this interior tabernacle, offering Him your homage, and the sentiments of gratitude with which divine love will inspire you. 
Preserve carefully the sentiments of love 
with which you are filled after Communion."

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

Painting above:  First Communion, France (artist unknown)

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"When you are alone in your room, take your crucifix,
kiss its five wounds reverently, tell it to preach to you a little sermon,
and then listen to the words of eternal life that it speaks to your heart;
listen to the pleading of the thorns, the nails, the precious Blood.
Oh, what an eloquent sermon!" - St Paul of the Cross
St Paul of the Cross, pray for us,
that we may embrace
our crosses with courage!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

They have drunk His cup...

"Who are the martyrs? They are Christians won by Christ,
disciples who learned well the meaning of “loving to the end” that took
Jesus to the Cross. There is no such thing as love in parts, in portions. 
Love is total: and when one loves, one loves to the end." - Pope Francis

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“Let us honor the martyrs of the Lord
chosen out of every class, as soldiers of Christ
who have drunk His cup and were then baptized
with the baptism of His life-bringing death,
to be partakers of His passion and glory…”

St John Damascus
Exposition of the Orthodox Faith, 4, 15

Sts. John de Brebeuf,  Isaac Jogues
and Companions
North American Martyrs ~ +1642-1649*
Six Jesuit priests and two laypersons
FEAST DAY - Oct. 19

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Fr Isaac Jogues gave the original European name to New York's Lake George, calling it Lac du Saint SacrementLake of the Blessed Sacrament.

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Lake George, New York

*The North American Martyrs and their entrance into eternal life:

St Rene Goupil - Sept 29, 1642
St Isaac Jogues - Oct 18, 1646
St John de Lalande - October 19, 1646
St Anthony Daniel - July 4, 1648
St John de Brebeuf - March 16, 1649
St Gabriel Lalemant - March 17, 1649
St Charles Garnier - December 7, 1649
St Noel Chabanel - December 8, 1649

Prayer to the Eight North American Martyrs
Let us Pray

Protect our land, O heavenly patrons, which you have bedewed with the rich treasure of your blood. Watch over our Catholic Faith which you helped to establish in this new land. Bring all our fellow citizens to a knowledge and love of the truth. Make us zealous in spreading abroad a knowledge of Catholic teachings, so that we may continue and perfect the work which you have begun  with so much labor and suffering. Pray for our homes, our schools, our missions; for vocations, for the conversion of sinners, the return of those who have wandered from the fold, and the perseverance of all the faithful. Amen.

More on the North American Martyrs... ( a must read!)

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Sts. John de Brebeuf, Isaac Jogues
and Companions, pray for us!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Bearing good news...

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings 
glad tidings of peace, bearing good news, announcing salvation! 
- Isaiah 52:7  Entrance Antiphon - Feast of St Luke

Prayer over the Offerings (Today's Liturgy)
Grant through your heavenly gifts that we may
serve you in freedom of heart, we pray, O Lord,
so that the offerings we make on the feast day of
Saint Luke may bring us healing and give us glory.
Through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Communion Antiphon
The Lord sent out disciples to proclaim throughout
the towns: The kingdom of God is at hand for you.
(See Lk 10:1,9)

Prayer after Communion
Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that what we have received from your holy altar
may sanctify us and make us strong in the faith
of the Gospel which Saint Luke proclaimed.
Through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Saint Luke
Evangelist, Martyr
Wrote Gospel and Acts of the Apostles
In Dives in Misericordia, St JPII calls Luke: "Gospel of Mercy"
Greek, Physician, Painter
Convert, then fellow -Worker of St Paul
Symbol: winged ox
Patron:  Artists, Physicians and Surgeons
Feast Day – October 18

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St Luke, thank you for enlivening our love of Jesus as FRIEND 
through the holy Gospel!

This is a Friend who will not terrify you, who will not abandon you.
Hope in Him, and Heaven is yours! ~ St Joseph Cafasso

Saint Luke, pray for us!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Wheat of God...

"The death of the martyrs blossoms in the FAITH of the living." 
- Pope St Gregory the Great

Born in Syria, Ignatius converted to Christianity and eventually became bishop of Antioch. In the year 107, Emperor Trajan visited Antioch and forced the Christians there to choose between death and apostasy. Ignatius would not deny Christ and thus was condemned to be put to death in Rome.

Ignatius is well known for the seven letters he wrote on the long journey from Antioch to Rome. Five of these letters are to Churches in Asia Minor; they urge the Christians there to remain faithful to God and to obey their superiors. He warns them against heretical doctrines, providing them with the solid truths of the Christian faith.

The sixth letter was to Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna, who was later martyred for the faith. The final letter begs the Christians in Rome not to try to stop his martyrdom. Ignatius bravely met the lions in the Circus Maximus.

"I am writing to all the Churches and I enjoin all, that I am dying willingly for God's sake, if only you do not prevent it. I beg you, do not do me an untimely kindness.   

The only thing I ask of you is to allow me to offer the libation of my blood to God.
I am the wheat of the Lord; may I be ground by the teeth of the beasts to become the immaculate bread of Christ."~ St Ignatius of Antioch, Letter to the Romans

St Ignatius of Antioch
Bishop and Martyr
Church Father
First Century - d. 107
Disciple of St John the Evangelist
First to use term "Catholic" Church
FEAST DAY - October 17

Image- painting:  The Christian Martyrs Last Prayer - Jean Leon Gerome (+1904) 


"My desire is to belong to God." ~ St Ignatius of Antioch

St Ignatius of Antioch, pray for us!