Saturday, July 21, 2018

A privilege indeed! ...

"The privilege of receiving the Holy Eucharist  from the Hands of Jesus Himself was experienced by a number of saints, including St Laurence of Brindisi, a Capuchian, whose unusual talents and rare virtue were called upon by Pope Clement VIII for several unusual missions.  One of these was his chaplaincy to the Imperial army of Prague. ...

With the Turks still menacing nearby Christian countries, the Imperial army of 18,000 men assembled to do battle with the Turks, who numbered 80,000.  Vastly outnumbered, the Christians appealed to St Laurence for advice and encouragement.  After delivering a rousing discourse, the saint, despite his mature years, mounted a horse and with the cross held high in his hands led the troops against the infidels.  The crushing defeat of the Turks was attributed by all to the prayers and inspiration of the saint. 

It is told that on his return from the campaign he joined his brethren at Gorizia, where Our Lord appeared to them and gave them all Holy Communion with His own Hand."  

From Eucharistic Miracles
Joan Carroll Cruz

St Laurence of Brindisi
1559-1619 ~ Italy
Capuchin priest
Preached in 8 languages fluently
Doctor of the Church
Feast Day - July 21

"The Word of the Lord is light for the intellect and fire for the will, 
so that man can know and love God. For the interior man, who through grace lives from the Spirit of God, it is bread and water, but bread that is sweeter than honey and water that is better than wine and milk. ... It is a hammer against a hard heart obstinate in vices. It is a sword against the flesh, the world and the devil, to destroy every sin." ~ St Laurence of Brindisi

St Laurence of Brindisi, pray for us!

Friday, July 20, 2018

No intermediate agents...

 "For whom is Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament?
For me; because He loves me!" - St. Peter Julian Eymard

"When a friend desires to prove to his friend 
that he loves him, he tells him so, 
and he presses his hand affectionately. 

When Our Lord wants to show His love for us, 
He does so in person, discarding the intervention 
of any third person, whether angelic or human.

Love suffers no intermediate agents. 
He remains in the Holy Eucharist 
that He may repeat to us incessantly: 
I love you! You must see that I love you!'"

St. Peter Julian Eymard

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Christian bravery...

Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged,for
the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. - Joshua 1:9

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"We must unite ourselves with our Eucharistic Lord,
both inside and outside of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
Pope Benedict XVI said, "Kneeling before the Eucharist
is a profession of freedom: those who bow to Jesus cannot and must not
prostrate themselves before any earthly authority..."

My gloss on Benedict is this:  If we stand at the altar of the Lord with incense,
we are less likely to offer a pinch of incense on the altar of Caesar
- the idol of tyranny.  Or the altar of Mammon - the idol of riches. 
Or the altar of Baal - the idol demanding the blood of children.  Or the altar
of public opinion - the idol that makes promises it cannot keep.

Prayer, Penance, Eucharist: taken together they are the
foundation upon which the virtue of a truly Christian bravery can grow. 
They will allow us to answer the summons of Sacred Scripture:
"Let the weak say, 'I am a warrior'!" Joel 3:10

Fr Robert McTeigue, SJ

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Dusting off the soul...

... I was sick and you looked after me ... Matthew 25:36c

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"St Camillus de Lellis never celebrated 
Holy Mass without first going to Confession, 
because he wanted at least "to dust off" his soul.  
Once at sundown in a public square in Livorno, before taking leave 
of a priest of the same religious order, foreseeing that he would not 
have a priest to confess to on the following morning before his Mass, 
the Saint paused, took off his hat, made the sign of the Cross 
and went to Confession right there in the square to his confrere."

From Jesus Our Eucharistic Love 
by Fr Stefano M Manelli, FFI

St Camillus de Lellis
Italy ~ 1550-1614
Encouraged to priesthood by St Philip Neri
Founder of Order: Fathers of Good Death
Patron of hospitals, nurses and the sick
FEAST DAY - July 18

The Camellians took the vow to "devote themselves to material and spiritual care 
of the sick and needy". St. Camillus honored the poor and sick 
as living images of Christ. His reverence in their presence was as great 
as if he were really and truly in the presence of his Lord.

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 “The poor and the sick are the heart of God. In serving them,
we serve Jesus the Christ. ...We want to assist the sick
with the same love that a mother has for her only sick child."
 -  Saint Camillus de Lellis

The figure on this crucifix, which is venerated in the Church of Mary Magdalene in Rome, is the one which in 1582 detached its arm and comforted St.Camillus de Lellis with these words "Take Courage, faint-hearted one. Continue the work you have begun. I will be with you because it is my work." Camillus was very discouraged at the time because of opposition to his health care reforms. Our Lord's words were instrumental in the Saint pushing ahead and founding the Order of the Ministers of the Sick.

Crucifix image above from Miraculous Images of Our Lord, by Joan Carroll Cruz, TAN Books (1993)

St Camillus, pray for us!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Chalice of life and light...

"The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church." - Tertullian


"O Lord, we cannot go to the pool of Siloe
to which you sent the blind man.
But we have the chalice of Your Precious Blood,
filled with life and light.
The purer we are, the more we receive."

St Ephrem the Syrian

Quote in honor of...
Feast of the Blessed Carmelite Martyrs of Compiègne 
Feast - July 17 

"On July 17, 1794, the sixteen Carmelite nuns of Compiègne were guillotined in Paris, convicted of crimes against the state by the tribunal of the French Revolution. On this day they were born to eternal life. 

Mother Henriette de Jesus, renowned for her great beauty and strong personality, stood up to represent the other Carmelite sisters before the revolutionary tribunal and was remarkable for her heroic resolution. Since the prosecutor accused the Carmelites of being fanatics and counter-revolutionaries, she asked him to explain the meaning of those words. The irritated judge vomited a torrent of offenses against her, and then said: “It is your attachment to your Religion and the King.” 

Hearing these words, she replied, “I thank you for the explanation.” Then, addressing her companion Carmelites, she said: “My dear Mother and my Sisters, we must rejoice and give thanks to God for we die for our Religion, our Faith, and for being members of the Holy Roman Catholic Church.”

Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira

Blessed Martyrs of Compiègne, pray for us!