"But what hast Thou, O my Jesus, left us,
when quitting this world, in memory of Thy love?
Not, indeed, a garment or a ring, but
Thine own body, Thy blood,
Thy soul, Thy divinity,
Thy whole self, without reserve."
St Bernardine of Siena
Franciscan priest, itinerant preacher, theological writer
Italy ~ 1380-1444
Known as "Apostle of Italy"
for efforts to revive faith in 15th century
Recalling FEAST DAY - May 20*
*Since today is SUNDAY, it is the fundamental feast to celebrate.
In the words of a fourth century homily, the "the Lord's Day" is "the lord of days".
Especially known for his devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus,
Bernardine devised a symbol—IHS, the first three letters
of the name of Jesus in Greek, in Gothic letters on a blazing sun.
"Jesus, Name full of glory, grace, love and strength! You are the refuge of those who repent, our banner of warfare in this life, the medicine of souls, the comfort of those who morn, the delight of those who believe, the light of those who preach the true faith, the wages of those who toil, the healing of the sick. To You our devotion aspires; by You our prayers are received; we delight in contemplating You. O Name of Jesus, You are the glory of all the saints for eternity. Amen." ~ St Bernardine
St Bernardine, ora pro nobis!
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