Saturday, June 22, 2013

Holy courage

If God is for us, who can be against us? - Romans 8:31b

Chalice and host ~ Photo credit - Flicker

"When Thomas More was Chancellor of England some of his friends reproached him for going to Communion so often.  With all his duties and responsibilities they thought that this piety took up too much os his time.  
            He answered their objections with these words: 'Your reasons for wanting me to stay away from Holy Communion are exactly the ones which cause me to go so often.  My distractions are great, but it is in Communion that I recollect myself.  I have temptations many times a day; by daily Communion I get the strength to overcome them.  I have much very important business to handle and I need light and wisdom; it is for this very reason that I go to Holy Communion every day to consult Jesus about them.' " 

From John M Haffert
The World's Greatest Saints

St Thomas More
Husband, Father, Lawyer, Knight,
Lord Chancellor of England, Author, Martyr
Steadfastly refused to approve King Henry VIII’s divorce/remarriage
and establishment of the Church of England
Patron of Lawyers
England ~ 1478-1535
FEAST DAY – June 22

St Thomas More, pray for us!

Of all the English bishops, only Bishop John Fisher of Rochester publicly opposed Henry VIII's mandatory Oath of Allegiance, which unlawfully declared King Henry the head of the Church of England. The bishop's stand ultimately cost him his life. May his example inspire all Catholics today, especially the bishops on whose courageous leadership the Church depends.

On the scaffold he said to the people assembled:
"Christian people, I am come hither to die for the faith of Christ's Holy Catholic Church, and I thank God hitherto my stomach hath served me very well thereunto, so that yet I have not feared death. Wherefore I do desire you all to help and assist me with your prayers, that at the very point and instant of death's stroke, I may in that very moment stand steadfast without fainting in any one point of the Catholic faith free from any fear; and I beseech Almighty God of His infinite goodness to save the king and this Realm, and that it may please Him to hold His holy hand over it, and send the king good Counsel."

He then knelt, said the Te Deum, In te domine speravi, and submitted to the axe.

St John Fisher
Bishop, Martyr
England ~ 1469-1535
FEAST DAY – June 22


Erasmus said of John Fisher: "He is the one man at this time who is incomparable for uprightness of life, for learning and for greatness of soul."

St John Fisher, pray for us!

ORDAINED to the Holy Priesthood of Jesus Christ TODAY
Saturday, June 22, 2013
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 Alan Guanella ~ Diocese of LaCrosse (Wisconsin)
St Joseph the Workman, Cathedral ~10:30 AM Mass

Rev Mr Nathan F Bockrath ~ Diocese of Toledo (Ohio)
Rev Mr Christopher M Mileski ~ Diocese of Toledo
Rev Mr Jeremy P Miller ~ Diocese of Toledo
Rev Mr Jeffrey J Walker ~ Diocese of Toledo

Most Holy Rosary Cathedral ~ 11 AM Mass

Rev Mr Allan Ramon Frederick ~ Diocese of Covington (Kentucky)
Rev Mr Michael Carl Hennigen ~ Diocese of Covington
Rev Mr Michael Brandon Norton ~ Diocese of Covington
Rev Mr Luis Angel de Jesus Leon-Saenz ~ Diocese of Covington
Rev Mr Jacob Edward Straub ~ Diocese of Covington
 Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption ~ 10 AM Mass

Rev Mr Michael Costik ~ Diocese of Rochester (New York)
Rev Mr Peter Mottola ~ Diocese of Rochester

Rev Mr David Tedesche ~ Diocese of Rochester
Sacred Heart Cathedral ~ 10 AM Mass

Rev Mr Ryan Browning ~ Diocese of Rockford (Illinois)
Rev Mr Manuel Gerardo Gomez-Reza ~ Diocese of Rockford
Cathedral of St Peter ~ 11 AM Mass

Rev Mr Jason Christian ~ Diocese of Charlotte (North Carolina)
 St Patrick Cathedral ~ 10 AM Mass

Rev Mr Damian Jellett ~ Diocese of Wagga Wagga (Australia)
 St Michael's Cathedral ~ 10 AM Mass

Let us hold them in prayer and offer thanksgiving for their 'YES'!

"How happy I was today. 
My heart was on fire with love for Jesus...
I have begun to taste paradise !"
(St Padre Pio, speaking of his first Mass)


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