Friday, May 20, 2016

Parting Gift par excellence...

"The name of Jesus is the glory of preachers, because the shining 
splendor of that name causes His Word to be proclaimed
and heard.  And how do you think such an immense,
sudden and dazzling light of faith came into the world, 
if not because Jesus was preached?" - St Bernardine of Siena
Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore delivers the homily ~ June 2012 ~ Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption 
of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore, Maryland ~ USA (CNS/Catholic Review/Tom McCarthy Jr.)

"But what hast Thou, O my Jesus, left us,
when quitting this world, in memory of Thy love?

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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
Italy ~ 1380-1444
Orphaned young
Franciscan friar, itinerant preacher, theological writer
Known as "Apostle of Italy"
for efforts to revive faith in 15th century 
FEAST DAY - May 20

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, pray for us!

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