Monday, February 21, 2022

Driving out the beasts...

 "We need ... to reemphasize the glories of the Cross and 
of our Crucified Redeemer, to reopen the fountains of mercy 
just when the devil would make us the victim of wrath... 
We must arouse them from their insensibility 
by reminding them that His Blood is offered up 
every morning upon the altars."- St Gaspar del Bufalo

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On one occasion St Peter Damian wrote to a young nephew:

"If I may speak figuratively, drive out the 
roaring beasts from your domain; 
do not cease from protecting yourself daily 
by receiving the Flesh and Blood of the Lord.  

Let your secret foe see your lips 
reddened with the Blood of Christ. 
He will shudder, cower back, 
and flee to his dark, dank retreat."

St Peter Damian
Italy ~ 1007-1072
Benedictine monk, Cardinal-Bishop of Ostia
Reformer, Author - 
Liber Gomorrhianus (Book of Gomorrah)
Doctor of the Church
“Do not prefer anything 
to the love of Christ.”
Feast Day - February 21

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“Do not be depressed. 
Do not let your weakness make you impatient. 
Instead, let the serenity of your spirit 
shine through your face. 
Let the joy of your mind burst forth. 
Let words of thanks break from your lips.” 
 St Peter Damian
(Well said, St Peter!)

St Peter Damian, pray for us!

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