Monday, January 2, 2023

Linked in life and in feast...

 Let the peoples recount the wisdom of the Saints, 
and let the Church proclaim their praise.  
Their names will live on and on.  - Cf. Sir 44:15, 14
(Entrance Antiphon, Today's Liturgy)

"Eternal Son of the living God, whom I acknowledge 
here as truly present, I adore You with all the powers of my 
soul!  Prostrate with the angels in the most profound reverence, 
I love You, O my Savior; whom I now behold on Your throne of love.  
O dread Majesty, O infinite Mercy, save me!  Forgive me!  
Grant that I may never more be separated from You!"

St Basil the Great
Doctor of the Church
Father of Eastern Monasticism
His single greatest contribution was his insistence
on the divinity and consubstantiality
of the Holy Spirit with the Father and the Son
329-379 AD
Feast Day - January 2

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 "We should not accept in silence 
the benefactions of God, but 
return thanks for them." - St Basil the Great

In the life of St. Basil the Great we find one of the first references 
of the Holy Eucharist being reserved for Adoration
At Mass, St. Basil divided the Blessed Sacrament into three parts
the first, he consumed; the second, he gave to his monks; 
the third, he placed in a special golden dove (like a tabernacle) 
in the Church for veneration.

"Why was St. Basil given the name "Great"? Only a few people 
in the world were ever given the magnificent title, "Great"! 
Alexander the Great was so-called because he conquered the world, 
but St. Basil was called "Great" because he conquered 
the hearts and souls of men for Jesus Christ. 
His whole life was dedicated to Jesus and the message of Christianity. 
He had the humility of Moses, the zeal of Elijah
the piety of Peterthe eloquence of John the Theologian
and the dedication of Paul." - Fr. George Poulos

Tyburn Convent, England

“Let us remain in adoration: and to Him, who, in order 
to save us, humbled Himself to such a degree of poverty 
as to receive our body, let us offer not only 
incense, gold and myrrh, the first as God, the second 
as king, and the third as one who sought death for our sake, 
but also spiritual gifts more sublime than those 
which can be seen with the eyes” (Oratorio).

St Gregory Nazienzen
Doctor of the Church
Father of Eastern Monasticism
Esteemed writer and orator
especially on theme of Trinity
aka "the Theologian"
328 -389 AD
Feast Day - January 2


“God accepts our desires as though they were a great value. 
He longs ardently for us to desire and love Him. He accepts 
our petitions for benefits as though we were doing Him a favor. 
His joy in giving is greater than ours in receiving. So let us not be 
apathetic in our asking, nor set too narrow bounds to our requests; 
nor ask for frivolous things unworthy of God’s greatness.”
 St Gregory of Nazienzen
      A sweet tidbit: St. Gregory marveled at the depth of his 
mother Nonna’s faith in God on the altar. While in Our Lord's presence, 
she would never turn her back on the Blessed Sacrament.

Sts Basil and Gregory, pray for us!

Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen are linked in this feast day, as they were in life; they were schoolmates, co-defenders of the orthodox teaching on the Trinity, and dear friendsBoth served as Bishops and suffered hostility from the politically powerful Arians.  In 379 Gregory preached at Basil's funeral:   "Do you, Basil, there also welcome me in your dwelling, when I have departed this life that we may live together and gaze more directly and perfectly at the Holy and Blessed Trinity.  Thus we shall attain the fruition of our desire, and receive the reward of the battles we have fought and the attacks  we have resisted."  Magnificat - Vol 21, No 11, January 2020

Ninth Day of Christmas

TODAY is the 150th Anniversary of the birth 
of St Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face

St Therese, the Little Flower, please pick for me a rose
from the heavenly garden
and send it to me with a message of love;
ask God to grant me the favor I thee implore
and tell Him I love Him each day more and more. Amen.

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