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Re: Saints of the Day
« Reply #105 on: November 30, 2021, 07:49:21 PM »
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  • The following reading is taken from Matins on the feast of Saint Andrew the Apostle;


    "After the death and Resurrection of Christ, Andrew was allotted Scythia as the province of his preaching, and, after laboring there, he went through Epirus and Thrace, where he turned vast multitudes to Christ by his teaching and miracles. Finally, he went to Patras in Achaia, and there also he brought many to the knowledge of Gospel truth. Aegeas the Pro-consul resisted the preaching of the Gospel, and the Apostle freely rebuked him, bidding him know that while he held himself a judge of his fellow men, he was himself hindered by devils from knowing Christ our God, the Judge of all. Come a short while after, [Andrew] was brought before the judgment-seat, where he extolled the mystery of the cross, and rebuked Aegeas for his ungodliness. Then Aegeas could bear with him no longer, but commanded him to be crucified, in imitation of Christ. Andrew, then, was led to the place of martyrdom, and, as soon as he came in sight of the cross, he cried out, O precious cross, which the Members of my Lord have made so goodly, how long have I desired thee! how warmly have I loved thee! how constantly have I sought thee! And, now that thou art come to me, how is my soul drawn to thee! Welcome me from among men, and join me again to my Master, that as by thee He redeemed me, so by thee also He may take me unto Himself. So, he was fastened to the cross, whereon he hung living for two days, during which time he ceased not to preach the faith of Christ, and, finally, passed into the Presence of Him the likeness of Whose death he had loved so well. All the above particulars of his last sufferings were written by the Priests and Deacons of Achaia, who bear witness to them of their own knowledge. Under the Emperor Constantine the bones of the Apostle were first taken to Constantinople, whence they were afterwards brought to Amalfi. In the Pontificate of Pope Pius II his head was carried to Rome, where it is kept in the Basilica of St. Peter."



    “God, to whom angels submit themselves and who principalities and powers obey, was subject to Mary; and not only to Mary but Joseph also for Mary’s sake [….]. God obeyed a human creature; this is humility without precedent. A human creature commands God; it is sublime beyond measure.”

    St. Bernard of Clairvaux 

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    « Reply #106 on: November 30, 2021, 08:08:52 PM »
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  • Today also marks the beginning of the St. Andrew Christmas novena. The St. Andrew Christmas novena is traditionally recited 15 times per day starting on November 30th (St. Andrew's Feast Day which is today) until Christmas Day on December 25th. Here it is... 


    "Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in the piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee, O my God, to hear my prayer and grant my desires, [here mention your request] through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ, and of His blessed Mother. Amen."



    “God, to whom angels submit themselves and who principalities and powers obey, was subject to Mary; and not only to Mary but Joseph also for Mary’s sake [….]. God obeyed a human creature; this is humility without precedent. A human creature commands God; it is sublime beyond measure.”

    St. Bernard of Clairvaux 


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    Re: Saints of the Day
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  • Wednesday: A Day to Commemorate St. Joseph, Foster Father of our Lord



    Memorare to St. Joseph


    REMEMBER, O most pure spouse of Mary ever Virgin, my loving protector, Saint Joseph, that never has it been known that anyone ever invoked thy protection, or besought aid of thee, without being consoled. In this confidence I come before thee; I fervently recommend myself to thee. Despise not my prayer, foster-father of our Redeemer, but do thou in thy pity graciously receive it. Amen.



    “God, to whom angels submit themselves and who principalities and powers obey, was subject to Mary; and not only to Mary but Joseph also for Mary’s sake [….]. God obeyed a human creature; this is humility without precedent. A human creature commands God; it is sublime beyond measure.”

    St. Bernard of Clairvaux 

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    Re: Saints of the Day
    « Reply #108 on: December 01, 2021, 04:01:31 PM »
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  • A reading from the sermons of St Bernardine of Siena (Sermon 2, On St Joseph);


    "This is the general rule that applies to all individual graces given to a rational creature. Whenever divine grace selects someone to receive a particular grace, or some especially favored position, all the gifts for his state are given to that person, and. enrich him abundantly.

    This is especially true of that holy man Joseph, the supposed father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and true husband of the queen of the world and of the angels. He was chosen by the eternal Father to be the faithful foster-parent and guardian of the most precious treasures of God, his Son and his spouse. This was the task which he so faithfully carried out. For this, the Lord said to him, ‘Good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Lord.’

    A comparison can be made between Joseph and the whole Church of Christ. Joseph was the specially chosen man through whom and under whom Christ entered the world fittingly and in an appropriate way. So, if the whole Church is in the debt of the Virgin Mary, since, through her, it was able to receive the Christ, surely after her, it also owes to Joseph special thanks and veneration.

    For he it is who marks the closing of the Old Testament. In him the dignity of the prophets and patriarchs achieves its promised fulfilment. Moreover; he alone possessed in the flesh what God in his goodness promised to them over and again.

    It is beyond doubt that Christ did not deny to Joseph in heaven that intimacy, respect, and high honor which he showed to him as to a father during his own human life, but rather completed and perfected it. Justifiably the words of the Lord should be applied to him, ‘Enter into the joy of your Lord.’ Although it is the joy of eternal happiness that comes into the heart of man, the Lord prefers to say to him ‘enter into joy’. The mystical implication is that this joy is not just inside man, but surrounds him everywhere and absorbs him, as if he were plunged in an infinite abyss.

    Therefore, be mindful of us, blessed Joseph, and intercede for us with him whom men thought to be your son. Win for us the favor of the most Blessed Virgin your spouse, the mother of him who lives and reigns with the Holy Spirit through ages unending. Amen."
    “God, to whom angels submit themselves and who principalities and powers obey, was subject to Mary; and not only to Mary but Joseph also for Mary’s sake [….]. God obeyed a human creature; this is humility without precedent. A human creature commands God; it is sublime beyond measure.”

    St. Bernard of Clairvaux 

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    Re: Saints of the Day
    « Reply #109 on: December 02, 2021, 12:09:00 AM »
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  • 2 DEC 2021

    Happy Feast Day
    Happy Feast Day
    Saint Bibiana (Viviana, Vivian or Vibiana)

    Died: 363
    Feastday: December 2
    Patronage: single women, epileptics, hangovers, headaches, insanity, mental illness, torture victims
    Saint Bibiana was a virgin and martyr who suffered persecution under Apronianus, Governor of Rome. After Bibiana’s parents were martyred she and her sister, Demetria, were left to suffer in poverty. Demetria died after confessing her faith, but Bibiana was left to endure greater suffering. She was sent to a woman of ill repute who in vain endeavored to seduce her and have her renounce her faith. When this failed Bibiana was then tied to a pillar and beaten with scourges until she died.

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    "Let God arise, and let His enemies be scattered: and them that hate Him flee from before His Holy Face"  Psalm 67:2[/b]



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    Re: Saints of the Day
    « Reply #110 on: December 02, 2021, 04:49:14 AM »
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  • Sorry to get things out of order but we must not miss

    [color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.870588)] ST. EDMUND CAMPION[/color]
    September 12, 2013

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    During the reformation in England, the Church was fiercely persecuted, and many faithful Catholics gave their lives for the faith. Some were mothers, others were priests, others statesmen. But they were all so convinced that the Catholic faith was true that they chose death rather than renounce it.
    I want to make it clear that these courageous men and women did not die for religious freedom, as is the common misunderstanding. They died because they loved Jesus and the Catholic faith he founded more than their own lives. It’s the difference between dying so a Hindu can worship false gods in his temple and dying because you love Christ and his Church and could never betray either of them.
    Today, I want to briefly share the life of one of these men, St. Edmund Campion.
    Early Life
    St. Edmund Campion was born around 1540 to a London Bookseller. At the young age of 15, he earned a scholarship to St. John’s College, Oxford (these teenagers were hardcore).
    Immediately, young Edmund distinguished himself as an academic and especially as an orator. He was invited to speak at many important functions, and eventually, before Queen Elizabeth herself. His extraordinary abilities and winsome personality so impressed the Queen that he immediately won her patronage and support. A member of her court later referred to Campion as “one of the diamonds of England.”
    It is an understatement to say that Edmund had a bright future ahead of him. He could very easily have risen to the highest political offices in England or left a lasting legacy as an academic. But God had other plans.
    Conversion and priesthood
    In the course of his studies, Edmund was required to take the oath of royal supremacy, stating that the monarch of England was the supreme head of the newly formed church of England. It was impossible to receive a degree or pursue a scholarly life without taking this oath. He also became a deacon in the Anglican church and shortly thereafter received an important position at his university.

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    All the while, however, he harbored deep doubts about the nature of the church of England and its recent separation from Rome. He eventually traveled to Dublin, where he renounced Anglicanism and reconciled with the Catholic church.
    In 1573, Campion traveled to Rome to study for the priesthood with the Jesuits. After his ordination, he taught at the in university in Prague.
    Mission to England
    At this time in history, the Jesuits were newly formed, and they were considered the shock troops, so to speak, in challenging the spread of Protestantism. Wherever the Church was in most need, that’s where the Jesuits went.
    Inspired by the Jesuit successes in other countries, Pope Gregory XIII decided to send Jesuits to England. Edmund Campion and Robert Persons were chosen for the task. Both of these men knew that their mission would most likely cost them their lives, as Catholic priests were regularly imprisoned, tortured, and killed for their ministry.
    Unsurprisingly, the moment Campion landed in England, he was on the run. After being chased out London, he traveled around the English countryside preaching and making many notable converts. While his mission was unquestionably successful, he was constantly being pursued by spies, and he was almost captured on several occasions.
    But he didn’t lose heart. Instead, he decided to write a scholarly treatise challenging the most learned protestants in England to debate matters of religion with him. The publication of this treatise caused a huge uproar, and efforts to capture him were intensified.
    Capture and death
    Execution of St. Edmund Campion
    Execution of St. Edmund Campion
    On a Sunday morning, while preaching and celebrating mass in the countryside, he was finally betrayed by a spy. He was captured shortly thereafter and taken to London for trial.
    During the course of his imprisonment, he was tortured severely and urged by a number of protestant dignitaries to recant his Catholic faith. Of course, he refused. Eventually, he and a number of other captured priests were taken before a court on false charges of ѕєdιтισn and conspiracy to raise an uprising in England.
    Ironically, the trial turned into an opportunity for apologetics, with Campion skillfully defending himself and the other priests on trial, destroying the trumped up evidence, and dismantling the arguments the church of England used to justify its separation from the Catholic church.
    But despite his efforts, the court still found the priests guilty of ѕєdιтισn and condemned them to death by drawing and quartering (if you don’t know what that is, it’s one of the most cruel forms of execution ever devised). Unfortunately for the jury, the priests weren’t dismayed at all. Instead, they began to chant the great Catholic hymn, the Te Deum.
    His last words were:
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    [color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.870588)]“As to the treasons which have been laid to my charge, and for which I come here to suffer, I desire you all to bear witness with me that I am thereto altogether innocent…I am a Catholic man and a priest; in that Faith I have lived, and in that Faith do I intend to die. If you esteem my Religion treason, then I am guilty; as for the other treason, I never committed any, God is my judge.”[/color]
    Conclusion
    We live in a time of pandemic religious indifference. The vast majority of men don’t really think religion matters all that much. What you believe is really more of a personal preference, they think, and religion certainly isn’t worth dying for.
    But this lukewarm attitude is the complete opposite of our Catholic forebears. These men were made of sterner stuff than most of us are today. To them, being Catholic wasn’t a matter of convenience or personal taste, and they didn’t profess the faith because it was comfortable or easy. They professed the faith even at the cost of their lives because they believed in the core of their being that it was true, and Truth mattered more than anything. Does it matter to us?
    Studying the lives of these heroic martyrs should inspire us to passionately love the Faith once delivered to the saints. Let’s be courageous and stand up for what we believe, come what may. St. Edmund Campion, pray for us men!

    PS: If you want a great read on the Reformation in England, check out the novel by Robert Hugh Benson.

    https://catholicgentleman.com/2013/09/gentleman-saint-st-edmund-campion/
    Help of Christians, guard our land from assault or inward stain,
    Let it be what God has planned, His new Eden where You reign.

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    Re: Saints of the Day
    « Reply #111 on: December 02, 2021, 11:57:44 AM »
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  • 2 DEC 2021

    Happy Feast Day
    Happy Feast Day
    Saint Bibiana (Viviana, Vivian or Vibiana)

    Died: 363
    Feastday: December 2
    Patronage: single women, epileptics, hangovers, headaches, insanity, mental illness, torture victims
    Saint Bibiana was a virgin and martyr who suffered persecution under Apronianus, Governor of Rome. After Bibiana’s parents were martyred she and her sister, Demetria, were left to suffer in poverty. Demetria died after confessing her faith, but Bibiana was left to endure greater suffering. She was sent to a woman of ill repute who in vain endeavored to seduce her and have her renounce her faith. When this failed Bibiana was then tied to a pillar and beaten with scourges until she died.

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    Patron Saint of hangovers? :laugh1:
    “God, to whom angels submit themselves and who principalities and powers obey, was subject to Mary; and not only to Mary but Joseph also for Mary’s sake [….]. God obeyed a human creature; this is humility without precedent. A human creature commands God; it is sublime beyond measure.”

    St. Bernard of Clairvaux 

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    Re: Saints of the Day
    « Reply #112 on: December 02, 2021, 01:59:43 PM »
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  • Patron Saint of hangovers? :laugh1:
    And insanity!!!!  Well she must be extremely busy now.
    "Let God arise, and let His enemies be scattered: and them that hate Him flee from before His Holy Face"  Psalm 67:2[/b]



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    Re: Saints of the Day
    « Reply #113 on: December 02, 2021, 02:29:54 PM »
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  • And insanity!!!!  Well she must be extremely busy now.
    That's for sure :laugh1:
    “God, to whom angels submit themselves and who principalities and powers obey, was subject to Mary; and not only to Mary but Joseph also for Mary’s sake [….]. God obeyed a human creature; this is humility without precedent. A human creature commands God; it is sublime beyond measure.”

    St. Bernard of Clairvaux 

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    Re: Saints of the Day
    « Reply #114 on: December 02, 2021, 07:39:55 PM »
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  • Speaking of St. Edmond Campion, there was a "St. Edmund Campion Missal" on the "lost and found" table at the Mass I attended last week. I only had time to flip through it for a couple minutes so I can't say much about it other than it was on the larger side and had a lot of beautiful artwork throughout. In fact, just from googling it, it sounds like it's known for beautiful artwork (color and line drawings). Here's a review of it and a video if anyone's interested in checking it out (I think there's like 3 additions that differ in some way so make sure to look into that if you decide to purchase);

    A Catholic Life: Book Review: St. Edmund Campion Missal




    “God, to whom angels submit themselves and who principalities and powers obey, was subject to Mary; and not only to Mary but Joseph also for Mary’s sake [….]. God obeyed a human creature; this is humility without precedent. A human creature commands God; it is sublime beyond measure.”

    St. Bernard of Clairvaux 

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  • December 3: St. Francis Xavier





    St. Francis Xavier was born in Navarre, Spain, 1506. From St. Ignatius Loyola, he heard the words: "What does it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, but suffer the loss of his own soul?" He renounced his worldly life, and became one of the most zealous apostles who have ever preached the Gospel. He was a missionary. His particular fields of labor were India and Japan, where he converted innumerable pagans. He died off the coast of China in 1552.



    Collect: O God, by the preaching and miracles of Blessed Francis, You were pleased to gather into Thy Church the nations of the Indies; mercifully grant that we, who venerate his glorious merits, may likewise follow the example of his virtues. Through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.
    “God, to whom angels submit themselves and who principalities and powers obey, was subject to Mary; and not only to Mary but Joseph also for Mary’s sake [….]. God obeyed a human creature; this is humility without precedent. A human creature commands God; it is sublime beyond measure.”

    St. Bernard of Clairvaux 


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    Re: Saints of the Day
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    “God, to whom angels submit themselves and who principalities and powers obey, was subject to Mary; and not only to Mary but Joseph also for Mary’s sake [….]. God obeyed a human creature; this is humility without precedent. A human creature commands God; it is sublime beyond measure.”

    St. Bernard of Clairvaux 

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    Re: Saints of the Day
    « Reply #117 on: December 04, 2021, 05:53:22 PM »
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  • “God, to whom angels submit themselves and who principalities and powers obey, was subject to Mary; and not only to Mary but Joseph also for Mary’s sake [….]. God obeyed a human creature; this is humility without precedent. A human creature commands God; it is sublime beyond measure.”

    St. Bernard of Clairvaux 

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    « Reply #118 on: December 06, 2021, 10:36:58 AM »
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  • I'm a day late and a dollar short but happy second week of Advent everyone!
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    “God, to whom angels submit themselves and who principalities and powers obey, was subject to Mary; and not only to Mary but Joseph also for Mary’s sake [….]. God obeyed a human creature; this is humility without precedent. A human creature commands God; it is sublime beyond measure.”

    St. Bernard of Clairvaux 

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  • November 6: St. Nicholas of Myra 


    St. Nicholas is distinguished in the Church for his holy austerity and childlike innocence. Chosen as Bishop of Myra in Licia, Asia Minor, he distinguished himself for his charity and liberality. He was particularly solicitous for the care of the young, and thus is venerated as the patron of children. He took part in the council of Nicea, in 325, which condemned the Arian heresy, where he was said to have slapped Arius himself. His relics are preserved in Bari, Italy.


     


    Collect: O God, You adorned the Blessed Bishop Nicholas with countless miracles; grant, we beseech Thee, that by his merits and prayers we may be delivered from the flames of hell. Through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.

    “God, to whom angels submit themselves and who principalities and powers obey, was subject to Mary; and not only to Mary but Joseph also for Mary’s sake [….]. God obeyed a human creature; this is humility without precedent. A human creature commands God; it is sublime beyond measure.”

    St. Bernard of Clairvaux