- Thursday, 28 January 2010 06:00
Blessed be the Lord; for love of him Saint Thomas Aquinas spent long hours in prayer, study, and writing. (Gospel antiphon for Lauds)
O Lord my God, help me to be obedient without reserve,
poor without servility, chaste without compromise, humble without pretense,
joyful without depravity, serious without affectation, active without
frivolity, submissive without bitterness, truthful without duplicity, fruitful
in good works without presumption, quick to revive my neighbor without
haughtiness, and quick to edify others by word and example without simulation.
me, O Lord, an ever-watchful heart that no alien thought can lure away from
You; a noble heart that no base love can sully; an upright heart that no
perverse intention can lead astray; an invincible heart that no distress can
overcome; an unfettered heart that no impetuous desires can hold back.
my God, also bestow upon me understanding to know You, zeal to seek You, wisdom
to find You, a life that is pleasing to You, unshakable perseverance, and a
hope that will one day take hold of You.
May I do penance here below and patiently
bear your chastisements. May I also receive the benefits of your grace, in
order to taste your heavenly joys and contemplate your glory. AMEN.
Aquinas is the patron saint of academics, apologists, book sellers, Catholic schools (all levels), pencil makers, theologians and publishers.
- Tuesday, 19 January 2010 10:00
all holiness, you filled Blessed Andrew with an apostolic spirit. Help us to
imitate his words and example that we may advance in holiness and live fruitful
Blessed Andrew, a Dominican priest, worked 45 years as a traveling preacher in the Italian Alps. He founded churches, schools and orphanages and was known as a miracle worker.
- Monday, 18 January 2010 06:30
I will lead her into the desert and speak to her heart. She shall respond there as in the days of her youth.
O God of truth, through the Holy Spirit you blessed our sister Margaret with true humility. Teach us that same integrity so that we may constantly turn from our selfishness to your love. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
More on Saint Margaret of Hungary may be read here, here and here.
Some hold her feast on January 26th, but the Dominicans commemorate her today, January 18th. In her family there are few saints: Saint Elizabeth of Hungary and Kinga and Blessed Yolanda. She was canonized by the Venerable Servant of God Pope Pius XII on her aunt, Saint Elizabeth’s feast day in 1943.
- Monday, 11 January 2010 07:00
Merciful God, you led
Blessed Bernard along the path of conversion and evangelical perfection. With
the help of his prayers and by following his example may we have sorrow for our
offenses and turn to you with hearts cleansed of sin.
Saint Francis of Assisi is not the only one to have have sway over birds and animals, our blessed friend, Bernard is also known for the same. He had the gift of prophecy and was particularly kind to sinners in the confessional.
Blessed Bernard is the patron saint for those living with paralysis and confessors. He is also listed among those whose bodies have not decayed.
- Thursday, 07 January 2010 07:00
The whole law has found its fulfillment in this one
saying: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
Almighty and compassionate Father, through the life
and teaching of our brother Raymond you show us that love is the fulfillment of
the law. Fill our hearts with love and so make us grow in freedom as your sons
Saint Raymond is the patron saint for attorneys, barristers,
canonists, lawyers, medical record librarians.