- Monday, 18 January 2010 15:30
Lord our God, You are the shield and glorious reward of those who walk blamelessly in Your sight. keep us steadfast in Your holy service so that aided by the wise teaching and intercession of Brother Charles of Sezze, we may with hearts open to You run the way of perfect charity.
Saint Charles was known for holiness, simplicity and charity. He was heroic in serving the 17th century plague victims. Blessed John XXIII canonized him in 1959. The Franciscan Ordo places Saint Charles’ feast today.
- Saturday, 16 January 2010 10:00
Lord God, You sanctified the beginnings of the Order of Friars Minor by the glorious struggle of Your holy martyrs Berard and companions. As they did not hesitate to give up their lives for You so may we bear staunch witness to You by our lives.
Saint Berard was the superior of Vitalis, Berard, Peter, Accursius, Adjutus, and Odo, missionaries to Morocco whom we celebrate today. They were martyred on this date in 1220. Saint Francis upon hearing of his brother’s deaths was reported to have said, “Now I can truly say that I have five Friars Minor!” The translation of the relics in the 15th century prompted Saint Anthony of Padua to leave the Augustinian Canons and join the Franciscans.
- Thursday, 14 January 2010 06:15
How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the man who bring tidings of peace, joy and salvation.
God our Father, through the apostolic ministry of blessed Odoric You made Your Church grow, shedding the light of the Gospel on many oriental peoples. Grant us through his prayers to stand fast in the faith and to remain constant in the hope of the gospel which he preached.
This Franciscan Friar is remembered for his preaching the Gospel in the far reaches of Asia. History also tells us that he traveled on diplomatic missions in China, India and Mongolia. He was well-known and appreciated by the laity. Blessed Odoric ranks just behind Marco Polo for his travel in foreign lands and understanding other cultures. He wrote of his explorations which are preserved in as many as 73 manuscripts.
- Tuesday, 12 January 2010 06:10
He humbled himself in all things and found favor with God. Great is the power of God; by the humble he is glorified.
God, our Father, You have given us Saint Bernard as a wonderful example of penance and of Christian virtues. By the power of Your Spirit make us firm in faith and effective in our work.
- Monday, 11 January 2010 15:02
John Paul II called Saint Thomas “the living image of the Good Shepherd” who “meditated upon and incarnated in his life the Gospel requirement of poverty and of self-giving to God and neighbor.”
Saint Thomas’s brief biography may be read here