- Tuesday, 04 August 2009 11:50
Sing the God of awesome wisdom
Who has chosen for his own
Those of ev’ry age and nation
To hold fast to God alone
Through all changing styles and customs,
Hearts that only Christ enthrone.
In a faithless time of torpor,
John Vianney loved the Lord,
Preached the truth with ceaseless fervor,
Led his flock by deed and word,
And by his example fearless
Caused our God to be adored.
Lovingly he coaxed the sinner
To submit to Jesus’ way;
In humility and patience
To his Lord he knelt to pray
And, obedient to his calling,
Lived his teaching ev’ry day.
To the Trinity give glory,
Father, Son, and Paraclete:
Those on earth with those in heaven
Joining in one anthem sweet:
As the saints on earth gave witness,
Let us each our course complete!
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PICARDY, ST. THOMAS
James Michael Thompson (c) 2009, World Library Publications
- Tuesday, 04 August 2009 07:00
“O my God, come to me, so that You may dwell in me and I may
dwell in you.”
Father of mercy, you made Saint John Vianney outstanding in his
priestly zeal and concern for your people. By his example and prayers, enable
us to win our brothers and sisters to the love of Christ and come with them to
Pope Benedict’s letter proclaiming the Year of the Priest for the 150th year of Saint John Vianney’s death
A Litany in Honor of Saint John Vianney
A brief biography of Vianney
- Sunday, 02 August 2009 05:45
Lord God, You kept Saint Peter faithful to Christ’s pattern of poverty and humility. May his prayers help us to live in fidelity to our calling and bring us to the perfection You have shown us in Your Son.
A short biography
of Saint Peter Julian, the founder of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament
A list of resources on The Apostle of the Blessed Sacrament
- Saturday, 01 August 2009 10:30
The very hairs of your head are all numbered. Therefore do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.
May this fraternal crown of Thy Martyrs gladden us, O Lord, that so our faith may be strengthened and we may be comforted by the prayers of many intercessors.
The Wisdom of God’s own seven pillars are all, a seven-branched lamp that shine with the Light Divine, Great Martyrs that were before the Martyrs, O all-wise Maccabees, with them pray that the God of all to whom we who now sing your praises may be saved. (Kontakion, tone 2)
(Some will be surprised to see a group of Jewish martyrs inserted in the Roman Liturgy. But it ought not be too surprising. Today a commemoration in the Roman Missal (1962) is that of these holy martyrs. The honoring of the Holy Maccabees is not a liturgical memorial that is found in the current sacramentary because the beloved Liguori is now on August 1. One can hope that the Holy Maccabees will be observed on the Novus Ordo calendar again! On the former liturgical calendar August 1 observed the Holy Maccabees as St Alphonse was celebrated on August 2. As a point of ecclesial comparison, the Orthodox Church maintains today as dedicated to these 7 Jewish Martyrs.
The Christian churches, east and west, honor the witnesses to God because of the steadfastness these people demonstrated for the revealed faith. In the face of persecution they lived and hoped according to the Law and the Fathers. That is, these 7 brothers refused to worship pagan gods and to break the kosher dietary laws; once they accepted the reality of who God was there was no turning away from Him, even at the threat of death. Therefore, the presence of the Jewish Martyrs on the Christian liturgical calendar signify recognition of the righteousness of many before the birth of Christ who are justly recognized as saints for the incredible faith. As they are models for the Jews they also are models for Catholics and Orthodox to live the faith with vigor. It’s rather significant that Saint Ambrose of Milan spoke of the Maccabean martyrs in his work, On Jacob and the blessed life.)
- Saturday, 01 August 2009 06:00
You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost
its taste, how shall its saltness be restored? It is no longer good for
anything except to be thrown out and trodden under foot by men.
Father, you constantly
build up your Church by the lives of your saints. Give us the grace to follow
Saint Alphonsus in his loving concern for the salvation of men, and so come to
share his reward in heaven.