Today is the first time the Jesuits and Spain celebrate the liturgical memorial of the new beatus, Blessed Bernard Francis de Hoyos. When Blessed Bernard was lifted to the altars in April, I posted on him, and here. For me, he’s an attractive contemporary apostle of the Sacred Heart Jesus. The second reading for the Office of Readings of the Divine Office follows:
From the Instruction of
Blessed Bernard Francis de Hoyos to Brother Ignatius Osorio
September 1732, nn. 40-41; MS 1596, University Library of Salamanca.)
and heavenly peace in your heart
Try to have, my beloved brother, a divine and
heavenly peace in your heart. I do not speak of peace with others, called by
another name, charity; for that I repeat (the words) of the Apostle to the
Thessalonians: Now concerning love of the brothers, you do not need to have
anyone write to you, for your yourselves have been taught by God to love one
another (1 Thessalonians 4:9). I speak of peace within one’s own heart,
which often is the greater struggle for us, arousing in the soul a thousand
disturbances, anguishes, and disquiet with which the demon succeeds in his aim
of thwarting us in the way of perfection. The distinguishing
characteristic of the friends of God consists in this interior peace, which
Christ so often recommended to his disciples, repeating: Peace be with you (Luke
10:5; 24:36) for he is called “Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).
Disturbance, on the contrary, is characteristic of reprobates: There is
no peace for the wicked. (Isaiah 48:22). Jesus cannot abide where there
is no peace. The soul is a mirror; it is a crystal-clear steam which
reflects all the beauties placed before it; in which the image of our God is
reflected: into the same image we are being transformed (2 Corinthians 3:18),
so long as the waters of this stream are nit disturbed or agitated, so long as the
clarity of this mirror is not dimmed or obscured.
The Church in North America was built, in part, by the pouring of the blood of Jesuits and laymen in the 17th century. Men who followed Christ to a perfect end. That is, not for their glory but for the greater glory of God. Saint Paul’s 2nd Letter to the Corinthians captures this foundation well: “For while we live we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh.”
To your Name’s own greater glory,
In the midst of worldly strife,
Came Ignatius called Loyola,
Building up your Church’s life.
That the gospel of the Savior,
With its news of endless grace
Might be brought by his companions
Unto ev’ry land and race.
Once a warrior for earth’s kingdoms,
Gravely wounded, he became
Soldier for the King of heaven,
Limping forth in Jesus’ name.
Once in Paris, he found others
Who alike heard Jesus’ call;
Soldiers, poor and chaste, obedient,
There they gave to Christ their all.
In his living and his dying,
He has shown to ev’ryone
What it means to lose one’s own self,
How to live for Christ the Son.
May his love, which scorned all travail,
Teach us how to follow you;
May our love, in his example,
Be to Christ forever true.
To the Father, life’s own author,
To the Son, who sets us free,
To the Spirit, voice of prophets,
Three-In-One, all praises be!
From the mouth of Saint Ignatius
Comes a song of matchless praise;
All the Church, on earth, in heaven,
Joins, as now this hymn we raise.
J. Michael Thompson
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Who shall climb God’s holy mountain?
Stand within his holy place?
Those whose hearts are pure and lowly,
Free of guile and full of grace!
On this day, O Lord, we thank you
For your servant’s selfless life
Which he offered you with gladness,
Leaving wealth and earthly strife.
Aloysius, born as gentry,
Heard from youth your gentle call,
And, renouncing rank and riches,
Followed you and gave his all.
In the service of those sickened
By the plague, he spent himself,
Thus exhausting earthly body,
Storing up the one true wealth.
J. Michael Thompson
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