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Saint Moses

Moses and the Burning Bush DBouts.jpgThe Kontakian of the Byzantine Liturgy the Church prays,

With the divine and righteous Moses and Aaron, the Prophets’ choir today rejoices with gladness, seeing their prophecy fulfilled now in our midst; for Your Cross, O Christ our God, whereby You have redeemed us,, shine in the sight of all as the end and fulfillment of that which they foretold in ancient times. By their entreaties, have mercy upon all of us.

The Church honors Old Testament figures liturgically, and today we recall Moses, a Holy Forefather. However, these Old Testament people do not appear on the Roman Calendar but they do in the Eastern Calendar. In the Roman Martyrology (an official liturgical book that catalogues the cult of saints, including the ecclesial acts of beatification and canonization) we find Saint Moses.

It is to Moses, whom we call a holy prophet and lawgiver. He was chosen by God to lead the oppressed people out of Egypt to the Promised Land. To Moses we learn that God has revealed Himself through the burning but unconsumed bush and it is on Mount Sinai through Moses that we learn God’s name, “I Am Who I Am.” It is through Moses that we receive the Law and “at a ripe old age” Moses died before entering the Promised Land and designed by God.
According to Catholic theology, Moses is an Old Testament type of Jesus, who in the Gospel of Matthew, is known as the “new Moses” and and is said to be Elias on Tabor at the Lord’s Transfiguration.
Moses is a particular appropriate saint for Benedictines to know, follow, and imitate. His life and vocation to be a prophet –that is, a witness, to the encounter with God, ought to motivate us to a deeper call to seek the face of God. The Benedictine vocation to be present to the Divine Mystery in front of us.
So, yes, Catholics call Moses “saint.”

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Saint Augustine

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LET me speak of
another celebrated conquest of God’s grace in an after age, and you will see
how it pleases Him to make a Confessor, a Saint, Doctor of His Church, out of
sin and heresy both together. It was not enough that the Father of the Western
Schools, the author of a thousand works, the triumphant controversialist, the
especial champion of grace, should have been once a poor slave of the flesh,
but he was the victim of a perverted intellect also. He who, of all others, was
to extol the grace of God, was left more than others to experience the
helplessness of nature. The great St Augustine (I am not speaking of the holy
missionary of the same name, who came to England and converted our pagan
forefathers, and became the first Archbishop of Canterbury, but of the great
African Bishop, two centuries before him)–Augustine, I say, not being in
earnest about his soul, not asking himself the question, how was sin to be
washed away, but rather being desirous, while youth and strength lasted, to
enjoy the flesh and the world, ambitious and sensual, judged of truth and
falsehood by his private judgment and his private fancy; despised the Catholic
Church because it spoke so much of faith and subjection, thought to make his
own reason the measure of all things, and accordingly joined a far-spread sect,
which affected to be philosophical and enlightened, to take large views of
things, and to correct the vulgar, that is, the Catholic notions of God and
Christ, of sin, and of the way to heaven. In this sect of his he remained for
some years; yet what he was taught there did not satisfy him. It pleased him
for a time, and then he found he had been eating for food what had no
nourishment in it; he became hungry and thirsty after something more
substantial, he knew not what; he despised himself for being a slave to the
flesh, and he found his religion did not help him to overcome it; thus he
understood that he had not gained the truth
, and he cried out, “Oh, who
will tell me where to seek it, and who will bring me into it?”

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Saint Louis

St Louis IX, MO.jpgSaints come from all walks of life. We’ve got every group represented in the group of canonized. Today is the feast of a saint of a rare group –a king. The Church honors King Saint Louis IX.

The Church prays
O God, who brought Saint Louis from the cares of earthly rule to the glory of a heavenly realm, grant, we pray, through his intercession, that, by fulling our duties on earth, we may seek out your eternal Kingdom.
Please keep in your prayers the Connecticut native who made his solemn profession of vows as a Benedictine monk of the Abbey of Saint Mary and Saint Louis today.
Dom Dunstan Holms is now a permanent member of Saint Louis Abbey; Abbot Thomas has assigned him the work of being the chair of the classics department; he’s a well respected Latin teacher at the Priory School. May God richly bless Dom Dunstan as he moves more and more toward the Paschal Mystery.
Likewise, say a prayer for the Archdiocese of Saint Louis on their feast day.

Saint Bartholomew

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whose Festival we celebrate today, has been supposed to be the same as the
Nathanael mentioned in the text. Nathanael was one of Christ’s first converts,
yet his name does not occur again till the last chapter of St. John’s Gospel,
where he is mentioned in company with certain of the Apostles, to whom Christ
appeared after His resurrection. Now, why should the call of Nathanael have
been recorded in the opening of the Gospel, among the acts of Christ in the
beginning of His Ministry, unless he was an Apostle? Philip, Peter, and Andrew,
who are mentioned at the same time, were all Apostles; and Nathanael’s name is
introduced without preface, as if familiar to a Christian reader. At the end of
the Gospel it appears again, and there too among Apostles. Besides, the
Apostles were the special witnesses of Christ, when He was risen.  He
manifested Himself, “not to all the people,” says Peter, “but
unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with Him
after He rose from the dead.” [Acts x. 41.] Now, the occasion on which
Nathanael is mentioned, was one of these manifestations. “This is now the
third time,” says the Evangelist, “that Jesus was manifested to His
disciples, after that He was risen from the dead.” It was in the presence
of Nathanael, that He gave St. Peter his commission, and foretold his
martyrdom, and the prolonged life of St. John
. All this leads us to conjecture
that Nathanael is one of the Apostles under another name. Now, he is not
Andrew, Peter, or Philip, for they are mentioned in connexion with him in the
first chapter of the Gospel; nor Thomas, James, or John, in whose company he is
found in the last chapter; nor Jude (as it would seem), because the name of
Jude occurs in St. John’s fourteenth chapter. Four Apostles remain, who are not
named in his Gospel,–St. James the Less, St. Matthew, St. Simon, and St.
Bartholomew; of whom St. Matthew’s second name is known to have been Levi,
while St. James, being related, was not at any time a stranger to our Lord,
which Nathanael evidently was. If then Nathanael were an Apostle, he was either
Simon or Bartholomew. Now it is observable, that, according to St. John, Philip
brought Nathanael to Christ; therefore Nathanael and Philip were friends: while
in the other Gospels, in the list of Apostles, Philip is associated with
Bartholomew; “Simon and Andrew, James and John, Philip and
Bartholomew.” [Matt. x. 3.] This is some evidence that  Bartholomew
and not Simon is the Nathanael of St. John
. On the other hand, Matthias has
been suggested instead of either, his name meaning nearly the same as Nathanael
in the original language. However, since writers of some date decide in favour
of Bartholomew, I shall do the like in what follows.

What then do we learn from
his recorded character and history? It affords us an instructive lesson.

Philip told him that he had found the long-expected Messiah of whom Moses
wrote, Nathanael (that is, Bartholomew) at first doubted. He was well read in
the Scriptures, and knew the Christ was to be born in Bethlehem; whereas Jesus
dwelt at Nazareth, which Nathanael supposed in consequence to be the place of
His birth,–and he knew of no particular promises attached to that city, which
was a place of evil report, and he thought no good could come out of it. Philip
told him to come and see
; and he went to see, as a humble single-minded man,
sincerely desirous to get at the truth. In consequence, he was vouchsafed an
interview with our Saviour, and was converted.

Blessed John Henry Newman

Plain and Parochial Sermons, 27

Saint Pius X

St Pius X.jpgO God, who to safeguard the Catholic faith and to
restore all things in Christ, filled Pope Saint Pius the Tenth with heavenly
wisdom and apostolic fortitude, graciously grant that, following his teaching
and example, we may gain an eternal prize.

Saint Pius was known as an ardent defender
of the purity of Christian doctrine. He’s one of those popes that really got
what it means follow the 5th century Saint Prosper of Aquitaine’s emphasis on the Liturgy as the heart of our faith, that is, to be “liturgical.” Pius knew the full value of the sacred Liturgy
as it forms our worship, believe system and life as Christians. He’s credited for
the renewal of our worship, the promotion of plainchant and beauty public
prayer. Most people will recall that Pius established the practice of early,
frequent and daily communion. 

Pope Pius X was born in 1835, known as an intelligent, industrious and pious priest and bishop, died August 20, 1914 and canonized on
May 29, 1954.

About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement, and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]yahoo.com.
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