- Wednesday, 01 August 2012 17:18
This picture of the Blessed Martyrs of Nowogródek has been imprinted in my mind and heart since I was in grammar school with the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth. It recalls the murder of the nuns on this date in 1943. How could one be not moved by the death of these women?
The martyrdom of Sister Stella and her 10 companions by the Nazi occupation is one the events in history that keeps me attune to the possibilities of men and women doing evil things to others.
Today, let’s pray for the grace to resist doing evil by keeping heart and mind focussed on Christ and his Gospel. Blessed Stella and companions, pray for us.
- Thursday, 26 July 2012 15:50
Let us praise Joachim and Anne, to whom, in their generation, the Lord gave him
who was a blessing for all the nations. (entr. ant.)
Since the sixth century the Eastern Church has venerated the memory of Saints Joachim and Anne; it was in the tenth century that the Western Church entered Anne’s name into the martyrology and only recently have both been acknowledged together as the grandparents of Jesus.
Let’s pray for grandparents, living and deceased through the intercession of Saints Joachim and Anne.
On grandparents, the Pope has said in 2008,
As regards the family, grandparents continue to be witnesses of unity, of solid values of faithfulness and that singular love from which faith and the joy of living flow…. In the face of the crisis of the family could it not be time to draw even more upon the presence and testimony of those — grandparents — who have a greater richness of values and experience? We couldn’t, in fact, plan the future without recalling a past characterized by significant experiences and spiritual and moral points of reference. Thinking of grandparents, of their witness of love and faith to live, there come to mind the biblical figures of Abraham and Sara, Elizabeth and Zechariah, of Joachim and Anne, just like the elderly Simeon and Anna, or even Nicodemus: in every age, all of these recall for us how the Lord asks each to bring their own talents.
- Wednesday, 25 July 2012 10:40
As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, Jesus saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother mending their nets and he called them. (entr. ant.)
Almighty ever-living God, who consecrated the first fruits of your Apostles by the blood of Saint James, grant, we pray, that your Church may be strengthened by his confession of faith and constantly sustained by his protection.
Today, we pray for the Church in Spain as they venerate this great Apostle James (this site has a lot on the saint) who is buried in Compostella.
We pray for those who need deeper conversion in Christ, as James did.
- Monday, 23 July 2012 06:11
O God, who called the Priest Saint Sharbel Makhūf to the solitary combat of the desert and imbued him with all manner of devotion, grant us, we pray, that, being made imitators of the Lord’s Passion, we may merit to be co-heirs of his Kingdom.
The saint proposed by the Church is a relatively unknown hermit. Saint Sharbel (1828-1898) was a man who fought with the devil in the desert and lived according to tradition given by the Maronite Church. He’s known as the wonder-worker of the Middle East. When Church officials opened the grave of Sharbel they found an intact body with sweet aroma.
A hermit may not be a recognized value for the laity but if you look at the Mass prayer above it notes what we all are after: to be imitators of the Lord’s Passion. The Christian always orients his or her life to the Paschal Mystery (the Life, Death, Resurrection & Ascension of the Lord).