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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.

Saint Maximillian Kolbe

Maximilian Kolbe.jpgCome, you blessed of my Father, says the Lord. Amen I say to you: Whatever you did for one of the least of my brethren, you did it for me.

O God, who filled the Priest and Martyr Saint Maximilian Kolbe with a burning love for the Immaculate Virgin Mary and with zeal for souls and love of neighbor, graciously grant, through his intercession, that, striving for your glory by eagerly serving others, we may be conformed, even until death.
Saint Maximilian is clearly one of the 20th centuries most notable martyrs we have. I can think of anyone who has really followed so closely the entrance antiphon (noted above) than Kolbe.
Earlier today I had a visit from a friend, Brother Maximilian of Newark Abbey, who was visiting family. I am also reminded of Brother Maximilian of St Louis Abbey today, especially as he prepares to go to studies for the priesthood.
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Saint Jane Frances de Chantal

O God, who made Saint Jane Frances de Chantal radiant with outstanding merits in different walks of life, grant us, through her intercession, that walking faithfully in our vocation, we may constantly be examples of shining light.

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While today is Sunday and Saint Jane’s feast is not celebrated by the Church at Mass, the Visitation nuns will observe her feast with great solemnity. I saw one of the St Louis Visitandine nuns yesterday at the ordination of the two monks and we had a good laugh and a few moments talking about important things, like my coveting the cross of a Visitation nun (look at the picture closely). It is, for me, a strikingly beautiful sign of Christ’s love and human commitment to that love. I really want one!
I pray for the nuns of the Order of Visitation whom I have known over the years and I keep in prayer the Monasteries in Georgetown, St Louis, and Tyrringham.
Saint Jane Frances de Chantal, keep us “walking faithfully in our vocation,” pray for us.

Saint John Marie Vianney

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Almighty and merciful God, who made the Priest Saint John Vianney
wonderful in his pastoral zeal, grant, we pray, that through his
intercession and example we may in charity win brothers and sisters for
Christ and attain with them eternal glory.

The August liturgical memorial for Saint John Marie Vianney, the patron of priests, is yet another reminder we ought to have in interceding on behalf of priests. God needs to hear from us n this subject…

May Saint John Vianney approach the Throne of Mercy for all priests.

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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