Saints: October 2008 Archives

Saints Simon and Jude

| | Comments (0)

St Simon.jpg Thumbnail image for St Jude.jpgThe Western Church holds that Simon serve the Lord in Egypt by preaching the new faith and he eventually joined Jude in taking the Gospel to Persia, modern-day Iran, and were martyred. One figures that great apostles, as all apostles were close to Jesus, would have their own liturgical memorial. We, however, are left wondering why Simon and Jude ended up being honored together in the Liturgy. One writer makes the claim that Ss. Simon and Jude needed each other. He writes:


"Without one another, Simon and Jude would likely have been martyred far earlier in their lives. Together they were a formidable pair, each bearing the gifts necessary to the life of the other. Jude was always there to mediate and reconcile the abrasions created by Simon's zeal; Simon was always there to speak on behalf of Jude and protect him from those who would take advantage of his gentleness." (Sam Portaro. Brightest and Best:  A Companion to the Lesser Feasts and Fasts. Boston: Cowley Publications, 1998. 191.)


O God, Who through Thy blessed Apostles Simon and Jude has brought us unto knowledge of Thy Name, grant us both to celebrate their eternal glory by making progress in virtues and by celebrating their glory to advance in virtue.


Visit the Shrine of Saint Jude


Saint Luke

| | Comments (0)

Adrienne von Speyer speaks of Saint Luke in Book of All Saints as man whose 'internal St Luke3.jpgattitude is essentially shaped by the fact that he gave up his profession in order to allow himself to be taken up into the new life, without any assurances. Of course, he brings his previous understanding and his previous capacities with him. But he submits them altogether to testing in the faith."


Von Speyer also notes Luke's "confessional attitude toward the Lord." In another place she calls to mind that Saint Luke serves the Lord and the early Church -indeed all of humanity--with his whole being, completely spending himself. But he performs his service in a posture of dependence: he shows us what it means to be dependent on the Lord, the One who redeems us.


Subordinate to Saint Paul's goodness, Luke learns from Paul that the Christ is only source on which to depend. It, therefore, it can be said that as a student of Paul, Saint Luke does everything to reflect what he's been taught. As Luke did everything "ad majorem gloriam Pauli," so we must be humble enough to do whatever the Lord asks in obedience.

Saint Ignatius of Antioch

| | Comments (0)

It is therefore befitting that you should in every way glorify Jesus Christ, who has glorified St Ignatius of Antioch.jpgyou, that by a unanimous obedience you may be perfectly joined together in the same mind, and in the same judgment, and may all speak the same thing concerning the same thing, 1 Corinthians 1:10 and that, being subject to the bishop and the presbytery, you may in all respects be sanctified.


I do not issue orders to you, as if I were some great person. For though I am bound for the name [of Christ], I am not yet perfect in Jesus Christ. For now I begin to be a disciple, and I speak to you as fellow-disciples with me. For it was needful for me to have been stirred up by you in faith, exhortation, patience, and long-suffering. But inasmuch as love suffers me not to be silent in regard to you, I have therefore taken upon me first to exhort you that you would all run together in accordance with the will of God. For even Jesus Christ, our inseparable life, is the [manifested] will of the Father; as also bishops, settled everywhere to the utmost bounds [of the earth], are so by the will of Jesus Christ.


harp.jpgWherefore it is fitting that you should run together in accordance with the will of your bishop, which thing also you do. For your justly renowned presbytery, worthy of God, is fitted as exactly to the bishop as the strings are to the harp. Therefore in your concord and harmonious love, Jesus Christ is sung. And man by man, become a choir, that being harmonious in love, and taking up the song of God in unison, you may with one voice sing to the Father through Jesus Christ, so that He may both hear you, and perceive by your works that you are indeed the members of His Son. It is profitable, therefore, that you should live in an unblameable unity, that thus you may always enjoy communion with God.


Saint Ignatius of Antioch (c. 35-110)

Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque

| | Comments (0)

Today is the liturgical memorial of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690), a

Alacoque.jpgVisitation nun who promoted the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus at the request of the Lord Himself. Saint Margaret Mary's life was filled with suffering, both physical and from interpersonal issues because of her sisters in the monastery. Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, was often overcome by anguish and uncertainty but with the assistance of Saint Claude la Colombière. She was known to have died saying the Holy Name of Jesus.


Many of us heard of the promises the Lord made through Saint Margaret Mary and we may have known or have done many the things the Lord has asked without really knowing where they come from, so for our edification I have included the promises herewith:


The Twelve Promises of Jesus to Saint Margaret Mary for those devoted to His Sacred Heart:


1.      I will give them all the graces necessary for their state of life.

2.      I will establish peace in their families.

3.      I will console them in all their troubles.

4.      They shall find in My Heart an assured refuge during life and especially at the hour of their death.

5.      I will pour abundant blessings on all their undertakings.

6.      Sinners shall find in My Heart the source of an infinite ocean of mercy.

7.      Tepid souls shall become fervent.

8.      Fervent souls shall speedily rise to great perfection.

9.      I will bless the homes where an image of My Heart shall be exposed and honored.

10.  I will give to priests the power of touching the most hardened hearts.

11.  Those who propagate this devotion shall have their names written in My Heart, never to be effaced.

12.  The all-powerful love of My Heart will grant to all those who shall receive Communion on the First Friday of nine consecutive months the grace of final repentance; they shall not die under my displeasure, nor without receiving their Sacraments; My heart shall be their assured refuge at that last hour.

Saint Bruno

| | Comments (0)

St Bruno.jpg


Let all mortal flesh keep silence,
And with fear and trembling stand;
Ponder nothing earthly minded,
For with blessing in His hand,
Christ our God to earth descendeth,
Our full homage to demand.

The devotion I have to praying the Rosary comes from my connection with Our Lady of Pompeii Church, East Haven, Connecticut. The Church ladies as my mother called them, instilled in me--along with the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth--a deep love of the Rosary. These ladies communicated to me the experience of the Rosary being a powerful tool of prayer.  Some speak of the Rosary as the divine tool that decapitates the head of evil. Our Lady of Pompeii Church remains special to me because it is my family's parish, where my parents were married and where I was Baptized.


Bl Bartolo Longo.jpgPope John Paul II said of Longo at his beatification: "Rosary in hand, Blessed Bartolo Longo says to each of us: 'Awaken your confidence in the Most Blessed Virgin of the Rosary. Venerable Holy Mother, in You I rest all my troubles, all my trust and all my hope!'" And of himself, Blessed Bartolo said: "I wish to die a true Dominican tertiary in the arms of the Queen of the Rosary with the assistance of my holy Father Saint Dominic and of my mother Saint Catherine of Siena." Blessed Bartolo is a wonderful example of a saintly man who is husband and father.


Today is also the feast of Blessed Bartolo Longo, the author of the following prayer, the Supplica, composed 125 years ago, is always prayed at noon on the first Sunday of October.


Petition to Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii

Blessed Bartolo Longo


In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O August Queen of Victories, O Sovereign of Heaven and Earth, at whose name the heavens rejoice and the abyss trembles, O glorious Queen of the Rosary, we your devoted children, assembled in your Temple of Pompeii, on this solemn day, pour out the affection of our heart  and with filial confidence express our miseries to You.

From the Throne of clemency, where You are seated as Queen, turn, O Mary, your merciful gaze on us, on our families, on Italy, on Europe, on the world. Have compassion on the sorrows and cares which embitter our lives. See, O Mother, how many dangers of body and soul, how many calamities and afflictions press upon us.

O Mother, implore for us the mercy of your divine Son and conquer with clemency the heart of sinners. They are our brothers and your children who cause the heart of our sweet Jesus to bleed and who sadden your most sensitive Heart. Show all what you are, the Queen of Peace and of Pardon.

Hail Mary


It is true that, although we are your children, we are the first to crucify again Jesus into our heart by our sins and we pierce anew your heart.

We confess it: we are deserving of the most severe punishments but remember that, on Golgotha, You received with the divine Blood, the testament of the dying Savior, who declared You to be our Mother, the Mother of sinners.

You then, as our Mother, are our Advocate, our Hope. And we raise our suppliant hands to You with sighs crying: "Mercy!"

O good Mother, have pity on us, on our souls, on our families, on our relatives, on our friends, on our deceased, especially on our enemies, and on so many who call themselves Christian and yet offend the Heart of your loving Son. Today we implore pity for the misguided Nations, for all Europe, for all the world, so that it may return repentant to your heart. Mercy on all, O Mother of Mercy!


Hail Mary

OL Rosary Caravaggio.jpgKindly deign to hear us, O Mary! Jesus has placed in your hands all the treasures of His graces and His mercies. You are seated a crowned Queen, at the right hand of your Son, resplendent with immortal glory above all the Choirs of Angels. You extend your dominion throughout heavens and the earth and all creatures are subject to you. You are omnipotent by grace and therefore You can help us. Were You not willing to help us, since we are ungrateful children and undeserving of your protection, we would not know to whom to turn. Your Mother's heart would not permit to see us your children, lost. The Infant whom we see on your knees and the mystical Rosary which we gaze at your hand, inspire confidence in us that we shall be heard. And we confide fully in You, we abandon ourselves as helpless children into the arms of the most tender of mothers, and on this very day, we expect from You the graces we so long for.


Hail Mary

One last favor we now ask You, O Queen, which You cannot refuse us on this most solemn day. Grant to all of us your steadfast love and in a special manner your maternal blessing.

We shall not leave You until You have blessed us. Bless, O Mary, at this moment, our Holy Father. To the ancient splendors of your Crown, to the triumphs of your Rosary, whence you are called the Queen of Victories, add this one also, O Mother: grant the triumph of Religion and Peace to human Society. Bless our Bishops, Priests and particularly all those who are zealous for the honor of your Sanctuary. Bless finally all those who are associated with your Temple of Pompeii and all those who cultivate and promote devotion to the Holy Rosary.


O Blessed Rosary of Mary, sweet Chain which binds us to God, Bond of love which unites us to the Angels, Tower of salvation against the assaults of hell, safe Port in our universal shipwreck, we shall never abandon You. You will be our comfort in the hour of agony: to You the last kiss of our dying life. And the last word from our lips will be your sweet name, O Queen of the Rosary of Pompeii, O dearest Mother, O Refuge of Sinners, O Sovereign Consoler of the Afflicted. Be Blessed everywhere, today and always, on earth and in Heaven. Amen.


Salve Regina


Angel1.jpgO God,

Who in Thine ineffable providence hast deigned to send Thy holy Angels to watch over us, grant Thy suppliants always to find safety in their protection and in eternity to share their happiness.



Today we honor the guardian angels and the Church has had this feast on the universal calendar since 1670 as a way of proclaiming God's protection for all of us, believer and non-believer alike; the guardian angels are not given only to helpless humanity. Today's memorial also reminds us that there is a spirit world and that there are beings without bodies in our midst, who are of good and evil.


In your prayers today, kindly remember the monks of the American-Cassinese Congregation who are under the patronage of the Guardian Angels. Pray for vocations to the monastic way of life and holiness of life.





This feast may be confusing to some people so I thought presenting some of the Church's teaching on angels would be good.




The Angels in Relation to God


Holy Writ adjures the angels to praise God and attests that they glorify God by their praise. (Cf. Ps 102, 148, Dn 3:58, Is 6:3, Rev 4:8, Heb 1:6)


The Angels in Relation to Man


De fide


Since the 16th century the Church celebrates a feast of in honor of the guardian angels. The Roman Catechism (IV.9.4) teaches: "By God's Providence the task is given of protecting the human race and individual human beings, so that they may not suffer any serious harm whatever."


Holy Writ testifies that all the angels are in the service of mankind. Hebrews 1:14: "Are they not all ministering angels, sent to minister for them who shall receive the inheritance of salvation?" Psalm 90:11ff describes the care of the angels for the just.


According to Origen (De princ. I Praed. 10) it is "a constituent part of the doctrinal promulgation of the Church that there are angels of God and benevolent powers, which serve Him, in order to complete the salvation of mankind." (Cf. Origen, contra Celsum, VIII 34.)


Sent. certa.


Angel2.jpgAccording to the general teaching of the theologians, however, not only every baptized person, but every human being, including unbelievers, has his own special guardian angel from his birth. This view is biblically founded on the words of Our Lord. Matthew 18:10: "See that you do not dispise one of these little ones. For I say to you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father who is in heaven."


St. Basil with reference to Matthew 18, teaches: "Every one of the faithful has an angel standing at his side as educator and guide, directing his life" (Adv. Eumonium III.1) According to the testimony of St. Gregory the Wonder-worker and of St. Jerome, every person has from his birth his own special guardian angel. St. Jerome comments on Matthew 18:10: "How great is the value of the (human) soul that every single person has from birth (ab ortu navitatis) received an angel for his protection" (cf. St Gregory the Wonder-worker's thanksgiving speech on Origen., 1-8).


The Veneration of Angels


The veneration by men of the good angels is justified both by their glorification by God and their relation to men. That which the Council of Trent teaches as to the invocation and veneration of the saints (D 984ff), may also be applied to the angels. The rejection of the veneration of the angels by St. Paul (Col. 2:18) refers to a false, exaggerated veneration of Gnostic false teachers. St. Justin Martyr is an early witness to the Church's veneration of the angels. (L. Ott, Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma, 1960)



When I was a little boy my grandmothers taught me this prayer by saying it with me every night before bed when I spent the night at their homes. It brought me comfort then, and it brings me confort today. Each time I pray the prayer I am reminded of my grandmothers. Teach your children this prayer and say it yourself.


Angel of God,
my guardian dear,
to Whom His love,
commits me here,
ever this day,
be at my side,
to light and guard,
to rule and guide. Amen.



Finally, there are some in the Church who undoubtedly will be singing this hymn for a communion meditation. Enjoy!!!

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]



Humanities Blog Directory

About this Archive

This page is a archive of entries in the Saints category from October 2008.

Saints: September 2008 is the previous archive.

Saints: November 2008 is the next archive.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.