Creator Spirit, by whose aid
The world's foundations first were laid,
Come visit every pious mind,
Come pour Thy joys on human kind;
From sin and sorrow set us free,
And make Thy temples worthy Thee.
I will not leave you orphans;
I go and I come to you,
and your heart shall rejoice.
Jesus said, Behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of
Feast: May 18th
When still a boy of fifteen, Venantius was martyred for his faith in his native city under the Emperor Decius (249-251). With heroic steadfastness he endured many and unspeakably cruel tortures. According to legend, he was scourged, burned with torches and hung headfirst over a smoking fire. He was then thrown to the lions; while they lay like lambs at his feet, he preached the Gospel to the people. This induced many pagans to accept the faith. Finally he was beheaded.
_____[from The Church's Year of Grace, Pius Parsch.]
Our Lady Aparecida
Feast day October 12
In October of 1717, Dom Pedro de Almedida, Count of Assumar, was on his way to the state of Minas Gerais from
However, it was not the season for fish and the water seemed deserted. After many hours of catching nothing, the fishermen were very depressed. Among the fishermen were three men who always prayed to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception -- Domingos Garcia, Joco Alves, and Felipe Pedroso. Before going out to fish, they asked God to help then in this difficult task, to find enough fish at this time when no fish were available. Felipe knelt and prayed, along with his companions, "Mother of God and our Mother, we need to find fish!"
Just before they were ready to give up, Joco cast his net one more time near the
They very carefully washed the statue and saw that it was Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. They wrapped her in some cloths and continued to fish. Domingo commented, "We worked all night and have found no fish!"
Felipe had a proposition: "Let's continue to fish with faith in the Virgin Aparecida (who appeared)." From this moment on, the net became very full with fish. This was the first miracle of Our Lady of Aparecida.
___(thanks to Overheard in the Sacrasty)
art a little one among the thousands of
out of thee shall be come forth unto me that is to be the ruler in
and his going forth is from the beginning, from the days of eternity.
Therefore will he give them up till the time wherein she that travaileth shall bring forth,
and the remnant of his brethren shall be converted to the children of
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