Ecclesia Dei, is coming to an end.
Friday, June 29, 2007
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
Saint Jose Maria Escriva
O God our Father, you chose St. Josemaría to proclaim the universal call to sanctity
and apostolate in the Church.
By his example and prayers, grant
that in faithfully carrying out our daily work
in the Spirit of Christ, we may be formed in the likeness of your Son,
and together with the most Blessed Virgin Mary,
serve the work of redemption with an ardent love.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ
your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Sunday, June 24, 2007
St. Derfel Gadarn :
5th or 6th century. According to legend, Saint Derfel was a great Welsh soldier
who fought at the Battle of Camlan (537), where King Arthur was killed. He may
have been a monk and abbot at Bardsey and later a solitary at Llanderfel,
him mounted on a horse and holding a staff was greatly venerated in the church
at Llanderfel until it was used for firewood in the burning of Blessed John
Forest, Queen Catherine of
In 1538, Dr. Ellis Price, Cromwell's agent for the diocese of Saint Asaph, wrote
to Cromwell about Derfel's statue. He wanted to know how he should dispose of
it, because "the people have so much trust in him that they come daily on
pilgrimage to him with cows or horses or money, to the number of five or six
hundred on April 5. The common saying was that whoever offered anything to this
saint would be delivered out of hell by him." (We know that only Jesus Christ
can save us from hell, but this testimony is an indication of the power of
Cromwell ordered him to send it to
Price a 40 pound bribe, but the statue was still removed. On May 22, 1438, John
Forest of Greenwich was to be burnt for refusing the Oath of Supremacy. Just
before his execution, Derfel's "huge and great image" was brought to the
gallows. A centuries-old Welsh prophecy had predicted that "this image should
set a whole forest afire; which prophecy now took effect, for he set this friar
horse can be seen in Llanderfel
(Attwater2, Benedictines, Delaney, Farmer).
Saturday, June 23, 2007
They hanged him from the gibbet, with a chain placed around his waist. They then lit a fire and placed on it a statue of a Welsh saint, Derfel Gadarn. Curiously, according to tradition, it had been predicted that this venerated statue would one day ‘set a
(Roman Miscellany: June 24, 2007)
for your prayer is heard,
and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son,
and you shall call his name John."
"He was indeed a man endued with all virtue, who exhorted the Jews to the practice of justice towards men and piety towards God; and also to baptism, preaching that they would become acceptable to God if they renounced their sins, and to the cleanness of their bodies’ added purity of soul."