Monday, August 31, 2009
Born in 1560 at Tartanedo (Spain), she took the Discalced Carmelite habit at Toledo in 1577 and made her profession the following year. She spent the rest of her life serving God in that Carmel, except for a brief period in 1585 when she helped with a foundation at Cuerva. She died at Toledo on September 13, 1640. St. Teresa of Jesus thought extremely highly of her. She was a great contemplative, intensely devoted to our Lord, and often drawing inspiration from the liturgy.
Thy birth, O Virgin Mother of God,
heralded joy to all the world.
For from thou hast risen the Sun of justice,
Christ our God.
Destroying the curse, He gave blessing;
and damning death, He bestowed on us life everlasting.
Blessed art thou among women
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
For from thou hast risen of Sun of justice, Christ our God.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
We enter into the month of September and find the saints of God already waiting for us. Let us enter and join the holy ones in the worship and adoration of the Lord.
List of the Saints commemorated in the month of September.
I. St. Teresa Redi
II. Bl. Walter of Bergamo and Ingrid of Skanninge
III. St. Balin of Techsaxon
IV. Blessed Catherine of Racconigi
V. St. Jordan of Pulsano
VI. Bl. Bertrand of Garrigue, Michael Czartorysky and Juliana Rodzinska
VII. St. Diuma
VIII. St. Adrian of Nicomedia
IX. St. Peter Claver of Verdu
X. St. Nicholas of Tolentino
XI. St. John Gabriel de le Puech
XII. Bl. Mary of Jesus
XIII. St. Philip the confessor
XIV. St. Cormac of Cashel
XV. St. Adam of Caithness
XVI. St. Ludmila
XVII. Bl. Albert of Jerusalem
XVIII. St. John Macias
XIX. St. Alfonso de Orozco
XX. Bl. Mark of Modena, and Francis de Posadas
XXI. St. Matthew the Apostle
XXII. Bl. Jacino and his companions, St. Maurice and his companions
XXIII. St. Pio of Pietrelcina
XXIV. Bl. DalmatiusMoner
XXV. St. Cadoc
XXVI. Sts. Cosmas and Damian
XXVII. Sts. Adolphus and John of Seville
XXVIII. Bl. Lawrence of Ripafratta, and St. Lorenzo Ruiz and his companions.
XXIX. St. Michael the Archangel
XXX. St. Midan
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
…For the glory of Almighty God who has lavished his special affection upon the Virgin Mary, for the honor of her Son, the immortal King of the Ages and the Victor over sin and death, for the increase of the glory of that same august Mother, and for the joy and exultation of the entire Church; by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and by our own authority,
We pronounce, declare, and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma: that the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.
Hence if anyone, which God forbid, should dare willfully to deny or to call into doubt that which we have defined, let him know that he has fallen away completely from the divine and Catholic Faith.
___from the Papal Constitution Munificentissimus Deus of Pope Pius XII in which the Assumption of the Mother of God was dogmatically defined as a necessary article of Faith.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
How marvelous the power of the cross; how great beyond all telling the glory of the passion. Here is the judgment-seat of the Lord, the condemnation of the world, the supremacy of Christ crucified.
Lord, you drew all things to yourself so that the devotion of all peoples everywhere might celebrate, in a sacrament made perfect and visible, what was carried out in the one temple of Judea under obscure foreshadowings. Now there is a more distinguished order of Levites, a greater dignity for the rank of elders, a more sacred anointing for the priesthood, because your cross is the source of all blessings, the cause of all graces. Through the cross the faithful receive strength from weakness, glory from dishonor, life from death.
The different sacrifices of animals are no more: the one offering of your body and blood is the fulfillment of all the different sacrificial offerings, for you are the true Lamb of God: you take away the sins of the world. In yourself you bring to perfection all mysteries, so that, as there is one sacrifice in place of all other sacrificial offerings, there is also one kingdom gathered from all peoples.
Dearly beloved, let us then acknowledge what Saint Paul, the teacher of the nations, acknowledged so exultantly: This is a saying worthy of trust, worthy of complete acceptance: Christ Jesus came into this world to save sinners.
God's compassion for us is all the more wonderful because Christ died, not for the righteous or the holy but for the wicked and the sinful, and, though the divine nature could not be touched by the sting of death, he took to himself, through his birth as one of us, something he could offer on our behalf.
The power of his death once confronted our death. In the words of Hosea the prophet: Death, I shall be your death; grave, I shall swallow you up. By dying he submitted to the laws of the underworld; by rising again he destroyed them. He did away with the everlasting character of death so as to make death a thing of time, not of eternity. As all die in Adam, so all will be brought to life in Christ.
______From one of the sermons of Saint Leo the Great