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<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Abjuration of Heresy and Profession of Faith.html')">Abjuration of Heresy and Profession of Faith of the Council of Trent, Pius IV., 1565</a></li>


<li><a href="What Every Christian Must Do Main.html">What Cannot and What Can Be Reformed in the Church.   What Every Christian Must Believe and Do to be Saved.</a></li>



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<li><a href="Why the Latin Mass.html">Why the Mass is in Latin</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('How Catholic lose the faith.html')">How Catholics lose the Faith by Fr. Michael Muller</a></li>



<li><a href="Litany of Faith Main.html">Litany of Faith and the Necessity of the Catholic Faith for Salvation</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Matters of Faith Profession of Faith.html')">Are we bound to profess our Catholic Faith openly?</a></li>


<li><a href="Justification.html">The Catholic Church's Teaching on Justification</a></li>


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<li><a href="Oral Tradition Sacred Scripture and the Difficulties of Private Interpretation.html">A Series of Sermons in Defense of the Catholic Teaching on Oral Tradition, the Word of God, and Errors of Private Interpretation</a></li>


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<li><a href="Justification.html">The Catholic Church's Teaching on Justification</a></li>


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<li><a href="Luther's Own Statements.html">Martin Luther's Teaching and its Results, in his own words</a></li>


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<li><a href="Life of St. Agnes.html">A History of Virginity and <br>the Life of St. Agnes</a></li>



<li><a href="Dies Irae.html">Dies Irae (Day of Wrath) <br>by Rev. Nicholaus Gihr</a></li>


<li><a href="St. Gertrude Book.html">The Life and Revelations of Saint Gertrude, Virgin and Abbess</a></li>


<li><a href="St. Rose Book.html">St. Rose of Lima: The Flower of the New World</a></li>



<li><a href="Sword_of_St_Michael.html">The Sword of Saint Michael, <br>St. Pius V.</a></li>


<li><a href="Hound of Heaven.html">The Hound of Heaven <br>by Francis Thompson--<br>A Scriptural Interpretation <br>of the Poem</a></li>


<li><a href="First Communion.html">First Communion by Mother Mary Loyola</a></li>



<li><a href="Imitations of the Sacred Heart.html">The Imitation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus</a></li>



<a href="Book Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary.html">Manual of Devotions in Honour of Our Lady of Sorrows</a>



<li><a href="Child Month of May.html">Catholic Children's Book: <br>The Child's Month of Mary</a></li>


<li><a href="Visits to the Altar of Mary.html">Catholic Book: <br>Visits to the Altar of Mary in May</a></li>


<li><a href="Life of St. Paul of the Cross Book.html">Catholic Book: The Life of Blessed Paul of the Cross</a></li>

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<i>The Life of Our Savior Jesus Christ, from the Four Gospels, as Illustrated by James Tissot</i>

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<li><a href="Tissot Illustrated Bible V1 Part1.html">Vol. 1, Part 1: The Holy Childhood from the Latin Vulgate, as Illustrated by Catholic Artist and Historian, James Tissot, 1899</a></li>



<li><a href="Tissot Illustrated Bible V1 Part2.html">Vol. 1, Part 2: The Ministry of Jesus Christ from the Latin Vulgate, as Illustrated by Catholic Artist and Historian, James Tissot, 1899</a></li>


<li><a href="Tissot Illustrated Bible V2.html">Vol. 2:  Parables and Teachings of Jesus Christ from the Latin Vulgate, as Illustrated by Catholic Artist and Historian, James Tissot, 1899</a></li>


<li><a href="Tissot Illustrated Bible V3.html">Vol. 3:  Holy Week and the Passion of Jesus Christ from the Latin Vulgate, as Illustrated by Catholic Artist and Historian, James Tissot, 1899</a></li>


<li><a href="Tissot Illustrated Bible V4 Part1.html">Vol. 4 Part 1:  The Passion Continued and the Death of Jesus Christ from the Latin Vulgate, as Illustrated by Catholic Artist and Historian, James Tissot, 1899</a></li>


<li><a href="Tissot Illustrated Bible V4 Part2.html">Vol. 4 Part 2:The Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus Christ from the Latin Vulgate, as Illustrated by Catholic Artist and Historian, James Tissot, 1899</a></li>





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<li><a href="St. Dominic Savio.html">The Life of St. Dominic Savio, Child Saint</a></li>


<li><a href="St. John Bosco.html">Don Bosco: A Sketch of His Life Life and Miracles, 1884</a></li>


<li><a href="The Life of St. John of the Cross.html">Catholic Book: The Life of St. John of the Cross, Imprimatur 1873</a></li>


<li><a href="November Month Sanctified.html">Twelve Months Sanctified by Prayer, November--Dedicated to the Souls in Purgatory</a></li>


<li><a href="St. Bridget of Sweden Book.html">Catholic Book about St. Bridget of Sweden, Imprimatur 1909</a></li>


<li><a href="Works of the Seraphic Father.html">Works of the Seraphic Father St. Francis of Assisi</a></li>


<li><a href="St. Charles Borromeo Book.html">St. Charles Borromeo Book, A Sketch of the Reforming Cardinal</a></li>


<li><a href="October Month Sanctified.html">Twelve Months Sanctified by Prayer, October--Dedicated to the Angels</a></li>


<li><a href="St. Teresa of Jesus Novena Book.html">A Novena in Honour of St. Teresa of Jesus</a></li>


 <li><a href="True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.html">True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary by St. Louis Marie de Monfort</a></li>



<li><a href="Catholic Worship.html">Catholic Worship, Explained</a></li>


<li><a href="The Spirit of the Cure of Ars.html">The Spirit of the Cure of Ars</a></li>



<li><a href="The Art of Dying Well.html">The Art of Dying Well <br>by St. Robert Bellarmine</a></li>


<li><a href="The Sinners Guide.html">The Sinner's Guide <br>by Ven. Louis of Granada, O.P.</a></li>



<li><a href="The Medal Or Cross of St. Benedict.html">To fight against Satan, The Medal or Cross of St. Benedict, by Prosper Gueranger</a></li>



<li><a href="St. Patrick Shamrock.html">St. Patrick's Shamrock and the book: "St. Patrick: His Life, His Heroic Virtues, His Labours, and the Fruits of His Labours"</a></li>


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<li><a href="A Short Treatise on the Scapular.html">The Confraternity of Our Blessed Lady of Mount Carmel called the Scapular, 1850</a></li>


<li><a href="The Life of St. Cecilia.html">The Life of St. Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr, by Dom Gueranger, 1866</a></li>


<li><a href="Homilies_Book_of_Tobias.html">Homilies on the Book of Tobias</a></li>


<li><a href="Life of Blessed Margaret Mary Alacoque.html">Life of Blessed Margaret Mary Alacoque</a></li>


<li><a href="The Life of St. Aloysius Gonzaga.html">The Life of St. Aloysius</a></li>


<li><a href="Saint Josaphat, Martyr of Catholic Unity.html">Saint Josaphat, Martyr of Catholic Unity</a></li>


<li><a href="The Story of John Baptist de la Salle.html">The Story of Saint John Baptist de la Salle, 1921</a></li>


<li><a href="Our Lady of Good Counsel.html">Our Lady of Good Counsel:  Prayers, Litany and Book, "The Virgin Mother of Good Counsel"</a></li>


<li><a href="The Christian Mother.html">The Christian Mother</a></li>


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  The Little Book of the <br>Most Holy Child Jesus

<font size="1.5"><i>Includes Preparation for Confession</font></i></a></li>


<li><a href="The Manual of the Sacred Heart.html"><br>The Manual of the Sacred Heart</a></li>


<li><a href="St. Francis Xavier Apostle of India.html">

  St. Francis Xavier, Apostle of India and Japan</a></li>


<li><a href="Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary Litany.html">The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary as Set Forth in Her Titles from the Litany of Loreto</a></li>


<li><a href="The Spirit of St. Teresa.html">The Spirit of St. Teresa</a></li>


<li><a href="The Book of the Holy Rosary.html">The Book of the Holy Rosary, as explained by the Church Fathers and prefigured in the Old Testament</a></li>


<li><a href="Three Archangels.html">The Three Archangels and the Guardian Angels in Art, 1899</a></li>


<li><a href="Little Flower of St. Francis.html">The Little Flowers of St. Francis</a></li>


<li><a href="Short Catechism of Church History 01.html">Short Catechism of <br>Church History for Youth</a></li>


<li><a href="The Life of St. Pius V.html">The Life of St. Pius V.</a></li>


<li><a href="The Mother of St. Augustine.html">The Mother of St. Augustine</a></li>


<li><a href="St. Anthony of Padua Book.html">St. Anthony of Padua, The Miracle-worker</a></li>


<li>

<a href="The%20Life%20of%20the%20Blessed%20Virgin%20Mary.html">The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph, St. Joachim <br>and St. Anne, 1859</a></li>



<li><a href="The Spiritual Combat.html">The Spiritual Combat <br>by Fr. Scupoli, 1865</a></li>



<li><a href="St. Leonard of Port Maurice Stations of the Cross.html">St. Leonard of Port Maurice and the Stations of the Cross</a></li>



<li><a href="The Penitent Christian.html">The Penitent Christian</a></li>




<li><a href="The Holy Ways of the Cross.html">The Holy Ways of the Cross <br>by Henri Boudon, 1875</a></li>



<li><a href="Life of St. Patrick.html">The Life of St. Patrick, Apostle of Ireland, 1890</a></li>




<li><a href="St. Ignatius Biography.html">Autobiography of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Founder of the Jesuits</a></li>



<li><a href="Introduction to a Devout Life.html">Introduction to a Devout Life <br> written by St. Francis De Sales</a></li>




<li><a href="The Prodigal Son, the Sinner's Return to God.html">The Prodigal Son, the Sinner's Return to God</a></li>



<li><a href="The Miraculous Medal.html">The Miraculous Medal <br>the Origin and History</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Novena Miraculous Medal.html')">Novena to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal</a></li>


<li><a href="St. Jude Epistle.html">The Epistle of St. Jude<br>with Catholic Exposition <br>by Rev. John MacEvilly, 1891</a></li>


<li><a href="What is Liberalism New.html">What is Liberalism</a></li>


<li><a href="A Golden Treastise of Mental Prayer.html">The Life of St. Peter Alcantara and his Golden Treastise of Mental Prayer</a></li>


<li><a href="The Life of Christopher Columbus.html">The True Story of the Life<br>of Christopher Columbus</a></li>


<li><a href="Litany on Behalf of Country.html">Litany on Behalf of Country, <br>Leo XIII, "Columbus is Ours"</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('The Excellence of the Rosary.html')">The Excellence of the Rosary, Rev. M. J. Frings, 1912</a></li>


<li><a href="The Triumph of the Blessed Sacrament.html">The Triumph of the Blessed Sacrament or Exorcism of Nicola Aubry, by Fr. Michael Muller</a></li>


<li><a href="The Life of Father Isaac Jogues.html">The Life of Father Isaac Jogues by Rev. Felix Martin</a></li>


<li><a href="Martin Luther and the Bible.html">Martin Luther & the Bible</a></li>


<li><a href="Luther's Own Statements.html">Martin Luther's Teaching and its Results, in his own words</a></li>

<br><br>



<p>


  Catholic Children's Library: </p>


<li><a href="First Communion.html">First Communion by Mother Mary Loyola</a></li>


<li><a href="Little Book of the Most Holy Child Jesus.html">

  The Little Book of the <br>Most Holy Child Jesus

<font size="1.5"><i>Includes Preparation for Confession</i></font></a></li>


<li><a href="Behold the Lamb Childrens Book.html">Behold the Lamb, A Book for Little Folks About the Holy Mass, 1912 </a></li>


<li><a href="Life of St. Bernard for Children.html">Life of St. Bernard for Children</a></li>


<li><a href="Jesus of Nazareth the Story of His Life.html">Jesus of Nazareth, the Story of His Life: A Catholic Children's Book, 1906</a></li>


<li><a href="Catholic Bible Stories.html">Catholic Bible Stories</a></li>


<li><a href="Short Catechism of Church History 01.html">Short Catechism of Church History for Youth</a></li>


<br><br>




<p>New Nine Part Series for Times <br>of Calamities by St. Alphonsus Liguori</p>



<li><a href="Nine Discourses for Times of Calamities Part 9.html"><font style="color: rgb(255, 0, 0);" size="1.5">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Newly Added</font><br>Part 9: Most Holy Mary is the Mediatrix of Sinners</a></li>



<li><a href="Nine Discourses for Times of Calamities Part 8.html">Part 8: Prayers Appease God, and Avert from us the Chastisement we Deserve, provided we purpose to Amend. </a></li>


<li><a href="Nine Discourses for Times of Calamities Part 7.html">Part 7: God Chastises us in this Life, only that He may show us Mercy in the Next</a></li>




<li><a href="Nine Discourses for Times of Calamities Part 6.html">Part 6: God Chastises us in this Life for our Good, not for our Destruction</a></li>



<li><a href="Nine Discourses for Times of Calamities Part 5.html">Part 5: External Devotions are Useless, if we do not Abandon our Sins</a></li>



<li><a href="Gates of Hell.html">Part 4:  The Four Gates of Hell</a></li>



<li><a href="Nine Discourses for Times of Calamities Part 3.html">Part 3:  Sinners will not Believe in the Divine Threats until the Chastisement has come upon Them. </a></li>


<li><a href="Nine Discourses for Times of Calamities Part 2.html">Part 2:  Sinners will not Believe in the Divine Threats until the Chastisement has come upon Them </a></li>



<li><a href="Nine Discourses for Times of Calamities Part 1.html">Part 1:  God Threatens to Chastise us in order to deliver us from Chastisement </a></li><br><br>





<A NAME="Temptations"style="border-style: none"/></a>



<p> Temptations and the Devil:</p>




<li><a href="The Medal Or Cross of St. Benedict.html"><font style="color: rgb(255, 0, 0);" size="1.5">&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160 Newly Added </font> <br>To fight against Satan, The Medal or Cross of St. Benedict, by Prosper Gueranger</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Temptations Bishop Ehrler.html')">Part 1:&#160  Temptations: <br>&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160Why we have them</A></li>


<li><a href="Lead us not into Temptation.html">Part 2:&#160  Lead us not into <br>&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160Temptation</A></li>


<li><a href="Devils who Tempt.html">Part 3:&#160  Temptations and the <br>&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160Devils who Tempt</A></li>



<li><a href="St. John Vianney Persecuted by Demons.html">Part 4:&#160  How St. John Vianney <br>&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160was Persecuted by Demons</A></li>


<li><a href="Protection of the Holy Angels Against the Devils.html">

Part 5:&#160  The Devils Plan to Ruin Souls and the Protection of the Holy Angels</A></li>



<li><a href="St. Antony of the Desert by St. Athanasius.html">Part 6:&#160  

The Life of St. Antony<br>&#160&#160&#160

&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160by St. Athanasius</a></li>



<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('St. Dominic and the Attacks of the Devil.html')">Part 7:&#160  St. Dominic and the <br>&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160


&#160&#160&#160&#160Attacks of the Devil</a></li>


<li><a href="The Triumph of the Blessed Sacrament.html">Part 8:&#160  The Triumph of the Blessed Sacrament or Exorcism of Nicola Aubry, by Fr. Michael Muller</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('St. Francis of Assisi and the Devil.html')">Part 09:&#160  St. Francis of Assisi and his Confrontations with devils</a></li>



<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('St. Teresa of Avila combat with Satan.html')">Part 10:&#160  

St. Teresa of Avila's combat with Satan & encounter with hell</a></li>


<li><a href="St. Hilarion.html">Part 11:&#160 St. Hilarion's miracles and combats with devils as written by St. Jerome</a></li>




<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Resisting the Enemies of Our Salvation.html')">Part 12:&#160 Resisting the Enemies of Our Salvation</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Exorcisms the Teachings of the Church.html')">Part 13:&#160 A Short Explanation on the Rite of  Exorcisms</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Does Satan Exist.html')">Part 14:&#160Does Satan Exist?</a></li>



<br><br>


<p>


 4 Part Series on the Person of the Christ at the Last Judgement:</p>


<li><A HREF="The Judge as God.html">Part 1:&#160  The Judge as God</A></li>


<li><A HREF="The Judge as Man.html">Part 2: The Judge as Man</A></li>


<li><A HREF="The Judge as Our Redeemer.html">Part 3: The Judge as Redeemer</A></li>


<li><A HREF="The Judge as Our Model.html">Part 4: The Judge as Our Model</A></li>



<BR><br>


<p>

4 Part Series on the signs that are to precede the Last Judgement: </p>


<li><A HREF="The Coming and Cruelty of Antichrist.html">I.&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160On the Coming and <Br>&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160Cruelty of Antichrist</A></li>


<li><A HREF="Terrible signs preceeding the Last Judgment.html">II.&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160Terrible signs preceeding<Br>&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160The Last Judgment</A></li>


<li><A HREF="Causes of Terrible Signs.html">III.&#160&#160 The Causes of these<Br>&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160Terrible Signs</A></li>


<li><A HREF="Suddenness of Last Day.html">IV.&#160&#160&#160 The Suddenness of the <br>&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160Last Day</A></li>


<br><br>


<p>The Sacrament of Penance</p>




<li><a href="Sacrament of Penance.html">Sacrament of Penance</a></li>


<li><a href="Confession Q and A.html">The Sacrament of Penance,<br>All of Your Questions Answered</a></li>


<li><a href="Childrens Confession.html">Catholic Instruction for Children for the Sacrament of Penance, 1897</a></li>


<li><a href="Conversion by Reverend Hayes.html">

True Conversion: One of the best sermons for hardened sinners</a></li>


<a href="Conversion%20of%20St.%20Augustine.html">The Conversion of Sinners</a>


<li><a href="Penitent's Prayer.html">Penitent's Consolation</a></li>


<li><a href="Examine Index.html">Examination of Conscience</a></li>


<li><a href="Ritual of the Sacrament of Penance.html">Rite of Confession </a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost.html#General Confession')">General Confession</a></li>


<li><a href="Contrition.html">Contrition</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Sermon Mortification.html')">The Necessity of Mortification</a></li>


<li><A HREF="Sin.html">The Nature of Sin</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('On the Vice of Impurity.html')">On the Vice of Impurity</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('The Virtue of Chastity.html')">

Prayers for the Preservation of Chastity.   An Explanation and Defense of the Virtue of Chastity</a></li>



<li><a href="Sins of Omission.html">Sins of Omission<br>by Cardinal Manning</a></li>



<li><a href="Unworthy Communion.html">Unworthy Communion</a></li>



<li><a href="The Sin Unto Death.html">The Sin Unto Death<br>by Cardinal Manning</a></li>



<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Conscience.html')">Conscience</a></li>


<li><a href="The Sinners Guide.html">The Sinner's Guide <br>by Ven. Louis of Granada, O.P.</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Seal of Confession.html')">The Seal of Confession</a></li>


<bR><bR>



<p>Ten Commandments</p>



<li><a href="Law Arthur Devine.html">Explanation of the Law of God</a></li>


<a href="Ten Commandments Index.html">Index of the Ten Commandments</a>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Hunolt Keeping the Commandments.html')">Sermon on Keeping the 10 Commandments</a></li>


<li><a href="Commandments.html">The Commandments</a></li>


<li><a href="First.html">The 1st Commandment</a></li>


<li><a href="Second.html">The 2nd Commandment</a></li>


<li><a href="Third_Updated.html">The 3rd Commandment</a></li>


<li><a href="fourth.html">The 4th Commandment</a></li>


<li><a href="Duties of Parents.html">Duties of Parents</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Good Shepherd Sunday Parents.html')">Duties of Parents as Shepherds of their Flock</a></li>


<li><a href="fifth.html">The 5th Commandment</a></li>


<li><a href="Sixth Commandment.html">The 6th Commandment</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Unchaste Thoughts and Desires.html')">Moral Teaching on Unchaste Thoughts and Desires</a></li>


<li><a href="Seventh.html">The 7th Commandment</a></li>


<li><a href="Eighth.html">The 8th Commandment</a></li>


<li><a href="Ninth and Tenth.html">The 9th and 10th</a></li><br>



<p>Treasury of Prayers and Devotions</p>


<li><a href="Novena to the Holy Spirit.html">Novena to the Holy Spirit</a></li>


<li><a href="A Novena of Meditations in Honor of St. Joseph.html">A Novena of Meditations in Honor of St. Joseph</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Prayers for Peace.html')">Prayers for Peace</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('The Octave of the Holy Spirit.html')">Prayer for the Seven <br>Gifts of the Holy Spirit</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp('Prayers and Devotions to the Holy Ghost.html')">Prayers and Devotions <br>to the Holy Ghost</a></li>


<li><a href="Thanksgiving.html">Prayers of Thanksgiving</a></li>


<li><A HREF="All Saints Prayers.html">Feast of All Saints</A></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Means of Becoming Saints.html')">How to become a Saint</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Childrens Sermon All Saints.html')">Children's Sermon on <br>the Feast of All Saints<br></a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('All Saints_Gospel.html')">Instructions for the Feast of All Saints<br></a></li>


<li><A HREF="Devotions to the Holy Family.html">Prayers and Devotions to the Holy Family</A></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Sunday First After Epiphany_Gospel.html')">The Feast of the Holy Family: Epistle and Gospel</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Holy Family Childrens Sermon.html')"> Children's Sermon for <br>the Feast of the Holy Family</a></li>


<li><A HREF="javascript:popUp('Feast Three Kings.html')">Prayers for the Epiphany</A></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Sunday Holy Name_Gospel.html')">The Feast of the Holy Name: Epistle and Gospel</a></li>


<li><A HREF="Holy Name.html">Prayers and Devotions to the Holy Name</A></li>


<li><A HREF="Exultation of the Holy Cross.html">Exaltation of the Holy Cross</A></li>


<li><A HREF="Passion Clock.html">Clock of the Passion</a></li>


<li><a href="The Holy Hour.html">The Holy Hour</a></li>


<li><a href="Psalter Intro.html">The Psalter of Jesus<img src = "Star.jpg" width=25px;height=25px style="border-style: none"/;></a></li>


<li><a href="Devotions to the Sacred Heart.html">Devotions to the Sacred Heart</a></li>


<li><a href="Sacred%20Heart%20Feast.html">Feast of the Sacred Heart</a></li>


<li><a href="Imitations of the Sacred Heart.html">The Imitation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus</a></li>


<li><A HREF="Octave of the Sacred Heart.html">Litany of the Sacred Heart for each day of the week</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Gospel_Sacred Heart.html')">Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus: Epistle and Gospel</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Novena Sacred Heart.html')">Novena to the Sacred Heart</a></li>






<li><a href="Stations.html">Stations of the Cross</a></li>


<li><a href="Seven Penitential Psalms.html">Seven Penitential Psalms</a></li>


<li><a href="Communion.html">Spiritual Communion</a></li>


<li><a href="Litany of the Saints.html">Litany of the Saints</a></li>


<li><a href="The Greater Litanies.html">The Greater Litanies of the Saints</a></li>

<li><a href="Athanasius.html">Athanasius Creed</a></li>


<li><a href="http://catholicharboroffaithandmorals.com/Prayer.html">What we should pray for</a></li>

<li><a href="http://catholicharboroffaithandmorals.com/Prayer 2.html">Prayer: its Conditions and Circumstances</a></li><br>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('How to Obtain Answers to Our Prayers.html')">How to Obtain Answers to Our Prayers</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Short Explanation of the Our Father.html')">Short Explanation of the Prayer: Our Father</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('How to Practice Mental Prayer.html')">How to Practice Mental Prayer</a></li>




<br>


<p>The Four Last Things</p>


<li><a href="Death.html">Death</a></li>


<li><a href="Extreme Unction.html">The Sacrament of <br>Extreme Unction</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Mercy and Justice.html')">The Mercy and Justice of God</a></li>


<li><a href="General Judgment.html">General Judgement</a></li>


<li><a href="Heaven.html">Heaven</a></li>


<li><a href="hell.html">Hell</a></li>


<li><a href="The Sight of Hell.html">The Sight of Hell, A Book for Children and Young Persons as well as Adults</a></li>


<li><a href="Reflection Hell.html#Reflection">Reflection on Hell</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Eternity.html')"> The Thought of Eternity</a></li>



<br>


<p>The Trinity</p>


<li><a href="Trinity.html">The Trinity</a></li>


<li><a href="God the Father.html">God the Father</a></li>


<li><a href="Son of God.html">Son of God</a></li>


<li><a href="Holy Ghost.html">The Holy Ghost</a></li>


<li><a href="Trinity Sunday.html">Trinity Sunday</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Gospel_Trinity Sunday.html')">Trinity Sunday Gospel:  Q and A</a></li>


<li><A HREF="javascript:popUp('Prayers and Devotions to the Trinity.html')">Prayers and Devotions to the Holy Trinity</a></li>


<li><A HREF="Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit.html">The Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost</a></li>


<li><A HREF="javascript:popUp('Prayers and Devotions to the Holy Ghost.html')">Prayers and Devotions to the Holy Ghost</a></li>


<br>


<p>Jesus Christ</p>


<li><A HREF="javascript:popUp('Most Precious Blood popup.html')">The Most Precious Blood</a></li>


<li><a href="Novena of the Most Precious Blood.html">Novena of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus</a></li>



<li><a href="Most Precious Blood Importance of Salvation.html">Importance of Salvation and the Feast of the Most Precious Blood</a></li>


<li><a href="Sacred Heart Feast.html">Feast of the Sacred Heart</a></li>


<li><a href="Feast of the Sacred Heart Weninger.html">Feast of the Sacred Heart: Sermons by Fr. Weninger</a></li>


<li><a href="Corpus%20Christi.html">Corpus Christi</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Corpus Christi Gospel.html')">Corpus Christi Gospel:  Q and A.  Defense of the Holy Eucharist</a></li>



<li><A HREF="javascript:popUp3('Corpus Christi Weninger.html')">Corpus Christi: Litany of the Blessed Sacrament</a></li>


<li><A HREF="javascript:popUp('Infant Jesus Popup.html')">Prayers and Devotions <br> to the Infant Jesus</A></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Devotions to the Holy Infancy.html')">Devotions to the Holy Infancy</a></li>


<li><a href="Christ the King Feast Day.html">Christ the King</a></li>


<li><a href="Christ the King New Page.html">Devotions to Christ the King</a></li>



<li><A HREF="javascript:popUp('Transfiguration.html')">The Transfiguration </A></li>


<li><a href="Passion of Christ.html">Passion of Christ</a></li>


<li><a href="Corpus Christi.html">Corpus Christi</a></li>


<li><a href="Spiritual Resurrection.html">Spiritual Resurrection</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Octave Ascension.html')">Octave of the Ascension:  <br>Litany of the Love of God</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Friday After Octave of Ascension.html')">Friday After the Octave of the Ascension by Dom Gueranger</a></li>


<li><a href="Ascension.html">The Ascension of Our Lord</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Ascension_Gospel.html')">The Feast of the Ascension: <br>Questions and Answers</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Childrens Sermon Ascension.html')">Children's Sermon for <br>the Feast of the Ascension</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Ascension popup.html')">The Ascension: from the Liturgical Year, 1870 and the Litany of Jesus Glorified</a></li>


<li><a href="Christ Our Lord.html">Christ Our Lord</a></li>


<li><a href="February 1.html">The Hidden Life of Christ</a></li>


<li><a href="Nativity.html">The Nativity</a></li>


<li><a href="Circumcision.html">The Circumcision I.</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('New Years.html')">The Circumcision II. (New Years)</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Meditations on the Holy Name of Jesus.html')">Meditations on the Life of Jesus Christ: Circumcision, New Years and the Holy Name</a></li>


<li><a href="First Sunday After Christmas.html">The Presentation</a></li>


<li><a href="Epiphany.html">The Epiphany</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Childrens Sermon on the Epiphany.html')"><br>Children's Sermon: The Epiphany</a></li>


<li><a href="Redeemer and Messiah.html">Our Redeemer & Messiah</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('The%20Death%20of%20Our%20Lord.html')">The Death of Our Lord</a></li>


<li><a href="Resurrection.html">The Resurrection</a></li>


<li><a href="The Second Coming.html">The Second Coming</a></li><br>


<p>Devotions to the <br>Sacred Heart of Jesus</p>



<li><a href="Devotions to the Sacred Heart.html">Devotions to the Sacred Heart</a></li>


<li><a href="Sacred%20Heart%20Feast.html">Feast of the Sacred Heart</a></li>


<li><A HREF="Octave of the Sacred Heart.html">Litany of the Sacred Heart for each day of the week</a></li>


<li><a href="Feast of the Sacred Heart Weninger.html">Feast of the Sacred Heart: Sermons by Fr. Weninger</a></li>


<li><a href="http://catholicharboroffaithandmorals.com/June%201st.html">

Meditations on the Sacred Heart</a></li>


<li><a href="Holy Purity.html">Holy Purity</a></li><br><br>





<p>The Seven Sacraments</p>


<li><a href="Baptism.html">The Sacrament of Baptism</a></li>


<li><a href="Sacrament%20of%20Penance.html">The Sacrament of Penance</a></li>


<li><a href="Holy Eucharist.html">The Sacrament of the <br>Holy Eucharist</a></li>


<li><a href="First Communion.html">First Communion by Mother Mary Loyola</a></li>


<li><a href="St. Dominic Savio First Communion.html">St. Dominic Savio, Patron of First Communicants</a></li>


<li><a href="Why the Latin Mass.html">Why the Mass is in Latin</a></li>


<li><a href="God_the_Teacher_of_Mankind Sacrifice of the Mass.html">God the Teacher of Mankind: The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, 1884</a></li>


<li><a href="The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.html">The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Fr. O' Keeffe, 1891</a></li>


<li><a href="Quo Primum.html">Papal Bull: Quo Primum, the Tridentine Mass for all Times</a></li>



<li><a href="The Sacrament of Confirmation.html">The Sacrament of Confirmation</a></li>


 <li><a href="Confirmation Retreat.html">Children's Retreat: Before Confirmation,  Imprimatur 1907</a></li>


<li><a href="Sacrament%20of%20Marriage.html">The Sacrament of Matrimony</a></li>

<li><a href="Holy Orders.html">The Sacrament of Holy Orders</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost_Gospel.html#Holy_Orders')">Instructions on the Sacrament of Holy Orders</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('St. John Vianney Sermon on the Priesthood and Confession.html')">St. John Vianney: Sermons <br>on the Priesthood and Confession</a></li>


<a href="Extreme%20Unction.html">The Sacrament of <br>Extreme Unction</a>


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<p>Sacramentals</p>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Blessed Candles.html')">Sacramentals: Blessed Candles</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Holy Water.html')">Sacramentals: Holy Water</a></li>


<li><a href="Feast of the Scapular.html">The Feast of the Scapular</a></li>


<li><a href="A Short Treatise on the Scapular.html">The Confraternity of Our Blessed Lady of Mount Carmel called the Scapular, 1850</a></li>




<br><br>


<p>Roman Catholic Church Before Vatican II.</p>


<li><A HREF="javascript:popUp('Syllabus of Modernist Errors.html')">Syllabus of Modernist Errors<Br>Pope St. Pius X.</A></li>


<li><A HREF="javascript:popUp('Oath Against Modernism.html')">Oath Against Modernism</A></li>


<li><a href="The Church.html">The Church</a></li>


<li><a href="One Church.html">The Church is One</a></li>


<li><a href="Holy Church.html">The Church is Holy</a></li>



<li><a href="Catholic.html">The Church is Catholic</a></li>


<li><a href="Apostolic.html">The Church is Apostolic</a></li>


<li><a href="Labor of the Apostles.html">The Lives of the 12 Apostles and St. Paul: The Apostles Creed</a></li>


<li><a href="Communion of Saints.html">Communion of Saints</a></li>


<li><a href="Invocation of the saints.html">The Church Triumphant</a></li>


<li><a href="Veneration of the Saints.html">Veneration of the Saints</a></li>


<li><a href="Church suffering.html">The Church Suffering</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Where is Purgatory.html')">The Location and Duration <br>of Purgatory</a></li>


<li><a href="November Month Sanctified.html">Twelve Months Sanctified by Prayer, November--Dedicated to the Souls in Purgatory</a></li>


<li><a href="Indulgences.html">Indulgences/ All Souls</a></li>


<li><a href="Armed Service.html">A Memorial to those who have served in the Military</a></li>


<li><a href="Litany on Behalf of Country.html">Litany on Behalf of Country, <br>Leo XIII, "Columbus is Ours"</a></li>


<li><A HREF="javascript:popUp3('All Souls Day.html')">Prayers and Devotions for the Faithful Departed</A></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('All Souls Prayers and Devotions New.html')">Prayers and Devotions for Souls in Purgatory</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Novena for the Relief of the Poor Souls in Purgatory.html')">Novena for the Poor Souls</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('All Souls_Gospel.html')">Instructions for the Feast of All Souls</a></li>


<li><a href="All Souls Day Part 1.html">All Souls Day: Part 1</a></li>


<li><a href="All Souls Day Part 2.html">All Souls Day: Part 2</a></li>


<li><a href="All Souls Day Part 3.html">All Souls Day: Part 3</a></li>


<li><a href="All Souls Day Part 4.html">All Souls Day: Part 4</a></li>


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<p>Matrimony</p>


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<li><a href="The Sacred Bond.html">Part 1: The Sacred Bond of Marriage: Happiness with Holiness in Family Life</a></li>



<a href="The Sacred Bond.html#Part2">Part 2: The Sacred Bond of Marriage: Happiness with Holiness in Family Life</a>





<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Catholic Doctrine in Defense of Marriage.html')">In Defense of Catholic Marriage Against Divorce</a></li>


<a href="javascript:popUp('What is a Mixed Marriage.html')">What is a mixed Marriage</a>


<li><a href="Marriage Impediments.html">Catholic Preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage</a></li>


<li><a href="Hunolt_Course_Adopted_Embracing_Marriage.html">How Catholics Should Prepare<br> for a Happy Marriage</a></li>


<li><a href="Marriage Discourse Hunolt_2.html">The Disposition Necessary<br> for a Happy Marriage</a></li>


<font style="" size="2.5"><li><a href="Sacrament%20of%20Marriage.html">The Sacrament of Marriage</a></li>


<li><a href="Duties%20of%20Married%20People.html">Duties of Marriage</a></li>


<li><a href="Nature%20of%20Marriage.html">Nature of Marriage</a></li>


<li><a href="Trials in the Married State.html">Trials in the Married State</a></li>


<li><a href="St. Joseph Husband of Mary.html">St. Joseph Husband of Mary and Intecessor of the Universal Church</a></li>


<li><a href="Christian Marriage.html">Christian Marriage</a></li>


<li><a href="Medical Jurisprudence.html">A Series of Catholic Lectures <br>on the Evils of Abortion and <br>the Defense of the Unborn</a></li>



<li><a href="The Ravages of Adultry.html">The Ravages of Adultery</a></li>


<a href="javascript:popUp3('Exposition on the Sixth Commandment.html')">The Sixth Commandment: Explained by St. Thomas Aquinas</a>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Adultery Meditation Challoner.html')">Thou Shalt not Commit Adultery</a></li>


<li><a href="Catholic%20Laws%20on%20Marriage%20and%20Divorce.html">Catholic Laws on Marriage and Divorce</a></li>



<li><a href="St. John Fisher.html">The Martyrdom of St. John Fisher for his Defense of Marriage Against Divorce</a></li>



<li><a href="Treatise on Matrimony.html">Treatise on Matrimony According to the Doctrine and Discipline of the Catholic Church</a></li>


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<li><a href="The Christian Mother.html">Prayer Book: The Christian Mother</a></li>


<li><a href="The Christian Father.html">Prayer Book: The Christian Father</a></li>


<li><a href="Blessings%20of%20Children.html">Blessings of Many Children</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Octave of the Holy Innocents and the Value of Children.html')">The Slaughter of the Holy Innocents & the Value of Children</a></li>


<li><A HREF="javascript:popUp('What it is to be a Mother.html')">What is it to be a Mother?</a></li>


<li><a href="Religious and Moral Training of Children.html">Religious and Moral <br>&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160Training of Children</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Influence of the Example of Parents.html')">Influence of the Example of Parents Upon Their Children</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('A Mothers Prayers.html')">A Mother's Prayer for the Conversion of her child</a></li>


<li><a href="Instructions%20for%20the%20Catholic%20Family.html">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Instructions for the<br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Catholic Family</a></li>


<li><a href="Maternity.html">Prayers for Catholic Mothers</a></li><br><br>




<p>The Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary</p>


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<li><a href="Little Office Christmas Main.html">The Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary, from Vespers on Christmas Eve to the Purification</a></li>


<li><a href="Little Office Ordinary Main.html">The Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary, from Candlemas until Advent</a></li>


<li><a href="Little Office Advent Main.html">The Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary, for the Season of Advent</a></li>



<br><br>


<p>Devotions to the Blessed Virgin Mary</p>


 <li><a href="True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.html">True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary by St. Louis Marie de Monfort</a></li>


<li><a href="Little Office Ordinary Main.html">The Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary, from Candlemas until Advent</a></li>



<li><a href="Incarnation.html">The Dogma of the Incarnation Rests on the Divine Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary</a></li>


<li><a href="Thirty Days Prayer.html">30 Days Prayer to the <br>Blessed Virgin Mary</a></li>



<li><a href="Ave Maris Stella.html">Ave Maris Stella</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Refuge of Sinners.html')">Our Lady Refuge of Sinners</a></li>


<li><a href="Marriage of the Virgin.html">The Espousal and Perpetual Virginity of the Blessed Virgin Mary</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.html')">Mother of God: Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary</a></li>



<li><a href="javascript:popUp('Our Lady of Ransom.html')">Our Lady of Ransom</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp('Maternity of Mary Popup.html')">The Maternity of Mary</a></li>


<li><a href="Annunciation.html">The Annunciation</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('The Annunciation Weninger.html')">Sermons of Fr. Weninger <br>for the Annunciation</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Childrens Sermon Annunciation.html')">Children's Sermon for the <br>Feast of the Annunciation</a></li>


<li><a href="Purification.html">The Purification<Br>


The Mother of God</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp('The Humility of Mary.html')">The Humility of the Blessed Virgin of Mary</a></li>


<li><a href="Assumption.html">The Assumption</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Assumption Weninger Sermons.html')">Octave of the Assumption 3 Sermons by Fr.Weninger</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('The Assumption by St. Alphonsus.html')">The Dormition and Assumption of the B.V.M.</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp('Life of Mary Litany.html')">

Assumption: Additional Prayers and Devotions</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp('Vigil of the Assumption.html')">Vigil of the Assumption</a></li>


<li><a href="Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.html">Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary</a></li>


<li><A HREF="javascript:popUp3('Queenship of Mary popup.html')">Devotions in honor of the Queenship of Mary</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Queen of Apostles.html')">Queen of Apostles</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Queen of All Saints.html')">Mary Queen of All Saints</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Our Lady Queen of Angels.html')">Our Lady Queen of Angels</a></li>


<li><A HREF="javascript:popUp('What it is to be a Mother.html')">What is it to be a Mother?</a></li>


<li><A HREF="Our Lady of Guadalupe.html">Devotions to Our Lady<br> of Guadalupe</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Immaculate Conception Octave Gueranger.html')">2nd - 4th Days within the Octave of the Immaculate Conception </a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Octave of the Immaculate Conception Weninger.html')">

Octave of the Immaculate Conception</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Childrens Sermon Immaculate Conception.html')">The Immaculate Conception: <br>for Children and Parents</a></li>


<li><a href="Novena of the Immaculate Conception.html">Novena in Honor of the Immaculate Conception</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Immaculate Conception Defense.html')">


History and Defense of the Immaculate Conception</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Immaculate Conception Popup.html')">

Devotion in honor of the Immaculate Conception</a></li>


<li><a href="Maternity.html">Prayers for Catholic Mothers</a></li>


<li><a href="Maternity of Mary.html">In Defense of Mary<Br>

The Mother of God</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Mary Our Advocate_Doyle.html')">Mary, Our Advocate with Our Judge, by Fr. Francis Doyle 1879</a></li>


<li><a href="Presentation of Mary.html">I.  Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Presentation of Mary 02.html')">II.  Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary</a></li>



<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Novena of Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.html')">Novena of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary</a></li>



<li><a href="Seven Dolors.html">Seven Sorrows of the <br> Blessed Virgin Mary&#160&#160 I.</a></li>


<li><A HREF="Sorrowful Mother.html">Seven Sorrows of the <br> Blessed Virgin Mary&#160&#160 II.</A></li>


<li><a href="Novena of the Seven Sorrows.html">Novena in Honor of the Seven Sorrows of Mary</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Seven Dolours Sermon.html')">Our Lady of Sorrows</a></li>


<li><A HREF="The Sweetness of the Name of Mary.html">The Sweetness of the<Br>Name of Mary</A></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Psalms of the Blessed Virgin Mary.html')">Novena in Honor of the Holy Name of Mary and Psalms of the Blessed Virgin Mary</a></li>


<li><A HREF="Holy Name of Mary.html">The Holy Name of Mary</A></li>


<li><A HREF="Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.html">The Nativity of the Blessed<bR>Virgin Mary</A></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Novena.html')">Novena of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary</a></li>



<li><A HREF="javascript:popUp3('Life of Mary Litany.html')">The Feast of the Assumption</A></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Assumption Novena.html')">Novena for the Assumption</a></li>


<li><A HREF="javascript:popUp3('Life of Mary Litany.html')">Litany of the Life of the Blessed Virgin</A></li>


<li><A HREF="javascript:popUp('Snows.html')">Our Lady of the Snows </A></li>


<li><a href="Carmel.html">Our Lady of Mount Carmel</a></li>


<li><a href="Novena Our Lady of Mount Carmel.html">Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel</a></li>


<li><a href="Feast of the Scapular.html">The Feast of the Scapular</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Translation of the Holy House.html')">Translation of the Holy House of Loretto</a></li>


<li><A HREF="javascript:popUp('Carmel popup.html')">History of Our Lady of Mount Carmel</a></li>


<li><a href="Queenship of Mary.html">The Queenship of the <br>Blessed Virgin Mary </a></li>


<li><a href="Lourdes.html">Our Lady of Lourdes</a></li>


<li><a href="Lourdes Novena.html">Novena in Honor of Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Bernadette</a></li>


<li><a href="Lourdes a History.html">In Defense of the Miracles of Lourdes, A History of Its Apparitions and Cures</a></li>


<li><a href="Bernadette_Sequel.html">Inspirational Account of the Life of St. Bernadette and the Apparition of Lourdes</a></i>



<li><A HREF="La Salette.html">Our Lady of La Salette</a></li>


<li><a href="Our%20Lady%20of%20Fatima%20Apparition.html">Our Lady of Fatima</a></li>


<li><a href="Mary Help of Christians.html">Mary Help of Christians</a></li>


<li><a href="Our Lady of Perpetual Help.html">Perpetual Help</a></li>


<li><a href="Our Lady of Perpetual Help New.html">The Influence of Mary on Modern Civilization and Prayers of Petition to Our Lady</a></li>


<li><a href="Immaculate Conception.html">Immaculate Conception</a></li>


<li><a href="Immaculate Heart of Mary.html">Immaculate Heart</a></li>


<li><a href="Immaculate%20Heart%20of%20Mary.html#Sermon">The Pure Heart of Mary</a></li>


<li><a href="Immaculate Heart of Mary popup.html">Devotion to the Immaculate<br> Heart of Mary</a></li><br>



 <p>The Most Holy Rosary</p>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Childrens Sermon Most Holy Rosary.html')">Children's Sermon: Feast of the Holy Rosary</a></li>


<li><a href="Feast of the Holy Rosary.html">Feast of the Holy Rosary</a></li>



<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('The Excellence of the Rosary.html')">The Excellence of the Rosary, Rev. M. J. Frings, 1912</a></li>


<li><A HREF="javascript:popUp('Encyclical Rosary.html')">Encyclical on the <bR>Recitation of the Rosary</A></li>


<li><A HREF="Most Holy Rosary Popup.html">Prayers of Our Lady<br>of the Rosary</A></li>


<li><a href="Rosary.html">The History of the Rosary</a></li>

<li><a href="Rosary how to.html">How to Say the Rosary</a></li>


<li><a href="Rosary novena.html">Rosary Novenas</a></li>


<li><a href="Joyful.html">Joyful Mysteries</a></li>

<li><a href="Sorrowful.html">Sorrowful  Mysteries</a></li>

<li><a href="Glorious.html">Glorious  Mysteries</a></li>


<li><a href="Ave Maria.html">Ave Maria</a></li><br>




<p>Holy Angels</p>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('St. Bonaventure Guardian Angel.html')">

The Twelve Works of Our Guardian Angel</a></li>


<li><a href="Guardian Angels Children.html">Children's Devotions to the Guardian Angels</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Liturgy and Angels.html')">The Angels in the Liturgy</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp('Guardian Angels New.html')">The Feast of the Holy Guardian Angels</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Guardian Angels Novena.html')">Novena to the Guardian Angels and Explanation of the Gospel and Epistle for the Feast of the Guardian Angels</a></li>


<li><A HREF="javascript:popUp('Guardian Angels Popup.html')">Devotions to the Guardian Angels</A></li>


<li><a href="Your Guardian Angel throughout Life.html">Your Guardian Angel throughout life</a></li>


<li><a href="Apparition St. Michael.html">Apparition of St. Michael</a></li>


<li><A HREF="St. Michael Feast Day.html">Devotions to St. Michael</A></li>


<li><a href="Dedication of St. Michael.html">The Dedication of St. Michael the Archangel</a></li>



<li><a href="Exorcism.html">St. Michael/ Exorcism</a></li>



<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Exorcisms the Teachings of the Church.html')">A Short Explanation on the Rite of Exorcisms</a></li>


<li><a href="Gabriel.html">St. Gabriel</a></li>


<li><a href="Raphael.html">St. Raphael</a></li>


<li><A HREF="javascript:popUp2('St. Raphael Popup.html')">St. Raphael Additional Prayers</A></li>


<li><a href="Guardian.html">Guardian Angels</a></li>


<li><a href="GoodBadAngels.html">Good and Bad Angels</a></li>


<li><a href="October Month Sanctified.html">Twelve Months Sanctified by Prayer, October--Dedicated to the Angels</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp('Litany%20of%20the%20Holy%20Angels.html')">Litany of the Holy Angels</a></li>


<li><a href="Protection of the Holy Angels Against the Devils.html">


Part 5:&#160  The Devils Plan to Ruin Souls and the Protection of the Holy Angels</A></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Our Lady Queen of Angels.html')"><font style="color: rgb(255, 0, 0);" size="1.5">New</font>&#160&#160&#160Our Lady Queen of Angels</a></li><br><br><br>



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<a href="New%20Index%20of%20the%20Saints%202.html">Alphabetical Index of the Lives and Teachings of the Saints.  Over 200</a>








<br>

<p>Sermons of the Saints and for <br>Various Sundays and Feast Days <br>Throughout the Year</p>




<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('God will punish you.html')">God Will Punish You!</a></li>


<li><a href="Last Sunday Ecclesiastical Year.html">

The End of the World:  Parts 1 - 6<br></a></li>


<li><a href="Death.html">Death and the Importance of Salvation</a></li>


<li><a href="The Providence of God and Why He Permits Evil.html">The Providence of God and why He permits evil</a></li>



<li><a href="The Necessity of Avoiding Occasions of Sin Liguori.html">The Necessity of Avoiding Occasions of Sin<br>by St. Alphonsus Liguori</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('The Value of Time.html')">The Value of Time by St. Alphonsus Liguori</a></li>


<li><a href="Sunday within the Octave of the Ascension.html">The Danger of Human Respect<br>by St. Alphonsus Liguori</a></li>


<li><a href="The End of Man.html">The End of Man</a></li>


<li><a href="The Little Number of Those Who Are Saved.html">The fewness of those saved.  Will you be one of them?</a></li>


<li><a href="Consideration of Last End.html">Consideration of Last End</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp('Vianney How Blind the Sinner Is.html')">How Blind the Sinner Is</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp('Vianney The Bad Death.html')">The Bad Death</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp('Vianney Prisoners of Sin.html')">Prisoners of Sin</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp('On the Abuse of Divine Mercy.html')">On the Abuse of Divine Mercy by St. Alphonsus</a></li>


<li><a href="St. Alphonsu the number of sins.html">On the Number of Sins, by St. Aphonsus Di Liguori</a></li>


<li><A HREF="javascript:popUp3('Sins Against the Holy Ghost.html')">What is the Sin Against the Holy Ghost</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('The Necessity of Prayer for Sinners.html')">The Necessity of Prayer for Sinners</a></li>


<li><a href="Meditations on Saving Your Soul.html">Meditations on Saving Your Soul: Will it be Heaven or Hell?</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp('Relapse into Sin popup.html')">Causes of Relapse into Sin</a></li>


<li><A HREF="javascript:popUp('Mortal Sin popup.html')">Mortal Sin</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp('time.html')">Time is No More</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp('Live in Sin.html')">They that Live in Sin</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp('Sinner seeks God.html')">The Sinner Seeks God</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp('Sinner at Death.html')">The Sinner at Death</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Repentance.html')">Repentance</a></li>


<li><A HREF="javascript:popUp('Death-Bed Conversion.html')">Death-Bed Repentance</a></li>


<li><a href="Self-Examination.html">The Necessity of Self-Examination</a></li>


<li><a href="Feast of the Sacred Heart Weninger.html">Feast of the Sacred Heart: Sermons by Fr. Weninger</a></li>



<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Pentecost.html')">Last Sunday After Pentecost: The General Judgment & 2nd Coming of Christ</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Twentyfourth Sunday After Pentecost_Gospel.html')">Last Sunday After Pentecost: Epistle and Gospel</a></li>



<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Twenty-Third Sunday After Pentecost.html')">23rd Sunday After Pentecost</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Twentythird Sunday After Pentecost_Gospel.html')">Twenty-third Sunday After Pentecost: Epistle and Gospel</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost.html')">22nd Sunday After Pentecost<br>On the danger of Human Respect</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Twentysecond Sunday After Pentecost_Gospel.html')">Twenty-second Sunday After Pentecost: Epistle and Gospel</a></li>



<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Twenty-first Sunday After Pentecost.html')">21st Sunday After Pentecost: Forgiveness necessary for Heaven and the Eternity of Hell</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Twentyfirst Sunday After Pentecost_Gospel.html')">Twenty-first Sunday After Pentecost: Instruction Concerning Patience</a></li>



<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost.html')">20th Sunday After Pentecost<br>Sickness: an Opportunity for Merit & the Dangers of Delaying Conversion</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost_Gospel.html')">Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost: Instruction Concerning the Value of Time and Consolation in Sickness</a></li>


<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost.html')">19th Sunday After Pentecost<br>Marriage Feast: Many are called, but few are chosen.--Matt 22</a></li>


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<li><a href="javascript:popUp3('Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost.html')">18th Sunday After Pentecost: The Malady of Sin, Sacrilegious Confessions & Indulgences</a></li>


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Fourth Sunday of Advent: The Love of God</a></li>


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 Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession, was left unaided, Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother! To thee I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy, hear and answer me. Amen.<br><br>


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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">I</font>n the forty days which followed His resurrection, our Redeemer laid the foundations of His Church to which He was going to send the Holy Ghost.

All the Master's teachings are summed up in the Epistle and Gospel for today. Then He left this earth and the Introit, Collect, Epistle, Alleluia, Gospel, Offertory, Secret, Preface and Communion celebrate His glorious ascension into heaven, where the souls He had freed from Limbo escort Him (Alleluia), and enter in His train into the heavenly kingdom, where they share more fully in His Divinity.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">T</font>he ascension sets before us the duty of raising our hearts to God. So, in the Collect, we are led to ask that we may dwell with Christ in spirit in the heavenly realms, where we are called one day to dwell in our risen bodies.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">D</font>uring the octave the Credo is said: "I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God... Who ascended into heaven... He sitteth at the right hand of the Father" The Gloria speaks in the same sense: "O Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son... Who sittest at the right hand of the Father, have mercy upon us." In the Proper Preface which is said until Pentecost, we give thanks to God because His Son, the risen Christ, "after His resurrection appeared and showed Himself to all His disciples; and while they beheld Him, was lifted up into heaven". In the same way, during the whole octave, a Proper Communicantes of the feast is said, in which the Church reminds us that she is keeping the day on which the only-begotten Son of God set at the right hand of His glory the substance of our frail human nature, to which He had united Himself in the mystery of the Incarnation.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">W</font>e are reminded daily in the liturgy at the Offertory Suscipe Sancta Trinitas, and in the Canon Unde et memores, that at our Lord's command the Holy Sacrifice is being otfered in memory of the "blessed passion of the same Christ Thy Son our Lord," and also His resurrection from hell and His glorious ascension into heaven.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">T</font>he truth is that man is saved only by the mysteries of the passion and resurrection united with that of the ascension. "Through Thy death and burial, through Thy holy resurrection, through Thy admirable ascension, deliver us, O Lord (Litany of the Saints).<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">L</font>et us offer the divine Sacrifice to God in memory of the glorious ascension of His Son(Suscipe, Unde et memores); while we nourish within our souls an ardent desire for heaven, that "delivered from present dangers," we may "attain to eternal life" (Secret).


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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">O</font> God, Who, in order to crush the enemies of Thy Church and to restore divine worship, didst deign to elect blessed Pius to the supreme Pontificate: grant us to be defended by his patronage, and so to cleave unto Thy service, that overcoming all the snares of the enemy, we may rejoice with perpetual peace.  Through our Lord etc.<br><br>


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<font style="font-style: italic; " size="5">M</font>ichael Ghislieri, a Dominican friar from his fifteenth year, a teacher of religion at twenty, as a simple religious, as inquisitor, bishop, and cardinal, was famous both for the spotless purity of his own life and for his intrepid defense of the Church's faith and discipline. Surrounded in his time by great men and great Saints, in apostolic virtue he was surpassed by none.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic; " size="5">A</font>s Pope, his first concern was to reform the Roman court and the capital city by the strict example of his own household and the punishment of offenders. He next endeavored to obtain from the Catholic powers recognition of the decrees of the Council of Trent, two of which he strictly enforced: the obligatory residence of bishops in their sees, and the establishment of diocesan seminaries. He revised the Missal and Breviary, and reformed ecclesiastical music.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic; " size="5">H</font>e was not less active in protecting the Church outside Italy. We see him at the same time supporting the Catholic King of France against the Huguenot rebels, and encouraging Mary, Queen of Scots in the bitterness of her captivity. It is he who excommunicated her rival, the usurper Elizabeth, when the best blood of England flowed upon the scaffold and the measure of her crimes was full. The intrepidity of this Vicar of Christ found enemies. The holy Pope was accustomed to kiss the feet of the crucifix on leaving or entering his room. One day the feet moved away from his lips. Sorrow filled his heart, and he made acts of contrition, fearing that he must have committed some secret offense, yet he still could not kiss the feet. It was afterwards discovered that they had been poisoned by an enemy.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic; " size="5">I</font>t was in the Lepanto victory that the Saint's power was most plainly manifest. There, in October of 1571, by the holy league which he had formed but still more by the prayers of the aging Pontiff to the great Mother of God, the defeat of the advancing Ottoman forces was obtained and Christendom was saved from the Turk. Six months later Saint Pius V died, having reigned only six years.








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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">O</font> God, the comforter of them that mourn, and the slavation of such as hope in Thee, Who didst show mercy to the pious tears of the blessed Monica in the conversion of her son Augustine: grant us, through their united intercession, grace to deplore our sins, and to find pardon and favor with Thee.  Through our Lord etc.<br><br>


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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">S</font>aint Monica, the mother of Saint Augustine, was born in 332 of a Christian family of the ancient city of Tagasta in northern Africa. After a girlhood of singular innocence and piety, she was given in marriage to Patricius, a pagan. She at once devoted herself to his conversion, praying for him always and winning his reverence and love by the holiness of her life and her affectionate forbearance. She was rewarded by seeing him baptized a year before his death.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">W</font>hen her son Augustine went astray in faith and habits, her prayers and tears were incessant. She once begged a learned bishop that he would talk to her son, in order to bring him to a better disposition, but he declined, despairing of success with a young man at once so gifted and so headstrong. At the sight of her prayers and tears, he nonetheless bade her be of good courage, for it could not happen that the child of those tears should perish.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">A</font>ugustine, by going to Italy, was able for a time to free himself from his mother's importunities, but he could not escape from her prayers, which encompassed him like the providence of God. She followed him to Italy; and there, by his marvelous conversion, her sorrow was turned into joy.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">A</font>t Ostia, shortly before they were to re-embark for Africa, Augustine and his mother sat at a window conversing on the life of the blessed. She turned to him and said, "My son, there is nothing now I care for in this life. What I shall now do, or why I remain on this earth, I know not. The one reason I had for wishing to linger in this life a little longer was that I might see you a Catholic Christian before I died. This grace God has granted me superabundantly, seeing you reject earthly happiness to become His servant." A few days afterwards she had an attack of fever and died at the age of fifty-six, in the year 388.









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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">O</font> God Who by the glorious Finding of the Cross of salvation didst renew the wonders of Thy Passion: grant, we beseech Thee, that through the ransom brought us by this tree of life we may obtain the privilege of eternal life.  Who livest etc.<br><br>


(Roman Breviary)<br><br><br>



<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">W</font>hen God restored peace to His Church by exalting Constantine the Great to the imperial throne, that pious prince, who had triumphed over his enemies by the miraculous power of the Cross of Christ, was very desirous of expressing his veneration for the holy places which had been honored and sanctified by the presence and sufferings of our blessed Redeemer on earth. He accordingly resolved to build a magnificent church in the city of Jerusalem.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">S</font>aint Helen, the Emperor's mother, desiring to visit the holy places there, made a journey into Palestine in 326, though she was at that time near eighty years of age. On her arrival at Jerusalem she was inspired with a great desire to find the identical cross on which Christ had suffered for our sins, in order to build the proposed church on the site of Calvary. But there was no mark or tradition, even among the Christians, to show where it might lie. Saint Helen consulted everyone in Jerusalem and the surrounding areas, whom she thought likely to assist her in discovering the cross. She was credibly informed that, if she could find the holy sepulchre, she would also find the instruments of the punishment, since it was the custom among the Jews to dig a pit near the place where the body of a criminal was buried, and to throw into it whatever had contributed to his execution.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">T</font>he Roman pagans who were dominated by an aversion to Christianity had done what they could to conceal the place where our Saviour was buried by heaping on it a great quantity of stone and rubbish, and building there a temple to Venus. They had also erected a statue of Jupiter in the place where Our Lord rose from the dead. The pious Empress therefore ordered the profane buildings to be pulled down, the statue broken in pieces, and the rubbish removed. And then, upon digging to a great depth, the holy sepulchre was uncovered.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">N</font>ear it were found three crosses and the nails which had pierced Our Saviour's body, with the title which had been fixed to His cross. By this discovery they knew that one of those three crosses was the one they sought, and that the others belonged to the two criminals between whom Our Saviour had been crucified. But because the title was found separate from the cross, it was difficult to distinguish which of the three crosses was the one on which our Redeemer consummated His sacrifice for the salvation of the world. In this perplexity the holy Bishop of Jerusalem Macarius, knowing that one of the principal ladies of the city lay ill and at the point of death, suggested to the Empress to have the three crosses carried to the sick person, not doubting that God would reveal which one was the cross they sought. Saint Macarius prayed that God would have regard to their faith, and then he applied the crosses, one after another, to the patient. She was immediately and perfectly cured by the touch of the True Cross, after the others had been tried without effect.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">S</font>aint Helen, full of joy at having found the treasure which she had so earnestly sought and so highly esteemed, built a church on the site and placed the cross there with great veneration, after providing for it an extraordinarily rich silver reliquary. She afterwards carried part of it to her son Constantine at Constantinople, who received it with great veneration; and another part she took to Rome, to be placed in the church which she built there, called Church of the Holy Cross of Jerusalem, where it remains to this day.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">T</font>he title was sent by Saint Helen to that church in Rome, and placed on the top of an arch, where it was found in a case of lead in 1492. The inscription in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin is in red letters, and the wood was whitened. So it was in 1492; but these colors have since faded, and the words Jesus and Judaeorum are eaten away. The board is nine inches long, but is considered to have measured about twelve originally.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">T</font>he reliquary of Jerusalem was committed to the care of Saint Macarius and kept with singular care and respect in the magnificent church which Saint Helen and her son built there. Saint Paulinus relates that, though chips were almost daily cut off from it and given to devout persons, yet the sacred wood suffered thereby no diminution. It is affirmed by Saint Cyril of Jerusalem, twenty-five years after the discovery, that pieces of the cross were spread all over the earth; he compares this wonder to the miraculous feeding of five thousand men, as recorded in the Gospel. The discovery of the cross would have happened in the spring, after navigation began on the Mediterranean Sea, for Saint Helen went the same year to Constantinople and from there to Rome, where she died in the arms of her son on the 18th of August of the same year, 326.










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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">May 2nd: St. Athanasius, Bishop, Confessor and Doctor of the Church</font>


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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">G</font>raciously hear, O Lord, we beseech Thee, the prayers which we present to Thee on the festival of blessed Athanasius, Thy Confessor and Bishop: and through the merits and intercession of him who was found worthy to become Thy servant, loose us from all sin. Through our Lord etc.<br><br>


(Roman Breviary)<br><br><br>



<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">S</font>aint Athanasius was born in Alexandria, Egypt, towards the end of the third century, and from his youth was pious, learned, and deeply versed in the sacred writings. He left the paternal home to be raised by the bishop of Alexandria like a new Samuel in the Lord's temple, as befitted one whom God had chosen to be the champion and defender of His Church against the Arian heresy, which denied the Divinity of Christ.<br><br>



<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">W</font>hile still a deacon, he was chosen by Saint Alexander, his bishop, to go with him to the Council of Nicea, A.D. 325. There he attracted the attention of all the prelates by the learning and ability with which he defended the Faith. Five months later, as Saint Alexander was dying, he recommended Athanasius for his successor as Patriarch of Alexandria, and in that office for forty-six years the new Patriarch bore the whole brunt of the Arian assault, often virtually alone and undefended.<br><br>



<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">W</font>hen the invincible Athanasius refused to restore Arius to Catholic communion, he was exiled to Treves in France, and the Emperor ordered the Catholic Patriarch of Constantinople to receive the heresiarch. The end of that man of error is very instructive. He took an oath that he had always believed as the Church believes, though he taught that there was a time when the Word of God WAS NOT. Thereupon the Catholic Patriarch of Constantinople, with Saint James of Nisibe, who was in Constantinople at that time, Saint Athanasius in France and the Catholics everywhere, had recourse to fasting and prayer, that God would avert from the Church the frightful sacrilege. The day came for the solemn entrance of Arius into the great church of Saint Sophia. The heresiarch and his party set out, elated, in triumph. But before he reached the church, death smote him in an exemplary, swift and terrible way, and the dreaded sacrilege was averted.<br><br>



<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">S</font>aint Athanasius stood unmoved against four Roman emperors, was banished five times, was the butt of every insult, calumny and wrong the Arians could devise, and lived in constant peril of death. Though strong as diamond in defense of the Faith, he was meek and humble, pleasant and winning in conversation, beloved by his flock, unwearied in labors, prayer and mortifications, eloquent in speech, and unsurpassed in zeal for souls. From his places of exile he wrote many great works for the instruction and strengthening of his flock, writings rich in thought and learning, clear, keen and stately in expression. He is honored as one of the greatest of the Doctors of the Church.<br><br>



<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">H</font>is admirers told the story of his response to a search party pursuing him downstream, as he retreated by boat. Knowing of their approach, he ordered the captain to change direction and return. When he crossed the search party on the river, they hailed him and asked whether he had seen the bishop of Alexandria pass by. He replied, "Continue; he is not far from here." Restored to his see by the emperor Valens for fear of a popular uprising, the stormy life of the Saint closed in peace on May 2nd of the year 373.






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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">May 1st: Sts. Philip and James, Apostles and 5th Sunday After Pentecost</font><br><br>

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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">O</font> God, Who dost gladden us by the yearly festival of Philip and James Thy Apostles:  grant, we beseech Thee, that as we rejoice in their merits, so we may be taught by their example.  Through our Lord etc.<br><br>


(Roman Breviary)<br><br><br>




<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">P</font>hilip was one of the first chosen disciples of Christ. On the way from Judea to Galilee Our Lord found Philip, and said, "Follow Me" Philip straightway obeyed; and then in his zeal and charity sought to win Nathaniel also, saying, "We have found Him of Whom Moses and the prophets did write, Jesus of Nazareth;" and when Nathaniel in wonder asked, "Can any good come out of Nazareth?" Philip simply answered, "Come and see," and brought him to Jesus. Another characteristic saying of this apostle is preserved for us by St. John. Christ in His last discourse had spoken of His Father; and Philip exclaimed, in the fervor of his thirst for God, "Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough"<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">S</font>t. James the Less, the author of an inspired epistle, was also one of the Twelve. St. Paul tells us that he was favored by a special apparition of Christ after the Resurrection. On the dispersion of the apostles among the nations, St. James was left as Bishop of Jerusalem; and even the Jews held in such high veneration his purity, mortification, and prayer, that they named him the Just. The earliest of Church historians has handed down many

traditions of St. James's sanctity. <br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">H</font>e was always a virgin, says Hegesippus, and consecrated to God. He drank no wine, wore no sandals on his feet, and but a single garment on his body. He prostrated himself so much in prayer that the skin of his knees was hardened like a camel's hoof. The Jews, it is said, used out of respect to touch the hem of his garment. He was indeed a living proof of his own words, "The wisdom that is from above first indeed is chaste, then peaceable, modest, full of mercy and good fruits." He sat beside St. Peter and St. Paul at the Council of Jerusalem; and when St. Paul at a later time escaped the fury of the Jews by appealing to Caesar, the people took vengeance on James, and crying, "The just one hath erred," stoned him to death.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">R</font>eflection--The Church commemorates on the same day Sts. Philip and James, whose bodies lie side by side at Rome. They represent to us two aspects of Christian holiness. The first preaches faith, the second works; the one holy aspirations, the other purity of heart.









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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">G</font>rant, we beseech Thee, Almighty God: that we who celebrate the festival of blessed Catharine, Thy Virgin, may rejoice at her yearly festival and profit by the example of so great a virtue.  Through our Lord etc.<br><br>


(Roman Breviary)<br><br><br>




<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">C</font>atherine, the daughter of a humble tradesman, was raised up to be the guide and guardian of the Church in one of the darkest periods of its history, the fourteenth century. As a child, prayer was her delight. She would say the "Hail Mary" on each step as she mounted the stairs, and was granted in reward a vision of Christ in glory. When but seven years old, she made a vow of virginity, and afterwards endured bitter persecution for refusing to marry. Our Lord gave her His Heart in exchange for her own, communicated her with His own hands, and stamped on her body the print of His wounds. At the age of fifteen she entered the Third Order of St. Dominic, but continued to reside in her father's shop, where she united a life of active charity with the prayer of a contemplative Saint. From this obscure home the seraphic virgin was summoned to defend the Church's cause. Armed with Papal authority, and accompanied by three confessors, she travelled through Italy, reducing rebellious cities to the obedience of the Holy See, and winning hardened souls to God. <br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">I</font>n the face well-nigh of the whole world she sought out Gregory XI. at Avignon, brought him back to Rome, and by her letters to the kings and queens of Europe made good the Papal cause. She was the counsellor of Urban VI., and sternly rebuked the disloyal cardinals who had part in electing an antipope. Long had the holy virgin foretold the terrible schism which began ere she died. Day and night she wept and prayed for unity and peace. But the devil excited the Roman people against the Pope, so that some sought the life cf Christ's Vicar. With intense earnestness did St. Catherine beg Our Lord to prevent this enormous crime. In spirit she saw the whole city full of demons tempting the people to resist and even slay the Pope. The seditious temper was subdued by Catherine's prayers; but the devils vented their malice by scourging the Saint herself, who gladly endured all for God and His Church. She died at Rome, in 1380, at the age of thirty-three.








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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">G</font>rant, we beseech thee, Almighty God:  that we may follow the faith of blessed Peter Thy Martyr with befitting devotion; who for the spreading of the same faith was found worthy to win the palm of martyrdom.  Through Our Lord etc.<br><br>


(Roman Breviary)<br><br><br>



<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">I</font>n 1205 the glorious martyr Peter was born at Verona of heretical parents. He went to a Catholic school, and his Manichean uncle asked what he learnt. "The Creed," answered Peter; "I believe in God, Creator of heaven and earth." No persuasion could shake his faith, and at fifteen he received the habit from St. Dominic himself at Bologna. After ordination, he preached to the heretics of Lombardy, and converted multitudes. St. Peter was constantly obliged to dispute with heretics, and although he was able to confound them, still the devil took occasion thence to tempt him once against faith. Instantly he had recourse to prayer before an image of Our Lady, and heard a voice saying to him the words of Jesus Christ in the Gospel, "I have prayed for thee, Peter, that thy faith may not fail; and thou shalt confirm thy brethren in it." <br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">O</font>nce when exhorting a vast crowd under the burning sun, the heretics defied him to procure shade. He prayed, and a cloud overshadowed the audience. In spite of his sanctity, he was foully slandered and even punished for immorality. He submitted humbly, but complained in prayer to Jesus crucified. The crucifix spoke, "And I, Peter, what did I do?" Every day, as he elevated at Mass the precious blood, he prayed, "Grant, Lord, that I may die for Thee, Who for me didst die." His prayer was answered. The heretics, confounded by him, sought his life. Two of them attacked him as he was returning to Milan, and struck his head with an axe. St. Peter fell, commended himself to God, dipped his finger in his own blood, and wrote on the ground, "I believe in God, Creator of heaven and earth." They then stabbed him in the side, and he received his crown.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">R</font>eflection--From a boy St. Peter boldly professed his faith among heretics. He spent his life in preaching the faith to heretics, and received the glorious and long-desired crown of martyrdom from heretics. We are surrounded by heretics. Are we courageous, firm, zealous, full of prayer for their conversion, unflinching in our profession of faith?







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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">April 28th: St. Paul of the Cross, Confessor</font><br><br>



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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">O</font> Lord Jesus Christ, Who didst endow holy Paul with singular charity in preaching the mystery of the Cross, and wast pleased that through him a new family should flourish in the Church: grant, through his intercession, that we who continually recall the memory of Thy Passion while we are on earth, may be deemed worthy to receive the fruit of it in heaven. Who livest etc.<br><br>


(Roman Breviary)<br><br><br>





<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">T</font>he eighty-one years of this Saint's life were modelled on the Passion of Jesus Christ. In his childhood, when praying in church, a heavy bench fell on his foot, but the boy took no notice of the bleeding wound, and spoke of it as "a rose sent from God." A few years later, the vision of a scourge with "love" written on its lashes assured him that his thirst for penance would be satisfied. In the hope of dying for the faith, he enlisted in a crusade against the Turks; but a voice from the Tabernacle warned him that he was to serve Christ alone, and that he should found a congregation in His honor. At the command of his bishop he began while a layman to preach the Passion, and a series of crosses tried the reality of his vocation. All his first companions, save his brother, deserted him; the Sovereign Pontiff refused him an audience; and it was only after a delay of seventeen years that the Papal approbation was obtained, and the first house of the Passionists was opened on Monte Argentario, the spot which Our Lady had pointed out. <br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">S</font>t. Paul chose as the badge of his Order a heart with three nails, in memory of the sufferings of Jesus, but for himself he invented a more secret and durable sign. Moved by the same holy impulse as Blessed Henry Suso, St. Jane Frances, and other Saints, he branded on his side the Holy Name, and its characters were found there after death. His heart beat with a supernatural palpitation, which was especially vehement on Fridays, and the heat at times was so intense as to scorch his shirt in the region of his heart. Through fifty years of incessant bodily pain, and amidst all his trials, Paul read the love of Jesus everywhere, and would cry out to the flowers and grass, "Oh! be quiet, be quiet," as if they were reproaching him with ingratitude. He died whilst the Passion was being read to him, and so passed with Jesus from the cross to glory.

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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">April 28th: St. Vitalis, Martyr</font><br><br>

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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">S</font>aint Vitalis was a first century Christian citizen of Milan and the father of the twin brothers and future martyrs, Saints Gervasius and Protasius. He is the principal patron of Ravenna, where he was martyred.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">D</font>ivine providence had conducted him to that city, where he saw come before the tribunal there a Christian physician named Ursicinus, who had been tortured and who then was condemned to lose his head for his faith. Suddenly the captive grew terrified at the thought of death, and seemed ready to yield. Vitalis was extremely moved by this spectacle. He knew his double obligation to prefer the glory of God and the eternal salvation of his neighbor to his own corporal life; he therefore boldly and successfully encouraged Ursicinus to triumph over death, saying, "Ursicinus, you who cured others would want to drive into your soul the dagger of eternal death? Do not lose the crown the Lord has prepared for you!" Ursicinus was touched; he knelt down and asked the executioner to strike him. After his martyrdom Saint Vitalis carried away his body and respectfully interred it.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">S</font>aint Vitalis now resigned his post as judiciary assistant to Paulinus, who had been absent on the occasion of the sentence of Ursinius. Paulinus had his former assistant apprehended, and after having him tortured, commanded that if he refused to sacrifice to the gods, he be buried alive, which sentence was carried out. Afterwards, his wife Valeria, as she was on her way from Ravenna to Milan, was beaten by peasants because she refused to join them in an idolatrous festival and riot. She died two days later in Milan, and is also honored as a martyr and Saint. Gervasius and Protasius, their sons, sold their heritage and for ten years before their own martyrdom, lived a penitential life of prayer.<br><br><br>


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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">S</font>in is the enemy of the soul; it throws her back again into that death, whence Jesus had drawn her by his Resurrection. To preserve one of thy brethren from this misery, thou, O Vitalis, bravely raisedst a cry of zealous warning to him in the midst of his torments, and thy words awakened him to self-possession and courage. Show this same fraternal charity to us. We are living with the Life of our Risen Jesus; but the enemy is bent on robbing us of this Life. He will seek to intimidate us; he will lay all manner of snares wherewith to deceive us; he will give us battle, and this untiringly. Pray then for us, O holy Martyr, that we may be on our guard, and that the mystery of the Pasch may be fully accomplished within us, now and for ever!







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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">April 27th: St. Peter Canisius,  Confessor and Doctor of the Church</font><br><br>



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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">O</font> God, Who for the defense of the Catholic faith didst endow blessed Peter Thy Confessor with virtue and learning:  mercifully grant that by his example and teaching, the hearts of those who have gone astray may return to the way of salvation and the souls of the faithful may remain steadfast in the confession of the truth.   Through our Lord etc.<br><br>


(Roman Breviary)<br><br><br>



<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">B</font>orn in 1521 of a distinguished family of Holland, Saint Peter Canisius studied in Cologne and received his license as doctor of civil law; he then went to Louvain (Belgium) to learn canon law. These studies followed close upon the days when Luther had burnt the papal bulls at Wittenberg, Germany. Soon Saint Peter, become a Jesuit, was teaching at the University of Cologne; he was there when the unfortunate archbishop of that city fell into the new heresy. The Catholics who desired to depose him needed a deputy to the emperor to present their request, and Saint Peter was chosen.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">H</font>is mission, seconded by the Holy Spirit, succeeded; and the deputy was remarked by a Cardinal, who desired to send him to the Council of Trent as his representative and theologian. Saint Peter's superior, Saint Ignatius of Loyola himself, approved this choice, and the young Jesuit took his place among the Fathers of the Council. He was commissioned to draft a memoir on the exact nature of the errors being propagated in the lands of the reform, in consort with the Pope's theologian, another Jesuit named Jacques Laynez. Their work was admired; the Council was dissolved soon afterwards, however, and Saint Peter was recalled to Rome by Saint Ignatius, to consult with him concerning the formation of the religious and the future of their Order.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">A</font>fterwards Saint Peter and two other Jesuits founded a college at Ingolstadt, going there with only two books in their baggage, the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius and the famous Ratio Studiorum, or Plan of Studies of their Order. Saint Peter was named Rector of the University by that institution.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">H</font>e was in demand everywhere; King Ferdinand of Rome obtained his presence for Vienna. A pestilence broke out there, and he was most often found at the bedside of the dying, caring for the bodies and regenerating the souls of the unfortunate citizens. He opened a boarding school for boys, and Vienna soon found itself reborn in the faith: the famous Catechism of Saint Peter Canisius had much to do with the renovation. During his lifetime it appeared in more than 200 editions, in at least twelve languages. It remains a monument of the triumph of the Church over error in the time of Luther.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">I</font>ts author had tried to keep his name a secret but did not succeed, and then several nations disputed the honor of his presence. But Saint Peter was Provincial of Germany, named by Saint Ignatius, and he concerned himself above all with the colleges at Prague, Ingolstadt and Munich. Until his death in 1597 the Apostle of Germany continued the valiant and perpetual combat of the Church against error. For a long time forgotten, Saint Peter was canonized and declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius XI in 1927.




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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">April 26th: Our Lady of Good Counsel (Celebrated in some places)</font>

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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">D</font style>uring the afternoon of April 25, 1467, the inhabitants of the little town of Genezzano, in Italy, heard celestial music--music that seemed to descend from the cloudless heavens. And then they saw a snow-white cloud, high above the town's highest houses, from which cloud shone forth rays of the most dazzling light. The cloud came nearer gradually, and finally rested on the wall of a ruined chapel--the bells of the chapel's tower ringing out although it was apparent that no human hand had set them in motion, and every church bell in the town sounded as if in answer. Little by little the cloud cleared away, and where it had been now stood an image of Our Blessed Lady, smiling on the Divine Child in Her arms.  The villagers of Genezzano could not but think that the image had come from Heaven itself. It had come from Albania, across the Adriatic Sea, however.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">T</font style>here, in the town of Scutari, this image of Our Lady--known then as the "Madonna of Scutari"--had miraculously appeared some two centuries before, and had been greatly venerated. For instance, the great Albanian, General Scanderbeg, openly declared that his victories over the Moslems were due to the Madonna of Scutari. When he died, the Moslems again threatened the country, and many Albanians sought safety in flight. Among them were two pious clients of Mary, Georgio and Sclavios by name, who went to visit their beloved Madonna just before their departure. As they knelt at Our Lady's shrine, they were astounded to see the image loosen itself from the wall, and, enveloped in a shining cloud, float out of the Church toward the sea. They followed. The image floated on over the sea, and the pious men stepped into the water and were borne up, without even trying to swim, till they reached the Italian shore. On land, they still followed the picture to the very gates of Rome, where the image disappeared. Nor did they see it again, until, having heard of its miraculous advent in Genezzano, they found it there, already rich in renown on account of the miracles wrought by its means, in the Augustinian Church where it still hangs today (its coloring not in the least tarnished or faded, by the way).<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">I</font style>n 1862, the miraculous image was crowned, and the title of "Our Lady of Good Counsel" also dates back to the seventeenth century. From the time of the image's coming until this very day hundreds upon hundreds of miraculous cures and conversions have taken place at the shrine of Our Lady of Good Counsel, in Genezzano. Many indulgences are attached to membership in the sodality of Our Lady of Good Counsel, generally known as "The Pious Union."




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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">April 26th: Sts. Cletus and Marcellinus, Popes and Martyrs</font>

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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">O</font> eternal Shepherd, watch over the peace of Thy flock, and through blessed Cletus and Marcellinus, Thy Martyrs and Sovereign Pontiffs, whom Thou didst appoint shepherds over the whole Church, keep her under thy constant protection.  Through our Lord etc.<br><br>


(Roman Breviary)<br><br><br>





<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">S</font>t. Cletus was the third Bishop of Rome, and succeeded St. Linus, which circumstance alone shows his eminent virtue among the first disciples of St. Peter in the West. He sat twelve years, from 76 to 89. The canon of the Roman Mass, Bede, and other martyrologists, style him a martyr. He was buried near St. Linus, in the Vatican, and his relics still remain in that church.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">S</font>t. Marcellinus succeeded St. Coins in the bishopric of Rome in 296, about the time that Diocletian set himself up for a deity, and impiously claimed divine honors. In those stormy times of persecution Marcellinus acquired great glory. He sat in St. Peter's chair eight years, three months, and twenty-five days, dying in 304, a year after the cruel persecution broke out, in which he gained much honor. He has been styled a martyr, though his blood was not shed in the cause of religion.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">R</font>eflection--It is a fundamental maxim of the Christian morality, and a truth which Christ has established in the clearest terms and in innumerable passages of the Gospel, that the cross or sufferings and mortification are the road to eternal bliss. They, therefore, who lead not here a crucified and mortified life are unworthy ever to possess the unspeakable joys of His kingdom. Our Lord Himself, our model and our he-ad, walked in this path, and His great Apostle puts us in mind that He entered into bliss only by His blood and by the cross.





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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">April 25th: St. Mark, the Evangelist</font><br><br><br>


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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">O</font> God, Who by Thy grace didst raise up blessed Mark the Evangelist to be a preacher of the gospel: grant, we beseech Thee, that we may both profit by his teaching and be defended by his prayers.  Through our Lord etc.<br><br>


(Roman Breviary)<br><br><br>



<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">S</font>t. Mark was converted to the Faith by the Prince of the Apostles, whom he afterwards accompanied to Rome, acting there as his secretary or interpreter. When St. Peter was writing his first epistle to the churches of Asia, he affectionately joins with his own salutation that of his faithful companion, whom he calls "my son Mark." The Roman people entreated St. Mark to put in writing for them the substance of St. Peter's frequent discourses on Our Lord's life. This the Evangelist did under the eye and with the express sanction of the apostle, and every page of his brief but graphic gospel so bore the impress of St. Peter's character, that the Fathers used to name it "Peter's Gospel."   <br><br>



<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">S</font>t. Mark was now sent to Egypt to found the Church of Alexandria. Here his disciples became the wonder of the world for their piety and asceticism, so that St. Jerome speaks of St. Mark as the father of the anchorites, who at a later time thronged the Egyptian deserts. Here, too, he set up the first Christian school, the fruitful mother of many illustrious doctors and bishops. After governing his see for many years, St. Mark was one day seized by the heathen, dragged by ropes over stones, and thrown into prison. On the morrow the torture was repeated, and having been consoled by a vision of angels and the voice of Jesus, St. Mark went to his reward.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">I</font>t is to St. Mark that we owe the many slight touches which often give such vivid coloring to the Gospel scenes, and help us to picture to ourselves the very gestures and looks of our blessed Lord. It is he alone who notes that in the temptation Jesus was "with the beasts;" that He slept in the boat "on a pillow;" that He "embraced" the little children. He alone preserves for us the commanding words "Peace, be still!" by which the storm was quelled; or even the very sounds of His voice, the "Ephpheta" and "Talitha cumi," by which the dumb were made to speak and the dead to rise. So, too, the "looking round about with anger," and the "sighing deeply," long treasured in the memory of the penitent apostle, who was himself converted by his Saviour's look, are here recorded by his faithful interpreter.<br><br>


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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">O</font> God, Who didst vouchsafe to inflame the soul of blessed Fidelis with seraphic fervor, and to adorn him with the palm of martyrdom and with glorious miracles, in spreading the true faith: we beseech Thee, through his merits and intercession to strengthen us in faith and love by Thy grace, that we may be worthy to be found faithful in Thy service even unto death. Through our Lord etc.<br><br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">S</font>t. Fidelis was born at Sigmaringen in 1577, of noble parents. In his youth he frequently approached the sacraments, visited the sick and the poor, and spent moreover many hours before the altar. For a time he followed the legal profession, and was remarkable for his advocacy of the poor and his respectful language towards his opponents. Finding it difficult to become both a rich lawyer and a good Christian, Fidelis entered the Capuchin Order, and embraced a life of austerity and prayer. Hair shirts, iron-pointed girdles, and disciplines were penances too light for his fervor; and being filled with a desire of martyrdom, he rejoiced at being sent to Switzerland by the newly-founded Congregation of Propaganda, and braved every peril to rescue souls from the diabolical heresy of Calvin. <br><br>



<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">W</font>hen preaching at Sevis he was fired at by a Calvinist, but the fear of death could not deter him from proclaiming divine truth. After his sermon he was waylaid by a body of Protestants headed by a minister, who attacked him and tried to force him to embrace their so-called reform. But he said, "I came to refute your errors, not to embrace them; I will never renounce Catholic doctrine, which is the truth of all ages, and I fear not death." On this they fell upon him with their poignards, and the first martyr of Propaganda went to receive his palm.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">R</font>eflection--We delight in decorating the altars of God with flowers, lights, and jewels, and it is right to do so; but if we wish to offer to God gifts of higher value, let us, in imitation of St. Fidelis, save the souls who but for us would be lost; for so we shall offer Him, as it were, the jewels of paradise.<br><br><br><br>


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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">H</font>ow truly couldst thou, O Fidelis! say with the Apostle: I have finished my course (II. Tim. iv. 7)!  Yea, thy death was even more beautiful than thy life, holy as that was. How admirable the calmness wherewith thou receivedst death! how grand the joy wherwith thou didst welcome the blows of thine enemies, thine, because they were those of the Church! Thy dying prayer, like Stephen's, was for them; for the Catholic, while he hates heresy, must love the heretics who put him to death. Pray, O holy Martyr, for the children of the Church. Obtain for them an appreciation of the value of Faith, and of the favour of God bestowed on them when he made them members of the true Church. May they be on their guard against the many false doctrines, which are now current through the world. May they not be shaken by the scandals which abound in this our age of effeminacy and pride. <br><br>



<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">I</font>t is Faith that is to bring us to our Risen Jesus: and He urges us to it by the words he addressed to Thomas: Blessed are they that have not seen, and have believed (St. John, xx. 29)! Of this number we wish to be; and therefore is it, that we cling to the Church, the sovereign mistress of Faith. We wish to believe her, and not Human Reason, which has neither the power to fathom the Word of God, nor the right to sit in judgment over it. Jesus has willed, that this holy Faith should come down to us bearing on itself the strengthening testimony of the Martyrs; and each age has had its Martyrs. Glory to thee, O Fidelis, who didst win thy palm by combating the errors of the pretended Reformation! Take a Martyr's revenge, and pray without ceasing, to our Jesus, that he would bring all heretics back to the Faith and to union with the Church. They are our Brethren by Baptism; pray for them, that they may return to the Fold, and that we may one day celebrate with them the true Paschal Banquet, wherein the Lamb of God gives himself to be our food, not figuratively, as in the Old Law, but really and truly, as becometh the New Covenant.





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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">O</font> God, Who dost gladden us by the merits and intercession of blessed George Thy Martyr: grant in Thy mercy, that we who beg for Thy blessings through him may obtain them by the gift of Thy grace. Through our Lord etc.<br><br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">S</font>t. George was born in Cappadocia, at the close of the third century, of Christian parents. In early youth he chose a soldier's life, and soon obtained the favor of Diocletian, who advanced him to the grade of tribune. When, however, the emperor began to persecute the Christians, George rebuked him at once sternly and openly for his cruelty, and threw up his commission. He was in consequence subjected to a lengthened series of torments, and finally beheaded. There was something so inspiring in the defiant cheerfulness of the young soldier, that every Christian felt a personal share in this triumph of Christian fortitude.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">A</font>s years rolled on St. George became a type of successful combat against evil, the slayer of the dragon, the darling theme of camp song and story, until "so thick a shade his very glory round him made" that his real lineaments became hard to trace. Even beyond the circle of Christendom he was held in honor, and invading Saracens taught themselves to except from desecration the image of him they hailed as the "White-horsed Knight." The devotion to St. George is one of the most ancient and widely spread in the Church. In the East, a church of St. George is ascribed to Constantine, and his name is invoked in the most ancient liturgies; whilst in the West, Malta, Barcelona, Valencia, Arragon, Genoa, and England have chosen him as their patron.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">R</font>eflection--"What shall I say of fortitude, without which neither wisdom nor justice is of any worth? Fortitude is not of the body, but is a constancy of soul; wherewith we are conquerors in righteousness, patiently bear all adversities, and in prosperity are not puffed up. This fortitude he lacks who is overcome by pride, anger, greed, drunkenness, and the like. Neither have they fortitude who when in adversity make shift to escape at their soulsÍ expense; wherefore the Lord saith, 'Fear not those who kill the body, but cannot kill the soul.' In like manner those who are puffed up in prosperity and abandon themselves to excessive joviality cannot be called strong. For how can they be called strong who cannot hide and repress the heart's emotion? Fortitude is never conquered, or if conquered, is not fortitude."--St. Bruno.<br><br><br>



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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">T</font>hou, O George, art the glorious type of a Christian Soldier. Whilst serving under an earthly Monarch, thou didst not forget thy duty to the King of heaven. Thou didst shed thy blood for the faith of Christ; and he, in return, appointed thee Protector of Christian Armies. Be their defender in battle, and bless with victory them that fight in a just cause. Protect them under the shadow of thy standard; cover them with thy shield; make them the terror of their enemies. Our Lord is the God of Hosts; and He frequently uses War as the instrument of His designs, both of justice and mercy. They alone win true victory, who have heaven on their side; and these, when on the battle-field, seem to the world to be doing the work of man, whereas it is the work of God they are furthering. Hence are they more generous, because more religious, than other men. The sacrifices they have to make, and the dangers they have to face, teach them unselfishness. What wonder, then, that Soldiers have given so many Martyrs to the Church!<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">B</font>ut there is another warfare, in which we Christians are all enlisted, and of which St. Paul speaks, when he says: Labour as a good Soldier of Christ; for no man is crowned save he that striveth lawfully (II. Tim. ii. 5). That we have thus to strive and fight during our life, the same Apostle assures us of it in these words : Take unto you the Armour of God, that ye may be able to resist in the evil day, and to stand in all things perfect. Stand, therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the Breastplate of justice, and your feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace. In all things taking the Shield of Faith, wherewith ye may be able to extinguish all the fiery darts of the most wicked one. And take unto you the Helmet of the hope of salvation, and the Sword of the spirit, which is the word of God (Eph. vi. 13, 17). We, then, are Soldiers, as thou wast, O holy Martyr! Before ascending into heaven, our divine Leader wishes to review His troops; do thou present us to Him. He has loaded us with honours, notwithstanding our past disloyalties; we must, henceforth, prove ourselves worthy of our position. In the Paschal Communion which we have received, we have a pledge of victory; how can we ever be so base, as to permit ourselves to be conquered!  Watch over us, O sainted Warrior! Let thy prayers and example encourage us to fight against the dragon of hell. He dreads the Armour we wear; for it is Jesus Himself that prepared it for us, and tempered it in his own precious Blood: oh ! that, like thee, we may present it to Him whole and entire, when He calls us to our eternal rest.



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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">S</font>aint Soter was raised to the papacy upon the death of Saint Anicetus in 161. By the sweetness of his discourses he comforted all afflicted persons with the tenderness of a father, and assisted the indigent with liberal alms, especially those who suffered for the Faith. He liberally extended his charities, according to the custom of his predecessors, to remote churches. He aided in particular that of Corinth, to which he addressed an excellent letter. Saint Dionysius of Corinth in his letter of thanks to Saint Soter, adds that the Pontifical letter together with the letter of Saint Clement, Pope, was read for the edification of the faithful on Sundays, during their assemblies to celebrate the divine mysteries.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">O</font>ne of Saint Soter’s ordinances required all Christians except those in public penance to receive Communion on Holy Thursday. Saint Soter vigorously opposed the heresy of Montanus, and governed the Church up to the year 170. He was martyred on April 22, 170, under the emperor Marcus Aurelius, and buried on the Appian Way in the cemetery of Callixtus.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">P</font>ope Saint Caius, born in Dalmatia, was a relative of the emperor Diocletian. The cruel emperor did not for that reason spare him or his family during the bloody persecution of the years 283 to 296, during which the Christians of Rome were obliged to conceal themselves in caverns and cemeteries.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">S</font>aint Caius counseled a patrician named Chromatius to receive the tracked disciples of Christ in his country residence. He himself went to visit them on a Sunday, and said to the faithful assembled there that Our Lord Jesus Christ, knowing the fragility of human nature, established two degrees in the practice of Christianity, confession and martyrdom. Our Saviour did so, he said, “so that those who do not believe they could stand up under torment, may nonetheless conserve the grace of the faith by their confession.” Our Lord had indeed specified, "When you are persecuted in one city, flee to another . . ." Then he said, "Those who wish to stay in the house of Chromatius, remain with Tiburtius, while those who prefer to return with me to the city, come." Several followed him back to Rome; among them are the martyrs of the same persecution, the brothers Saints Marcus and Marcellinus, and Saint Sebastian.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">S</font>aint Caius himself received the crown of martyrdom in the final year of the persecution, 296, and was buried in the cemetery of Callixtus, where his body was found in 1622, with an inscription identifying him as Vicar of Christ.







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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">O</font> God, Who didst give blessed Anselm to be a minister of eternal salvation to Thy people: grant, we beseech Thee, that we Who have had him on earth as Teacher of life, may be advocate in heaven.  Through our Lord etc.<br><br><br>



<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">S</font>t. Anselm

was a native of Piedmont. When a boy of fifteen, being forbidden to enter religion, he for a while lost his fervor, left his home, and went to various schools in France. At length his vocation revived, and he became a monk at Bec in Normandy. The fame of his sanctity in this cloister led William Rufus, when dangerously ill, to take him for his confessor, and to name him to the vacant see of Canterbury. Now began the strife of Anselm's life. With new health the king relapsed into his former sins, plundered the Church lands, scorned the archbishop's rebukes, and forbade him to go to Rome for the pallium. Anselm went, and returned only to enter into a more bitter strife with William's successor, Henry I. This sovereign claimed the right of investing prelates with the ring and crozier, symbols of the spiritual jurisdiction which belongs to the Church alone. <br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">T</font>he worldly prelates did not scruple to call St. Anselm a traitor for his defence of the Pope's supremacy; on which the Saint rose, and with calm dignity exclaimed, "If any man pretends that I violate my faith to my king because I will not reject the authority of the Holy See of Rome, let him stand forth, and in the name of God I will answer him as I ought" No one took up the challenge; and to the disappointment of the king, the barons sided with the Saint, for they respected his courage, and saw that his cause was their own. Sooner than yield, the archbishop went again into exile, till at last the king was obliged to submit to the feeble but inflexible old man. In the midst of his harassing cares, St. Anselm found time for writings which have made him celebrated as the father of scholastic theology; while in metaphysics and in science he had few equals. He is yet more famous for his devotion to our blessed Lady, whose Feast of the Immaculate Conception he was the first to establish in the West. He died in 1109.




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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">O</font> God, Who in Thy unspeakable providence wast pleased to choose blessed Joseph for Thy most holy Mother's spouse:  grant, we beseech Thee, that we may become worthy to have him for our intercessor in heaven whom we venerate as our protector upon earth.  Who livest etc.<br><br>


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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">S</font>t. Joseph was by birth of the royal family of David, but was living in humble obscurity as a carpenter when God raised him to the highest sanctity, and fitted him to be the spouse of His Virgin Mother, and foster-father and guardian of the Incarnate Word. Joseph, says the Holy Scripture, was a just man; he was innocent and pure, as became the husband of Mary; he was gentle and tender, as one worthy to be named the father of Jesus; he was prudent and a lover of silence, as became the master of the holy house; above all, he was faithful and obedient to divine calls. His conversation was with angels rather than with men. When he learned that Mary bore within her womb the Lord of heaven, he feared to take her as his wife; but an angel bade him fear not, and all doubts vanished. When Herod sought the life of the divine Infant, an angel told Joseph in a dream to fly with the Child and His Mother into Egypt. Joseph at once arose and obeyed. This sudden and unexpected flight must have exposed Joseph to many inconveniences and sufferings in so long a journey with a little babe and a tender virgin, the greater part of the way being through deserts and among strangers; yet he alleges no excuses, nor inquires at what time they were to return. <br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">S</font>t. Chrysostom observes that God treats thus all His servants, sending them frequent trials to clear their hearts from the rust of self-love, but intermixing seasons of consolation. "Joseph," says he, "is anxious on seeing the Virgin with child; an angel removes that fear. He rejoices at the Child's birth, but a great fear succeeds: the furious king seeks to destroy the Child, and the whole city is in an uproar to take away His life. This is followed by another joy, the adoration of the Magi; a new sorrow then arises: he is ordered to fly into a foreign unknown country, without help or acquaintance." It is the opinion of the Fathers that upon their entering Egypt, at the presence of the child Jesus, all the oracles of that superstitious country were struck dumb, and the statues of their gods trembled and in many places fell to the ground. The Fathers also attribute to this holy visit the spiritual benediction poured on that country, which made it for many ages most fruitful in Saints. <br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">A</font>fter the death of King Herod, of which St. Joseph was informed in another vision, God ordered him to return with the Child and His Mother into the land of Israel, which our Saint readily obeyed. But when he arrived in Judea, hearing that Archelaus had succeeded Herod in that part of the country, and apprehensive that he might be infected with his father's vices, he feared on that account to settle there, as he would otherwise probably have done for the education of the Child; and therefore, being directed by God in another vision, he retired into the dominions of Herod Antipas, in Galilee, to his former habitation in Nazareth. St. Joseph, being a strict observer of the Mosaic law, in conformity to its direction annually repaired to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover. Our Saviour, now in the twelfth year of His age, accompanied His parents thither. Having performed the usual ceremonies of the feast, they were returning with many of their neighbors and acquaintances towards Galilee; and never doubting but that Jesus was with some of the company, they travelled on for a whole day's journey before they discovered that He was not with them. But when night came on and they could hear no tidings of Him among their kindred and acquaintance, they, in the deepest affliction, returned with the utmost speed to Jerusalem. <br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">A</font>fter an anxious search of three days they found Him in the Temple, discoursing with the learned doctors of the law, and asking them such questions as raised the admiration of all that heard Him, and made them astonished at the ripeness of His understanding; nor were His parents less surprises on this occasion. When His Mother told Him with what grief and earnestness they had sought Him, and asked, "Son, why hast Thou thus dealt with us? behold Thy Father and I sought Thee in great affliction of mind," she received for answer, "How is it that you sought Me? did you not know that I must be about My Father's business?" But though thus staying in the Temple unknown to His parents, in all other things He was obedient to them, returning with them to Nazareth, and there living in all dutiful subjection to them. As no further mention is made of St. Joseph, he must have died before the marriage of Cana and the beginning of our divine Saviour's ministry. We cannot doubt that he had the happiness of Jesus and Mary attending at his death, praying by him, assisting and comforting him in his last moments; whence he is particularly invoked for the great grace of a happy death and the spiritual presence of Jesus in that hour.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">R</font>eflection--St. Joseph, the shadow of the Eternal Father upon earth, the protector of Jesus in His home at Nazareth, and a lover of all children for the sake of the Holy Child, should be the chosen guardian and pattern of every true Christian family.



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<i>"Blessed are the clean of heart for they shall see God" (Matt. v. 8). "No price i3 worthy a continent soul" (Ecclus. xxv. 30).</i>

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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">C</font style>onsider how precious in the eyes of our Blessed Lord Jesus Christ is the holy virtue of purity. Our Divine Redeemer on every suitable occasion manifests His love and preference for this holy virtue. None but Mary "most pure," Mary "most chaste," Mary "undefiled," Mary "Virgin of virgins," Mary "Immaculate" was chosen to be the Mother of Jesus. Who was privileged to recline his head upon the bosom of the Savior at the Last Supper? The virgin disciple St. John the Evangelist. When Jesus was dying upon the cross, in whose charge did He leave the dearest and most precious treasure He had on earth, His Virgin Mother? Jesus dying gave charge of His Virgin Mother to the virgin disciple, St. John the Evangelist. In heaven the virgins enjoy special honors and favors above all other Saints. In heaven are the confessors, who wore chains for Jesus Christ. In heaven are the countless martyrs with their palm branch in their hands, the emblem of their martyrdom. They washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb. Could they do more than shed their blood and give their life for Jesus. Yet far beyond these, and far nearer to Jesus is another band of Saints who are privileged to sing special hymns, and to follow the Lamb wherever He goes. Who are these privileged souls? Pure virgins. The Evangelist thus narrates it: "And they sung as were a new canticle before the throne, and before the four living creatures and the ancients, and no man could say the canticle but these three hundred and forty thousand . . . for they are virgins. These followed the Lamb whithersoever he goeth ... for they are without spot before the throne of God" (Apoc. xiv. 3).

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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">T</font style>hus in heaven, as on earth, all who approached nearest to Jesus, the "Lamb," were the pure and the chaste. Now, it is from his relation with Mary and Jesus that we form a true notion of the purity and chastity of St. Joseph. God was so jealous of Mary the Immaculate Mother of Jesus that He would choose no other for her spouse but the purest and chastest man ever created. Let us hear the beautiful and sublime words of St. Bernardino of Sienna: "How can a discreet mind think that the Holy Ghost would have united by such a union any soul to the soul of such a Virgin unless most like her in the practice of virtue? Whence I believe that this most holy man Joseph was most pure in virginity, most profound in humility, most ardent in charity, most high in contemplation, and most solicitous for his spouse." So much for St. Joseph in his relation with Mary.<br><br>



<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">B</font style>ut how speak of the purity and chastity of St. Joseph from his relation with Jesus? If Mary called him spouse, Jesus called him father. How pure and chaste must St. Joseph be, who for about thirty years lived in the presence of uncreated purity, Jesus Christ, the Incarnate and Eternal Son of God. The purity and chastity of St. Joseph was on account of the Incarnation, in honor of Jesus and Mary. St. Francis of Sales writes: "St. Joseph surpassed the Angels and Saints in purity; for if being exposed for a few days only to the heat of the material sun the lily acquires its dazzling whiteness, who can conceive the extraordinary degree of purity to which St. Joseph was exalted, exposed as he was, day and night, for so many years, to the rays of the Sun of Justice, and to that mystical moon which derives all her splendor from him."<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">P</font style>ractical Resolution: "Blessed are the clean of heart, for they shall see God."<br><br>



<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">T</font style>o be near Jesus, and to be dear to Jesus, like Mary and Joseph, we must be pure and chaste. Heaven the soul of man shall never possess until she be purer than a sunbeam and whiter than the virgin snow. Chastity is a special gift of God. The inspired writer says: "I knew that I could not otherwise be continent except God gave . . . . I went to the Lord and besought him" (Wisd. viii. 21). Prayer, therefore, is the first means to preserve chastity. The second means is to avoid every dangerous occasion of sin. And the third is to subdue our sinful flesh by acts of mortification, and our proud spirit by acts of humility and self-denial.<br><br>



<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">I</font style> resolve, therefore, by God's grace, to shun, all the days of my life, every occasion which I know from experience to be dangerous to holy purity; and, secondly, every day to practice some little acts of humility and self-denial known to God alone. O Jesus, grant me the grace to keep my resolutions.<br><br>


                        


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">P</font style>rayer: O loving Jesus! make me pure. O sweet Jesus! make me chaste. To preserve purity, dearer to me than my life, O Jesus, grant me the spirit of prayer. O merciful Jesus! may I call upon Thee in the dark hour of temptation. Jesus, save me from the foul evil of impurity. Help me, O blessed Savior, when I am tempted. May I die, O Jesus, take me out of life, O Lord, but never permit me to fall into mortal sin. O merciful Savior, give me a living fear of sin, and the dangerous occasions of sin. "Pierce thou my flesh with Thy fear." O Blessed Lord, grant me a horror of pride, and love for humility. O Savior, grant me the grace to shun sensuality of all sorts, and to love and practice mortification and self-denial. St. Joseph, obtain for me from Jesus purity of body and soul.<br><br>



<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">G</font style>uardian of Virgins, and holy father Joseph, to whose faithful custody Jesus Christ, Innocence itself, and Mary, Virgin of Virgins, were committed, I pray and beseech thee by these dear pledges, Jesus and Mary, that, being preserved from all uncleanness, I may, with spotless mind, pure heart, and chaste body, ever serve Jesus and Mary all the days of my life. <br><br>



<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">V</font style>irgin most pure, "Virgin most chaste, Virgin immaculate, pray for me, and obtain for me purity of soul and body.<br><br>



<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">P</font style>ractice. Today practice four acts of self-denial: of the eyes, the tongue, the taste or appetite, and the will.<br><br>



<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">A</font style>spiration. O Jesus! make my heart and soul, my mind and body, as pure and chaste as the angels of God in Paradise.



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<i>St. Joseph the Guardian and Protector of the Blessed Virgin</i><br><br>


                           

"<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">A</font style>n Angel of the Lord appeared in sleep to Joseph saying: Arise, take the child and his mother and fly into Egypt. . . Who arose and took the child and his mother by night and returned into Egypt and remained there until the death of Herod. . . But when Herod was dead, behold an Angel of the Lord appeared in sleep to Joseph in Egypt, saying, arise and take the child and his mother and go into the land of Israel. Who arose and took the child and his mother and came into the land of Israel" (Matt. ii. 13-20).<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">M</font style>editate on the sublime mission of St. Joseph. Mary was nearer and dearer to God than any creature that ever existed. Mary wanted a guardian worthy of herself, and God chose from among the children of men St. Joseph for this holy mission. After the Incarnation with what reverence did St. Joseph regard Our Blessed Lady. Reflect on his unique privileges. During the long and fatiguing journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem, with what reverence and love did St. Joseph minister to Mary's wants and comforts. When fatigued, how often the Virgin Mother used to lean upon his arm for support, and recline her head upon the chaste bosom of her spouse to seek repose.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">A</font style>t the whisper of an Angel the Holy Family fled into Egypt. St. Joseph's loving care lightened Mary's fatigues during the journey. The cedar of the forest, as well as the fruit trees of the desert, recognizing the Lord of creation, bowed down in homage, and St. Joseph plucked fruits and flowers for Mary and Jesus. During the stay in Egypt on the return home to Judea, and during his life at Nazareth, St. Joseph was the guardian protector of the Blessed Virgin, and with a loving hand supplied all her wants and comforts. What privilege could be higher, holier, or more sublime!<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">M</font style>editate what lights, what graces, what sanctity did St. Joseph receive from God by his constant and holy conversation with the Blessed Virgin on heavenly subjects. The moon reflects upon dull earth her cheerful, refreshing light shed upon her by the sun; so the Blessed Virgin, the mystic moon, reflected upon the soul of St. Joseph the choicest gifts and graces, shed upon her own soul by Jesus Christ the Eternal Sun of Justice.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">I</font style>f cold hearts are warmed, and tepid souls made fervent, as they have been, by the society and conversation of holy souls; how estimable the heavenly joys, the sublime graces, the choicest gifts showered upon the soul of St. Joseph, by the grace of God, from his heavenly communing with the Blessed Virgin on divine truths. St. Joseph may say of his holy spouse,  "When I go into my house I shall repose myself with her, for her conversation hath no bitterness, nor her company any tediousness, but joy and gladness" (Wisd. viii. 16).<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">A</font style> celebrated French author, writing on this subject, says:--" When we meditate upon these things it is difficult to find words to express even inadequately the wonder and astonishment that we feel at this sublime vocation of Joseph, to whom God has confided the richest treasures of heaven and earth."<br><br>



<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">P</font style>ractical Resolution:   Meditating on the glories of the Holy Family, we may exclaim with St. Peter at the Transfiguration: "Lord, it is good for us to be here ; if Thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles," one for Jesus, one for Mary, and one for Joseph. Under the protection of St. Joseph, Mary, the choicest, the most tender, and the most precious jewel on earth, after Jesus, was in safe keeping, so if I be happy enough to secure the protection of St. Joseph, my salvation will be safe, beyond risk or peril. To secure the protection of St. Joseph for myself, living and dying, I resolve, at the end of my prayers, and frequently during the day, to invoke St. Joseph to obtain for me the grace of a holy life and happy death.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">P</font style>rayers: St. Joseph, who didst protect Mary Immaculate, watch over me. St. Joseph, who didst guard Mary from all harm, guard me from the evils of sin. St. Joseph, who didst minister to all Mary's temporal wants, watch over my spiritual necessities. St. Joseph, who didst live for so many years under the influence of the rays of divine love, reflected by Mary from her Son Jesus, pray that I may ever live in the presence of Jesus and Mary. St. Joseph, so dear to Mary, obtain that Mary may adopt me for her child.  "God, who art wonderful in Thy Saints, and more wonderful in Blessed Joseph, making him dispenser of heavenly gifts over Thy family grant we beseech Thee, by these dear pledges, Jesus and Mary, that being preserved from all uncleanness, I may, with a spotless mind, pure heart, and chaste body, serve Jesus and Mary all the days of my life."<br><br>


"<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">G</font style>od who in Thine ineffable Providence didst vouchsafe to choose Blessed Joseph to be the husband of Thy most holy Mother, grant, we beseech Thee, that we may be made worthy to receive him for our intercessor in heaven, whom on earth we venerate as our holy Protector, who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.

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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">T</font style>oday several times on bended knees pray to St. Joseph to ask and request his holy spouse the Blessed Virgin to adopt you as her child.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">A</font style>spiration: O Blessed Virgin Mary my holy mother and St. Joseph my protector, obtain for me the grace to love and serve Jesus faithfully all the days of my life.

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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">S</font>t Anicetus succeeded St. Pius, and sat about eight years, from 165 to 173. If he did not shed his blood for the Faith, he at least purchased the title of martyr by great sufferings and dangers. He received a visit from St. Polycarp, and tolerated the custom of the Asiatics in celebrating Easter on the 14th day of the first moon after the vernal equinox, with the Jews. His vigilance protected his flock from the wiles of the heretics Valentine and Marcion, who sought to corrupt the faith in the capital of the world.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">T</font>he first thirty-six bishops at Rome, down to Liberius, and, this one excepted, all the popes to Symmachus, the fifty-second, in 498, are honored among the Saints; and out of two hundred and forty-eight popes, from St. Peter to Clement XIII. seventy-eight are named in the Roman Martyrology. In the primitive ages, the spirit of fervor and perfect sanctity, which is nowadays so rarely to be found, was conspicuous in most of the faithful, and especially in their pastors. The whole tenor of their lives breathed it in such a manner as to render them the miracles of the world, angels on earth, living copies of their divine Redeemer, the odor of whose virtues and holy law and religion they spread on every side.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">R</font>eflection--If, after making the most solemn protestations of inviolable friendship and affection for a fellow-creature, we should the next moment revile and contemn him, without having received any provocation or affront, and this habitually, would not the whole world justly call our protestations hypocrisy, and our pretended friendship a mockery? Let us by this rule judge if our love of God be sovereign, so long as our inconstancy betrays the insincerity of our hearts.







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<i>The Intercession of St. Joseph<br>

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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">T</font style>o be convinced how much the intercession of St. Joseph prevails with Jesus Christ, we have only to consider these words of the Evangelist: "And he was subject to them." The Son of God employed thirty years in assiduously obeying Joseph and Mary! It was sufficient for Joseph by the least word or sign to show that he wished him to do anything, Jesus immediately obeyed. This humble obedience of Jesus teaches us that the dignity of Joseph is above that of all the other saints, except that of the Queen of the saints.

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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">L</font style>et us hear what St. Teresa says of the confidence which all should place in the protection of St. Joseph: "To the other saints," she says, "it appears that the Lord may have granted to succour us on particular occasions; but to this saint, as experience proves, he has granted to help us on all occasions. Our Lord would teach us, that as he was pleased to be subject to Joseph upon the earth, so he is now pleased to grant whatever this saint asks for in heaven.  Others whom I have recommended to have recourse to Joseph, have known this from experience. I never knew any one who was particularly devout to him, and did not continually advance more and more in virtue. For the love of God, let him who believes not this, make his own trial. And I do not know how any one can think of the Queen of angels, at the time when she laboured so much in the infancy and childhood of Jesus, and not return thanks to Joseph for the assistance which he rendered both to the Mother and to the Son." 

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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">W</font style>e should be particularly devout to St. Joseph, that he may obtain for us a happy death. He, from having preserved the child Jesus from the snares of his enemies, has the particular privilege of delivering those who are dying from the snares of the devil. Besides, from the assistance which he rendered for so many years to Jesus and to Mary in providing them by his own labour with food and lodging, he has the privilege of obtaining for those who are devout to him at the time of their death, a particular assistance from Jesus and Mary. <br><br>



<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">M</font style>y holy protector, St. Joseph, by my sins I have deserved an evil death; but if you defend me, I shall not be lost. You have not only been a great friend of my Judge, but also his guardian and foster father, recommend me therefore to your divine Jesus, who so much loves you. I place myself under your protection, accept of me for your constant servant. And through that holy company which you enjoyed in the life of Jesus and Mary, obtain for me from God that I may never be separated from their love. And through the assistance which Jesus and Mary rendered you at your death, obtain for me a particular assistance at the hour of my death, from Jesus and Mary. Holy Virgin, through the love which you cherished towards your spouse Joseph, fail not to assist me at the hour of my death.







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<i>On the Glory that Christ and His Blessed Mother Recieve from that of St. Joseph</i><br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">A</font style>lthough, as was said in the previous Meditation, Christ our Lord receives great increase of glory from that of all the saints; yet, as in heaven all are not equal, but differ from each other in degrees of glory as star from star in magnitude and brilliancy, so likewise does the Redeemer of the world receive greater delight from those that are higher in glory. Thus it cannot be denied but that He must receive a great increase of glory from that of the glorious St. Joseph, both on account of his great glory and also because of his having been Christ's foster-father on earth, and every son must experience joy and contentment from the honour his father receives.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">F</font style>irst Point.--Consider first the sanctity and merits of the glorious St. Joseph, whom God chose for the worthy spouse of His Holy Mother and His own reputed father. Ponder how great were his humility, his meekness, his charity; how ardent the love of God and of his neighbour that burnt within his breast; how great were his patience and obedience in so many travels and journeys that he undertook for Christ's sake; how intense was the love he bore to Christ and to the Holy Virgin; and to what high degrees of sanctity and conformity to the will of God his most holy soul attained. For God, searching through all ages, past, present, and future, chose the glorious St. Joseph from amongst all men as a spouse for the Blessed Virgin suitable to her in holiness and manner of life: a helpmate (adjutorium simile sibi), a companion, and coadjutor most similar to herself. Give thanks to Heaven for what was wrought in this holy patriarch; rejoice at his beatitude, and beg God to render thee like unto him as he was made like unto his Holy Spouse, and ask of the Blessed Virgin to intercede for thee that thy desire may be fulfilled.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">S</font style>econd Point.--Consider the glorious St. Joseph in heaven both in body and soul, for it is most probable that, as grave authors affirm, he was one of the saints who arose again with Christ, and that he was taken up by Him triumphantly into heaven, and thus, as he was like the Blessed Virgin in virtue, so also was he similar in merits and in the glory which he received in heaven, which is so great that we may believe that, after that of Christ and of His most Holy Mother, his is the greatest or one of the greatest in heaven. Contemplate his beatitude ; behold him crowned and favoured by Christ, by Whose side he sits on the throne of glory; offer him a thousand congratulations, rejoice at his felicity, and beg of him to bear thee in mind in order to favour thee and obtain graces for thee from the Lord.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">T</font style>hird Point.--Consider the glory that Christ receives from beholding His adopted father in so high a degree of glory, that which the Blessed Virgin likewise experiences from the same cause, and also that which St. Joseph himself enjoys from the vision of theirs; what congratulations they offer each other, and how unutterably intense is their delight. For if a son rejoices at the honour and good fortune of his parents, and a father considers as his own that of his son, and a spouse that of her spouse, how can it be doubted that, united as were these holy lovers by the bond of closest charity on earth but yet more in heaven, each must consider as his own the beatitude of the others; and thus the glory of St. Joseph increases that of Christ and of His Blessed Mother, whilst theirs augments his, each rejoicing most cordially in the beatitude of the others in proportion as they love, know, esteem, and desire each other's felicity. Oh, happy lovers! oh, immense charity! oh, ineffable glory! oh, blissful delight! Praised, blessed, and glorified be God in His saints, and glorified also be the saints themselves in God for ever and ever.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">F</font style>ourth Point.--Having considered all this, turn thine eyes on thyself, and meditate the steps by which the glorious patriarch St. Joseph rose to this glory, and see how thou shouldst imitate him in order to obtain some share in it. Beg him to assist thee to follow him. Beseech God to extend His hand towards thee, and to grant thee grace to reproduce His virtues in thy soul. Implore the Queen of Heaven to obtain them for thee by her intercession; for with such patrons thou mayst be very confident of obtaining a happy issue to thy petition. 




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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">O</font> God, Who by the foolishness of the cross didst wonderfully instruct blessed Justin Martyr in the excellent knowledge of Jesus Christ: grant that through his intercession we may drive forth the deceits of error and become steadfast in faith.  Through the same etc.<br><br>


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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">S</font>t. Justin was born of heathen parents at. Neapolis in Samaria, about the year 103. He was well educated, and gave himself to the study of philosophy, but always with one object, that he might learn the knowledge of God. He sought this knowledge among the contending schools of philosophy, but always in vain, till at last God himself appeased the thirst which He had created. One day, while Justin was walking by the seashore, meditating on the thought of God, an old man met him and questioned him on the subject of his doubts; and when he had made Justin confess that the philosophers taught nothing certain about God, he told him of the writings of the inspired prophets and of Jesus Christ Whom they announced, and bade him seek light and understanding through prayer. <br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">T</font>he Scriptures and the constancy of the Christian martyrs led Justin from the darkness of human reason to the light of faith. In his zeal for the Faith he travelled to Greece, Egypt, and Italy, gaining many to Christ. At Rome he sealed his testimony with his blood, surrounded by his disciples. "Do you think," the prefect said to Justin, "that by dying you will enter heaven, and be rewarded by God?" "I do not think," was the Saint's answer; "I know." Then, as now, there were many religious opinions, but only one certainãthe certainty of the Catholic faith. This certainty should be the measure of our confidence and our zeal.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">R</font>eflection--We have received the gift of faith with little labor of our own. Let us learn how to value it from those who reached it after long search, and lived in the misery of a world which did not know God. Let us fear, as St. Justin did, the account we shall have to render for the gift of God.




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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">O</font> God, Who in Thy unspeakable providence wast pleased to choose blessed Joseph for Thy most holy Mother's spouse:  grant, we beseech Thee, that we may become worthy to have him for our intercessor in heaven whom we venerate as our protector upon earth.  Who livest etc.<br><br>


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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">S</font>t. Joseph was by birth of the royal family of David, but was living in humble obscurity as a carpenter when God raised him to the highest sanctity, and fitted him to be the spouse of His Virgin Mother, and foster-father and guardian of the Incarnate Word. Joseph, says the Holy Scripture, was a just man; he was innocent and pure, as became the husband of Mary; he was gentle and tender, as one worthy to be named the father of Jesus; he was prudent and a lover of silence, as became the master of the holy house; above all, he was faithful and obedient to divine calls. His conversation was with angels rather than with men. When he learned that Mary bore within her womb the Lord of heaven, he feared to take her as his wife; but an angel bade him fear not, and all doubts vanished. When Herod sought the life of the divine Infant, an angel told Joseph in a dream to fly with the Child and His Mother into Egypt. Joseph at once arose and obeyed. This sudden and unexpected flight must have exposed Joseph to many inconveniences and sufferings in so long a journey with a little babe and a tender virgin, the greater part of the way being through deserts and among strangers; yet he alleges no excuses, nor inquires at what time they were to return. <br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">S</font>t. Chrysostom observes that God treats thus all His servants, sending them frequent trials to clear their hearts from the rust of self-love, but intermixing seasons of consolation. "Joseph," says he, "is anxious on seeing the Virgin with child; an angel removes that fear. He rejoices at the Child's birth, but a great fear succeeds: the furious king seeks to destroy the Child, and the whole city is in an uproar to take away His life. This is followed by another joy, the adoration of the Magi; a new sorrow then arises: he is ordered to fly into a foreign unknown country, without help or acquaintance." It is the opinion of the Fathers that upon their entering Egypt, at the presence of the child Jesus, all the oracles of that superstitious country were struck dumb, and the statues of their gods trembled and in many places fell to the ground. The Fathers also attribute to this holy visit the spiritual benediction poured on that country, which made it for many ages most fruitful in Saints. <br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">A</font>fter the death of King Herod, of which St. Joseph was informed in another vision, God ordered him to return with the Child and His Mother into the land of Israel, which our Saint readily obeyed. But when he arrived in Judea, hearing that Archelaus had succeeded Herod in that part of the country, and apprehensive that he might be infected with his father's vices, he feared on that account to settle there, as he would otherwise probably have done for the education of the Child; and therefore, being directed by God in another vision, he retired into the dominions of Herod Antipas, in Galilee, to his former habitation in Nazareth. St. Joseph, being a strict observer of the Mosaic law, in conformity to its direction annually repaired to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover. Our Saviour, now in the twelfth year of His age, accompanied His parents thither. Having performed the usual ceremonies of the feast, they were returning with many of their neighbors and acquaintances towards Galilee; and never doubting but that Jesus was with some of the company, they travelled on for a whole day's journey before they discovered that He was not with them. But when night came on and they could hear no tidings of Him among their kindred and acquaintance, they, in the deepest affliction, returned with the utmost speed to Jerusalem. <br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">A</font>fter an anxious search of three days they found Him in the Temple, discoursing with the learned doctors of the law, and asking them such questions as raised the admiration of all that heard Him, and made them astonished at the ripeness of His understanding; nor were His parents less surprises on this occasion. When His Mother told Him with what grief and earnestness they had sought Him, and asked, "Son, why hast Thou thus dealt with us? behold Thy Father and I sought Thee in great affliction of mind," she received for answer, "How is it that you sought Me? did you not know that I must be about My Father's business?" But though thus staying in the Temple unknown to His parents, in all other things He was obedient to them, returning with them to Nazareth, and there living in all dutiful subjection to them. As no further mention is made of St. Joseph, he must have died before the marriage of Cana and the beginning of our divine Saviour's ministry. We cannot doubt that he had the happiness of Jesus and Mary attending at his death, praying by him, assisting and comforting him in his last moments; whence he is particularly invoked for the great grace of a happy death and the spiritual presence of Jesus in that hour.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">R</font>eflection--St. Joseph, the shadow of the Eternal Father upon earth, the protector of Jesus in His home at Nazareth, and a lover of all children for the sake of the Holy Child, should be the chosen guardian and pattern of every true Christian family.




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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">O</font> God, Who didst teach Thy blessed Martyr Hermenegild to choose the kingdom of heaven rather than an earthly kingdom:  grant, we beseech Thee, that, following his example, we may despise things that perish and pursue those that are everlasting.  Through our Lord etc.<br><br>


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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">L</font>eovigild, King of the Visigoths, had two sons, Hermenegild and Recared, who reigned conjointly with him. All three were Arians, but Hermenegild married a zealous Catholic, the daughter of Sigebert, King of France, and by her holy example was converted to the faith. His father, on hearing the news, denounced him as a traitor and marched to seize his person. Hermenegild tried to rally the Catholics of Spain in his defence, but they were too weak to make any stand, and, after a two years' fruitless struggle, he surrendered on the assurance of a free pardon. When safely in the royal camp, the king had him loaded with fetters and cast into a foul dungeon at Seville. Tortures and bribes were in turn employed to shake his faith, but Hermenegild wrote to his father that he held the crown as nothing, and preferred to lose sceptre and life rather than betray the truth of God. At length, on Easter night, an Arian bishop entered his cell, and promised him his father's pardon if he would but receive Communion at his hands. Hermenegild indignantly rejected the offer, and knelt with joy for his death-stroke. The same night a light streaming from his cell told the Christians who were watching near that the martyr had won his crown, and was keeping his Easter with the Saints in glory.  He died in 586 A.D.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">L</font>eovigild on his death-bed, though still an Arian, bade Recared seek out St. Leander, whom he had himself cruelly persecuted, and, following Hermenegild's example, be received by him into the Church. Recared did so, and on his father's death labored so earnestly for the extirpation of Arianism that he brought over the whole nation of the Visigoths to the Church. "Nor is it to be wondered," says St. Gregory, "that he came thus to be a preacher of the true faith, seeing that be was brother of a martyr, whose merits did help him to bring so many into the lap of God's Church."<br><br>


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<i>On the Qualities of the Good Shepherd</i><br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">F</font style>irst Point.--Consider that a good shepherd watches over his flock, and by his care and vigilance his sheep repose and feed in security. Thus thou shouldst consider the care and vigilance God has for His Church, and for thee in particular, and how He watches over thy welfare and defends thee from thine enemies during thy sleep, in order that thou mayst repose securely. Ponder how many times thy foes would have cast thee into hell, had it not been for the vigilance and care with which this Good Shepherd protects thee; and draw hence, on the one hand, a sentiment of gratitude for the care He has of thee, recognising that to Him thou owest anew each day the life thou enjoyest, and, on the other, great confidence in His protection, to live secure in the service of such a Shepherd, Who defends thee to the laying down of His life for thee. Lastly, draw from His example a lesson to watch day and night over the flock or concerns committed to thee by God, sparing thyself no effort or labour for His love.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">S</font style>econd Point.--The good shepherd loves his sheep, and clothes himself with their skins, that they may love him; and so God loves His elect, and clothed Himself with our flesh to converse with us, and to be loved by

us. Contemplate the greatness of this benefit, and of this mark of His love, and draw thence a feeling of most intense love of God, and a most firm determination to wear His livery, since He, for thy sake, clothed Himself in thine. Observe the bearing of the Good Shepherd, His manner of life, dress, food, and conversation; and see how thou art to imitate and follow Him, and offer thyself heartily to His service.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">T</font style>hird Point.--Christ says that, like a Good Shepherd, He knows His sheep, for He has counted them, and knows who and how many they are; and thou art one of them. Meditate slowly the knowledge God has of thee, and how He has thee ever present, and sees thee, and how neither the thoughts of thy mind nor the desires of thy heart are hidden from Him; henceforth, therefore, live as one to whom God is ever present as a witness of his actions. Consider that God sees thee, and perform all thine actions with regard to Him, never losing sight of Him, and directing them all to His greater glory and service.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">F</font style>ourth Point.--Consider how Christ says that He has other sheep that are not of this fold, whom it is necessary He should bring, that all may be one fold and one Shepherd. In which words thou hast much to meditate and to learn: First, the great mercy that God has done thee in bringing thee into the fold of His Church, not leaving thee out of it with the pagans, infidels, and heretics, who all perish miserably. See what would have become of thee had God permitted thee to perish like so great a number of souls out of His Church, and cease not to give Him thanks and to render Him service for so signal a mercy. Secondly, He says that it is needful for Him to bring them, this need being that of the sheep and the interest theirs, which He considers as His own. Recognise His immense bounty and mercy, rejoice that such should be thy Good Shepherd, and offer Him all thy strength to serve Him in the ministry of souls, and to draw those of all the world to His knowledge; grieve for the many who lose themselves, and beg of Him to send labourers and shepherds who shall gather together His flock, convert the unfaithful, and feed His lambs, that all may be one fold and one Shepherd.


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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">O</font> eternal Shepherd, watch over the peace of Thy flock, and through blessed Leo Sovereign Pontiff, whom Thou didst appoint shepherd over the whole Church, keep her under Thy constant protection. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end.&nbsp;&nbsp;   Amen.<br><br>


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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">S</font>aint Leo was born in Rome. He embraced the sacred ministry, was made Archdeacon of the Roman Church by Pope Saint Celestine, and under the same Vicar of Christ and Saint Sixtus III, had a large share in governing the Church. On the death of Sixtus, Leo was chosen Pope, and consecrated on Saint Michael's day, 440, amid great joy.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">I</font>t was the time of terrible trial which preceded by thirty years the definitive fall of the Roman Empire. Vandals and Huns were wasting the provinces of the empire, and Nestorians, Pelagians, and other heretics wrought still more grievous havoc in souls. While Leo's zeal was making headway against these perils, there arose the new heresy of Eutyches, who confounded the two natures of Christ. At once the vigilant pastor proclaimed the true doctrine of the Incarnation in his famous "tome"; but fostered by the Byzantine court, the heresy gained a strong hold upon the Eastern monks and bishops. After three years of unceasing toil, Saint Leo brought about its solemn condemnation by the Council of Chalcedon, the Fathers all signing his tome, and exclaiming, "Peter has spoken by Leo."<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">S</font>oon after, Attila with his Huns broke into Italy, and marched through its razed cities upon Rome. Leo went out boldly to meet him, and prevailed on him to turn back. His chieftains were astonished to see the terrible Attila, the "Scourge of God," fresh from the sack of Aquileia, Milan and Pavia and with the rich prize of Rome within his grasp, turn his great host back to the Danube at the Saint's word. They asked him why he had acted so strangely. He told them he had seen two venerable personages -- who are generally supposed to be Saints Peter and Paul -- standing behind Saint Leo; and impressed by this vision, he withdrew. Two years later the city fell a prey to the Vandals, but Leo saved it again from total destruction. He died in 461 after having ruled the Church for a little over twenty years.


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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="3">On the Antiphon Sung by the Church at this Season</font>

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<i>by Alonso de Andrade, 1878</i><br><br>


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Joy to thee, O Queen of Heaven! Alleluia! 

He whom thou wast meet to bear, Alleluia! 

As He promised, hath arisen; Alleluia! 

Pour for us to Him thy prayer. Alleluia!"

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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">F</font>irst Point. Consider how the Church at this season of the Resurrection of Christ calls the Blessed Virgin Queen of Heaven; for although this title always belongs to her, yet at this season did she both exhibit and experience more particularly its appositeness, her soul being transformed into a paradise of glory and bliss with the joy of the Resurrection of her most Holy Son. Contemplate the delight she experienced, which was greater than that enjoyed by any creature; for as she had suffered more than any one at the time of the Passion, so was her joy the greater at the time of the Resurrection. See how all the angels would approach with great jubilee to congratulate her, as would also St. Mary Magdalen and the holy women who went to the sepulchre, and all the saints who arose with Christ, and amongst them the glorious Patriarch St. Joseph, her most worthy spouse, with whom she would hold most sweet converse. Rejoice at her glory, and congratulate her on it.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">S</font>econd Point. Consider the second reason for joy that our Mother the Church gives, which is also another title of our Blessed Lady, namely, that Christ is her Son; for to no one does this glory belong in the manner it does to the Blessed Virgin; and as her suffering was so much the greater because it was her Son who died on the Cross, so was her glory the greater because it was her Son who rose again. And if Jacob came as it were from death to life when he heard that his son Joseph whom he had wept as dead, was the governor of Egypt, and his spirit was bathed in an ocean of joy, how much greater beyond comparison may we not infer was the delight of the Blessed Virgin when she not only heard but saw and enjoyed her Son alive and glorious, Whom she had seen die on the Cross. This delight was intensified on the one hand by the great love she bore Him, and on the other by the height of glory and blessedness to which she saw Him raised above all creatures. And thou, O my soul! if thou lovest thy sweet Spouse, thou shouldst for all these reasons rejoice more and more in His glorious Resurrection, in company with His most Holy Mother the Virgin Mary, our Lady.<br><br>

 

<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">T</font>hird Point.  Consider the third reason the Church gives for the joy and glory of our Blessed Lady on this day, namely, that Christ arose as He had promised, and fulfilled His word with such promptitude that the third day was scarcely commenced when He came forth from the sepulchre, glorious and triumphant over death, and visited, as we have said, His most Holy Mother, whose joy was increased by the firm hope of arising also after death with a glory similar to that of her Son. Ponder how God keeps His word, and how faithful and punctual He is in its fulfilment beyond what we could desire. Encourage thyself by His promises to confide in His bounty, and to serve Him, seeing how different He is from men, who are all so false and deceitful, and who fail us when we confide most in their good will.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">F</font>ourth Point. Consider the last joyous title that the Church gives our Lady, which is that of Advocate and Patron, that she may pray for us to God.  For the most Holy Virgin prayed at the time of the sacred Passion for the apostles and disciples of the Lord, whose weakness grieved her; and after His Resurrection she interceded for them with her Blessed Son, that He might console and strengthen them in the faith, as He did. Consider the great joy she received at seeing them brought into the fold of the Church; and with the zeal for the salvation of the world which burnt within her breast, she was gladdened by the thought of the fruit of souls which their preaching was everywhere to produce. O most Holy Virgin! by this ineffable joy that thou receivedst on this occasion, I beseech thee to pray for us all, and especially for me, as the most needy; and to beg of thy most sweet Son to console us all, to strengthen and enliven our faith and constancy in His service, and to communicate to us a taste of the great joy that thou receivedst, so that the sweetness of its flavour may cause us to despise all earthly delights, and only to aspire after heavenly and divine bliss for ever and ever. Amen.






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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">O</font> God, Who in the humility of Thy Son didst raise up the fallen world:  grant to Thy faithful abiding gladness; that whereas Thou hast rescued them from the perils of eternal death, thou mayest bring them to the enjoyment of everlasting bliss.  Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end.&nbsp;&nbsp;   Amen.<br><br><br>




<font style="font-style: italic;" size="3">On the Good Shepherd (St. John X.)</font style>

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<i>by Alonso de Andrade, 1878</i><br><br>



<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">F</font style>irst Point.  Consider how Christ, the Son of the living God, the Only-Begotten of the Eternal Father, came down from heaven to be the Shepherd of our souls, and of thine in particular ; and being able to commit this ministry to an angel or other rational creature, He would not do otherwise than fulfil it Himself, to take charge of thee, to care for thy good, and to feed thee in His own Person. Ponder who God is, and what thou art, and what thou owest to so great a Lord; give Him a thousand thanks for this benefit, and prepare thyself, as far as thou canst, to serve Him eternally.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">S</font style>econd Point.  Consider how the office of the Good Shepherd is to feed His sheep, and that Christ so abundantly fulfils this duty that He has given them for food His own Body and for drink His own Blood. Other shepherds nourish themselves with the flesh and blood of their lambs, but Christ feeds His with His own Flesh and Blood. Rejoice to have such a Shepherd; give Him infinite thanks for so incomparable a mercy, and at the same time learn to care for thy sheep, and to feed them at the cost of thy sweat, and, if necessary, of thy blood, after the example of Christ, without demanding theirs.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">T</font style>hird Point.  Consider how Christ says that the good and true shepherd defends his lambs from the wolf, even to the laying down his life for them, whilst the hireling, whose the sheep are not, flies and leaves them defenceless to perish at the hands of their enemies. Christ is the true Shepherd, Who gave His life for His sheep, and always protects them from the ravishing wolves; in which signal benefit thou hast great motive for gratitude to God; it is of less moment that thou shouldst lose thy life at the hands of thine enemies than that the Lord should deliver Himself into the hands of His, and yet so great was His love that He gave His life for thee on the Cross. O Lord, how can I show my gratitude for so signal a mercy? Oh, that I could lay down my life for Thee, as Thou didst Thine for me! Learn not to be a hireling, and not to serve God and thy neighbour merely for thine interest, but for the glory of God and the good of souls, for whom thou shouldst give thy life if needful, after the example of Christ, who gave His for thee.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">F</font style>ourth Point.  Consider that, as Christ is the Good Shepherd, so the devil, on the contrary, is the Evil Shepherd, who tries in all things to oppose Christ. Observe how each of these pastors cares for and feeds his sheep; behold the very great difference that there is between the Good and the Evil Shepherd, and between the sheep of the one and those of the other; and see to which of the two folds thou wouldst belong. Consider and weigh the manner in which Christ treats His sheep, giving them even His own Blood, and carrying them on His shoulders, and see the reward which He gives them in the end. Then consider how Satan behaves to the flock of his followers, treating them as slaves, and behaving with the utmost tyranny towards them, and at last precipitating them in an instant into the abyss of hell, where, as David says, "Death shall feed upon them." <br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">B</font style>eg of the Lord to receive thee into His fold, and not to loosen His bold of thee, nor permit thee to fall into the tyranny of Satan; resolving most firmly to be one of His sheep, and offering thyself to serve Him eternally.









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<i>On the Shortness of this Life and Eternity of the Life to Come</i><br><br>



<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">F</font style>irst Point--Consider what St. Augustin teaches, namely, that the little while of which Christ speaks means the duration of this life, which, compared with eternity, is like a breath, and its duration so short that it seems but a moment. To convince thyself of this, place in one scale the longest life, be it of a hundred or two hundred years, and in the other the future and eternal life, and thou wilt see that, however long it be, this life fades like a shadow and appears as nothing in proportion to the future and eternal life. Dive into this eternity, and draw from its consideration a firm resolution to despise this worthless and perishable life, and to covet the one that is eternal and which shall never end; lose not that which is of such value for what lasts so short a time; and if, as St. Austin says, thou dost undergo so much labour to live a few days in this world, why wilt thou not undergo far more to live eternally in the next, the days of this life being short and evil, whilst those of the other are innumerable and blessed. Resolve then to suffer in this short life for Christ in order to rejoice with Him eternally in the next. All the suffering of this life is but little; and, as St. Paul says, a moment of suffering here achieves for us a weight of eternal glory hereafter.<br><br>



<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">S</font style>econd Point---Consider how Christ says that the world will rejoice and His servants will weep in this life; but once this short drama ended, the parts will be changed; the wicked will weep eternally and the good will rejoice for ever. Remember that there are not two glories, and that, as St. Bernard tells us, it is almost impossible to enjoy bliss both here and hereafter; that those who enjoy it here are deprived of it hereafter, whilst those who here do penance and mortify themselves rejoice in the next life. Consider deliberately which of the two thou wouldst possess, for if thou give thyself up now to the delights, pleasures, honours, and applause of the world, thou wilt lose future glory; and if, despising these, thou dost embrace the Cross and penance, and live in silence and humility, thou wilt obtain eternal felicity. Chose now, therefore, that which later thou wouldst wish to have chosen: beg grace of the Lord to abandon vice, to embrace virtue, and to make up thy mind to follow Him resolutely on the way of the Cross.<br><br>



<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">T</font style>hird Point--Consider how deluded are they who, for the sake of spending pleasantly the brief space of this life, lose eternal delights, and how deceived they will find themselves at the hour of death and at the judgmentseat of God, when they see all their enjoyments and pleasures pass away like the wind, and they find themselves condemned to suffer for ever; how joyful, on the contrary, will the just then be to see their labours and penances past and their repose and glory begun! The siren is represented as singing all her life and dying in bitter grief; the swan, on the contrary, weeps during life and sings at the time of death; thus on a life of pleasure follows a mournful deathbed, whilst a sorrowful life has a joyful ending. The siren symbolises the wicked and the swan the good; one of these two fates must necessarily be thine; see now, whilst thou hast time, which thou wouldst choose at the hour of death. Be not blinded by the present; but rather be wise and prudent, and provide for the future; ask the Lord to give thee strength to choose at once the better part, and that which is for His greater glory and the good of thy soul.<br><br>



<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">F</font style>ourth Point--Consider how Christ tells us that "A woman, when she is in labour, hath sorrow, . . . but when she hath brought forth a child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world." Thus the joy of the just in glory is so great that it effaces the memory of their past toils. Fix thine eyes on the saints in bliss, contemplate their glory, and see how utterly forgotten are the labours and penances that they endured in this life; see how they rejoice in the next, and will rejoice eternally; how for no imaginable consideration would they return to this world or change their happy condition. Urge thyself by their example to live holily, and follow in their footsteps and in those of thy Redeemer and Master; for if thou be their companion in the fight, thou wilt also share with them the crown of glory.





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<i>On the Proofs of the Resurrection of Christ</i><br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">F</font style>irst Point.--Consider the words which Christ would use to prove His Resurrection to His disciples, and the reasons He would give them in evidence thereof; amongst which the words of the Holy Scriptures would hold the first place, proving to them, by the testimony of many of the prophets, that He had to die and rise again, and showing, as St. Luke relates in his Gospel, how already were accomplished in Him the things prophesied of the Messiah by the ancients. Listen to the words of Christ; consider how in His Person were fulfilled all the prophecies concerning Him; and draw thence, first, great faith in the Word of God, and a high esteem for it when pronounced by the lips of His doctors and preachers, by whose voice He teaches us the Catholic Faith and the road to heaven. Secondly, that as in Christ were accomplished all the things determined by God and written by the prophets, in like manner will be fulfilled in thee those things that God has decreed according to His holy and divine will, to which thou shouldst bow down, saying over and over again, "Lord, Thy will be done in me; and may all that Thou hast disposed and ordained concerning me be accomplished."<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">S</font style>econd Point.--The second reason was because, as our Lord Himself said, it behoved that He should suffer, and should then enter His glory, and that He should arise from the dead to reward His Body, which had suffered so much for men. From this argument thou shouldst draw a desire of great patience and mortification, persuading thyself that it behoves thee to suffer in order to merit the heavenly crown, and that if Christ had to enter the glory which belonged to Him, as the Son and Heir of God, by the Cross and by patience, so by these also is it necessary that thou shouldst enter the glory which is not thine. Enter into account with thyself, and, in the presence of God, see what patience and mortification thou hast hitherto manifested, and what title thou hast to ask for heaven; and rouse thyself for the future to carry thy cross in company with the Saviour, in order to be crowned with Him.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">T</font style>hird Point.--Another reason was in order to encourage our hope by the reward of the Resurrection; for, as St. Paul says, if Christ had not risen again, our hope in our own resurrection would fail us, and we should believe that our bodies were to return to earth without recovering life and rising again to receive the reward of their labours.. To encourage this faith and confidence Christ rose again, and manifested Himself glorified to His disciples, teaching them that in like manner they would arise again, as will also all who imitate His life. See with the eyes of thy soul Christ risen, glorified, and more luminous than the sun; contemplate deliberately His glory, and how His sufferings had an end, but His glory shall have none. Consider that a like reward awaits thee if thou imitate Him in thy actions; and arouse thyself energetically to serve Him, and to suffer for His love with the hope of so great a reward.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">F</font style>ourth Point.--There was yet another reason for the Resurrection of the Saviour, which was to show His omnipotence and display His charity. He showed His omnipotence in raising His dead Body by His power, demonstrating in action the word He had spoken, that He had power to assume His soul, to lay it down and to take it up again, as was seen in His death and Resurrection. He displayed His charity in raising up with Himself many saints, who came into the city and appeared to many, as St. Matthew says, and were unimpeachable witnesses of His Resurrection, all of whom would doubtless, in the first place, come to the Most Holy Virgin, and would congratulate her on the Resurrection of her priceless Son. Linger on this most sweet thought, and draw thence sweet honey of devotion for thy soul; recognise the divine omnipotence, and that nothing is impossible to God's power and will, and quicken thy hope of all thou needest from His hand with the confidence of obtaining it. See also how He hastened the time of the Resurrection, and, without waiting for the last day, recalled to life the saints who arose with Him. Confide in His compassion that thou wilt obtain what thou askest, even though it be necessary therefore to hasten the time of His mercy; learn likewise to be charitable to thy brethren, and not to limit the good thou dost to times and places. Beg of the Lord this grace by that which He did these saints; make them thine advocates, and He will grant it to thee abundantly.





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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="3">On the Arguments and Reasons by which Christ Proved His Glorious Resurrection--(Acts I.)</font>

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<i>by Alonso de Andrade, 1878</i><br><br>




<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">F</font>irst Point. St. Luke says, that for the space of forty days before ascending into heaven, Christ appeared many times to His disciples, proving to them, by many arguments and reasons, the truth of His Resurrection, and the opportuneness and importance thereof. In which thou shouldst observe the value our Saviour placed on this article of faith, since He remained so many days, and came so many times to His apostles, to persuade them of it, and to banish from their hearts any shadow of doubt that might remain there. From which thou shouldst draw great esteem of this doctrine of the Resurrection, and no less gratitude to the Saviour for having risen, and given thee knowledge and faith of this mystery, which thou shouldst contemplate and meditate many times, taking part in it, rejoicing at His glory, and encouraging thyself, by the sight of it, to love and serve Him, and to suffer for His love in the hope of thy resurrection.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">S</font>econd Point. Consider that these arguments were not only of words, bringing forward reasons, and quoting the Scriptures to prove their truth; but they were also of deeds, which are more efficacious, showing His wounds to His apostles, and eating with them, giving Himself to be handled, risen and glorious, and at the same time producing in their souls ineffable joy and peace, and a celestial sweetness and delight. These are the most powerful arguments to convince the minds and attract the hearts of men to the truth: we cannot deny what we see; and, as Seneca says, example is more powerful than words. Whence thou shouldst learn to preach more by the former than by the latter. If thou wouldst honour God and be useful to thy neighbour, learn to use works more than words, giving such an example of life that all those who see thee may learn from the disciple the perfection of the Master, and so may praise the Lord our God. Place thy hand on thy breast, and see whether thou hast attracted thy neighbour to the knowledge and service of God, or deterred him from it, by the example of thy past life. Humble thyself before God, and weep over the scandal thou hast given, and the souls that have been lost through thee: beg of the Lord with tears grace to repair the past, and to give such an example of life as may be for the edification of all.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">T</font>hird Point. Consider the evidences that Christ gave of the Resurrection, the first of which was to lay aside the winding-sheet, and clothe Himself with the properties of glory that the blessed enjoy, entering amongst His disciples, the doors being shut, manifesting Himself impassible, subtile, and resplendent. Thou also shouldst arise from the death of sin to the life of grace, and from thy lukewarmness to fervour; for, as St. Paul says, Christ arose for the glory of the Father, and so we must arise to a new life, and give proof of it, leaving the swathing-bands of evil customs and earthly affections, banishing the darkness of evil counsels which have obscured the light of the heart, and clothing ourselves with a high esteem for spiritual concerns, and for the light and counsels of our superiors, despising all things here below, and aspiring after things celestial.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">F</font>ourth Point. Another proof by action was the showing His wounds, giving them to be touched, eating with His disciples, and manifesting Himself alive in their presence. All this was for thy good; for which give Him infinite thanks, at the same time striving to imitate Him by the resurrection and renovation of thy life, endeavouring that it may be such as shall be patent to all, and that all may see and experience its effects. See for how many years thou hast been nmongst men as one dead, carrying in a living body a soul dead to God and to His grace; and change thy life, dying to the world and living to Christ . He gave proof of His Resurrection by eating with His disciples; thou shouldst give it by frequenting His Table, and disposing thyself to receive Him worthily; and as Christ showed His wounds, thou shouldst show those of thy penance, mortification, and patience, suffering pains and wounds for His love, as He bore them for thine. O my Lord ! would that I were able and knew how to arise to a new and immortal life, never more to return to the death of sin. This, Lord, is not a work for me, but for Thine almighty arm: work in me this wonder, raising me up from death to a life of high perfection, that I may be able to serve Thee as I ought; and may the angels and seraphim and all creatures glorify Thee for endless ages.







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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">On the Resurrection <br>of the Body</font><br>

<i>by St. Alphonsus Liguori</i><br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">A</font> day will come, which will be the last of days, when this world will be no more. Before the coming of the Judge, fire will descend from heaven, and consume every thing that is upon the earth: The earth and the works which are in it shall be burnt up. 2 St. Peter, iii. 10. So that in that day every thing upon the earth will be reduced to ashes. O God, what will all the vanities of this world then appear, for which so many now sacrifice the salvation of their souls. What appearance will all the highest dignities of this earth then make, its purple its crowns and its sceptres? O the folly of those who shall have loved them! And O the lamentations of those who for the love of such vanities shall have lost their God.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">T</font>he trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall rise again. 1. Cor. xv. 52. This trumpet will call all men together from their graves to come to judgment. O how beautiful and resplendent will the bodies of the just appear! Then shall the just shine like the sun! St. Matt. xiii. 43. On the contrary, how ugly and deformed will the bodies of the reprobate appear! What a torment will it be to these wretched souls to be again united to their bodies, for whose gratification they have lost heaven and lost their God, to be cast with them for ever into hell, there to burn together in eternal flames! Happy shall they then be, who shall have denied their bodies all gratifications displeasing to God; and who, in order to hold them in greater subjection, shall have mortified them by fasting and penance! O Jesus, turn not thy face away from me, as I have deserved. How often, for the sake of gratifying my senses, have I renounced Thy friendship! O that I had died rather than have thus dishonoured Thee! Have pity on me.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">A</font>ll mankind being assembled together, will be summoned by angels to appear in the valley of Josaphat, there to be publicly judged before all: Nations, nations in the valley of destruction. Joel, iii. 14. O my God, and must I appear in that valley? in what place shall I stand there? with the elect in glory, or with the reprobate in chains? My beloved Redeemer, Thy precious blood is my only hope. Woe to me, how often have I deserved to be condemned to dwell for ever in hell, far far from Thee, without being able to love thee! No, my Jesus, I will love Thee for ever, in this life and in the next. Permit me not to be ever again separated from Thee by sin. Thou knowest my weakness; be Thou always my help, O Jesus, and do not abandon me. Mary, my advocate, obtain for me the gift of holy perseverance.




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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">O</font> God, who didst vouchsafe to make Thy Church illustrious by the merits and preaching of blessed Vincent Thy Confessor: grant to us Thy servants, that we may be instructed by his example, and through his intercession may be delivered from all harm.  Through our Lord, etc. <br><br>


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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">T</font>his wonderful apostle, the Angel of the Judgment, was born at Valencia in Spain in 1357. At the age of eighteen, he was professed in the Order of Saint Dominic. After a brilliant course of study he became Master of Sacred Theology, and began to preach. For three years he read only the Sacred Scriptures, and came to know the entire Bible by heart. He brought the light of Christ to the Jews of Valencia, and their synagogue became a church.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">G</font>rief at the great schism then afflicting the Church reduced him to the point of death at the age of forty, but Our Lord Himself whom he saw in glory, healed him and bade him go forth to convert sinners, for My judgment is near. In the language of Scripture, a judgment is a time of trial during which the good become better by prayer and abandonment to God's Providence, and the impious blaspheme. The judgment which was to fall upon Europe, the rending of the robe of Christ through the still greater fragmentation of the Church, would follow soon after Saint Vincent's time; his passage preserved large numbers of souls from its fatal dangers.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">T</font>his virtually miraculous apostolate lasted twenty-one years. He preached throughout western Europe, in the towns and villages of Spain, Switzerland, France, Italy, England, Ireland, Scotland. Everywhere tens of thousands of sinners were reformed. Infidels, heretics, Jews were enlightened and warmed by the Sun of Justice. Stupendous miracles enforced his words. Twice each day the miracle bell summoned the sick, the blind, the lame to be cured, and the most obdurate sinners became Saints. Speaking only his native Spanish, he was understood in all tongues. Processions of ten thousand penitents followed him in perfect order. Convents, orphanages, hospitals, arose where he passed.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">A</font>mid all the honors which came to him, his humility remained profound, his prayer constant. He always made prayer his principal preparation for preaching. Once, however, when a person of high rank was to be present at his sermon, he neglected prayer for study. The nobleman was not particularly struck by the discourse which had been thus carefully laid out. But he came again to hear the Saint, and the second sermon, for which Saint Vincent's supplications before the Crucifix were the preparation, made a deep impression on his soul. When Saint Vincent heard of his reaction, he remarked that in the first sermon it was Vincent who had preached, but in the second, Jesus Christ.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">S</font>aint Vincent fell ill at Vannes in Brittany, and received the crown of everlasting glory in 1419.<br><br>


<i>Reflection.</i> Whatever you do, said Saint Vincent, think not of yourself, but of God. In this spirit he preached, and God spoke by him; in this spirit, if we listen, we shall hear the voice of God.



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St. Vincent Ferrer (+1350-1419), who himself raised at least twenty-eight persons, worked forty thousand miracles, and converted over two hundred thousand souls, resurrected a certain Jew for baptism named Abraham, who also testified on rising from the grave that the Catholic Faith is the only true religion on the face of this earth.



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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">O</font> God, Who didst please that Thy Word should take flesh at the message of an Angel in the womb of the blessed Virgin Mary: grant to us Thy suppliants, that we who believe her to be truly the Mother of God, may be helped by her intercession with thee. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end.&nbsp;&nbsp; Amen.<br><br>


<i>(Roman Breviary)</i><br><br><br>



 

<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">T</font>his great festival takes its name from the happy tidings brought by the angel Gabriel to the Blessed Virgin, concerning the Incarnation of the Son of God. It commemorates the most important embassy that was ever known: an embassy sent by the King of kings, performed by one of the chief princes of His heavenly court; directed, not to the great ones of this earth, but to a poor, unknown virgin, who, being endowed with the most angelic purity of soul and body, being withal perfectly humble and devoted to God, was greater in His eyes than the mightiest monarch in the world.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">W</font>hen the Son of God became man, He could have taken upon Him our nature without the cooperation of any creature; but He was pleased to be born of a woman. In the choice of her whom He raised to this most sublime of all dignities, He pitched upon the one who, by the riches of His grace and virtues, was of all others the most holy and the most perfect. The design of this embassy of the archangel is to give a Saviour to the world, a victim of propitiation to the sinner, a model to the just, a son to this Virgin, remaining still a virgin, and a new nature to the Son of God, the nature of man, capable of suffering pain and anguish in order to satisfy God's justice for our transgressions.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">W</font>hen the angel appeared to Mary and addressed her, the Blessed Virgin was troubled: not at the angel's appearance, says St. Ambrose, for heavenly visions and a commerce with the blessed spirits had been familiar to her; but what alarmed her, he says, was the angel's appearing in human form, in the shape of a young man. What might add to her fright on the occasion was his addressing her in words of praise. Mary, guarded by her modesty, is in confusion at expressions of this sort, and dreads the least appearance of deluding flattery. Such high commendations make her cautious how she answers, till in silence she has more fully considered of the matter: "She revolved in her mind," says St. Luke, "what manner of salutation this should be." Ah, what numbers of innocent souls have been corrupted for want of using the like precautions!<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">T</font>he angel, to calm her, says: "Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found favor before God." He then informs her that she is to conceive and bring forth a Son Whose name shall be Jesus, Who shall be great, and the Son of the Most High, and possessed of the throne of David, her illustrious ancestor. Mary, out of a just concern to know how she may comply with the will of God without prejudice to her vow of virginity, inquires, "How shall this be?" Nor does she give her consent till the heavenly messenger acquaints her that it is to be a work of the Holy Ghost, who, in making her fruitful, will not intrench in the least upon her virginal purity.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">I</font>n submission, therefore, to God's will, without any further inquiries, she expresses her assent in these humble but powerful words: "Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to Thy word" What faith and confidence does her answer express! what profound humility and perfect obedience!<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">R</font>eflection.--From the example of the Blessed Virgin in this mystery, how ardent a love ought we to conceive of purity and humility! The Holy Ghost is invited by purity to dwell in souls, but is chased away by the filth of the contrary vice. Humility is the foundation of a spiritual life. By it Mary was prepared for the extraordinary graces and all virtues with which she was enriched, and for the eminent dignity of Mother of God.<br><br><br>




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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">M</font>ary's life as Joseph's Spouse was no less one of devotion and recollection and prayer than her life in the Temple. In their little cottage her time was spent, when her household duties were done, in fervent prayer to God. Thus she is said to have been occupied when the Archangel Gabriel appeared to her. Mary's prayers and Mary's longing desires had moved the Heart of God to send a Redeemer for mankind! O omnipotent efficacy of earnest desire and persevering prayer!<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">T</font>he message the Angel brought bewildered the chaste and humble maiden. Her first thought was one of fear--fear lest the privilege announced to her should be purchased at the cost of her Immaculate virginity: she would not sacrifice this even to be Mother of the Messias: anything rather than forfeit that priceless jewel!<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">B</font>ut God, who sent an Angel to comfort Christ in His Passion, reassured Mary by the Angel's voice: Fear not, thou hast found grace with God. Because thou dost esteem thyself the most unworthy, God will exalt thee to a dignity which seems almost beyond the power of God to confer: He will make thee the Mother of His Son. O wondrous dignity of true humility!<br><br><br>



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Mary, it was thy lowliness,<br>

Well pleasing to the Lord,<br>

That made thee worthy to become<br>

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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">G</font>rant, we beseech Thee, Almighty God, that we who have been celbrating the Paschal Festivities, may, through Thy bounty, ever retain their effect, both in life and in conversation.  Through our Lord, etc. <br><br>


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<i>Meditation for Low Sunday<br><br>


How Christ appeared to His Disciples in the Cenacle (John xx.)<br><br></i>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">F</font>irst Point.--Consider how to Christ no door is shut, and how where evil could not find admittance good entered. For the disciples being assembled in the Cenacle, the doors well closed for fear of the Jews, Christ arisen and glorious entered, and placed Himself in their midst, like the sun in the centre of the heavens, illuminating and gladdening their hearts with the light of His Resurrection and the sweetness of His words. Consider the benignity of the Saviour, the love He bears His chosen ones, the care He takes to console them in their sorrows, and how for this purpose He multiplies miracles, making use of the subtility that He enjoyed in His glorious Body to enter through closed doors. Rejoice to have such a Lord and Master, and place great confidence in His love and providence; beg of Him to visit thee in thine afflictions and troubles, and to console and strengthen thee as He did His apostles and disciples.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">S</font>econd Point.--Ponder how in this visit Christ placed Himself in the centre of that congregation; for He desires to be in the midst of His chosen ones, and in the centre of thy heart, making it His abode and resting-place. Empty it then of all earthly things, and offer it entirely to Him, that He may come unto thee, visit thee, console thee, and abide with thee. Ponder the extreme delight of all that holy company at beholding the glory of their Master and Redeemer; how all would approach to adore, reverence, and serve Him; with what love and caresses He would receive them, and reassure them against the fear they were in of the Jews who persecuted them. Approach thou also, adore and reverence thy Lord; beg of Him to bless thee, to give thee a share in the joy of His Resurrection, and to strengthen and encourage thee in His holy service.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">T</font>hird Point.--Consider how He showed them the sacred wounds of His Hands, Feet, and Side, which in His glorified Body must have shone more brightly than the stars of heaven, thus increasing His beauty. See how He prides Himself on having suffered for thee, that thou mayst place thy pride in suffering for Him; and behold how the affronts and wounds suffered in this world for the glory of God and the good of souls are in the next turned into diamonds and precious stones of glory, honour, and beauty. O Lord! would that I might suffer affronts, stripes, wounds, insults, and death for Thee as Thou didst endure them for me! Beg of the Lord this favour, and encourage thyself by His example to suffer with joy for His love whatever may befall thee..<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">F</font>ourth Point.--Consider how the Evangelist St. John says that He then breathed on them, and gave them the Holy Ghost for the remission of sins, not contenting Himself with the great happiness He gave them in making them participators of the glory of His Resurrection, but giving them at the same time the fulness of the Holy Spirit for the forgiveness of sins. Especially for this did Christ come into the world, for this He sent His disciples, not to punish but to forgive sins, and for this did He communicate to them the Holy Ghost. Oh, that He would come into our souls, and give us this gift of gifts of His Holy Spirit! Beg of Him to come into thine, and to do thee this favour, pardoning thee thy sins with the liberality with which He pardoned the apostles, giving them the very breath of His mouth. O Lord, that Thou wouldst give me strength with Thy breath, the pardon of my sins, and grace to abide in Thy favour; this I beg, this I entreat; hold me in Thy hand that I may never offend Thee more.











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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">O</font> God, the exultation of the humble, Who hast raised Blessed Francis, Thy Confessor, to the glory of Thy saints, grant, we beseech Thee that by his merits and example we may happily obtain the rewards promised to the humble.  Through our Lord, etc. <br><br>


<i>(Roman Breviary)</i><br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">A</font>t the age of fifteen, Saint Francis left his poor home at Paula in Calabria, Italy, to live as a hermit in a cave on the seacoast. In time disciples gathered around him, and with them, in 1436, he founded the Order of the Minims. He chose this name that they might always consider themselves the least of monastic Orders. They observed a perpetual Lent, never touching meat, fish, eggs, or milk. Francis himself made the rock his bed; his best garment was a hair shirt, and boiled herbs were his only fare. His first consideration in all things was Caritas, charity.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">S</font>aint Francis was a thaumaturge, which denomination indicates a miracle-worker known for his virtually unceasing wonders. The Church recognizes that God, as a rule, does not raise up more than one every century. He cured the sick, raised the dead, averted plagues, expelled evil spirits, and brought sinners to penance. But opposition arose; a famous preacher, misled by a few misguided monks, set to work to preach against Saint Francis and his miracles. The Saint took no notice of it, and the preacher, finding that he made no way with his hearers, determined to go to see this poor hermit whom he did not know, and confound him in person. The Saint received him kindly, gave him a seat by the fire, and listened to a long exposition of his own frauds. He then quietly took some glowing embers from the fire, and closing his hands upon them unhurt, said, Come, Father Anthony, warm yourself, for you are shivering for want of a little charity. Father Anthony, falling at the Saint's feet, asked for pardon, and then, having received his embrace, left him, to become his panegyrist and himself attain great perfection.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">W</font>hen the avaricious King Ferdinand of Naples offered him a gift of money for his convent, Francis told him to give it back to his oppressed subjects, and softened his heart by causing blood to flow from the ill-gotten coin.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">K</font>ing Louis XI of France, trembling at the approach of death, sent for the poor hermit to come and ward off the foe whose advance neither his fortresses nor his guards could check. Francis went at the Pope's command, leaving his country and his foundations there, which he foretold he would not see again; and he prepared the king for a pious death. He set the court to marveling when a delicately seasoned fish, which the king had ordered prepared for his guest's dinner, swam away after Saint Francis cast it into the pool from which it had been taken. And the successors of King Louis showered favors on their remarkable guest, desiring him to remain in France. It was God's will that retained him there.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">H</font>is Rule for the Order of Minims was adopted also by women religious, and spread throughout Europe; a less rigorous Rule was adapted for the Third Order Secular for those who desired a life of penance in their state. His name was reverenced everywhere in the Christian world; his prophecies were, during his lifetime, and are still today, held in great veneration. He died at the age of ninety-one, on Good Friday, 1507, with the crucifix in his hand and the last words of Jesus on his lips: Into Thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.






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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="3">How Christ Bore His Wounds on His Risen Body</font>

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<i>by Alonso de Andrade, 1878</i><br><br>



<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">F</font>irst Point.  Today being Friday, contemplate the marks of the Passion on the risen Body of Christ our Lord, each one more resplendent than the sun; see what glory the Eternal Father has bestowed on Him because of all He suffered for men. Consider that whereas He might have risen without those marks, as He did without those of the stripes and of the thorns, and those made on His Divine Face by the buffets He received, He willed that the wounds made by the nails and the spear should remain, because they were the marks of His Cross by which He consummated our redemption. Whence thou shouldst derive great courage and consolation in thy troubles and labours, remembering that they are tokens of glory and means to attain it, and that in a few days they will be changed into the eternal repose that thou wilt enjoy in bliss.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">S</font>econd Point. Consider the reasons why Christ preserved the wounds of His Passion on His sacred Body after the Resurrection, of which one was to keep alive and fresh in us the memory of His Passion, and to give us to understand that, as the Apostle St. John tells us in the Apocalypse, that in heaven the angels and blessed sing canticles of the Passion, so here on earth His chosen ones should also sing them, bearing it ever in mind,

meditating it, contemplating it, and conversing thereon; for there is nothing more agreeable to the Lord. Beg of God His grace to meditate His Passion as thou shouldst, and with all the tenderness and gratitude to which so great a mercy obliges thee.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">T</font>hird Point. Consider another reason given by St. Bernard, which is that He might intercede for men before the Eternal Father, showing His open wounds, and begging, through them, pardon for sin and fresh graces and mercies. O Lord, what thanks can I render Thee for the love Thou bearest me, since not once, but many times, Thou hast opened for me the wounds of Thy sacred Body! O my soul! see what an Advocate thou hast in the presence of God, and what a plea, signed with His Blood, He presents at His tribunal for thee! Pray with Him ; offer those most precious wounds in satisfaction for thy sins, and beg of the Eternal Father through them to grant thee fresh favours; for their value is infinite, and therefore greater than anything thou canst ask for or obtain. Beg for thyself and for the whole Church abundance of celestial goods; let the wounds of Christ supply with their value what is wanting to thy works.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">F</font>ourth Point.  Consider how St. Paul says that he bore stamped on his body the wounds of Christ, because by mortification and penance he made himself His image, also because he glorified in them rejoicing more in ignominies for Christ's sake than in the honours of the world, and also because of the grateful memory he always carried with him of so signal a benefit. Whence let us draw so to study the image of our Redeemer as to transform our bodies into living images of Him by mortification and penance, to glory in His ignominies, as He gloried in suffering them for us, and to take courage to suffer crucifixion and death, if need be, for His service.







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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">On the happiness of possessing the grace of God, and the misery of being deprived of it</font><br><br>

<i>by St. Alphonsus Liguori</i><br><br>



<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">M</font>an knows not the value of divine grace, and hence he exchanges it for a mere nothing. It is a treasure of infinite value. The gentiles said it was impossible for a creature to become the friend of God. But no; divine grace induces God to call the soul that possesses it His friend: You are my friends, said our Blessed Saviour, to His disciples. St. John, xv. 14.  When therefore, O God, my soul was in the state of grace, it was Thy friend; but by sin it became the slave of the devil and Thine enemy. I give Thee thanks for affording me time to recover Thy grace. I am sorry, O Lord, with my whole heart for having lost it; in Thy pity restore it to me, and suffer me not to lose it any more.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">H</font>ow fortunate should that man esteem himself who becomes the friend of his king. It would be presumption for a vassal to expect that his prince should make him his friend; but it is not presumption for the soul to aspire to be the friend of God. If I would become a friend of Caesar, (said a certain courtier, as St. Augustin relates,) I should have great difficulty in becoming such, but if I would become the friend of God, I am already His friend. An act of contrition and of love makes us the friends of God. St. Peter of Alcantara said: "No tongue can express the greatness of the love of Jesus for a soul in the state of his grace." O my God, am I in Thy grace or not? I certainly know that at one time I had lost it, and who knows whether I have regained it? O Lord, I love Thee, and am sorry for having offended Thee, make haste to pardon me.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">O</font>h how great on the contrary, is the misery of a soul that is fallen from the state of grace! She is separated from the sovereign good. She belongs no more to God, and God belongs no more to her. She is no longer loved by God, but hated and abhorred by Him. Before, He blessed her as His child, but now, He curses her as His enemy. Such is the unhappy state in which I was, O God, when I had forfeited Thy grace. I hope I have arisen from my unhappy condition, but if I have not, hasten, O Jesus, to rescue me from it. Thou hast promised to love those who love Thee. I love Thee, my sovereign good, do thou love me; and may I hope never again to be deprived of Thy love. Holy Mary, succour me your humble client: I commend myself to your patronage.





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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">For the Wednesday <br>in Easter Week:</font><br><br>

 

<font style="font-style: italic;" size="3">How Christ Appeared to the Apostles 

whilst Fishing in <br>the Sea of Tiberias (JOHN XXI.)</font>

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<i>by Alonso de Andrade, 1878</i><br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">F</font>irst Point. Consider how, as the Holy Evangelist St. John tells us, St. Peter invited the other disciples to go fishing, and not having caught anything all night, Christ appeared on the shore and ordered them to cast the net on the right hand, and they then took a great draught.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">W</font>herein ponder how it becomes the disciples of Christ to solicit others to the performance of good works in His service after the example of St. Peter, and learn hence always to draw thy neighbor to works of piety and devotion, and to persuade him to the performance of them. Consider next the mercy of the Savior, and how great was that He manifested towards His disciples, appearing to them during their labor, and when discouraged at having caught nothing, and draw thence great confidence in God, that He will be favorable to thee and visit thee in thy labors, and in the works that thou undertakes for His holy service. Beg of Him not to forget thee, but to visit and strengthen thee as He visited and strengthened His disciples.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">S</font>econd Point.  Consider the reasons why the disciples caught nothing until Christ our Redeemer came to them. First, because they cast their net at night, which signifies sin; and those that work whilst in a state of sin, however hard they labor, gain nothing for eternal life. Secondly, because at first they fished of their own will, and afterwards in obedience to Christ's command, which assures success to those who are governed and guided by it. <br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">T</font>hirdly, because they cast the net on the left hand, which signifies the temporal goods of this world; and Christ our Lord commanded them to cast it on the right, which symbolizes eternal treasures. From which thou hast to learn to labor always in the light of grace, and not in the darkness of sin, to be guided by the will of God, seeking always His honor, glory, and service, in whatever works thou dost perform, and always to cast thy net to the right, seeking heavenly things if thou wouldst obtain great profit.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">G</font>rieve for all the labor thou hast spent in the course of thy life in laying up perishable riches, and in seeking the dignities and vain honors of this world, all of which are empty nothingness; and taking the advice of Christ, cast thy net to the right for time and heavenly riches, and thy labor will be as completely successful as was that of the disciples.<br><br>



<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">T</font>hird Point.  Consider how the Holy Evangelist says, that whilst the disciples were fishing at His command, Christ was on the shore, in their sight, without their knowing Him, preparing food for them when they should come. For He is ever in sight of those who labor for His service, without their seeing or knowing Him, and He prepares their food, providing for their needs.<br><br>



<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">D</font>raw from this great courage to employ thyself in His service, with steadfast confidence in the care His providence ever has of His servants and of thee, supplying thy wants. Cast all thy care with the utmost confidence into His hands, and be assured that He sees and assists thee in thy works and labors, as He did the disciples, though thou sees Him not with thy bodily eyes. <br><br>



<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">F</font>ourth Point.  Consider how, as soon as the disciples had taken so great a draught of fishes, they recognized that it was by the virtue of Christ; and learn to acknowledge that the success of thy labors is the work of His hands, and to give Him thanks for it, attributing the glory of them to Him from whose hand thou receives it.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">S</font>ee how the disciples then came to shore, with what joy Christ would receive them, and theirs at beholding Him risen ; the benignity with which He would sit down with them, divide the bread and fish that He had prepared on the hot coals, and give it to them to eat. O sweet Jesus! blessed be Thou a thousand times for dealing thus with Thy servants! Who would not serve Thee always, Who art so tender and loving? Approach the Lord, my soul, with the disciples, leave the restless sea of this world in which thou art engulfed, abandon the nets which hold thee prisoner, and casting aside all worldly occupations, entreat Him to permit thee to draw near to His table, beg of Him to give thee a few of the crumbs that fall from it, and take thy place amongst His people, to remain for ever in His service.





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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">Easter Tuesday: The Resurrection of Christ</font><br>

<i>by Rev. Johann Zollner</i>

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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">T</font>he Resurrection of Christ encourages us to the faithful performance of the divine will in every situation of life.<br><br>



(a.) "<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">M</font>y food is to do the will of him that sent me, that I may perfect his work."John--4:, 34. Our Saviour could say this in truth, for His whole life upon earth was one continual, uninterrupted fulfilment of the will of His heavenly Father. For thirty years He leads a hidden life, because His Father wills it; He begins His public life, goes about, teaches, works miracles, and finally dies on the cross in unspeakable tortures and sufferings, because it is the will of His Father. Thus the human will of Christ was entirely subject to the will of God; He did everything that God willed, and in whatever manner He willed. <br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">H</font>ow gloriously do we see Him rewarded for the faithful performance of the divine will!  When He came forth from the grave with a glorified body, "God hath exalted Him, and hath given Him a name which is above every name; that in the name of Jesus every knee should bow of those that are in heaven, on earth, and in hell. And that every tongue should confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of God the Father."--Phil. 2: 9-11. What a glorious end! What a great reward!<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">I</font>f we consider our risen Redeemer in the State of His glory, must not we also be encouraged to do the will of God in good as well as in evil days? What does not man do to procure for himself a pleasant earthly life? What tribulations, what perils, and humiliations does he not undergo, not only for days and weeks, but for years? And we can be dilatory in doing the will of God, knowing, as we do, that if we work and suffer with Christ we shall be glorified with him?<br><br><br>


2. <font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">T</font>o a constant warfare against the enemies of our salvation . . . .<br><br>


a.)<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">T</font>he life of Christ was a continual combat with Satan, the prince of the world. He had come to crush the serpent's head, to destroy the kingdom of Satan, to recover for us,the bright inheritance which we had lost by sin, and to redeem us from the slavery of centuries; but Satan resisted with all his might, hence a continual contest and struggle. In the desert, where he tempted our Lord three times and was overcome as often, he had found out that he alone could not prevail against Him; then he looked for confederates to help him frustrate His labor for the redemption of mankind. And he found willing tools in the Scribes and Pharisees and the Jews in general. <br><br>



<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">W</font>hat did not Christ endure from them, how often did they lay snares to catch Him in His speech, how did they calumniate, blaspheme and insult Him, in order to destroy all confidence in Him ;and render Him odious to the people! They did not shrink even from brute force, for more than once were they about to lay hands on him, and to take his life. <br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">F</font>inally the devil entered into Judas, who betrayed his Lord and Master, and delivered Him into the hands of His enemies. Jesus dies on the cross. Hell is apparently successful; and its blind instruments exult in their triumph, believing that they have conquered and destroyed the name of Jesus for ever. But the intoxication of victory is of short duration. Easter Sunday announces a victory such as heaven and earth never before witnessed. Christ rises from the dead, glorious and immortal; the nations, from the rising of the sun to the going down of the same, adore Him; Judaism and Paganism fall, and the kingdom of Christ is spread over all the earth.<br><br><br>


(b.) <font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">W</font>arfare is our lot upon earth. "The life of man upon earth is a warfare, and his days are like the days of a hireling."--Job 7: 1. We carry about us a wicked enemy, our concupiscence, which prevents us reposing in God, and prepares violent temptations for us. We must fight against the devil, who, full of hatred and envy, pursues and everywhere lays snares, seeking our ruin. We live in a world which endeavors to seduce us by its false maxims, scandals, and bad examples. Especially in our days Infidels and Freethinkers do their utmost to tear religion and the fear of God out of our hearts. <br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">W</font>ho can listen to their language, or read their papers and books, without being horrified by their hatred of Christianity? Who would not be discouraged at the aspect of the persecutions which the Catholic Church and her children are obliged to suffer? But let us not be of little faith; Christ, who crushed the head of the serpent, forsakes us not; His victory is our victory, for He has merited for us the grace to overcome every enemy. Let us gather round the banner of the cross, and no power, either of man or the devil, can harm us. And what a triumph, if we are found brave warriors! we shall enter with Him into His glory and receive a great reward, as He says Himself: "To him that overcometh, I will give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of my God."--Apoc. 2: 7.<br><br><br>


3. <font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">E</font>arnestly to aspire to perfection.


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">T</font>he Resurrection of Christ is the pledge and type of our future resurrection. Christ is our head, we His members; what has been done with the head, must also be done with the members. As certain as Christ is risen, so certain shall we rise again. "If Christ be preached that he rose again from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen again."--I. Cor. 15: 12, 13. Christ is also the type of our resurrection. "Our Lord Jesus Christ will reform the body of our lowness, made like to the body of His glory."--Phil. 3 : 21. The bodies of the just, therefore, after their resurrection, will resemble the body of the risen Christ; they will be finally transformed and glorified; they will become impassible, immortal, spiritual, and united with the soul, will enjoy an unsperkable felicity in heaven. <br><br><br>


PERORATION<br><br>


"<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">B</font>e mindful that the Lord Jesus Christ is risen from the dead."-- II. Tim. 2: 8. This truth of our holy religion is the foundation of our faith and the strongest incentive to a holy life. If you are temped against faith interiorly or exteriorly, say: "What I believe, is the doctrine of Christ, but He is risen from the dead, He is the Son of God, the infallible truth, I therefore stand firm in my faith and nothing in the world shall ever make me waver in it." <br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">I</font>f it seems hard sometimes to walk the way of holiness, and if you must endure hard trials, falter not in your courage, look up to Christ; having finished His course, He triumphs over sin, death, and hell, now and for evermore. His infinitely blessed lot shall be ours; therefore follow Him courageously, and trusting in His grace, devote yourselves to His service to your last breath; then the blessed Easter morning will also dawn for you in heaven, where, with the Angels and Saints, you will sing an everlasting Alleluia. Amen.






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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">March 28th, Easter Monday</font>  <br><br>

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<a href="javascript:popUp3('Eastertide Prayers.html#Novena')">Novena for Easter</a>



<a href="javascript:popUp3('Easter Monday Weninger.html')">Easter Monday</a>


<a href="javascript:popUp3('Paschal Time.html')">Paschal Time</a>



<a href="javascript:popUp('Easter Sunday Resurrection.html')">Liturgical Year: Easter Sunday</a>


<a href="javascript:popUp('Easter Sermons Weninger.html')">Easter Sunday Sermons</a>


<a href="javascript:popUp('Eastertide Prayers.html')">Eastertide Prayers</a>



<a href="Videos3.html#Easter">Video: Resurrection and Ascension</a>


<a href="March 28.html">Meditations for St. Joseph <br>during the month of March</a>



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<i>When the feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary 

falls within Holy Week or Easter Week, its office is transferred to the Monday 

after the octave of Easter.</i>

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<a href="Annunciation.html#Novena">Novena of the Annunciation</a>

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O</font> God, Who by the Paschal solemnity hast given Thy healing remedies to the world, continue, we beseech Thee, to pour forth Thy heavenly gift on Thy people, that they may deserve to attain perfect liberty, and go forward to life everlasting.   Through our Lord, etc.<br><br><br>



<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">Easter Monday:<br>

The Wonderful Prerogatives <br>of Our Lord's Glorified Body</font><br><br><br>


<i>1st Prel:   Represent to yourself the glorified body of Jesus.<br><br>

2d Prel:   Ask for grace to comprehend the perfections of our<br><br>

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Lord's glorified body, and to have our share in them with Him on the great day of the Resurrection.<br><br><br>



Point I: The Immortality and Impassibility of Our Lord's Body <br><br>


Consideration.-- As soon as our Lord's soul was reunited to His body, the latter received the property of impassibility. This body, formerly subject to all human infirmities -- cold, hunger, weariness, the pains and sorrows of death -- became absolutely impassible and immortal; "Mors illi ultra non dominabitur." "Death shall no more have dominion over Him." (Rom. 6:9.)<br><br>


Application.-- How had Jesus, as man, merited such glorious gifts? By His death and sufferings, endured for His Father's glory and man's salvation.. We shall receive the same gifts on the like conditions; therefore, why should we so greatly fear death? Let us sanctify our sufferings by accepting them, as well as death itself, with entire resignation to the will of our Heavenly Father, offering them up in expiation of our sins, and those of others, after the example of our Divine Lord. The more we suffer with Him, the larger our share in the wonderful perfections of His glorified body. Happy the Christian, happy the religious, who bears this in mind! How great will be his courage, how perfect his submission, under every affliction! Let us endeavor so to live that we may be of this happy number.<br><br>


Affections.-- Make acts of faith in these consoling truths. Ask of God the grace to have them ever present to your mind.<br><br>


Resolutions.-- In all hardship and bodily suffering, I will bear in mind these words of the Apostle: "We look for the Saviour, our Lord Jesus Christ, who will reform the body of our lowness, made like to the body of His glory." (Philip. 3 : 20, 21.)<br><br><br>



Point II:  The Spirituality and Agility of Our Lord's Glorified Body<br><br>


Consideration.-- A spiritual body is one that has spiritual properties, such as the power of penetrating matter, of passing at a single act of the will from one place to another, at whatever distance; how, or in what way, we can not comprehend, much less explain. Nevertheless, such were the properties of our Lord's glorified body. He proved that He possessed them by appearing several times in the midst of the disciples, as St. John relates, although "cum fores erant clausae, propter metum Judaeorum." "The doors were shut, for fear of the Jews." (St. John 20: 19.)<br><br>


Application.-- Such, again, will be the perfection of the glorified bodies of the just after the resurrection, and for all eternity in heaven. I shall one day partake of them; the hope and assurance of it are given to me by St. Paul in these words, "Seminatur corpus animale, surget corpus spirituale." "It is sown a natural body, it shall rise a spiritual body." (1. Cor. 15:44;) provided that I endeavor to live a spiritual life. "Si facta carnis mortificaveritis." "If by the spirit you mortify the deeds of the flesh, you shall live," (Rom. 8: 13,) as the Apostle St. Paul expresses it. Does my conscience testify that I have done this?<br><br>



Affections.-- I will rejoice from my heart, and endeavor to animate my devotion by dwelling on these pious and consoling considerations suggested by the mysteries of the Paschal time.<br><br>


Resolutions.-- I will ask myself frequently in the words of Thomas a Kempis: "To what end camest thou hither? Was it not that thou mightest become a spiritual man?" (Imit. i. Book, xxv.)<br><br><br>



Point III:  The Lucidity of Our Lord's Glorified Body<br><br>


Consideration.--Those that would walk securely in the dark must provide themselves with a light. For Jesus risen there is no more darkness. His glorified body is its own light. The splendors of His divinity, flowing from His soul to His body, have made Him more radiant than the sun at noonday. The Apostles had once before seen something of this glory, on the day of His transfiguration.<br><br>


Application.-- If I share the resurrection of the just, such will also be the radiance of my body; the more brilliant in proportion to the mortifications to which it has been subjected, and the labors it has endured for the glory of God and the salvation of souls.<br><br>


Colloquy with God the Father. Thank Him for the privileges granted to the humanity of the Incarnate Word, our beloved Saviour. Beg of Him grace to prepare yourself for impassibility and immortality by invincible constancy in your good resolutions; for spirituality and agility by facility and promptitude in penetrating the mysteries of faith and the secrets of the spiritual life; and in fine, for lucidity by the light of good example and edification.







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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">March 27th, Easter Sunday</font>  

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<a href="javascript:popUp3('Eastertide Prayers.html#Novena')">Novena for Easter</a>


<a href="javascript:popUp3('Childrens Sermon Easter Sunday.html')">Children's Sermon for Easter Sunday</a>


<a href="Resurrection.html">The Resurrection</a>


<a href="http://catholicharboroffaithandmorals.com/Resurrection.html#Easter">A Litany for Easter</a>


<a href="Spiritual%20Resurrection.html">The Spiritual Resurrection</a>


<a href="javascript:popUp3('Paschal Time.html')">Paschal Time</a>


<a href="http://catholicharboroffaithandmorals.com/Spiritual%20Resurrection.html#Litany%20of%20the%20Resurrection">Litany of the Resurrection</a>


<a href="javascript:popUp('Easter Sunday Resurrection.html')">Liturgical Year: Easter Sunday</a>


<a href="javascript:popUp('Easter Sermons Weninger.html')">Easter Sunday Sermons</a>


<a href="javascript:popUp('Eastertide Prayers.html')">Eastertide Prayers</a>


<a href="Tissot Illustrated Bible V4 Part2.html">Vol. 4 Part 2:The Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus Christ from the Latin Vulgate, as Illustrated by Catholic Artist and Historian, James Tissot, 1899</a>


<a href="Videos3.html#Easter">Video: Resurrection and Ascension</a>


<a href="http://catholicharboroffaithandmorals.com/Communion.html#Prayer">Spiritual Communion</a>



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<i>When the feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary 

falls within Holy Week or Easter Week, its office is transferred to the Monday 

after the octave of Easter.</i>

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<a href="Annunciation.html#Novena">Novena of the Annunciation</a>

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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">Paschal Time</font><br><br>


Alleluia, or "Praise the Lord," is an expression

of joy and hope for the eternal happiness which

our Lord obtained for us by His glorious Resurrection. 

The Church sings Alleluia today, and often

during the Octave, because Christ is risen from the

grave, and as St. Augustine says, "We have left the

grave of sin, and are ready to walk in the way of

the divine commandments."<br><br>




The Paschal Season commemorates the triumph

of our Lord. It is an invitation to spiritual joy. As

Christ arose from the dead so must we rise from

coldness and indifference to a life of fervor and

holiness. Christ offered Himself in complete holocaust 

on the Cross; we must offer ourselves completely 

to God through our risen Savior; risen with

Christ, we must "seek the things that are above."<br><br>



Christ promised the miracle of His Resurrection. 

Se fulfilled that promise, proving His Divinity and

giving our faith a sure foundation. He could have

ended His stay on earth with His Resurrection on

Easter Sunday, but He preferred to remain among

His beloved for forty days:<br><br>


1. To strengthen their faith in the mystery of the

Resurrection. "To them also He showed Himself

alive after His Passion by many proofs, during

forty days appearing to them and speaking of the

kingdom of God." (Acts 1, 3.)<br><br>


2. To stimulate the hope of universal resurrection

as the consequence and fruit of His glorious 

Resurrection.<br><br>


3. To console the faithful for their sorrow during 

His Passion and Death.<br><br>


Since Christ rose from the dead, we know that

He is the Son of God, His doctrine is divine. His

Church is true, and we, as members of His Mystical

Body, provided we are His true disciples, shall one

day rise with glorified bodies.


Easter is a day of gladness for all Christians, and

their triumphant joy is given dramatic expression

in the Sequence which follows the Gradual, the

frequent alleluias, and the position of the Paschal

Candle within the sanctuary throughout the Easter

season.<br><br>


"It is Christ Jesus Who died; yes, and rose again,

He Who is at the right hand of God, Who also

intercedes for us." Who, then, "shall separate us

from the love of Christ?" (Rom. 8, 34f.)<br><br><br>



<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">Prayer:</font><br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">O</font> God, Who on this say, through Thy Only-begotten Son, didst overcome death, and open unto us the gate of everlasting Life: as, by Thy anticipating grace, Thou dost breath good desires into our hearts, so also, by Thy gracious help, bring them to good effect.  Through the same, etc.<br><br><br>



<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">Sequence</font><br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">O</font> Christians, to the Paschal Victim bring:

Of praise the sacrificial Offering.

For the sheep the Lamb His Blood did shed:

The sinless Christ in the sinners: stead:

With God the guilty reconciling.

The Life with Death did fiercely strive:

Through dying the Leader now reigns alive.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">O</font> Mary, what did thy wond'ring eyes adore?

"I saw the tomb of One Who dies no more!

The glorious risen Lord was shown to me:

The napkin, linen cloths there lying:

I heard the angels testifying.

Yes, Christ is ris'n and you shall see

Thy Hope and mine in Galilee!"<br><br>


We know that Christ rose from the grave:

O conqu'ring King, us sinners save.

Amen.  Alleluia.







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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">March 26th, Holy Saturday</font>  


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<A HREF="Index for the Season of Lent.html">Index for the Season of Lent, Prayers, Devotions, Sermons and Books</a>


<a href="javascript:popUp3('Holy Saturday New.html')">Holy Saturday Meditation</a>

<a href="javascript:popUp('Holy Saturday.html')">Holy Saturday</a>


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<a href="javascript:popUp3('Eastertide Prayers.html#Novena')">Novena for Easter</a>


<a href="St. Thomas Aquinas Lenten Meditations.html#Lent46">40 Days of Meditations for Lent by St. Thomas Aquinas</a>


<a href="The Holy Hour.html">The Holy Hour</a>



<a href="Good Friday Two Thieves.html">Good Friday:  The Two Thieves</a>


<a href="Tissot Illustrated Bible V4 Part1.html">The Passion and Death of Jesus Christ, as Illustrated by Catholic Artist and Historian, James Tissot, 1899. Vol 4</a>



<a href="Tissot Illustrated Bible V3.html">The Life of Our Savour Jesus Christ, as Illustrated by Catholic Artist and Historian, James Tissot, 1899. Vol. 3</a>


<a href="Passion%20Clock.html">Clock of the Passion</a>


<a href="javascript:popUp('Good Friday.html')">Liturgical Commentary<br> for Good Friday</a>


<a href="Good%20Friday%20Weninger.html">Good Friday Sermons <br>by Fr. Weninger, 1876</a>


<a href="Good%20Friday%20Ehrler.html">Sermon by Bishop Ehrler: <br>The Greatest of All Sorrows</a>


<a href="javascript:popUp3('The%20Death%20of%20Our%20Lord.html')">The Death of Our Lord</a>


<a href="Passion%20of%20Christ.html">Passion of Christ</a>


<a href="javascript:popUp3('Suffering.html')">The Greatest Suffering on Earth</a>


<a href="javascript:popUp3('The Steps of Our Saviors Passion.html')">The Steps of Our Savior's Passion</a>


<a href="Book Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary.html">Manual of Devotions in Honour of Our Lady of Sorrows</a>


<a href="Seven%20Dolors.html">Seven Sorrows of the <br> Blessed Virgin Mary&nbsp;&nbsp; I.</a>


<a href="Sorrowful%20Mother.html">Seven Sorrows of the <br> Blessed Virgin Mary&nbsp;&nbsp; II.</a>


<a href="The Art of Dying Well.html">The Art of Dying Well by St. Robert Bellarmine</a>


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<a href="javascript:popUp3('Litany of the Holy Cross.html')">Litany of the Holy Cross</a>


<a href="javascript:popUp3('5 wounds.html')">Devotion to the Five <br>Wounds of Jesus</a>


<a href="Holy%20Face.html">Devotions and Litany of the Holy Face of Jesus</a>


<a href="St. Thomas Aquinas Lenten Meditations.html#Lent45">40 Days of Meditations for Lent by St. Thomas Aquinas</a>




<a href="Psalter%20Intro.html">The Psalter of Jesus</a>


<a href="Stations.html">Stations of the Cross</a>



<a href="Seven%20Penitential%20Psalms.html">Seven Penitential Psalms</a>


<a href="Seven%20Dolors.html">Seven Sorrows of the <br> Blessed Virgin Mary&nbsp;&nbsp; I.</a>


<a href="Sorrowful%20Mother.html">Seven Sorrows of the <br> Blessed Virgin Mary&nbsp;&nbsp; II.</a>


<a href="Communion.html">Spiritual Communion</a>


<a href="javascript:popUp3('The Necessity of Prayer for Sinners.html#Litany of Penance')">Litany of Penance</a>


<a href="Litany%20of%20the%20Saints.html">Litany of the Saints</a>


<a href="Joyful.html">Joyful Mysteries</a>

<a href="Sorrowful.html">Sorrowful  Mysteries</a>

<a href="Glorious.html">Glorious  Mysteries</a>



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<a href="http://catholicharboroffaithandmorals.com/O%20Sacred%20Head.mp4">Video: O Sacred Head Surrounded</a>


<a href="http://catholicharboroffaithandmorals.com/Stabat%20Mater.mp4">Video: Stabat Mater</a>


<a href="Ten%20Commandments%20Index.html">Index of the Ten Commandments</a>


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<i>The Sacrament of Penance</i>

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<a href="Sacrament%20of%20Penance.html">Sacrament of Penance</a>


<a href="Confession Q and A.html">The Sacrament of Penance,

All of Your Questions Answered</a>


<a href="Conversion%20of%20St.%20Augustine.html">The Conversion of Sinners</a>


<a href="Penitent%27s%20Prayer.html">Penitent's Consolation</a>


<a href="Examine%20Index.html">Examination of Conscience</a>


<a href="Ritual%20of%20the%20Sacrament%20of%20Penance.html">Rite of Confession </a>


<a href="javascript:popUp3('Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost.html#General Confession')">General Confession</a>


<a href="Contrition.html">Contrition</a>


<a href="Sin.html">The Nature of Sin</a>


<a href="Conscience.html">Conscience</a>


<a href="Ten%20Commandments%20Index.html">Index of the Ten Commandments</a>


<a href="javascript:popUp3('Hunolt Keeping the Commandments.html')">Sermon on Keeping the 10 Commandments</a>


<a href="Conversion%20of%20St.%20Augustine.html">The Conversion of Sinners</a>


<a href="javascript:popUp('time.html')">Time is No More</a>


<a href="javascript:popUp('Live in Sin.html')">They that Live in Sin</a>


<a href="javascript:popUp('Sinner seeks God.html')">The Sinner Seeks God</a>


<a href="javascript:popUp('Sinner at Death.html')">The Sinner at Death</a>


<a href="javascript:popUp3('The Necessity of Prayer for Sinners.html')">The Necessity of Prayer for Sinners</a>


<a href="javascript:popUp3('Lenten Prayers.html')">Prayers and Devotions for the Holy Season of Lent</a>

<a href="javascript:popUp3('Lenten%20Season.html')">The Church's Laws on Fasting and the Season of Lent</a>


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<i>For Children</i>

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<a href="Index of Childrens Prayer LENT.html">Index of Children Prayers, Lent</a>


<a href="Behold the Lamb Childrens Book.html">Behold the Lamb, A Book for Little Folks About the Holy Mass, 1912 </a>


<a href="Jesus of Nazareth the Story of His Life.html">Jesus of Nazareth, the Story of His Life: A Catholic Children's Book, 1906</a>


<a href="Catholic Bible Stories.html">Catholic Bible Stories</a>

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<i>Recommended Reading:</i><br><br>


<a href="The Sinners Guide.html">The Sinner's Guide by Ven. Louis of Granada, O.P.</a>


<a href="The Prodigal Son, the Sinner's Return to God.html">The Prodigal Son, the Sinner's Return to God</a>



<a href="St. Leonard of Port Maurice Stations of the Cross.html">St. Leonard of Port Maurice and the Stations of the Cross</a>



<a href="The Penitent Christian.html">The Penitent Christian</a>



<a href="The Holy Ways of the Cross.html">The Holy Ways of the Cross <br>by Henri Boudon, 1875</a>


<a href="Introduction to a Devout Life.html">Introduction to a Devout Life <br> written by St. Francis De Sales</a>

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<i>Please remember the departed souls of your family in your prayers today</i><br><br>

<a href="Purgatory%20Index.html">Index of Prayers for the Holy Souls in Purgatory</a>

<a href="javascript:popUp3('All Souls Day.html')">Prayers and Devotions for the Faithful Departed</a>




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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">L</font>ook down, we beseech Thee, O Lord, upon this Thy family: for which our Lord Jesus Christ hesitated not to be delivered up into the hands of wicked men and to undergo the torment of the Cross.  Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end.&nbsp;&nbsp; Amen.<br><br>


<i>(Roman Breviary)</i><br><br><br>



<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">I</font>n early Christian times no special liturgical service

was held on this day because there was a Solemn Vigil,

or Watch, during the night before Easter. Towards the

end of this function, before daybreak, the Catechumens

received Baptism. They were immersed in the saving

waters, being thus mystically buried with Jesus. But also,

at the very hour of our Lord's triumphant Resurrection

from the sepulchre, they rose spiritually, being born again

to a life of grace; and they received likewise the sacraments

of Confirmation and Holy Eucharist.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">T</font>his partly explains the particular character of our

Holy Saturday service, with its special Scriptural readings, 

the blessing of the fire, the blessing of the Font,

and the sudden change from austere ceremonies to the

anticipated joys of Easter.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">I</font>n later times these Vigil ceremonies were anticipated,

being observed first in the evening, and finally in the

morning of Holy Saturday.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">T</font>he Ceremonies of Holy Saturday are divided into five parts:<br><br>


1. Blessing of the Fire, Incense, and Paschal candle.<br><br>


2. Reading of the Prophecies.<br><br>


3. Blessing of Baptismal Font--which in the Old

Roman Liturgy, preceded the Baptism and Confirmation

of the new converts.<br><br>


4. Litany of the Saints and Mass In honor of Christ

Resurrected.<br><br>


5. First Vespers of Easter Sunday.<br>





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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">March 25th, Good Friday.  Day of Fast and Abstinence</font><br><br>


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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">Devotions for Good Friday:</font style><br><br>  The hours of twelve noon through three o'clock in the afternoon of Good Friday are most solemn, as these are the hours our Lord Jesus Christ suffered and died on the cross for our redemption.  The following links are recommended for devotions and readings during these hours.<br><br>



<a href="The Holy Hour.html">The Holy Hour</a>


<a href="javascript:popUp('Good Friday Prayers popup.html')">Devotions and Prayers<br> for Good Friday: the Words of Jesus on the Cross</a>


<a href="Good Friday Two Thieves.html">Good Friday:  The Two Thieves</a>


<a href="javascript:popUp('Good Friday.html')">Liturgical Commentary<br> for Good Friday</a>


<a href="Good%20Friday%20Weninger.html">Good Friday Sermons <br>by Fr. Weninger, 1876</a>


<a href="Good%20Friday%20Ehrler.html">Sermon by Bishop Ehrler: <br>The Greatest of All Sorrows</a>


<a href="javascript:popUp3('The%20Death%20of%20Our%20Lord.html')">The Death of Our Lord</a>


<a href="Tissot Illustrated Bible V4 Part1.html">The Passion and Death of Jesus Christ, as Illustrated by Catholic Artist and Historian, James Tissot, 1899. Vol 4</a>



<a href="Tissot Illustrated Bible V3.html">The Life of Our Savour Jesus Christ, as Illustrated by Catholic Artist and Historian, James Tissot, 1899. Vol. 3</a>


<a href="Videos3.html">Videos for Medition During Holy Week</a>


<a href="Passion%20Clock.html">Clock of the Passion</a>





<a href="Passion%20of%20Christ.html">Passion of Christ</a>


<a href="javascript:popUp3('Suffering.html')">The Greatest Suffering on Earth</a>


<a href="javascript:popUp3('The Steps of Our Saviors Passion.html')">The Steps of Our Savior's Passion</a>


<a href="javascript:popUp3('Lenten Prayers.html')">Prayers and Devotions for the Holy Season of Lent</a>

<a href="javascript:popUp3('Lenten%20Season.html')">The Church's Laws on Fasting and the Season of Lent</a>


<a href="The Art of Dying Well.html">The Art of Dying Well by St. Robert Bellarmine</a>


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<a href="javascript:popUp3('Litany of the Holy Cross.html')">Litany of the Holy Cross</a>


<a href="javascript:popUp3('5 wounds.html')">Devotion to the Five <br>Wounds of Jesus</a>


<a href="Holy%20Face.html">Devotions and Litany of the Holy Face of Jesus</a>


<a href="St. Thomas Aquinas Lenten Meditations.html#Lent45">40 Days of Meditations for Lent by St. Thomas Aquinas</a>


<a href="Psalter%20Intro.html">The Psalter of Jesus</a>


<a href="Stations.html">Stations of the Cross</a>



<a href="Seven%20Penitential%20Psalms.html">Seven Penitential Psalms</a>


<a href="Book Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary.html">Manual of Devotions in Honour of Our Lady of Sorrows</a>


<a href="Seven%20Dolors.html">Seven Sorrows of the <br> Blessed Virgin Mary&nbsp;&nbsp; I.</a>


<a href="Sorrowful%20Mother.html">Seven Sorrows of the <br> Blessed Virgin Mary&nbsp;&nbsp; II.</a>


<a href="Communion.html">Spiritual Communion</a>


<a href="javascript:popUp3('The Necessity of Prayer for Sinners.html#Litany of Penance')">Litany of Penance</a>


<a href="Litany%20of%20the%20Saints.html">Litany of the Saints</a>


<a href="Joyful.html">Joyful Mysteries</a>

<a href="Sorrowful.html">Sorrowful  Mysteries</a>

<a href="Glorious.html">Glorious  Mysteries</a>




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<i>The Sacrament of Penance</i><br><br>



<a href="Sacrament%20of%20Penance.html">Sacrament of Penance</a>


<a href="Confession Q and A.html">The Sacrament of Penance,

All of Your Questions Answered</a>


<a href="Conversion%20of%20St.%20Augustine.html">The Conversion of Sinners</a>


<a href="Penitent%27s%20Prayer.html">Penitent's Consolation</a>


<a href="Examine%20Index.html">Examination of Conscience</a>


<a href="Ritual%20of%20the%20Sacrament%20of%20Penance.html">Rite of Confession </a>


<a href="javascript:popUp3('Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost.html#General Confession')">General Confession</a>


<a href="Contrition.html">Contrition</a>


<a href="javascript:popUp3('On Contrition and the Purpose of Amendment.html')">Contrition and the Purpose of Amendment</a>


<a href="Sin.html">The Nature of Sin</a>


<a href="Conscience.html">Conscience</a>


<a href="Ten%20Commandments%20Index.html">Index of the Ten Commandments</a>


<a href="javascript:popUp3('Hunolt Keeping the Commandments.html')">Sermon on Keeping the 10 Commandments</a>


<a href="Conversion%20of%20St.%20Augustine.html">The Conversion of Sinners</a>


<a href="javascript:popUp('Relapse into Sin popup.html')">Causes of Relapse into Sin</a>


<a href="javascript:popUp('time.html')">Time is No More</a>


<a href="javascript:popUp('Live in Sin.html')">They that Live in Sin</a>


<a href="javascript:popUp('Sinner seeks God.html')">The Sinner Seeks God</a>


<a href="javascript:popUp('Sinner at Death.html')">The Sinner at Death</a>


<a href="javascript:popUp3('The Necessity of Prayer for Sinners.html')">The Necessity of Prayer for Sinners</a>


<a href="javascript:popUp3('Dangers of Human Respect.html')">The Dangers of Human Respect</a>


<a href="The Ravages of Adultry.html">The Ravages of Adultery</a>


<a href="javascript:popUp3('Exposition on the Sixth Commandment.html')">The Sixth Commandment: Explained by St. Thomas Aquinas</a>

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<i>For Children</i>

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<a href="Index of Childrens Prayer LENT.html">Index of Children Prayers, Lent</a>


<a href="Behold the Lamb Childrens Book.html">Behold the Lamb, A Book for Little Folks About the Holy Mass, 1912 </a>


<a href="Jesus of Nazareth the Story of His Life.html">Jesus of Nazareth, the Story of His Life: A Catholic Children's Book, 1906</a>


<a href="Catholic Bible Stories.html">Catholic Bible Stories</a>

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<i>Recommended Reading:</i><br><br>


<a href="The Sinners Guide.html">The Sinner's Guide by Ven. Louis of Granada, O.P.</a>


<a href="The Prodigal Son, the Sinner's Return to God.html">The Prodigal Son, the Sinner's Return to God</a>



<a href="St. Leonard of Port Maurice Stations of the Cross.html">St. Leonard of Port Maurice and the Stations of the Cross</a>



<a href="The Penitent Christian.html">The Penitent Christian</a>



<a href="The Holy Ways of the Cross.html">The Holy Ways of the Cross <br>by Henri Boudon, 1875</a>


<a href="Introduction to a Devout Life.html">Introduction to a Devout Life <br> written by St. Francis De Sales</a>

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<i>Please remember the departed souls of your family in your prayers today</i><br><br>

<a href="Purgatory%20Index.html">Index of Prayers for the Holy Souls in Purgatory</a>

<a href="javascript:popUp3('All Souls Day.html')">Prayers and Devotions for the Faithful Departed</a>

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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">L</font>ook down, we beseech Thee, O Lord, upon this Thy family: for which our Lord Jesus Christ hesitated not to be delivered up into the hands of wicked men and to undergo the torment of the Cross.  Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end.&nbsp;&nbsp; Amen.<br><br>


<i>(Roman Breviary)</i><br><br><br>



<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">T</font>his day was formerly for the Jewish people a day of preparation for 

Easter, and was called by them the Passover; for Christians it is the

anniversary of the death and burial of our Lord Who on this day, being Himself both hight Priest and Victim, offered Himself upon the Cross for the salvation of the world.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">B</font>ecause Christ died for Jews and Gentiles, the first Lesson is from the Prophet Osee and the second Lesson is from Exodus.  From them we infer that by the bloody death of the immaculate Lamb Jesus we are healed of our sins, and redeemed from death.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">T</font>he second part of these Ceremonies consists of the unveiling and Adoration of the Cross.  In the versicles which are chanted alternately by the choir, Christ tenderly and lovingly reproaches the people who crucified Him.  They are, therefore, called reproaches, words of complaint, and continue during the Veneration of the Cross by the Priest.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">T</font>he third part consists of the Procession and the Mass of the Presanctified.  The Sacred Host consecrated on Holy Thursday and kept in 

the chalice is brought by the Priest in procession from the repository to the main Altar, incensed in sign of adoration.  The Mass of the Presanctified begins now with the Pater Noster and ends with the Communion.<br><br><br>





<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">Crux Fidelis</font><br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">F</font>aithful Cross, thou stand'st alone,

None like thee in our woods is grown,

None can with thy rich growth compare,

Or leaves like thine, or flowers bear,

Sweet wood, sweet nails, both sweet and fair,

Sweet is the precious weight ye bear.<br><br><br><br>




<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">Pange Lingua</font><br><br>


    Sing, my tongue, the Savior's glory,<br>

    Of His flesh the mystery sing;<br>

    Of His Blood, all price exceeding,<br>


    Shed by our immortal King,<br>

    Destined, for the world's redemption,<br>


    From a noble womb to spring.<br><br>


    Of a pure and spotless Virgin<br>

    Born for us on earth below,<br>

    He, as Man, with man conversing,<br>


    Stayed, the seeds of truth to sow;<br>


    Then He closed in solemn order,<br>

    Wondrously His life of woe.<br><br>


    On the night of that Last Supper,<br>

    Seated with His chosen band,<br>

    He the Pascal victim eating,<br>


    First fulfills the Law's command;<br>

    Then as Food to all His brethren,<br>

    Gives Himself with His own hand.<br><br>


    Word-made-Flesh, the bread of nature,<br>

    By His word to Flesh He turns;<br>

    Wine into His Blood He changes;<br>


    What though sense no change discerns,<br>

    Only be the heart in earnest,<br>

    Faith her lesson quickly learns.<br><br>


    Down in adoration falling,<br>

    Lo! the sacred Host we hail;<br>


    Lo! o'er ancient forms departing,<br>


    Newer rites of grace prevail;<br>

    Faith for all defects supplying,<br>

    Where the feeble senses fail.<br><br>


    To the everlasting Father,<br>

    And the Son who reigns on high,<br>

    With the Holy Ghost proceeding<br>


    Forth from Each eternally,<br>

    Be salvation, honor, blessing,<br>

    Might and endless majesty.<br>

    Amen. Alleluia. 










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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">March 24th, Maundy Thursday</font>  


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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">G</font>rant, we beseech Thee, almighty God: that we who are continually afflicted through our excesses, may be delivered by the Passion of Thy only-begotten Son: Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end.&nbsp;&nbsp; Amen.<br><br>


<i>(Roman Breviary)</i><br><br><br>


<i>Catholic Harbor presents to you The Holy Week and Passion of Christ Vol. 3 from The Life of our Savior by the Catholic artist historian James Tissot. This volume covers the span of Holy Week and the Passion of Christ from Palm Sunday through Good Friday morning when Jesus is led back from Herod to Pilot. It includes all of the biblical accounts during this time period in the Sacred Scriptures. <br><br>This is an opportunity for you and your family to read through the Four Gospels from the Latin Vulgate along side of the English authorized version that appears amongst Tissot's master pieces of Sacred Art reliving the life of Jesus, especially during Holy Week. This is a beautiful addition to the family Bible and a tremendous aid for meditating on the Passion of Our Lord. </i>

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<a href="Tissot Illustrated Bible V3.html">The Life of Our Savour Jesus Christ, as Illustrated by Catholic Artist and Historian, James Tissot, 1891</a>


<a href="javascript:popUp('Holy Thursday.html')">Liturgical Commentary: Maundy Thursday</a>


<a href="javascript:popUp3('Holy Thursday Weninger.html')">Holy Thursday Sermons <br>by Fr. Weninger, 1876</a><br>


<a href="The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.html">The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass by Fr. O' Keeffe, 1891 </a>


<a href="Why the Latin Mass.html">Why the Mass is in Latin</a>


<a href="Catholic Worship.html">Catholic Worship, Explained</a>


<a href="javascript:popUp3('Liturgy and Angels.html')">The Angels in the Liturgy</a>



<a href="Holy%20Eucharist.html">The Sacrament of the <br>Holy Eucharist</a>


<a href="God_the_Teacher_of_Mankind Sacrifice of the Mass.html">God the Teacher of Mankind: The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, 1884</a>


<a href="Behold the Lamb Childrens Book.html">Behold the Lamb, A Book for Little Folks About the Holy Mass, 1912 </a>



<a href="Jesus of Nazareth the Story of His Life.html">Jesus of Nazareth, the Story of His Life: A Catholic Children's Book, 1906</a>


<a href="Catholic Bible Stories.html">Catholic Bible Stories</a>


<a href="Holy%20Orders.html">The Sacrament of Holy Orders</a>



<a href="Index of Childrens Prayer LENT.html">Index of Children Prayers, Lent</a>


<a href="Index for the Season of Lent.html">Index for the Season of Lent</a>


<a href="javascript:popUp3('The Steps of Our Saviors Passion.html')">The Steps of Our Savior's Passion</a>

<a href="Penitent's Prayer.html">Novena and Penitential Litany for Lent; The Prodigal Son</a>

<a href="Book Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary.html">Manual of Devotions in Honour of Our Lady of Sorrows</a>



<a href="St. Thomas Aquinas Lenten Meditations.html#Lent44">40 Days of Meditations for Lent by St. Thomas Aquinas</a>


<a href="Passion of Christ.html">Passion of Christ</a>


<a href="Passion Clock.html">Clock of the Passion</a>


<a href="The Holy Hour.html">The Holy Hour</a>


<a href="Psalter Intro.html">The Psalter of Jesus</a>


<a href="Index for the Dying.html">Prayers and Devotions for the Dying</a>


<a href="Communion.html">Spiritual Communion</a>


<a href="Purgatory Index.html">Index of Prayers for the Holy Souls in Purgatory</a>

<a href="javascript:popUp3('Lenten Prayers.html')">Prayers and Devotions for the Holy Season of Lent</a>

<a href="javascript:popUp3('Lenten%20Season.html')">The Church's Laws on Fasting and the Season of Lent</a>

<a href="javascript:popUp3('The Necessity of Prayer for Sinners.html#Litany of Penance')">Litany of Penance</a>

<a href="The Triumph of the Blessed Sacrament.html">The Triumph of the Blessed Sacrament or Exorcism of Nicola Aubry, by Fr. Michael Muller</a>

<a href="The Medal Or Cross of St. Benedict.html">To fight against Satan, The Medal or Cross of St. Benedict, by Prosper Gueranger</a>


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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">Holy Thursday:</font><br><br>


The Mass today commemorates the institution of the Holy Eucharist and the Ordination of the Apostles.  On this day only one Mass may be celebrated in each church at which two Hosts are consecrated, one of which is borne in procession to the Altar of Repose and placed in the repository to be used on the following day at the Mass of the Presanctified.<br><br>


During the Mass, the Church lays aside for a moment the penitential purple, and assumes festive white vestments.  The Altar is decorated and the Gloria is sung.  The ringing of bells ceases after the Gloria until Holy Saturday, and after Vespers the Altars are stripped.<br><br>


The Mandatum or Washing of the Feet takes place on this day because our Lord washed the feet of His Apostles before the institution of the Holy Eucharist from which this feast derives its name and most characteristic feature.<br><br><br><br>



Meditation by:<br> St. Alphonsus De Ligouri<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">The Last Supper of Jesus <br><br></font>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">J</font>esus knowing that his hour was come to pass out of this

world to the father; having loved his own who were in the

world, he loved them unto the end. Knowing that the time

of his death and departure from this world was come,

and having hitherto loved men even to excess, he

wished to give them the last and the greatest proof of

his love. Behold him seated at table, all on fire with

charity, turning to his disciples and saying, With desire

I have desired to eat this Pasch with you? My disciples (and

he then said the same to us all), know that I have desired 

nothing during my whole life but to eat this last

supper with you; for after it I shall go to sacrifice my

life for your salvation. <br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">T</font>hen, O my Jesus, dost Thou desire so ardently to

give Thy life for us, Thy miserable creatures? Ah!

this Thy desire inflames our hearts with a desire to suffer 

and die for the love of Thee, since Thou dost condescend 

to suffer and die for the love of us. O beloved

Redeemer, make known to us what Thou willest from

us: we are willing to please Thee in all things. We sigh

to give Thee pleasure, to correspond at least in part to

Thy great love for us. Increase always more and more

this blessed flame within us: may it make us forget the 

world and ourselves, that from this day forward we may

think only of pleasing Thy enamored heart.<br><br>




<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">H</font>e riseth from supper, and layeth aside His garments, and

having taken a towel girded Himself. After that He putteth

water into a basin. and began to wash the feet of the disciples, 

and to wipe them with the towel wherewith He was girded? 

My soul, behold thy Jesus, rising from the table, laying

aside his garments, taking a white cloth and girding

himself with it; he afterwards puts water into a basin, 

kneels down before his disciples, add begins to wash

their feet. Then the sovereign of the universe, the only-begotten 

of God, humbles himself so as to wash the feet

of his creatures. O angels, what do you say? It would

have been a great favor if Jesus Christ had permitted

them, as he did Magdalene, to wash his divine feet with

their tears. But no; he wished to place himself at the

feet of his servants in order to leave us at the end of his

life this great example of humility, and this proof of the

great love that he bears to men.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">A</font>nd, O Lord, shall we be always so proud as not to

be able to bear a word of contempt, or the smallest inattention, 

without instantly feeling resentment, and thinking of seeking 

revenge, after we had by our sins deserved

to be trampled on by the devils in hell? Ah, my Jesus,

Thy example has rendered humiliations and insults

amiable to us. I purpose henceforth to bear every injury 

and affront for the love of Thee.<br><br><br><br>





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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">Institution of the Sacrament of Holy Communion</font><br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">A</font>nd whilst they were at supper, Jesus took bread and blessed

and broke it, and gave to His disciples and said. Take ye

and eat, this is My body. After the washing of the feet,

an act of humility the practice of which Jesus recommended 

to his disciples, he took his garments, and, sitting down 

again to table, wished to give men the last

proof of the tender love that he had for them, and that was

the institution of the Most Holy Sacrament of the altar<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">H</font>e took for that purpose bread, consecrated it, broke it,

and gave it to his disciples, saying. "Take and eat, this

is my body." He then recommended them as often as

they should communicate to remember the death which

he suffered for their sake. As often as you shall eat this

bread . . . you shall show the death of the Lord.  Jesus

Christ did then, what a dying prince who tenderly

loved his spouse would do: he selects among all his

gems and jewels the most beautiful and costly; he then

calls his spouse and says to her, O my dear spouse, I

am going to die; and, that thou mayest not forget me, I

leave thee this gem as a memorial of me: when thou

dost look at it, remember me and the love I have borne

thee. <br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">"N</font>o tongue," says St. Peter of Alcantara, in his

meditations, "is able to express the greatness of the love

which Jesus bears to every soul. Hence, that his absence

might not be an occasion of forgetting Him, He left,

before his departure from this world, to His spouse this

Most Holy Sacrament, in which He Himself remained,

wishing that between them there should be no other

pledge than Himself to keep alive the remembrance of

Him." We may then imagine how pleasing it is to

Jesus Christ that we remember His Passion, since He has

instituted the sacrament of the altar, that we may preserve 

a continual remembrance of the immense love

which He has shown us in his death.        <br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">O</font> my Jesus, O God enamored of souls! Has Thy affection 

for men enraptured Thee to such a degree as to

make Thyself their food? Tell me what more remains

for Thee to do in order to oblige us to love Thee? In .

the Holy Communion Thou givest Thyself to us entirely

and without reserve: it is then but just that we give our 

whole being unreservedly to Thee. I wish to be all

Thine, I wish to love nothing but Thee, my God. Thou

hast said that he who eats Thy flesh lives only for Thee.

He that eateth Me, the same also shall live by Me.  Since then

Thou hast so often permitted me to eat Thy flesh, make

me die to myself that I may live only for Thee, only to

serve Thee, and give Thee pleasure. My Jesus, I wish

to fix all my affections in Thee: assist me to be faithful

to Thee.<br><br>



<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">S</font>t. Paul remarks the time in which Jesus Christ instituted 

this great sacrament, and says, The Lord Jesus, the

same night in which He was betrayed, took bread, and giving

thanks, broke, and said. Take ye and eat: this is My body.

O God, on the very night in which men were preparing

to put him to death, the loving Redeemer prepared for us

this bread of life and of love to unite us entirely to himself, 

as he declared when he said, He that eateth My flesh abideth 

in Me, and I in him.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">O</font> love of my soul, worthy of infinite love! Thou

canst not give greater proofs of Thy affection and tender

love for me. Ah, draw me entirely to Thyself: if I

know not how to give Thee my whole heart, take it Thou

to Thyself.  Ah, my Jesus, when shall I be all Thine, as

Thou dost make Thyself all mine when I receive Thee in

this sacrament of love? Ah, enlighten me, and unfold

to me always more and more Thy amiable qualities,

which render Thee so worthy of love, that I may be

always more and more enamored of Thee, and may be

wholly employed in pleasing Thee.  I love Thee, O my 

sovereign good, my joy, my love, my all.









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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">March 23rd, Wednesday of Holy Week.  Day of Fast</font>  

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<a href="Tissot Illustrated Bible V3.html">The Life of Our Savour Jesus Christ, as Illustrated by Catholic Artist and Historian, James Tissot, 1891</a>


<a href="javascript:popUp('Wednesday Holy Week.html')">Liturgical Commentary Wednesday in Holy Week</a>


<a href="javascript:popUp('Prayers Passion and Death.html')">Prayers Honoring the Passion and Death of Jesus</a>


<a href="javascript:popUp3('http://catholicharboroffaithandmorals.com/Passion-tide%20and%20Holy%20Week.html')">Passion-tide and Holy Week</a>


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<a href="The Prodigal Son, the Sinner's Return to God.html">The Prodigal Son, the Sinner's Return to God</a>


<a href="The Art of Dying Well.html">The Art of Dying Well <br>by St. Robert Bellarmine</a>


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<a href="javascript:popUp3('Eternity.html')"> The Thought of Eternity</a>


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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">The Salvation of the Soul</font><br>

by St. Alphonsus Liguori<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">W</font>e read in the history of the Church, that formerly many holy penitents, impressed with the belief of the nothingness of every thing earthly, and the importance of eternal truths, withdrew into solitary places, that they might give themselves up without distraction to the meditation of these holy truths. Separated from each other, and buried in gloomy caverns, as if already in their graves, they occupied themselves only with such thoughts as these:--that death is certain;-- that no man knows when, where, or how he will die? and that any moment may be the last of our life;-- that at the moment when a man dies, he is judged by God, and must give an exact account of all his thoughts, words, and deeds, which alone, of all he has, will follow him into the next world;--that after this life, which passes so quickly, comes eternity, which has no end, and which will be forever blessed, or forever miserable --that we come into this world only to work out our salvation, ard if we fail in this, we cannot make good our loss in sterility;--that one mortal sin--alone is enough to make us eternally miserable, and that sin is the only real evil, the only misfortune that we have to fear.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">P</font>enetrated by these solemn thoughts, they watched through whole nights, fasted, wore hair cloth, and used every instrument of penance to bring the body into subjection to the soul. They lived on roots and herbs or at best, on bread., moistened with their tears. Pale and emaciated, like living skeletons, they passed through a life which seemed more like a slow death, and after twenty, thirty, or forty years thus spent, having reached the end of their course, they asked each other, trembling and full of holy fear, with broken accents: "Think you, ah! think you, that God will have mercy on my soul, and will forgive my sins? Do you really think that there will be any consolation for me in death? that the Eternal Judge will soften the rigor of His judgment against me?  Can I hope to escape the terrors of an eternity of misery, and share in the bliss of the elect?"<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">W</font>hat dispositions! "What an example! But also, what a condemnation, perhaps, for us! Let us weigh this well.  For if God does not call us to such extraordinary things, to which men are drawn only by a peculiar and powerful grace, we are all, without exception, called to a spirit of penance, without which, there is no salvation; for eternal wisdom has said: "Except ye do Penancc, ye shall all likewise perish." (St. Luke, xiii.) We are called, first, to seek the kingdom of God, not to give our heart to the world, to mortify the body, subject it to the control of the spirit, and work out our salvation with fear and trembling. But why are we doing nothing of all this?  These holy penitents, at whose life we wonder so much, had they another gospel to follow than ours, another religion to practise than we? Had they not the same God to serve, the same eternity to hope for or to fear?  What, then, is the cause of so singular a difference? These saints possessed a degree of faith which we have not. And, therefore, they were careful to secure the salvation of their souls, while we neglect ours. They constantly meditated upon the greatness of God, the enormity of sin, the uncertainty of life, the fearful depths of divine judgment, an eternity of happiness or misery, approaching nearer at every moment; and we!--how much we fear to occupy ourselves with these high and holy subjects. In a word, they lived like saints, and we live like worldly-minded sinners.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">L</font>et us think of these things while there is yet time. What are we to expect, if we refuse to consider? What a consolation will it one day be to us, that we have reflected on these things!  Let us occupy ourselves with them now, that in eternity, where these great truths will hurst upon our minds with irresistible force, we may not despair, but rather may reap the eternal fruit of these salutary meditations.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">A</font> person who had passed his life in the service of an excellent prince, fell dangerously ill. His master, who loved him very much, visited him, and found him in great danger. There he lay, in his agony, just ready to breathe his last. Moved by this spectacle, the prince said to him: Can I do any thing for you? Ask freely whatever you wish, and do not fear that I shall refuse you any thing. My Lord! said the dying man, I know only one thing which, in my present condition, I would like to ask of you. Prolong my life for one quarter of an hour!  Alas! said the prince, that is not in my power. Ask for something else; something that I can procure for you. See! said the dying man, for fifty years I have served this master of mine, and now he cannot prolong my life for one quarter of an hour.  O! if I had only served my God as well, he would grant me not a quarter of an hour only, but a whole eternity of happiness! Very soon after that, he breathed his last.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">S</font>hall we not, by and by, have the same fate ? We wear and wear ourselves out in the service of the world; we even sacrifice ourselves for it, and when our last hour comes, what will the world do for us, and what will remain to us after all we have done for it, if we have neglected the service of God, and the salvation of our soul?  Let us consider this, and more sincereiy and firmly than ever before, say: I am resolved to save my soul, and for this I will labor the remainder of my life!  Hitherto I have neglected this too much! Have I not reason to look upon it as a great favor, that God still gives me the time and the grace to meditate seriously on these things?<br>







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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">March 22nd, St. Isadore the Farmer and Tuesday in Holy Week.  Day of Fast</font>  

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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">G</font>rant unto us, we beseech Thee, O merciful God, that through the intercession of Thy Confessor, holy Isidore, the Farmer, we may take no pride in knowledge but rather by his merits and example, we may always serve thee with a humility that is pleasing to Thee.  Through our Lord, etc.<br><br>


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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">Praparing for Easter</font><br><br>

<i>by Fr. Athanasius, O.F.M.</i><br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">I</font>n preparation for Easter you should harbor serious thoughts. Meditate once again upon the Last Things.  Are you afraid to die?  Do you perhaps foolishly play ostrich at the thought?  It will avail you nothing. Your turn will come. "It is appointed unto men once to die" (Heb. 9, 27).  Look about you in nature. The changing seasons speak to you in unmistakable terms. The spring of your life is going, if not gone; presently you shall have the summer of your maturity, the autumn of senility, and the winter of the grave.  Look about you in your parish! Your own cemetery, the bells of your church are ready for your funeral service, any time.  Look at your watch! Some 150,000 people are said to die every twenty-four hours. Nearly two every time your watch ticks. One of those ticks will be your last. For you time shall be no more. <br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">W</font>hen will Brother Death take your arm for the dance into eternity? You do not know. Our Lord Himself has called your attention to this uncertainty, repeatedly: "You do not know the day nor the hour. At an hour when you do not expect it, the Son of man will come. The Son of man shall come like a thief of the night."  The papers tell you of great numbers who are taken unawares every day. And you know that many of your confreres have died a sudden death.  Are you immune from the lot of sudden death?  And death will decide your fate. For all the long ages of eternity. It will be Heaven or Hell. No other alternative!

Either: Beati mortui qui in Domino moriuntur (Apoc. 14, 13).Or: Mors peccatorum pessima (Ps. 33, 22).<br><br> 


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">T</font>oday your fate is still in your hands. "Man shall go into the house of his eternity" (Eccles. 12, 5).

Let the warning of the Holy Ghost constantly resound in your ears: "Give charge concerning thy house, for thou shalt die" (4 Kings 20, 1).  Prepare by keeping your books and files in perfect order. Prepare by paying all your bills and honest debts.Prepare by keeping your distance from mortal sin. Prepare by praying devoutly for the grace of a happy death--particularly to St. Joseph, the patron of the dying.

"Blessed are those servants whom the Lord, when he cometh, shall find watching" (Lk. 12,37).<br><br>







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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">March 21st, <br>St. Benedict, Abbot. Day of Fast </font>  

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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">M</font>ay the intercession of the blessed Abbot Benedict procure favor for us, we beseech thee, O Lord: that we may gain, by his patronage, those things of which we are not capable by our own merits. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end.   Amen.<br><br>


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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">S</font>t. Benedict, blessed by grace and in name, was born of a noble Italian family about 480. When a boy he was sent to Rome, and there placed in the public schools. Scared by the licentiousness of the Roman youth, he fled to the desert mountains of Subiaco, and was directed by the Holy Spirit into a cave, deep, craggy, and almost inaccessible. He lived there for three years, unknown to any one save the holy monk Romanus, who clothed him with the monastic habit and brought him food. But the fame of his sanctity soon gathered disciples round him.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">T</font>he rigor of his rule, however, drew on him the hatred of some of the monks, and one of them mixed poison with the abbot's drink; but when the Saint made the sign of the cross on the poisoned bowl, it broke and fell in pieces to the ground. After he had built twelve monasteries at Subiaco, he removed to Monte Casino, where he founded an abbey in which he wrote his rule and lived until death. By prayer he did all things: wrought miracles, saw visions, and prophesied. A peasant, whose boy had just died, ran in anguish to St. Benedict, crying out, "Give me back my son!" The monks joined the poor man in his entreaties; but the Saint replied, "Such miracles are not for us to work, but for the blessed apostles. Why will you lay upon me a burden which my weakness cannot bear? "Moved at length by compassion he knelt down and, prostrating himself upon the body of the child, prayed earnestly. Then rising, he cried out, "Behold not, O Lord, my sins, but the faith of this man, who desireth the life of his son, and restore to the body that soul which Thou hast taken away." Hardly had he spoken when the child's body began to tremble, and taking it by the hand he restored it alive to its father.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">S</font>ix days before his death he ordered his grave to be opened, and fell ill of a fever. On the sixth day he requested to be borne into the chapel, and, having received the body and blood of Christ, with hands uplifted, and leaning on one of his disciples, he calmly expired in prayer on the 21st of March, 543.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">R</font>eflection.--The Saints never feared to undertake any work, however arduous, for God, because, distrusting self, they relied for assistance and support wholly upon prayer.





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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">A</font>lmighty, everlasting God, Who didst cause our Savior to take upon Him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the Cross, that all mankind should imitate the example of His humility; mercifully grant that we may deserve both to keep in mind the lessons of His patience, and also to be made partakers of His resurrection. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end.&nbsp;&nbsp; Amen.<br><br>


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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">I</font>n today's liturgy the twofold point of view from which the Church regards the Cross is expressed in two ceremonies, one marked by joy and the other by sadness. First comes the Blessing and Procession of Palms in which everything overflows with a holy joy which enables us after nineteen centuries to revive the spirit of the magnificent scene of our Lord's triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Then follows the Mass whose chants and lessons relate exclusively to the sorrowful memory of our Redeemer's Passion.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">T</font>he Blessing of palms takes place at St. Mary Major which in Rome represents Bethlehem, the birthplace of Him whom the Magi hailed as "King of the Jews." Thence the procession goes to St. John Lateran, in which church in former times the Station took place since, by its dedication to St. Saviour, it calls up memories of the Passion which is the subject of today's Mass".<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">T</font>he Redeemer's triumph must be preceded by His humiliation "even to the death of the cross" (Ep.), which is to serve as a model for us, that "instructed by His patience", we may "partake in His Resurrection".<br><br><br><br>

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Explanation of the Passion according to the four Evangelists<br><br>


Events preceding the Passion<br><br></i>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">T</font>owards evening on the Tuesday in Holy Week, after leaving the Temple, our Lord ascended the mount of Olives; "You know" He said to His disciples, "that after two days shall be the Pasch, and the Son of Man shall be delivered up to be crucified." Now among the Jews the days are reckoned to begin on the previous evening; Wednesday had already begun and it was on the following Friday that our Lord was put to death. The Passover corresponded with the full moon of the Spring equinox since it was then that the Hebrews left Egypt. In the hurry of their departure they had no time to prepare unleavened bread, in memory of which fact the Jews abstained from leavened bread throughout this Feast.<br><br><br><br>


<i>The Last Supper in the Cenacle</i><br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">W</font>hen the Evangelists speak of the "First day of the Azymes" they mean Thursday evening, that is, in the Jewish reckoning, the beginning of Friday. It was on Thursday that Peter and John were sent by the Master to prepare the supper in the "upper room" of a certain house and there at the fall of evening, that is, during the first watch lasting until nine o'clock, our Lord went with His disciples. They reclined round the table in eastern fashion on low couches, the left hand supported on cushions, so that John, on our Lord's right, could easily rest his head on the Master's breast. During the meal, taking one of the great cakes of unleavened bread, about eight inches across and very thin, our Lord changed it into His Body, uttering the Eucharistic prayer or grace, just as the father of the family was accustomed to do when eating the Passover lamb, he thanked almighty God for having delivered Israel from her captivity.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">A</font>nd then, after supper, when there still remained one more cup to drink, He changed it in the same way into His Blood, using the same words by which Moses had sealed the Old Covenant made in the blood of creatures: "This is the blood of the covenant which the Lord hath made with you, to which our Lord added two words: This is my Blood of the New Testament". It was when speaking of the Passover, the centre of the whole religious life of the Jewish people, that the great Lawgiver of Israel said: "You shall keep it a feast to the Lord in your generations with an everlasting observance. "In the same way our Redeemer commanded the Apostles, "and therefore" adds the Council of Trent," all their successors in the priesthood, to consecrate in the same way this bread and cup of wine in memory of Him".<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">F</font>or the lamb sacrificed for more than fifteen hundred years by the children of Israel is substituted the Lamb of God which will be sacrificed by us to the end of the world, and the Mass, which is identified with the Passover and Calvary, becomes the religious centre of all Christian people.<br><br><br><br>


<i>Our Lord's last discourse -- Gethsemane</i><br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">T</font>he Supper over, Jesus uttered the sublime discourse which is the last testament of His love, the second part of it being spoken while He was on His way from the Cenacle to leave the city. Passing through the gate which stood not far from the Pool of Siloam, He traversed the valley of Cedron, by the suburb of Ophel, to enter the Garden of Gethsemane, at the foot of the Mount of Olives. The three apostles who had been witnesses of His Transfiguration were here also as part-witnesses of His thrice renewed agony, and Judas, who had sold his Master for thirty pieces of silver, came with the captain and soldiers of a Roman cohort accompanied by guards commanded by Temple police, sent by the Sanhedrim. In the depth of night they entered Jerusalem with our Lord, climbing the slopes to the north east of the city and went straight to the palace of the High Priests.<br><br><br><br>


<i>Ecclesiastical Trial before Annas and Caiaphas</i><br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">H</font>ere the ecclesiastical trial was about to take place since it pertained to the Jewish religious authorities to examine Jesus on what they called His assumed title of the Son of God. The Sanhedrin consisted of seventy members, at the head of which were the chief priests and their supreme head the High Priest, which office Annas had succeeded in obtaining for his five sons in succession, and then in the year of our Lord's death for his son-in-law, Caiaphas. Faithless to their mission, these official representatives of the Jewish religion no longer looked for any Messias other than a warrior king who should deliver them by main force from the Roman yoke.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">O</font>ur Lord was at first taken before Annas, the father-in-law as we have seen of the High Priest, but since he was no longer in office it was beyond his competence to judge our Lord when He appeared before him. The affair had been mismanaged and had to be referred to the tribunal of the real High Priest, Caiaphas. He awaited Jesus, in another wing of the Palace, seated, according to custom, with legs crossed, on a slightly raised platform. Around him on the ground, on cushions set in the form of a semicircle, were grouped the other priests. The proceedings were illegal because while they should have taken place in the day-time with witnesses present, it was actually two o'clock in the morning, and such witnesses as there were detected in flagrant imposture.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">T</font>hen Joseph Caiphas, overpowered by rage, solemnly called upon our Lord to tell him if He were the Christ, a measure quite contrary to the Roman Law which in such a case invalidates the confession of the accused; and our Lord who had waited for this moment before speaking, formally declared His Divinity before the Jewish religious authority in full council assembled. They then found Him worthy of death, a sentence which He accepted since it was precisely His character as Son of God which enabled Him to give an infinite value to the sacrifice which He was about to offer to God the Father for His brethren, the sons of men.<br><br><br><br>


<i>The servants of the High Priest -- Saint Peter -- Judas</i><br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">O</font>ur Lord was then given over to the mockeries of the High Priest's servants who, uttering blasphemies, covered Him with spittle. It was during this night that Peter, who had followed Jesus afar off, was brought by John into the High Priest's palace where he denied his Master three times, and after the cock had crowed for the second time, he went out from the palace, and as the Greek text implies, "he wept with a loud voice, with sobs". Towards morning the Sanhedrin met again in order to give some semblance of legality to its sentence which according to law, had to be passed in the day-time. Our Lord appeared before the court and having declared Himself the Son of God was condemned afresh.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">J</font>udas now understood the magnitude of his crime, and being consumed with remorse approached the Council of Priests which was still sitting and confessed that he had "sinned in betraying innocent blood". Then the traitor seized with despair, threw down the pieces of silver in the Temple and going out to the pool of Siloam, lost himself in the deep valley through which flows the mountain stream of Hinnom. In this narrow place known as the Gehenna (Ge-Hinnom) "he hanged himself" and "burst asunder in the midst and all his bowels gushed out".<br><br><br><br>


<i>The Civil Trial before Pilate</i><br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">B</font>ut it was Rome, of whom Palestine was at that time a dependency, that had the sole power of life and death. It was necessary to refer a case of this kind to the Roman Procurator and our Lord was taken to the Judgment Hall of Pontius Pilate, in the fortress of Antonia. Here the Jews did not enter, since in the house of a pagan they would have contracted legal defilement, at this time of the Passover Feast.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">O</font>ur Lord's civil trial was, in its turn, about to commence. But before this new tribunal a political charge was a necessity. In the Jewish view the Messias was to be an earthly monarch, so they accused Jesus, who said that He was the Messias, of being a rival king to Caesar.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">O</font>n this new ground was reproduced, point by point, the same procedure as that of the night before, the same silence of our Lord in the face of false witnesses, the same formal assertion of His spiritual kingship before the pagan world, represented this time by those who actually held the world power; the same ill-treatment by subordinates, in this case the Roman soldiery. Our Lord, who in reality guided the whole proceeding, would be condemned only as the Son of God and King of souls. He put the question again on religious ground, when He said: "My kingdom is not of this world."<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">T</font>his was to remove the matter from Pilate's province, and he, up to the very end, declared our Lord perfectly innocent. The Jews then had recourse to intimidation, and Pilate who was too much of a coward to use his authority in the teeth of a mob who would avenge itself by accusing him in high places, looked round for means to safeguard his own interests without altogether ignoring the protests of some remnant of conscience, informed as it was by pagan superstition, which vaguely feared the chastisement of the gods.<br><br><br><br>


<i>Herod -- Pilate -- Barabbas -- The Scourging</i><br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">A</font>s a first expedient, Pilate learning that Jesus was a Galilean, despatched him to Herod the Tetrarch of Galilee. This was the son of Herod the Great who had ordered the massacre of the innocents when the Magi announced that the "King of the Jews" had not long been born. Mortif¡§0†2ed by our Lord's silence, he sought in his turn to humble the Jews by clothing Jesus in the white robe worn by those who laid claim to that royalty which they denied Him.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">P</font>ilate's second plan was to propose the exchange with Barabbas. This attempt to establish a parallel between Christ and a murderer met with no better success. His third scheme was to order our blessed Lord to be scourged. This was a shameful punishment reserved only for slaves. The culprit, stripped of his garments, had his hands tied to the iron ring attached to a low pillar, while the executioner armed with a scourge of supple thongs with bone tips, with calculated deliberation lashed with it the back of his victim, bent and taut. The thongs bending pliantly about the body passed from shoulder to breast, ploughing deep furrows from which, while the blood gushed forth, pieces of flesh fell away.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">I</font>n this state our blessed Lord was brought forth to the mob, wearing His crown of thorns and with a reed for His sceptre. The irony of the scene was not lost on the Jews. How dare they pretend any longer to see Caesar's rival in such a king?<br><br><br><br>


<i>The condemnation of Jesus</i><br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">T</font>hey reject Him, therefore, with contempt, on His claim to be the Son of God which was to be the sole cause of His death, and Pilate, shaken by the decisive argument "We will denounce you to Caesar", thinks about finding a last expedient to quiet his conscience. By the symbolic act of washing his hands he shows the Jews that, before his tribunal, Jesus is innocent and that he gives Him up to them only because of their claim that He is condemned by their laws. In this declaration he persisted up to the very last moment when he caused to be attached to the Cross an inscription in three languages, pointing out according to custom, the ground on which the prisoner was condemned. It bore these words: "Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews."<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">P</font>ilate, in his cowardice was guilty of homicide but the Jews in their hatred attacked the Son of God and were the murderers of God Himself.<br><br><br><br>


<i>The Way of the Cross The Crucifixion The Last Agony</i><br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">A</font>t about eleven o'clock, our Lord leaves the Judgment hall of Pilate. The sorrowful way of the Cross begins with the path which leads down into the valley of Tyropoeon and traverses towards the east a steep slope leading up to the gates of the city itself. There, outside the walls, was Mount Golgotha, the spot where executions generally took place, and here in the midst of the intense darkness which reigned from noon until three o'clock and which was noted everywhere in the Roman Empire, our blessed Lord underwent His last torments.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">D</font>eath on the cross was the most cruel and terrible of tortures, for the victim necessarily compelled to remain in one position, had for several hours to support the whole weight of his body on his out stretched arms. The horrible tension thus inflicted, congested the blood at the face and neck, causing intolerable pain of which the chief feature was a burning thirst. To die by crucifixion was to die of pain alone, in anguish of the most agonizing kind.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">T</font>owards evening it was the custom to hasten death by breaking the sufferer's legs, the feet being a little more than three feet above the ground.<br><br><br><br>


<i>Jesus' Death and Burial</i><br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">T</font>hen came the decisive moment which was to mark the hour of redemption for the human race. Our blessed Lord is about to sign as with a seal, the seal of His Blood, all the acts of His life that they may become redemptive in character. Further, to show that it is not by constraint but through love for His Father and for men that He allows death to work its will upon Him, He utters a loud cry and expires. Our Divine Redeemer is dead. With Mary His Mother and with St. John let us remain at the foot of the Cross, and like the handful of Jews who were converted at this moment, strike our breasts, since it is to make satisfaction for our sins that He has offered His life to God.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">I</font>t was about three o'clock in the afternoon. About five o'clock our Lord was taken down from the Cross and buried in haste since the Sabbath, this week "a great Sabbath Day", began at six. As a matter of fact it coincides with the 15th. Nisan, the most important day of the Passover, thus perfectly symbolizing the rest into which our Lord had entered for ever.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">T</font>he Jews had no cemetery but were accustomed to prepare a monument on their own property, often on both sides of the high road. Joseph, who came from Arimathea, a Judean town, had Jesus laid in the sepulchre which he had made for himself and which stood in a garden near the scene of our Redeemer's death; while Nicodemus brought about "an hundred pound weight of myrrh and aloes" with which to embalm Him provisionally. They then closed the sepulchre with a great stone, shaped like a millstone, which could only be moved with the greatest difficulty. This done the holy women returned to the city where they bought spices, intending to complete our Lord's burial with greater care after the Sabbath rest. The next day, Saturday, the Jews sealed the tomb and placed guards there.<br><br>


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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">G</font>rant, O Lord, that we may be helped by the merits of the Spouse of Thy most holy Mother: so that what we cannot obtain of ourselves, may be given to us through his intercession: Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end.   Amen.<br><br>


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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">O</font>n the nineteenth of March, our holy Mother the Church reminds us of the feast of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Foster- Father of Jesus, and Patron of the Universal Church. The Catholic Church has always honored St. Joseph in a special manner, after Our Lady and above the other Saints.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">S</font>t. Gregory the Great tells us that Christ is the Son of God, not only because He is the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, but also because God formed His sacred humanity. In the first promise of the Redeemer as we read it in the Gospel Commentary, Christ is called, not the seed of man, but the seed of the woman;(1) and in the genealogy of Christ re- corded by St. Matthew, no mention is made of His descent from Joseph, but only of Mary.(2) Yet, Christ was commonly thought to be the son of Joseph.(3) Mary was espoused to St. Joseph that no accusation might be made against her by the world, and that she might have in him a protector. About St. Joseph we have the following facts: He was a carpenter,(4) he was a just man.(5)<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">O</font>n the first page of the New Testament, in the first chapter of St. Matthew's Gospel, stand the name and the office of 8t. Joseph, the foundation of his claim to the veneration of Christians and the complete justification of all the honor paid him by the unerring Spouse of Christ, the Holy Catholic Church.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">T</font>he Spouse of Mary Immaculate, the Head of the Holy Family, the Foster-Father of the Incarnate Word, to his faithful guardianship were entrusted Christ Jesus, Innocence itself, and Mary, Virgin of virgins. As King Assuerus desired to honor Mardochai of old, the protector of Queen Esther, so the King of Heaven desired to honor Joseph, yet, not with the fleeting hours of earthly greatness, whose remembrance would quickly fade from the minds of men, but with a dignity which should claim increasing reverence in each succeeding age. Even as the elder Joseph in King Pharaoh's court, his prototype, had been clothed with the king's own garment, so was he clothed with the earthly representation of the eternal fatherhood of God. He was the spouse on earth of her who was the Bride of the Holy Ghost.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">S</font>t. Bernardine of Siena lays down the following principle of God's dealing with His saints which is verified most of all in St. Joseph. "When the divine favor chooses anyone for a singular grace or for a sublime state or position, to that person are given, together with his vocation, all those gifts of grace that are necessary for him as well as those that befit the office to -which he is chosen.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">S</font>t. Joseph was chosen from among men to have the chief part, after his Immaculate Spouse, in the supreme work of God's mercy, the Incarnation of the Eternal Word. He -was to he the companion and spouse of the Mother of God, the guide, protector and ruler of the Word Made Flesh. His office required the rarest qualities of soul and mind: these were given him with gifts of grace that were limited only by omnipotent generosity.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">W</font>hat must not have been the graces given him in early life to prepare him for his life-work! And then, after the Espousals, must not the prayers of Mary his spouse have obtained for him plentiful floods of divine grace? But who "will attempt to measure the increase of holiness coming to him from his years of close companionship with the Source of all holiness, his Foster-Son Christ Jesus? His life after the Nativity was one long Communion day, grace following grace in his soul; his heart was ever filled with the thought of thanksgiving, as in the psalm, "What shall I render to the Lord for all that he has ren- dered unto me?"<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">I</font>n Christian art we find St. Joseph presented to us in accordance with the truth of Scripture and tradition. Christian artists have ever dwelt lovingly on the mysteries of the life of Christ. Of the Holy Family, pictures are given by the best authorities from the earliest days of the Church; some were found on the walls of the Roman Catacombs of Sts. Calistus and Priscilla; others, to be seen on sepulchral marbles and sarcophagi,, as well as upon ivory and earthenware.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">T</font>he exquisite legend or tradition of the Espousals is beautifully portrayed in Raphael's painting, "The Marriage of St. Joseph,'' Tradition tells us that .there were many suitors for the hand of Mary, the heiress of Joachim and Anna. All the unmarried laen of the race of David, Joseph among the number, were summoned by the high priest, who bade each of them bring a rod with his name inscribed upon it. These rods the high priest placed in the Tabernacle of the Testimony, as Moses had done with the rods of Aaron and the princes of the tribes, and he besought the Lord to repeat the sign for him whom He had chosen to be Mary's spouse. On the morrow, it was found that, while the rods of the others had remained unchanged, Joseph's rod had budded and blossomed and now bore leaves and beautiful flowers. This is said by many to be the origin of the flowering rod with which St. Joseph is so often represented in art.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">T</font>he Hidden Life has ever been a magnet for devout artists. The touching traditions that have come down to us fill out the Gospel narrative and afford subjects for Christian art as well as for pious contemplation.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">I</font>n the Holy House at Nazareth there was constant labor. St. Justin, the Christian Apologist of the second century, tells us that "Jesus was reputed the son of Joseph, the carpenter or worker in wood and He Himself was reckoned to be a carpenter; for while He dwelt among men He had performed carpenter's work, making plows and yokes, teaching us thus to lead just lives, free from idleness.'' Would that these lessons might sink deeply into the souls of all Christians, and that, our thoughts dwelling oftener upon this Holy Family, our labor might become sanctified by closer union with theirs.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">T</font>he life of Jesus, Mary and Joseph at Nazareth was a life of prayer and of labor, a hard life to lead, as worldly-minded men consider it, a lowly life and, in truth, distasteful to many whose ideas of labor are altogether at variance with Catholic teaching and practice. "To lead just lives" in the practice of all the virtues befitting our state; "to lead lives free from idleness'' avoiding useless works and those not given us to do, and doing with all our might the work that God has given us. What toil will not be sweetened for him who has allowed these lessons to penetrate deeply into his mind and heart! What merit will he not gain if all his days are days of labor and of prayer in union with that prayer and labor which at Nazareth helped to save the world!<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">T</font>he end of earthly life was at hand; St. Joseph's work was done, his mission on earth fulfilled. Now he might repeat, with fuller meaning, the words of the holy old man Simeon--words that when first pronounced had filled his soul with wonder--"Now, O Lord, Thou dost dismiss Thy servant according to Thy word in peace." His eyes had indeed beheld the salvation of the Lord; he had seen Him Whom many kings eagerly desired to look upon; it had been given him not only to see and to hear, but to carry in his arms, to embrace, to clothe and to protect the only- begotten Son of God.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">T</font>he "Death of St. Joseph" by Overbeck, represents the Saint at the very moment of death; Our Lady kneels beside Him, her hands clasped in prayer, and Our Lord, with hand upraised, is giving him the last blessing. Angels gaze with rapture upon the scene, and chant the words of the Apocalypse:<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">"B</font>lessed are the dead who die in the Lord." St. Joseph's death in the arms of Jesus has made him the special patron of the dying.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">S</font>t. Jerome tells us St. Joseph was perfect in every virtue; and St. Thomas Aquinas gives as the reason for his holiness that he was so close to the Fount of holiness, just as the spring is clearer as we approach its source. St. Francis de Sales tells us that St. Joseph was conspicuous for his purity, and therein surpassed all the saints and even the angels. He was called father by Him Whose Father was in heaven.(6) Many saints assert that St. Joseph has a very high place in heaven as the spouse of the Blessed Virgin, and that he will be called upon by men in the last days of the world and give signs of his great power. St. Joseph is the patron of the Church;(7) that is, his prayers for the Church have great efficacy at the throne of God. St. Thomas Aquinas says that St. Joseph received power from God to help us in all necessities; and St. Teresa declared that no prayer of hers to St. Joseph in temporal or spiritual need was ever left unanswered.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">M</font>ay this short story increase our love for St. Joseph and help us to desire more ardently to have a very special share in his powerful protection in life and in death, since God has given him to us also, the most blessed and powerful guide and protector in our last passage, which we trust is to lead us to that heavenly home, of which the cottage at Nazareth was the image and the anticipation.(8)<br><br><br>


1. Gen, iii, 15.<br>

2. Matt. i, 16.<br>

3.Luke iii, 23<br>

4. Matt. xiii. 55.<br>

5. Ib. i. 19.<br>

6. St. Basil.<br>

7. Pius IX, 1870.<br>


8. Rev. Alban Butler.




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<a href="Penitent's Prayer.html">Novena and Penitential Litany for Lent; The Prodigal Son</a>

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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">O</font> God, at whose Passion, as foretold by Simeon, a sword of sorrow pierced the most sweet soul of glorious Mary, Virgin and Mother: grant in Thy mercy, that we who reverently call to mind her anguish and suffering, may be helped by the glorious merits and prayers of all the saints who faithfully stand at Thy Cross, and win the happy fruit of Thy Passion: Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end.&nbsp;&nbsp; Amen.<br><br>


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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">E</font>ve when placed by the hand of God in a garden of delights, received but one precept to be obeyed so as to be forever happy--a precept easy of accomplishment, the non-observance whereof should needs be inexcusable, inasmuch as neither urgent want nor strong inclination led to its violation; there was conjoined, moreover, the assurance of death following inevitably upon the transgression of the precept. But the serpent, kindling with jealousy and hate, came to tempt her. She gazed on the forbidden fruit, gathered thereof, and carried it to her husband, and together they ate, incurring the fatal loss, and involving mankind in their downfall. Mary, preceded by the God made man, went toiling with Him up the arid steep of Calvary, in order to accomplish the most heart-rending of all sacrifices.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">E</font>ve had rebelled: Mary surrendered her will. Eve had yielded to the enticing voice of the tempter; Mary heard the voice of the same demon of jealousy and hate, uttering by the mouth of the impious Jews blasphemies and maledictions, but she was not frightened from her purpose. Eve, in her disobedience, stretched forth her hand toward the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; Mary, in her submission to the designs of God, stretches forth hers to the tree of the cross. Eve had sacrificed to her caprice the spouse through whom she had received being; Mary assists at the sacrifice of the Son to Whom she has given being. Eve was born of man without the agency of a mother; Mary gave birth to the Man-God without the intervention of a spouse. Eve, after her disobedience, became the mother, in the order of nature, of a race accursed; Mary, through her submission, has become, in the order of grace, the Mother of a race sanctified.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">T</font>hese points of resemblance and contrast offer themselves spontaneously to the mind, provided we ponder somewhat over the remembrance celebrated by the Church on the Friday in Holy Week, under the title of "The Seven Dolors of the Blessed Virgin." A mother's heart can alone comprehend the agony of torture endured by this Mother at the foot of the cross whereon her Son was immolated; we do not attempt to describe, nor are any mere human lips, indeed, able to express it.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">R</font>eflection.--Let us adore this divine and mysterious abyss of charity, in whose depth our salvation was worked out at the price of so much suffering; and let us bear in mind what we have cost that Mother to whose guardianship we were made over even from the sublime height of the cross.


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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">G</font>rant us, we beseech Thee, almighty God, through the intercession of blessed Cyril, Thy Bishop: so to know thee, the only true God and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent, that we may be accounted worthy to be numbered always with the sheep who hear his voice.  Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end.   Amen.<br><br>


<i>(Roman Breviary)</i><br><br><br>




<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">C</font>yril was born at or near the city of Jerusalem, about the year 315. He was ordained priest by St. Maximus, who gave him the important charge of instructing and preparing the candidates for Baptism. This charge he held for several years, and we still have one series of his instructions, given in the year 347 or 318. They are of singular interest as being the earliest record of the systematic teaching of the Church on the creed and sacraments, and as having been given in the church built by Constantine on Mount Calvary. They are solid, simple, profound; saturated with Holy Scripture; exact, precise, and terse; and, as a witness and exposition of the Catholic faith, invaluable.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">O</font>n the death of St. Maximus, Cyril was chosen Bishop of Jerusalem. At the beginning of his episcopate a cross was seen in the air reaching from Mount Calvary to Mount Olivet, and so bright that it shone at noonday. St. Cyril gave an account of it to the emperor; and the faithful regarded it as a presage of victory over the Arian heretics. While Cyril was bishop, the apostate Julian resolved to falsify the words of Our Lord by rebuilding the Temple at Jerusalem. He employed the power and resources of a Roman emperor; the Jews thronged enthusiastically to him and gave munificently. But Cyril was unmoved. "The word of God abides," he said; "one stone shall not be laid on another."<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">W</font>hen the attempt was made, a heathen writer tells us that horrible flames came forth from the earth, rendering the place inaccessible to the scorched and scared workmen. The attempt was made again and again, and then abandoned in despair. Soon after, the emperor perished miserably in a war against the Persians, and the Church had rest. Like the other great bishops of his time, Cyril was persecuted, and driven once and again from his see; but on the death of the Arian Emperor Valens he returned to Jerusalem. He was present at the second General Council at Constantinople, and died in peace in 386, after a troubled episcopate of thirty-five years.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">R</font>eflection.--"As a stout staff," says St. John Chrysostom, "supports the trembling limbs of a feeble old man, so does faith sustain our vacillating mind, lest it be tossed about by sinful hesitation and perplexity."






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<a href="New St. Patrick.html">I. &nbsp; St. Patrick Prayers Devotions</a>


<a href="St. Patrick.html">II. &nbsp; St. Patrick, Apostle of Ireland</a>


<a href="Life of St. Patrick.html">III. &nbsp; The Life of St. Patrick,  Apostle of Ireland, 1890</a>


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<a href="The_Patrons_of_Erin.html">V. &nbsp;  The Patrons of Erin: <br>St. Patrick and St. Brigid</a>



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<a href="Penitent's Prayer.html">Novena and Penitential Litany for Lent; The Prodigal Son</a>

<a href="Psalter Intro.html">The Psalter of Jesus</a>

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<a href="javascript:popUp3('Lenten%20Season.html')">The Church's Laws on Fasting and the Season of Lent</a>



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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">O</font> God, Who didst deign to send blessed Patrick Thy Confessor and Bishop, to preach Thy glory to the nations: grant, through his merits and intercession, that what Thou commandest us to do, we may be Thy mercy be able to accomplish. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end.   Amen.<br><br>


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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">I</font>f the virtue of children reflects an honor on their parents, much more justly is the name of St. Patrick rendered illustrious by the innumerable lights of sanctity with which the Church of Ireland shone during many ages, and by the colonies of Saints with which it peopled many foreign countries; for, under God, its inhabitants derived from their glorious apostle the streams of that eminent sanctity by which they were long conspicuous to the whole world.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">S</font>t. Patrick was born towards the close of the fourth century, in a village called Bonaven Taberniae which seems to be the town of Kilpatrick, on the mouth of the river Clyde, in Scotland, between Dumbarton and Glasgow. He calls himself both a Briton and a Roman, or of a mixed extraction, and says his father was of a good family named Calphurnius, and a denizen of a neighboring city of the Romans, who not long after abandoned Britain, in 409. Some writers call his mother Conchessa, and say she was niece to St. Martin of Tours.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">I</font>n his sixteenth year he was carried into captivity by certain barbarians, who took him into Ireland, where he was obliged to keep cattle on the mountains and in the forests, in hunger and nakedness, amidst snow, rain, and ice. Whilst he lived in this suffering condition, God had pity on his soul, and quickened him to a sense of his duty by the impulse of a strong interior grace. The young man had recourse to Him with his whole heart in fervent prayer and fasting; and from that time faith and the love of God acquired continually new strength in his tender soul. After six months spent in slavery under the same master, St. Patrick was admonished by God in a dream to return to his own country, and informed that a ship was then ready to sail thither. He went at once to the sea-coast, though at a great distance, and found the vessel; but could not obtain his passage, probably for want of money.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">T</font>he Saint returned towards his hut, praying as he went; but the sailors, though pagans, called him back and took him on board. After three daysÍ sail they made land, but wandered twenty-seven days through deserts, and were a long while distressed for want of provisions, finding nothing to eat. Patrick had often spoken to the company on the infinite power of God; they therefore asked him why he did not pray for relief. Animated by a strong faith, he assured them that if they would address themselves with their whole hearts to the true God He would hear and succor them. They did so, and on the same day met with a herd of swine. From that time provisions never failed them, till on the twenty-seventh day they came info a country that was cultivated and inhabited.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">S</font>ome years afterwards he was again led captive, but recovered his liberty after two months. When he was at home with his parents, God manifested to him, by divers visions, that He destined him to the great work of the conversion of Ireland. The writers of his life say that after his second captivity he travelled into Gaul and Italy, and saw St. Martin, St. Germanus of Auxerre, and Pope Celestine, and that he received his mission and the apostolical benediction from this Pope, who died in 432. It is certain that he spent many years in preparing himself for his sacred calling. Great opposition was made against his episcopal consecration and mission, both by his own relatives and by the clergy. These made him great offers in order to detain him among them, and endeavored to affright him by exaggerating the dangers to which he exposed himself amidst the enemies of the Romans and Britons, who did not know God.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">A</font>ll these temptations threw the Saint into great perplexities; but the Lord, Whose will he consulted by earnest prayer, supported him, and he persevered in his resolution. He forsook his family, sold his birthright and dignity, to serve strangers, and consecrated his soul to God, to carry His name to the ends of the earth. In this disposition he passed into Ireland, to preach the Gospel, where the worship of idols still generally reigned. He devoted himself entirely to the salvation of these barbarians. He travelled over the whole island, penetrating into the remotest corners, and such was the fruit of his preachings and sufferings that he baptized an infinite number of people.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">H</font>e ordained everywhere clergymen, induced women to live in holy widowhood and continence, consecrated virgins to Christ, and instituted monks. He took nothing from the many thousands whom he baptized, and often gave back the little presents which some laid on the altar, choosing rather to mortify the fervent than to scandalize the weak or the infidels. He gave freely of his own, however, both to pagans and Christians, distributed large alms to the poor in the provinces where he passed, made presents to the kings, judging that necessary for the progress of the Gospel, and maintained and educated many children, whom he trained up to serve at the altar. The happy success of his labors cost him many persecutions.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">A</font> certain prince named Corotick, a Christian in name only, disturbed the peace of his flock. This tyrant, having made a descent into Ireland, plundered the country where St. Patrick had been just conferring confirmation on a great number of neophytes, who were yet in their white garments after Baptism. Corotick massacred many, and carried away others, whom he sold to the infidel Picts or Scots. The next day the Saint sent the barbarian a letter entreating him to restore the Christian captives, and at least part of the booty he had taken, that the poor people might not perish for want, but was only answered by railleries.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">T</font>he Saint, therefore, wrote with his own hand a letter. In it he styles himself a sinner and an ignorant man; he declares, nevertheless, that he is established Bishop of Ireland, and pronounces Corotick and the other parricides and accomplices separated from him and from Jesus Christ, Whose place he holds, forbidding any to eat with them, or to receive their alms, till they should have satisfied God by the tears of sincere penance, and restored the servants of Jesus Christ to their liberty. This letter expresses his most tender love for his flock, and his grief for those who had been slain, yet mingled with joy because they reign with the prophets, apostles, and martyrs. Jocelin assures us that Corotick was overtaken by the divine vengeance.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">S</font>t. Patrick held several councils to settle the discipline of the Church which he had planted. St. Bernard and the tradition of the country testify that St. Patrick fixed his metropolitan see at Armagh. He established some other bishops, as appears by his Council and other monuments. He not only converted the whole country by his preaching and wonderful miracles, but also cultivated this vineyard with so fruitful a benediction and increase from heaven as to render Ireland a most flourishing garden in the Church of God, and a country of Saints.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">M</font>any particulars are related of the labors of St. Patrick, which we pass over. 'in the first year of his mission he attempted to preach Christ in the general assembly of the kings and states of all Ireland, held yearly at Tara, the residence of the chief king, styled the monarch of the whole island, and the principal seat of the Druids, or priests, and their paganish rites. The son of Neill, the chief monarch, declared himself against the preacher; however, Patrick converted several, and, on his road to that place, the father of St. Benignus, his immediate successor in the see of Armagh.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">H</font>e afterwards converted and baptized the Icings of Dublin and Munster, and the seven sons of the king of Connaught, with the greatest part of their subjects, and before his death almost the whole island. He founded a monastery at Armagh; another called Domnach-Padraig, or Patrick's Church; also a third, named Sabhal-Padraig; and filled the country with churches and schools of piety and learning, the reputation of which, for the three succeeding centuries, drew many foreigners into Ireland. He died and was buried at Down in Ulster. His body was found there in a church of his name in 1185, and translated to another part of the same church.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">I</font>reland is the nursery whence St. Patrick sent forth his missionaries and teachers. Glastonbury and Lindisfarne, Ripon and Malmesbury, bear testimony to the labors of Irish priests and bishops for the conversion of England. Iona is to this day the most venerated spot in Scotland. Columban, Fiacre, Gall, and many others evangelized the "rough places" of France and Switzerland. America and Australia, in modern times, owe their Christianity to the faith and zeal of the sons and daughters of St. Patrick.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">R</font>eflection.--By the instrumentality of St. Patrick the Faith is now as fresh in Ireland, even in this cold nineteenth century, as when it was first planted. Ask him to obtain for you the special grace of his children--to prefer the loss of every earthly good to the least compromise in matters of faith.




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<i>Novenas during the month of  March</i>

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<a href="New St. Joseph.html#Novena">Novena to St. Joseph, <br>March 11th through March 19th</a>


<a href="Novena of the Seven Sorrows.html">Novena of the Seven Sorrows, <br>March 12th through March 20th</a>



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<a href="Penitent's Prayer.html">Novena and Penitential Litany for Lent; The Prodigal Son</a>

<a href="Psalter Intro.html">The Psalter of Jesus</a>

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<i>Drawn from the Thought of Judment<br><br>


1st Prel. I will imagine myself before the judgment-seat of Jesus Christ.

2d Prel. I will ask for grace to know myself, that I may be able to judge myself here, "according to the counsel of the Apostle. (1. Cor. 11: 31.)</i><br><br>



<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">C</font style>onsideration:  Three things are to be feared in the particular judgment: i, the Judge; 2, the account to be rendered; 3, the sentence.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">B</font style>y penance we may make the Judge favorable to us. The Judge is our Lord Himself, whom we have neglected, offended, and injured, with all the malice of sin, and so often, so deliberately, even when He loaded us with benefits. Now He is misericordiarum Dominus, a God of mercy, ready to pardon at the first sign of repentance; but then He will be only ultionum Dominus, a God of justice. As His mercy was infinite, so will be His justice; not the smallest fault, not an idle word, He has said, will pass unperceived, or remain unpunished. These thoughts filled holy Job with fear. "Quid faciam cum surrexerit ad judicandum Dominus?" "For what shall I do," said he within himself, " when God shall rise to judge?" (Job 31 : 14.)<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">A</font style>pplication:  What have you not to expect, or rather to fear, from your Judge, you who have perhaps lived long in a state of tepidity, which blinds man as to the number and gravity of his faults, and maintains him in false security? What, then, should we do? Our Lord tells you, " Be at agreement with thy adversary betimes, whilst thou art in the way with him," (St. Matt. 5: 26;) that is, according to St. Augustine, with God who is your Judge, and whose enemy sin has made you; and you can do so, if "ye be humbled, therefore, under the mighty hand of God." (i. St. Peter 5:6.) To use St. Peter's words, "Repent therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out." (Acts 3: 19.)<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">A</font style>ffections:  Humbly acknowledge your ingratitude and your many infidelities. Repent, and offer yourself with sincerity to do penance for them.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">R</font style>esolutions.-- Persevere in the practices of penance and mortification which you imposed on yourself on the first Monday of Lent.

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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">P</font style>oint II Consideration:  By penance we may lighten the account we shall have to give. What an account! All will be passed in review by One from whom nothing can be hidden: the time lost in useless things; the good left undone, the good ill-done; all our thoughts, intentions, words, and actions; and, what is worse for the religious, all the means of salvation and sanctification lavishly bestowed upon him daily and hourly. Gratiam sequitur judicium. The judgment will be severe in proportion to the grace received, says St. Cyprian, following the words of our Lord, " Cui multum datum est, multum quaeretur ab eo." "Unto whomsoever much is given, of him much shall be required." (St. Luke 12: 48.)<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">A</font style>pplication.--These truths filled even the penitents of the desert with fear; they never thought they had sufficiently atoned for their past lives. Their only means of consolation under this dread were tears and constant mortification, a life of continued penance until death. Imitate them; try to lighten by such a life of penance and mortification your heavy account of sin, imperfection, and negligence; and do it with special generosity during this holy season, two-thirds of which are already gone.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">A</font style>ffections:  Averte faciem tuam a peccatis meis, et omnes iniquitates meas dele." "Turn away Thy face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities." (Psalm 50: 10.)<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">P</font style>oint III Consideration:  By penance we may insure a favorable sentence. The sentence of the Judge will be irrevocable-- life eternal or death eternal; the first securing to the soul of the just, endless glory and the delights of heaven, although it may be for a while detained in a place of expiation the second condemning the soul of the sinner, to Satan and the eternal pains of hell. <br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">A</font style>pplication: You earnestly desire to be amongst the number of the elect, to enter into the immediate possession of heaven. It is in your power, with the grace of God. Endeavor to live as a holy religious, expiating by constant penance and mortifications all that yet tarnishes the purity of your soul. This is the only efficacious means you have of insuring what you so much desire. What happiness will you not experience at the hour of death, if you have adopted this means of securing salvation! Why, therefore, should you not do so?<br><br>


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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">On an unprovided death</font><br><br>

<i>by St. Alphonsus Liguori</i><br><br>


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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">N</font>othing is more certain than death, but nothing more uncertain than the hour of death. It is certain that the year and the day of each one's death is already determined by our Lord, though we know them not; and wisely does God conceal them from us, in order that we may be always prepared for our departure. I give thee thanks, O Jesus, for having waited for me, and for not having called me out of life in the state of mortal sin. During the remainder of my life I will bewail my iniquities and love thee with all my strength. I know that I must die, and by Thy grace I will prepare myself for a good death. <br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">J</font>esus Christ admonishes us of the hour of our death, and when shall it be? when we least expect it. At what hour you think not, the Son of man will come. St. Luke xii. 40. If then, says St. Bernard, death may at any time take us out of life, we should at all times be prepared for it and keep our accounts in order. O Jesus, I will not wait until the moment of my death to give myself to Thee. Thou hast said that those who seek Thee shall find Thee: "Seek and ye shall find:" I seek Thee, I desire Thee; grant that I may find Thee. I am sorry for my sins and will never more offend Thee. <br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">W</font>hen then, dear Christian, thou art tempted to commit sin with the hope of confessing it on the morrow, say to thyself: but who knows but that this moment may be my last? And if in this moment I should be guilty of sin, and death should overtake me, whither should I go? O God, how many miserable sinners have been struck by death in the act of feasting themselves on some poisonous gratification! The devil will say to thee: this misfortune will not befal thee. But do thou answer him: if it should befal me, what will become of me for eternity? O God, may not that happen to me which has happened to so many other unhappy sinners? How many are now in hell for lesser sins than I have committed! I give Thee thanks, O Jesus, for having waited for me with so much patience, and for having now enlightened me. I have erred in forsaking Thee; and death might have been my punishment; but since Thou givestme time, henceforward I will think of nothing but of loving Thee. Assist me with Thy grace. And do you, Mary, assist me by your holy intercession.





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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">On the Eternity of Hell</font><br>

<i>by St. Alphonsus Liguori</i><br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">I</font>f hell were not eternal, it would not be hell. Punishment which does not continue for a long time is not grievous punishment. On the other hand, punishment, however light it may be, when it continues for a long time, becomes intolerable. Were a person obliged during the whole of his life to see the same entertainments, or to hear the same music, how could he endure it? What then must it be to remain in hell and to suffer all its torments! and for how long a time? For all eternity. It would be folly, for the sake of a day's pleasure, to condemn one's self to be burnt alive. And is it not folly, for the sake of a sensual gratification, which can last but for one moment, to condemn one's self to the fire of hell, whose victims, though dying every moment, yet never never die? O God, preserve me by thy grace. Woe to me if I should turn my back upon thee after the great mercy with which thou hast dealt with me! Keep me, O God, and preserve me from so great a misfortune.<br><br>



<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">L</font>et us awaken our slumbering faith. It is certain that he who is lost is lost for ever, without the least hope of being redeemed from eternal ruin. They shall go into eternal punishment. St. Matt. xxv. 46. He who once enters the prison of hell can come out no more. Otherwise the condemned wretches would flatter themselves with hopes, and would say: who knows, perhaps God may some day have pity on us and deliver us? But no, they well know that hell will never have an end, and that they must continue to suffer the same torments which they at present endure, so long as God shall be God. My dear Redeemer, I know too well that by the past I have forfeited Thy grace, and condemned myself to hell; but I do not know whether Thou hast pardoned me. Hasten to forgive me, O Jesus, while I bitterly lament my offences against Thee, and never suffer me to offend Thee any more.<br><br>



<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">I</font>n this life death is of all things the most dreaded, but in hell it is of all things the most desired. There they desire and long for death, but cannot die. They shall desire to die, and death shall fly from them. Apoc. ix. 6. Are there not at least, in that place of torments, some to compassionate them? No, all hate them, and rejoice in their sufferings, which will last for ever, without end or mitigation. The trumpet of divine justice continually sounds and thunders forth in their ears those terrible words: ever, ever; never, never. Amongst these miserable beings, O Jesus, I have deserved to be numbered; but do Thou, who hast hitherto preserved me from falling into hell, preserve me for the future from falling into sin, which alone can condemn me to that place of woe. Ah! never suffer me again to become thy enemy. I love Thee, O infinite goodness, and I am sorry for having offended Thee. Pardon me, and as I have deserved to burn for ever in the fire of hell, grant me to burn for ever with the fire of Thy holy love. O Mary, in your powerful intercession do I confide.









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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">Passion Sunday</font><br><br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">"W</font>e are not unaware," says St. Leo, "that among all Christian celebrations the Paschal mystery holds the first place. Our manner of living throughout the whole year, by reforming our ways, ought to give us the dispositions for keeping it worthily and in a fitting manner. These present days which we know to be close to that most sublime sacrament of divine mercy, require devotion in a yet higher degree" (Second Nocturn).<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">T</font>he mystery of which St. Leo speaks, is our Redeemer's Passion, whose anniversary is close at hand. Priest and Mediator of the New Testament, Jesus will soon ascend His Cross, and the blood which He will shed He will offer to His Father, entering into the Holies which is heaven itself (Epistle). The Church sings: "All hail, thou Mystery adored! Hail, Cross! on which the Life Himself died, and by death our life restored!" (Hymn of Vespers). The Eucharist is the memorial of this boundless love of God for men for when instituting it our Lord said: "This is my Body which shall be delivered for you; this chalice is the new testament in My Blood. Do this... in commemoration of Me" (Communion).<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">W</font>hat is the response of man to all these divine favours? "His own received Him not," says St. John, speaking of the welcome which the Jews gave Jesus. "For good they rendered Him evil and prepared for Him nothing but insults. "You", our Lord told them, "dishonour me," and in fact, the Gospel shows us the ever growing hatred of the Sanhedrin.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">A</font>braham, the father of God's people, firmly believed the divine promises which heralded the future Messia; and in Limbo his soul, which, as believing was beyond the reach of eternal death, rejoiced to see these promises fulfilled in the coming of Christ.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">B</font>ut the Jews, who ought to have recognized in Jesus the Son of God, greater than Abraham and the prophets, because eternal, misunderstood the meaning of His words, insulted Him by treating Him as a blasphemer and possessed, and tried to stone Him (Gospel). And God tells Him, in the person of Jeremias: "Be not afraid at their presence: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord... For behold I have made thee this day a fortified city and a pillar of iron and a wall of brass, over all the land, to the kings of Juda, to the princes thereof and to the priests and to the people of the land. And they shall fight against thee and shall not prevail: for I am with thee, saith the Lord, to deliver thee" (First Nocturn).<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">"I</font> seek not my own glory," says Jesus, "there is one that seeketh and judgeth" (Gospel). And by the mouth of the psalmist He goes on: "Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation: O deliver me from the unjust and deceitful man. This "lying" people our Lord declares to be the Jews. The psalmist continues: "Deliver me, O Lord, from my enemies... from the unjust man Thou wilt deliver me" (Gradual).<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">"T</font>he Lord who is just will cut the necks of sinners" (Tract). God will not permit men to lay their hands on Jesus until His hour is come (Gospel), and when that hour of sacriflce came, He snatched His Son from the hands of evil men by raising Him from the death. This death and resurrection had been foretold by the prophets and typified in Isaac when, on the point of being sacrified at God's command by Abraham his father he was restored to life by almighty God, his place being taken by a ram who became a type of the Lamb of God, offered in man's stead (c. p. 257). Thus our Lord, in His first coming, was to be humbled and made to suffer; not until later will He appear in all His power.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">B</font>ut the Jews, blinded by their passions, could appreciate only one kind of coming, a coming in triumph, and so scandalized by the Cross of Christ, they rejected Him. In their turn, almighty God rejected them, while graciously receiving those who put their trust in the redemption of Jesus Christ, uniting their sufferings to His. "Rightly, and under the guidance of the Holy Ghost," says St. Leo, "did the holy Apostles institute these days of more rigorous fasting, so that by a common sharing in the Cross of Christ, even we ourselves may do something towards uniting ourselves with the work that He has accomplished for us. As St. Paul says: "If we suffer with Him, we also shall be glorified with Him." Where we find our Lord's sufferings being shared, there we can look on the attainment of the happiness promised by Him as a thing safe and assured."<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">T</font>oday's station is in the Basilica of Saint Peter, raised on the site of Nero's circus where the prince of the Apostles died, like His Divine Master on a cross. In recalling our Lord's Passion, the anniversary of which draws near, let us remember that if we are to experience its saving effects we must, like the Master, know how to suffer persecution for justice sake. And when as members of God's family, we are persecuted with and like our Lord, let us ask of God, that we may be "governed in body" and "kept in mind".






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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">O</font> God, Who hast given to the soul of Thy servant Gregory, the rewards of everlasting bliss, mercifully grant, that we, who are oppressed by the weight of our sins, may be relieved by his intercession with Thee. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end.   Amen.<br><br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">O</font> God, Who for his merits didst make the blessed pontiff Gregory the equal of Thy saints; grant us this boon, that we who keep high festival in memory of him may also reproduce the pattern of his life:  through our Lord. etc.  Amen.<br><br>


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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">G</font>regory was a Roman of noble birth, and while still young was governor of Rome. On his father's death he gave his great wealth to the poor, turned his house on the Coelian Hill into a monastery, which now bears his name, and for some years lived as a perfect monk. The Pope drew him from his seclusion to make him one of the seven deacons of Rome; and he did great service to the Church for many years as what we now call Nuncio to the Imperial court at Constantinople. While still a monk the saint was struck with some boys who were exposed for sale in Rome, and heard with sorrow that they were pagans. "And of what race are they?" he asked. "They are Angles." "Worthy indeed to be Angels of God," said he. "And of what province?" "Of Deira," was the reply. "Truly must we rescue them from the wrath of God. And what is the name of their king?" "He is called Ella." "It is well," said Gregory; "Alleluia must be sung in their land to God."<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">H</font>e at once got leave from the Pope, and had set out to convert the English when the murmurs of the people led the Pope to recall him. Still the Angles were not forgotten, and one of the Saint's first cares as Pope was to send from his own monastery St. Augustine and other monks to England. On the death of Pope Pelagius II., Gregory was compelled to take the government of the Church, and for fourteen years his pontificate was a perfect model of ecclesiastical rule. He healed schisms; revived discipline; saved Italy by converting the wild Arian Lombards who were laying it waste; aided in the conversion of the Spanish and French Goths, who were also Arians; and kindled anew in Britain the light of the Faith, which the English had put out in blood. He set in order the Church's prayers and chant, guided and consoled her pastors with innumerable letters, and preached incessantly, most effectually by his own example. He died A. D. 604, worn out by austerities and toils; and the Church reckons him one of her four great doctors, and reveres him as St. Gregory the Great.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">R</font>eflection.--The champions of faith prove the truth of their teaching no less by the holiness of their lives than by the force of their arguments. Never forget that to con Pert others you must first see to your own soul. 





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<i>Novenas during the month of  March</i>

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<a href="New St. Patrick.html">Novena to St. Patrick, <br>March 9th through March 17th</a>


<a href="Novena of the Seven Sorrows.html">Novena of the Seven Sorrows, <br>March 10th through March 18th</a>


<a href="New St. Joseph.html#Novena">Novena to St. Joseph, <br>March 11th through March 19th</a>


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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">I</font>t is indeed very surprising that man, a worm of the earth, should dare to offend his Creator and turn his back upon Him, by despising his graces, after God has so favoured and loved him as to lay down His life to save him. But it is still more surprising that God, after having been thus despised by man, should seek after him, invite him to repentance and offer him His pardon, as though God stood in need of us and not we of Him. O Jesus, thou seekest me, and I seek after Thee. Thou desirest me, and I desire only Thee.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">F</font>or Christ, saith the Apostle, we beseech you, be reconciled to God. 2 Cor v. 20. "And does God," exclaims St. Chrysostom, "call thus upon sinners! and what does He ask of them? to be reconciled, and to be in peace with Him." My Redeemer, Jesus Christ, how couldst thou have had so much love for me who have so often offended Thee? I detest all my offences against Thee; give me still greater grief, still greater love, that I may deplore my sins, not so much on account of the punishments I have deserved by them, as for the injury I have offered to Thee, my God, who art infinitely good and amiable.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">W</font>hat is man, exclaims holy Job, that Thou shouldst magnify him? or why dost Thou set thy heart upon him? vii. 17. What good, O Lord, hast Thou ever derived from me? and what canst Thou expect from me, that Thou lovest me so much, and comest so near to me? Hast Thou then forgotten all the injuries and treasons which I have committed against Thee? But since Thou hast so much loved me, I, a miserable worm, must also love Thee, my Creator and my Redeemer. Yes, I do love Thee, my God, I love Thee with my whole heart, I love Thee more than myself; and because I love Thee, I will do every thing to please Thee. Thou knowest that nothing is so grievous to me as the remembrance of my having so often despised thy love. I hope for the future to be able to compensate by my love for the frequent displeasure which I have given Thee. Help me for the sake of that precious blood which Thou hast shed for me. Help me also, O holy Mary, for the love of your Son who died for me.




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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">March 10th, Forty Holy Martyrs.  Day of Fast.

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<i>Novenas during the month of  March</i>

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<a href="New St. Patrick.html">Novena to St. Patrick, <br>March 9th through March 17th</a>


<a href="Novena of the Seven Sorrows.html">Novena of the Seven Sorrows, <br>March 10th through March 18th</a>


<a href="New St. Joseph.html#Novena">Novena to St. Joseph, <br>March 11th through March 19th</a>




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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">G</font>rant, we beseech Thee, almighty God: that we who acknowledge the boldness of Thy glorious Martyrs in confessing Thy name, may enjoy their loving intercession for us before Thee. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end.   Amen.<br><br>


<i>(Roman Breviary)</i><br><br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">T</font>he Forty Martyrs of Sebaste were soldiers quartered at Sebaste in Armenia, about the year 320. When their legion was ordered to offer sacrifice they separated themselves from the rest and formed a company of martyrs. After they had been torn by scourges and iron hooks they were chained together and led to a lingering death. It was a cruel winter, and they were condemned to lie naked on the icy surface of a pond in the open air till they were frozen to death. But they ran undismayed to the place of their combat, joyfully stripped off their garments, and with one voice besought God to keep their Ranks unbroken. "Forty," they cried, "we have come to combat: grant that forty may be crowned." There were warm baths near by, ready for any one amongst them who would deny Christ.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">T</font>he soldiers who watched saw angels descending with thirty-nine crowns, and, while he wondered at the deficiency in the number, one of the confessors lost heart, renounced his faith, and, crawling to the fire, died body and soul at the spot where he expected relief. But the soldier was inspired to confess Christ and take his place, and again the number of forty was complete. They remained steadfast while their limbs grew stiff and frozen, and died one by one. Among the Forty there was a young soldier who held out longest against the cold, and when the officers came to cart away the dead bodies they found him still breathing. They were moved with pity, and wanted to leave him alive in the hope that he would still change his mind. But his mother stood by, and this valiant woman could not bear to see her son separated from the band of martyrs. She exhorted him to persevere, and lifted his frozen body into the cart. He was just able to make a sign of recognition, and was borne away, to be thrown into the flames with the dead bodies of his brethren.






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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">March 9th, St. Frances of Rome, Widow. Day of Fast.

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<i>In some places, St. Dominic Savio's feast day is celebrated on March 9th.</i>

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<i>Novenas during the month of  March</i>

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<a href="New St. Patrick.html">Novena to St. Patrick, <br>March 9th through March 17th</a>


<a href="Novena of the Seven Sorrows.html">Novena of the Seven Sorrows, <br>March 10th through March 18th</a>


<a href="New St. Joseph.html#Novena">Novena to St. Joseph, <br>March 11th through March 19th</a>


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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">March 8th, St. John of God, Confessor. Day of Fast</font>  

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<i>Novenas during the month of  March</i>

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<a href="New St. Patrick.html">Novena to St. Patrick, <br>March 9th through March 17th</a>


<a href="Novena of the Seven Sorrows.html">Novena of the Seven Sorrows, <br>March 10th through March 18th</a>


<a href="New St. Joseph.html#Novena">Novena to St. Joseph, <br>March 11th through March 19th</a>




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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">O</font> God, Who didst let blessed John, when burning with Thy love, to walk through flames unscathed, and by his means didst beget new offspring for Thy Church: grant, through the help of his merits that our vices may be healed by the fire of Thy love and that we may receive remedies unto life everlasting. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end.   Amen.<br><br>


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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">N</font>othing in John's early life foreshadowed his future sanctity. He ran away as a boy from his home in Portugal, tended sheep and cattle in Spain, and served as a soldier against the French, and afterwards against the Turks. When about forty years of age, feeling remorse for his wild life, he resolved to devote himself to the ransom of the Christian slaves in Africa, and went thither with the family of an exiled noble, which he maintained by his labor. On his return to Spain he sought to do good by selling holy pictures and books at low prices. At length the hour of grace struck.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">A</font>t Granada a sermon by the celebrated John of Avila shook his soul to its depths, and his expressions of self-abhorrence were so extraordinary that he was taken to the asylum as one mad. There he employed himself in ministering to the sick. On leaving he began to collect homeless poor, and to support them by his work and by begging. One night St. John found in the streets a poor man who seemed near death, and, as was his wont, he carried him to the hospital, laid him on a bed, and went to fetch water to wash his feet. When he had washed them, he knelt to kiss them, and started with awe: the feet were pierced, and the print of the nails bright with an unearthly radiance. He raised his eyes to look, and heard the words, "John, to Me thou doest all that thou doest to the poor in My name: I reach forth My hand for the alms thou givest; Me dost thou clothe, Mine are the feet thou dost wash." And then the gracious vision disappeared, leaving St. John filled at once with confusion and consolation.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">T</font>he bishop became the Saint's patron, and gave him the name of John of God. When his hospital was on fire, John was seen rushing about uninjured amidst the flames until he had rescued all his poor. After ten years spent in the service of the suffering, the Saint's life was fitly closed. He plunged into the river Xenil to save a drowning boy, and died, 1550, of an illness brought on by the attempt, at the age of fifty-five.<br><br>


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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">March 7th, St. Thomas Aquinas, Confessor and Doctor of the Church. Day of Fast. </font>  <br><br>


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<a href="St. Thomas Aquinas.html">St. Thomas Aquinas Prayers and Devotions<br></a>


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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">O</font> God, Who by the wonderful learning of blessed Thomas, Thy Confessor, givest glory to Thy Church, and by his holy deeds makest her fruitful: grant, we beseech Thee, that we may both perceive with the understanding what he taught and follow his example in what he practiced. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end.   Amen.<br><br>


<i>(Roman Breviary)</i><br><br><br>




<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">S</font>t. Thomas was born of noble parents at Aquino in Italy, in 1226. At the age of nineteen he received the Dominican habit at Naples, where he was studying. Seized by his brothers on his way to Paris, he suffered a two years' captivity in their castle of Rocca-Secca; but neither the caresses of his mother and sisters, nor the threats and stratagems of his brothers, could shake him in his vocation. While St. Thomas was in confinement at Rocca-Secca, his brothers endeavored to entrap him into sin, but the attempt only ended in the triumph of his purity. Snatching from the hearth a burning brand, the Saint drove from his chamber the wretched creature whom they had there concealed. Then marking a cross upon the wall, he knelt down to pray, and forthwith, being rapt in ecstasy, an angel girded him with a cord, in token of the gift of perpetual chastity which God had given him. The pain caused by the girdle was so sharp that St. Thomas uttered a piercing cry, which brought his guards into the room. But he never told this grace to any one save only to Father Raynald, his confessor, a little while before his death. Hence originated the Confraternity of the "Angelic Warfare," for the preservation of the virtue of chastity.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">H</font>aving at length escaped, St. Thomas went to Cologne to study under Blessed Albert the Great, and after that to Paris, where for many years he taught philosophy and theology. The Church has ever venerated his numerous writings as a treasure-house of sacred doctrine (ex. Summa Theologica); while in naming him the Angelic Doctor she has indicated that his science is more divine than human. The rarest gifts of intellect were combined in him with the tenderest piety.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">P</font>rayer, he said, had taught him more than study. His singular devotion to the Blessed Sacrament shines forth in the Office and hymns for Corpus Christi, which he composed. To the words miraculously uttered by a crucifix at Naples, "Well hast thou written concerning Me, Thomas. What shall I give thee as a reward?" he replied, "Naught save Thyself, O Lord." He died at Fossa-Nuova, 1274, on his way to the General Council of Lyons, to which Pope Gregory X. had summoned him.











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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">March 6th, Fourth Sunday of Lent (LAETARE SUNDAY)</font>  

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<i>Novenas during the month of  March</i>

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<a href="New St. Patrick.html">Novena to St. Patrick, <br>March 9th through March 17th</a>


<a href="Novena of the Seven Sorrows.html">Novena of the Seven Sorrows, <br>March 10th through March 18th</a>


<a href="New St. Joseph.html#Novena">Novena to St. Joseph, <br>March 11th through March 19th</a>




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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">Fourth Sunday of Lent</font><br>

<i>by Dom Gueranger</i><br><br>




<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">T</font>his Sunday, called, from the first word of the Introit, Lcetare Sunday, is one of the most solemn of the year. The Church interrupts her Lenten mournfulness; the chants of the Mass speak of nothing but joy and consolation; the Organ, which has been silent during the preceding three Sundays, now gives forth its melodious voice; the Deacon resumes his Dalmatic, and the Subdeacon his Tunic ; and instead of purple, Rose-coloured Vestments are allowed to be used. These same rites were practised in Advent, on the third Sunday, called Gaudete. The Church's motive for introducing this expression of joy in today's Liturgy, is to encourage her Children to persevere fervently to the end of this holy Season. The real Mid-Lent was last Thursday, as we have already observed; but the Church, fearing lest the joy might lead to some infringement on the spirit of penance, has deferred her own notice of it to this Sunday, when she not only permits, but even bids, her children to rejoice! 


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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">March 5th,  Ferial Day of Fast and First Saturday.

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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">O</font> God, Who didst strengthen holy Casimir with the virtue of constancy in the midst of royal delights and the snares of the world, we beseech Thee, grant by his intercession, that Thy faithful people may despise the things of the world and ever aspire to those of heaven. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end.   Amen.<br><br>


<i>(Roman Breviary)</i><br><br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">C</font>asimir, the second son of Casimir III, King of Poland, was born in 1458. From the custody of a very virtuous mother, Elizabeth of Austria, he passed to the guardianship of a devoted master, the learned and pious John Dugloss. Thus animated from his earliest years by precept and example, his innocence and piety soon ripened into the practice of heroic virtue.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">I</font>n an atmosphere of luxury and magnificence the young prince fasted, wore a hair shirt, slept upon the bare earth, prayed by night, and watched for the opening of the church doors at dawn. He became so tenderly devoted to the Passion of Our Lord that at Mass he seemed quite rapt out of himself; his charity to the poor and afflicted knew no bounds. His love for our Blessed Lady he expressed in a long and beautiful hymn, familiar to us in English as Daily, Daily, Sing to Mary. At the age of twenty-five, sick with a long illness, he foretold the hour of his death, and chose to die a virgin rather than accept the life and health which the physicians held out to him in the married state.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">T</font>he miracles wrought by his body after death fill an entire volume. The blind saw, the lame walked, the sick were healed, a dead girl was raised to life. At one time the Saint in glory, seen in the air by his army, led his Catholic countrymen to battle and delivered them by a wondrous victory from the schismatic Russian hosts.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">O</font>ne hundred and twenty-two years after his death Saint Casimir's tomb in the cathedral church of Vilna was opened, that the holy remains might be transferred to the rich marble chapel where it now lies. The place was damp, and the very vault crumbled away in the hands of the workmen; yet the Saint's body, wrapped in robes of silk, still intact, was found whole and incorrupt, and emitting a sweet fragrance which filled the church and refreshed all who were present. Under his head was found his hymn to Our Lady, which he had had buried with him.<br><br>


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Motives for Penance: Inspired by the Thought of Death</font><br>

<i>by Fr. Paolo Segneri<br><br>


PENANCE WILL ENCOURAGE THE DYING CHRISTIAN</i><br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">C</font>onsideration: When a good man is dying, he is not in fear and sorrow at the thought of leaving the fair things of this world, but only on account of his past sins, and of those words of the Holy Ghost, " De propitiato peccato noli esse sine metu." "Be not without fear about sin forgiven." (Eccl. 5:5.) And again, " Nescit homo utrum amore an odio dignus sit." "Man knoweth not whether he be worthy of love or hatred." (Eccl. 9:1.) But what reassurance and what peace we can find in those other words of the Holy Spirit: "Dissimulas peccata hominum propter paenitentiam." "Thou winkest at the sins of men for the sake of repentance." (Wisdom 11:24.) The memory of having expiated by mortification the insult which sin is to God, of having paid off many debts due to Divine justice, by means of penance, will also comfort us. St. Hilarion was thus preserved from the fear of death. "What, my soul," said he, "thou hast carried the Cross for seventy years, and now dost thou fear to leave the world to appear before God?"<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">A</font>pplication: If we desire, when death is drawing near, to share the calm trust felt by the saints, even those whose lives had not always been spotless, we should imitate their penance, and especially during this precious time of Lent. Let us be in earnest about it, and defer it not to the hour of sickness or the time of old age. "While you are in health," says Thomas a Kempis, "you can perform many works of satisfaction; but you know not what you will be able to do when sickness overtakes you." (i. Book, xxiii.)<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">A</font>ffections:" Moriatur anima mea morte justorum." "Let my soul die the death of the just." (Num. 23: 10.) "Beati mortui qui in Domino moriuntur." "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord." (Apoc. 14: 13.)<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">R</font>esolutions: To look back on the practices of penance which you imposed on yourself on the first Monday of Lent, and resume them with renewed fervor.






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<i>by Fr. Paolo Segneri</i><br><br>



<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">C</font>onsider first, that the Lord, Who now sits at the right hand of the Father in the character of thy advocate, will one day rise up, no longer as an advocate, but in judgment against thee. Poor soul, and what will become of thee, if nothing else befall thee than this, to have lost such a protector? Therefore it is not said, "What shall I do when God shall come to judgment?" but, "when God shall rise." For this ought to increase thy fear. All the good which thou dost now possess comes from having Jesus for an advocate. "We have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Just (St. John ii. 1)." It is for this that thy fellow-creatures show thee reverence, which is undeserved.  It is for this that the earth, instead of yawning to engulf thee, not only bears thee up, but yields thee nourishment. It is for this that air and water are thy servants, and that the fire itself which ought by good right to be exacting atonement for thy sins, is ministering to thy wants. But on that last day Jesus will lay aside the character of mercy, and I leave thee to think how soon then thou wouldst be at the mercy of thy enemy, eager to inflict every torment upon thee. And yet it would be comparatively little only to lose a powerful advocate. The worst is that He will be changed from an advocate into a judge. This is the greatest misfortune that can befall a criminal.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">C</font>onsider secondly, how shall it fare with thee then in the presence of this Sovereign Lord, "when He shall rise to judgment"? Whither shalt thou turn thyself? When an offender is on his trial in a court from which there is no appeal, he has only one of four courses to follow. He must either deceive or corrupt the judge, or make his escape, or come to terms. Which of these courses canst thou adopt when before the judgment-seat of Christ? Wilt thou try to deceive Him? Knowest thou not that He is God?  "When God shall rise to judgment." And if He is God, dost thou suppose that He can be deceived? "Shall God be deceived as a man with your deceitful dealings (Job xiii. 9)?"  What course then wilt thou adopt? Wilt thou try to bribe Him?  But knowest thou not that "God is a just judge (Psalm vii. 12) ?"  Not like men, for He is not an acceptor of persons or a receiver of bribes. He is not an acceptor of persons, for He is Father of all men: nor a receiver of presents, for He is the Lord of all things. "Let the fear of the Lord be with you, for there is no iniquity with the Lord our God, nor respect of persons, nor desire of gifts (2 Paral. xix. 7)."  <br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">W</font>hat course wilt thou take? Wilt thou try to escape? Dost thou not know then that "God is an all-powerful judge (Psalm vii. 12)"?  His arm would full surely reach thee even if thou didst hide thyself among the stars. "Though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence I will bring thee down, saith the Lord (Abdias i. 4)." And once captured, dost thou think to escape from His hand?  "He shall take hold of the prey, and He shall keep fast hold of it, and there shall be none to deliver it (Isaisas v. 29)." And what course, then, wilt thou still take? Wilt thou try to appease Him?  Do not hope to succeed. "God is a patient judge (Psalm vii. 12)." Knowest thou what manner of judges they are who submit to be appeased?  They are those who act under the impulse of passion, not those who attend only to the dictates of reason. They are never transported with rage, it is true: they are calm and dignified; but for that very reason all the more they are inexorable. Now, know for certain, that such shall thy judge be. "He is a patient judge." He is not quick-tempered, or given to anger. "Is He angry every day (Psalm vii. 12)?"  If He shall in the end determine to punish thee, this will not be from impulse, but for all-sufficient reasons, and therefore thou mayest judge how terrible He will be. <br><br>



<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">R</font>emember also that thy judge is one Who has shown unwearied patience in supporting thee, and therefore when at last His patience gives place to anger there is no longer hope for pardon. So that wherever thou turnest thyself, come back yet awhile to consider what course thou wilt take. Dost thou not see clearly that there will be no longer any way of escape open to thee?  "God is a just judge, strong and patient." Thou seest then that thou canst neither deceive nor bribe Him, nor make thy escape, nor succeed in appeasing that anger which has been styled the anger of the Lamb, to signify that it will prove unchangeable. "Hide us from the wrath of the Lamb (Apoc. vi. 16)."<br><br>



<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">C</font>onsider thirdly, that in order to convince thee that this judge proceeds strictly according to the dictates of reason, He will not condemn thee without first giving thee an opportunity of making thy defence. "When therefore He examines thee, what answer shalt thou make?" He knows perfectly all that thou hast done, because He is God; He has seen everything, heard everything, been present on every occasion, and nevertheless He desires to examine into thy affairs as if He knew nothing. He desires to question thee, to find out all about thee, nay, even to dispute with thee. "I will gather together all nations and will bring them down into the Valley of Josaphat, and I will plead with them (Joel. iii. 2)." "When He shall examine, what shalt thou answer Him?" Thou must either prove thy innocence, or find some excuse for thy conduct; these are the only two lines of defence which are open to thee. But as to proving thy innocence, that is impossible, for in thy case the crimes are clear and unquestioned. It remains for thee to find some excuse for thy conduct. But how? <br><br>



<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">T</font>hy excuses must fall under one of two heads: ignorance, which led thee into sin, or frailty. But canst thou plead ignorance, who wert born in the very heart of Christendom, brought up in the doctrine of Holy Writ and the lessons of saintly men, living in the midst of illustrious examples of virtue, like so many shining lights around thy path? True it is, that of thy free-will thou hast closed thy eyes in order to shut out the light, but this will only the more surely bring about thy condemnation. "And this is the judgment, because the light is come into the world, and men love darkness rather than the light (St. John iii. 19)," says the Lord. Thus, then, thou must fall back uon the plea of frailty. But how will this avail if thy frailty was thy own fault? Likely enough thou wert frail; but why? Because thou didst choose to be frail. Thou didst not care to employ the means which the Lord placed at thy disposal for acquiring ever new vigour; in time of temptation thou didst not call upon Him for help; thou didst not make frequent Confessions and Communions; thou didst not, though it was in thy power, keep away from occasions of sin; and thinkest thou he shall be excused who asked for no aid and refused all support, while he followed most perilous paths? Alas, who shall dare breathe a word in his own defence for fear of making his cause more hopeless? "All iniquity shall stop her mouth (Psalm cvi. 42)."

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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">C</font>onsider fourthly, that although it is graciously granted to thee to plead in thy defence, there is really nothing which thou canst allege in thy favour. It follows by order of good consequence that nothing remains but to receive the sentence of eternal doom. Do not think it irksome to come back to the thought, what course wilt thou take. If thou know not "what thou shalt do when God shall rise in judgment," wilt thou perchance discover it when He shall sit down to pass sentence? Thou mayest indeed turn to the mountains and bid them fall upon thee, to the granite rocks to crush thee and grind thee to dust, to the depths of the earth to open and engulf thee; but to what purpose? It is no longer the time for praying, but for paying the price. "The Lord hath put on the garments of vengeance (Isaisas lix. 17)." What then shall become of thee, when thou shalt hear thy sentence of condemnation to eternal flames pronounced by the lips of Him Who was once thy gracious advocate? If thy sentence had been pronounced by some one unknown to thee or from another land, or by some enemy of thine, thou mightest accuse him of being cruel. But it is thy advocate; one Who has shed His Blood for thee on the Cross, and Who at the right hand of the Father has never ceased to pray and intercede for thee and to seek by every means to bestow Heaven upon thee. From His sentence there can be no appeal if He condemn thee to the flames of Hell.







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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">Motives for Penance Derived from the Thought of the Evil which Sin has Wrought</font><br>

<i>by Rev. Bruno Vercruysse</i><br><br>



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1st Prel. Imagine you hear St. Peter saying to the people of Jerusalem, "Repent therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out." (Acts 3: 19.)<br><br>


2d Prel. Beg for a strong impulse of the will to comply with the Apostle's precept.<br><br><br>



Point I--MULTITUDE OF OUR SINS<br><br></i>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">C</font>onsideration: Go over the past years of your life in spirit--before and after your First Communion, before and after your entrance into religion, the places where you have lived, the sins you have committed; run rapidly over the commandments of God and the Church, the obligations attached to your vows, the offices and employments that have been confided to you; and you will be surprised and terrified at the sight of your innumerable sins. What would it be if you saw them as God sees them!<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">A</font>pplication: For a single mortal sin, Adam and his posterity were condemned to death and eternal torments; for a single venial sin, those great friends of God, Moses, David, and Ezechias, suffered severe punishment--a feeble shadow only, however, of the punishment for the smallest sin in the next world. What ought I, then, to expect, who have committed so many sins? It matters nothing that I forget them; God never forgets. He will leave nothing unpunished, not even the slight fault of an idle word. Our Lord Himself has told us so. We have many motives, then, to induce us to do real and continual penance; and in this holy time we shall receive special graces, which will make the practice of it easier. "Ecce nunc tempus acceptable." "Behold, now is the acceptable time." (11. Cor. 6: 2.)<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">A</font>ffections: Acknowledge humbly before God your sins and infidelities. Express your earnest desire to do penance for them. Ask grace to accomplish this desire.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">R</font>esolutions: Resolve on certain acts of penance and mortification which you will perform each day of this second week of Lent.<br><br><br>




<i>Point II--THE INJURY THAT SIN IS TO GOD<br><br></i>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">C</font>onsideration: Each mortal sin is a threefold insult to God, and its malice is infinite, inasmuch as it is committed against Him whose Majesty is infinite. We offend Him by insubordination and rebellion: God commands, and we do not obey. We offend Him by contempt: we prefer a transitory and vile enjoyment, sometimes a shameful one, to God and His laws. We injure Him by ingratitude: we make use of His very gifts to offend and insult Him. Each venial sin is also a three-fold injury; it is certainly of a slighter kind, but still its malice is so great that, if by a single venial sin we could change all the lost souls into saints who should praise God eternally in Heaven, we should not commit it, because the praises of all the human race could not compensate God for the injury done to Him by one venial sin.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">A</font>pplication: And the sins which you have committed against the Lord your God have contained malice such as this; and both faith and reason teach us that this malice increases, in proportion to the light and grace we have received. What ought we, then, to think about our venial sins? Who can count them? What an additional motive for penance during these chosen days, of which the Divine Office says, "The days of penance are come, to reclaim us from our sins!" "Advenerunt nobis dies paenitentia? ad redimenda peccata."<br><br><br>



<i>Point III--THE INJURY DONE TO OUR LORD BY SIN<br><br></i>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">C</font>onsideration: Our sins have been an injury to our Lord Jesus Christ. The Prophet Isaias speaks of our Lord as "Virum Dolorum," the "Man of Sorrows," (Isaias 53: 3,) above all other men; and it was our sins that made Him so; the sins of the whole world were laid on Him; and God beheld Him as the guilty one, on whom the weight of Divine justice was to fall. "Attritus est propter scelera nostra." "He was bruised for our sins," (Is. 53: 5) says the Holy Ghost. They were our sins which scourged Him, which crowned Him with thorns, which struck Him, spat upon Him, nailed Him to the cross, and made Him die upon it.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">A</font>pplication: This thought ought to overwhelm us with shame: There were times in my life when, in union with the cruel Jews, I cried out, "Let Him be crucified!" and, "Not this man, but Barabbas--not this man, but my passion." There have been times when, in union with the murderers, I ran the nails into my Saviour's hands and feet. I have done this, as far as I could, every time I committed a mortal sin. And every time I have committed a venial sin, I have added fresh suffering to the open wounds of Jesus. Thoughts like these armed the holy penitents of the desert against themselves. Imitate them during these holy days of universal penance and expiation.






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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">On giving ourselves to God without reserve</font><br><br>

<i>by St. Alphonsus Di Liguori</i><br><br>



<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">G</font>od has declared that He loves all those who love him: I love them that love Me. Prov. viii. 17. But it is not to be supposed that God will give Himself entirely to one who loves any thing in the world equally with God. At one time St. Teresa was in this state, keeping up an affection, not indeed an impure affection, but an inordinate one, for a certain relative. When however she divested herself of this attachment, God was pleased to say to her in a vision: "Now that thou art wholly mine, I am wholly thine." O my God, when shall the day arrive when I shall be wholly thine? Consume within me, I beseech Thee, by the flames of Thy divine love, all those earthly affections which hinder me from belonging entirely to Thee. When shall I be able to say to Thee with truth: my God, Thee only do I desire, and besides Thee there is nothing that I wish for.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">O</font>ne is my dove, my perfect one is but one. Cant. vi. 8. God so loves the soul that gives herself entirely to Him, that He seems to love no other; and hence He calls her His only dove. St. Teresa after her death revealed to one of her sisters that God has greater love for one soul that aspires to perfection than for a thousand others that are in a state of grace, but are tepid and imperfect. O my God, for how many years hast thou invited me to become entirely Thine, and I have refused! Death is already approaching, and shall I die as imperfect as I have hitherto lived? No, I hope that death will not find me as ungrateful as I have hitherto been. Help me; for I desire to leave all things to become entirely Thine.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">J</font>esus Christ, through the love which He has for us, has given His whole self to us. He hath loved us, and hath delivered Himself for us. Eph. v. 2. "If then," says St. Chrysostom, "God has given Himself entirely to you without reserve, if He has given you all, and nothing more remains for Him to give you, as indeed He has done in His passion and in the holy Eucharist, reason requires that you also should give yourself without reserve to Him." St. Frances of Sales says: "The heart is too little to love our bountiful Redeemer, who has loved us even to the laying down of His life for us." O what ingratitude, what injustice, to divide our hearts, and not to give them wholly to God! Let us then say with the spouse in the Canticles: "My "beloved to me, and I to my beloved." Thou, my God, hast given all to me, I will give all to Thee. I love Thee, my sovereign good. "My God and my all." Thou desirest that I should be all Thine, and such do I desire to be. O Mary, my Mother, pray for me that I may not love anything but God.







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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">O</font> God, Who didst let blessed John, when burning with Thy love, to walk through flames unscathed, and by his means didst beget new offspring for Thy Church: grant, through the help of his merits that our vices may be healed by the fire of Thy love and that we may receive remedies unto life everlasting. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end.   Amen.<br><br>


<i>(Roman Breviary)</i><br><br><br>



<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">N</font>othing in John's early life foreshadowed his future sanctity. He ran away as a boy from his home in Portugal, tended sheep and cattle in Spain, and served as a soldier against the French, and afterwards against the Turks. When about forty years of age, feeling remorse for his wild life, he resolved to devote himself to the ransom of the Christian slaves in Africa, and went thither with the family of an exiled noble, which he maintained by his labor. On his return to Spain he sought to do good by selling holy pictures and books at low prices. At length the hour of grace struck.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">A</font>t Granada a sermon by the celebrated John of Avila shook his soul to its depths, and his expressions of self-abhorrence were so extraordinary that he was taken to the asylum as one mad. There he employed himself in ministering to the sick. On leaving he began to collect homeless poor, and to support them by his work and by begging. One night St. John found in the streets a poor man who seemed near death, and, as was his wont, he carried him to the hospital, laid him on a bed, and went to fetch water to wash his feet. When he had washed them, he knelt to kiss them, and started with awe: the feet were pierced, and the print of the nails bright with an unearthly radiance. He raised his eyes to look, and heard the words, "John, to Me thou doest all that thou doest to the poor in My name: I reach forth My hand for the alms thou givest; Me dost thou clothe, Mine are the feet thou dost wash." And then the gracious vision disappeared, leaving St. John filled at once with confusion and consolation.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">T</font>he bishop became the Saint's patron, and gave him the name of John of God. When his hospital was on fire, John was seen rushing about uninjured amidst the flames until he had rescued all his poor. After ten years spent in the service of the suffering, the Saint's life was fitly closed. He plunged into the river Xenil to save a drowning boy, and died, 1550, of an illness brought on by the attempt, at the age of fifty-five.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">R</font>eflection.--God often rewards men for works that are pleasing in His sight by giving them grace and opportunity to do other works higher still. St. John of God used to attribute his conversion, and the graces which enabled him to do such great works, to his self-denying charity in Africa. 


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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">O</font> God, Who didst teach blessed Gabriel continually to recall the sorrows of Thy most sweet Mother, and through her didst raise him up to the glory of holiness and of miracles: grant us, through his intercession and example, so to share in the mourning of Thy Mother, that we may be saved by her maternal protection: Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end.   Amen.<br><br>


<i>(Roman Breviary)</i><br><br><br>



<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">S</font>aint Gabriel was born at Assisi in 1838. He was guided by Our Lady into the Passionist Order founded by Saint Paul of the Cross, and became a veritable Apostle of Her Sorrows. He was a very great and truly contemplative soul, whose only preoccupation was to unite himself to God at all times. He allowed no distractions to enter his spirit, and even though Italy, his country, was in a state of great excitement and activity when he entered religion, he wanted to know nothing of it.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">T</font>he way to attain union with our Saviour and our God was, for Saint Gabriel, as for Saint Louis de Montfort, His Heavenly Mother. He wrote home to his father, from the first month of his noviciate, "Believe your son, whose heart is speaking by his lips; no, I would not exchange one single quarter of an hour spent near the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, our consolatrix, our protectress and our hope, for a year or several years spent in the diversions and spectacles of the earth." Among his resolutions was that of visiting Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament each day, and praying for the gift of a tender and efficacious devotion to His Most Holy Mother. He wrote a beautiful Credo, worthy to be printed in letters of gold, expressing all that he believed of the Mother of God.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">A</font>t twenty-four years of age Saint Gabriel died of tuberculosis, having already attained heroic sanctity by a life of self-denial and great devotion to our Lord's Passion and the Compassion of His Mother.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">A</font>lthough his life was without any miraculous event, after his death in 1862 many miracles occurred at his tomb in Isola di Gran Sasso, Italy. He was canonized by Pope Benedict XV in 1920, and his feast was extended to the entire church by Pope Pius XI in 1932. He is the patron of youth, and especially of young religious.






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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="4">On the death of Jesus <br>for the love of men.</font><br><br>

<i>by St. Alphonsus Liguori</i><br><br>





<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">W</font>as  it ever possible that God the Creator of all things should have been pleased to die for the love of His creatures? It is of faith that He has done so. He hath loved us, and hath delivered Himself for us. Eph. v. 2. The earth, the heavens and all nature, with astonishment beheld Jesus, the only begotten Son of God, the Lord of the universe, die of intense pain and anguish, on a disgraceful cross, and why? for the love of men. And do men believe this and not love God? I have believed it,

O Jesus, and yet not only have I not loved Thee, but I have frequently offended Thee. Pardon me, I beseech Thee, and remind me continually of the death which Thou hast suffered for me, that I may never more offend Thee, but may always love thee.<br><br>


<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">I</font>t was not necessary for man's salvation that God should die; one drop of His blood, a single tear, or a prayer would have been sufficient, because being of infinite value, it would have redeemed this, or a thousand other worlds. But, O Jesus, Thou wouldst suffer so much, to teach us Thy great love for us. Hence St. Bonaventure exclaims, but with much greater reason may I exclaim, who have so often offended my Redeemer: "Alas! my God, why hast Thou so much loved me? why, O Lord, why? who am I?" O divine Pastor of my soul, behold I am the lost sheep, in quest of which Thou didst come upon the earth. I have ungratefully fled away from Thee: but since, unmindful of the sufferings which I have occasioned Thee, Thou callest me to Thy love, behold me, miserable as I am, but overcome with Thy great goodness, embracing Thy sacred feet, nailed to the cross. Jesus, my love, my treasure, I love Thee, and because I love Thee, I am sorry for having offended Thee.

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<font style="font-style: italic;" size="5">S</font>t. Bernard imagining himself present when Pilate passed sentence of death on our Blessed Saviour, thus addresses Him: "What hast Thou done my most innocent Saviour, that Thou shouldst be thus condemned? Thou art innocence itself;  and how do I now behold Thee condemned to death, even to the death of the cross? What crime hast Thou committed?" And he proceeds to answer: "Thy crime is love." As if he had said: ah! it is Thy too great love for us and not Pilate, that condemns Thee to death. When, my dear Redeemer, I remember the offences I have committed against Thee, it is not hell, which I have deserved for them, that makes me grieve, but the love which Thou hast shown me. Ah! my crucified God, I desire to be from henceforth and for ever Thine, and I will love no other but Thee. Strengthen my weakness, and make me faithful to Thee. Holy Mary, mother of God, enable me to love Jesus: this is the only favour I ask.








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