Saturday, July 31, 2010

St. Ignatius of Loyola


St. Ignatius was born in the family castle in Guipúzcoa, Spain, the youngest of 13 children, and was called Iñigo López de Recalde. When he was old enough, he became a page, and then a soldier of Spain to fight against the French. Eventually he found himself at the age of 30 in May of 1521 as an officer defending the fortress of the town of Pamplona against the French, who claimed the territory as their own against Spain. The Spaniards were terribly outnumbered and the commander of the Spanish forces wanted to surrender, but Ignatius convinced him to fight on for the honor of Spain, if not for victory. During the battle a cannon ball struck Ignatius, wounding one leg and breaking the other. Because they admired his courage, the French soldiers carried him back to recuperate at his home, the castle of Loyola, rather than to prison.
His leg was set but did not heal, so it was necessary to break it again and reset it, all without anesthesia. Ignatius grew worse and was finally told by the doctors that he should prepare for death.
On the feast of Saints Peter and Paul (29 June) he took an unexpected turn for the better. The leg healed, but when it did the bone protruded below the knee and one leg was shorter than the other. This was unacceptable to Ignatius, who considered it a fate worse than death not to be able to wear the long, tight-fitting boots and hose of the courtier. Therefore he ordered the doctors to saw off the offending knob of bone and lengthen the leg by systematic stretching. Again, all of this was done without anesthesia. Unfortunately, this was not a successful procedure. All his life he walked with a limp because one leg was shorter than the other.

During the long weeks of his recuperation, he was extremely bored and asked for some romance novels to pass the time. Luckily there were none in the castle of Loyola, but there was a copy of the life of Christ and a book on the saints. Desperate, Ignatius began to read them. The more he read, the more he considered the exploits of the saints worth imitating. However, at the same time he continued to have daydreams of fame and glory, along with fantasies of winning the love of a certain noble lady of the court, the identity of whom we never have discovered but who seems to have been of royal blood. He noticed, however, that after reading and thinking of the saints and Christ he was at peace and satisfied. Yet when he finished his long daydreams of his noble lady, he would feel restless and unsatisfied. Not only was this experience the beginning of his conversion, it was also the beginning of spiritual discernment, or discernment of spirits, which is associated with Ignatius and described in his Spiritual Exercises.

After traveling and studying in different schools, he finished in Paris, where he received his degree at the age of 43. Many first hated St. Ignatius because of his humble Lifestyle. Despite this, he attracted several followers at the university, including St. Francis Xavier, and soon started his order called The Society of Jesus, or Jesuits. There are 38 members of the Society of Jesus who have been declared Blessed, and 38 who have been canonized as saints.

Friday, July 30, 2010

St. Peter Chrysologus


St. Peter , who was one of the most famous orators of the Catholic Church , was born in Imola , Italy and was formed by the Bishop of that city Cornelius, by which always retained a great veneration. Bishop Cornelio St. Peter convinced that in the domain of their own passions and lusts reject lies the true greatness, and that this is a sure way to get the blessings of God. St. Peter enjoyed the friendship of the Emperor Valentinian and his mother, Placida, and on the recommendation of the two, he was appointed archbishop of Ravenna. We also enjoyed the friendship of Pope Saint Leo the Great. When it became archbishop of Ravenna, had in this city a large number of pagans. And it worked so enthusiastically to convert them , that when he died and the pagans were very few non-believers in this place. A lot of people liked his sermons, and so gave him the nickname of Chrysologus , which means , that speaks very well. His manner of speech was concise , simple and practical. People were astonished that in sermons rather short , was able to summarize the most important truths of the faith. it is preserved , 176 sermons, very well prepared and carefully worded. For his great wisdom to preach and write, was named Doctor of the Church by Pope Benedict XIII. We strongly recommend frequent Communion and exhorted his listeners to turn the Holy Eucharist in their food every week. He died on 30 July 451.

References: Catholic.Net

Thursday, July 29, 2010

St. Martha of Bethany


"Jesus loved Martha and Mary and Lazarus." This unique statement in John's gospel tells us of the special relationship Jesus had with Martha, her sister, and her brother.

Apparently Jesus was a frequent guest at Martha's home in Bethany, a small village two miles from Jerusalem. We read of three visits in Luke 10:38-42, John 11:1-53, and John 12:1-9.

Many of us find it easy to identify with Martha in the story Luke tells. Martha welcomes Jesus and his disciples into her home and immediately goes to work to serve them. Hospitality is paramount in the Middle East and Martha believed in its importance. Imagine her frustration when her sister Mary ignores the rule of hospitality and Martha's work in order to sit and listen to Jesus. Instead of speaking to her sister, she asks Jesus to intervene. Jesus' response is not unkind, which gives us an idea of his affection for her. He observes that Martha is worried about many things that distract her from really being present to him. He reminds her that there is only one thing that is truly important -- listening to him. And that is what Mary has done. In Martha we see ourselves -- worried and distracted by all we have to do in the world and forgetting to spend time with Jesus. It is, however, comforting to note that Jesus loved her just the same.

The next visit shows how well Martha learned this lesson. She is grieving the death of her brother with a house full of mourners when she hears that Jesus has just come to the area. She gets up immediately and leaves the guests, leaves her mourning, and goes to meet him.

Her conversation with Jesus shows her faith and courage. In this dialogue she states clearly without doubt that she believes in Jesus' power, in the resurrection, and most of all that Jesus is the Son of God. Jesus tells her that he is the resurrection and the life and then goes on to raise her brother from the dead. Our final picture of Martha in Scripture is the one that sums up who she was. Jesus has returned to Bethany some time later to share a meal with his good friends. In this home were three extraordinary people. We hear how brother Lazarus caused a stir when was brought back to life. We hear how Mary causes a commotion at dinner by annointing Jesus with expensive perfume. But all we hear about Martha is the simple statement: "Martha served." She isn't in the spotlight, she doesn't do showy things, she doesn't receive spectacular miracles. She simply serves Jesus.

We know nothing more about Martha and what happened to her later. According to a totally untrustworthy legend Martha accompanied Mary to evangelize France after Pentecost.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

St. Pantaleon


Nikomedia born doctor (now Turkey). He was beheaded by profess their Catholic faith in the persecution of Roman Emperor Diocletian, on 27 July 305.

What is known of St. Pantaleon comes from an ancient manuscript of the sixth century that is in the British Museum. Pantaleon was the son of a pagan named Eubulus and Christian mother. Pantaleon was a doctor. His teacher was Euphrosino , the doctor most notable of the empire. He was a doctor of the emperor Galerius Maximian in Nicomedia.

He knew the faith but was carried away by the pagan world in which he lived and succumbed to the temptations that weaken the will and end with the virtues and fell into apostasy. A good Christian named Hermolaos opened his eyes , exhorting him to know " healing from the Highest " , led him to the bosom of the Church. Since then turned their science to the service of Christ, to serve their patients on behalf of the Lord.

In the year 303, began the persecution of Diocletian in Nikomedia . Pantaleon gave everything he had to the poor. Some doctors out of envy, he betrayed to the authorities. He was arrested along with Hermolaos and two Christians. The emperor , who wanted to save him in secret , told her apostasy , but he refused and immediately Pantaleon miraculously cured a paralytic to prove the truth of faith. The four were sentenced to be beheaded. San Pantaleon died a martyr at the age of 29 years on 27 July 304. He died for the faith that had once denied. Like St. Peter and St. Paul , had the opportunity to repair and to express his love to the Lord .

The minutes of his martyrdom miraculous facts tell us : They tried to kill him in six different ways , with fire, molten lead , choking , throwing to the beasts , tortured at the wheel and a sword piercing . With the help of the Lord , Pantaleon was unharmed. Then they beheaded freely allowed and milk came out your veins instead of blood and the olive tree where the event occurred immediately flourished . Could it be that these stories are a symbolic way of extolling the virtues of the martyrs, but in any case , the important thing is that Pantaleon shed his blood for Christ and Christians took it as an example of holiness .

In the East we have great veneration as a martyr and as attending physician to the poor for free . It was also very famous in the West since antiquity.

Are still some relics of his blood, in Madrid ( Spain) , Constantinople (Turkey) and Ravello ( Italy).

The Miracle of blood

A portion of their reserves in a blood blister on the altar of the Real Monasterio de la Encarnación in Madrid de los Austrias , next to the Plaza de Oriente, Madrid , Spain. It was taken from another larger than is saved in the Italian Cathedral of Ravello. It was donated to the monastery together with a piece of bone from a saint by the Viceroy of Naples. In Madrid the Augustinian Recoletos guard the devoted to prayer. There is evidence that the relic was already in the incarnation since its founding in 1616.

Blood , solid throughout the year, liquefaction [or liquefaction phenomenon occurs ], like the blood of San Gennaro , without human intervention . This occurs on the eve of the anniversary of his martyrdom, or every 26 July. This has happened every year until the date of this writing, 2005, when they celebrate 1700 years of his martyrdom. In that year the miracle took place while the nuns were praying in the church choir and in the presence of hundreds of visitors. The monastery opens its doors to the public for all to witness . Sometimes the blood has been slow to solidify to signal a crisis, as occurred during the two world wars.

Many attempts have been made to explain the phenomenon by purely natural mechanisms , such as temperature and moon phases . However, none of the explanations has been successful in science. The church has not been defined on the miracle. The sisters say simply that it is " a gift from God. "

To facilitate public view and prevent deterioration of the relic , in 1995 the nuns installed television monitors that increase ten times the image of the capsule containing the blood of the saint.

The martyr 's blood liquefies a doctor . What God tells us this wonder ? .

Did not need this courageous witness who gave his life by faith. His blood reminds us of our own responsibility to live the faith in a time where so many fall into apostasy or simply indifference. The need the example of St. Pantaleon , who knew how to live their profession in the service of Jesus Christ.

References: Catholic.Net

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Ss. Natalia, Aurelius and Companions


Aurelius was the son of a Muslim father and a Christian mother. He was also secretly a follower of Christianity, as was his wife Natalia, who was also the child of a Muslim father. One of Aurelius's cousins, Felix, accepted Islam for a short time, but later converted back to Christianity and married a Christian woman, Liliosa.

Under Sharia Law, all four of them were required to profess Islam. In time all four began to openly profess their Christianity, with the two women going about in public with their faces unveiled. They were all swiftly arrested as apostates from Islam.

They were given four days to recant, but they refused, and were beheaded. They were martyred with a local monk, George, who had openly spoken out against the prophet Mohammed. He had been offered a pardon as a foreigner, but chose instead to denounce Islam again and die with the others.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Sts. Joachim and Anne


By tradition Joachim and Anne are considered to be the names of the parents of Mary, the Mother of God. We have no historical evidence, however, of any elements of their lives, including their names. Any stories about Mary's father and mother come to us through legend and tradition. We get the oldest story from a document called the Gospel of James, though in no way should this document be trusted to be factual, historical, or the Word of God. The legend told in this document says that after years of childlessness, an angel appeared to tell Anne and Joachim that they would have a child. Anne promised to dedicate this child to God (much the way that Samuel was dedicated by his mother Hannah -- Anne -- in 1 Kings). For those who wonder what we can learn from people we know nothing about and how we can honor them, we must focus on why they are honored by the church. Whatever their names or the facts of their lives, the truth is that it was the parents of Mary who nurtured Mary, taught her, brought her up to be a worthy Mother of God. It was their teaching that led her to respond to God's request with faith, "Let it be done to me as you will." It was their example of parenting that Mary must have followed as she brought up her own son, Jesus. It was their faith that laid the foundation of courage and strength that allowed her to stand by the cross as her son was crucified and still believe. Such parents can be examples and models for all parents. Anne (or Ann) is the patron saint of Christian mothers and of women in labor.

Prayer
Parents of Mary, pray for all parents that they may provide the loving home and faithful teaching that you provided your daughter.
AMEN

References: Catholic.Org

Sunday, July 25, 2010

St. James the Greater


The story and history of Saint James the Greater, who was one of the disciples of Jesus. James was prominent amongst the twelve apostles. He was James, the son of Zebedee, who was considered the greater apostle of those called James. James thought to be a cousin of Jesus, by the sister of the Virgin Mary, and the brother of Saint Jude Thaddeus. James worked as a fisherman with his brother John, his father Zebedee and his partner Simon. John and James were followers of John the Baptist and then Jesus. John the Baptist referred to Jesus with the words "Behold the Lamb of God!". He left his life as a fisherman when Jesus called him to be a fisher of men. He followed Jesus as one of his disciples until Jesus was crucified. James the Greater was chosen by Jesus to be one of the twelve apostles and was given the mission to spread the gospel of Jesus. He made a pilgrimage to Spain to spread the word. St James returned to Judea, where he was beheaded by King Herod Agrippa I (10 BC - 44 AD) in the year 44. This is detailed in the Bible in Acts 12 of the New Testament. The remains, or relics, of Saint James the Greater are said to be buried in Santiago de Compostela in Galicia (Spain) explaining why Saint James the Greater is the patron saint of Spain.

St. James, or according to the Spanish form of his name, St. lago, is also the great military patron of Spain. His mission to defend the Christian Church against the Infidel was however reserved until after his death. In the course of the celebrated battle of Clavijo he suddenly appeared on a milk-white charger, waving aloft a white standard, and leading the Christians to victory. This manifestation was in response to the soldiers' invocation of his name, "Sant lago!" being the battle-cry of that day. Hence the name of the ancient city (Santiago) which contains the cathedral founded in his honour.

There are two categories of saints: martyrs and confessors. A Christian martyr is regarded as one who is put to death for his Christian faith or convictions. Confessors are people who died natural deaths. Date of Death: Saint James the Greater died in A.D. 44. Cause of Death: Beheaded.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

St. Charbel


Youssef (Joseph) was born on May 8, 1828 in a small town in Lebanon called Biqa - Kafra. It was the fifth son of Anthony and Bridget Choudiac Makhlouf , simple peasants with faith . Two of his maternal uncles were monks in the monastery of Quzhaya which was about an hour away from Biqa - Kafra. Joseph frequently visited and stayed with them helping with the divine , sharing in their prayers and songs and listening to their wise counsel. I was twenty when he left home and family to enter the monastery of Our Lady of Mayfouk Lebanese Maronite Order . Upon receiving the habit of a novice it changed its name to Charbel , a name of a martyr of the Church of Antioch who died in the year 107 under the rule of Trajan. When his mother and his uncle learned of his decision, immediately went to fetch the monastery trying to convince him to return. Finally , Bridget, also convinced his son 's vocation , he said: If you were not to be good religious I would say : Go home ! But now I know the Lord loves you at your service. And in my pain at being separated from you, I say resigned : May God bless you , my son, and make you a saint ...! From a young age had developed an intense interior life and prayer that during his years as a monk had matured. Soon he woke up in the hermit's life vocation , according to Christian tradition , it must be living in solitude. He retired to the hermitage of St. Peter and St. Paul in an Nour Gebel (Mountain of Light ), which had only two tiny rooms and a chapel too narrow . He began this austere life in 1875 and led for twenty years. Be exercised in various mortifications and constant prayer , he slept on the floor and ate only once a day. Ordinarily Mass officiated by noon so that spent the morning preparing for the Holy Sacrifice and evening giving thanks to God. He lived in absolute retirement, of which only came out to meet some pastoral need. On December 16, 1898 was celebrating Mass at eleven o'clock in the morning, when he suffered a paralytic stroke at the time of consecration. He died on 24 December and is buried in the Monastery of St. Maron , the current goal of pilgrimages and miracles constant . He was canonized on October 9th, 1977 by Pope Paul VI.

Prayer
Father almighty may the life and
death of your servant Charbel
help us in our daily struggles against
evil so we can protect the Holy Catholc Church
and Preach the Gospel around the world. We ask
this through Christ our Lord.
AMEN

References: Catholic.net

Friday, July 23, 2010

St. Brigit of Sweden


St. Bridget was the mother of eight children. After her husband died she entered a life of penance with lots of fasting and prayer vigils. Her mystical visions became frequent. The Lord revealed to her that she was to become His bride and perform the task of informing the world of His warnings and messages. She received so many revelations that there was no reason to doubt this one. Despite the fact that private revelations never replace or modify doctrines of the faith, hers were credible and taken seriously by many religious.

Her first revelation was when she was a young girl of seven. She saw a beautiful lady who offered her a crown and placed it on her head and Bridget felt its touch before the vision disappeared. When she was ten she had a vision of crucified Christ with blood flowing through His wounds. Her mother died* when she was eleven or twelve and she was raised by a pious

Thursday, July 22, 2010

St. Mary Magdalen


Today we celebrate St. Mary Magdalen , we must refer to three biblical characters, which some identify a single person: Mary Magdalene , Mary the sister of Lazarus and Martha, and the anonymous sinner who anoints Jesus' feet .Three characters for a story, Mary Magdalene , and , with your full name, appears in several scenes from the Gospels . Ranks first among the women who accompanied Jesus ( Mt 27, 56 , Mk 15, 47 , Luke 8, 2 ) is present during the Passion (Mark 15: 40) and at the foot of the cross with the Mother of Jesus ( Jn 19 , 25); see how buried the Lord (Mark 15, 47 ); comes before Peter and John to the tomb on Easter morning (John 20 , 1-2 ) is the first to whom appears risen Jesus ( Mt 28 , 1-10 , Mk 16, 9 , Jn 20, 14 ), although not recognized and is mistaken for the gardener ( Jn 20, 15), is sent as an apostle of the apostles ( Jn 20 , 18). Both Mark and Luke report that Jesus had driven out "seven demons. " (Luke 8, 2 , Mark 16, 9 ) Mary of Bethany is the sister of Martha and Lazarus, appears in the episode of the resurrection of her brother (John 11); poured perfume on the Lord and dry feet with her hair ( Jn 11, 1 , 12 , 3) , Listen to the Lord sitting at his feet and takes the "better part "(Lk 10, 38-42) while his sister works . Finally , a third character, the anonymous sinner who anoints Jesus' feet (Luke 7, 36-50) in the house of Simon the Pharisee. Two in one , three in one, It was not difficult , reading all the pieces , make a connection between the anointing of the sinner and Mary of Bethany , ie it is assumed that the same anointing (although the circumstances differ ), and therefore the same person. Moreover, the "seven demons " Magdalena could mean a serious sin that Jesus would have been released . Do not forget that Luke presents Mary Magdalene ( Lk 8 , 1-2) in the next line of the story of the repentant sinner and forgiven (Lk 7, 36-50) .St. John , introducing the three brothers of Bethany ( Martha, Mary and Lazarus) , says that "Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped his feet with her hair . " The attentive reader thinks: "I know this character : it is the sinner of Luke 7 . Furthermore, in the same gospel of Luke, immediately after the episode of the anointing , we are introduced to Mary Magdalene, who had come "seven demons. " The reader confirms its impression: " Mary Magdalene is the sinner who anointed Jesus. " And finally, in the same gospel of Luke , a few chapters later (Luke 10) , Mary , sister of Martha, listening to the Lord appears seated at his feet. The reader concludes : "Mary Magdalene and Mary are the same person , the penitent sinner and forgiven , which John also mentioned by name clarifications lived in Bethany . " But this conclusion is not necessary because: there is no need to relate to John Lucas , the stories differ in several details. For example , the anointing , as Lucas , takes place in the house of Simon the Pharisee , his story makes explicit reference to the sins of the woman who anoints Jesus. But Matthew , Mark and John , meanwhile , speak of the anointing at Bethany in the house of one Simon (John does not clarify the name of the homeowner, simply point out that Martha served and Lazarus was present), and mention the gesture Judas hypocritical in relation to the price of perfume, without suggesting that the woman was a sinner. Only John gives us the name of the woman , that others do not mention.
the "seven demons " do not mean a great number of sins, but , as clarified by Lucas- spot " evil spirits and infirmities ", this meaning is more consistent with routine use in the Gospels. Two theories, The case for the identification of the three characters, as we see, is weak. However, such identification has had the benefit with a long tradition, as mentioned . There must also say that the arguments in favor of the distinction between the three women are not fully conclusive. This means that both theories have reasons for and against, and indeed , throughout history, both interpretations have been supported by the exegetes : thus, for example, Latinos have always been more consistent in identifying three women, and the Greeks apart. An "official" answer, While both positions have arguments today the Catholic Church has clearly tilted the distinction between the three women. Specifically, in the liturgical texts , and makes no reference , as it was before the Council , to the sins of Mary Magdalene or his status as a " penitent " or other features that come from being too Mary of Bethany sister of Lazarus and Martha . Indeed , the Church has seen fit to just stick to secure data offered by the gospel.So now considered that the identification between Magdalene , the sinner and Mary is more of a confusion "without foundation " , as the footnote in Luke 7, 37, "The Book of the People of God. " There is no doubt that the Church, through its liturgy , has opted for the distinction between the Magdalene , Mary of Bethany and the sinner, so that today we can ensure that Mary Magdalene , as Scripture tells us and what we affirmed the Liturgy , was not " public sinner , "" adultery "or "prostitute "but only a follower of Christ, whose love was burning infected, to proclaim the Easter joy to the Apostles themselves .The liturgy of his feast, The biblical texts that claim in his report (held on 22 July ) speak of the search for the " lover of my soul "(Song 3, 1 -4a) or the death and resurrection of Jesus as a mystery of love urges us to live for " Him who died and rose again "for us (2 Cor 5, 14-17). Ell gospel is proclaimed in the Mass is John 20 1-2.11-18 , ie the Easter story in which Magdalene appears as the first witness of the Resurrection of Jesus, proclaimed " Master! " and will announce to all has seen the Lord. As you see, no mention of his sins or his supposed identification with Mary of Bethany. survives only with the alleged identification of the fact that the feast of Santa Marta is celebrated precisely in the Octave of Santa Magdalena , ie a week later, on 29 July. St. Mary of Bethany has not yet own party official in the Liturgical Calendar .eucológicos texts of the Mass Memory of Santa Maria Magdalena tells us , for its part that it the Son of God " confided before anyone else ... the mission to proclaim the joy of Easter theirs "( Opening Prayer ). Magdalena is one "whose love offering accepted with much mercy thy Son Jesus Christ "( Prayer over the Gifts) and is a model of " the love that [ the] drove to surrender forever to Christ "( Prayer postcommunion ). In the Liturgy of the Hours the same situation exists because the new songs composed after the liturgical reform (Aurora surgit Mágdalæ lucid for Lauds and Vespers sidus to ) emphasize the same aspects : Mary Magdalene as a privileged witness of the Resurrection, first to announce the risen Christ, and faithful and fearless follower of his Master. Something similar takes place in the other elements of the Divine Office , which , once again, there is no allusion to the supposed sins of the Magdalena or she is the sister of Martha and Lazarus. As a sharp contrast, it is noted in the liturgy after Vatican II, the Report of July 22 was called " St. Mary Magdalene , penitent , "and there were many references to his sins forgiven by Jesus and she is the sister of Lazarus. proclaiming the gospel Luke was just seven , 36-50, that is, the anointing of Jesus by "a sinful woman who was in town ' : "in civitate peccatrix . " Finally, mention that the cult of Saint Mary Magdalene is very old , since the Church has always venerated in a special way the characters closer to Jesus' gospel . The date of July 22 as his feast existed before the tenth century in the East, but in the West his cult did not spread until the twelfth century , bringing together in one person to the three women who felt different and revered East on various dates . From the Counter-Reformation, the cult of Mary Magdalene, " forgiven sinner " becomes even stronger. Eastern legend states that after the Ascension have lived in Ephesus with Mary and San Juan , there would be dead and his remains have been transferred to Constantinople in the late ninth century and deposited in the monastery of St. Lazarus. Another tradition , which prevails in the West, noted that the three " brothers " (Marta, Maria Magdalena " and Lazarus ) traveled to Marseilles (in a boat without sails and no rudder). There, in Provence , the three became a crowd , then Magdalena retired for thirty years to a cave ( the "Holy Balm ) to do penance. Magdalena died in Aix -en- Provence, where the angels had taken for his last communion, which gives St. Maximus . Various avatars suffer his relics and his tomb over the centuries. These legends , of course , have no historical basis and, as so many were wrought in the Middle Ages to explain and authenticate the presence in a local church , the supposed relics of Magdalena, the destination of countless pilgrimages. Finally, it should be mentioned that the name "Magdalene "means" of Magdala " , a city that has been identified with the current Taricheai , north of Tiberias on Lake Galilee.

Prayer
Mary Magdalene , I ask you to help me to recognize Christ in my life avoiding occasions of sin . Help me to achieve a true conversion of heart so that works can show my love for God.
AMEN

References: Catholic.Net

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

St. Lawrence of Brindisi


Julio was born in Brindisi, Kingdom of Naples, to a family of Venetian merchants. He was educated at Saint Mark's College in Venice, and joined the Capuchins in Verona as Brother Lorenzo. He received further instruction from the University of Padua. An accomplished linguist, Lawrence spoke most European and Semitic languages fluently.

He was appointed definitor-general for Rome for the Capuchins in 1596; Pope Clement VIII assigned him the task of converting the Jews in the city. Beginning in 1599, Lawrence established Capuchin monasteries in modern Germany and Austria, furthering the Counter-Reformation and bringing many Protestants back to the Catholic faith.

In 1601, he served as the imperial chaplain for the army of Rudolph II, Holy Roman Emperor, and successfully recruited Philippe Emmanuel, Duke of Mercoeur to help fight against the Ottoman Turks. He then led the army during the capture of Székesfehérvár from the Ottoman Empire, armed only with a crucifix.

In 1602 he was elected vicar-general of the Capuchins, at that time the highest office in the order. He was elected again in 1605, but refused the office. He entered the service of the Holy See, becoming nuncio to Bavaria. After serving as nuncio to Spain, he retired to a monastery in 1618. He was recalled as a special envoy to the King of Spain regarding the actions of the Viceroy of Naples in 1619, and after finishing his mission, died on his birthday in Lisbon.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

St. Elijah



Elijah אֵלִיָּהו Eliyahu "God is the Lord " or " My God is Yahweh"One of the many compounds containing the names Tetragrammaton which represents the divine name. It was a prophet who lived in the ninth century BC Speak of him in Chapters 17 to 21 1 Kings and chapters 1 and 2 2 Kings. By 1 Kings 17:1 and 1:8 2Kings Tishbé was a native of the region Gilead, East of Jordan River. The prophetic ministry of Elijah begins in the reign Ahab, son OmriWho ruled Israel between 874 BC and 853 BC The authors of the Books of Kings, cited as a source for their stories another book now unknown, Annals of the Kings of Israel (1 Kings 22:39.) Possibly such source or another directly referring to the prophet, the story is drawn on the confrontation between Elijah and King Ahab who did evil in the eyes of the Lord more than all who preceded him and he married Jezebel Itobaal daughter , king of Sidon and went after BaalServed him and bowed down before him. Elijah suddenly appears in the story announcing Ahab drought, through which the prophet multiplied food for a widow and her son and then raises the child when he dies of a disease. Elijah confronts Jezebel had sent to kill the prophets of Yahweh and Mount Caramel defeat the prophets of Baal, after which the drought ends. Elijah was a man with a nature similar to ours (James 5:17): After his victory, fled for fear of the vengeance of Jezebel and out into the desert , wishing death. However, after finding food and drink is felt comforted and went to Mount Horeb, where he hides in a cave. In the midst of the depression of the prophet, God is manifested as the whisper of a gentle breeze and gives new missions , pointing to Eliseo as his successor. The wickedness of Ahab and Jezebel, Elijah faced by not limited to the worship of Baal , but that was projected in the dispossession of their subjects. The episode Naboth's vineyard (1 Kings 21) Is representative of the repeated history of dispossession of land from farmers by the rulers and large landowners . Other prophets would relate to these situations: Isaiah 5:8; Micah 2:2. Elijah expresses the divine sentence against Jezebel and against the descendants of Ahab. he defeated and killed in combat with the troops of the king of Aram, despite the good wishes of the false prophets, was succeeded by his son Ahaziah, who walked the path of his father and mother and made Israel to sin and died soon. By 2:1-13 2Kings after the death of Ahaziah (852 BC) took over from Elijah God I live in a chariot of fire and horses of fire sight of Elisha. Many believed that John the Baptist was the Elijah who came to prepare his way (Matthew 11:7-15 Malachi 3:23.) In fact, to reinforce this mission , John himself dressed like Elijah 1:8 2Kings, 2:1-13 2Kings. The Gospels Synoptics, in a passage known as the Transfiguration Show Elijah and Moses talking Jesus (Mark 9:4.) The apocryphal Apocalypse of Elijah shown alongside Enoch fighting against son of iniquity that kills them , after which they raised, in a similar way as with the two witnesses Revelation 11 in its confrontation with beast.

References: Wikipedia.Org

Monday, July 19, 2010

Saint Macrina the Younger


Saint Macrina the Younger was born at Caesarea, Cappadocia. Her parents were Basil the Elder and Emmelia, and her grandmother was Saint Macrina the Elder. Among her nine siblings were two of the three Cappadocian Fathers, her younger brothers Basil the Great and Saint Gregory of Nyssa, as well as Peter of Sebaste. Her father arranged for her to marry but her fiance died before the wedding. She devoted herself to her religion, becoming a nun.

She became well known as a holy woman and instructed many young women religiously. For this she is honored as one of the most prominent nuns of the Eastern Church. She had a profound influence upon her brothers with her adherence to an ascetic ideal. Her brother Gregory of Nyssa wrote a work entitled Life of Macrina in which he describes her sancity throughout her life. In 379, Macrina died at her family's estate in Pontus, which with the help of her younger brother Peter she had turned into a monastery and convent. Gregory of Nyssa composed a "Dialogue on the Soul and Resurrection" to commemorate Macrina.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

St. Camillus de Lellis


Born in Abruzzo ( Italy) in 1550. He followed a military career like his father . He appeared a sore on his foot, he did leave the profession of arms and go to the Hospital of Santiago in Rome to get healed. At the hospital in Rome was dedicated to helping and caring for other patients, while seeking their own healing . But at that time became the vice of gambling . He was expelled from Naples hospital and lost all their life savings in the game , leaving in poverty. Long ago, in a shipwreck , had made to God 's promise to become a Franciscan monk , but had not met. While in absolute poverty is offered as a worker and a messenger in a convent of the Capuchin Fathers , where he heard a talk spiritual father made them superior to the workers, and felt strongly the call of God to his conversion. He began to mourn and asked forgiveness for their sins, with firm resolve to change their ways completely. He was 25. Asked to be admitted as a Franciscan convent but he reopened the wound in the foot,
Camillus de Lellis , Saint
and was dismissed. He went to hospital and was cured , and made for his admission as a candidate for cappuccino. But in the novitiate again appeared sore and had to leave there too. Back at the hospital in Santiago , was devoted to caring for other patients, for which he was named assistant general hospital. Spiritually directed by St. Philip Neri , he studied theology and was ordained priest. In 1575 he realized that given the large number of pilgrims coming to Rome , hospitals were unable to properly attend to the sick who came . It was then decided to found a religious community that is devoted entirely to hospitals. St. Camillus was to treat each patient as our Lord Jesus Christ himself. Although he endured for 36 years, the wound of his foot , no one was sad or moody . With his best collaborators founded the Community Servants of the Sick on December 8, 1591 . Camilo Fathers are now called . He died on July 14, 1614 , at age 64 . He was canonized in 1746 by S.S. Benedict XIV.

References: Catholic.Net

Saturday, July 17, 2010

St. Alexius of Rome


Saint Alexius, born in Rome in the fourth century, was the only son of parents pre-eminent among the Roman nobles for both their virtue and their great wealth. They were particularly noted for their almsgiving; three tables were prepared every day for all who came for assistance — pilgrims, the poor and the sick. Their son, fruit of their prayers, was married with splendid feasting to a noble young lady of the imperial family, but on his wedding night, by God’s special inspiration, he secretly left Rome, longing for a solitude where he could serve God alone. He went to Edessa in the far East, gave away all that he had brought with him, content thereafter to live by alms at the gate of Our Lady’s church in that city. His family, in the deepest grief, could not fathom the mystery of his disappearance, and would have been consoled if God had taken him instead through death.

It came to pass that the servants of Saint Alexius, whom his father had sent in search of him, arrived in Edessa, and seeing him among the poor at the gate of Our Lady’s church, gave him an alms, not recognizing him. Whereupon the man of God, rejoicing, said, “I thank You, Lord, who have called me and granted that I should receive for Your Name’s name’s sake an alms from my own slaves. Deign to fulfill in me the work You have begun.”

After seventeen years spent at the portico of the church, when his sanctity was miraculously confirmed by the Blessed Virgin, speaking through Her image to an officer of the church, Saint Alexius once more sought obscurity by flight. On his way to Tarsus contrary winds drove his ship to Rome. There no one recognized, in this pale and tattered mendicant, the heir of Rome’s noblest house, not even his sorrowing parents, who had vainly sent throughout the world in search of him. From his own father’s charity Saint Alexius begged a miserable shelter in his palace, under a staircase, with the leavings of his table as food. There he spent another seventeen years, bearing patiently the mockery and ill usage of his own servants, and witnessing daily the still inconsolable grief of his spouse and parents.

At last, when death had ended this cruel martyrdom, they learned too late, in the year 404, who it was that they had unknowingly sheltered. A voice was heard by all in attendance at the Pope’s Mass, saying: “Seek the man of God, he will pray for Rome, and the Lord will be favorable to it; he will die Friday.” All the city undertook in vain to find this unknown Saint. But God had commanded Alexius himself to write down his life story and sign it, in this way He Himself confirmed His servant’s sanctity, when he was found lifeless in his retreat, holding that document in his hand. The Pope read aloud what was written on the parchment of the Saint, and everywhere in Rome there was a single cry of admiration, impossible to describe. The house of Alexius’ father Euphemian was later transformed into a church dedicated to Saint Alexius.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Caramel


Memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Caramel, where Elijah Mount got the people of Israel return to worship the living God and in which , later , some, seeking solitude , retired to a hermit life , giving origin over time to a religious order of contemplative life, which has as patron and protector of the Mother of God.
From the old hermits who settled on Mount Caramel , Carmelites have been known for his deep devotion to the Blessed Virgin. They interpreted the cloud vision of Elijah (1 Kings 18 , 44) as a symbol of Mary Immaculate. Already in the thirteenth century , five centuries before the proclamation of the dogma , the Carmelite Missal contained a Mass for the Immaculate Conception.
In the words of Benedict XVI , 15, VII , 06:
"Caramel , high promontory that rises on the east coast of the Mediterranean Sea , at the height of Galilee , is in her skirts numerous natural grottoes, favorites of hermits. The most famous of these men of God was the great prophet Elijah, who in the ninth century BC valiantly defended the pollution of idolatrous worship the purity of faith in the one true God . Inspired by the figure of Elijah , came the Contemplative Order of the " Carmelite " religious family that counts among its members great saints such as Teresa of Avila , John of the Cross , Teresa of the Child Jesus and Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (in the world , Edith Stein) . The Carmelites have spread among the Christian people devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mount Caramel , pointing as a model of prayer, contemplation and dedication to God. Mary, in fact , before and in an unsurpassable way , believed and felt that Jesus , the Incarnate Word , is the summit , the summit of man's encounter with God . Welcoming the Word fully , " she happily reached the holy mountain " (Prayer of the collection of the Report) , and lives forever , in soul and body, with the Lord. To the Queen of Mount Caramel today I want to entrust all communities contemplative life spread throughout the world, especially those of the Carmelite Order, among which I remember the monastery of Quart, not far from here [ Aosta Valley ]. May Mary help all Christians to find God in the silence prayer.
Star of the Sea and the Carmelites
The sailors, before the age of electronics, depended on the stars to make their way in the vast ocean. Hence the analogy with the Virgin Mary who, as star of the sea, guides us through the difficult waters of life to the safe harbor that is Christ.
For the invasion of the Saracens , the Carmelites were forced to leave Mount Caramel. An ancient tradition tells us that before leaving the Virgin appeared to them as they sang the Salve Regina and she promised to be for them a Star of the Sea that beautiful name also known as Lady Mount Caramel stands as a star next to Tues
The Carmelites and devotion to the Virgin del Carmen are spread through the world
Mary Immaculate , Star of the Sea , is the Virgen del Carmen , ie which is venerated in ancient times in Caramel. She accompanied the Carmelite order as the spread around the world. The Carmelites are known for their devotion to the Mother of God, and that she sees the fulfillment of the ideal of Elijah. He was even called " Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Caramel. " In his religious profession devoted themselves to God and Mary, and took the habit in her honor as a reminder that their lives belonged to her and for her, to Christ.
Devotion to the Virgin del Carmen are spread particularly in places where the Carmelites were established.
Spain
Among the places where the Virgin venerated in Spain as the patron saint of Spain is Beniaján , Murcia. See more images here .
America
It is the patron saint of Chile in Ecuador is queen of the region of Cuenca and Azuay , receiving the papal coronation July 16, 2002 . In the monastery church of the Assumption in Cuenca is revered more than 300 years ago . It is also revered by many across the continent.

Prayer
Father you gave us the apparition
of Our Lady of Mount Carmel to be
a sign of hope for us so she can intercede
for us so we can reach the Kingdom of Heaven.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
AMEN

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References: Catholic.Net

Thursday, July 8, 2010

St. Kilian


Saint Kilian, also spelled Killian (or alternatively Irish: Cillian), was an Irish missionary bishop and the apostle of Franconia (nowadays the northern part of Bavaria), where he began his labours towards the end of the 7th century.

There are several biographies of him. The oldest texts which refer to him are an 8th century necrology at Würzburg and the notice by Hrabanus Maurus in his martyrology. According to Maurus, Kilian was a native of Ireland, when with eleven companions he went to eastern Franconia and Thuringia. After having preached the Gospel in Würzburg, he succeeded in converting to Christianity the local lord, Duke Gozbert, and much of the population.

Kilian eventually told the Duke that he was in violation of sacred scripture by being married to his brother's widow, Geilana. When Geilana (whom Kilian had failed to convert to Christianity) heard of Kilian's words against her marriage, she was so angry that she had her soldiers sent to the main square of Würzburg, where Kilian and his colleagues were preaching, and had him beheaded, along with two of his companions, Saint Colmán (also called Colonan or Kolonat) and Saint Totnan. It is difficult to fix the date with precision, as Gozbert and Geilana are only known through these two somewhat imprecise Church records.

The elevation of the relics of the three martyrs was performed by Burchard, the first Bishop of Würzburg. Their skulls, inlaid with precious stones, have been preserved to this day. On St Kilian's day, a glass case containing the three skulls is removed from a crypt, paraded through the streets before large crowds, and put on display in Würzburg Cathedral (dedicated to Kilian). Statues of these three saints (among others) line the famous Saints' Bridge across the River Main.

According to Irish sources, Kilian was born in Mullagh, Co Cavan, Ireland and is the patron saint of the parish of Tuosist, near Kenmare in County Kerry, where he is believed to have resided before travelling to Germany. A church and holy well are named after him and his feast day, July 8, is traditionally celebrated with a pattern when crowds visit the well for prayers, followed by evening social events.

References: Wikipedia.Org

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

St. Æthelburh of Faremoutiers

Æthelburg was one of the daughters of King Anna of East Anglia although she was probably illegitimate. Her sisters were Saint Withburga, Saint Saethrid, who was abbess of Faremoutiers Abbey in Brie, Saint Seaxburh and Æthelthryth who were abbesses of Ely.

Æthelburg and Saethrid were sent to the nunnery of Faremoutiers for their education. While there Æthelburg became a nun and eventually succeeded Saethrid as abbess. As abbess, Æthelburg began work on a church in honour of the twelve apostles which was left unfinished at her death in 664. At her request she was buried in the church. After seven years a decision was made to move her bones to the near-by church of Saint Stephen and her body was found to be uncorrupted.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

St. Maria Goretti


Maria was a beautiful Italian young lady that was twelve years old, who lived on a farm. One day Alessandro Serenelli, a teenager of nineteen years of age, who helped at the farm. He stayed in Maria's house and wanted her to to lose her pureness. He tried to rape her. "No! No!" Maria screamed, "Don't touch me Alessandro! It's a sin. God does not want it! You'll go to hell." When Maria started to fight back, he took a knife and stabbed her in the heart fourteen times. Maria fell to the ground with a yell of pain, "Oh my God, I will die! Mama! Mama!" Alessandro ran away from the seen. Maria was taken to the hospital where she stayed for two day. When a priest asked if she forgave her assassin she replied "Yes I forgive him by the love of Jesus and I want him to be with me in heaven. God forgive him." Maria died kissing a crucifix and hold a medal of Our Lady. She died July 6. 1902. She was beatified April 27, 1947 by Pope Pius XII and was canonized June 24, 1950 by Pope Pius XII. She is the patron saint of Crime victims, teenage girls, modern youth, and Children of Mary. She is an incorruptable.

Prayer
Father almighty you gave us the
life of Maria Goretti to help us
live a holy life like she did
May she help us forgive others like
she did. We ask this through Christ
our lord and savior.
AMEN

Monday, July 5, 2010

St. Anthony Maria Zaccaria



Anthony was born in the city of Cremona in the Duchy of Milan. He lost his father at the age of two, and was brought up as an only child by his mother. At an early age, he took a private vow of chastity. He studied philosophy at the University of Pavia, and, from 1520, medicine at the University of Padua. After completing studies in 1524, he practised as a doctor in Cremona for three years.

In 1527, he started studying for the priesthood. Because of his already extensive studies and his Christian upbringing, he was ordained in 1528. Having explored his calling for two years, mainly working in hospitals and institutions for the poor, he became the spiritual advisor to Countess Ludovica Torelli of Guastalla (then the tiny County of Guastalla) in 1530, and followed her to Milan. While there, he laid the foundations of three religious orders: one for men (the Clerics Regular of St Paul, commonly known as the Barnabites); a female branch of uncloistered nuns, the Angelic Sisters of St. Paul; and a lay congregation for married people, the Laity of St. Paul, originally called the Married of St. Paul, and sometimes referred to in North America as the Oblates of St. Paul. The three foundations met regularly and engaged together in various forms of apostolic action. Their aim was the reform of the decadent society of their day, beginning with the clergy and religious.

The Barnabites' main devotions were the teachings of Saint Paul and emphasis on love for the Eucharist and Christ crucified. Since the order criticized what they saw as abuses in the Roman Catholic Church, Zaccaria soon gained a number of enemies, and as the order's founder, he was twice investigated for heresy, in 1534 and 1537. He was acquitted both times. In 1536, he stepped down as general of the order and went to Vicenza, where he reformed two convents and founded the order's second house.

While in Vincenza, he popularized for the laity the Forty-hour devotion--solemn exposition of the Blessed Sacrament for the adoration of the faithful—accompanied by preaching. He also revived the custom of ringing church bells at 3 p.m. on Fridays, in remembrance of the Crucifixion. He left only a few writings: twelve letters, six sermons, and the constitution of the Barnabites.

While on a mission to Guastalla, Italy, in 1539, he caught a fever. Combined with the strict penances he performed, his health waned and he died on 5 July 1539, at the age of 37.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

St. Elizabeth of Portugal


Elizabeth was a Spanish princess who was given in marriage to King Denis of Portugal at the age of twelve. She was very beautiful and very lovable. She was also very devout, and went to Mass every day. Elizabeth was a holy wife, but although her husband was fond of her at first, he soon began to cause her great suffering. Though a good ruler, he did not imitate his wife's love of prayer and other virtues. In fact, his sins of impurity gave great scandle to the people.

Later, to make matters worse, the King believed a lie told about Elizabeth and one of her pages by another page, who was jealous of his companion. In great anger the King ordered the one he believed guilty, to be sent to a lime-burner. The lime-burner was commanded to throw into his furnace the first page who came. The good page set out obediently, not knowing death was waiting for him. On his way he stopped for Mass, since he had the habit of going daily. The first Mass had begun, so he stayed for a second one. In the meantime, the King sent the wicked page to the lime-burner to find out if the other had been killed. And so it was this page who was thrown into the furnace! When the King learned what had happened, he realized that God had saved the good page, punished the liar, and proven Queen Elizabeth to be innocent.

This amazing event helped greatly to make the King live better. He apologized to his wife in front of everyone and began to have a great respect for her. In his last sickness, she never left his side, except for Mass, until he died a holy death. St. Elizabeth lived for eleven more years, doing even greater charity and penance. She was a wonderful model of kindness toward the poor and a successful peacemaker between members of her own family and between nations.

Because St. Elizabeth was faithful to daily Mass, she found strength to carry her many great crosses. And because her page was faithful to daily Mass, he escaped death. We should try our best to make it a habit to go to Mass daily.

References: Catholic.Org

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Saint Heliodorus of Altino


Saint Heliodorus was the first bishop of Altinum (Altino) in the century. He was born at Dalmatia. Like Chromatius, he was a disciple of Valerianus, the bishop of Aquileia.

He accompanied Saint Jerome on his voyage to the Holy Land, and is mentioned in Jerome's letters. After the death of his mother, Heliodorus went to Italy and was made bishop of Altino. He attempted to counter Arianism in his see, and assisted at the Council of Aquileia (381). Saint Nepotian, a nephew of Saint Heliodorus, was ordained by the bishop after leaving his position as an officer in the imperial bodyguard.

A legend, composed around the 10th century and incorporating elements from other saints’ hagiographies, states that Liberalis of Treviso was educated in the Christian faith by Heliodorus. The legend goes on to state that, faced with growing opposition from both Arianism and paganism in the see, Heliodorus retired as bishop and lived as a hermit on a desert island in the lagoons near Altino, entrusting the see to a man named Ambrose. Worried about Ambrose’s ability to handle the rise of Arianism in the see, Liberalis decided to look for Heliodorus and attempt to convince him to come back to his see, but died on the way, and was later venerated as a saint.

Friday, July 2, 2010

St. Bernardino Realino


St. Bernardino Realino was born into a noble family of Capri, Italy in 1530. After receiving a thorough and devout Christian education at the hands of his mother, he went on to study medicine at the University of Bologna, but after three years he switched to law and received his doctorate in 1563. Word of his learning, dedication, and legal brilliance spread rapidly, and in 1554 he was summoned to Naples to assume the position of auditor and lieutenant general. Shortly afterward, his exemplary young man came to the realization that he had a religious vocation and, aided by our Lady's appearance to him, joined the Society of Jesus, being ordained in 1567. For three years he labored unstintingly at Naples, devoting himself wholeheartedly to the service of the poor and the youth, and then he was sent to Lecce where he remained for the last forty-two years of his life. St. Bernardino won widespread recognition as a result of his ceaseless apostolic labors. He was a model confessor, a powerful preacher, a diligent teacher of the Faith to the young, a dedicated shepherd of souls, as well as Rector of the Jesuit college in Lecce and Superior of the Community there. His charity to the poor and the sick knew no bounds and his kindness brought about the end of vendettas and public scandals that cropped up from time to time. So greatly was this saint loved and appreciated by his people that in 1616, as he lay on his death bed the city's magistrates formally requested that he should take the city under his protection. Unable to speak, St. Bernardino bowed his head. He died with the names of Jesus and Mary on his lips.

References: Catholic.Net

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Feast of the Most Precious Blood


July 1 is the Solemnity of the "Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ." This feast, celebrated in Spain in the 16th century, was later introduced to Italy by Saint Gaspar del Bufalo and extended to the whole Church by Pope Pius IX in 1849.

For many dioceses there were two days to which the Office of the Precious Blood was assigned, the office being in both cases the same. The reason was this: the office was at first granted to the Fathers of the Most Precious Blood only. Later, as one of the offices of the Fridays of Lent, it was assigned to the Friday after the fourth Sunday in Lent. In many dioceses these offices were adopted also by the Fourth Provincial Council of Baltimore (1840).

When Pope Pius IX went into exile at Gaeta in the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies (1849), he had as his companion Father Giovanni Merlini, third superior general of the Fathers of the Most Precious Blood. After they had arrived at Gaeta, Don Merlini suggested that His Holiness make a vow to extend the feast of the Precious Blood to the entire Church, if he would again obtain possession of the Papal dominions. The Pope took the matter under consideration, but a few days later sent his domestic prelate Joseph Stella to Don Merlini with the message: "The pope does not deem it expedient to bind himself by a vow; instead His Holiness is pleased to extend the feast immediately to all Christendom." This took place on June 30, 1849, the day the French army conquered Rome and the republicans capitulated.

As June 30 had been a Saturday before the first Sunday of July, Pope Pius IX decreed on August 10, 1849, that henceforth every first Sunday of July should be dedicated to the "Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ." This feast was instituted by him in thanksgiving for the victory of the Papal and French army over the revolutionary forces which had driven him from Rome.

Pope Pius XI raised this feast to the rank of Double of the 1st Class to mark the nineteen hundredth anniversary of Our Lord's death.

In Catholic belief, the Blood of Christ is precious because it is Christ's own great ransom paid for the redemption of mankind. As there was to be no remission of sin without the shedding of blood, the Incarnate Word not only offered His life for the salvation of the world, but he offered to give up His life by a bloody death, and to hang bloodless, soulless and dead upon the Cross for the salvation of men. There, upon the Cross, He atoned for every form of human sin. "God was indeed Christ, reconciling the world to Himself." He shed His Precious Blood for all - for Jew and Gentile, for heathen and Christian, for Turk and heretic, for the infidel and all unbelievers. In that Blood of Jesus our sins have shed, which is at the same time the price of our redemption.

The feast of the Precious Blood is a call to repentance and reparation. It was shed that sinners might be forgiven, that they might live and not die; that they might live unto Him "in Whom we have redemption through His Blood, the remission of sins."