livinginthespirit:

Have a Happy All Saints Day! :D

livinginthespirit:

Have a Happy All Saints Day! :D

In our youth we anticipate God’s gifts that will come our way while those of us at a later moment in life praise God for all that He has done in our lives. Each moment of life is a grace. — Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory (Atlanta)

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lawrenceop:

HOMILY for Memorial of St Lawrence Ruiz and Companion Martyrs

Eccl 3:1-11; Ps 143; Luke 9:18-22

Jesus reveals the kind of Christ he is: one who “must suffer many things”, and in every age and every place, those who are called Christians must follow him in this, in the hope of being raised with Christ. 

Today we recall sixteen Christians who followed the king of martyrs to the Cross in Japan. These sixteen, both ordained and lay, are predominantly Dominican saints, but the saint I want to remember especially is one Lawrence Ruiz, the first Filipino martyr after whom I have taken my religious name. 

Lorenzo was born in Manila, the Philippines, and he was educated by the Dominicans and hired by them as a scribe. He was married with children, was a member of the Rosary Confraternity, and sacristan at the Dominican church - a church you can still visit - in Binondo, a suburb of Manila. 

In 1636, he was accused of being involved in a crime, and if he was found guilty, he would have been killed. Lorenzo feared that the Spanish authorities would be prejudiced against him since he was born of Chinese and Filipino parents, and so he fled to the Dominicans for help. They put him on a ship with Dominican missionaries so that he could escape the Philippines. Lorenzo thought they were headed for Macao, but instead the missionaries were bound for Nagasaki to help the fiercely persecuted Christians of Japan. 

Lorenzo, then, was in the wrong place at the wrong time; he had hoped to escape death, but within days of arriving in Japan he was arrested, and 14 months later he died from terrible torture on 29th September 1637. But “for everything there is a season and a time”,  and in God’s Providence, this was Lorenzo’s time, and so, he was given the grace to embrace his death at Nagasaki. But there was a crucial difference between the death that awaited him in Manila, and what he endured in Japan.

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lawrenceop:

HOMILY for the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Num 21:4-9; Phil 2:6-11; John 3:13-17

A friend and I visited the National Museum of Scotland recently and there were so many things to see that we rushed around from one exhibit to another. But one display had us transfixed with morbid fascination. It was called ‘The Maiden’, a beheading machine made in Scotland in 1564, some two centuries before the French Revolution and the guillotine, and over 150 people had been executed by it. Today’s feast also seems to have at its centre an instrument of torture and execution, and it may appear somewhat gruesome or shocking, or even repulsive, to celebrate the cross. And it would be so, were it not for who the Victim of the Holy Cross is, and what he accomplished through it.

For God chose to mount the wood of the Cross as his means of showing the world the depths of his love for Mankind: a sacrificial love that is stronger than death, that conquers human violence, and that ends the reign of sin. The vertical and horizontal arms of the Cross thus remind us of God’s love that reconciles Man with God, and unites us to one another, through Christ who is our peace and reconciliation. At the same time, the Cross reminds us of the sufferings of humanity and of the wicked deeds we’re capable of inflicting on one another; a reminder of the wickedness of sin that Christ overcame on the Cross, and also that God is with us in our pain and suffering. Hence, the Cross reveals on the one hand the goodness of God and, on the other hand, the evil of sin.

Thus, the Cross becomes the true Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. In Eden, Adam and Eve disobeyed God and ate the fruit of that tree, greedy for the devil’s false promise of divinity, and so, by choosing to trust in another than God, their friendship with God was ruptured. But now, through Christ’s obedience and perfect trust in God, that dynamic is overturned. For, on the Cross, Jesus restores mankind to friendship with God and becomes the health-giving fruit of the Tree of Life, so that, whoever looks at it shall live. But we’re not invited to just look at the Cross but, moreover, to take up our Cross and to follow Christ: to follow him by learning to conquer sin in our hearts, to master our selfish desires, and above all, by learning to love. 

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goandannouce:

Grace cannot be unjust. Nor can justice be cruel. 
St. Augustine of Hippo

goandannouce:

Grace cannot be unjust. Nor can justice be cruel. 

St. Augustine of Hippo

signum-crucis:

If only we would learnhow great it is to possess divine grace,how beautiful, how noble, how precious.How many riches it hides within itself,how many joys and delights!We would not complain about our crossor about troubles that may happen to us,if we would come to know the scaleson which they are weighedwhen they are distributed to people.
—St Rose of Lima

signum-crucis:

If only we would learn
how great it is to possess divine grace,
how beautiful, how noble, how precious.
How many riches it hides within itself,
how many joys and delights!
We would not complain about our cross
or about troubles that may happen to us,
if we would come to know the scales
on which they are weighed
when they are distributed to people.

—St Rose of Lima

signum-crucis:

…the message of the Cross has been entrusted to us, so that we can offer hope to the world. When we proclaim Christ crucified we are proclaiming not ourselves, but him. We are not offering our own wisdom to the world, nor are we claiming any merit of our own, but we are acting as channels for his wisdom, his love, his saving merits. We know that we are merely earthenware vessels, and yet, astonishingly, we have been chosen to be heralds of the saving truth that the world needs to hear. Let us never cease to marvel at the extraordinary grace that has been given to us, let us never cease to acknowledge our unworthiness, but at the same time let us always strive to become less unworthy of our noble calling, lest through our faults and failings we weaken the credibility of our witness.
—Pope Benedict XVIChurch of the Holy Cross, Nicosia, Cyprus

signum-crucis:

the message of the Cross has been entrusted to us, so that we can offer hope to the world. When we proclaim Christ crucified we are proclaiming not ourselves, but him. We are not offering our own wisdom to the world, nor are we claiming any merit of our own, but we are acting as channels for his wisdom, his love, his saving merits. We know that we are merely earthenware vessels, and yet, astonishingly, we have been chosen to be heralds of the saving truth that the world needs to hear. Let us never cease to marvel at the extraordinary grace that has been given to us, let us never cease to acknowledge our unworthiness, but at the same time let us always strive to become less unworthy of our noble calling, lest through our faults and failings we weaken the credibility of our witness.

—Pope Benedict XVI
Church of the Holy Cross, Nicosia, Cyprus

signum-crucis:

St. John of God — Cirble of Pedro Nolasco y Lara, Peru, c. 1700sBrooklyn Museum
Prayer to St John of God
Saint John of God, I honour thee as the Patron of the Sick, especially of those who are afflicted by heart disease. I choose thee to be my patron and protector in my present illness. To thee I entrust my soul, my body, all my spiritual and temporal interests, as well as those of the sick throughout the world. To thee I consecrate my mind, that in all things it may be enlightened by faith above all in accepting my cross as a blessing from God; my heart, that thou doth keep it pure and fill it with the love for Jesus and Mary that burned in thy heart; my will, that like thine, it may always be one with the Will of God.
Good Saint John, I honor thee as the model of penitents, for thou didst receive the grace to give up a sinful life and to atone for thy sins by untiring labours in behalf of the poor and sick. Obtain for me the grace from God to be truly sorry for my sins, to make atonement for them and never again offend God. Aid me in mastering my evil inclinations and temptations, and in avoiding all occasions of sin. Through thine intercession may I obtain the grace from Jesus and Mary to fulfill faithfully all the duties of my state of life and to practice those virtues which are needful for my salvation. Help me to belong to God and Our Lady in life and in death through perfect love. May my life, like thine, be spent in the untiring service of God and my neighbour.
Since Holy Mother Church also invokes thee in her prayers for the dying, I beg thee to be with me in my last hour and pray for me. As thou didst die kneeling before a crucifix, may I find strength, consolation and salvation in the Cross of my Redeemer, and through His tender mercy and the prayers of Our Lady, and through thine intercession, attain to eternal life.Amen.

signum-crucis:

St. John of God — Cirble of Pedro Nolasco y Lara, Peru, c. 1700s
Brooklyn Museum

Prayer to St John of God

Saint John of God, I honour thee as the Patron of the Sick, especially of those who are afflicted by heart disease. I choose thee to be my patron and protector in my present illness. To thee I entrust my soul, my body, all my spiritual and temporal interests, as well as those of the sick throughout the world. To thee I consecrate my mind, that in all things it may be enlightened by faith above all in accepting my cross as a blessing from God; my heart, that thou doth keep it pure and fill it with the love for Jesus and Mary that burned in thy heart; my will, that like thine, it may always be one with the Will of God.

Good Saint John, I honor thee as the model of penitents, for thou didst receive the grace to give up a sinful life and to atone for thy sins by untiring labours in behalf of the poor and sick. Obtain for me the grace from God to be truly sorry for my sins, to make atonement for them and never again offend God. Aid me in mastering my evil inclinations and temptations, and in avoiding all occasions of sin. Through thine intercession may I obtain the grace from Jesus and Mary to fulfill faithfully all the duties of my state of life and to practice those virtues which are needful for my salvation. Help me to belong to God and Our Lady in life and in death through perfect love. May my life, like thine, be spent in the untiring service of God and my neighbour.

Since Holy Mother Church also invokes thee in her prayers for the dying, I beg thee to be with me in my last hour and pray for me. As thou didst die kneeling before a crucifix, may I find strength, consolation and salvation in the Cross of my Redeemer, and through His tender mercy and the prayers of Our Lady, and through thine intercession, attain to eternal life.
Amen.

signum-crucis:

If you offer your sufferings in union with Christ on the Cross, if you put the Cross on your life… you will be doing a great deal of good. And your patience, courage, forbearance will be a powerful prayer winning grace for someone who might otherwise have no hope.
—Fr Benedict Groeschel, CFR
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Nearly 1,000 Catholics gather as the processional begins during the annual Easter Sunrise Mass at Calvary Cemetery in Memphis, Tenn., Sunday 8 April 2012.Jim Weber/AP

signum-crucis:

If you offer your sufferings in union with Christ on the Cross, if you put the Cross on your life… you will be doing a great deal of good. And your patience, courage, forbearance will be a powerful prayer winning grace for someone who might otherwise have no hope.

—Fr Benedict Groeschel, CFR

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Nearly 1,000 Catholics gather as the processional begins during the annual Easter Sunrise Mass at Calvary Cemetery in Memphis, Tenn., Sunday 8 April 2012.
Jim Weber/AP

signum-crucis:

Divine Mercy Shrine, Divine Mercy HillsEl Salvador, Mindanao, The Philippines
In the Heart of Jesus from which the rays emanate, is a chapel where the Blessed Sacrament is exposed. The rays are stairs leading to the chapel. The structure at the bottom of the statue is another chapel.
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Divine Mercy Sunday (the Sunday after Easter Sunday) might be the greatest day of the year due to the immense amount of mercy that Christ pours out upon the earth. Below is the exact wording of the Divine Mercy promise given by Christ to Saint Faustina:
Our Lord Jesus said, “The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day all the divine floodgates through which graces flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet… Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My Mercy.”—Diary of St Faustina, 699.
Why Divine Mercy Sunday is Better Than a Plenary Indulgence

signum-crucis:

Divine Mercy Shrine, Divine Mercy Hills
El Salvador, Mindanao, The Philippines

In the Heart of Jesus from which the rays emanate, is a chapel where the Blessed Sacrament is exposed. The rays are stairs leading to the chapel. The structure at the bottom of the statue is another chapel.


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Divine Mercy Sunday (the Sunday after Easter Sunday) might be the greatest day of the year due to the immense amount of mercy that Christ pours out upon the earth. Below is the exact wording of the Divine Mercy promise given by Christ to Saint Faustina:

Our Lord Jesus said, “The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day all the divine floodgates through which graces flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet… Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My Mercy.”
—Diary of St Faustina, 699.

Why Divine Mercy Sunday is Better Than a Plenary Indulgence

Again, Mary is just a boss.

comeholyspirit:

I get it! I finally understand what it means to have moments of stormy seas, but to be rooted in the knowledge of Jesus sleeping in your boat. I’ve been searching for that peace for a long time.
Thank you thank you thank you Mary, for letting me be your slave and pouring out your love. Confine me, in the chains of confidence in you and in your son.

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