‘Crucifixion’ (circa 1600-1700)/The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA (PD-Art)
“TWO CRIMINALS WERE CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST. ONE WAS SAVED; DO NOT DESPAIR. ONE WAS NOT; DO NOT PRESUME.” – SAINT AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO
“How could I bear a crown of gold when the Lord bears a crown of thorns? And bears it for me!” – Saint Elizabeth of Hungary
“It is not the finest wood that feeds the fire of Divine love, but the wood of the Cross.” – Saint Ignatius of Loyola
“Oh cherished cross! Through thee, my most bitter trials are replete with graces!” – Saint Paul of the Cross
“Apart from the cross, there is no other ladder by which we may get to heaven.” – Saint Rose of Lima
‘Memorial to Saint John Paul II’, Warsaw, Poland/Denis Doukhan/Pixabay
Saint John Paul II (1920-2005)
‘Karol Józef Wojtyła’ was born in 1920 in Wadowice, Poland. After his Ordination to the Priesthood and Theological Studies in Rome, he returned to his Homeland and resumed various Pastoral and Academic Duties. He became first an Auxiliary Bishop and, in 1964, Archbishop of Kraków and took part in the Second Vatican Council. On 16 October 1978, he was elected Pope and took the name ‘John Paul II’. His exceptional Apostolic Zeal, particularly for families, young people and the sick, led him to numerous Pastoral Visits throughout the World. Among the many fruits which he has left as a Heritage to the Church include his rich Magisterium and the Promulgation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, as well as the Code of Canon Law for both the Latin Church and the Eastern Churches. In Rome on 2 April 2005, the Eve of the Second Sunday of Easter (or of Divine Mercy Sunday), he died peacefully. Pope Francis Canonised him on 27 April, the Second Sunday of Easter 2014. (Adapted from ‘Universalis’)
Gerard O’Connell, America Magazine’s Vatican Correspondent, reports on the Seventy Thousand Pilgrims from all Continents, including thousands from Latin America, who applauded enthusiastically in Saint Peter’s Square when Pope Francis declared Paul VI and Óscar Romero, and five others – including two Women Religious, two Priests and a 19-year-old Layman – Saints of the Universal Church. For the Full Story and Photo Credits click on the LINK:
‘Saint Francis Statue’/Pixabay
SUB TUUM PRAESÍDIUM
“Sub tuum praesídium confúgimus,
sancta Dei Génetrix;
nostras deprecatiónes ne despícias in necessitátibus,
sed a perículis cunctis líbera nos semper,
Virgo gloriósa et benedícta.”
[We fly to Thy protection, O Holy Mother of God. Do not despise our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O Glorious and Blessed Virgin.]
PRAYER OF LEO XIII
“Sancte Míchael Archángele, defénde nos in próelio;
contra nequítiam et insídias diáboli esto praesídium.
Imperet illi Deus, súpplices deprecámur,
tuque, Prínceps milítiae caeléstis,
Sátanam aliósque spíritus malígnos,
qui ad perditiónem animárum pervagántur in mundo,
divína virtúte, in inférnum detrúde. Amen.”
[Saint Michael Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil; may God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.]
A Communiqué, released by the Holy See’s Press Office on Saturday 29 September, states that Pope Francis invites “All the Faithful of all the World, to pray the Holy Rosary every day” during the Marian Month of October. For the Full Text of the Comuniqué and Photo Credit Click HERE
‘The Symbols of the Eucharist’/© JanPietruszka/Stock Photo Secrets
‘From Admonitions to His Son by Saint Stephen’
“My dearest son, if you desire to honour the royal crown, I advise, I counsel, I urge you above all things to maintain the Catholic and Apostolic Faith with such diligence and care that you may be an example for all those placed under you by God and that all the clergy may rightly call you a man of true Christian profession. Failing to do this, you may be sure that you will not be called a Christian or a son of the Church. Indeed, in the Royal Palace – after the Faith itself – the Church holds second place, first propagated as she was by our Head, Christ; then transplanted, firmly constituted and spread through the whole world by His members, the Apostles and Holy Fathers. And though she always produced fresh offspring, nevertheless in certain places she is regarded as ancient.
However, dearest son, even now in our Kingdom the Church is proclaimed as young and newly planted; and for that reason, she needs more prudent and trustworthy guardians lest a benefit which the Divine Mercy bestowed on us undeservedly should be destroyed and annihilated through your idleness, indolence or neglect.
My beloved son, delight of my heart, hope of your posterity, I pray, I command, that at every time and in everything, strengthened by your devotion to me, you may show favour not only to relations and kin, or to the most eminent, be they leaders or rich men or neighbours or fellow-countrymen, but also to foreigners and to all who come to you. By fulfilling your duty in this way, you will reach the highest state of happiness. Be merciful to all who are suffering violence, always keeping in your heart the example of the Lord who said: I desire mercy and not sacrifice. Be patient with everyone, not only with the powerful but also with the weak.
Finally be strong lest prosperity lift you up too much or adversity cast you down. Be humble in this life, that God may raise you up in the next. Be truly moderate and do not punish or condemn anyone immoderately. Be gentle so that you may never oppose justice. Be honourable so that you may never voluntarily bring disgrace upon anyone. Be chaste so that you may avoid all the foulness of lust like the pangs of death.
All these virtues I have noted above make up the royal crown, and without them, no one is fit to rule here on earth or attain to the Heavenly Kingdom.”
(From ‘Office of Readings’ on August 16 for the Memorial of Saint Stephen of Hungary)
Medical Professionals say that Social Media is increasingly making Teens dissatisfied with their appearance and obsessed with achieving a filtered version of ‘Perfection’, even seeking Plastic Surgery. For the Full Report and the Photo Credits click HERE
Ahead of the Angelus Prayer on Sunday, Pope Francis said being a good Christian is more than merely not doing evil: A good Christian does good and actively opposes evil. For the Full Report and the Photo Credit click HERE