‘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
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 Virgin in Prayer’/Sassoferrato, National Gallery, London/Wikipedia (PD-Art)
“Think of Mary and Invoke Her in All Situations.”
“‘And the Virgin’s name was Mary’. Let us speak a little about this name, which is said to mean “star of the sea,” and which so well befits the Virgin Mother. Rightly is she likened to a star. As a star emits a ray without being dimmed, so the Virgin brought forth her Son without receiving any injury. The ray takes naught from the brightness of the star, nor the Son from His Mother’s virginal integrity. This is the noble star risen out of Jacob, whose ray illumines the whole world, whose splendour shines in the heavens, penetrates the abyss, and, traversing the whole earth, gives warmth rather to souls than to bodies, cherishing virtues, withering vices. Mary is that bright and incomparable star, whom we need to see raised above this vast sea, shining by her merits, and giving us light by her example.
All of you, who see yourselves amid the tides of the world, tossed by storms and tempests rather than walking on the land, do not turn your eyes away from this shining star, unless you want to be overwhelmed by the hurricane. If temptation storms, or you fall upon the rocks of tribulation, look to the star: Call upon Mary! If you are tossed by the waves of pride or ambition, detraction or envy, look to the star, call upon Mary. If anger or avarice or the desires of the flesh dash against the ship of your soul, turn your eyes to Mary. If troubled by the enormity of your crimes, ashamed of your guilty conscience, terrified by dread of the judgement, you begin to sink into the gulf of sadness or the abyss of despair, think of Mary.
In dangers, in anguish, in doubt, think of Mary, call upon Mary. Let her name be even on your lips, ever in your heart; and the better to obtain the help of her prayers, imitate the example of her life: Following her, you do not stray; invoking her, you do not despair; thinking of her, you do not wander; upheld by her, you do not fall; shielded by her, you do not fear; guided by her, you do not grow weary; favoured by her, you reach the goal. And thus you experience in yourself how good is that saying: ‘And the Virgin’s name was Mary'”.
‘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)
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Gerard O’Connell, America Magazine’s Vatican Correspondent, reports that Pope Francis has revised the Teaching on the Death Penalty in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, declaring that the Death Penalty ‘is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person’. For his Full Report and the Photo Credit click HERE