Sunday, August 31, 2014

Jeremiah's prayer (JER 20:7-9)

You duped me, O Lord,
    and I let myself be duped;
you have overpowered me,
    and you have prevailed.

I have become a laughing-stock all day long;
    everyone mocks me.
For whenever I speak, I must cry out,
    I must shout, ‘Violence and destruction!’
For the word of the Lord has become for me
    a reproach and derision all day long.

If I say, ‘I will not mention him,
    or speak any more in his name’,
there is in my heart as it were a burning fire,
    shut up in my bones;
I am weary with holding it in,
    and I cannot.

Prophet Jeremiah by Michelangelo
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Saturday, August 30, 2014

"Consider your own calling, brothers and sisters"

So says St. Paul to us today in our first reading.

Today, three Dominican friars of the Province of St. Albert the Great, having considered their callings well, are, as I write this, making the solemn and final professions in St. Louis. 

What a happy and joyous day for the Church!

Br. Patrick Hyde, OP, did a year at St. Paul Catholic Center, which is how I know him.

Let us pray for these men in particular today as they freely and joyfully sign their lives away!

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Some good words on preaching

"The preacher must dip his pen into the blood of his heart; then he can also reach the ear of his neighbor."
Gregory the Great

St Gregory the Great
Carlo Saraceni (c. 1580-1620)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

On this day in 1774, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton was born in New York City.

Let's pray for our Catholic schools through her intercession. 

St. Peter's, Barclay Street, 1785, where Elizabeth became
Catholic (she was raised Episcopalian) on March 14, 1805.
Image: wikipedia
Edward Augustus Seton, View of St Joseph’s Academy, 1825. Oil on canvas.
From Daughters of Charity Provincial Archives
It depicts the nation's first Catholic school, in Maryland
St. Joseph's Academy later became Mount Saint Mary's University.
Here's an aerial view of it today.
Elizabeth founded the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph in 1809

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Virtue and vice

"When God intends to grant a man any particular virtue, it is His way to let him be tempted to the opposite vice."
St Philip Neri

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Quote of the day

"Our faults are like a grain of sand beside the great mountain of the mercies of the good God."
St John Vianney