Today is the Feast Day of St. Agatha, a virgin martyr from Siciliy- the land where our community has its spiritual roots. Her name means good.
It is said of her, she was a “true virgin, she wore the glow of a pure conscience and the crimson of the Lamb’s blood for her cosmetics. Again and again she meditated on the death of her eager Lover. For her, Christ’s death was recent, his blood was still moist. Her robe is the mark of her faithful witness to Christ. It bears the indelible marks of his crimson blood and the shining threads of her eloquence. She offers to all who come after her these treasure of her eloquent confession.” (St. Methodius of Sicily)
The painting shows how St. Peter appeared to her in prison to heal her from the wound inflicted on her chest by her persecutors. (Alessandro Turchi - Saint Agatha Attended by Saint Peter and an Angel in Prison)
Besides being a patron saint of breast cancer, she is also remembered for her miraculous protection of Catania from the flow of lava from Mt. Etna that was soon to erupt. She is remembered in the Roman Canon of the Mass.
Usually this is done with two candles crossed during the blessing by the priest. It is traditionally believed that St. Blaise was a physician that later became a Bishop and was martyred. He is said to have cured a boy with a fishbone in his throat and became a popular saint to call upon to cure illness.
May St. Blaise bless you with good health in the coming year!
Thank you for all your support for our Mission to Ireland. Please join us in prayer and fasting and if you can contribute, St. Patrick will Thank you! To learn more about the trip see our slideshow at www.sistersofreparation.org! To read more about St. Ita visit:http://www.irishcultureandcustoms.com/ASaints/Ita.html May God bless you
“Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” (Mt 18:3-4)
St. Angela Merici, foundress of the Ursulines, humbled herself in the service of the young, by founding schools for young women. May her example of spiritual motherhood and the importance she put on the education of young women inspire us.
St. Angela Merici, pray for us.
"To dwell in the Spirit of the Lord and to be receivers of the divine life is the ultimate goal of the spiritual life. Yet this goal is so close to us. It is within our souls. We need only to enter into the holiness of the Trinity dwelling within us and fully embrace it. It is the relationship that God yearns to have with each one of us. Let us turn our lives from all that is not God and follow the way of holiness, and be safe within His loving arms." -Magnificat
"No longer will I hide my face from them, for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, says the Lord God." (Ez 39:29)
I shall get up and go to my father and I shall say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you." (Lk 15:18)
The story of the prodigal son is the story of each one of us when we choose, foolishly, to cast away the home we have with God for a cold and hungry exile. Let us never hesitate to return and confess our sins, for we will always find the prodigal's welcome from a Father who loves us more than we can ever imagine."
Join with us in prayer today as we remember the unborn, for the healing of all those affected by abortion, in reparation for all sins against the sanctity of human life and for the conversion of our society - to return to the Merciful Father.
Return of the Prodigal Son by Bartolome Esteban Murillo
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"Whatsoever you do, do it from the heart, as to the Lord, and not to men: Knowing that you shall receive of the Lord the reward of inheritance. Serve ye the Lord Christ" Colossians 3:23-24.
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