Saturday, August 12, 2017

Saint Clare of Assisi, Virgin

Saint Clare's feast in the traditional ordo is August 12th. This spiritual daughter of Saint Francis shares a birthday with me, July 16th (just about 800 years apart). She founded and led the Poor Clares for 40 years.

She is frequently depicted carrying a monstrance.

O wondrous blessed clarity of Clare!
In life she shone to a few;
after death she shines on the whole world!
On earth she was a clear light;
Now in heaven she is a brilliant sun.

O how great the vehemence of the
brilliance of this clarity!
On earth this light was indeed kept
within cloistered walls,
yet shed abroad its shining rays;
It was confined within a convent cell,
yet spread itself through the wide world.

Pope Innocent IV

Saint Clare, please pray for us!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Saint Lawrence, Deacon & Martyr

The Golden Legend

The Catholic Encyclopedia

Catholic On-Line

Saint Lawrence, please pray for us!

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Saint Jean Vianney, Confessor

Today is the feast of Saint Jean Marie Vianney, the Cure of Ars, and the saint I have read the second most about (the first being Saint Padre Pio). He is the patron of priests.

O heavenly Father, Shepherd of Thy people, we give Thee thanks for Thy servant Jean, who was faithful in the care and nurture of Thy flock; and we pray that, following his example and the teaching of his holy life, we may by Thy grace grow into the stature of the fullness of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, for ever and ever.

The Catholic Encyclopedia on the Cure of Ars.

Excerpts from his sermons.

TAN's selections on the Cure.

Father Rutler has a book out about him.

Twenty-one years ago, Pope John Paul II wrote on St. Jean Vianney to all priests in his Maundy Thursday letter.

Ask his intercession for a good priest you know.

His feast in the ordinary mode of the Latin Rite was August 4th.

Saint Jean Marie Vianney, please pray for us!

Monday, August 07, 2017

Saint Cajetan, Confessor

Saint Cajetan, please pray for us!

Sunday, August 06, 2017

The Transfiguration Of the Lord

From a sermon by Pope Saint Leo the Great on the Transfiguration:

The Lord took chosen witnesses and in their presence revealed his glory. That is to say, the form of body which he had in common with other men, he so transfigured with light, that his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment became exceeding white, even as snow. Now the chief purpose of this Transfiguration was to remove from the hearts of the disciples their fear of the Cross. So, before their eyes, was unveiled the splendour of his hidden majesty, that the lowliness of his freely-chosen suffering might not confound their faith. But nonetheless there was also thus set forth, by the providence of God, a sure and certain hope for holy Church, whereby the whole Body of Christ should know with what great a change it is yet to be honoured. For the members of that Body whose Head hath already been transfigured in light may promise themselves a share in his glory.

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