Friday, August 12, 2016

Saint Clare Of Asissi, 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!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Saint Lawrence, Deacon & Martyr

The Golden Legend

The Catholic Encyclopedia

Catholic On-Line

Saint Lawrence, please pray for us!

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Vigil Of the Feast Of Saint Lawrence

In the 1960 revisions to the Ordo, reflected in the 1962 Ordo, the importance of the Vigil of Saint Lawrence was raised, which required bumping Saint Jean Vianney from this date, where he had been since his canonization (he actually died on the Fourth, but Saint Dominic was already there) to the 8th.

Happy Vigil of Saint Lawrence!
Saint Jean Vianney, please pray for us!

Monday, August 08, 2016

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!

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