Feast of St. Sylvester, Pope (Died 335)

“Don’t be discouraged if you do not see the good you do. Most of the time people are helped through obscurity, their hidden sacrifices, instead of the fervor of a clamoring apostolate. Above all, let us try to lay aside our own ego, for this is what ruins everything. 

                                                           - Venerable Thecla Merlo St Sylvester - Pope

For Reflection: 

Dear St. Sylvester, 

You were the Vicar of Christ when the Arian heresy and the Donatist schism  caused great discord and division within the Church. How often you must have felt the pain and suffering being endured by the body of Christ! But, instead of losing courage, you persevered and the Church came through this difficult time. Today, I ask for your intercession. Obtain for me the grace I need to remain steadfast in adversity, courageous in contradiction, and persevering in trial. Thank you for your prayers and supplications on my behalf. Amen.

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