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The world is rotten because of silence

A recent Facebook post shared this urgent prayer intention by one outspoken priest:

"The police are afraid to be police The priests are afraid to be priests The Christians are afraid to be Christians The Americans are afraid to be Americans God, grant us the gift of fortitude to stand up against our oppressors."

St. Catherine of Siena would probably agree with his sentiment. She once declared, “We’ve had enough of exhortation to be silent! Cry out with a hundred thousand tongues. I see that the world is rotten because of silence.”

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Victory of the Martyrs

In January, I picked up my old, dusty, worn-out copy of the book, Victories of the Early Martyrs by St. Alphonsus Liguori and have been so inspired by the faith and zeal of our brothers and sisters who lived in the earliest centuries of the Church.

This Saturday is the Feast of Sts. Perpetua and Felicity, both Roman martyrs. Their story was recorded by Perpetua's own hand in an account known as The Martyrdom of Perpetua and Felicity.

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The Passion of Polycarp

"I bless Thee, O God, for having vouchsafed to make me a partaker in the Passion of Jesus Christ Thy Son, by rendering me worthy to offer myself as a sacrifice for Thy honor that I may be enabled to praise Thee in heaven, and to bless Thee for all eternity."

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Feast of Our Lady of Fatima

May 13
“The knot of Eve’s disobedience was loosed by the obedience of Mary.”

–St. Irenaeus

Today’s Reflection: 

Why was Mary’s obedience so pivotal in salvation history?

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The tongue is a fire

May 3 Feast of Sts. Philip and James, Apostles

How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire! And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is an unrighteous world among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the cycle of nature.

-James 3:5-6

 

Today's Reflection

Have I started "fires" of gossip among my friends and family by failing to control my tongue? I will resolve to consider my words more deeply, for my sake and others'.

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Feast of St. Athanasius

May 2 Feast of St. Athanasius (296 - 373)

He who confesses his sins freely receives pardon from the priest by virtue of the grace of Christ.”

-St. Athanasius

 

Today's Reflection

What most holds me back from confessing my sins “freely” to the priest who hears my confession in the person of Jesus? Am I willing to bring this defect to the sacrament for healing?

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Feast of St. Joseph the Worker

May 1 Feast of St. Joseph the Worker

St. Joseph is the best protector to help you in your life, to penetrate the spirit of the Gospel. Indeed, from the Heart of the God-Man, Savior of the world, this spirit is infused in you and in all men, but it is certain that there was no worker's spirit so perfectly and deeply penetrated as the putative father of Jesus, who lived with him in the closest intimacy and community of family and work. So, if you want to be close to Christ, I repeat to you "Ite ad Ioseph": Go to Joseph!

-From an address of Pope Pius XII to Italian Workers

 

Today's Reflection

How are my labor and my leisure fruitful for my salvation and that of others? What can I do in each to make them more so? How can St. Joseph's example and intercession aid me to do so?

 

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Feast of St. Pius V

April 30 Feast of St. Pius V (1504 - 1572)

"O Lord, increase my sufferings and my patience."

-Dying words of St. Pius V

 

Today's Reflection

Do I have the courage pray this prayer? Why or why not? What virtue do I most need to acquire to do so?

 

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Feast of St. Catherine of Siena

April 29

St. Catherine of Siena (1347 - 1380)

"Eternal Trinity, Godhead, You could give me no greater gift than the gift of Yourself. For You are a fire ever burning and never consumed, which itself consumes all the selfish love that fills my being. Yes, You are a fire that takes away coldness, illuminates the mind with its light, and causes me to know Your truth. You are beauty and wisdom itself."

-Adapted from a prayer of St. Catherine of Siena

 

Today's Reflection

Today, I will take a few moments to meditate on this prayer of St. Catherine and see what the Lord speaks to me through it.

 

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Feast of St. Mark

April 25
Feast of St. Mark, Evangelist
“The Church, which has spread everywhere, even to the ends of the earth, received the faith from the apostles and their disciples."
-St. Irenaeus
Today's Reflection
Dear St. Mark, Thank you for your faithfulness to the movement of the Holy Spirit. Through your obedience, I have received faith. Through your docility, I have received strength. Help me to live the Gospel message, experience the Gospel message, and pass the Gospel message on to others. Please pray for me. Amen.

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