Monday, 31 August 2015

St. Aidan - September Month of Our Lady of Sorrows - Catholic Culture: Liturgical Year Weekly Digest

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St Aidan
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Monk of Iona, first bishop and abbot of Lindisfarne. Born in Ireland, St Aidan came to England in the 7th century when King Oswald was living in exile with the monks at Iona during the Mercian invasion. The King became Christian and when he regained his throne he gave Aidan the island of Lindisfarne, close to the royal palace of Bamburgh.
Aidan converted many people. He founded churches and monasteries, liberated Anglo Saxon slaves and educated them. Aidan had a reputation for living very modestly. After Oswald died Aidan supported King Oswin and the two became good friends. One day Oswin gave him a fine horse but he gave it away to a poor man almost immediately. During Lent he went on retreat to the Inner Farne Island. In 651, he saw Bamburgh being burnt by Fenda, another militant King of Mercia. He prayed successfully for the wind to change, but died later that year.
The Vikings sacked Lindisfarne in 793 and St Aidan was forgotten for a while, but in the 10th century the monks of Glastonbury obtained his supposed relics and his cult was revived.
Bede praised him for his eloquence, his prayerfulness, peaceful nature, humility and care of the sick and poor.
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Subject: Catholic Culture: Liturgical Year Weekly Digest

Overview for August 31, 2015 to September 10, 2015

Ordinary Time


Aug. 27

Aug. 30Twenty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time
And he called the people to him again, and said to them, "Hear me, all of you, and understand: there is nothing outside a man which by going into him can defile him; but the things which come out of a man are what defile him." ...
Aug. 31Monday of the Twenty-Second Week of Ordinary Time
According to the 1962 Missal of St. John XXIII the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, today is the feast of
St. Raymund Nonnatus who devoted his life to the ransoming of Christians held prisoner by the Mohammedans. He was one ...

St. Aidan of Lindisfarne - Nunraw Abbey Memorial


Sep. 1Tuesday of the Twenty Second Week of Ordinary Time Time
God's great work is the creation and redemption of the world wrought through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The one essential work in which we are all callled to participate is God's transforming love. According ...
Sep. 2Wednesday of the Twenty-Second Week of Ordinary
According to the 1962 Missal of St. John XXIII the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, today is the feast of St. Stephen of Hungary. His feast in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite is celebrated on August 16. Historically ...
Sep. 3Memorial of St. Gregory the Great, pope and doctor
St. Gregory, senator and prefect of Rome, then in succession monk, cardinal and pope, governed the Church from 590 to 604. England owes her conversion to him. At a period when the invasion of the barbarians created a new ...
Sep. 4Friday of the Twenty-Second Week of Ordinary Time
Saint Rosalia, born in 1130 at Palermo in Sicily, was the daughter of a noble family descended from Charlemagne. While still very young she despised worldly vanities. When her remarkable beauty caused her to be sought in ...
Sep. 5Saturday of the Twenty-Second Week of Ordinary Time: Blessed Teresa of Calcutta
Today the Missionaries of Charity and their friends will be celebrating the feast day of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta. September 5th is the anniversary of her death, and at present is acknowledged as her feast day. St. ...
Sep. 6Twenty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time
And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had an impediment in his speech; and they besought him to lay his hand upon him. And taking him aside from the multitude privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and ...
Sep. 7Monday of the Twenty-Third Week of Ordinary Time; Labor Day
According to tradition today is the feast of St. Regina (Reine) who after undergoing many cruel torments, was beheaded for the faith at Aliza, formerly a large town called Alexia, famous for the siege which Caesar laid to it, ...
Sep. 8Feast of the Nativity of Mary
Mary was born to be the mother of the Savior of the world, the spiritual mother of all men, and the holiest of God's creatures. Because of her Son's infinite merits, she was conceived and born immaculate and full of grace. ...
Sep. 9Memorial of St. Peter Claver, priest
Peter Claver was born of a distinguished family in Catalonia, Spain. He became a Jesuit in 1604, and left for Colombia in 1610, dedicating himself to the service of black slaves. For thirty-three years he ministered to slaves, ...
Sep. 10Thursday of the Twenty-Third Week of Ordinary Time
St. Nicholas of Tolentino, a native of Sant' Angelo, in the diocese of Fermo, was born about the year 1245. As a young man, but already endowed with a canon's stall, he was one day greatly affected by a sermon preached by a ...

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Lacordaire O.P., The Bible is at one and the same time the drama of our destiny, ...

Henri-Dominique Lacordaire
at the convent of Sainte-Sabine in Rome,
Théodore Chassériau (1840), Musée du Louvre

Readings for the Liturgy of the Hours
Augustinian Press 1995
First Reading       2 Kings 14:1-27
Responsory   Mt 24:7.11-13; Eph 6:11

Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. Many false prophets will arise and lead many astray, and as lawlessness spreads, most people's love will grow cold. But t whoever perseveres to the end will be saved.
V. Put on the whole armour of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. + Whoever perseveres ...

Second Reading   From a Letter by Lacordaire

It taught gradually by the Church and imbued with her life-giving breath, we enter with facility of heart in to that monument of truth built by God which is the Bible, we will pass under many shadows in its depths, passages where one has to bend one's head, and sublimities where our understanding will al­most fail. However, supported by our unfailing companion, the Church herself, we will go from inspiration to inspiration under the firmament of the holy Word, rejoicing with it in the open plains of eternity, admiring Jesus Christ as he comes ever nearer, longing for him with the patriarchs, seeing him from afar with the prophets, greeting him with the harp of the psalms, until at last, on the threshold of the second temple, he appears to us wholly filled with his glory and death, predestined victim of the reconciliation of souls, and sovereign explication of all that is by all that was.

This vision of Jesus Christ not only fills the long roll of holy books; it interweaves great world events. The Christian sees these events therein under the hand of providence, guided by the laws of justice and grace. In this light he discerns the succession of empires, the rise and fall of great races. He realizes that neither chance nor fate mean anything, but that everything progresses under the twofold impulse of the freedom of man and the wisdom of God. This view of the true meaning of history enraptures the Christian. He gains an understanding of life which no experience could give him, because experience shows him only man, whereas the Bible reveals at one and the same time both God in man and man in God.

This revelation not only makes itself felt in the great mo­ments of the Bible; it is there throughout. God is never absent from his work. He is in the field with Boaz, behind the daughter of Naomi, just as he is in Babylon at Belshazzar's feast. He sits by Abraham's tent as a traveller wearied by his journey, just as he dwells on the summit of mount Sinai in the thunder pro­claiming his presence. He helps Joseph in prison, just as he crowns Daniel in captivity. The smallest details of family or wilderness, the names, places, and events, all these are filled with God, and it is in the course of four millennia, from Eden to Calvary, from righteousness lost to righteousness regained, that one follows from beginning to end, step by step, all the movements of his mercy and all those of his might.

   Who could remain unmoved by so great a pilgrimage? Guided by faith along such paths, who could fail to return home a better man? The Bible is at one and the same time the drama of our destiny, the primitive history of the human race, the philosophy of saints, the legislation of a people chosen and governed by God; within the providence of four thousand years it is the preparation and the seed of the whole future of man­kind; it is the storehouse of all the truth needed by man, the charter of his rights, the treasury of his hopes, the abyss of his consolations, the kiss of God upon his heart; finally, it is Christ the Son of God who has saved him.

Responsory     Rm 15:4; 2 Tm 3:16
All that was written long ago in scripture was written for our instruction, + so that by its encouragement we might have hope.
V. All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for refuting error, for correction, and f

Subject: Jean-Baptiste Henri Lacordaire - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia  

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Lacordaire, ca.1855
Jean-Baptiste Henri-Dominique Lacordaire (12 May 1802 – 21 November 1861), often styled Henri-Dominique Lacordaire, was a French ecclesiastic, preacher, journalist and political activist. He re-established the Dominican Order in post-Revolutionary France