“There are three things, my brethren, by which faith stands firm, devotion remains constant, and virtue endures. They are prayer, fasting and mercy. Prayer knocks at the door, fasting obtains, mercy receives. Prayer, mercy and fasting: these three are one, and they give life to each other. Fasting is the soul of prayer, mercy is the lifeblood of fasting. Let no one try to separate them; they cannot be separated. If you have only one of them or not all together, you have nothing.”
Because of Our Lady’s great promises to those who wore the Brown Scapular, the scapular devotion spread to the laity, generally worn as two small square pieces of brown wool connected by cords, with one square resting on the chest and one on the back. Since then, the Brown Scapular has been recognized as a source of great graces for those who, living holy lives, wear the Brown Scapular with devotion during life and at the time of death.
Each year the Church venerates the memory of Saints Anne & Joachim on July 26th. An ancient story dating to the first centuries of the Church’s life recalls how Saints Anne & Joachim, like Abraham and Sarah, were scorned by their neighbors because they had no children.
A deaf, mute, and blind boy led the Emperor Charlemagne into the long-lost underground crypt in southern France where the relics of St. Anne were buried and hidden away. The story is remarkable! Listen here for the miraculous manner in which her relics arrived in southern France, and the great saints who brought them there.
During this stage of her life St. Bridget’s mystical experiences became more pronounced and frequent, so much so that they were contained in a work that became very popular in the middle ages, called the Revelations of St. Bridget of Sweden. Her vibrant visions, which became famous, were often consulted by artists to aid them in their depiction of scenes from Sacred Scripture.
Saint Camillus de Lellis is an example how God often plants the seeds of your life’s mission among the ordinary, even sinful, circumstances you find yourself in; in the end, by the grace of God, all things truly will work together for your good and His glory, and it is never too late to amend your life and work to become a saint.
Many faithful men went to Mt. Carmel to live as hermits in imitation of the Prophet Elijah. Over time a community developed informally. By the 1200’s this group desired to order their lives around a structured Rule. At the direction of St. Albert, then Patriarch of Jerusalem, they were given a Rule of Life. They lived in general solitude as they prayed and fasted, but they built a church and came together for prayer during the day. They named the church after Our Lady under the title of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.
St. Bonaventure was born in 1221 in the Tuscany region of Italy. As a child he was healed from serious disease by the prayers of the great St. Francis of Assisi, and this is how he got his name. St. Francis, in response to the pleading of the child’s mother, and foreseeing the future greatness of the little child, cried out, “O Buona ventura!” (O good fortune!).
Kateri trekked over 200 miles through rough terrain, a two month, undoubtedly difficult due to her poor eyesight, to reach the Christian settlement. There she desired to live a life of prayer and penance. She declined marriage and lived as a single woman with deep faith, offering her sufferings and life to Christ. Her great sanctity, virtue, mystical prayer life, and love for Christ amazed the Jesuits and everyone who knew her. It is said that people loved to be around her and listen to her speak because her soul radiated the beauty and peace of God.
Como cristianos estamos llamados a educarnos diariamente para conocer y no pasar por alto las gracias que podemos merecer gracias al sacrificio de nuestro Señor Jesucristo. Está claro que la vida de San Benito fue excepcional y su vida espiritual lo hace un ejemplar modelo a seguir para los cristianos. Fue un poderoso exorcista. Sometía a los […]