Call to Holiness
The world has decided that there is no certain truth. What
must be its attitude then toward any institution which puts itself
forward as the organ of the truth? One of hostility necessarily.
Is there such an institution? There is the Church. The Church and
the nineteenth century therefore are enemies. The world of today
does not admit any truth; it does not want any exponent of the truth.
The world and all that are of the world agree to say there is no
one truth and there is the Church which dares to declare that there
is but one truth, and that is the doctrine she, alone, imparts.
Therefore the world must hate the Church. For let the world put
on what garb of impartiality it will, it knows that it and the Church
are foes; and he who is the prince of this world above all knows
that she is his foe, and destined to crush his head...
The Church can save society. She can do it. She has done so already.
When the wild hordes of the North came down like the sweeping hurricane
in succession and brought the enervated nations of the South to
such low misery that order and law seemed to have disappeared from
the earth, and chaos come back again, the Church taught virtue to
the populations purified by misfortune, and, after converting their
oppressors to the true faith, gradually established among them a
social system which, with its defects, Kings, aristocracy, and people,
were bound together, not by a bond of sentimental humanity, or of
vague fraternity, or false equality, but by that Christian charity
which teaches us to respect the rights of all, because all are brothers
regenerated in the blood of the same Redeemer, called to the same
light of truth, and united in the hope of one eternal happiness.
on Christian Holiness light of the experience of Mother Teresa Calcutta
Excerpts from PAPAL HOUSEHOLD PREACHER’S
FOR ADVENT 2003
Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa
this is the wiIl of God, your sanctification (1 Thessalonians 4:3):
There are in the world three possible orders or levels of greatness:
the order of bodies, in which wealthy people, extraordinarily beautiful
people or those of an imposing physical presence stand out; the
order of intelligence and genius, in which artists, writers and
scientists are distinguished; and the order of holiness in which,
after Christ, the Virgin and the saints are outstanding (Pensees
One drop of holiness, (musician Gounod said), is worth more than
an ocean of genius. The glory of holiness does not end with time,
but lasts eternally. Today the Church needs saints. This calls for
our combating our attachment to comforts that lead us to choose
a comfortable and insignificant mediocrity.
Each one of us has the possibility to be a saint, and the way to
holiness is prayer. Holiness is, for each of us, a simple duty.
Strong in the Lord in the Armour of Light! With helmet and
sword, With shield for the fight; On prayer be dependent,
Be belted and shod, In breastplate resplendent - The armour
of God “
OUR SPIRITUAL FORMATION
is modeled to live a life of holiness. Without holiness in men and
women, prayers and devotions have less supernatural value because
to understand and to live our Faith, we must learn the ABC of the
teachings of the Catholic Faith. The most IMPORTANT GIFT FROM GOD
IS HOLINESS. Today we encourage all Catholics to discover the true
meaning of Holiness.
A KNIGHT OF ST MICHAEL
One must strive to live a life of holiness . This is the most powerful
virtue of God’s Love in us against evil. With holiness, we
learn about unconditional love, obedience, patience, forgiveness,
mercy and all that is pleasing to God.
OF THE SAINTS
St. Felix II
St Felix II, the pope is an ancestor of the future Pope St. Gregory the Great who lived from 540 to 604.
Blessed Charles the Good
Count Charles of Flanders, was called "the good" by the people of his kingdom. They named him for what they found him to truly be.
Blessed Katharine Drexel
Blessed Katharine was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on November 26, 1858. Katharine's mother died when she was a baby.
St. Casimir was born in 1458, son of Casimir IV, king of Poland. Casimir was one of thirteen children.
St. John Joseph of the Cross
St. John Joseph of the Cross was born in southern Italy on the feast of the Assumption, 1654. He was a young noble, but he dressed like a poor man.
St. Nicolette was named in honor of St. Nicholas of Myra. She was born in 1380. Her loving parents nicknamed her Colette from the time she was a baby.
St. Perpetua and St. Felicity
St. Perpetua and St. Felicity lived in Carthage, North Africa, in the third century. It was the time of the fierce persecution of Christians by Emperor Septimus Severus.
St. John of God
St. John was born in Portugal on March 8, 1495. His parents were poor, but deeply Christian. John was a restless boy.
St. Frances of Rome
St. Frances was born in 1384. Her parents were wealthy, but they taught Frances to be concerned about people and to live a good Christian life.
St. Simplicius became pope in 468. Sometimes it seemed to him that he was all alone in trying to correct evils that were everywhere.
St. Eulogius of Spain
St. Eulogius lived in the ninth century. His family was well-known and he received an excellent education. While he learned his lessons, he also learned from the good example of his teachers.
St. Fina (Seraphina)
St. Fina was born in a little Italian town called San Geminiano. Her parents had once been well off, but misfortune had left them poor.
St. Euphrasia was born in the fifth century to deeply Christian parents. Her father, a relative of the emperor, died when she was a year old.
St. Matilda was born about 895, the daughter of a German count. When she was still quite young, her parents arranged her marriage to a nobleman named Henry.
St. Zachary was a Benedictine monk from Greece who lived in the eighth century. He became a cardinal and then pope.
Blessed Torello was born in 1202, in Poppi, Italy. His life as a child in the village was ordinary and uneventful. But after his father's death.
St. Patrick was believed born in fifth-century Britain to Roman parents. When he was sixteen, he was captured by pirates and taken to Ireland.
St. Cyril of Jerusalem
St. Cyril was born around 315 when a new phase was beginning for Christians. Before that date, the Church was persecuted by the emperors.
St. Joseph is a great saint. He was Jesus' foster-father and Mary's husband.
St. Cuthbert lived in England in the seventh century. He was a poor shepherd boy who loved to play games with his friends.
St. Serapion lived in Egypt in the fourth century. Those were exciting times for the Church and for St. Serapion.
St. Deogratias was ordained bishop of the City of Carthage when it was taken over by barbarian armies in 439.
St. Turibius of Mongrovejo
St. Turibius was born in 1538 in Leon, Spain. He became a university professor and then a famous judge.
Blessed Didacus Joseph was born on March 29, 1743, in Cadiz, Spain. He was baptized Joseph Francis.
ANNUNCIATION OF THE LORD
The time arrived for Jesus to come down from heaven. God sent the Archangel Gabriel to the town of Nazareth where Mary lived.
St. Ludger was born in northern Europe in the eighth century. After he had studied hard for many years, he was ordained a priest.
St. John of Egypt
St. John was man who desired to be alone with God was to become one of the most famous hermits of his time.
St. Tutilo lived in the late ninth and early tenth centuries. He was educated at the Benedictine monastery of Saint-Gall.
St. Jonas and St. Barachisius
King Sapor of Persia reigned in the fourth century. He hated Christians and persecuted them cruelly. He destroyed their churches and monasteries.
St. John Climacus
St. John was believed born in Palestine in the seventh century. He seems to have been a disciple of St. Gregory Nazianzen.
Blessed Joan of Toulouse
In 1240, some Carmelite brothers from Palestine started a monastery in Toulouse, France.
PHOTO OF THE MONTH
of the Relics of the Passion
for Holy Relics)
Why did Jesus, the sinless one sent from the Father in heaven,
submit himself to John’s baptism? John preached a
baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke
3:3). In this humble submission we see a foreshadowing of
the “baptism” of Jesus bloody death upon the
cross. Jesus’ baptism is the acceptance and the beginning
of his mission as God’s suffering Servant (Isaiah
52:13-15; 53:1-12). He allowed himself to be numbered among
sinners. Jesus submitted himself entirely to his Father’s
will. Out of love he consented to this baptism of death
for the remission of our sins. Do you know the joy of trust
and submission to God?