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
BLESSED JUNIPERO SERRA
Blessed Junipero Serra was born in Petra, Spain, on November 24, 1713. The boy became a student at the Franciscan school in Palma
St. Otto lived in the twelfth century. He was born in Swabia, present-day Bavaria.
St. Thomas was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus. His name in the Syriac language means "twin."
ST. ELIZABETH OF PORTUGAL
St. Elizabeth, a Spanish princess, was born in 1271. She married King Denis of Portugal at the age of twelve.
ST. ANTHONY MARY ZACCARIA
St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria was born in Italy in 1502. While he was still young, his father died.
ST. MARIA GORETTI
St. Maria Goretti was born in 1890. Her father died when she and the other five children in her family were small. At twelve, Maria was already very pretty.
BLESSED ROGER DICKENSON, BLESSED RALPH MILNER AND BLESSED LAWRENCE HUMPHREY
These three martyrs lived in England during the time of Church persecution by Queen Elizabeth I.
BLESSED EUGENE III
Blessed Eugene III was born near Pisa, Italy, in the twelfth century. He was baptized Peter.
ST. FELICITY AND HER SEVEN SONS.
St. Felicity was a noble Christian woman of Rome. She lived during the second century.
St. Benedict was born in 480. He was from a rich Italian family. His life was full of adventure and wonderful deeds.
ST. JOHN GAULBERT
St. John Gaulbert was born in Florence, Italy, at the end of the tenth century. He and his father were devastated when John's only brother, Hugh, was murdered.
ST. HENRY II.
St. Henry II was born in 972. He became the duke of Bavaria in 995. One night he had an unusual vision. St. Wolfgang, who had been his beloved teacher when he was a boy, appeared to him.
BLESSED KATERI TEKAKWITHA
Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha was born in Auriesville, New York, in 1656. Her mother was a Christian Algonquin. Her father was a non-Christian Mohawk chief.
St. was born in 1221 in Tuscany, Italy, and was baptized John.
FEAST OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL
This feast was instituted by the Carmelites between 1376 and 1386 under the title "Commemoratio B. Marif Virg.
ST. LEO IV.
St. Leo IV lived in the ninth century. He was a Roman by birth and spent his life in that city. Leo was educated in the Benedictine monastery near St. Peter's Basilica.
St. Frederick lived in ninth-century Utrecht, in the central part of the Netherlands. When he was ordained a priest, Bishop Ricfried put him in charge of instructing converts.
St. Macrina was the first child of St. Basil the Elder and St. Emmelia.
St. Charbel was born to a poor Maronite Family on May 8, 1828 in a mountain village of Biqa-Kafra, Lebanon.
ST. LAWRENCE OF BRINDISI.
St. Lawrence was born Caesar Rossi in Brindisi, Italy, in 1559. Brindisi was part of the Kingdom of Naples, Italy.
ST. MARY MAGDALENE.
St. Mary Magdalene was from Magdala near the Sea of Galilee. Some people identify her as a well-known sinner when she first saw Our Lord.
ST. BRIDGET OF SWEDEN.
St. Bridget was born in Sweden in 1303. From the time she was a child, she was greatly devoted to the passion of Jesus.
ST. BORIS AND ST. GLEB
St. Boris and St. Gleb, the brothers, were born toward the end of the tenth century.
ST. JAMES THE GREATER
St. James was a fisherman like his father Zebedee and his brother John.
ST. JOACHIM AND ST. ANNE
St. Anne and St. Joachim are the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
St. Pantaleon came from Nicomedia, near the Black Sea, in Asia. He lived in the fourth century.
St. Martha was the sister of Mary and Lazarus.
ST. PETER CHRYSOLOGUS
St. Peter Chrysologus was born in the small town of Imola, Italy.
ST. IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA
St. Ignatius, the famous founder of the Jesuits, was born in 1491.
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?