Sunday, July 29, 2007

Saint Martha

Luke 10:38-42

Jesus entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak. Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.” The Lord said to her in reply, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.”

"Martha and Mary were sisters, related not only by blood but also by
religious aspirations. They stayed close to our Lord and both served him
harmoniously when he was among them. Martha welcomed him as travelers are
welcomed. But in her case, the maidservant received her Lord, the creature her
Creator, to serve him bodily food while she was to be fed by the Spirit. No one
of you should say, "Blessed are they who have deserved to receive Christ into
their homes!" Do not grieve or complain that you were born in a time when you
can no longer see God in the flesh. He did not in fact take this privilege from
you. As he says, "Whatever you have done to the least of my brothers, you did to
me." - from a sermon by Saint Augustine

Hear us, O God, out Saviour, so that we,
who rejoice in the feast of Blessed Martha,
Thy Virgin, may be taught by the spirit of pious devotion.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Saint Pedro Poveda Castroverde

"I am a priest of Christ." -St. Pedro Poveda said when his persecutors asked him to identify himself.

"....St. Peter Poveda, grasping the importance of the role of education in society, undertook an important humanitarian and educational task among the marginalized and the needy. He was a master of prayer, a teacher of the Christian life and of the relationship between faith and knowledge, convinced that Christians must bring essential values and commitment to building a world that is more just and mutually supportive. His life ended with the crown of martyrdom...." -from a homily of Pope John Paul

Born and raised in a solidly Christian family, Pedro Poveda Castroverde (1874-1936) from an early childhood felt a call to the priesthood. In 1889, he then entered the diocesan seminary in Jaén. But because of some financial difficulties, he was transferred to the Diocese of Guadix, Grenada. On the 17th of April, 1897, he was ordained a priest and afterwards taught in the seminary, continued his studies, received his licentiate in theology in Seville in 1900. He also ministered in Guadix to a group of very poor people who lived in caves, built a school for children, and provided vocation training to the adults. However, because of some misunderstanding, he left for Covadonga, in the mountains of northern Spain, in 1906.

There in Covadonga, he devoted much time in prayer and reflected particularly on the problem of education in Spain. He then founded the Saint Teresa of Avila Academy, the foundation of Institución Teresiana in 1911. Then he joined the Apostolic Union of Secular Priests in 1912, wrote on the need for more teachers, and opened teacher training centers.

Fr. Poveda then moved to Jaén, and taught in the seminary, served as spiritual director of Los Operarios Catechetical Centre,
and worked at the Teacher Training College. Afterwards in Madrid, he opened Spain's first university for women in 1914.

Beatified on the 10th of October 1993 by Pope John Paul II
Canonized on the 4th of May 2003 by Pope John Paul II

Friday, July 27, 2007

Blessed Maria of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ

"My name is Sister Maria of the Passion and I must resemble the Master."
"I want to be holy, loving Jesus in the Eucharist, suffering with Christ Crucified and seeing Christ in my brothers and sisters."
"I exhort you to holy perseverance according to the Rule, readiness in obedience and especially daily Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Love Jesus in the Eucharist, never leave him alone, do not anger him, do not disappoint him." -Blessed Maria of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Maria Grazia Tarallo (1866-1912), was born and raised in a pious family, and received Christian
education in Naples, Italy. At an early age of five, Maria made a private vow of virginity in
front of the statue of Our Lady. At the age of 22, she desired to enter a convent, but
unfortunately, her parents did not consent and desired her to marry. However, the young man
whom had proposed to Maria had died before the wedding, and Maria entered the Sisters
Crucified Adorers of the Eucharist on the first of June 1891, and took the name Sister Maria of
the Passion in Barra. She then served as a novice mistress and a spiritual guide for the sisters,
and worked in the kitchen, laundry, and as porter. Blessed Maria's life of charity, deep prayer,
and devotion to her Congregation and the Eucharist is known.
Venerated on the 19th of April 2004 by Pope John Paul II
Beatified on the 14th of May 2006 by Pope Benedict XVI

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Saints Joachim and Anne

"Joachim and Anne, how blessed a couple! All creation is indebted to you. For at your hands the Creator was offered a gift excelling all other gifts: a chaste mother, who alone was worthy of him. Joachim and Anne, how blessed and spotless a couple! You will be known by the fruit you have borne, as the Lord says: "By their fruits you will know them." The conduct of your life pleased God and was worthy of your daughter. For by the chaste and holy life you led together, you have fashioned a jewel of virginity: she who remained a virgin before, during, and after giving birth. She alone for all time would maintain her virginity in mind and soul as well as in body. Joachim and Anne, how chaste a couple! While leading a devout and holy life in your human nature, you gave birth to a daughter nobler than the angels, whose queen she now is." -from a sermon by Bishop Saint John Damascene

Parents of Mary, pray for all parents that they may provide the loving home and faithful teaching that you provided your daughter. Amen.

PS Sorry for not blogging for a while, (I've missed alot of saint days!) moving is really getting busy!

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha and St. Camillus of Lellis

Prayer for the Canonization of

Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha

O God who, among the many marvels of Your Grace in the New World, did cause to blossom on the banks of the Mohawk and of the Saint Lawrence, the pure and tender Lily, Kateri Tekakwitha, grant we beseech You, the favor we beg through her intercession; that this Young Lover of Jesus and of His Cross may soon be counted among her Saints by Holy Mother Church, and that our hearts may be enkindled with a stronger desire to imitate her innocence and faith. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
"Think well. Speak well. Do well. These three things, through the mercy of God, will make a man go to Heaven." -Saint Camillus de Lellis

Prayer to Saint Camillus of Lellis
Most wonderful Saint, your compassion for the sick and the dying led you to found the Servants of the Sick. As the Patron of nurses and hospiral workers, infuse in them your compassionate spirit. Make hospitals resemble the inn in Christ's Parable to which the Good Samaritan brought the wounded man saying: "Take care of him and I will repay you for it." Amen.

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Five thing I love about Jesus meme

Oh! I definately like this meme! Thank you for tagging me Mrs. Esther!

Here are the Rules: Those tagged will share 5 things they "love" about Jesus.Those tagged will tag 5 other bloggers. Those tagged will provide a link in the comments section here with their name so that others can read them.

1. Of course, for His so awesome love!!!

2. His loving gift of the Eucharist!!!

3. He is my best friend, and I do enjoy talking to Him!!!

4. He has a such a loving mother that I love her too!!!

5. He died for us, and that is a thing to be truly thankful for and makes me love Him more and more!!!

Okay I tag:

My mom at Mostly Prayers and Writings of a Catholic Mom & Her Daughters (hehe, she'll probably do this one. She has ALOT of memes to do!)

Joey at Catholic Homeschooled Teens (if you have time)

Sr. Anne at nunblog (if you want to)


okay, I'm running out of people to tag again. Whoever wants to be tagged, please help yourself!

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Happy Half Birthday!!! ;-D

Happy Half Birthday St. Therese!!!

LOL!!! And happy independence day too!!!