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The Story Of St. Christopher “The Christ Bearer”

The Story Of St. Christopher “The Christ Bearer”

The Story Of Saint Christopher “The Christ – Bearer”.

Feast Day July 25, Martyred 254 A.D, One of the Fourteen Holy Helpers of the Catholic Church.

In Catholic Ancient Tradition that has been passed down from Generation to Generation like many of the Church’s Traditions. This Catholic Tradition concerns Saint Christophorus, and the story of this Great Saint relates:

He was born in the land of Canaan, and was named Reprobus, that is Reprobate, for he was a barbarous heathen. In stature and strength he was a giant. Thinking no one his like in bodily vigor, he resolved to go forth in search of the mightiest master and serve him. In his wanderings, he met with a king who was praised as the most valorous man on earth. To him he offered his services and was accepted. The king was proud of this giant and kept him near his person.

One day a minstrel visited the king’s castle, and among the ballads he sung before the court was one on the power of Satan. At the mention of this name the king blessed himself, making the sign of the cross. Reprobus, wondering, asked him why he did that. The king replied: “When I make this sign, Satan has no power over me”. Reprobus rejoined: “So thou fearest the power of Satan? Then he is mightier than thou, and I shall seek and serve him”.

Setting forth to seek Satan, he came into a wilderness. One dark night he met a band of wild fellows riding through the forest. It was Satan and his escort. Reprobus bravely accosted him, saying he wished to serve him. He was accepted. But soon he was convinced that his new master was not the mightiest on earth. For one day, whilst approaching a crucifix by the wayside, Satan quickly took to flight, and Reprobus asked him for the reason. Satan replied: “That is the image of my greatest enemy, who conquered me on the cross. From him I always flee”. When Reprobus heard this, he left the Devil, and went in search of Christ.

In his wanderings, he one day came to a hut hidden in the forest. At its door sat a venerable old man. Reprobus addressed him, and in the course of the conversation that ensued the old man told him that he was a hermit, and had left the world to serve Christ, the Lord of heaven and earth. “Thou art my man,” cried Reprobus “Christ is He whom I seek, for He is the strongest and the mightiest. Tell me where I can find Him”. The hermit then began instructing the giant about God and the Redeemer, and concluded by saying: “He who would serve Christ must offer himself entirely to Him, and do and suffer everything for His sake. His reward for this will be immense and will last forever”.

Reprobus now asked the hermit to allow him to remain, and to continue to instruct him. The hermit consented. When Reprobus was fully instructed, he baptized him. After his baptism, a great change came over the giant. No longer proud of his great size and strength, he became meek and humble, and asked the hermit to assign to him some task by which he might serve God, his master. “For,” said he, “I can not pray and fast; therefore I must serve God in some other way”.

The hermit led him to a broad and swift river nearby, and said: “Here build thyself a hut, and when wanderers wish to cross the river, carry them over for the love of Christ”. For there was no bridge across the river.

Henceforth, day and night, whenever he was called, Reprobus faithfully performed the task assigned to him. One night he heard a child calling to be carried across the river. Quickly he rose, placed the child on his stout shoulder, took his staff and walked into the mighty current. Arrived in midstream, the water rose higher and higher, and the child became heavier and heavier. “O child,” he cried, “how heavy thou art! It seems I bear the weight of the world on my shoulder”.

And the child replied, “Right thou art. Thou bearest not only the world, but the Creator of heaven and earth. I am Jesus Christ, thy King and Lord, and henceforth thou shalt be called Christophorus, that is, Christ-bearer. Arrived on yonder shore, plant thy staff in the ground, and in token of my power and might tomorrow it shall bear leaves and blossoms”.

And the child disappeared. On reaching the other shore, Christophorus stuck his staff into the ground, and behold, it budded forth leaves and blossoms. Then, kneeling, he promised the Lord to serve Him ever faithfully. He kept his promise, and thenceforth became a zealous preacher of the Gospel, converting many to the Faith.

On his missionary peregrinations he came also to Lycia, where, after his first sermon, eighteen thousand heathens requested baptism. When Emperor Decius heard of this, he sent a company of four hundred soldiers to capture Christophorus. To these he preached so convincingly, that they all asked for baptism. Decius became enraged and had him cast into prison.

There he first treated him with great kindness, and surrounded him with every luxury and even sent him two of the most beautiful women in his kingdom to tempt him to sin, but in vain as he ended up converting the two Pagan women to Christ who were shortly Martyred. Then he ordered him to be tortured in the most cruel manner, until he should deny the Faith. He was scourged, placed on plates of hot iron, boiling oil was poured over and fire was lighted under him. When all these torments did not accomplish their purpose, the soldiers were ordered to shoot him with arrows. This, too, having no effect, he was beheaded, on July 25th, 254. Two great saints refer to the wonderful achievements of St. Christophorus which is a further declaration of the truths of the Story of Saint Christopher as Saint Ambrose mentions that this saint converted forty-eight thousand souls to Christ and Saint Vincent Ferrer declares, that when the plague devastated Valencia, its destructive course was stayed through the intercession of Saint Christophorus.

Prayers To Saint Christopher.

Prayer of the Church in Honor of Saint Christopher.

Grant us, almighty God, that whilst we celebrate the memory of Thy blessed martyr St. Christophorus, through his intercession the love of Thy name may be increased in us. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer In Honor Of St. Christopher.

O God, Who did make St. Christopher a true Christ-bearer, who converted multitudes to the Christian faith, and Who gave him the grace to suffer for Thy sake the most cruel torments, through the intercession of this Saint, we implore Thee to protect us from sin, the only real evil. Preserve us also against the harmful forces of nature, such as earthquake, lightning, fire, and flood and In all our Travels. Amen.

Invocation Of St. Christopher.

Great St. Christopher, seeking and mightiest master which Thou found in Jesus Christ, the Almighty God of Heaven and earth. Faithfully serving Him with all Thy power to the end of Thy life, gaining for Him countless souls and finally shedding Thine blood for Him, obtain for me the grace to bear Christ always in my heart, as Thou once did, bearing Him on Thine shoulder. So that by this I may be strengthened to overcome victoriously all temptations and resist all enticements of the world, the Devil, and the flesh, and that the powers of darkness may not prevail against me. Amen.

Prayer Of Petition By The Merits Of Saint Christopher.

My Lord and my God! I offer up to Thee my petition in union with the bitter passion and death of Jesus Christ, Thy Son, together with the merits of His Immaculate and Blessed Mother, Mary ever Virgin, and of all the Saints, particularly with those of the Holy Helper, St. Christopher, in whose honor I say this prayer. Look down upon me, merciful Lord! Grant me Thine Grace and Thy Love, and graciously hear my prayer. Amen.

Feasts Of Saints Louis And Zelie Martin, Parents Of St. Therese Of Lisieux – July 12.

Feasts Of Saints Louis And Zelie Martin, Parents Of St. Therese Of Lisieux – July 12.

July 12 – Feast Of Saints Louis And Zelie Martin, Parents Of St. Therese Of Lisieux.
Louis Martin and Zelie Guerin eventually met in Alencon, and on July 13, 1858, Louis, 34, and Zelie, 26, married and began their remarkable voyage through life. Within the next fifteen years, Zelie bore nine children, seven girls and two boys. “We lived only for them,” Zelie wrote; “they were all our happiness”.

The Martins’ delight in their children turned to shock and sorrow as tragedy relentlessly and mercilessly stalked their little ones. Within three years, Zelie’s two baby boys, a five year old girl, and a six-and-a-half week old infant girl all died.

Zelie was left numb with sadness. “I haven’t a penny’s worth of courage,” she lamented. But her faith sustained her through these terrible ordeals.

In a letter to her sister-in-law who had lost an infant son, Zelie remembered: “When I closed the eyes of my dear little children and buried them, I felt sorrow through and through…People said to me, ‘It would have been better never to have had them’. I couldn’t stand such language. My children were not lost forever; life is short and full of miseries, and we shall find our little ones again up above”.

The Martins’ last child was born January 2, 1873. She was weak and frail, and doctors feared for the infant’s life. The family, so used to death, was preparing for yet another blow. Zelie wrote of her three month old girl: “I have no hope of saving her. The poor little thing suffers horribly….It breaks your heart to see her.”

But the baby girl proved to be much tougher than anyone realized. She survived the illness. A year later she was a “Big baby, browned by the sun”. “The baby,” Zelie noted, “is full of life, giggles a lot, and is sheer joy to everyone.”

Death seemed to grant a reprieve to the Martin household. Although suffering had left its mark on mother and father, it was not the scar of bitterness. Louis and Zelie had already found relief and support in their faith.

The series of tragedies had intensified the love of Louis and Zelie Martin for each other. They poured out their affection on their five surviving daughters; Marie, 12, Pauline, 11, Leonie 9, Celine, 3, and their new-born. Louis and Zelie named their new-born; Marie-Francoise-Therese Martin. A century later people would know her as St. Therese, and call her the “Little Flower”.

On Sunday, October 18, 2015, Pope Francis presided at Mass in St. Peter’s Square which included the Rite of Canonization for Sts. Zelie and Louis Martin. The Martins had been beatified earlier on October 19, 2008. 

Feast Of St. Joaquina De Vedruna De Mas – May 22

Feast Of St. Joaquina De Vedruna De Mas – May 22

St. Joaquina De Vedruna De Mas

MAY 22 – ST. JOAQUINA DE VEDRUNA DE MAS (1783-1854).

Joaquina was born into a noble family on April 16, 1783 in Barcelona Spain. When she was 12, she expressed a desire to become a Carmelite nun. However, at the age of 16, she married, Theodore de Mas in 1799 and bore him eight or nine children. Both Joaquina and Theodore became devout secular Franciscans. Theodore died in 1816 at the age of forty-two years old. For seven years, Joaquina devoted her time to her children, prayer, and to waiting on the sick in the local hospital. During this time, she wore the Franciscan tertiary habit and lived a life of mortification and poverty.

Once most of her children were grown and taking care of the smallest ones, Joaquina spoke to Fr. Stephen of Olot about her desire for a religious life. He told her she was destined to belong to a new congregation devoted to teaching the young and nursing the sick. Six years later, she was clothed with the religious habit by the bishop of Vich, Mgr Paul Corcuera who put the new congregation under the invocation of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Fr. Stephen drew up the rule and the community started with six members. The new order spread throughout Catalonia.

Several times when at prayer in the chapel the sisters saw her lifted from the floor in ecstasy, her head ringed with light. Beginning in 1850 she began to suffer a slowly progressing paralysis which she suffered with for four years. For the last few months of her life she could not move or speak. She succumbed to an attack of cholera on August 28, 1854. Descendants of Joaquina and twenty-five Carmelites of Charity were among the victims of secularist terrorism in Spain in 1936. She was beatified on May 19, 1940 and was canonized on April 12, 1959 by Pope John XXIII. She is the patron saint of abuse victims, death of children, exiles, widows.

Prayer For Protection Against Demons By St. Bosco

Prayer For Protection Against Demons By St. Bosco


PRAYER FOR PROTECTION AGAINST DEMONS.

(Saint John Bosco, C. 1880).
O Mary, powerful Virgin,

Thou art the mighty and glorious Protector of the Church.

Thou art the Marvelous Help of Christians.

Thou art Terrible as an Army set in Battle Array.

Thou alone has destroyed every heresy in the entire Church.

In the midst of my anguish, my struggles and my distress,

Defend me from the power of the enemy,

And at the hour of my death,

Receive my soul into Paradise.

Amen.

PLEADING THE BLOOD OF JESUS.

The Apocalypse Of Saint John (Revelation) Chapter 12:11 >And they overcame him by the Blood of the Lamb, and by the Word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives unto death”.

I plead the Blood of Jesus on my spouse and children.

I plead the Blood of Jesus on my family, home and property.

I plead the Blood of Jesus on my Church and on all Church property.

I plead the Blood of Jesus on my mind.

I plead the Blood of Jesus on every thought in my mind.

I plead the Blood of Jesus on my body.

I plead the Blood of Jesus on every evil spirit attacking my mind and body.

Saint Michael Prayer.

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray. And do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Hosts, by the power of God, thrust into Hell, Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

THE BRIEF OF ST ANTHONY.

A woman who was troubled by spiritual forces stopped at a chapel to pray before a statue of St. Anthony. She fell asleep, and saw him whether in a dream or vision. Upon waking, she found a letter (brief) with words to put evil forces to flight.

The letter (brief) reads: 

Latin:

Ecce crucem domini, fugite, partes adversae, vicit leo de tribu juda, radix david. Alleluia.

English:

Behold the cross of the Lord! Begone hostile enemies! The lion of Judah, the offspring of David has triumphed! Alleluia!

Saint Teresa of Avila on the Power of Holy Water.

I was once in an oratory, when Satan, in an abominable shape, appeared on my left hand. I looked at his mouth in particular, because he spoke, and it was horrible. A huge flame seemed to issue out of his body, perfectly bright, without any shadow. He spoke in a fearful way, and said to me that, though I had escaped out of his hands, he would yet lay hold of me again. I was in great terror, made the sign of the cross as well as I could, and then the form vanished–but it reappeared instantly. This occurred twice. I did not know what to do; there was some holy water at hand; I took some, and threw it in the direction of the figure, and then Satan never returned. I know by frequent experience that there is nothing which puts the devils to flight like holy water. They run away before the sign of the cross also, but they return immediately: great, then, must be the power of holy water.

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