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“Holy Trinity, Whom I Adore” – A Prayer Of St. Elizabeth Of The Trinity 

“Holy Trinity, Whom I Adore” – A Prayer Of St. Elizabeth Of The Trinity 

“Holy Trinity, Whom I Adore” 

A Prayer Of St. Elizabeth Of The Trinity.

“O my God, Trinity whom I adore, let me entirely forget myself that I may abide in You, still and peaceful as if my soul were already in eternity; let nothing disturb my peace nor separate me from You, O my unchanging God, but that each moment may take me further into the depths of Your mystery! Pacify my soul! Make it Your heaven, Your beloved home and place of Your repose; let me never leave You there alone, but may I be ever attentive, ever alert in my faith, ever adoring and all given up to Your creative action.

O my beloved Christ, crucified for love, would that I might be for You a spouse of Your heart! I would anoint You with glory, I would love You – even unto death! Yet I sense my frailty and ask You to adorn me with Yourself; identify my soul with all the movements of Your soul, submerge me, overwhelm me, substitute Yourself in me that my life may become but a reflection of Your life. Come into me as Adorer, Redeemer and Savior.

O Eternal Word, Word of my God, would that I might spend my life listening to You, would that I might be fully receptive to learn all from You; in all darkness, all loneliness, all weakness, may I ever keep my eyes fixed on You and abide under Your great light; O my Beloved Star, fascinate me so that I may never be able to leave Your radiance.

O Consuming Fire, Spirit of Love, descend into my soul and make all in me as an incarnation of the Word, that I may be to Him a super-added humanity wherein He renews His mystery; and You O Father, bestow Yourself and bend down to Your little creature, seeing in her only Your beloved Son in whom You are well pleased.

O my`Three’, my All, my Beatitude, infinite Solitude, Immensity in whom I lose myself, I give myself to You as a prey to be consumed; enclose Yourself in me that I may be absorbed in You so as to contemplate in Your light the abyss of Your Splendor! Amen. 

St. Rita And The White Bees

St. Rita And The White Bees

Saint Rita And The White Bee’s.

Saint Rita, who had known her share of suffering at the hands of her abusive husband, and after the loss of her sons, prayed for more suffering—to be united with Christ in His suffering. 

One day, as holy Scholars tell us, Saint Rita was kneeling in prayer before a replica of the Crucified Christ. She implored, “Oh my Jesus, let me share in Thy suffering at least by one of Thy thorns.” At that moment, a single thorn from the crown surrounding Jesus’ head flew through the air and speared directly into Sister Rita’s forehead. This wound bled until the end of her life and caused her considerable pain and suffering. It also emitted a repulsive stench, such that Rita spent the majority of her last 15 years in seclusion. 

Two hundred years after she died, an interesting phenomenon occurred. At the Monastery in Cascia, where Rita had spent the latter half of her life, white bees—similar to those who had swarmed her as an infant– were observed to come out of the walls of the Monastery during Holy Week of each year. These bees remained until the feast day of Saint Rita on May 22nd, and then returned to hibernation until Holy Week of the following year.

Pope Urban VIII, learning of the bees, requested that one of them be brought to him in Rome. After a careful examination of the bee, he tied a silk thread around it. Setting it free, the bee was later discovered in its hive at the Monastery in Cascia, 138 kilometers away. And so the tradition of the bees began. The holes in the wall where the bees traditionally remain until the following year, are plainly in view for pilgrims journeying even today to the Monastery.

-St. Rita Of Cascia, Pray For Us! 

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.

St. Joseph Teaches Us To Shine In Our Work

St. Joseph Teaches Us To Shine In Our Work


*St. Joseph Teaches us to Shine in Our Work*

_(Wednesday 1st May, 2019. Read Acts 5:17-26, Psalm 34 and John 3:16-21)_

_*“And this is the verdict, that the light came into the world, but people preferred darkness to light, because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come toward the light” (John 3:19-20).*_

Today, being the first day of May, when the world celebrates Workers’ Day, the church earmarks this day to celebrate the Patron of Workers who is none other than St. Joseph, the hard-working husband of Mary and foster father of Jesus. We celebrate St. Joseph because he was identified as the Carpenter and from him, Jesus learnt how to work.

We celebrate this great man today who lived his life as a celibate despite his marriage to Mary and went about his duties quietly and humbly so as to highlight the Good News that work is not punishment, but an opportunity given to man to transform the world cooperating with God in His ongoing creation.

St. Joseph teaches us that laziness is not the same thing as enjoyment; that he who does not work should not eat; that there is dignity in labour; that if God himself worked in the person of Jesus, we should never be ashamed to employ our creativity and time in working.

Today we pray for workers all over the world, especially workers whose rights and dignity are suppressed by the powerful, workers who are being unjustly denied of their wages; workers who face harassment in their place of work; workers who want to work, but are searching for employment. May St. Joseph intercede for us all, Amen!

As Jesus tells Nicodemus in today’s Gospel passage, our world today is filled with too many people who prefer darkness to light, people who will try everything possible to prevent the light of Christ from shining; people who try to cut short the life of God’s genuine messengers.

This is exactly what plays out in today’s first reading. The chief priests and Sadducees locked the Apostles in prison for preaching in the name of Jesus, for doing the work of God. But God fought for the Apostles, He sent an Angel to open the prison doors. While the court gathered to judge the Apostles, they were standing at the temple teaching the people. This miracle was a lesson for the chief priests and captains of the temple; God’s way of telling them they cannot stop the work of God.

When anyone tries to fight us for walking in the light, we should not fear because our victory is already guaranteed.

Our responsorial psalm wraps everything beautifully when it says: “The Angel of the Lord is encamped around those who fear Him, to rescue them. Taste and see that the Lord is good. Blessed is the man who seeks refuge in him” (Psalm 34:9).

Let us Pray: Lord Jesus, create in me a pure heart and renew my spirit within me. Amen!

*Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Wednesday of the Second Week of Easter. Bible Study: Acts 5:17-26, Psalm 34 and John 3:16-21).*

-Fr. Abu.

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