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Saints Are Humans Too

Saints Are Humans Too

*Saints Are Humans Too*

_(Wednesday 3rd July, 2019. Ephesians 2:19-22, Psalm 117 and John 20:24-29)_

_*“Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in his side, I will not believe” (John 20:25).*_

Very often, we tend to think of the Saints as extraordinary human beings or larger than life figures. We see them as the people who did the impossible or attained the unattainable.

But truly speaking, all the saints we venerate today were complete human beings; imperfect creatures who refused to allow their weaknesses prevent them from pressing forward in the journey to heaven.

The life of St. Thomas who we celebrate today is a typical example of a Saint who was everything like you and I. He had every reason to doubt the resurrection because nothing like that had ever happened before and he saw with his own eyes how Jesus was crucified.

However, the moment Jesus proved to Thomas the reality of the resurrection by asking him to touch His hands and His side, Thomas was never the same again. The same Thomas who did not believe at first was the one who eventually said: “My Lord and My God!”

Thomas never doubted Jesus again, instead through his profession of faith, many came to recognize Jesus as God. In fact, history tells us that at the dispersal of the Apostles after Pentecost, Thomas went on to evangelize the Parthians, Medes, and Persians; he ultimately reached India, carrying the Faith to the Malabar coast, which still boasts a large native population calling themselves “Christians of St. Thomas”.

Thomas was steadfast to the end even to the point of accepting martyrdom for the sake of the Gospel. We are told that Thomas was speared to death at a place called Calamine. His feast day is July 3rd and he is the patron of architects.

In Thomas, we see that God does not need perfect people to work with, rather he perfects those who make themselves available for His service. Not even our doubts and imperfections can prevent God from having His way in our lives.

So long as we are willing to change and never return to our old selves as Thomas did upon his encounter with Jesus, we can become great Saints. We need to stop seeing ourselves as worthless when it comes to sainthood. As St. Paul tells us in today’s first reading, we are no longer strangers but fellow citizens with the saints in the Household of God (Ephesians 2:19).

*Never give up on your aspiration to become a Saint one day because the Saints are human too*.

Let us pray: Lord Jesus, give me the grace to remain steadfast on my journey to Sainthood, Amen.

*Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle. Bible Study: Ephesians 2:19-22, Psalm 117 and John 20:24-29)*.

-Fr. Abu

The Sacrifice Of The Shipwrecked Mother: From Feast Of The Sacred Heart 

The Sacrifice Of The Shipwrecked Mother: From Feast Of The Sacred Heart 

​The Sacrifice of the Shipwrecked Mother: From Feast of the Sacred Heart by Fr. Francis Xavier Weninger, 1877.

You say:Yes, I love Jesus“, show it by your love for the Cross, by your patience, if the Lord imposes His chastening hand upon you. If then your affections of love multiply towards Jesus, and you esteem yourself happy that He has drawn you to Himself by the royal way of the cross, we know that you really have a sincere love towards Him. And what in all this world so effectively conduces to this condition of sincere love, as one glance at the most Sacred Heart of Jesus and an assiduous cultivation of that beautiful devotion; for that Heart shed the last drop of blood for you on the cross, in sincere love. You have this Sacred Heart present in the Blessed Sacrament. Go then before the tabernacle, and think of Him who nourishes you so often with the Holy Sacrament, and gives it to you as food.

To better to illustrate this, I will relate the following event: 

It happened that a ship was lost at sea, and those of the passengers who escaped the wreck were cast upon a desert island. Among them was a mother with a nursing infant. However, the joy of the passengers at their rescue was of brief duration, for they discovered that the soil was bleak and barren, and afforded no food whatever. And no vessel appeared to bear them away, the mother sat holding the starving child to her breast, from which it had drawn the very last drop of milk.

The mother had no norishment, how could she nourish it? It drew with such force that it took from her veins the life blood, yet she uttered no word of complaint. The mother becoming weaker and weaker, the passengers entreated her to let the child die, and, perhaps, her own life might be saved. But she was deaf to their prayers, and still allowed the babe to drink her blood; yes, to the very last moment of her life, which was indeed at hand, for her head drooped upon that faithful breast; and when the prayers of wrecked passengers, that they might be rescued, were heard and a vessel came in sight, she was dead. The child lived and grew to man’s estate, and when the youth heard what his mother had done for him, and how she had nourished him with her blood, the heroic act filled his heart with such ardent love for her, that from the very depths of his yearning heart he often cried: “O mother! mother! could I but once behold you, if even for one moment, only to thank you for your devoted maternal love. Oh, how happy would I not feel!”

Christians, what that mother did, the Sacred Heart of Jesus is doing daily in the Most Holy Sacrament, and has done it for nineteen hundred years, by nourishing us with His precious blood. As children of God, as members of the Church, we can thank Him for it personally. Oh, then, make good use of His Presence on your altars, particularly by frequent and worthy Communions. No doubt that will enkindle and nourish in your hearts the fire of divine love, as nothing else could in the world; and you will find your dearest joy in cherishing a sincere, ardent, and faithful love towards the Sacred Heart of Jesus.–Amen!

Promises Of The Sacred Heart Of Jesus 

Promises Of The Sacred Heart Of Jesus 

Promises of the Sacred Heart of Jesus by Rev. Irenaeus Schoenherr, O.F.M.

God has always dealt with men in a way consonant with their nature–by drawing them to His Holy Will by promises of reward. It was so with His dealings with the chosen people under the Old Dispensation. It was the way of Christ in the New, promising even a hundredfold return for compliance with His desires. And so it is in the history of the revelation and propagation of the devotion to the Sacred Heart.

“That men might more readily respond to that wonderful and overflowing desire of love,” wrote Leo XIII in his Encyclical Annum Sacrum (1899) on the devotion, “Jesus, by the promise of rich rewards, called and drew all men to Him.” St. Margaret Mary in her writings insists again and again on the ardent desire of Christ to pour out blessings with a royal generosity on those who would honor His Divine Heart and return Him love for love.

These Promises of the Sacred Heart, in the form in which they are now popularly known and approved by the Church, far surpass in variety, universality and importance those attached to any other exercises of devotion in the Church.

They are addressed to all sorts of persons: to the fervent, the tepid, and the sinful. They embrace every condition of life: priests, religious, and seculars. They promise relief to the afflicted, strength to the tempted, consolation to the sorrowful, peace to the family, blessings in the home, success in our enterprises, mercy to the sinner, high sanctity to fervent souls, courage to the cold of heart. They promise power to the priest to soften the hardest hearts. They promise strength and courage on our death-bed, and tell us of the priceless gift of final perseverance and of a refuge in the Heart of Christ at the last moment.

What greater or more valuable favors than these could even the omnipotent and boundless love and goodness of the Sacred Heart bestow on us? These Promises help us to an understanding of the truth of St. Margaret Mary’s glowing words: “Jesus showed me how this devotion is, as it were, the final effort of His love, the last invention of His boundless Charity.”

1st Promise– “I will give to My faithful all the graces necessary in their state of life”.

The duties of our daily life are numerous and often difficult. God grants us in response to prayer and frequent reception of the Sacraments all the necessary graces for our state of life. There are also extraordinary graces which lie outside the usual action of God’s Providence, graces that He gives to His special friends. These are more efficacious graces, more plentifully given to the clients of the Sacred Heart.

2nd Promise — “I will establish peace in their homes”.

“Peace is the tranquillity of order, the se- renity of mind, simplicity of heart, the bond of charity” (St. Augustine). It was the first thing the Angels wished to men at the birth of Jesus. Our Lord Himself bade His disciples to invoke it: “Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house!'(Luke 10, 5) In the Heart of Jesus will be found the true peace, that makes the home the reflex and anticipation of our heavenly Home.

3rd Promise — “I will comfort them in all their afflictions”.

The desire to comfort the sorrowful is the mark of a noble and kind heart. The Sacred Heart is the most noble and generous of hearts, both human and divine. How does He console us? Not necessarily by freeing us from sorrow and affliction. He knows the priceless value of the cross–that we have sins to expiate. By His grace, He makes what is painful tolerable. “I am filled with comfort, I overflow with joy in all our troubles” (2 Cor. 7, 4).

4th Promise — “I will be their secure refuge in life, and above all in death”.

“One of the soldiers opened His side with a lance, and immediately there came out blood and water”. (John 19, 34) Christ’s side was opened to show that Divine Providence wished all men to find in His Divine Heart an assured refuge against the enemies of our salvation. In His Heart we can find protection, strength in our frailty, perseverance in our inconstancy, assured refuge in the dangers and toils of life, and at the hour of death.

5th Promise — “I will bestow abundant blessings upon all their undertakings”.

“God is love”. He is ready to give His children abundant temporal blessings as long as they do not imperil our eternal interests. His “special” Providence protects and watches over those devoted to the Sacred Heart with peculiar love and tenderness. However, we should not be discouraged if our prayers for temporal favors are not always answered, for God always puts our eternal good before our temporal good.

6th Promise–“Sinners shall find in My Heart the source and the infinite ocean of mercy”.

The Redemption is the immortal drama of God’s mercy; and our Divine Redeemer is, as it were, God’s Mercy Incarnate. “With the Lord is kindness and with Him plenteous Redemption” (Ps. 129, 7). On earth the Heart of Christ was full of mercy towards all. Now in His glorified humanity in heaven, Jesus continues to show forth His boundless mercy, “always living to make intercession for us” (Heb. 7,25).

7th Promise — “Tepid souls shall become fervent”.

Lukewarmness is a languid dying state of the soul that has lost its interest in religion. The Holy Spirit expresses deep disgust for such a soul: “You are neither cold nor hot … I am about to vomit you out of My mouth” (Apoc. 3, 15). The only remedy for it is devotion to the Sacred Heart, Who came “to cast fire on earth,” i.e., to inspire the cold and tepid heart with new fear and love of God.

8th Promise — “Fervent souls shall quickly mount to high perfection”.

High perfection is the reward that Christ bestows on the fervent clients of His Divine Heart; for this devotion has, as its special fruit, to transform us into a close resemblance to our Blessed Lord. This is done by kindling in our hearts the fire of divine love, which, as St. Paul says, “is the bond of perfection” (Col. 3, 14). Through devotion to the Sacred Heart self-love will give way to an ardent zeal for His interests.

9th Promise — “I will bless every place in which an image of My Heart shall be exposed and honored”.

Religious pictures are a powerful appeal and inspiration. The Sacred Heart is an open book wherein we may read the infinite love of Jesus for us in His Passion and Death. He shows us His Heart, cut open by the lance, all aglow like a fiery furnace of love, whose flames appear bursting forth from the top. It is encircled with thorns, the anguishing smarts of unheeded love. May it ever impel us to acts of love and generosity.

10th Promise — “I will give to priests the gift of touching the most hardened hearts”.

The conversion of a sinner calls sometimes for extraordinary graces. God never forces the free will of a human being. But He can give actual graces with which He forsees the sinner will overcome the resisting attitude of the most obstinate sinful soul. This, then, is what occurs in the case of priests who are animated with great devotion to the Sacred Heart.

11th Promise — “Those who promote this devotion shall have their names written in My Heart, never to be effaced”.

This Promise holds out to promoters of devotion to the Sacred Heart a wonderful reward–they “shall have their names written in My Heart”. These words imply a strong and faithful friendship of Christ Himself, and present to us “the Book of Life” of St. John: “I will not blot his name out of the book of life” (Apoc. 3, 5).

12th Promise — “To those who shall communicate on the First Friday, for nine consecutive months, I will grant the grace of final penitence”.

This Promise contains a great reward, which is nothing less than heaven. “Final perseverance is a gratuitous gift of God’s goodness, and cannot be merited as an acquired right by any individual act of ours” (Council of Trent). It is given as the reward for a series of acts continued to the end: “He who has persevered to the end will be saved” (Matt. 10, 22).

“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. 

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