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Learn Humility in the Catholic Way; Catholic Wisdom

Learn Humility in the Catholic Way; Catholic Wisdom

CATHOLIC WISDOM

St. Francis of Assisi: Everyday, Jesus humbles

Everyday, Jesus humbles himself just as He did when He came from His heavenly throne into the Virgin’s womb; everyday He comes to us and lets us see Him in abjection, when He descends from the bosom of the Father into the hands of the priest at the altar.

St. Stephen of Hungary: Be humble in this life

Be humble in this life, that God may raise you up in the next. Be truly moderate and do not punish or condemn anyone immoderately. Be gentle so that you may never oppose justice. Be honorable so that you may never voluntarily bring disgrace upon anyone. Be chaste so that you may avoid all the foulness of lust like the pangs of death.

St. Basil: Return thanks

We should not accept in silence the benefactions of God, but return thanks for them.

St. Elizabeth of Hungary: A crown of thorns

How could I bear a crown of gold when the Lord bears a crown of thorns? And bears it for me!

St. Charles Borromeo: Bed too cold

The best way not to find the bed too cold is to go to bed colder than the bed is.

St. John Vianney: Find myself in God

I wish I could lose myself and never find myself except in God!

Fr. Christopher Rengers: Beautiful spiral of Creation

His [Christ’s) humanity is the first step down and the last step up on the beautiful spiral of Creation.

St. Anthony of the Desert: The devil is afraid

The devil is afraid of us when we pray and make sacrifices. He is also afraid when we are humble and good. He is especially afraid when we love Jesus very much. He runs away when we make the Sign of the Cross.

Blessed Giles of Assisi: Knowledge of God

No man can attain to the knowledge of God but by humility. The way to mount high is to descend.

St. Vincent de Paul: God resists the proud

You must ask God to give you power to fight against the sin of pride which is your greatest enemy – the root of all that is evil, and the failure of all that is good. For God resists the proud.
Saint of the Day for Sunday, June 23rd, 2019

Saint of the Day for Sunday, June 23rd, 2019

Image of St. Joseph Cafasso

Facts

Feastday: June 23
Patron of prison chaplains, captives, imprisoned people and prisoners
Birth: 1811
Death: 1860
Joseph Cafasso was born at Castelnuovo d’Asti in the Piedmont, Italy, of peasant parents. He studied at the seminary at Turin, and was ordained in 1833.

He continued his theological studies at the seminary and university at Turin and then at the Institute of St. Franics, and despite a deformed spine, became a brilliant lecturer in moral theology there. He was a popular teacher, actively opposed Jansenism, and fought state intrusion into Church affairs.

He succeeded Luigi Guala as rector of the Institute in 1848 and made a deep impression on his young priest students with his holiness and insistence on discipline and high standards. He was a sought-after confessor and spiritual adviser, and ministered to prisoners, working to improve their terrible conditions.

He met Don Bosco in 1827 and the two became close friends. It was through Joseph’s encouragement that Bosco decided his vocation was working with boys. Joseph was his adviser, worked closely with him in his foundations, and convinced others to fund and found religious institutes and charitable organizations.

Joseph died on June 23 at Turin and was canonized in 1947. His feast day is June 23rd

Saint Romuald of June 23, 2019. Know Your Saints

Saint Romuald of June 23, 2019. Know Your Saints

St. Romuald

Image of St. Romuald

Facts

Feastday: June 19
Birth: 950
Death: 1027

St. Romuald was born at Ravenna about the year 956. In spite of an infinite desire for virtue and sanctity, his early life was wasted in the service of the world and its pleasures. Then one day, obliged by his father, Sergius, to be present at a duel fought by him, he beheld him slay his adversary.

The crime made such an impression upon him that he determined to expiate it for forty days, as though it were entirely his own. For this purpose he retired to a Benedictine monastery of St. Apollinare, near Ravenna, where he became Abbot. After founding several monasteries, he laid the foundations of the austere Order of Camaldoli in Tuscany.

Like all the saints, he fought a lifelong battle against the assaults of devils and men. In the beginning of his spiritual life he was strongly assailed by numerous temptations, which he conquered by vigilance and prayer. More than one attempt was made on his life, but Divine Providence enabled him to escape from the danger.

Like many servants of God, he also became the victim of calumny, which he bore in patience and silence. In his old age, he increased his austerities instead of diminishing them. After a long life of merit, he died in the monastery of Castro, which he founded in Marquisate of Ancona. His death occurred on June 19, about the year 1027.

His feast day is June 19thSt.

Have Child out of Wedlock? How to tackle Side talks..

Have Child out of Wedlock? How to tackle Side talks..

Q. My sister is looked down on at church because she has a baby and isn’t married. It’s not her fault that he left, and she didn’t have an abortion. I don’t know why people look down on her and I’d like to know how to fix that.

A. Praised be to God that your sister did not have an abortion! She deserves to be honored for making the right decision. I’m sure you will continue to do all you can to help her know that! I’ve talked to many women who made the wrong choice and opted for the abortion. When this is the decision made it always leaves the person with an emptiness and sense of deep regret. So she should be very much at peace for choosing to let her baby come into this world.

Let me address the first part of what you said by making a distinction. You say that your “sister is looked down on at the church.” The distinction I want to make is the difference between those individuals who are a part of the Church and the Church Herself.

First of all, when we speak of “the Church” we can mean various things. Properly speaking, the Church is made up of all those who are members of Christ’s body on earth, in Heaven and in Purgatory. On earth, we have those who are laity, religious and ordained.

Let’s start with those members of the Church in Heaven. These members, the saints, most certainly do not look down upon your sister. Instead, they pray for her and all of us continuously. They are the true models of how we should live and are what we should strive to imitate.

As for those on earth, we are all still sinners but are hopefully striving to be saints. Unfortunately, sometimes our sins get in the way of true Christian charity and we can make unfair judgments of others. If that is what has happened to your sister this is unfortunate and the sad result of individuals sins.

A further distinction, which is very important to make, is that of the “official position of the Church” regarding it’s teaching. It’s true that we believe the ideal plan of God for a child is that he/she be born into a loving family with two parents. This is what God intended but we know that it is not always the situation we find in life. But it’s also very important to point out that the official teaching of the Church would never imply that anyone should look down on your sister regarding her goodness, dignity and especially her choice to have her child. If the child was born out of wedlock then we do disagree with extramarital sexual relations, but that in no way should be taken to mean that we look down on your sister personally and certainly not on her child. She will certainly have unique challenges raising her child as a single mother, but that child is always to look at as a child of God, a gift from God and deserves all the love and respect we can offer.

So please know that, properly speaking, the Church would never look down upon your sister or her child. Instead, we thank God for this child and for her commitment to raising this child as a gift from God.