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Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-16-13, M, Sts. Cornelius, Pope, & Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs
USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-16-13 | Revised New American Bible

Posted on 09/15/2013 7:36:57 PM PDT by Salvation

September 16, 2013

 

Memorial of Saints Cornelius, Pope, and Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs

 

 

Reading 1 1 Tm 2:1-8

Beloved:
First of all, I ask that supplications, prayers,
petitions, and thanksgivings be offered for everyone,
for kings and for all in authority,
that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life
in all devotion and dignity.
This is good and pleasing to God our savior,
who wills everyone to be saved
and to come to knowledge of the truth.

For there is one God.
There is also one mediator between God and men,
the man Christ Jesus,
who gave himself as ransom for all.

This was the testimony at the proper time.
For this I was appointed preacher and Apostle
(I am speaking the truth, I am not lying),
teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.

It is my wish, then, that in every place the men should pray,
lifting up holy hands, without anger or argument.

Responsorial Psalm PS 28:2, 7, 8-9

R. (6) Blessed be the Lord, for he has heard my prayer.
Hear the sound of my pleading, when I cry to you,
lifting up my hands toward your holy shrine.
R. Blessed be the Lord, for he has heard my prayer.
The LORD is my strength and my shield.
In him my heart trusts, and I find help;
then my heart exults, and with my song I give him thanks.
R. Blessed be the Lord, for he has heard my prayer.
The LORD is the strength of his people,
the saving refuge of his anointed.
Save your people, and bless your inheritance;
feed them, and carry them forever!
R. Blessed be the Lord, for he has heard my prayer.

Gospel Lk 7:1-10

When Jesus had finished all his words to the people,
he entered Capernaum.
A centurion there had a slave who was ill and about to die,
and he was valuable to him.
When he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to him,
asking him to come and save the life of his slave.
They approached Jesus and strongly urged him to come, saying,
“He deserves to have you do this for him,
for he loves our nation and he built the synagogue for us.”
And Jesus went with them,
but when he was only a short distance from the house,
the centurion sent friends to tell him,
“Lord, do not trouble yourself,
for I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof.
Therefore, I did not consider myself worthy to come to you;
but say the word and let my servant be healed.
For I too am a person subject to authority,
with soldiers subject to me.
And I say to one, Go, and he goes;
and to another, Come here, and he comes;
and to my slave, Do this, and he does it.”
When Jesus heard this he was amazed at him
and, turning, said to the crowd following him,
“I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.”
When the messengers returned to the house,
they found the slave in good health.



TOPICS: Catholic; General Discusssion; Prayer; Worship
KEYWORDS: catholic; ordinarytime; prayer; saints
For your reading, reflection, faith-sharing, comments, questions, discussion.

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2 posted on 09/15/2013 7:41:06 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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+Cyprian’s greatest pearl of wisdom:

“He cannot have God as Father who does not have the Church as his Mother”.

EENS in the third century.


3 posted on 09/15/2013 7:44:34 PM PDT by lightman (Prosecute the heresies; pity the heretics.)
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From: 1 Timothy 2:1-8

God Desires the Salvation of All


[1] First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions,
and thanksgivings be made for all men, [2] for kings and all who are
in high positions, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, godly
and respectful in every way. [3] This is good, and it is acceptable in
the sight of God our Savior, [4] who desires all men to be saved and
to come to the knowledge of the truth. [5] For there is one God, and
there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,
[6] who gave himself as a ransom for all, the testimony to which was
borne at the proper time. [7] For this I was appointed a preacher and
apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles
in faith and truth.

Men at Prayer, Women at Prayer


[8] I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy
hand without anger or quarreling.

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Commentary:

1. St Paul here establishes regulations for the public prayer of all
the faithful; it is up to Timothy, as head of the church of Ephesus, to
specify these in detail, and to preside over them. He refers to four
types of prayer; however, since the first three are almost synonymous,
he is probably just stressing the key importance of prayer in the
Christian life. St Augustine uses this text to explain the various
parts of the Mass: “We take as ‘supplications’ those prayers which are
said in celebrating the Mysteries before beginning to bless (the bread
and wine) that lie on the table of the Lord. We understand ‘prayers’
as meaning those prayers that are said when (the offering) is blessed,
consecrated and broken for distribution, and almost the whole Church
closes this prayer with the Lord’s prayer [...]. ‘Intercessions’ are
made when the blessing is being laid on the people [...]. When this
rite is completed and all have received this great Sacrament, the whole
ceremony is brought to an end by ‘thanksgiving’—which is also the word
which concludes this passage of the Apostle’s” (”Letter 149”, 2, 16).

St Paul orders that prayers be said for all, not just for friends and
benefactors and not just for Christians. The Church helps people keep
this command by the Prayers of the Faithful or at Mass when “the people
exercise their priestly function by praying for all mankind” and “pray for
Holy Church, for those in authority, for those oppressed by various needs,
for all mankind, and for the salvation of the entire world” (”General
Instruction on the Roman Missal”, 45).

2. This desire to lead “a quiet and peaceful life” does not in any way
imply a relaxation of the demands St Paul makes in other letters. He
specifically says that prayers have to be said “for kings and all who
are in high positions” because they are responsible for ensuring that
civil law is in line with the natural law,=A0 and when it is citizens are
able to practise religious and civil virtues (to be “godly and respectful”).
Rulers have a heavy responsibility and therefore deserve to be prayed
for regularly.

St Paul’s instruction to pray for kings and others is particularly
interesting if one bears in mind that when he was writing this letter,
Nero was on the throne—the emperor who instigated a bloody persecution
of Christians. St Clement of Rome, one of the first successors of St
Peter at the see of Rome, has left us touching evidence of intercession
for civil authority: “Make us to be obedient to your own almighty and
glorious name and to all who have rule and governance over us on earth
[...]. Grant unto them, O Lord, health and peace, harmony and security,
that they may exercise without offense the dominion you have accorded
them [...]. Vouchsafe so to direct their counsels as may be good and
pleasing in your sight, that in peace and mildness they might put to
godly use the authority you have given them, and so find mercy with
you” (”Letter to the Corinthians”, 1, 60-61).

If one bears in mind the injustices and brutality of the world in which
Christians lived when St Paul wrote this letter, the tone of his teaching
shows that Christianity has nothing to do with fomenting political or
social unrest. The message of Jesus seeks, rather, to change men’s
consciences so that they for their part can change society from
within by working in an upright and noble way. The Church, through
its ordinary magisterium, teaches that “the political and economic
running of society is not a direct part of (the Church’s) mission (cf.
“Gaudium Et Spes”, 42). But the Lord Jesus has entrusted to her the
word of truth which is capable of enlightening consciences. Divine
love, which is her life, impels her to a true solidarity with everyone
who suffers. If her members remain faithful to this mission, the Holy
Spirit, the source of freedom, will dwell in them, and they will bring
forth fruits of justice and peace in their families and in the places
where they work and live” (SCDF, “Libertatis Conscientia”, 61).

3-4. God’s desire that all should be saved is a subject which appears
frequently in the Pastoral Epistles (cf. 1 Tim 4:10; Tit 3:4), and so
he is often given the title of “Savior” (cf. note on 1 Tim 1:1-2).
Here it is given special emphasis: pray for all men (v. 1),
particularly those in high positions (v. 2), that all may be saved
(v. 6).

Since God wants all men to be saved, no one is predestined to be
damned (cf. Council of Trent, “De Iustificatione”). “He came on earth
because “omnes homines vult salvos fieri”, he wants to redeem the
whole world. While you are at your work, shoulder to shoulder with
so many others, never forget that there is no soul that does not
matter to Christ!” ([St] J. Escriva, “The Forge”, 865).

God desires man to be free as intensely as he desires his salvation;
by making man free he has made it possible for man to cooperate
in attaining his last end. “God, who created you without you,” St
Augustine reminds us, “will not save you without you” (”Sermon”,
169, 13).

In order to attain salvation, the Apostle lists as a requirement that
one must “come to the knowledge of the truth”. “The truth” is firstly
Jesus (cf. Jn 14:6; 1 Jn 5:20); knowledge of the truth is the same as
knowing the Christian message, the Gospel (cf. Gal 2:5, 14). The
human mind needs to come into play if one is to be saved; for, although
affections, emotions and good will are also involved, it would be wrong
to give them so much importance that the content of the truths of faith
is played down. As the original Greek word suggests, this “knowledge”
is not just an intellectual grasp of truth: it is something which should
have an impact on one’s everyday life; knowledge of the faith involves
practice of the faith.

“The Church’s essential mission, following that of Christ, is a mission
of evangelization and salvation. She draws her zeal from the divine
love. Evangelization is the proclamation of salvation, which is a gift
of God. Through the word of God and the Sacraments, man is freed
in the first place from the power of sin and the power of the Evil One
which oppress him; and he is brought into a communion of love with
God. Following her Lord who ‘came into the world to save sinners’ (1
Tim 1:15), the Church desires the salvation of everyone. In this mission,
the Church teaches the way which man must follow in this world in order
to enter the Kingdom of God” (SCDF, “Libertatis Conscientia”, 63).

5. Verses 5 and 6 compress a series of statements into the rhythmic
format of a liturgical hymn, a kind of summarized confession of faith
containing the truths one needs to believe in order to be saved (cf.
v. 4).

“One mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus”: the
Apostle lays stress on Christ’s humanity, not to deny his divinity (which
he explicitly asserts elsewhere: cf. Tit 2: 13) but because it is as man
particularly that Christ is mediator; for if the function of a mediator
is to join or put two sides in touch, in this particular case it is only
as man that he is as it were “distant both from God by nature and
from man by dignity of both grace and glory [...], and that he can
unite men to God, communicating his precepts and gifts to them, and
offering satisfaction and prayers to God for them” (”Summa Theologiae”,
III, q. 26, a. 2). Christ is the perfect and only mediator between God
and men, because being true God and true man he has offered a
sacrifice of infinite value (his life) to reconcile men to God.

The fact that Jesus is the only mediator does not prevent those who
have reached heaven from obtaining graces and helping to build up
the Church’s holiness (cf. “Lumen Gentium”, 49). Angels and saints,
particularly the Blessed Virgin, can be described as mediators by
virtue of their union with Christ: “Mary’s function as mother of men
in no way obscures or diminishes this unique mediation of Christ, but
rather shows its power. But the Blessed Virgin’s salutary influence on
men originates not in any inner necessity but in the disposition of
God. It flows forth from the superabundance of the merits of Christ”
(”Lumen Gentium”, 60).

6. “Ransom”: in the Old Testament God is said to ransom or redeem
his people particularly when he sets them free from slavery in Egypt
and makes them his own property (cf. Ex 6:6-7; 19:5-6; etc.). The
liberation which God will bring about in the messianic times is also
described as redemption (cf. Is 35:9) and implies, above all,
liberation from sin: “he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities”
(Ps. 130:8). The same idea occurs in this verse: Jesus “gave himself”
in sacrifice to make expiation for our sins, to set us free from sin
and restore to us our lost dignity. “Unceasingly contemplating the
whole of Christ’s mystery, the Church knows with all the certainty
of faith that the Redemption that took place through the Cross has
definitively restored his dignity to man and given back meaning to
his life in the world, a meaning that was lost to a considerable extent
because of sin” (John Paul II, “Redemptor Hominis”, 10).

“At the proper time”: God’s plan for man’s salvation is eternal, it did
not start at a particular time; however, it unfolds gradually in God’s
good time (see the note on Eph 1:10).

8. The raising of the hands at prayer is a custom found among both
Jews (cf. Ex 9:29; Is 1:15; etc.) and pagans; it was also adopted by
the early Christians, as can be seen from murals in the Roman
catacombs.

External stances adopted during prayer should reflect one’s inner
attitude: “we extend our arms”, Tertullian explains, “in imitation of
the Lord on the Cross; and praying we confess Christ” (”De Oratione”,
14). St Thomas Aquinas, referring to liturgical rites, comments that
“what we do externally when we pray helps to move us internally.
Genuflections and other gestures of that type are not pleasing to God
in themselves; they please him because they are signs of respect
whereby man humbles himself interiorly; similarly, the raising of the
hands signifies the lifting of the heart” (”Commentary on 1 Tim, ad
loc.”).

Everyone should pray regularly (vv. 1-2) and be sure to have the right
dispositions; men need to make sure that they do not approach prayer
with their thoughts full of earthly ambition; and women need to be sure
vanity does not creep in. “Holy hands” refers to the need to pray with
a calm conscience, free from anger and spite. We already have our
Lord’s teaching that “if you are offering your gift at the altar, and
there remember that your brother has something against you, leave
your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your
brother, and then come and offer your gift” (Mt 5:23-24).

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Source: “The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries”. Biblical text from the
Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries by members of
the Faculty of Theology, University of Navarre, Spain.

Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland, and
by Scepter Publishers in the United States.


4 posted on 09/15/2013 7:45:11 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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From: Luke 7:1-10

The Centurion’s Faith


[1] After He (Jesus) had ended all His sayings in the hearing of the
people He entered Capernaum. [2] Now a centurion had a slave who
was dear to him, who was sick and at the point of death. [3] When he
heard of Jesus, he sent to Him elders of the Jews, asking Him to come
and heal his slave. [4] And when they came to Jesus, they besought
Him earnestly, saying, “He is worthy to have You do this for him, [5]
for he loves our nation, and he built us our synagogue.” [6] And Jesus
went with them. When He was not far from the house, the centurion
sent friends to Him, saying to Him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I
am not worthy to have You come under my roof; [7] therefore I did not
presume to come to You. But say the word, and let my servant be
healed. [8] For I am a man set under authority, with soldiers under
me: and I say to one, `Go,’ and he goes; and to another, `Come,’ and
he comes; and to my slave, `Do this,’ and he does it.” [9] When Jesus
heard this He marvelled at him, and turned and said to the multitude
that followed Him, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.”
[10] And when those who had been sent returned to the house, they
found the slave well.

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Commentary:

1-10. “They besought Him earnestly” (verse 4). Here is an example of
the effectiveness of the prayer of petition, which induces Almighty God
to work a miracle. In this connection St. Bernard explains what we
should ask God for: “As I see it, the petitions of the heart consists in
three things [...]. The first two have to do with the present, that is,
with
things for the body and for the soul; the third is the blessedness of eter-
nal life. Do not be surprised that He says that we should ask God for
things for the body: all things come from Him, physical as well as spiri-
tual things [...]. However, we should pray more often and more fervently
for things our souls need, that is, for God’s grace and for virtues” (”Fifth
Lenten Sermon”, 8f). To obtain His grace—of whatever kind—God Himself
expects us to ask Him assiduously, confidently, humbly and persistently.

What stands out here is the centurion’s humility: he did not belong to
the chosen people, he was a pagan; but he makes his request through
friends, with deep humility. Humility is the route to faith, whether to
receive faith for the first time or to revive it. Speaking of his own
conver-
sion experience, St. Augustine says that because he was not humble,
he could not understand how Jesus, who was such a humble person,
could be God, nor how God could teach anyone by lowering Himself to
the point of taking on our human condition. This was precisely why the
Word, eternal Truth, became man—to demolish our pride, to encourage
our love, to subdue all things and thereby be able to raise us up (cf.
“Confessions”, VII, 18, 24).

6-7. Such is the faith and humility of the centurion that the Church, in
its eucharistic liturgy, gives us his very words to express our own senti-
ments just before receiving Holy Communion; we too should strive to
have this interior disposition when Jesus enters our roof, our soul.

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Source: “The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries”. Biblical text from the
Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries by members of
the Faculty of Theology, University of Navarre, Spain.

Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland, and
by Scepter Publishers in the United States.


5 posted on 09/15/2013 7:47:12 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Scripture readings taken from the Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright © 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman & Todd

Readings at Mass


First reading

1 Timothy 2:1-8 ©

My advice is that, first of all, there should be prayers offered for everyone – petitions, intercessions and thanksgiving – and especially for kings and others in authority, so that we may be able to live religious and reverent lives in peace and quiet. To do this is right, and will please God our saviour: he wants everyone to be saved and reach full knowledge of the truth. For there is only one God, and there is only one mediator between God and mankind, himself a man, Christ Jesus, who sacrificed himself as a ransom for them all. He is the evidence of this, sent at the appointed time, and I have been named a herald and apostle of it and – I am telling the truth and no lie – a teacher of the faith and the truth to the pagans.

  In every place, then, I want the men to lift their hands up reverently in prayer, with no anger or argument.


Psalm

Psalm 27:2,7-9 ©

Blessed be the Lord, for he has heard my cry.

Hear the voice of my pleading

  as I call for help,

as I lift up my hands in prayer

  to your holy place.

Blessed be the Lord, for he has heard my cry.

The Lord is my strength and my shield;

  in him my heart trusts.

I was helped, my heart rejoices

  and I praise him with my song.

Blessed be the Lord, for he has heard my cry.

The Lord is the strength of his people,

  a fortress where his anointed find salvation.

Save your people; bless Israel your heritage.

  Be their shepherd and carry them for ever.

Blessed be the Lord, for he has heard my cry.


Gospel Acclamation

Ps118:27

Alleluia, alleluia!

Make me grasp the way of your precepts,

and I will muse on your wonders.

Alleluia!

Or

Jn3:16

Alleluia, alleluia!

God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son:

everyone who believes in him has eternal life.

Alleluia!


Gospel

Luke 7:1-10 ©

When Jesus had come to the end of all he wanted the people to hear, he went into Capernaum. A centurion there had a servant, a favourite of his, who was sick and near death. Having heard about Jesus he sent some Jewish elders to him to ask him to come and heal his servant. When they came to Jesus they pleaded earnestly with him. ‘He deserves this of you’ they said ‘because he is friendly towards our people; in fact, he is the one who built the synagogue.’ So Jesus went with them, and was not very far from the house when the centurion sent word to him by some friends: ‘Sir,’ he said ‘do not put yourself to trouble; because I am not worthy to have you under my roof; and for this same reason I did not presume to come to you myself; but give the word and let my servant be cured. For I am under authority myself, and have soldiers under me; and I say to one man: Go, and he goes; to another: Come here, and he comes; to my servant: Do this, and he does it.’ When Jesus heard these words he was astonished at him and, turning round, said to the crowd following him, ‘I tell you, not even in Israel have I found faith like this.’ And when the messengers got back to the house they found the servant in perfect health.


6 posted on 09/15/2013 7:51:17 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Pray with Pope Benedict

The Light of Faith (Lumen Fidei)[Catholic Caucus]

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On the Faith of Mary, the Virgin Mother of Christ
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Perpetual Novena for the Nation (Ecumenical)
8 posted on 09/15/2013 7:54:19 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Prayers for The Religion Forum (Ecumenical)
9 posted on 09/15/2013 7:54:42 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Jesus, High Priest
 

We thank you, God our Father, for those who have responded to your call to priestly ministry.

Accept this prayer we offer on their behalf: Fill your priests with the sure knowledge of your love.

Open their hearts to the power and consolation of the Holy Spirit.

Lead them to new depths of union with your Son.

Increase in them profound faith in the Sacraments they celebrate as they nourish, strengthen and heal us.

Lord Jesus Christ, grant that these, your priests, may inspire us to strive for holiness by the power of their example, as men of prayer who ponder your word and follow your will.

O Mary, Mother of Christ and our mother, guard with your maternal care these chosen ones, so dear to the Heart of your Son.

Intercede for our priests, that offering the Sacrifice of your Son, they may be conformed more each day to the image of your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Saint John Vianney, universal patron of priests, pray for us and our priests

This icon shows Jesus Christ, our eternal high priest.

The gold pelican over His heart represents self-sacrifice.

The border contains an altar and grapevines, representing the Mass, and icons of Melchizedek and St. Jean-Baptiste Vianney.

Melchizedek: king of righteousness (left icon) was priest and king of Jerusalem.  He blessed Abraham and has been considered an ideal priest-king.

St. Jean-Baptiste Vianney is the patron saint of parish priests.

10 posted on 09/15/2013 7:55:25 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Pray a Rosary each day for our nation.

Pray the Rosary

1.  Sign of the Cross:  In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

2.  The Apostles Creed:  I BELIEVE in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from there He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

3.  The Lord's Prayer:  OUR Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

4. (3) Hail Mary:  HAIL Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and in the hour of our death. Amen. (Three times)

5. Glory Be:  GLORY be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Fatima Prayer: Oh, my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of your mercy.

Announce each mystery, then say 1 Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, 1 Glory Be and 1 Fatima prayer.  Repeat the process with each mystery.

End with the Hail Holy Queen:

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve! To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears! Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us; and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus!

O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Final step -- The Sign of the Cross

 

The Mysteries of the Rosary

By tradition, Catholics meditate on these Mysteries during prayers of the Rosary.
The biblical references follow each of the Mysteries below.


The Joyful Mysteries
(Mondays and Saturdays)

1. The Annunciation (Luke 1:26-38) [Spiritual fruit - Humility]
2. The Visitation (Luke 1: 39-56) [Spiritual fruit - Love of Neighbor]
3. The Nativity (Luke 2:1-20) [Spiritual fruit - Poverty of Spirit]
4. The Presentation (Luke 2:21-38) [Spiritual fruit - Purity of mind & body]
5. The Finding of Jesus in the Temple (Luke 2:41-52) [Spiritual fruit - Obedience ]

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~ PRAYER ~

St. Michael, the Archangel, defend us in 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 host,
 by the power of God,
 Cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits
who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls.
 Amen
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A Prayer for our Free Nation Under God
God Save Our Country web site (prayer warriors)
Prayer Chain Request for the United States of America
Pray for Nancy Pelosi
Prayer and fasting will help defeat health care reform (Freeper Prayer Thread)
Prayer Campaign Started to Convert Pro-Abortion Catholic Politicians to Pro-Life
[Catholic Caucus] One Million Rosaries
Non-stop Rosary vigil to defeat ObamaCare

From an Obama bumper sticker on a car:

"Pray for Obama.  Psalm 109:8"

   

PLEASE JOIN US -

Evening Prayer
Someone has said that if people really understood the full extent of the power we have available through prayer, we might be speechless.
Did you know that during WWII there was an advisor to Churchill who organized a group of people who dropped what they were doing every day at a prescribed hour for one minute to collectively pray for the safety of England, its people and peace?  


There is now a group of people organizing the same thing here in America. If you would like to participate: Every evening at 9:00 PM Eastern Time (8:00 PM Central) (7:00 PM Mountain) (6:00 PM Pacific), stop whatever you are doing and spend one minute praying for the safety of the United States, our troops, our citizens, and for a return to a Godly nation. If you know anyone else who would like to participate, please pass this along. Our prayers are the most powerful asset we have.    Please forward this to your praying friends.


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Our Blessed Lady's Sorrows

Sea of Sorrow

Oh! on what a sea of sorrow
Was the Virgin-Mother cast,
When her eyes with tears o'erflowing
Gazed upon her Son aghast,
From the bloodstained gibbet taken,
Dying in her arms at last.

In her bitter desolation,
His sweet mouth, His bosom too,
Then His riven side beloved,
Then each hand, both wounded through,
Then His feet, with blood encrimsoned,
Her maternal tears bedew.

She, a hundred times and over,
Strains Him closely to her breast
Heart to Heart, arms arms enfolding,
Are His wounds on her impressed:
Thus, in sorrow's very kisses,
Melts her anguished soul to rest.

Oh, dear Mother! we beseech thee,
By the tears thine eyes have shed,
By the cruel death of Jesus
And His wounds' right royal red,
Make our hearts o'erflow with sorrow
From thy heart's deep fountainhead.

To the Father, Son, and Spirit,
Now we bend on equal knee:
Glory, sempiternal glory,
To the Most High Trinity;
Yea! perpetual praise and honor
Now and through all ages be.

Novena Prayer To Our Sorrowful Mother

Most Blessed and afflicted Virgin, Queen of Martyrs, who didst stand generously beneath the cross, beholding the agony of thy dying Son; by the sword of sorrow which then pierced thy soul, by the sufferings of thy sorrowful life, by the unutterable joy which now more than repays thee for them; look down with a mother's pity and tenderness, as I kneel before thee to compassionate thy sorrows, and to lay my petition with childlike confidence in thy wounded heart. I beg of thee, O my Mother, to plead continually for me with thy Son, since He can refuse thee nothing, and through the merits of His most sacred Passion and Death, together with thy own sufferings at the foot of the cross, so to touch His Sacred Heart, that I may obtain my request,
For to whom shall I fly in my wants and miseries, if not to thee, O Mother of mercy, who, having so deeply drunk the chalice of thy Son, canst most pity us poor exiles, still doomed to sigh in this vale of tears? Offer to Jesus but one drop of His Precious Blood, but one pang of His adorable Heart; remind Him that thou art our life, our sweetness, and our hope, and thou wilt obtain what I ask, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Hail Mary
Virgin Most Sorrowful, pray for us
(Seven times each)

Mary, most holy Virgin and Queen of Martyrs, accept the sincere homage of my filial affection. Into thy Heart, pierced by so many swords, do thou welcome my poor soul. Receive it as the companion of thy sorrows at the foot of the Cross, on which Jesus died for the redemption of the world. With thee, O sorrowful Virgin, I will gladly suffer all the trials, contradictions, and infirmities which it shall please Our Lord to send me. I offer them all to thee in memory of thy sorrows, so that: every thought of my mind and every beat of my heart may be an act of compassion and of love for thee. And do thou, sweet Mother, have pity on me, reconcile me to thy Divine Son, Jesus; keep me in His grace and assist me in my last agony, so that I may be able to meet thee in Heaven and sing thy glories.

Most holy Virgin and Mother, whose soul was pierced by a sword of sorrow in the Passion of thy Divine Son, and who in His glorious Resurrection wast filled with never ending joy at His triumph, obtain for us who call upon thee, so to be partakers in the adversities of Holy Church and the Sorrows of the Sovereign Pontiff, as to be found worthy to rejoice with them in the consolations for which we pray, in the charity and peace of the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Litany of the Seven Sorrows

For private use only.

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of Heaven,
Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit,
Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God,
Have mercy on us.

Holy Mary,
Pray for us.
Holy Mother of God,
Pray for us.
Holy Virgin of virgins, etc.
Mother crucified,
Mother sorrowful,
Mother tearful,
Mother afflicted,
Mother forsaken,
Mother desolate,
Mother bereft of thy Child,
Mother transfixed with the sword,
Mother consumed with grief,
Mother filled with anguish,
Mother crucified in heart,
Mother most sad,
Fountain of tears,
Abyss of suffering,
Mirror of patience,
Rock of constancy,
Anchor of confidence,
Refuge of the forsaken,
Shield of the oppressed,
Subduer of the unbelieving,
Comfort of the afflicted,
Medicine of the sick,
Strength of the weak,
Harbor of the wrecked,
Allayer of tempests,
Resource of mourners,
Terror of the treacherous,
Treasure of the faithful,
Eye of the Prophets,
Staff of the Apostles,
Crown of Martyrs,
Light of confessors,
Pearl of virgins,
Consolation of widows,
Joy of all Saints,

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us.

Look down upon us, deliver us, and save us from all trouble,
in the power of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Let Us Pray.
Imprint, O Lady, thy wounds upon my heart, that I may read therein sorrow and love
--- sorrow to endure every sorrow for thee, love to despise every love for thee. Amen.

Conclude with the Apostles Creed, Hail Holy Queen, and three Hail Marys,
in honor of the Most Holy Heart of Mary.

Stabat Mater Dolorosa

Stabat mater dolorosa
iuxta Crucem lacrimosa,
dum pendebat Filius.

Cuius animam gementem,
contristatam et dolentem
pertransivit gladius.

O quam tristis et afflicta
fuit illa benedicta,
mater Unigeniti!

Quae maerebat et dolebat,
pia Mater, dum videbat
nati poenas inclyti.

Quis est homo qui non fleret,
matrem Christi si videret
in tanto supplicio?

Quis non posset contristari
Christi Matrem contemplari
dolentem cum Filio?

Pro peccatis suae gentis
vidit Iesum in tormentis,
et flagellis subditum.

Vidit suum dulcem Natum
moriendo desolatum,
dum emisit spiritum.

Eia, Mater, fons amoris
me sentire vim doloris
fac, ut tecum lugeam.

Fac, ut ardeat cor meum
in amando Christum Deum
ut sibi complaceam.

Sancta Mater, istud agas,
crucifixi fige plagas
cordi meo valide.

Tui Nati vulnerati,
tam dignati pro me pati,
poenas mecum divide.

Fac me tecum pie flere,
crucifixo condolere,
donec ego vixero.

Iuxta Crucem tecum stare,
et me tibi sociare
in planctu desidero.

Virgo virginum praeclara,
mihi iam non sis amara,
fac me tecum plangere.

Fac, ut portem Christi mortem,
passionis fac consortem,
et plagas recolere.

Fac me plagis vulnerari,
fac me Cruce inebriari,
et cruore Filii.

Flammis ne urar succensus,
per te, Virgo, sim defensus
in die iudicii.

Christe, cum sit hinc exire,
da per Matrem me venire
ad palmam victoriae.

Quando corpus morietur,
fac, ut animae donetur
paradisi gloria. Amen.

Prayer To Our Lady of Sorrows, by St. Bridget

O Blessed Virgin Mary, Immaculate Mother of God, who didst endure a martyrdom of love and grief beholding the sufferings and sorrows of Jesus! Thou didst cooperate in the benefit of my redemption by thine innumerable afflictions and by offering to the Eternal Father His only begotten Son as a holocaust and victim of propitiation for my sins. I thank thee for the unspeakable love which led thee to deprive thyself of the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus, true God and true Man, to save me, a sinner. Oh, make use of the unfailing intercession of thy sorrows with the Father and the Son, that I may steadfastly amend my life and never again crucify my loving Redeemer by new sins, and that, persevering till death in His grace. I may obtain eternal life through the merits of His Cross and Passion. Amen.

Mother of love, of sorrow and of mercy, pray for us.

Saint Alphonsus Liguori's Prayer To The Mother Of Sorrows

O, my Blessed Mother, it is not one sword only with which I have pierced thy heart, but I have done so with as many as are the sins which I have committed. O, Lady, it is not to thee, who art innocent, that sufferings are due, but to me, who am guilty of so many crimes. But since thou hast been pleased to suffer so much for me, by thy merits, obtain me great sorrow for my sins, and patience under the trials of this life, which will always be light in comparison with my demerits; for I have often deserved Hell.
Amen.


 

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Our Lady of Sorrows - Sep 15



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September 2013

Pope's Intentions

Value of Silence. That people today, often overwhelmed by noise, may rediscover the value of silence and listen to the voice of God and their brothers and sisters.

Persecuted Christians. That Christians suffering persecution in many parts of the world may by their witness be prophets of Christ's love.

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Daily Gospel Commentary

 

Monday of the Twenty-fourth week in Ordinary Time

Commentary of the day
Catechism of the Catholic Church
§ 27-30

Jesus finds faith in a Roman centurion

The desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God; and God never ceases to draw man to himself. Only in God will he find the truth and happiness he never stops searching for... In many ways, throughout history down to the present day, men have given expression to their quest for God in their religious beliefs and behaviour: in their prayers, sacrifices, rituals, meditations, and so forth. These forms of religious expression, despite the ambiguities they often bring with them, are so universal that one may well call man a religious being... But this "intimate and vital bond of man to God" can be forgotten, overlooked, or even explicitly rejected by man. Such attitudes can have different causes: revolt against evil in the world; religious ignorance or indifference; the cares and riches of this world (Mt 13,22); the scandal of bad example on the part of believers; currents of thought hostile to religion; finally, that attitude of sinful man which makes him hide from God out of fear (Gn 3,8f.) and flee his call (Jon 1,3).

"Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice," (Ps 105[104],3) Although man can forget God or reject him, He never ceases to call every man to seek him, so as to find life and happiness. But this search for God demands of man every effort of intellect, a sound will, "an upright heart" (Ps 97[96],11), as well as the witness of others who teach him to seek God.

“You are great, O Lord, and greatly to be praised: great is your power and your wisdom is without measure” (Ps 145[144],3; 147[146],5) and man, so small a part of your creation, wants to praise you: this man, though clothed with mortality and bearing the evidence of sin and the proof that “you withstand the proud” (Jas 4,6). Despite everything, man, though but a small a part of your creation, wants to praise you. You yourself encourage him to delight in your praise, for you have made us for yourself, and our heart is restless until it rests in you,” (St Augustine, Confessions 1,1,1).


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Monday, September 16, 2013
St. Cornelius, Pope, Martyr and St. Cyprian, Bishop, Martyr (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Timothy 2:1-8
Psalm 28:2, 7-9
Luke 7:1-10

If I do not become a saint I am doing nothing.

-- St Dominic Savio


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Just A Minute Just A Minute (Listen)
Some of EWTN's most popular hosts and guests in a collection of one minute inspirational messages. A different message each time you click.

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The Angelus 

The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary: 
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit. 

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen. 

Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it done unto me according to Thy word. 

Hail Mary . . . 

And the Word was made Flesh: And dwelt among us. 

Hail Mary . . . 


Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. 

Let us pray: 

Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord.

Amen. 


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St. Cornelius, Pope and Martyr & St. Cyprian, Bishop and Martyr

St. Cornelius
Pope and Martyr
&
St. Cyprian
Bishop and Martyr
Memorial
September 16th

 

Miniature with Cornelius and Cyprian.
Origin: Germany, W. (Cologne?)
1st quarter of the 15th century

History:

St. Cornelius reigned two years, three months, and ten days as pope before being martyred.

St. Cyprian, Bishop and martyr. He was the first Bishop of Carthage to obtain the crown of martyrdom.

Collect:
O God, who gave Saints Cornelius and Cyprian to your people
as diligent shepherds and valiant Martyrs,
grant that through their intercession
we may be strengthened in faith and constancy
and spend ourselves without reserve
for the unity of the Church.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. +Amen.

First Reading: 2 Corinthians 4:7-15
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us.

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For while we live we are always being given up to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you.

Since we have the same spirit of faith as he had who wrote, "I believed, and so I spoke," we too believe, and so we speak, knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

Gospel Reading: John 17:11-19
[Jesus said] Now I am no more in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to thee. Holy Father, keep them in thy name, which thou hast given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. While I was with them, I kept them in thy name, which thou hast given me; I have guarded them, and none of them is lost but the son of perdition, that the scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them thy word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I do not pray that thou shouldst take them out of the world, but that thou shouldst keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; thy word is truth. As thou didst send me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be consecrated in truth. 


Related Link on EWTN website: The Lord's Prayer by St. Cyprian

Related links on New Advent Website:

Writings from and about St. Cyprian

- The Life and Passion of Cyprian by Pontius the Deacon
- The Epistles of Cyprian
- The Treatises of Cyprian
- The Seventh Council of Carthage


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Cyprian of Carthage on the Incarnation
Saint Cyprian of Carthage
St. Cyprian of Carthage
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Pope Cornelius - 251-253 a.d.[Martyr]
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Information: St. Cornelius

Feast Day: September 16

Died: 253

Patron of: against earache, against epilepsy, against fever, against twitching, cattle, domestic animals, earache sufferers

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Information: St. Cyprian

Feast Day: September 16

Born: 3rd century AD, North Africa

Died: September 14, 258, Carthage, Africa Province, Roman Empire

Patron of: Algeria, North Africa

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Interactive Saints for Kids

St. Cornelius and St. Cyprian


Feast Day: September 16
Born: (around) 200 :: Died: 253/258

In the middle of the third century, which is around the year 250 the Church was still being badly treated and Christians were being killed.

Emperor Decius put Pope St. Fabian to death and the Church was without a pope for nearly a year.

A holy priest of Rome, Cornelius, was elected in 251. He was willing to become Pope because he loved Christ. He would serve the Church as pope even if it meant he might die. That is why Pope Cornelius was so greatly admired throughout the world.

The bishops of Africa spoke bravely about their love and loyalty to the pope. Bishop Cyprian of Carthage sent him letters of encouragement and support.

Cyprian who was a non-Catholic, converted and became a Catholic at the age of twenty-five. He later became a priest and in 249 he became a bishop.

Bishop Cyprian encouraged Pope Cornelius by reminding him that even though their lives were in danger, in Rome not a single Christian had given up the faith.

St. Cyprian's writings explain the love that Christians should have for the whole Church. This love should be for the pope as well as for their parish. Cyprian wrote a book on the unity of the Church which is important to us even today.

Pope St. Cornelius was sent away to the port of Rome where he died in September, 253. Because he suffered so much as pope, he is considered a martyr.

St. Cyprian died five years later when they chopped off his head on September 14, 258.

Together they share a feast day to remind us of the unity that the Church should always enjoy. This unity is a mark of the presence of Jesus who is the Center.


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Catholic Almanac

Monday, September 16

Liturgical Color: Green

Today is the Memorial of St. Cornelius,
pope and martyr, and St. Cyprian,
bishop and martyr. Together they
worked to restore lapsed Catholics
who abandoned the faith to avoid
persecution in the third century.

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Catholic Culture

 

Daily Readings for: September 16, 2013
(Readings on USCCB website)

Collect: God our Father, in Saints Cornelius and Cyprian you have given your people an inspiring example of dedication to the pastoral ministry and constant witness to Christ in their suffering. May their prayers and faith give us courage to work for the unity of your Church. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

RECIPES

o    St. Peter's Fish with Herbs

ACTIVITIES

o    Religion in the Home for Elementary School: September

o    Religion in the Home for Preschool: September

o    What is a Nameday?

PRAYERS

o    September Devotion: Our Lady of Sorrows

Ordinary Time: September 16th

Memorial of Sts. Cornelius, pope and martyr and Cyprian, bishop and martyr

Old Calendar: St. Cornelius, pope and martyr and St. Cyprian, bishop and martyr; Sts. Euphemia, Lucy and Geminanus, martyrs.

Today the Church commemorates two friends in the service of Christ and his Church. Cornelius, a Roman, was the twenty-first Pope during the reign of the Emperor Gallus and Volusian. He had to oppose Novatian, the first anti-pope, who believed that apostates who repented could not be forgiven. Helped by St. Cyprian, Cornelius confirmed his papal authority. He was beheaded in exile at Civitavecchia, Italy in 253. Saints Cyprian and Cornelius are mentioned in the Roman Canon (Eucharistic Prayer I) of the Mass.

According to the 1962 Missal of Bl. John XXIII the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, today is the feast of the commemoration of Sts. Euphemia, Lucy and Geminianus. Veneration of St. Euphemia, a virgin of Chalcedon martyred under Diocletian, was widespread in the East. Over her tomb was built the basilica in which assembled the Council of Chalcedon in 451. St. Euphemia was also venerated in the West, especially in Italy. St. Lucy is the martyr of Syracuse. Little is known of St. Geminianus whose cult is associated with that of St. Lucy.


St. Cornelius

Pope Cornelius (251-253) was the successor to Pope Fabian. During his reign a controversy arose concerning the manner of reinstating those who had fallen from the faith under the duress of persecution. The Novatians accused the Pope of too great indulgence and separated themselves from the Church. With the help of St. Lucina, Cornelius transferred the remains of the princes of the apostles to places of greater honor. On account of his successful preaching the pagans banished him to Centumcellae, where he died. St. Cyprian sent him a letter of condolence. At the time of Pope Cornelius there were at Rome forty-six priests, seven deacons, seven subdeacons, forty-two acolytes, fifty-two clerics and more than five hundred widows who were supported by the Church (according to Cornelius' letter to Bishop Fabian of Antioch).

Excerpted from The Church's Year of Grace, Pius Parsch

Patron: against ear ache; against epilepsy; fever; cattle; domestic animals.

Symbols: horn and triple papal cross; cows or oxen; font; tall cross; sword; also papal symbols of tiara, church and/or triple cross; martyr's crown; palm frond (for martytr); papal tiara.


St. Cyprian

Thascius Caecilius Cyprianus, illustrious as a pagan rhetorician in Carthage, embraced the true faith in the year 246 and was soon thereafter consecrated priest and bishop of that city (248). He was an energetic shepherd of souls and a prolific writer. He defended the unity of the Church against schismatic movements in Africa and Italy, and greatly influenced the shaping of Church discipline relative to reinstating Christians who had apostatized. He fled during the Decian persecution but guided the Church by means of letters. During the Valerian persecution (258) he was beheaded. He suffered martyrdom in the presence of his flock, after giving the executioner twenty-five pieces of gold. St. Jerome says of him: "It is superfluous to speak of his greatness, for his works are more luminous than the sun." Cyprian ranks as an important Church Father, one whose writings are universally respected and often read in the Divine Office. His principal works are: On the Unity of the Church; On Apostates; a collection of Letters; The Lord's Prayer; On the Value of Patience.

Excerpted from The Church's Year of Grace, Pius Parsch

Patron: Algeria; North Africa.

Symbols: twenty gold coins; crown; axe; palm frond (for martytr); martyr's crown; bishop's mitre.

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Sts. Euphemia, Lucy and Geminanus

At Chalcedon, were the deaths of St. Euphemia, virgin and martyr, under Emperor Diocletian and the proconsul Priscus. For her faith in our Lord she was subjected to tortures, imprisonment, blows, the torment of the wheel, fire, the crushing weight of stones, the teeth of the beasts, scourging with rods, the cutting of sharp saws, and burning pans, all of which she survived. But when she was again exposed to the beasts in the amphitheater, praying to our Lord to receive her spirit, one of the animals inflicted a bite on her holy body although the rest of them licked her feet, and she yielded her unspotted soul to God . . . At Rome, the holy martyrs Lucy, a noble matron, and Geminanus, were subjected to grievous afflictions and were for a long time tortured by the command of Emperor Diocletian. Finally, being put to the sword, they obtained the glorious victory of martyrdom.

Excerpted from The Roman Martyrology


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Meditation: 1 Timothy 2:1-8

Saints Cornelius, Pope, and Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs

… That we may lead a quiet and tranquil life. (1 Timothy 2:2)

The A-word gets a bad rap these days. Children don’t like it, teenagers hate it, and adults reluctantly learn to live with it. What is the A-word? Authority! But today’s readings remind us to pray and even give thanks for people in authority over us. Why? Because authority brings more peace into our lives.

What happens when you hear about the latest tax increase or when your boss’s bright idea makes no sense to you? You may feel frustrated or angry. It may even ruin your day! But what would happen if you were to decide instead to pray for them and bless them? Maybe the next time you find yourself in one of these situations, try responding with forgiveness, prayer, and cooperation. Then see how you feel.

Forgiveness? Yes, forgiveness plays an important role in how we relate to people in authority. Maybe your boss let you down one time, or she seems to misunderstand you. Or maybe a local politician implements policies that go against your political and religious beliefs. Rather than becoming angry and condemning, ask the Lord for the grace to forgive them. You never know what events or circumstances have led them to this point in their lives. And the more you practice mercy, the more understanding you will become.

Prayer? Once you are on the road to forgiveness, praying for someone is a lot easier. Ask the Lord to bless that person. You may even want to thank God for putting him or her in your life and the opportunities that person gives you to grow in patience and faith. These inner choices will lead to much greater peace in your heart. And who knows? Maybe you’ll find new insights into how to work with that person more productively.

Cooperation? Have you ever found yourself wanting to contradict everything someone says, simply because of something that person did to you in the past? The next time this happens, think about whether it’s a matter of right and wrong or whether it’s about a resentment you can’t get over. If it’s a resentment, try your best to put it aside and find a way to cooperate. Let your actions and attitude testify to God’s work in your life.

“Lord, help me to bless those in authority so that we can all live in peace.”

Psalm 28:2, 7-9; Luke 7:1-10


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Marriage = One Man and One Woman Til' Death Do Us Part

Daily Marriage Tip for September 16, 2013:

What’s your favorite food? What’s your spouse’s favorite food? Did you guess right? How soon can you make or buy the favorite for your sweetie?

30 posted on 09/16/2013 3:28:58 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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The Cross and the Face of Christ

Monday, 16 September 2013 08:05

Here is the homily that I preached at Knock on Saturday, 14 September in the Chapel of the Apparition.

Glory in the Cross

“It is for us to glory in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ in whom is our health, life and Resurrection: through whom we have been saved and set free” (Introit).  Celebrating today the mystery of the Cross, we fix our gaze not upon an instrument of torture and of shame but, rather, upon the glorious Face of Christ and upon the Tree of Life whose leaves are for the healing of the nations (Apocalypse 22:2).  We lift our eyes to the royal throne of the King of glory, the sign of the Son of Man that will appear in the heavens at the end of the age (Matthew 24:30).  To the eyes of faith, the Cross, illuminated by the adorable Face of Jesus, shines  more brightly than the sun.

The Face of Christ

Fix your gaze upon the adorable Face of Our Lord Jesus Christ; contemplate the countenance that, from the earliest preaching of the Gospel, captivated believers, drawing them irresistibly into the love wherewith God first loved us. In the apse of ancient Christian basilicas, it was not uncommon to see an immense cross, worked in shimmering mosaic. The body of Christ was not depicted on the cross; instead, at the center of the cross, in a shining circle at the juncture of the vertical and horizontal beams, was an image of the Holy Face of Christ. The arms of the Cross converged in the Face of Christ, His most distinctive characteristic.

At the Centre of the Cross

The uniqueness of each human face expresses the uniqueness of each person’s identity. Our personal identity is linked to the image of our face, as on a photo ID card. By placing the Face of Christ at the center of the Cross, the artisans of old were suggesting that the Cross is the key to Christ’s identity and the Face of Christ the key to understanding the mystery of the Cross. Apart from the Cross, there is no knowledge of Christ, no understanding of His mission, no experience of His love, no way of answering the question put to Peter in today’s Gospel, “Who do you say that I am?” (Mk 8:29).

The Visible Sign of God’s Healing Mercy

The liturgy of today’s feast  infuses an awe-inspiring awareness of the Cross as the visible sign of God’s healing mercy, the cause of our indefectible and abiding joy.  “The Royal Banners forward go; the Cross shines forth in mystic glow” (Vexilla Regis, Vespers). The Church sings in today’s introit that the Cross of Christ is the source of health (salus), of life, and of Resurrection.  The eyes of the Church are filled with the brightness of the Cross.  She looks towards the wood of the Cross and is made radiant by the Resurrection.  Look to the Cross, and be radiant; let your faces not be abashed (Psalm 33:6)!

The Saving Wood

The wood of the tree by which Adam fell (Gn 3:12) is today the wood of the tree by which Adam is saved.  The wood of the ark by which Noah, “his sons, his wife, and his son’s wives” (Gn 6:14) were saved from the flood is today the wood by which joy has flooded the world.  The wood by which Moses sweetened the bitter waters of Marah (Ex 15:25) is today the wood by which all the world’s bitterness is made sweet.

Health to Sickly Souls Is Given

The First Lesson was a dramatic reminder that all of us, without exception, have suffered the venomous bite of the ancient serpent.  We cross the wilderness of this life limping, and burning with a fever for which no earthly remedy can be found.  Our new Moses, Christ, intercedes with the Father on our behalf and, in response, we are given the mystery of the Cross.  “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself” (John 12:32).  The Cross, illumined by the Holy Face of Christ, is the source of our healing; it is the remedy for every affliction, the antidote for every poison, the medicine for every weakness.  One of the antiphons at Matins, rhythmically translated, says: “Cross most gracious / from whose aspect / health to sickly souls is given/ with what praises shall I praise thee / who hast brought us life from heaven?

When We Are Stung by Vipers

Like the children of Israel we have to be brought back to God again and again.  When we are strong and successful, when we “wax fat, grow thick, and become sleek” (Deuteronomy 32:15), how easily we forget the works of the Lord!  When we experience failure, sickness, loneliness, weakness, and sin, when we stumble, fall, and lose our way with darkness all about us, when we are stung by vipers and beset with fever and thirst, then do we turn back, led on by severe and tender mercies, to the source of all healing and strength.

The Holy Ghost and the Cross

The Cross is where the weakness of the flesh encounters the power of the Holy Ghost. It was from the Cross that the gift of the Holy Ghost was first poured out upon the Church in the kiss of the Bridegroom’s mouth and in a mystery of water and of blood.  “He bowed his head, says Saint John, and gave up his spirit” (John 19:30). Is there a more sublime depiction of the Holy Face than this, “He bowed his head and gave up his spirit”? And again, “one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water” (John 19:34).  The Face of Jesus serene and beautiful in death cannot be separated from the mystery of His pierced side.  The breath, the blood, and the water are the abiding signs of the Holy Ghost poured out whenever the Church assembles in faith at the foot of the holy and life-giving Cross.  The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is, at once, an actualization of the mystery of the Cross and an outpouring of the Holy Ghost.

Secure in the Arms of the Cross

Again, the Cross, illumined by the Holy Face of Jesus, is where every brokenness, injury, and wound encounters the compassion of the Father.  We are called not so much to embrace the Cross as to allow ourselves to be embraced by it, for the arms of the Cross are the strong arms of the Eternal Father’s compassion.  When the Holy Ghost begins to work in a soul, that soul is compelled to fix her eyes upon the Face of Jesus, and to throw herself into the arms of the Cross because there, and there alone, is she held secure in the embrace of the Father’s merciful love.  The Cross of the Son shines with the love of the Father reflected on the Face of the Son; therein is the remedy for every misery, shadow, weakness, betrayal, and fear.

Jacob’s Mystic Ladder

The glorious Cross is a Trinitarian mystery.  The healing compassion of the Father and the power of the Holy Ghost await us in the Cross of the Son.  By the Cross of Christ, as by the mystic ladder beheld by Jacob in a dream (Genesis 28:12) the mercy of the Father and the power of the Holy Ghost descend even to us.  By the same Cross of Christ, we ascend to the Father in the power of the Holy Ghost.  Jacob dreamed “that there was a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven; and behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.  And behold, the Lord stood above it” (Genesis 28:12).  This is the mystery of the Cross revealed in figure and foreshadowing; this is the reality of the mysteries we celebrate here and now.

The Place of Christ’s Priesthood

The Cross is the place of Christ’s glorious priesthood with its descending and ascending mediation.  Wheresoever and whensoever the liturgy is enacted, Christ the great High Priest stands in our midst, His Face is turned towards the Father, and his glorious Cross is rendered present.  Health and joy descend into the world — and into our hearts — by the wood of the Cross and, by the wood of the Cross, the ladder that spans the chasm separating time from eternity, and this world from the next, we who are estranged and exiled from the beauty of the divine glory ascend into the splendour of the Kingdom.

Holy Mass: Presence of the Cross 

The Cross and the Holy Face are — the Eucharistic Face of Jesus — are present in every Holy Mass, not as the memory of a hill far away, but as a dynamic reality drawing us together into unity and then, upward, to the Father, with the Son, in the Holy Ghost.  The Liturgy of the Word of God (the first part of Holy Mass) is always a preaching and a presence of the Word of the Cross, “folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God” (1 Cor 1:18).  The Liturgy of the Holy Sacrifice (the second part of Holy Mass) is always a confession and a presence of the mystery of the Cross in the fullness of its Trinitarian dimensions, and in the actualization of its power.

Through the Cross into the Kingdom

We have heard the Word of God. We have been illumined by a ray of light shining from the Face of Christ.   Held fast in the mystic embrace of the Cross, let us go to the altar.  Through the Word of the Cross, the compassion of the Father, the power of the Holy Ghost, and the brightness shining from the Face of the Son have descended into our midst; let us then, ascend, by the mystery of the Cross made present in this Holy Sacrifice, to the Kingdom of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost to whom be all glory and praise, now and always and unto the ages of ages.  Amen, Alleluia!


31 posted on 09/16/2013 3:50:09 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Lord, Say the Word…
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Memorial of Saints Cornelius, Pope, and Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs

Father David Daly, LC

Luke 7:1-10

When Jesus had finished all his words to the people, he entered Capernaum. A centurion there had a slave who was ill and about to die, and he was valuable to him. When he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and save the life of his slave. They approached Jesus and strongly urged him to come, saying, "He deserves to have you do this for him, for he loves our nation and he built the synagogue for us." And Jesus went with them, but when he was only a short distance from the house, the centurion sent friends to tell him, "Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof. Therefore, I did not consider myself worthy to come to you; but say the word and let my servant be healed. For I too am a person subject to authority, with soldiers subject to me. And I say to one, ´Go,´ and he goes; and to another, ´Come here,´ and he comes; and to my slave, ´Do this,´ and he does it." When Jesus heard this he was amazed at him and, turning, said to the crowd following him, "I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith." When the messengers returned to the house, they found the slave in good health.

Introductory Prayer: Lord Jesus, I believe that you came into this world to redeem sinners. I hope in you and in your power to transform my soul, by your grace, from sinfulness to holiness. Lord, I love you and offer you the longings of my heart to put you truly first in my life. I want to love you with all my mind, heart, soul and strength.

Petition: Lord Jesus, grant me the gift of a deeper faith.

1. The Centurion: Frequently the people to whom God has given the most recognize him the least. For that reason, he extends the gift of faith to other men and women, especially the simple and humble of heart. The centurion exemplifies this dynamic of God´s grace in our lives. We should strive to be like him: simple, humble, and confident in the powerful action of Jesus in our daily lives.

2. Lord, I Am Not Worthy That You Should Enter Under My Roof: These words manifest the centurion’s humility. They should also manifest our humility and faith in Christ’s presence in the Eucharist, since they are the words we pray at every Mass just before receiving our Lord in Holy Communion. When we receive the Blessed Sacrament, we truly receive Christ — body, blood, soul and divinity. Our faith is the key to opening up our hearts to Christ’s healing grace.

3. Not Even in Israel Have I Found Such Faith: Don’t we want Jesus to say these words to us? Isn’t it much better than hearing those other words of Christ: “When the Son of Man returns will there be any faith on earth?” (see Luke 18:8). Christ calls us to be a fresh well of faith, hope and love so that even if he does not find it anywhere else, he can always be consoled by our undying faith.

Conversation with Christ: Lord Jesus, I want to repeat these words of the centurion. I do believe in you and in your Real Presence in the Eucharist. In my times of doubt or weakness of faith, I will call out to you, “Only say the word and my soul shall be healed.”

Resolution: I resolve to pray these words with all my heart today at Mass, in a visit to the Eucharist or in a spiritual communion.


32 posted on 09/16/2013 5:54:30 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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St. Cyprian

 
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THE LAMB IS WORTHY (Rv 5:9)

 
"Sir, do not trouble Yourself, for I am not worthy to have You enter my house." —Luke 7:6
 

In today's Gospel reading, Jewish elders tell Jesus that the centurion is worthy of having his servant healed (Lk 7:5). However, before Jesus gets to the house, the centurion sends friends to tell Jesus he is not worthy to have Him enter his house (Lk 7:6). Is the centurion worthy or not?

He is both worthy and unworthy, and so are we. In the second eucharistic prayer, we thank God for "counting us worthy to stand in His presence." Nevertheless, the Church always calls us to quote the centurion right before we receive Communion. We say: "Lord, I am not worthy." In Christ, we are worthy because He is worthy (Rv 5:2, 9).

Of ourselves, we are neither worthy of God entering our house nor of receiving God's graces, healings, and blessings. To know our unworthiness leads us to seek His worthiness. To know His worthiness makes us love ourselves despite our own unworthiness. Our unworthiness and His worthiness go together. We must accept both of them or neither of them.

 
Prayer: "Worthy is the Lamb That was slain to receive power and riches, wisdom and strength, honor and glory and praise!" (Rv 5:12)
Promise: "First of all, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be offered for all men, especially for kings and those in authority." —1 Tm 2:1-2
Praise: St. Cyprian spoke of God's house by proclaiming: "You cannot have God for your Father if you do not have the Church for your mother."

33 posted on 09/16/2013 6:02:59 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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“Protection of the life of the mother as an excuse for an abortion is a smoke screen. In my 36 years of pediatric surgery, I have never known of one instance where the child had to be aborted to save the mother’s life. If toward the end of the pregnancy complications arise that threaten the mother’s health, the doctor will induce labor or perform a Caesarean section. His intention is to save the life of both the mother and the baby. The baby’s life is never willfully destroyed because the mother’s life is in danger.”

SOURCE: C. Everett Koop, M.D., former U.S. Surgeon General


34 posted on 09/16/2013 6:14:05 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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High Expectations

by Food For Thought on September 15, 2013 ·

 

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When the centurion asked Jesus through other people to heal his servant, he did not expect him to come. He simply believed that if Jesus would only will it, it would happen. He asked great things from a great God. Yet what he asked was not for himself but for someone who worked for him.

Being a Gentile, the centurion probably felt that Jesus, who was already quite famous at that time, would think of him as an outsider. It was, however, his great desire to see his servant healed that he made the effort to ask people for help. Knowing that powerful people could do many things, he believed that Jesus need not come to his house, for he only had to will it and his servant would be healed.

The believing centurion is the opposite of Thomas who needed physical proof before believing that Jesus did rise from the dead. Time and again, Jesus would remind us of our need to believe in what we could not see. Proof of Jesus’ existence is often debated upon. Also our own notion of God is different from who God really is. After asking too many questions about God, we come up with one inevitable answer: God is a mystery. And when we come to this conclusion, what would assure us that He is there and He is in charge would not be news reports of sightings, pictures on the internet, ads on TV, detailed miracles on video but our own faith experiences which make us sure that HE IS HE.

Faith focuses on God as its proper object. It does not require visible audience. Most of all faith, like the faith of the centurion, is a blessing for others. Have we taken a leap of faith?


35 posted on 09/16/2013 6:28:53 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Luke
  English: Douay-Rheims Latin: Vulgata Clementina Greek NT: Byzantine/Majority Text (2000)
  Luke 7
1 AND when he had finished all his words in the hearing of the people, he entered into Capharnaum. Cum autem implesset omnia verba sua in aures plebis, intravit Capharnaum. επει δε επληρωσεν παντα τα ρηματα αυτου εις τας ακοας του λαου εισηλθεν εις καπερναουμ
2 And the servant of a certain centurion, who was dear to him, being sick, was ready to die. Centurionis autem cujusdam servus male habens, erat moriturus : qui illi erat pretiosus. εκατονταρχου δε τινος δουλος κακως εχων εμελλεν τελευταν ος ην αυτω εντιμος
3 And when he had heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the ancients of the Jews, desiring him to come and heal his servant. Et cum audisset de Jesu, misit ad eum seniores Judæorum, rogans eum ut veniret et salvaret servum ejus. ακουσας δε περι του ιησου απεστειλεν προς αυτον πρεσβυτερους των ιουδαιων ερωτων αυτον οπως ελθων διασωση τον δουλον αυτου
4 And when they came to Jesus, they besought him earnestly, saying to him: He is worthy that thou shouldest do this for him. At illi cum venissent ad Jesum, rogabant eum sollicite, dicentes ei : Quia dignus est ut hoc illi præstes : οι δε παραγενομενοι προς τον ιησουν παρεκαλουν αυτον σπουδαιως λεγοντες οτι αξιος εστιν ω παρεξει τουτο
5 For he loveth our nation; and he hath built us a synagogue. diligit enim gentem nostram, et synagogam ipse ædificavit nobis. αγαπα γαρ το εθνος ημων και την συναγωγην αυτος ωκοδομησεν ημιν
6 And Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent his friends to him, saying: Lord, trouble not thyself; for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof. Jesus autem ibat cum illis. Et cum jam non longe esset a domo, misit ad eum centurio amicos, dicens : Domine, noli vexari : non enim sum dignus ut sub tectum meum intres : ο δε ιησους επορευετο συν αυτοις ηδη δε αυτου ου μακραν απεχοντος απο της οικιας επεμψεν προς αυτον ο εκατονταρχος φιλους λεγων αυτω κυριε μη σκυλλου ου γαρ ειμι ικανος ινα υπο την στεγην μου εισελθης
7 For which cause neither did I think myself worthy to come to thee; but say the word, and my servant shall be healed. propter quod et meipsum non sum dignum arbitratus ut venirem ad te : sed dic verbo, et sanabitur puer meus. διο ουδε εμαυτον ηξιωσα προς σε ελθειν αλλ ειπε λογω και ιαθησεται ο παις μου
8 For I also am a man subject to authority, having under me soldiers: and I say to one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doth it. Nam et ego homo sum sub potestate constitutus, habens sub me milites : et dico huic, Vade, et vadit : et alii, Veni, et venit : et servo meo, Fac hoc, et facit. και γαρ εγω ανθρωπος ειμι υπο εξουσιαν τασσομενος εχων υπ εμαυτον στρατιωτας και λεγω τουτω πορευθητι και πορευεται και αλλω ερχου και ερχεται και τω δουλω μου ποιησον τουτο και ποιει
9 Which Jesus hearing, marvelled: and turning about to the multitude that followed him, he said: Amen I say to you, I have not found so great faith, not even in Israel. Quo audito Jesus miratus est : et conversus sequentibus se turbis, dixit : Amen dico vobis, nec in Israël tantam fidem inveni. ακουσας δε ταυτα ο ιησους εθαυμασεν αυτον και στραφεις τω ακολουθουντι αυτω οχλω ειπεν λεγω υμιν ουτε εν τω ισραηλ τοσαυτην πιστιν ευρον
10 And they who were sent, being returned to the house, found the servant whole who had been sick. Et reversi, qui missi fuerant, domum, invenerunt servum, qui languerat, sanum. και υποστρεψαντες οι πεμφθεντες εις τον οικον ευρον τον ασθενουντα δουλον υγιαινοντα

36 posted on 09/16/2013 6:52:26 PM PDT by annalex (fear them not)
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1. Now when he had ended all his sayings in the audience of the people, he entered into Capernaum.
2. And a certain centurion's servant, who was dear to him, was sick, and ready to die.
3. And when he heard of Jesus, he sent to him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant.
4. And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this:
5. For he loves our nation, and he has built us a synagogue.
6. Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying to him, Lord, trouble not yourself: for I am not worthy that you should come under my roof:
7. Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come to you: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed.
8. For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say to one, Go, and he goes; and to another, Come, and he comes; and to my servant, Do this, and he does it.
9. When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, and turned him about, and said to the people that followed him, I say to you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
10. And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick.

TITUS BOST. When He had strengthened His disciples by more perfect teaching, He goes to Capernaum to work miracles there; as it is said, When he had ended all his sayings, he entered into Capernaum.

AUG. Here we must understand that He did not enter before He had ended these sayings, but it is not mentioned what space of time intervened between the termination of His discourse, and His entering into Capernaum. For in that interval the leper was cleansed whom Matthew introduced in his proper place.

AMBROSE; But having finished His teaching, He rightly instructs them to follow the example of His precepts. For straightway the servant of a Gentile centurion is presented to the Lord to be healed. Now the Evangelist, when he said that the servant was about to die, did not err, because he would have died had he not been healed by Christ.

EUSEB. Although that centurion was strong in battle, and the prefect of the Roman soldiers, yet because his particular attendant lay sick at his house, considering what wonderful things the Savior had done in healing the sick, and judging that these miracles were performed by no human power, he sends to Him, as to God, not looking to the visible instrument by which He had intercourse with men; as it follows, And when he heard of Jesus, he sent to him, &c.

AUG. How then will that: be true which Matthew relates, A certain centurion came to him, seeing that he himself did not come? unless upon careful consideration we suppose that Matthew made use of a general mode of expression. For if the actual arrival is frequently said to be through the means of others, much more may the coming be by others. Not then without reason, (the centurion having gained access to our Lord through others,) did Matthew, wishing to spear; briefly, say that this man himself came to Christ, rather than those by whom he sent his message, for the more he believed the nearer he came.

CHRYS. How again does Matthew tell us that the centurion said, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, while Luke says here, that he beseeches Him that He would come. Now it seems to me that Luke sets before us the flatteries of the Jews. For we may believe that when the centurion wished to depart, the Jews drew him back, enticing him, saying, We will go and bring him. Hence also their prayers are full of flattery, for it follows, But when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying that he was worthy. Although it became them to have said, He himself was willing to come and supplicate You, but we detained him, seeing the affliction, and the body which was lying in the house, and so to have drawn out the greatness of his faith; but they would not for envy reveal the faith of the man, lest He should seem some great one to whom the prayers were addressed.

But wherein Matthew represents the centurion to be not an Israelite, while Luke says, he has built us a synagogue, there is no contradiction, for he might not have been a Jew, and yet built a synagogue.

THEOPHYL; But herein they show, that as by a church, so also by a synagogue, they were wont to mean not only the assembly of the faithful, but also the place where they assembled.

EUSEB. And the elders of the Jews indeed demand favors for a small sum spent in the service of the synagogue, but the Lord not for this, but a higher reason, manifested Himself, wishing in truth to beget a belief in all men by His own power, as it follows, Then Jesus went with them.

AMBROSE; Which certainly He did not do, because He was unable to heal when absent, but that He might set them an example of imitating His humility. He would not go to the son of the nobleman, lest He should seem thereby to have respected his riches; He went immediately here, that He might not seem to have despised the low estate of a centurion's servant. But the centurion laying aside his military pride puts on humility, being both willing to believe and eager to honor; as it follows, And when he was not far off, he sent to him, saying, Trouble not yourself: for I am not worthy your, &c. For by the power not of man, but of God, he supposed that health was given to man. The Jews indeed alleged his worthiness; but he confessed himself unworthy not only of the benefit, but even of receiving the Lord under his roof; For I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof.

CHRYS. For as soon as he was freed from the annoyance of the Jews, he then sends, saying, Think not that it was from negligence I came not to You, but I counted myself unworthy to receive You in my house.

AMBROSE; But Luke well says, that friends were sent by the centurion to meet our Lord, lest by his own coming he might seem both to embarrass our Lord, and to have called for a requital of good offices. Hence it follows, Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come to you, but say in a word and my servant shall be healed.

CHRYS. Here observe that the centurion held a right opinion concerning the Lord; he said not, pray, but, command; and in doubt lest He should from humility refuse him, he adds, For I also am a man set under authority, &c.

THEOPHYL; He says that he though a man subject to the power of the tribune or governor, yet has command over his inferiors, that it might be implied that much more is He who is God, able not only by the presence of His body, but by the services of His angels, to fulfill whatever He wishes. For the weakness of the flesh or the hostile powers were to be subdued both by the word of the Lord and the ministry of the angels. And to my servant, Do this, &c.

CHRYS. We must here remark, that this word, Fac, signifies a command given to a servant. So God when He wished to create man, said not to the Only-begotten, "Make man," but, Let us make man, that by the form of unity in the words he might make manifest the equality of the agents. Because then the centurion considered in Christ the greatness of His dominion, therefore said He, say in a word. For I also say to my servant.

But Christ blames him not, but confirmed his wishes, as it follows, When Jesus heard these things, he marveled.

THEOPHYL; But who had wrought this very faith in him, save He who marveled? But supposing another had done it, why should He marvel who fore knew it? Because then the Lord marvels, it signifies that we must marvel. For all such feelings when they are spoken of God, are the tokens not of a wonder-struck mind, but of a teaching master.

CHRYS. But that you might see plainly that the Lord said this for the instruction of others, the Evangelist wisely explains it, adding, Verily I say to you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.

AMBROSE; And indeed if you read it thus, "In none in Israel have I found so great faith," the meaning is simple and easy. But if according to the Greek, "Not even in Israel have I found so great faith," faith of this kind is preferred even to that of the more elect, and those that see God.

THEOPHYL; But he speaks not of Patriarchs and Prophets in times far back, but of the men of the present age to whom the faith of the centurion is preferred, because they were instructed in the precepts of the Law and the Prophets, but he with no one to teach him of his own accord believed.

AMBROSE; The faith of the master is proved, and the health of the servant established, as it follows, And they that were sent returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick. It is possible then that the good deed of a master may advantage his servants, not only through the merit of faith, but the practice of discipline.

THEOPHYL; Matthew explains these things more fully, saying, that when our Lord said to the centurion, Go your way, and as you have believed, so be it done to you, the servant was healed in the self-same hour. But it is the manner of the blessed Luke, to abridge or even purposely to pass by whatever he sees plainly set forth by the other Evangelists, but what he knows to be omitted by them, or briefly touched upon, to more carefully explain.

AMBROSE; Mystically, by the centurion's servant is signified that the Gentile people who were enthralled by the chain of heavenly bondage, and diseased with deadly passions, are to be healed by the mercy of the Lord.

THEOPHYL; But the centurion, whose faith is preferred to Israel, represents the elect from the Gentiles, who as it were attended by their hundred soldiers, are exalted by their perfection of spiritual virtues. For the number hundred, which is transferred from the left to the right , is frequently put to signify the celestial life. These then must pray to the Lord for those who ho are still oppressed with fear, in the spirit of bondage. But we of the Gentiles who believe can not ourselves come to the Lord, whom we are unable to see in the flesh, but ought to approach by faith; we must send the elders of the Jews, that is, we must by our suppliant entreaties gain as patrons the greatest men of the Church, who have gone before us to the Lord, who bearing us witness that we have a care to build up the Church, may intercede for our sins. It is well said that Jesus was not far from the house, for his salvation is nigh to them that fear him, and he who rightly uses the law of nature, in that he does the things which he knows to be good, approaches nigh to Him who is good.

AMBROSE, But the centurion wished not to trouble Jesus, for Whom the Jewish people crucified, the Gentiles desire to keep inviolate from injury, and (as touching a mystery) he saw that Christ was not yet able to pierce the hearts of the Gentiles.

THEOPHYL; The soldiers and servants who obey the centurion, are the natural virtues which many who come to the Lord will bring with them in great numbers.

THEOPHYL; Or in another way. The centurion must be understood as one who stood foremost among many in wickedness, as long as he possesses many things in this life, i.e. is occupied with many affairs or concerns. But he has a servant, the irrational part of the soul, that is, the irascible and concupiscent part. And he speaks to Jesus, the Jews acting as mediators, that is, the thoughts and words of confession, and immediately he received his servant whole.

Catena Aurea Luke 7

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Jesus Healing the Centurion's Servant

Paolo Veronese (1528 – 1588)

38 posted on 09/16/2013 6:53:44 PM PDT by annalex (fear them not)
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