— Galatians 6:1-3 —
- From: Weedy <richarra@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 18 Nov 2009 09:42:02 -0800 (PST)
- Galatians 6:1-3 -
Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should
restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.
each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of
anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
No Christian should ever think that he or she is totally independent
doesn't need help from others, and no one should feel excused from the
of helping others. The body of Christ - the church - functions only
members work together for the common good. Do you know someone who
help? Is there a Christian brother or sister who needs correction or
encouragement? Humbly and gently reach out to that person.
November 18th - Dedication of The Basilicas of Sts Peter and Paul
The ancient basilica of Saint Peter stood, like the present one, on
of Rome called in Latin Mons Vaticanus, at the northwestern extremity
city, on the right bank of the Tiber. What we call the Vatican is a
palace, the ordinary dwelling of the Pope. Near the Lateran palace
early Popes dwelt, which was itself built by Constantine the Great or
Liberius, Constantine built on the same hill, over the tomb of Saint
called the Confession, the Church of the first Vicar of Christ, where
Roman circus had stood. This first Christian emperor placed there a
to honor Saint Peter, on which he had inscribed:
Because the world under your guidance has risen triumphant to the very
heavens, Constantine, victorious, has built this temple to your glory.
The Divine Office for this day narrates its origins as follows:
"The Emperor Constantine the Great, on the eighth day after his
after deposing the diadem and prostrating himself, shed a great many
then taking up a pick and a shovel, he dug into the soil and drew out
loads of earth in honor of the twelve Apostles, thereby designating
of the basilica he desired to build to honor their Prince. This
dedicated by Pope Saint Sylvester on the fourteenth day of the
December, just as on the fifth of the ides of November he had
the Church of the Lateran, but here he did so by raising a stone altar
he anointed with sacred chrism... When the old Vatican basilica became
decrepit, it was rebuilt, through the piety of several Pontiffs, on
foundations but larger and more magnificent. And in the year 1626, on
same day, Urban VII solemnly consecrated it."
As during the earliest centuries, still today from all corners of the
Christians go to venerate the tomb of the Prince of the Apostles.
The tomb of Saint Paul is on the Ostian Way, at the southern extremity
the city. The characters indicating the Apostle buried there, which
date from the epoch of Constantine, are engraved in the marble which
the sarcophagus: PAULO APOSTOLO ET MARTYRI.
"On the same day, Saint Sylvester dedicated the Basilica of Saint Paul
Apostle which the emperor Constantine had also built with magnificence
the Ostian Way, enriching this one, too, with revenues, ornaments and
valuable gifts. In the year 1823, a violent fire totally consumed this
Basilica, but it was raised again, more beautiful than before, by the
persevering zeal of four Pontiffs, who recovered it from its ruins.
chose for the time of its consecration the blessed occasion of the
definition of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
had just proclaimed, and which had drawn to Rome from the farthest
the Catholic world, a number of Bishops and Cardinals. It was on the
day of December in 1854, that amid this beautiful crown of prelates
princes of the Church, he carried out the solemn dedication, and fixed
annual commemoration for the present day." (November 18)
Thus the city is laid out between the two pillars of the Church, the
Apostles who from Rome made the Word of God resound throughout the
Source: L'Année liturgique, by Dom Prosper Guéranger (Mame et Fils:
1919), "The Time after Pentecost, VI," Vol. 15. Translation O.D.M.
Devotion to the Souls in Purgatory contains in itself all the works of
mercy, which super-naturalized by a spirit of Faith, should merit us
-St. Francis de Sales
For the lips of the priest shall keep knowledge, and they shall seek
at his mouth: because he is the angel of the Lord of hosts. (Malachias
PRAYER: DIVINE JESUS IN MEMORY OF THE SEVEN LAST WORDS
O Good Jesus, Son of the living God, Who for our salvation didst
to be born in a stable, to live in poverty, suffering and misery, and
amidst the torments of the Cross, say to Thy Divine Father, I beseech
at the hour of my death: "Father, forgive him;" say to Thy beloved
"Behold thy son;" say to my soul: "This day thou shalt be with Me in
Paradise." My God, my god, forsake me not in that hour! "I thirst!"
my God, my soul thirsteth after Thee, Who art the fountain of living
My life passeth by like a shadow; yet a little while, and all things
be accomplished. Whereupon, my adorable Savior, from this moment to
eternity, "into Thy hands I commend my spirit." Lord, Jesus, receive
Memorare to Our Lady of the Precious Blood
Remember, O Lady of the Precious Blood, the sorrowful Sheddings of the
of thy Jesus and the most bitter tears thou didst mingle with His
Blood. In the name of the Blood of the Victim of Reparation and of thy
tears; in the name of the seven swords which pierced thy heart, by
thou didst become the Mediatrix of all graces for the human race and
Queen of Martyrs, have pity on my soul and on all its miseries; have
sinners and on the innocent souls they seek to pervert; have pity on
poor, the sick, the infirm, on all their sufferings, both physical and
moral; have pity on the agonizing, especially upon those who, except
thine intercession, would leave this world without being purified in
Blood of the Lamb.
It is by the Blood of thy Dying Son, by His inexpressible Sufferings,
last plea to His Father in favor of mankind, by His ignominious Death
the perpetuation of His Sacrifice on Catholic Altars, that I beg thee
reject my supplications, but graciously to hear them. Amen.
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