— Matthew 24:36-42 —
- From: Weedy <richarra@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2011 10:33:33 -0700 (PDT)
— Matthew 24:36-42 —
"But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in
heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of
Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days
before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving
in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing
about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away.
That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will
be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will
be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.
"Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your
Lord will come."
Christ's second coming will be swift and sudden. There will be no
opportunity for last minute repentance or bargaining. The choice we
have already made will determine our eternal destiny.
April 13th - St. Martin I, Pope
Born in Todi in Umbria, Italy; died in the Crimea, September 16, 655;
was previously November 12 (November 10 in York); the Eastern Church
his feast on September 20.
Martin became a deacon in Rome. He displayed a great intellect and
sent by Pope Theodore I as nuncio (apocrisiarius) to Constantinople,
elected pope in 649 to succeed Theodore I. At once, he convened the
the Lateran that condemned Monothelitism (the denial that Christ had a
will), the Typos-the edict of the reigning Emperor Constans II, which
it, and Heraclius's Ekethesis. Although he was supported by the
Africa, England, and Spain, the imperial wrath fell upon the pontiff
arrested by Constans and taken to Constantinople in 653.
He had taken refuge in the Lateran, but the officers broke in to
His own letters give an account of how his health broke down under the
voyage and a three-month imprisonment on the island of Naxos en route.
"For forty-seven days, I have not been given water to wash in. I am
through and wasting away with dysentery. The food I get makes me
vomit. But God
sees all things and I trust in Him."
He was so ill when he arrived in Constantinople that he had to be
jail on a stretcher. He was tried for treason, although he was clearly
incarcerated for not accepting the Typos. He was condemned to death
trial without being able to speak in his own defense. He was insulted
flogged, and imprisoned. The intercession of the dying Patriarch Paul
Constantinople saved his life, but he was exiled to Kherson in the
From exile he wrote of the bad treatment he received and berated theRomans for
forgetting him while he had prayed steadily for their faith to remain
It is likely that he died of starvation. He was the last pope to die a
He is portrayed in art vested as a pope, holding money (alms); or with
around him (possibly a confusion with Saint Martin of Tours); or seen
prison bars (Attwater, Attwater2, Benedictines, Bentley, Delaney,
Quote: The breviary of the Orthodox Church pays tribute to Martin:
definer of the Orthodox faith...sacred chief of divine dogmas,
error...true reprover of heresy...foundation of bishops, pillar of the
faith, teacher of religion...Thou didst adorn the divine see of Peter,
from this divine Rock, thou didst immovably defend the Church, so now
glorified with him."
"He who does not weep as a pilgrim shall not rejoice as a citizen."
-St. Augustine (Doctor, 354-430) - "Instructions On Christian
"Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned into
and your joy into sorrow" (James 4:9 )
"Blessed are ye that weep now: for you shall laugh. ... Woe to you
laugh: for you shall mourn and weep" (Luke 6:21,25)
ACT OF LOVE TO THE SACRED HEART
How great, O my Jesus, is the extent of Thine excessive
charity! Thou hast prepared for me, of Thy most precious
Body and Blood, a divine banquet, where Thou givest me
Thyself without reserve. What hath urged Thee to this excess
of love? Nothing but Thine own most loving Heart.
O adorable Heart of my Jesus, furnace of Divine Love,
receive my soul into the wound of Thy most Sacred Passion,
that in this school of charity I may learn to make a return of
love to that God Who hast given me such wonderful proofs of
An Act of Consecration for your family, to the Holy Family:
O Jesus, our most loving Redeemer, who having come to enlighten the
with Thy teaching and example, didst will to pass the greater part of
life in humility and subjection to Mary and Joseph in the poor home of
Nazareth, thus sanctifying the Family that was to be an example for
Christian families, graciously receive our family as it dedicates and
consecrates itself to Thee this day. Do Thou defend us, guard us and
establish amongst us Thy holy fear, true peace and concord in
love: in order that by conforming ourselves to the divine pattern of
family we may be able, all of us without exception, to attain to
Mary, dear Mother of Jesus and Mother of us, by thy kindly
make this our humble offering acceptable in the sight of Jesus, and
for us His graces and blessings.
O Saint Joseph, most holy Guardian of Jesus and Mary, assist us by thy
prayers in all our spiritual and temporal necessities; that so we may
enabled to praise our divine Saviour Jesus, together with Mary and
for all eternity.
Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory be. (thrice)
Imprimatur: Francis Cardinal Spellman, Archbishop of New York, May
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