- Isaiah 43:1-2 -
- From: "Waldtraud" <richarra@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2008 11:30:20 -0500
- Isaiah 43:1-2 -
But now, this is what the LORD says -
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
"Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
Going through rivers of difficulty will either cause you to drown or force
you to grow stronger. If you go in your own strength, you are more likely to
drown. If you invite the Lord to go with you, he will protect you.
August 15th - St. Tarcisius, martyr
A tradition dating from the sixth century says that St. Tarcisius was an
acolyte whose fidelity and courage so impressed the leaders of the Church
during the persecution of Valerian that he was entrusted with taking the
Blessed Sacrament secretly to the Christians who awaited martyrdom in
prison. This custom arose when the priests who ministered to the prisoners
would be easily discovered, while the acolytes were less known to the
.. The Roman Martyrology, based on the fourth-century poem of Pope St.
Damasus, gives the story of the "boy martyr of the Eucharist" in these
words: "At Rome, on the Appian way, the passion of St. Tarcisius the
acolyte, whom pagans met carrying the sacrament of the Body of Christ and
asked him what it was he was carrying. He deemed it a shameful thing to cast
pearls before the swine, and so was assaulted by them for a long time with
clubs and stones until he gave up the ghost. When they turned over his body,
the sacrilegious assailants could find no trace of Christ's Sacrament either
in his hands or in his clothing. The Christians took up the body of the
martyr and buried it with honor in the cemetery of Callistus." In his poem
Pope Damasus compares St. Tarcisius with St. Stephen who was stoned by the
Jews, and praises the martyr for suffering a cruel death rather than
surrender "the divine Body to raging dogs."
The body of St. Tarcisius was most probably laid to rest with those of Pope
St. Zephyrinus and others in the Basilica of St. Sixtus and Cecilia, but at
present it is said to be in the Church of San Silvestro in Capite. St.
Tarcisius is venerated as a model for altar boys and as an example of loving
and heroic devotion to our Lord in the Holy Eucharist.
St. Tarsicius is a good saint to pray to for teens, because he is a patron
saint for teenagers.Ask him to help you stand up for your faith by praying
to him about your problems.
Reflection: To honor the martyrs and duly celebrate their feasts, we must
learn their spirit and study to imitate them according to our state of life.
We must, like them, resist evil, subdue our passions, suffer afflictions
with patience, and bear with others without murmuring or complaining. The
cross is the ladder by which we must ascend to heaven.
Taken from"A Saint A Day" by Berchmans Bittle, O.F.M.Cap., published by The
Bruce Publishing Company, Milwaukee (c) 1958
The only reason for my being killed is that I have taught the doctrine of
Christ. I thank God it is for this reason that I die. I believe that I am
telling the truth before I die. I know you believe me and I want to say to
you all once again: Ask Christ to help you become happy. I obey Christ.
After Christ's example, I forgive my persecutors. I do not hate them. I ask
God to have pity on all, and I hope my blood will fall on my fellow men as a
-- Saint Paul Miki (One of the Martyrs of Nagasaki)
I, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be
afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as
grass; And forgettest the LORD thy maker, that hath stretched forth the
heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth. (Isaiah 51:12-13)
Today is also the feast of the Assumption.
Prayer to Our Lady, Assumed into Heaven:
O Virgin Immaculate! Queen of Heaven and earth! Hail to thee O Mother of
God and our Mother! We profess our faith in thy triumphant Assumption into
Heaven, where the Angels and Saints acclaimed thee as Queen of all creation.
We join the heavenly court in praising thee, and give praise to the Holy
Trinity, Who from the moment of thy Conception raised thee above all
creatures, and at thy passing drew thee gloriously into Heaven.
O Mother of the servants of God, we beseech that our will and our very lives
be rendered unto the service of the Lord, so that we may join in union with
the legions of Heaven, and offer thee our deepest devotion and love.
O Mother of the Afflicted, do thou watch over and intercede for us in our
daily misfortunes and necessities. Transform our fear of the Judgment into
a lively hope through thy blessed comfort, so that on that dreadful Day when
Christ will come to judge the living and the dead and the world by fire, we
may be granted not the Divine Justice but the Divine Mercy.
O Mediatrix of all graces, as we make our spiritual pilgrimage we look to
thee as our life, our sweetness, and our hope. After this earthly life,
pray our souls, full of contrition and penitence, may be delivered unto the
blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus; O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.
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