Re: By falling down, Christ rose up
- From: "Bill M" <wmech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 26 May 2009 20:33:26 +0100
Pure mental nonsense!
"Weedy" <richarra@xxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
By falling down, Christ rose up
We see that when Christ rose like the sun from his sepulcher
this meant that it was not only a ray of sunlight that was arising and
at that moment, but
rather many rays, many shining splendors, life itself, and the very
the world, being
embraced and enhanced by Christ. Joy, birth, a new birth for all of
wonderful birth in
which we were all reborn, and moreover one that overcame death,
despair. By contrast
with darkness light shines brighter. The anguishing hours before such
hours of despair
and death, enhance such a birth, since out of suffering, misery,
grief, came out
victory and life.
A paradox: By falling down Christ rose up, out of death life arose and
In such a manner, we conclude that the deeper the roots, the higher
that grows out of
such roots, and in a parallel way out of an experience so deep and
despair, Christ came to know an existence of bliss.
--Luis de León, O.S.A.
May 26th - St. Mariana of Jesus de Paredes
After the death of Mariana of Paredes, a beautiful lily sprouted
her blood, and so she has been styled the Lily of Quito. But in far
measure did she deserve the name because of the innocence of her life.
preserved it unsullied in the midst of a wicked world, carefully
it by the practice of rare austerities.
From her earliest childhood Mariana, who was born in 1618, feltaltogether
drawn to God and to heavenly things. Meanwhile she attached herself to
Immaculate Virgin with unbounded confidence and tender devotion. She
received the habit of the Third Order from the Franciscans in her
town of Quito, Ecuador, and in consideration of her great virtue, she
permitted to take the three vows of religion. Then she repaired to her
where she led a life hidden in God and devoted to prayer and penance.
She quitted her home only when she went to attend divine services in
or when charity toward her neighbor required it. On such occasions she
the hearts of all she met, even the most depraved among them, by her
and friendly manner, and succeeded in leading them back to the path of
virtue. Incidentally it may be remarked, that almighty God favored His
faithful servant with extraordinary mystical gifts in support of her
apostolate. By means of the Sign of the Cross or by sprinkling holy
she restored many sick persons to health; she also raised a dead woman
When the plague broke out, she offered her chaste young life as a
to God in behalf of the stricken citizens. God accepted the sacrifice.
died shortly afterwards, in the 28th year of her age, in 1645. She was
beatified by Pope Pius IX, and canonized in 1950 by Pope Pius XII.
ON CONFIDENCE IN MARY
1. Mary wishes to help us. She proved that in the Incarnation of our
She knew that the mother of the Man of Sorrows would have to become
Mother of Sorrows, yet she acceded for the sake of the children of
she loved most affectionately. That is why she uttered those most
words: "Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done to me according to
word" (Luke 1:38). How commendable it was, then, that Blessed Mariana
with such fervor and fidelity to the Mother of God, the mother of all
mankind.-Imitate her in the practice and recommend your chastity to
2. Mary can help us. She can help us because she is the Mother of the
eternal Son of God. St.. Bonaventure cries out: "Thou canst do all
Him and through Him." She is the intercessory omnipotence at the
God. Blessed Mariana experienced her power in an eminent degree. -
the most profound and filial confidence in the Blessed Mother of God.
3. Mary will help us especially in the time of danger. That was
the words: "I will put enmities between thee and the woman" (Gen
the evil spirit Mary has become "terrible as an army set in
6:3). If Satan contrives to destroy souls, Mary is God's appointed
to save them for eternity.-Pledge yourself to be a good child of this
Mother, and you will insure your salvation.
PRAYER OF THE CHURCH
O God, who didst will that amid the allurements of this world Blessed
Mariana should blossom forth in virginal purity and continual penance
lily among thorns, grant, we beseech Thee, that through her merits and
intercession we may shun vice and strive ever more and more to attain
perfection. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
"O Lord my God, let me joy in nothing but what leads to Thee, nor
anything but what leads away from Thee."
-St. Thomas Aquinas (Doctor, 1225-74) - "Prayer of St Thomas Aquinas
grace to lead a holy life"
"Delight in the Lord: and he will give thee the requests of thy
"And he saith to them: Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or
evil? To save life, or to destroy? But they held their peace. And
round about on them with anger, being grieved for the blindness of
hearts" (Mark 3:4-5)
Meditation for troubled times:
Without God, no real victory is ever won. All the military
victories of great conquerors have passed into history. The world
better off without
military conquerors. The real victories are won in the spiritual
realm. "He that
is greater than he who conquers a city." The real victories are
sin and temptation,
leading to a victorious and abundant life. Therefore, keep a brave and
heart. Face all
your difficulties in the spirit of conquest. Remember that where God
is the true victory.
I pray that the forces of evil in my life will flee before God's
pray that with God
I will win the real victory over myself.
--From Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Act of Consecration to the Holy Ghost
On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses,
I offer myself, soul and body, to Thee, Eternal Spirit of God.
I adore the brightness of Thy purity, the unerring keenness of
Thy justice, and the might of Thy love. Thou art the strength
and light of my soul. In Thee I live and move and am. I desire
never to grieve Thee by unfaithfulness to grace, and I pray with
all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against Thee.
Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always
watch for Thy light, and listen to Thy voice, and follow Thy
gracious inspirations. I cling to Thee and give myself to Thee
and ask Thee, by Thy compassion, to watch over me in my
weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus, and looking at
His five Wounds, and trusting in His Precious Blood, and
adoring His opened side and stricken Heart, I implore Thee,
Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, so to keep me in Thy
grace that I may never sin against Thee. Give me grace, 0 Holy
Ghost, Spirit of the Father and the Son, to say to Thee always
and everywhere, "Speak, Lord, for Thy servant heareth." Amen.
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