• The master of humility

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    he master of humility

    "The master of humility is Christ who humbled himself and became
    obedient even to death, even the death of the cross.  Thus he does not
    lose his divinity when he teaches us humility... What great thing was
    it to the king of the ages to become the king of humanity? For Christ
    was not the king of Israel so that he might exact a tax or equip an
    army with weaponry and visibly vanquish an enemy. He was the king of
    Israel in that he rules minds, in that he gives counsel for eternity,
    in that he leads into the kingdom of heaven for those who believe,
    hope, and love. It is a condescension, not an advancement for one who
    is the Son of God, equal to the Father, the Word through whom all
    things were made, to become king of Israel.  It is an indication of
    pity, not an increase in power." --Augustine, the great 5th century
    church father, comments on the significance of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem:(Tractates on John 51.3-4)
     Psalm 24 is another prophetic passage which echoes this triumphal
    procession of the King of glory:
    Lift up your heads, O gates! and be lifted up, O ancient doors!  that
    the King of glory may come in.

    27 March - Blessed Louis-Édouard Cestac
    (6 January 1801 – 27 March 1868)

     – Priest and Founder, Apostle of Charity. Patronage – Servants of Mary.

     Bl Louis was a French Roman Catholic priest and alongside his sister Marie-Louise-Élise co-founded the Serviteurs de Marie/Servants of
    Mary. Cestac was dedicated to the needs of the poor and he met with
    them on a frequent basis in order to get to know them better and to
    know how he could better serve them in terms of their material and
    spiritual needs. But he was concerned for girls who were poor and
    destitute and so decided to provide them with a stable environment. He
    enlisted the aid of his sister and the two founded a religious order
    that would be dedicated to helping them. His beatification received
    approval in mid-2014 from Pope Francis after the pontiff approved a
    miracle that had been found to have been attributed to his
    intercession. Cardinal Angelo Amato beatified Cestac in mid-2015 on
    the pope’s behalf.

    Louis-Édouard Cestac was born in 1801 in France to Dominique Cestac
    and Jeanne Amitessarobe at number 45 on the Rue Mayou;  his siblings
    were Marianne and the Servant of God Marie-Louise-Élise (14 March
    1811-17 March1849). His mother Jeanne was Basque-Spanish. Marianne (b.
    circa 1795) was the eldest while Élise was the last, meaning Cestac
    was the middle sibling;  he was Élise’s godfather at her baptism.

    In his childhood he suffered an incurable neuralgia and complete
    mutism for a duration of three years. His mother decided to consecrate
    him to the Mother of God and Cestac’s condition improved to the point
    where he was healed. His healing was credited to the intercession of
    the Blessed Virgin. The Cestac’s later moved to Puntous due to the
    Peninsular War.

    Cestac underwent his ecclesial studies from 1816 at Aire-sur-l’Adour
    and Paris where he befriended Saint Michel Garicoïts 1797-1863
    (Memorial 14 May). He received the minor orders on 25 December 1821
    and in 1822 was back to his studies and formation after recovering
    from a serious illness. He was ordained to the diaconate on 26 June
    1825 before being ordained to the priesthood on 17 December 1825. He
    served as a professor in Larressore from 1826 until 1831. Father
    Cestac was later appointed as the vicar of the diocesan cathedral on
    27 August 1831 and gave his full attention to the poor and met with
    them on a frequent basis in order to better serve them and to know
    them better.

    In 1836 he established a home for poor girls. He and his sister
    Marie-Louise Élise together co-founded – on 6 January 1842 – their own religious congregation known as the Serviteurs de Marie.  Two other
    women joined at the time of the order’s founding while Élise became
    Sister Marie Magdalene. There was once an occasion when Empress
    Eugénie de Montijo came to Cestac asking him to pray for her to have a
    son but the priest assured her that she would indeed bear a son – the
    empress did indeed have a son.
    His sister and Servant of God Marie-Louise-Élise Cestac.

    On 13 January 1864 a profound experience struck when a beam of light
    hit Cestac and caused him to see devils scattered across the globe
    causing grave damage. He was horrified but was relieved to see the
    Mother of God before him and who told him that those devils had been
    let loose. Yet she added that the time had come for the world to
    request her intercession to fight and end the grave powers of Hell.
    From her the priest received the prayer known as the “August Queen”.
    He presented this to Bishop François Lacroix and also had 500, 000
    copies printed to be sent. At the time of the first printing the
    printing press broke down twice.


    Sometimes we have to face complete failure, and there is often a
    mystery of Divine Providence in the work of the Church. God does not
    always ask us to succeed, only to give our best. When that best is not
    enough, we have to leave the rest in His hands.

    Bible Quote:
    Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect hospitality, for through it
    some have unknowingly entertained angels.  (Hebrews 13:1-2)

     The Golden Sequence

    Come, holy Ghost, and bring from above
    The splendor of thy light.

    Come, father of the poor, come, giver of graces,
    Come, light of our hearts.

    Best of consolers, sweet guest of the soul,
    And comfort of the weary.

    Thou rest in labor, relief in burning toil,
    Consoling us in sorrow.

    O blessed light, fill the innermost hearts
    Of those who trust in thee.

    Without thy indwelling there is nothing in man,
    And nothing free of sin.

    Cleanse what is sordid, give water in dryness,
    And heal the bleeding wounds.

    Bend what is proud, make warm what is cold,
    Bring back the wayward soul.

    Give to the faithful who trustingly beg thee
    Thy seven holy gifts.

    Grant virtue's reward, salvation in death,
    And everlasting joy. Alleluia.

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