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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
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
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.
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.