• "Insatiably thou wilt be satiated with truth."

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     "Insatiably thou wilt be satiated with truth."

    Truly, the depth of our will is such that only God, seen face to face,
    can fill that depth and draw the soul irresistibly. The depth which
    the soul has by its very nature is augmented by infused hope and
    charity, which widen, as it were, our heart, increase its capacity to
    love, and arouse in us aspirations higher than all natural
    aspirations, even the most intimate and elevated. St. Augustine speaks
    thus: "God is the goal of our desires, He is the one whom we shall see
    without end, whom we shall love without weariness, whom we shall
    glorify forever without fatigue." [De civ. --St. Augustine--Dei, Bk.
    II, chap. 30, no. 1 553]

    553.  This is one of the most beautiful definitions of heaven and
    beatitude that was ever pronounced. We know none that is more perfect.
    Cf. Sermo 362, 29: "Insatiably thou wilt be satiated with truth."

    May 4th - St. Florian of Austria, Martyr
    d. 304

    The several persecutions undertaken by Roman emperors from the first
    to the early 4th century varied in duration and intensity. Indeed, for
    long periods in the first 3 centuries, the Church was able to grow
    without molestation. However, under Emperor Diocletian and his
    associated rulers, the Roman Empire undertook a vast, organized
    assault against Christianity that could best be described as an
    all-out war (302-312).

    Diocletian was an able administrator and basically a kindly man. But
    in the earliest years of the fourth century his huge empire was
    becoming unmanageable due to constant inroads of barbarian armies
    against its northern borders. Therefore he appointed as co-emperors
    Maximinus and Constantius Chlorus in the West; and chose to assist him
    in the East, Co-emperor Galerius. Galerius, under constant pressure
    from his fanatical pagan mother, considered Christians as the real
    enemies of the Roman Empire. Consequently he sought to entrap
    Diocletian into proceeding against them initially by urging that all
    soldiers guarding the borders, especially in the Danube provinces, be
    forced to offer sacrifices to the Roman gods, on the pretext of
    strengthening military discipline. Once he had won over the old
    emperor, that ruler, who had a totalitarian mentality, authorized a
    persecution in which every Christian in the Empire was at risk, and
    literally thousands actually suffered.

    Diocletian issued his initial decree of discrimination in the year
    302. The Christians in the armed forces were the first to feel the
    turn of the screw.

    One such Christian soldier was an officer named Florian. Whatever his
    ethnic origin, he occupied a high administrative post in the province
    of Noricum, which is now a part of Austria. When news of the decree
    commanding such military men to offer sacrifice reached him, Florian
    saw at once that he could not accept such an order. Therefore he went
    to Lorch (now St. Lorenz) in the province of Noricum and turned
    himself in to the Roman military authorities serving there under

    Turned himself in: that is, he confessed his Christianity and refused
    point blank to offer the required sacrifice, come what might. The
    record of the trial of this soldierly man is not detailed, but the way
    he was treated indicates the price he had to pay for his staunch
    faith. He was scourged twice, and much of his skin was torn off,
    evidently in a futile effort to make him change his mind. Since his
    faith was firm, he was finally thrown into the River Enns with a
    millstone tied about his neck and drowned in this tributary of the

    Fortunately, a pious woman recovered the martyr’s body and gave it
    proper burial. In due time Florian’s remains were disinterred and
    enshrined near Linz, Austria, in what became the famous Augustinian
    monastery of St. Florian.

    At least part of his relics were sent to Rome in the 12th century, for
    in 1138 Pope Lucius III is reported to have given a portion of them to
    King Casimir of Poland and to the Polish bishop of Cracow.

    Even if the information about St. Florian’s origins, martyrdom and
    early veneration are skimpy, his basic story is confirmed by the
    devotion that sprang up around his relics. He is invoked as heavenly
    patron not only of Linz but of all Upper Austria. And after the
    translation of a part of his relics to Poland, the Roman soldier
    became the welcome object of devotion in that country as well.

    Early in the history of Christian devotion, the custom arose of
    identifying saints in their pictures or statues by some easily
    recognizable symbol. Sometimes the symbol was chosen from the
    legendary rather than the historical lore of the individual. Images of
    St. Florian of Lorch usually represent the soldier clothed in Roman
    military armor. Sometimes he is further identified by a millstone like
    the one hung about his neck. More often, however, he is shown putting
    out a fire by pouring water on it. It seems that among the miracles
    attributed to him was that of extinguishing the flames of a burning
    city with a single bucket of water. Whatever the circumstances of the
    miracle were, it made a firefighter out of him.

    Florian is one of the 8 patron saints of Austria and the patron of
    Upper Austria and of Linz. He also holds patronage of Poland, brewers,
    coopers, chimney-sweeps, and soap-boilers (Roeder, Tabor). He is
    invoked against bad harvests, battles, fire, flood, and storm
    (Roeder). He is also the patron of those in danger from water and
    flood, and of drowning (White).

    Saint Quote:
    The Word who became all things for us is close to us, our Lord Jesus
    Christ who promises to remain with us always. He cries out, saying:
    See, I am with you all the days of this age. He is himself the
    shepherd, the high priest, the way and the door, and has become all
    things at once for us.
    -- Saint Athanasius the Great

    Bible Quotes:
     "So by our baptism into his death we were buried with him, so that as
    Christ was raised from the dead by the Father's glorious power, we too
    should begin living a new life."  [Romans 6:4]

    "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God."  Philippians 4:6

    Morning Offering
    By St Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort (1673-1716)

    My God,
    just as I wish to love
    nothing more than You,
    so I wish to live,
    only for You.
    I offer You
    all my thoughts,
    all my words,
    all my actions
    and all my sufferings of this day;
    please bestow
    Your holy blessing,
    upon them all.

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