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God Calls Us to Conversion
"God calls us to correct ourselves and invites us to do penance. He
calls us through the wonderful gifts of his creation, and he calls us
by granting time for life.
He calls us through the reader and through the preacher. He calls us
with the innermost force of our thoughts. He calls us with the scourge
of punishment, and he calls us with the mercy of his consolation."
--St. Augustine--Commentary on Psalm 102, 16
Prayer: Lord, see your work in me, not my own. For if you see my own
work, you condemn me; but if you see yours, you crown me.
--St. Augustine--Commentary on Psalm 137, 18
May 10th - St. Catald of Taranto (Tarentum), Bishop
(Also known as Cataldus, Cathaluds, Cattaldo, Cathal)
Born in Munster, Ireland, 7th century. Saint Cataldus was a pupil,
then the headmaster of the monastic school of Lismore in Waterford
after the death of its founder, Saint Carthage. Upon his return from a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, he was shipwrecked at Taranto in southern
Italy and chosen by the people as their bishop. He is the titular of
Taranto's cathedral and the principal patron of the diocese. This
epitaph is given under an image of Saint Catald in Rome:
Me tulit Hiberne, Solyme traxere, Tarentum Nunc tenet: huic ritus,
dogmata, jura dedi.
This has been loosely translated as: Hibernia gave me birth: thence
wafted over, I sought the sacred Solymean shore. To thee Tarentum,
holy rites I gave, Precepts divine; and thou to me a grave.
It is odd that an Irishman should be so honoured throughout Italy,
Malta, and France, but have almost no recognition in his homeland. His
Irish origins were discovered only two or three centuries after his
death, when his relics were recovered during the renovation of the
cathedral of Taranto. A small golden cross, of 7th- or 8th- century
Irish workmanship, was with the relics. Further investigations
identified him with Cathal, the teacher of Lismore.
Veneration to Catald spread, especially in southern Italy, after the
May 10, 1017, translation of his relics when the cathedral was being
rebuilt following its destruction at the hands of Saracens in 927.
Four remarkable cures occurred as the relics were moved to the new
cathedral. When his coffin was open at that time, a pastoral staff of
Irish workmanship was found with the inscription Cathaldus Rachau.
There is a town of San Cataldo in Sicily and another on the southeast
coast of Italy (Benedictines, D'Arcy, Farmer, Husenbeth, Kenney,
Montague, Neeson, Tommasini).
Saint Catald is depicted in art as an early Christian bishop with a
mitre and pallium in a 12th century mosaic at Palermo (Roeder). He is
the subject of a painting on the 8th pillar of the nave on the left in
the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem (D'Arcy, Montague). There
are also 12th-century mosaics in Palermo and Monreale depicting the
saint (Farmer). Catald is invoked against plagues, drought, and storms (Farmer).
The garden of the Lord, brethren, includes-- yes, it truly includes--
includes not only the roses of martyrs but also the lilies of virgins,
and the ivy of married people, and the violets of widows. There is
absolutely no kind of human beings, my dearly beloved, who need to
despair of their vocation; Christ suffered for all. It was very truly
written about him: who wishes all men to be saved, and to come to the acknowledgement of the truth.
-- Saint Augustine of Hippo
For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of
the body, being many, are one body; so also is Christ. For in one
Spirit were we all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks,
whether bond or free; and were all made to drink of one Spirit. [1 Co
12:12-13 ] DRB
Welcome Be The Holy Will of God!
O Lord, Thou knowest what is best for me. Give what Thou wilt and how
much Thou wilt, and when Thou wilt. Deal with me as Thou
thinkest good and as it best pleaseth Thee and is for Thy honor. Set
me where Thou wilt and deal with me in all things as Thou wilt. Help
me to bear my sufferings for Thy sake, and to say in all sincerity:
Welcome be the Holy Will of God!
When sorrow darkens my life, Welcome be the Holy Will of God!
When sickness strikes me down, Welcome be the Holy Will of God!
When hunger and unemployment threaten, Welcome be the Holy Will of God!
When hunger and unemployment are my lot, Welcome be the Holy Will of God!
When my hopes are unfulfilled, Welcome be the Holy Will of God!
When my friends forsake me, Welcome be the Holy Will of God!
When I am unhappy, Welcome be the Holy Will of God!
When enemies injure me, Welcome be the Holy Will of God!
When men calumniate me and speak that
which is evil against me, Welcome be the Holy Will of God!
When my undertakings fail, Welcome be the Holy Will of God!
When the cross presses heavily upon me, Welcome be the Holy Will of God!
When my last hour comes, Welcome be the Holy Will of God!