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To Avoid Dissensions
To avoid dissensions we should be ever on our guard, more especially
with those who drive us to argue with them, with those who vex and
irritate us, and who say things likely to excite us to anger. When we
find ourselves in company with quarrelsome, eccentric individuals,
people who openly and unblushingly say the most shocking things,
difficult to put up with, we should take refuge in silence, and the
wisest plan is not to reply to people whose behavior is so
preposterous. Those who insult us and treat us contumeliously are
anxious for a spiteful and sarcastic reply: the silence we then affect disheartens them, and they cannot avoid showing their vexation; they
do all they can to provoke us and to elicit a reply, but the best way
to baffle them is to say nothing, refuse to argue with them, and to
leave them to chew the cud of their hasty anger. This method of
bringing down their pride disarms them, and shows them plainly that we
slight and despise them.
-- Saint Ambrose of Milan
June 7th – St. Willibald (Willebald) of Eichstätt B (RM)
Born in Wessex, October 21, c. 700; died on July 7, 786; canonized 938
by Pope Leo VII; feast day formerly on July 7. The life of St.
Willibald had been despaired of as a child and he had been cured, so
it was believed, by being placed at the foot of a market cross where
his royal parents had prayed and made a vow that if his life were
spared it should be dedicated to the service of God. As a result, when
five years old, he was placed for education in Waltham Monastery in
In 721, he accompanied his father, King St. Richard of the West
Saxons, and brother, St. Winebald, to Rome and the Holy Land. Richard
died at Lucca in Italy. At some point Willibald was arrested at Emessa
as a spy and imprisoned at Constantinople for two years. After an
absence of six years, during which he visited many lauras,
monasteries, and hermitages, Willibald settled in the great monastery
of Monte Cassino, where he assisted St. Petronax in its restoration.
During his ten years there, Willibald was appointed sacristan, dean
and, for eight years, porter.
While on a visit to Rome in 740, he met Pope St. Gregory III, who sent
him to Germany to join his uncle (or cousin) St. Boniface in his
missionary labors. Soon after his arrival, Boniface ordained him
priest (741) and then consecrated him bishop of Eichstätt in Franconia
(742). It was a hard and rough task in a barbarous land, for it was
pioneering work demanding great qualities of energy and evangelism.
During that period he lived in the Heidenheim Abbey ruled by his
brother, St. Winebald, and afterwards by his sister, St. Walburga.
There he found a welcome retreat from the cares of his work, but was
no less diligent in his pastoral oversight. "The field which had been
so arid and barren soon flourished as a very vineyard of the Lord."
For over 50 years he labored for God in a foreign land and no story of missionary enterprise is more exhilarating than that of this faithful
prince, who, whether as porter of a monastery or bishop of a diocese,
served the needs of men and to the glory of God. And thus these three
children of the good Saxon King Richard came to be numbered among the
Willibald was the first known Englishman to visit the Holy Land. The
account of his wanderings, Hodoeporicon, is the earliest known English travelogue. It was dictated from his memories and recorded by a nun at Heidesheim (Attwater, Benedictines, Delaney, Encyclopedia, Gill).
St. Willibald is depicted in art holding two arrows. Sometimes he may
be shown (1) with a crown at his feet as he talks to a woodsman who
fells a tree; (2) in infancy as he is dedicated by his parents at the
foot of the cross; (3) as a pilgrim with his father and brother; (4)
receiving the mitre from the pope; (5) with the words fides, spes,
charitas on his cloak or arm; (6) with a broken glass; or (7)
directing the building of a church (Roeder).
When I am in Heaven, where everything is possible, I will cling to the
mantle of the Mother of God and I will not turn my eyes from you. But
do not forget what this poor old man has said to you.
--St. Joseph Benedict Cottolengo from his deathbed
When you are invited, go and take the last place. (Luke 14:10)
To Christ in His Passion
Let us all with one voice cry, Lord, have mercy.
Thou who wert led as a sheep to be crucified, Lord, have mercy.
Thou who from the Cross didst look down upon Thy Mother and Thy disciple,
look with pity from heaven upon us, Lord, have mercy.
Thou who by shedding Thy blood hast redeemed the world, Lord, have mercy.
Thou who didst commend Thy spirit to the Father, Lord, have mercy.
Make us by Thy Cross to obtain forgiveness, Lord, have mercy.
Christ, the only-begotten Son of the unbegotten Father, who this day west
slain for us, the innocent for the ungodly, remember the price of Thy Blood
And blot out the sins of all Thy people; and as Thou west pleased to endure
for us reproaches, spitting, bonds, blows, the scourge, the Cross, the
nails, the bitter cup, death, the spear, and lastly burial, vouchsafe to us wretched ones, for whom Thou didst suffer this, the infinite blessedness of
the heavenly kingdom, that we who bow down in reverence for Thy Passion may
be raised up to things heavenly in the joys of Thy resurrection. Amen.