• God gave us what was most precious

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    God gave us what was most precious

    "The sum of all is God, the Lord of all, who from love of his
    creatures has delivered his Son to death on the cross. For God so
    loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son for it. Not that he
    was unable to save us in another way, but in this way it was possible
    to show us his abundant love abundantly, namely, by bringing us near
    to him by the death of his Son. If he had anything more dear to him,
    he would have given it to us, in order that by it our race might be
    his. And out of his great love he did not even choose to urge our
    freedom by compulsion, though he was able to do so. But his aim was
    that we should come near to him by the love of our mind. And our Lord
    obeyed his Father out of love for us."
     by Isaac of Nineveh (a Syrian monk, teacher, and bishop),
    613-700(excerpt from ASCETICAL HOMILY 74.28)

    June 15th – Saint Landelin of Crespin
    Also known as

    Born at Vaux near Bapaume, France, c. 625; died c. 686. Though
    carefully raised by Bishop Saint Aubert of Cambrai, Saint Landelinus
    went astray for a time. We often take it for granted that we must
    teach children about the lures and dangers of the world and the need
    for continual prayer and watchfulness to avoid the pitfalls.
    Apparently, Bishop Aubert instilled only innocence and virtue into
    Landelinus. Unprepared to handle the seductions of the world,
    Landelinus fell in with bad company and became a robber. He was struck
    with terror when one of his companions died suddenly. Recognizing his
    error, he flew to Saint Aubert and threw himself at the feet of the
    good bishop who had never ceased praying for Landelinus's repentance.

    Aubert gave him the penance of making reparations in a monastery for
    some years. This Landelinus undertook with fervor and contrition. His
    zeal became such that Aubert ordained him deacon and, at the age of
    30, priest. He was assigned to preach but begged to be allowed to
    continue his penitential life as a hermit. With Aubert's permission,
    Landelinus retired to Laubach on the banks of the Sambre.

    He attracted several disciples to him, who each lived in a separate
    cell. In 654, they joined in community life by founding the Lobbes
    (Lanbacum) Abbey. When the abbey was complete, the brothers tried to
    convince Landelinus to govern them. Feeling himself unworthy to lead
    saints, he left them under the direction of Saint Ursmar and again
    sought solitude. A second time, disciples gathered leading to the
    establishment of Aulne Abbey in 656, which now belongs to the
    Cistercians. The pattern repeated itself with the founding of the
    abbey at Walers (657). Finally, Landelinus and his companions Saints
    Domitian and Hadelinus erected some cells in a thick forest between
    Mons and Valenciennes. Again, disciples found them and Créspin (Crepy, Crespiacum) Abbey was founded in 670. Realizing that God might be
    telling him something, Landelinus agreed to govern this flock, which
    he did until his death. While continuing his penitential courses,
    Landelinus began preaching in the nearby villages. Thus, he fulfilled
    God's plan for his life (Benedictines, Encyclopedia, Husenbeth).

    In art, Saint Landelinus is portrayed as he is dying in sackcloth and
    ashes, while the devil carries his former companion to hell. He might
    also be shown in Mass vestments, striking water from the earth with
    his pastoral staff (Roeder). Landelinus is venerated in Cambrai

    Saint Quote :
    Prayer is to our soul what rain is to the soil. Fertilize the soil
    ever so richly, it will remain barren unless fed by frequent rains.
    --St. John Vianney

    Bible Quote:
    Therefore put away all filthiness and rank growth of wickedness and
    receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your
    souls.  [James 1: 21]  RSVCE

    “Love wakes much and sleeps little
    and, in sleeping, does not sleep.
    It faints but is not weary;
    it is restricted in its liberty
    and is great freedom.
    It sees reasons to fear
    and does not fear
    but, like an ember or a spark of fire,
    flames always upward,
    by the fervour of its love, toward God
    and through the special help of grace,
    is delivered from all perils and dangers.”
    --Thomas à Kempis

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