• Freedom and healing in Christ

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    Freedom and healing in Christ

       "In the deaf and dumb and demoniac appear the need of the Gentiles
    for a complete healing. Beleaguered on all sides by misfortune, they
    were associated with all types of the body's infirmities. And in this
    regard a proper order of things is observed. For the devil is first
    cast out; then the other bodily benefits follow suit. With the folly
    of all superstitions put to flight by the knowledge of God, sight and
    hearing and words of healing are introduced. The declaration of the
    onlookers followed their admiration over what took place: 'Never has
    the like been seen in Israel.' Indeed, he whom the law could not help
    was made well by the power of the Word, and the deaf and dumb man
    spoke the praises of God. Deliverance has been given to the Gentiles.
    All the towns and all the villages are enlightened by the power and
    presence of Christ, and the people are freed from every impairment of
    the timeless malady. Mt 9:32-38
    by Hilary of Poitiers (excerpt from ON MATTHEW 9.10)

    July 16th - St. Sisenandus of Cordova, Martyr
     (also known as Sisenando of Cordoba

    Born at Badajoz, Estremadura, Portugal; died at Cordova, Spain, 851.
    Sisenandus was a man of the cross. He made the sign of the cross on
    himself and on everything--on the face of the morning, on his bread, on
    the road that he travelled. At every step, at every turn, the cross
    was before him: the cross that can be seen planted in the earth or
    elevated above the altar, and the cross that cannot be seen, the cross
    that is secret and hidden.

    From his youth he was filled with faith, and from his faith he learned
    hope, and from his contemplation of the cross he learned charity. Led
    by the cross he went to Cordova to study Latin, theology, canon law,
    liturgy, and all that was needed to become a priest. He was ordained a
    deacon at Cordova.

    He lodged in the church of Saint Acisclus, martyred under Diocletian,
    and it was to Saint Acisclus that he prayed for help, as if he already
    knew what his own fate was to be. He prayed to the saint fervently,
    constantly, appealing to him on the fellowship of the cross, not yet
    knowing just what it was that drew him on. Nevertheless, he answered
    the call, acknowledging the smallness of his understanding in the
    embrace of divine logic; and gradually, as he prayed, his resolution
    grew, his hesitation lessened and he prepared-not without fear-to
    answer the call of Peter, Wallabonsus, Sabinian, Wistremundus,
    Habentius, and Jeremias, all of them martyred by the Moors.

    They were claiming him as one of them, and Sisenandus put himself into
    the hands of Jesus Christ. The Moors under Abderrahman II had just
    unleashed a new epidemic of persecutions against the Christians, but
    Sisenandus had put himself in the hands of Jesus Christ, so how could
    he be other than joyful?

    He was imprisoned, but prison did not deprive him of his freedom for
    with the cross as his key no doors were locked to him. He lived
    without thought for the morrow and prayed for the conversion of his
    guards. He wrote to one of his friends, but had to break off the
    letter and end it with a cross, for he knew before they arrived that
    his guards were coming to take him to his death.

    God had seen his strength and courage and found him worthy enough to
    know that his death was coming and to go out and meet it. When the
    guards came and dragged him out of the prison with insults and blows,
    he made the sign of the cross as if he were entering a church. And
    when he was taken in front of the large crowd to be bound and
    beheaded, he crossed himself for the last time (Benedictines,

    Saint Quote:
    Occupy your minds with good thoughts, or the enemy will fill them with
    bad ones. Unoccupied, they cannot be.
    -- Saint Thomas More

      You have not the Time
    --Sermon from the Cure de Ars--Concerning Prayer and Work

    We can only find our happiness on earth in loving God, and we can only
    love Him in prayer to Him. We see that Jesus Christ, to encourage us
    often to have recourse to Him through prayer, promises never to refuse
    us anything if we pray for it as we should. But there is no need to go
    looking for elaborate and roundabout ways of showing you that we
    should pray often, for you have only to open your catechism and you
    will see there that the duty of every good Christian is to pray
    morning and evening and often during the day--that is to say,

    Which of us, my dear brethren, could, without tears of compassion,
    listen to those poor Christians who dare to say that they have not
    time to pray? You have not the time! Poor blind creatures, which is
    the more precious action: to strive to please God and to save your
    soul, or to go out to feed your animals in the stable or to call your
    children or your servants in order to send them out to till the earth
    or to tidy up the stable? Dear God! How blind man is! .... You have
    not the time! But tell me, ungrateful creatures, if God had called you
    to die that night, would you have exerted yourselves? If He had sent
    you three or four months of illness, would you have exerted
    yourselves? Go away, you miserable creatures; you deserve to have God
    abandon you in your blindness and leave you thus to perish. We find
    that it is too much to give Him a few minutes to thank Him for the
    graces which He is giving us at every instant! ....

    You must get on with your work, you say.

    That, my dear people, is where you are greatly mistaken. You have no
    other work to do except to please God and to save your souls. All the
    rest is not your work. If you do not do it, others will, but if you
    lose your soul, who will save it?

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