• Shallow and rootless minds

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    Shallow and rootless minds

       "Let us look, from a broader perspective, at what it means to be
    on the road. In a way, every road is hardened and foolish on account
    of the fact that it lies beneath everyone's feet. No kind of seed
    finds there enough depth of soil for a covering. Instead, it lies on
    the surface and is ready to be snatched up by the birds that come by.
    Therefore those who have in themselves a mind hardened and, as it
    were, packed tight do not receive the divine seed but become a
    well-trodden way for the unclean spirits. These are what is here meant
    by 'the birds of the heaven.' But 'heaven' we understand to mean this
    air, in which the spirits of wickedness move about, by whom, again,
    the good seed is snatched up and destroyed. Then what are those upon
    the rock? They are those people who do not take much care of the faith
    they have in themselves. They have not set their minds to understand
    the touchstone of the mystery [of communion with Christ]. The
    reverence these people have toward God is shallow and rootless. It is
    in times of ease and fair weather that they practice Christianity,
    when it involves none of the painful trials of winter. They will not
    preserve their faith in this way, if in times of tumultuous
    persecution their soul is not prepared for the struggle."
     by Cyril of Alexandria  (Excerpt from FRAGMENT 168)

    August 1st - Saint Agrippina Di Mineo

    Saint Agrippina Di Mineo was a beautiful blond princess who was
    unmercifully tortured to death by the Emperor Valerian in 256 AD.
    After her death, her body was taken from Rome to Mineo, Sicily, by
    three holy women; Bassa, Paula and Agatonica.

    The Greeks also honor her and claim to have relics of her. Sant'
    Agrippina is the patron saint of thunderstorms, leprosy and evil
    spirits. Her Feast day is celebrated on the first weekend in August.

    Each year since 1914 a group of devoted people come together to renew
    their faith in her in Boston's North End, as was the custom in the
    land of origin, Mineo, Sicily. Each year everyone is invited to
    witness the respect and honor that is bestowed on this young,
    beautiful martyred saint.

    The story of the journey of the martyred body of St. Agrippina from
    Rome to Mineo, Sicily is full of the miraculous.

    The fragrance that accompanied the body of St. Agrippina wherever it
    went, the veneration of the sailors and the farmers, the miraculous
    light weight of the reliquary so that the three young girls could
    carry it, the quickness of the voyage from Rome to Sicily, the
    miraculous cloud that covered the girls and transported them and the
    relics at certain times of danger in the journey, the angels that
    protected them from harm, the devils that were defeated and swept out
    at the sight of the sacred relics, and the miracle of Teogonia—these
    are all signs that it was the will of God that Agrippina should be the
    Saint of this blessed city of Mineo.

    As the sacred tradition affirms, the relics of St. Agrippina arrived
    in Mineo on Wednesday, May 17, in the year 261. Her feast day is
    celebrated on the first weekend in August in Boston. Each year for the
    past 86 years, groups of devoted people come together in Boston's
    North End to renew their faith in Saint Agrippina, as was the custom
    in Mineo, Sicily. Each year everyone is invited to witness the respect
    and honor that is bestowed on this young, beautiful martyred Saint.

    Feast Day Celebrations

    Since 1914, members of the St. Agrippina Di Mineo Society gather in
    Boston's North End to honor the Saint and raise money to help keep the
    churches in good repair. This is a tradition that can be traced back
    to Mineo, Sicily, the city where she was buried.

    Posters advertising the event proclaim that "twenty devoted men" will
    carry a one-ton statue of the saint for several hours. The statue is
    decked with ribbons, to which those at the festival pin dollar bills.
    First, a priest says a brief prayer, and unveils the statue amid
    fireworks and music. When the signal is given, the devoted men lift
    the statue on their shoulders and begin the procession. The twenty
    devoted men stop frequently and set the statue down, both to give
    themselves a rest from carrying it, and to give onlookers a chance to
    pin their money on the statue. Each time they set the statue down, the
    twenty devoted men yell out "Viva Agrippina!" several times. Sometimes
    they would even sing the words, "Viva Saint Agrippina!" to the tune
    "Deep in the Heart of Texas." The Roma Band then plays several songs
    while money is pinned on the statue. The devoted men then pick up the
    statue again, walk for about 20 feet, and then set the statue down
    again and repeat the whole procedure.

    Saint Quote
    We therefore grossly deceive ourselves in not allocating more time to
    the study of divine truths. It is not enough barely to believe them,
    and let our thoughts now and then glance upon them: that knowledge
    which shows us heaven, will not bring us to the possession of it, and
    will deserve punishments, not rewards, if it remain slight, weak, and superficial. By serious and frequent meditation it must be concocted,
    digested, and turned into the nourishment of our affections, before it
    can be powerful and operative enough to change them, and produce the
    necessary fruit in our lives. For this all the saints affected
    solitude and retreats from the noise and hurry of the world, as much
    as their circumstances allowed them.
    --St. Apollinaris

    Bible Quote
    But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave
    thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God,
    the pillar and ground of the truth.  (1 Tim 3:15)

    Saint Alphonsus Liguori, from The Redeeming Love of Christ

    God says to each of us: "Give me your heart, that is, your will." We,
    in turn, cannot offer anything more precious than to say: "Lord, take possession of us; we give our whole will to you; make us understand
    what it is that you desire of us, and we will perform it."

    If we would give full satisfaction to the heart of God, we must bring
    our own will in everything into conformity with his; and not only into conformity, but into uniformity also, as regards all that God ordains. Conformity signifies the joining of our own will to the will of God;
    but uniformity signifies, further, our making of the divine and our
    own will one will only, so that we desire nothing but what God
    desires, and his will becomes ours. This is the sum and substance of
    that perfection to which we ought to be ever aspiring; this is what
    must be the aim of all we do, and of all our desires, meditations and
    prayers. For this we must invoke the assistance of all our patron
    saints and our guardian angels, and, above all, of our divine mother
    Mary, who was the most perfect saint, because she embraced most
    perfectly the divine will.

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