• Follow the example of Christ:

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    Follow the example of Christ:

        God our Savior made a plan for raising the human race from its
    fall and restoring us to his friendship after the long alienation from
    him caused by our disobedience. This was the reason for Christ's
    coming in the flesh, for his giving us in the Gospel a pattern of how
    we ought to live, for his suffering, his dying on the cross, his
    burial and resurrection. By imitating him we were to
    be saved, and would regain the adoptive sonship that had been ours in
    the beginning.
        To attain holiness, therefore, we must follow the example that
    Christ gave us, not only in his gentleness, humility, and patience
    during life, but also in his death. Paul, who modeled his life on
    Christ's, said that it was by dying as Christ died that he hoped to
    attain to the resurrection of the dead.
        Now we imitate the death of Christ by being buried with him in
    baptism. What does this kind of burial mean, and what do we hope to
    gain by it? First of all, it means making a complete break with our
    former way of life, which is impossible, our Lord said, without being
    born again. To be born again means beginning a new life, and this we
    cannot do without bringing our previous life to an end.
    --Basil the Great , bishop of Caesarea,

    August 18th - Saint Agapetus, Martyr

    (d. 274)
    Saint Agapetus suffered in his youth a cruel martyrdom at Praeneste,
    now called Palestrina, 24 miles from Rome. He had dared to reproach
    for his cruelty towards the Christians, one of the Emperor Aurelian’s favorites, who immediately gave the order to arrest him. He was
    flogged with leaden-tipped straps and “scorpions”; his constancy and
    his prayer under torture converted 500 pagans, who declared
    themselves Christians and were executed at once. The young martyr was
    thrown into a horrible prison where a celestial vision fortified him.
    After a second questioning, he was again scourged, then laid upon the
    rack that his body might be torn with iron nails.

    He still lived and was again ordered to sacrifice to Apollo; his
    refusals won for him still more torments: live coals on his head,
    suspension by his feet, boiling water poured over him. His courage was superhuman, his answers admirable. Wild beasts in the arena spared him
    and lay down at his feet, and still more pagans were converted. He was
    finally beheaded, and his body buried by the Christians, in a field
    where they found a new tomb prepared as though for his sepulchre. Two
    churches in Palestrina and others in various places are dedicated to
    God under his name.

    Saint Quote:
    The soul of one who serves God always swims in joy, always keeps
    holiday, is always in her palace of jubilation, ever singing with
    fresh ardor and fresh pleasure, a new song of joy and love.
    --St. John of the Cross

    Bible Quote:
    Jesus answered them: Amen, amen, I say unto you that whosoever
    committeth sin is the servant of sin.  [John 8:34 ] DRB

    Prayer Against Envy

    O my God, Thou so lovest the world that Thou gaveth Thy only begotten
    Son so that all who believe in Thee might not perish, but may have
    eternal life. Thou maketh the sun rise upon the good and the bad, and
    Thou raineth upon the just and the unjust. Yet I am filled with
    jealousy while others prosper. I want everything to come to me, and I
    am saddened by my neighbor's least good fortune! O what inhuman
    malice! O infernal poison! Forgive, o most loving Father what up to
    this point has been my sin. Gentle is Thy mercy. From the depths of
    that mercy, grant that henceforth I may be robed in kindness as a
    chosen one of God. May I also, above all, strive to have charity,
    which is the bond of perfection. (Col. 3:14)

    Ant. Remember not, Lord, my offenses, nor the offenses of my fathers,
    nor takest Thou vengeance upon them.

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