• There are three things...

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    There are three things...

     There are three things, my brethren, by which faith stands firm,
    devotion remains constant, and virtue endures. They are prayer,
    fasting and mercy. Prayer knocks at the door, fasting obtains, mercy
    receives. Prayer, mercy and fasting: these three are one, and they
    give life to each other. Fasting is the soul of prayer, mercy is the
    lifeblood of fasting. Let no one try to separate them; they cannot
    be separated. If you have only one of them or not all together, you
    have nothing.
       So if you pray, fast; if you fast, show mercy; if you want your
    petition to be heard, hear the petition of others. If you do not close
    your ear to others you open God's ear to yourself.
    -- Saint Peter Chrysologus

    September 26th - Sts. Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs
    (died c. 286)

    Saints Cosmas and Damian were brothers, born in Arabia in the third
    century, of noble and virtuous parents. Saint Gregory of Tours wrote
    that they were twins. They studied the sciences in Syria, and became
    eminent for their skill in medicine. Being Christians and filled with
    the charity which characterizes our holy religion, they practiced
    their profession with great application and wonderful success, but
    never accepted any fee. They were loved and respected by the people
    for their good offices and their zeal for the Christian faith, which
    they took every opportunity to propagate.

    When the persecution of Diocletian began to rage, it was impossible
    for persons of such distinction to remain concealed. They were
    denounced to the governor of Cilicia, named Lysias, as “Christians who
    cured various illnesses and delivered possessed persons in the name of
    the one called Christ; they do not permit others to go to the temple
    to honor the gods by sacrifices.” The two brothers were apprehended by
    the order of the governor, and after various preliminary torments were sentenced to be bound hand and foot and thrown into the sea. Their
    prayer has been conserved: “We rejoice, Lord, to follow the path of
    Your commandments, as in the midst of immense riches; and even though
    we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we fear no evil.”
    And they recited the 23rd Psalm. The sentence was accomplished, but an
    Angel untied their bonds and drew them out of the sea. The witnesses
    of this fact returned to announce to the governor what had happened.
    They were brought back to Lysias as magicians, and he decided to
    imprison them until he could decide upon their fate.

    He condemned them to be burnt alive, but they prayed to God to
    manifest His power, lest His name be blasphemed, and an earthquake
    moved the fire into the midst of the pagans and spared the martyrs.
    When the rack also left them unharmed, the prefect swore by his gods
    he would continue to torture them until they became the food of birds
    of prey. They were crucified and stoned by the people, but this and
    still other tortures were ineffectual. They were finally beheaded with
    three Christian companions.

    Many miracles of healing were credited to the pair after their death,
    the saints appearing to the sick and either prescribing a medicine for
    them or effecting a direct cure. Emperor Justinian I attributed
    recovery from an illness to them and rebuilt a church in
    Constantinople in their honor. Other churches under their patronage
    were built in Pamphylia and Cappadocia, provinces of Asia Minor, at
    Aegeae, Jerusalem, and Rome.

     The "moneyless ones" are still honored today. They are the patron
    saints of physicians and surgeons. They are likewise the patrons of prescription druggists and apothecaries.

    Les Petits Bollandistes: Vies des Saints, by Msgr. Paul Guérin (Bloud
    et Barral: Paris, 1882), Vol. 11.

    Saint Quote:
    With those who are perfect and walk with simplicity, there is nothing
    small and contemptible, if it be a thing that pleases God; for the
    pleasure of God is the object at which alone they aim, and which is
    the reason, the measure, and the reward of all their occupations,
    actions, and plans; and so, in whatever they find this, it is for them
    a great and important thing.
    --Saint Alphonsus Rodriguez

    Bible Quote:
    Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of
    God dwells in you?  (I Cor. 3:16)


    "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust
    doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up
    for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth
    corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where
    your treasure is, there will your heart be also... No man can serve
    two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or
    else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve
    God and mammon" (Matthew 6:19-21, 24).

    "Seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right
    hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the
    earth" (Colossians 3:1-2).

    "Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they
    increase in riches" (Psalm 73:12).

    "He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the
    word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches,
    choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful" (Matthew 13:22).

    "He that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent" (Proverbs

    "For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some
    coveted after, they have erred from the faith" (1 Timothy 6:10).

    "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any
    man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him" (1 John

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