• What kind of harvest does the Lord want us to reap today

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    What kind of harvest does the Lord want us to reap today

    What kind of harvest does the Lord want us to reap today for his
    kingdom? When Jesus commissioned seventy of his disciples to go on
    mission, he gave them a vision of a vast field that is ready to be
    harvested for the kingdom of God. Jesus frequently used the image of a
    harvest to convey the coming of God's reign on earth. The harvest is
    the fruition of much labor and growth--beginning with the sowing of
    seeds, then growth to maturity, and finally the reaping of fruit for
    the harvest.

    January 7th - St. Aldric, Bishop of Le Mans
    (Also known as Aldericus, Audry)

    THIS saint was born of a noble family, partly of Saxon and partly
    Bavarian extraction, about the year 800. At 12 years of age he was
    sent by his father to the court of Charlemagne where, in the household
    of Louis the Pious, he gained the esteem of the whole court. About the
    year 821 he retired from Aix-la-Chapelle to Metz, where he entered the bishop’s school and received clerical tonsure. After his ordination
    the Emperor Louis called him again to court, and made him his chaplain
    and confessor. In 832 St. Aldric was chosen bishop of Le Mans. He
    employed his patrimony and his whole interest in relieving the poor,
    providing public services, establishing churches and monasteries, and
    promoting religion. In the civil wars which divided the empire his
    fidelity to Louis and to his successor, Charles the Bald, was
    inviolable. For almost a year he was expelled by a faction from his
    see, Aldric having antagonized the monks of Saint-Calais by claiming
    that they were under his jurisdiction. The claim was not upheld,
    though supported by forged documents, for which the bishop himself is
    not known to have been personally responsible.

    Some fragments have reached us of the regulations which Aldric made
    for his cathedral, in which he orders ten wax candles and 90 lamps to
    be lighted on all great festivals. We have three testaments of this
    holy prelate extant. The last is an edifying monument of his piety: in
    the first two, he bequeaths lands and possessions to many churches of
    his diocese, adding prudent advice and regulations for maintaining
    good order and a spirit of charity. The last two years of St. Aldric’s
    life he was paralysed and confined to bed, during which time he
    redoubled his fervour and assiduity in prayer. He died January 7, 856,
    and was buried in the church of St. Vincent, of which, and of the
    monastery to which it belonged, he had been a great benefactor.

    The medieval Latin life of St. Aldric has been re-edited by Charles
    and Froger, Gesta domini Aldrici (1890). No scholar now regards it as
    fully reliable, but the first 44 chapters seem to be older and more
    trustworthy than the rest. Some attempts have been made to connect St.
    Aldric with the compilation of the Forged Decretals, but this idea has
    not found much favour, though Paul Fournier has shown good reason for
    believing that they first took shape in the neighbourhood of Le Mans
    during his episcopate. On the other hand, Julien Havet has argued that
    the first 44 chapters of the Gesta were written as a piece of
    autobiography by Aidric himself. In any case Havet seems to have
    proved that in contrast to the chapters in the later portion of the
    Gesta and those in the Actus pontificum Cenomannis...the 19 documents incorporated in the first 44 chapters are all authentic.

    Saint Quote:
    We need not fear to be puffed with the knowledge of what God has done
    for us, if we keep well before us the truth that whatever good there
    may be in us, is not of us. Though a mule is laden with the precious
    treasures of a prince, is it not still a clumsy, filthy beast?
    -- Saint Francis de Sales

    Bible Quotes:
    "I say to you that even so there shall be joy in heaven upon one
    sinner that doth penance, more than upon ninety-nine just who need not
    penance" (Luke 15:7)

    Sursum Corda: Lift Up Your Hearts

    “Lift up your hearts!” This is the exhortation of the Church to her children in the Preface of the Mass. Lift up your hearts by means of
    meditation and prayer in the midst of the allurements and
    entanglements of the world, in order that you may so pass through
    things temporal as not to lose the things that are eternal.

    Lift up your hearts in your work. “All whatsoever you do in word or in
    work, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to
    God and the Father by Him” (Col. Iii.17). “Therefore, whether you eat
    or drink or whatsoever else you do, do all to the glory of God” (1
    Cor.x.31). Lift up your hearts in daily supplication that you may live
    and die in the love and grace of God.

    “By two wings,” says the Imitation, “is many lifted above earthly things”; namely, by simplicity of intention and by purity of
    affection; hence the watchword:

    For God Alone! And My God and My All!

    “Aspire to God,” says St. Francis de Sales, “with short but frequent outpourings

    of the heart.” And St. Philip Neri encourages us likewise, saying: “It
    is an old custom with the servant of God always to have some little
    prayers ready, and to be darting them up to heaven frequently during
    the day, lifting their minds to God from out of the filth of this
    world. He who adopts this plan will derive great fruit with little

    Lift up your hearts to Mount Olivet, where Jesus is writhing in His
    awful agony,

    Up to Mount Calvary, where Jesus is dying on the cross; up to heaven,
    where Jesus is enthroned in His glory. If with mortal eyes you are not
    able to behold the full glory of this abode of the blessed, and if you
    cannot draw near to Him, the Eternal One, because He dwells “in the
    light inaccessible,” do not be discouraged, lift up your hearts! For
    in the light of the bright ray which God will cause to shine upon you,
    you will be able to form at least some faint conception of the glories
    of the celestial city.

    Lift up your hearts to heaven! There alone is an object truly worthy
    of your love!
    – Father Lasance -1926

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