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    God is good

     God is good. You can often tell whether or not a thing is of God. If
    it is of God, it must be good. Honesty, purity, unselfishness, and
    love are all good, unselfish helpfulness is good, and these things all
    lead to the abundant life. Leave in God's hands the present and the
    future, knowing only that He is good. The hand that veils the future
    is the hand of God. He can bring order out of chaos, good out of evil,
    and peace out of turmoil. We can believe that everything really good
    comes from God and that He shares His goodness with us. I pray that I
    may reach out for the good. I pray that I may try to choose the best
    in life.
    --From Twenty-Four Hours a Day

    17 December – St John of Matha O.SS.T

        • 17 December
        • 8 February on some calendars

     Priest, Founder of The Order of the Most Holy Trinity and of the
    Captives, also known as the Order of the Most Holy Trinity or the
    Trinitarians, Confessor, – born on 23 June 1160 at Faucon, Provence,
    France and died on 12 December 1223 at Rome, Italy of natural causes.
    Patronage – The Trinitarians.

    Between the 8th and the 15th centuries, medieval Europe was in a state
    of intermittent warfare between the Christian kingdoms of southern
    Europe and the Muslim polities of North Africa, Southern France,
    Sicily and portions of Spain. The threat of capture, whether by
    pirates or coastal raiders, or during one of the region’s intermittent
    wars, was not a new but rather a continuing threat to the residents of Catalonia, Languedoc and the other coastal provinces of medieval
    Christian Europe.

    The redemption of captives is listed among the corporal works of
    mercy. The period of the Crusades, when so many Christians were in
    danger of falling into the hands of Muslims, witnessed the rise of
    religious orders vowed exclusively to this pious work.

    St John of Matha was born to noble parents on the borders of Provence
    on 23 June 1169. He was baptised John, in honour of St John the
    Baptist. His father Euphemius sent him to Aix, where he learned
    grammar, fencing, riding, and other exercises fit for a young
    nobleman. It is said that while there he gave the poor a considerable
    part of the money his parents sent him and he visited the hospital
    every Friday, assisting the sick poor.
    He studied theology at the University of Paris and was ordained a
    priest at the age of 32 in December 1192.

    According to Trintarian tradition, on 28 January 1193, John celebrated
    his first Mass. During that Mass, he was struck with a vision of
    Christ holding by the hand two chained captives, one a Moor, the other
    a Christian (the Crusades were in full force at the time). The
    Christian captive carried a staff with a red and blue cross. After the
    Mass, John decided to devote himself to the task of ransoming
    Christian captives from the Moors. Before entering upon this work, he
    thought it needful to spend some time in retirement, prayer and
    mortification and having heard of a holy hermit, St Felix of Valois (1127–1212), living in a great wood near Gandelu, in the diocese of
    Meaux, he repaired to him and requested him to instruct him in the
    practice of perfection.

    One day while walking with Felix, John had another vision–a white stag appeared at a stream with a red and blue cross between its antlers.
    John disclosed to Felix the design he had conceived on the day on
    which he said his first mass, to succour captive Christians under
    slavery and Felix offered his help in carrying it out. They set out
    for Rome in the midst of a severe winter, towards the end of the year
    1197, to obtain the pope’s benediction.

    On 17 December 1198, he obtained the preliminary approval of Pope
    Innocent III for a new order dedicated in honour of the Blessed
    Trinity for the redemption of Christian captives. This order was fully
    approved in 1209. The Order of the Most Holy Trinity’s first monastery
    was established at Cerfroid (just north of Paris) and the second at
    Rome at the church of San Tommaso in Formis. Christian slaves were
    first rescued by the Order in 1201. In 1202 and 1210 John travelled to
    Tunisia himself and brought back countless Christian slaves.

    St John founded the Trinitarians to go to the slave markets, buy the
    Christian slaves and set them free. To carry out this plan, the
    Trinitarians needed large amounts of money. So, they placed their
    fund-raising efforts under the patronage of Mary. In gratitude for her assistance, St John of Matha honoured Mary with the title of “Our Lady
    of Good Remedy.” Devotion to Mary under this ancient title is widely
    known in Europe and Latin America and the Church celebrates her feast
    day on 8 October. Our Lady of Good Remedy is often depicted as the
    Virgin Mary handing a bag of money to St John of Matha.

    Before his death, Trinitarian tradition says he met St Francis of
    Assisi and introduced Francis to the Frangipani family, one of the
    benefactors of the Franciscan order. St John of Matha died on 17
    December 1213, in Rome in the house of St Thomas In Formis on the
    Caelian Hill.

    In 1655, his relics were transferred from Rome to Madrid. He was
    Canonised on 21 October 1666 by Pope Alexander VII (cultus confirmed).

    Today the Trinitarian family is composed of priests, brothers, women
    (enclosed nuns and active sisters) as well as committed laity. Members
    of the Trinitarian family include the Trinitarian religious, the
    Trinitarian contemplative nun,; the Trinitarian Sisters of Valence,
    the Trinitarian Sisters of Rome, Valencia, Madrid, Mallorca and
    Seville, the Oblates of the Most Holy Trinity, the Third Order Secular (tertiaries) and other Trinitarian laity. All are distinguished by the
    cross of red and blue which dates from the origins of the Order.
    Trinitarians are found throughout Europe and in the Americas as well
    as in Africa, India, Korea and the Philippines.

    In 2000 the Vatican Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life
    and Societies of Apostolic Life approved “The Trinitarian Way” rule of
    life which would guide all the lay groups associated with the
    Trinitarians including the Third Order Secular, the Trinitarian
    Movement, Confraternities, etc. Like the Jesuits, Trinitarians also
    pledge not to seek promotion within the Church hierarchy.
    If promotion is offered, however, it is accepted.
    The Order of the Most Holy Trinity is active on five continents and in
    many countries.


    Saint Quote:
    Faith is a great virtue; but without charity it can be of no use to
    us. Keep and preserve, with the utmost care, the precious gift of true
    faith, pure faith, faith without reproach. Let this burning, fervent,
    and invincible faith, which obtained an immortal crown for the Holy
    Confessors, be the immortal ornament of your soul.
    -- St.  Bernard

    Bible Quote:
    Fulfil ye my joy, that you be of one mind, having the same charity,
    being of one accord, agreeing in sentiment.  Let nothing be done
    through contention: neither by vain glory. But in humility, let each
    esteem others better than themselves:Each one not considering the
    things that are his own, but those that are other men's.
    [Philippians 2:2-4] DRB

     The Angelic Salute to Mary

    The Holy Angels in Heaven salute thee most Blessed Virgin
    with the Hail Mary. For they are fully aware that through it,
     reparation was made for the fallen angel's sin,
    God was made man and the world was renewed.
     - Amen.

    “the angel of the Lord shall encamp round about them
    that fear him, and shall deliver them." (Ps. 33:8).

    “The angel of the Lord encamps around
    those who fear him, and he delivers them”.  (Psalm 34:7)

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    God is good

    God is good. You can often tell whether or not a thing is of God. If
    it is of God, it must be good. Honesty, purity, unselfishness, and
    love are all good, unselfish helpfulness is good, and these things all
    lead to the abundant life. Leave in God's hands the present and the
    future, knowing only that He is good. The hand that veils the future
    is the hand of God. He can bring order out of chaos, good out of evil,
    and peace out of turmoil. We can believe that everything really good
    comes from God and that He shares His goodness with us. I pray that I
    may reach out for the good. I pray that I may try to choose the best
    in life.
    --From Twenty-Four Hours a Day

    October 29th - St. Chef, Abbot

    [In Latin, Theuderius.] CHEF, a young gentleman of one of the best
    families of the city of Vienne, by the interior call of the Holy
    Ghost, forsook the world; and having long exercised himself in the
    most perfect practices of a monastic life under the direction of St.
    Cæsarius at Arles, returned to his own country, and being joined by
    several disciples, built for them first cells, and afterwards a
    monastery near the city of Vienne in Dauphine. It was anciently a
    custom in the most regular monasteries, that the hebdomadarian* priest
    who said the community mass, spent the week in which he discharged
    that function, in the closest retirement in his cell, and in holy
    contemplation and austere penance, [1] both that he might be better
    prepared to offer daily the tremendous sacrifice, and that he might
    more faithfully acquit himself of his mediatorship between God and his
    people. [2]

    It was also a peculiar custom at Vienne in the sixth century, that
    some monk, of whose sanctity the people entertained a high opinion,
    was chosen, who should voluntarily lead the life of a recluse, being
    walled up in a cell, and spending his whole time in fasting, praying,
    and weeping to implore the divine mercy in favour of himself and his
    country. This practice would have been an abuse and superstition, if
    any person relying on the prayers of others, were themselves more
    remiss in prayer or penance. St. Chef was pitched upon for this
    penitential state, which obligation he willingly took upon himself,
    and discharged with so much fervour as to seem desirous to set no
    bounds to his tears and mortifications. An extraordinary gift of
    miracles made his name famous in the whole country. He died about the
    year 575, and was buried in the monastery of St. Laurence. His relics
    were translated to a collegiate church of which he is the titular
    patron, and which gives the name of St. Chef to the town where it
    stands, in Dauphine, eight leagues from Vienne. This saint is named in
    the Roman Martyrology. See his life written by Ado, archbishop of
    Vienne, in Mabill. Sæc. 1. Ben. p. 678.

    Note 1. Le Brun, Explic. des Cérém. de la Messe, Tr. Prelim. Rubr. 1,
    p. 73, et Pratiques pour honorer les Sacr. Prat. 28.
    Note 2. Every priest receives the charge of being a common
    intercessor, and by divine right is bound to offer the holy sacrifice
    and his earnest prayers, not only for the remission of his own sins,
    but also for those of the people, for whom, by his office, he is
    appointed the intercessor. (Heb. v. l. 3; S. Chrys. de Sacerdot. l. 6,
    p. 424, t. 1, ed. Ben.) And theologians and canonists agree that every
    curate of a parish is obliged to offer up his mass, at least every
    Sunday and festival, for those souls in particular that are committed
    to his charge. Conc. Trid. sess. 23, de Reform. c. 1. Gavant, Soto,
    Bonacina, several answers of the Congr. of the Council at Rome quoted
    by Pasqualig. qu. 851. Reiffenstuel, Barbosa, de Offic. Parochi, the Constitution of Bened. XIV. which begins, Cum semper oblatas, &c.

    * hebdomadarian
    The priest or religious officiating for a week in a monastery or
    church. A hebdomadarian sings the conventual Mass each day, intones
    the various canonical hours in the Divine Office, sings the orations,
    and gives all the necessary blessings. (Etym. Greek hebdomos,

    Saint Quote:
    Oh! happy is he who can say, "I have despised the kingdom of the
    world, and all the glory of the time, for the love of my Lord Jesus
    --St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori

    Bible Quote
    And answering, he said to them: Go and relate to John what you have
    heard and seen: the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are made
    clean, the deaf hear, the dead rise again, to the poor the gospel is
    preached: And blessed is he whosoever shall not be scandalized in me.
    (Luke 7:22-23)

    You and God...

    People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered;
    Forgive them anyway.
    If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
    Be kind anyway.
    If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends
    and some genuine enemies;
    Succeed anyway.
    If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you;
    Be honest and sincere anyway.
    What you spend years creating others could destroy overnight;
    Create anyway.
    If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous;
    Be happy anyway.
    The good you do today will often be forgotten.
    Do good anyway.
    Give the best you have and it may never be enough;
    Give your best anyway.
    In the final analysis, it is between you and God;
    It was never between you and them anyway.

    --Mother Teresa

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