• That the desires of the heart are to be examined and governed

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    That the desires of the heart are to be examined and governed

    “My Son, thou hast still many things to learn, which thou hast not
    well learned yet.”
    What are they, Lord?
    “To place thy desire altogether in subjection to My good pleasure,
    and not to be a lover of thyself, but an earnest seeker of My will.
    Thy desires often excite and urge thee forward; but consider with
    thyself whether thou art not more moved for thine own objects than for
    My honour. If it is Myself that thou seekest, thou shalt be well
    content with whatsoever I shall ordain; but if any pursuit of thine
    own lieth hidden within thee, behold it is this which hindereth and
    weigheth thee down.
    --Thomas à Kempis --Imitation of Christ Book 3, Chapter 11

    May 18th - St. Felix of Cantalice

    d. 1587
    ST FELIX was born at Cantalice, near Città Ducale in Apulia. His
    parents were devout peasants and he himself early evinced such piety
    that his little companions when they saw him approach would cry out,
    “Here comes Felix the saint!” As a child he acted as cowherd and
    often, after driving his cattle to some quiet pasturage, he would
    spend much time praying at the foot of a tree in the bark of which he
    had cut a cross. At the age of 12 he was hired out, first as a
    shepherd and afterwards as a ploughman, to a well-to-do landowner of
    Città Ducale, named Mark Tully Pichi or Picarelli.

    When still quite young, Felix taught himself to meditate during his
    work, and he soon attained to a high degree of contemplation. In God,
    in himself, and in all creatures round him, he found a perpetual fund
    of religious thoughts and affections. ...He was still in doubt as to
    his future vocation when the question was decided for him through an
    accident. He was ploughing one day with two fresh young bullocks when
    his master unexpectedly entered the field. His sudden appearance or
    something else scared the animals and they bolted, knocking down Felix
    as he tried to hold them in. He was trampled upon; the plough passed
    over his body, but in spite of this he arose unhurt. In gratitude for
    this deliverance he promptly betook himself to the Capuchin monastery
    of Città Ducale, where he asked to be received as a lay-brother. The
    father guardian, after warning him of the austerity of the life, led
    him before a crucifix, saying, “See what Jesus Christ has suffered for
    us!” Felix burst into tears, and impressed the superior with the
    conviction that a soul which felt so deeply must be drawn by God.

    During the novitiate, which he passed at Anticoli, Felix appeared
    already filled with the spirit of his order, with a love of poverty, humiliations and crosses. Often he would beg the novice-master to
    double his penances and mortifications and to treat him with greater
    severity than the rest who, he declared, were more docile and
    naturally more inclined to virtue. Although he thought everyone in the
    house better than himself, his fellow religious, like the children of Cantalice, spoke of him amongst themselves as “The saint”.

    In 1545, when he was about 30, he made his solemn vows. Four years
    later he was sent to Rome where for 40 years, practically until his
    death, he filled the post of questor, with the daily duty to go round
    begging for food and alms for the sustenance of the community. The
    post was a trying one, but Felix delighted in it because it entailed humiliations, fatigue, and discomforts, and his spirit of recollection
    was never interrupted. With the sanction of his superiors, who placed
    entire confidence in his discretion, he assisted the poor liberally
    out of the alms he collected; and he loved to visit the sick, tending
    them with his own hands, and consoling the dying.

    St. Felix chastised himself with almost incredible severity and
    invariably went barefoot, without sandals. He wore a shirt of iron
    links and plates studded with iron spikes. When he could do so without singularity, he fasted on bread and water, picking out of the basket
    for his own dinner the crusts left by others. He tried to conceal from
    notice the remarkable spiritual favours he received, but often when he
    was serving Mass he was so transported in ecstasy that he could not
    make the responses. For everything that he saw, for all that befell
    him, he gave thanks to God, and the words “Deo gratias” were so
    constantly on his lips that the Roman street-urchins called him
    Brother Deogratias. When he was old and was suffering from a painful
    complaint, their cardinal protector, who loved him greatly, told his
    superiors that he ought to be relieved of his wearisome office. But
    Felix asked to be allowed to continue his rounds, on the ground that
    the soul grows sluggish if the body is pampered. He died at the age of
    72, after being consoled on his death-bed by a vision of our Lady.
    There is record of a great number of miracles worked after his death,
    and he was canonized in 1709.

    The Bollandists, in the Acta Sanctorum, May, vol. iv, have published a considerable selection of materials presented in the beatification
    process, a process which was begun only a short time after Brother
    Felix’s death, when witnesses were still available who had lived with
    him and had been the spectators of his virtues. There is no lack of
    other biographies...

    Saint Quote:
    God is more pleased to behold the lowest degree of obedience, for His
    sake, than all other good works which you can possibly offer to Him.
    --St. John of the Cross

    Bible Quote:
    For as the body is one and hath many members; and all the members of
    the body, whereas they are many, yet are one body: So also is Christ.
    For in one Spirit were we all baptized into one body, whether Jews or
    Gentiles, whether bond or free: and in one Spirit we have all been
    made to drink. [1 Cor 12:12-13 DRB]

    Let Me Love Your Jesus
    By St Ildephonsus (c 607-670)

    Virgin Mary, hear my prayer,
    through the Holy Spirit,
    you became the Mother of Jesus,
    from the Holy Spirit,
    may I too have Jesus.
    Through the Holy Spirit,
    your flesh conceived Jesus,
    through the same Spirit,
    may my soul receive Jesus.
    Through the Holy Spirit,
    you were able to know Jesus,
    to possess Jesus
    and to bring Him into the world.
    Through the Holy Spirit,
    may I too come to know your Jesus.
    Imbued with the Spirit, Mary, you could say
    “I am the handmaid of the Lord,
    be it done unto me according to your word,”
    in the Holy Spirit, lowly as I am,
    let me proclaim the great truths about Jesus.
    In the Spirit, you now adore Jesus as Lord
    and look on Him as Son,
    in the same Spirit, Mary,
    let me love your Jesus.

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