• Loving Jesus Above All Things (6)

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    Loving Jesus Above All Things (6)

    You will quickly be deceived if you look only to the outward
    appearance of men, and you will often be disappointed if you seek
    comfort and gain in them. If, however, you seek Jesus in all things,
    you will surely find Him. Likewise, if you seek yourself, you will
    find yourself-to your own ruin. For the man who does not seek Jesus
    does himself much greater harm than the whole world and all his
    enemies could ever do.
    --Thomas à Kempis --Imitation of Christ Book 2, Chapter 7

    August 25th - St. Genesius, a Comedian, Martyr

    CHRIST who, to show the power of his grace, and the extent of his
    mercy, called a publican to the apostleship, honoured with the glory
    of martyrdom this saint, drawn from the stage, the most infamous
    school of vice and the passions, and the just abhorrence of the holy
    fathers of the church, of all zealous pastors, and all sincere lovers
    of virtue. The Emperor Diocletian coming to Rome, was received with
    great rejoicings. Among other entertainments prepared for him, those
    of the stage were not neglected. In a comedy which was acted in his
    presence, one of the players took it into his head to represent, in a
    ludicrous manner, the ceremonies of the Christian baptism, which could
    not fail to divert the assembly, who held this religion, and its
    mysteries, in the utmost contempt and derision. This player,
    therefore, whose name was Genesius, and who had learned some things
    concerning the Christian rites from certain friends who zealously
    professed that religion, laid himself down on the stage, feigning
    himself sick, and said: “Ah! my friends, I find a great weight upon
    me, and would gladly be eased.” The others answered: “What shall we do
    to give thee ease? wouldst thou have us plane thee, to make thee
    lighter?” “Ye senseless creatures,” said he, “I am resolved to die a Christian, that God may receive me on this day of my death, as one who
    seeks his salvation by flying from idolatry and superstition.”

    Then a priest and exorcist were called, that is to say, two players,
    who impersonated these characters. These sitting down by his bed-side,
    said: “Well, my child, why did you send for us?” Here Genesius, being suddenly converted by a divine inspiration, replied, not in jest, but seriously: “Because I desire to receive the grace of Jesus Christ and
    to be born again, that I may be delivered from my sins.” The other
    players, proceeding mimically, went through the whole ceremony of
    baptism with him; but he in earnest answered the usual
    interrogatories, and on being baptized was clothed with a white
    garment. After this, other players, habited like soldiers, to carry on
    the jest, seized him, and presented him to the emperor, to be
    examined, as the martyrs were wont to be. Genesius then declaring
    himself openly, said aloud, standing upon the stage: “Hear, O emperor,
    and all you who are here present, officers of the army, philosophers,
    senators, and people, what I am going to say. I never yet so much as
    heard the name of a Christian but I was struck with horror, and I
    detested my very relations because they professed that religion. I
    informed myself exactly concerning its rites and mysteries, only that
    I might the more heartily despise it, and inspire you with the utmost
    contempt for the same; but whilst I was washed with the water, and
    examined, I had no sooner answered sincerely that I believed, than I
    saw a company of bright angels over my head, who recited out of a book
    all the sins I had committed from my childhood; and having afterwards
    plunged the book into the water which had been poured upon me in your
    presence, they showed me the book whiter than snow. Wherefore, I
    advise you, O great and mighty emperor, and all ye people here
    present, who have ridiculed these mysteries, to believe, with me, that
    Jesus Christ is true Lord; that he is the light and the truth; and
    that it is through him you may obtain the forgiveness of your sins.”

    Diocletian, highly enraged at these words, ordered him to be most
    inhumanly beaten with clubs, and afterwards to be put into the hands
    of Plautian, the prefect of the prætorium, that he might compel him to sacrifice. Plautian commanded him to be put upon the rack, where he
    was torn with iron hooks for a considerable time, and then burnt with
    torches. The martyr endured these torments with constancy, and
    persisted crying out: “There is no other Lord of the universe besides
    him whom I have seen. Him I adore and serve, and to him I will adhere,
    though I should suffer a 1000 deaths for his sake. No torments shall
    remove Jesus Christ from my heart or mouth. I regret exceedingly my
    former errors, and that I once detested his holy name, and came so
    late to his service.” At length his head was struck off.

    His name occurs in the ancient Roman and African Calendars. Ruinart
    [2] and Tillemont [3] refer his martyrdom to the year 286; for
    Diocesan, having vanquished Carinus, (who was slain near Murga the
    year before,) associated Maximian Herculeus in the empire at
    Nicomedia, on the first of April, 286; after which he took a journey
    in great state to Rome, where there seems to have been a hot
    persecution about July, says Tillemont. Fleury places the death of St.
    Genesius in 303; for Diocletian went again to Rome to celebrate the
    20th year of the reign of Maximian Herculeus, which was begun in
    November, 303. At the same time, both the emperors triumphed together
    over the Persians; after some stay there, Diocletian returned into the

    See this martyr’s genuine acts in Ruinart, p. 283, and Orsi, t. 3, p. 467.

    Note 1. The baptism which he received on the stage was no more than a representation of that sacrament, for want of a serious intention of
    performing the Christian rite; but St. Genesius was baptized in
    desire, with true contrition, and also in his own blood.
    Note 2. Act. Sincer. p. 283.
    Note 3. Tillem. t. 4, p. 694.

    Saint Quote:
    My greatest happiness is to be before the Blessed Sacrament, where my
    heart is, as it were, in Its center.
    --St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

    Bible Quote:
    If then any be in Christ a new creature, the old things are passed
    away. Behold all things are made new. [2 Corinthians 5:17] DRB

    Ave Verum is a short Eucharistic hymn dating from the 14th century.
    During the Middle Ages it was sung at the elevation of the Host
    during consecration. It also was used frequently during Benediction
    of the Blessed Sacrament, and is thus excellent for recitation
    at either service:

    Hail, true Body, truly born
    Of the Virgin Mary mild
    Truly offered, wracked and torn,
    On the Cross for all defiled,
    From Whose love pierced, sacred side
    Flowed Your true Blood's saving tide:
    Be a foretaste sweet to me
    In my death's great agony,
    O my loving, Gentle One,
    Sweetest Jesus,
    Mary's Son. Amen.

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