• -- Psalm 55:16-17 --

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    -- Psalm 55:16-17 --

        But I call to God,
        and the LORD saves me.
        Evening, morning and noon
        I cry out in distress,
        and he hears my voice.
    Praying evening, morning and noon is certainly an excellent way to
    maintain correct priorities throughout every day. Daniel followed
    this pattern (Daniel 6:10), as did Peter (Acts 10:9,10). The prayers
    of God's people are effective against the overwhelming evil in the

    November 24th - SS. Flora and Mary, Virgins and Martyrs

    In the reign of Abdur Rahman II, king of the Moors at Cordova in
    Spain, Flora, being of Mohammedan birth by her father but secretly
    brought up in the Christian faith by her mother, was impeached by her
    own brother before the judge of the city. This magistrate had her
    scourged brutally, and then put her into the hands of her brother that
    he might overcome her resolution. Later she made her escape and took
    shelter with a sister. Having lain concealed some time, she ventured
    back to Cordova and prayed publicly in the church of St. Acisclus the
    martyr. There she met with Mary, sister to a deacon who had lately
    received the crown of martyrdom, and they agreed to give themselves up
    as Christians to the magistrate, by whose order they were confined
    where no one had access to them but some loose women. St. Eulogius,
    who was at that time detained in another prison, wrote them an
    exhortation to martyrdom, in which he told them that no involuntary
    infamy could harm their souls and that to yield temporarily in hope of
    better things must not be considered.

    The two girls were eventually beheaded together, declaring they
    would intercede in Heaven for the release of St. Eulogius and the
    other brethren; and they were in fact set free a week later.

    These Spanish martyrs belong to the group of whom we know practically
    nothing but what has been recorded in the narrative of St Eulogius,
    which may be most conveniently consulted in Migne, PL., vol. cxv, cc.

    Saint Quote:
    The envious man is cruel, proud, unfaithful, impatient, and
    quarrelsome; and, what is strange, when this vice gains the mastery,
    he is no longer master of himself, and he is unable to correct his
    many faults. If the bond of peace is broken, if the rights of
    fraternal charity are violated, if truth is altered or disguised, it
    is often envy that hurries him on to crime.
    What happiness can such a man enjoy in this world? To be envious or
    jealous of another, because such a one is virtuous and happy, is to
    hate in him the graces and blessings God has showered down upon him.
    -- Saint Cyprian of Carthage

    Bible Quote:
    "Whoever offers praise glorifies Me; And to him who orders his conduct
    aright I will show the salvation of God."  [Psalm 50:23]

    The Power of the Mass

    At the hour of death the Holy Masses
    you have heard devoutly will be your greatest consolation.

    Every Mass will go with you to Judgement and will plead for
    pardon for you.

    By every Mass you can diminish the temporal punishment due
      to your sins, more or less, according to your fervour.

    By devoutly assisting at Holy Mass you render the greatest
      homage possible to the Sacred Humanity of Our Lord.

    Through the Holy Sacrifice, Our Lord Jesus Christ supplies
    for many of your negligences and omissions.

    He forgives you all the venial sins which you are determined
    to avoid. He forgives you all your unknown sins which you never
    confessed. The power of Satan over you is diminished.

    By piously hearing Holy Mass you afford the Souls in
      Purgatory the greatest possible relief.

    Through Holy Mass you are preserved from many dangers and
    misfortunes which would otherwise have befallen you. You shorten
    your Purgatory by every Mass.

    Through the Holy Mass you are blessed in your temporal goods
    and affairs.

    When you hear Holy Mass devoutly, offering it to Almighty
    God in honour of any particular Saint or Angel, thanking God for
    the favours bestowed on him, etc., you afford that Saint or
    Angel a new degree of honour, joy and happiness, and draw his
    special love and protection on yourself.

    Every time you assist at Holy Mass, besides other
    intentions, you should offer it in honor of the Saint of the Day.

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