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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.
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
"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
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.