• Faith is the messenger

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    Faith is the messenger

    Faith is the messenger that bears your prayers to God. Prayer can be
    like incense, rising ever higher and higher. The prayer of faith is
    the prayer of trust that feels the presence of God, which it rises to
    meet. It can be sure of some response from God. We can say a prayer of
    thanks to God every day for His grace, which has kept us on the right
    way and allowed us to start living the good life. So we should pray to
    God with faith and trust and gratitude.

    December 1st - Bl. Gerard Cagnoli
    d. 1345

    The cult which from time immemorial has been paid at Palermo and
    elsewhere to this follower of St. Francis was confirmed in 1908.
    Gerard, born about 1270, was the only son of noble parents in the
    north of Italy. He lost his father at the age of ten, and his mother
    not many years afterwards.

    Resisting the persuasions of his relatives to marry, he distributed
    his goods to the poor and led, until he was forty, the life of a
    pilgrim and hermit, spending most of his time in the wilder parts of
    Sicily. In the early years of the fourteenth century, the holiness and
    miracles of St. Louis of Anjou, who though heir to a throne had become
    a Franciscan, were much talked about. Gerard took him for his patron,
    and about the year 1310 ended by joining the same order.

    While he discharged duties of a lay-brother, his simplicity and
    devotion were the admiration of all. On one great feast-day, when he
    was acting as cook, being absorbed in prayer, he seemed to have
    forgotten all about the dinner; when, late in the morning, the father
    guardian, apprised that even the fire had not yet been lighted,
    remonstrated with the brother on his neglect. Gerard, quite
    unperturbed, took to the kitchen, where, assisted, it is said, by an
    unknown youth of radiant beauty, he produced, punctually to the
    moment, a more delicious meal than the community had ever before

    Many miracles were attributed to the intercession of the holy
    brother. For example, it was said that, finding a child crying because
    it had dropped and broken the glass beaker it was carrying home to its
    mother, he collected the fragments, blessed them and restored the
    vessel to the child as sound as it had been before. His miracles of
    healing were commonly performed by anointing the sick with the oil
    which burned in a lamp before a little shrine of his patron St. Louis.
    His diet was bread and water, he slept upon a plank, he scourged
    himself to blood, and there were many stories told of ecstasies in
    which he was seen surrounded with light and raised from the ground. He
    died on December 30, 1345.

    See the decree of the Congregation of Rites in Analecta Ecclesiastica
    (1908), vol. xvi, pp. 293-295 B. Mazzara, Leggendario Francescano
    (1680), vol. iii, pp. 767-773; and Analecta Franciscana (1897), vol.
    ii, pp. 489-497.

    Saint Quote:
    Everyone--past, present, and future--will be judged. Now, then, is the
    time for mercy, while the time to come will be the time for justice
    only. For that reason, the present time is ours, but the future time
    will be God's only!
    --St. Thomas Aquinas

    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)

    Persevere in your love for Christ

    I urge you to persevere in your love for Christ and your faithful
    observance of the law of Christ.

    Our Goal is God, the source of all good. As we say in our prayer, we
    are to place our trust in God and in no one else. In his kindness, our
    Lord wished to strengthen your faith, for without it, as the
    evangelist points out, Christ could not have performed many of his
    miracles. He also wished to listen to your prayer, and so he ordained
    that you experience poverty, distress, abandonment, weariness and

    God alone knows the reasons for all this, yet we can recognize three
    causes. In the first place, our blessed Lord is telling you that he
    desires to include you among his beloved sons, provided that you
    remain steadfast in his ways, for this is the way he treats his
    friends and makes them holy.

    The second reason is that he is asking you to grow continuously in
    your confidence in him alone and not in others.

    Now there is a third reason. God wishes to test you like gold in the
    furnace. The dross is consumed by the fire, but the pure gold remains
    and its value increases. It is in this manner than God acts with his
    good servant, who puts his hope in him and remains unshaken in times
    of distress. God raises him up and, in return for the things he has
    left out of love for God, he repays him a hundredfold in this life and
    with eternal life hereafter.

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    Faith is the messenger

    Faith is the messenger that bears your prayers to God. Prayer can be
    like incense, rising ever higher and higher. The prayer of faith is
    the prayer of trust that feels the presence of God, which it rises to
    meet. It can be sure of some response from God. We can say a prayer of
    thanks to God every day for His grace, which has kept us on the right
    way and allowed us to start living the good life. So we should pray to
    God with faith and trust and gratitude.

    January 3rd - St. Peter Balsam, Martyr

    PETER BALSAM, to follow the narrative of his published “acts”, was a
    native of the territory of Eleutheropolis in Palestine, who was
    apprehended at Aulana in the persecution of Maximinus. Being brought
    before Severus, governor of the province, the interrogatory began by
    asking him his name.

    Peter answered, “Balsam is the name of my family; but I received that
    of Peter in baptism.”

    SEVERUS: “Of what family and of what country are you?”
    PETER: “ I am a Christian.”

    SEVERUS: “What is your employment?”
    PETER: “What employment can I have more honourable, or what better
    thing can I do in the world, than to live as a Christian?”

    SEVERUS: “Do you know the imperial edicts?”
    PETER: “I know the laws of God, the sovereign of the universe.”

    SEVERUS: “You shall quickly know that there is an edict of the most clement emperors, commanding all to sacrifice to the gods, or be put
    to death.”
    PETER: “You will also know one day that there is a law of the
    eternal King, proclaiming that everyone shall perish who offers
    sacrifice to devils. Which do you counsel me to obey, and which, think
    you, ought I to choose—to die by your sword, or to be condemned to everlasting misery by the sentence of the great King, the true God?”

    SEVERUS: “Since you ask my advice, it is that you obey the edict,
    and sacrifice to the gods.”
    PETER: “I can never be prevailed upon to sacrifice to gods of wood
    and stone, as those are which you worship.”

    SEVERUS: “I would have you know that it is in my power to avenge
    these affronts by putting you to death.”
    PETER: “I had no intention of affronting you. I only expressed what
    is written in the divine law.”

    SEVERUS: “Have compassion on yourself, and sacrifice.”
    PETER: “ If I am truly compassionate to myself, I ought not to sacrifice.”

    SEVERUS: “I want to be lenient; I therefore still allow you time to reflect, that you may save your life.”
    PETER: “This delay will be to no purpose for I shall not alter my
    mind; do now what you will be obliged to do soon, and complete the
    work which the devil, your father, has begun; for I will never do what
    Jesus Christ forbids me.”

    Severus, on hearing these words, ordered him to be stretched upon the
    rack, and whilst he was suspended said to him scoflingly, “What say
    you now, Peter; do you begin to know what the rack is? Are you yet
    willing to sacrifice?“ Peter answered, “Tear me with hooks, and talk
    not of my sacrificing to your devils: I have already told you, that I
    will sacrifice only to that God for whom I suffer.” Hereupon the
    governor commanded his tortures to be redoubled. The martyr, far from
    any complaint, sung with alacrity those verses of the royal prophet,
    “One thing I have asked of the Lord; this will I seek after: that I
    may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life. I will
    take the chalice of salvation, and will call upon the name of the
    Lord.” The spectators, seeing the martyr’s blood run down in streams,
    cried out to him, “Obey the emperors! Sacrifice, and rescue yourself
    from these torments!” Peter replied, “Do you call these torments? I
    feel no pain: but this I know, that if I be not faithful to my God I
    must expect real pain, such as cannot be conceived.” The judge also
    said, “Sacrifice, Peter Balsam, or you will repent it.”

    PETER: “Neither will I sacrifice, nor shall I repent it.”

    SEVERUS: “I am on the point of pronouncing sentence.”
    PETER: “It is what I most earnestly desire.” Severus then dictated
    the sentence in this manner: “It is our order that Peter Balsam, for
    having refused to obey the edict of the invincible emperors, and
    obstinately defending the law of a crucified man, be himself nailed to
    a cross.” Thus it was that this glorious martyr finished his triumph,
    at Aulana, on January 11; but he is honoured in the Roman Martyrology
    on Jan. 3.

    There can be little doubt that Peter Balsam is to be identified with
    the martyr Peter Abselamus, whom Eusebius (De Martyribus Palest., x,
    2-3) describes as having been burnt to death at Caesarea. For this and
    other reasons very different opinions have been held as to the
    trustworthiness of the narrative given above. Ruinart, and even
    Bardenhewer (Geschichte der altkirchl. Literatur, vol. ii, p. 640),
    treat the acts as authentic. P. Allard (Hist. des persecutions, vol.
    v, p. 640) and H. Leclercq (Les Martyrs, vol. ii, p. 323) believe them
    to have been compiled inaccurately; Father Delehaye more logically
    (Légendes Hagio­graphiques, p. 114) considers that the narrative must
    be regarded as a historical romance founded on a basis of genuine

    Saint Quote:
    We must pray without tiring, for the salvation of mankind does not
    depend on material success, but on Jesus alone.
    -- Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini

    Bible Quote:
    Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who slanders a brother,
    or condemns him, is speaking against the Law and condemning the Law.
    But if you condemn the Law, you have stopped keeping it and become a
    judge over it. There is only one lawgiver and he is the only judge and
    has the power to acquit or to sentence. Who are you to give a verdict
    on your neighbour? (James 4:11-12)

    Prayer against Covetousness

    O Lord Jesus Christ, who though Thou wast rich yet for our sakes didst
    become poor, grant that all over-eagerness and covetousness of earthly
    goods may die in us, and the desire of heavenly things may live and
    grow in us; keep us from all idle and vain expenditures, that we may
    always have to give to him that needeth, and that giving not
    grudgingly nor of necessity, but cheerfully, we may be loved of Thee,
    and be made through Thy merits partakers of the riches of Thy heavenly treasure. Amen.

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