• God can be your shield

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    God can be your shield

    God can be your shield. Then no problems of the world can harm you.
    Between you and all scorn and indignity from others is your trust in
    God, like a shining shield. Nothing can then have the power to spoil
    your inward peace. With this shield, you can attain this inward peace
    quickly, in your surroundings as well as in your heart. With this
    inward peace, you do not need to resent the person who troubles you.
    Instead, you can overcome the resentment in your own mind, which may
    have been aroused by that person.
    I pray that I may strive for inward peace. I pray that I may not be seriously upset, no matter what happens around me.
    --From Twenty-Four Hours a Day

    December 17th – Saint Lazarus of Bethany

    At Marseilles in France, blessed Lazarus, brother of the Saints
    Mary Magdalene and Martha, of whom we read in the Gospel that our Lord
    called him his friend and raised him from the dead.
    Lazarus, the friend of Jesus, the brother of Martha and Mary, was the
    one of whom the Jews said, "See how much he loved him." In their sight
    Jesus raised his friend Lazarus from the dead.

    Legends abound about the life of Lazarus after the death and
    resurrection of Jesus. He is supposed to have left a written account
    of what he saw in the next world before he was called back to life.
    Some say he followed Peter into Syria. Another story is that despite
    being put into a leaking boat by the Jews at Jaffa, he, his sisters
    and others landed safely in Cyprus. There he died peacefully after
    serving as bishop for 30 years.

    A church was built in his honor in Constantinople and some of his
    reputed relics were transferred there in 890. A Western legend has the
    oarless boat arriving in Gaul. There he was bishop of Marseilles, was
    martyred after making a number of converts and was buried in a cave.
    His relics were transferred to the new cathedral in Autun in 1146.

    It is certain there was early devotion to the saint. Around the year
    390, the pilgrim lady Etheria talks of the procession that took place
    on the Saturday before Palm Sunday at the tomb where Lazarus had been
    raised from the dead. In the West, Passion Sunday was called Dominica
    de Lazaro, and Augustine tells us that in Africa the Gospel of the
    raising of Lazarus was read at the office of Palm Sunday.

    Comment: Many people who had a near-death experience report losing all
    fear of death. When Lazarus died a second time, perhaps he was without
    fear. He must have been sure that Jesus, the friend with whom he had
    shared many meals and conversations, would be waiting to raise him
    again. We don’t share Lazarus’ firsthand knowledge of returning from
    the grave. Nevertheless, we too have shared meals and conversations
    with Jesus, who waits to raise us, too.

    Saint Quote:
    Our Lord's words teach us that though we labour among the many
    distractions of this world, we should have but one goal. For we are
    but travellers on a journey without as yet a fixed abode; we are on
    our way, not yet in our native land; we are in a state of longing, not
    yet of enjoyment. Do you wish to know what we will have there? The
    Lord himself tells us when he says of his servants, Amen, I say to
    you, he will make them recline and passing he will serve them.
    -- St. Augustine

    Bible Quote:
    Fulfil ye my joy, that you be of one mind, having the same charity,
    being of one accord, agreeing in sentiment. Let nothing be done
    through contention: neither by vainglory. But in humility, let each
    esteem others better than themselves: Each one not considering the
    things that are his own, but those that are other men's.
    [Philippians 2:2-4] DRB

    Hymn: The Cross of Christ

    Gal. vi. 14:--"God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of
    our Lord Jesus Christ." "When we rise, the cross; when we lie down,
    the cross; in our studies, the cross; everywhere and at every time,
    the cross--shining more glorious than the sun."
    --St. Chrysostom.

    O Child of God, remember,
    When thou to Christ wast born,
    How then across thine infant breast
    His sacred sign was drawn.

    And when confirming Chrism
    Upon thy brow was laid,
    How in that sign the Holy Ghost
    His grace upon thee shed.

    Therefore, when sleep invites thee
    To take thy needful rest,
    Be sure that with the sacred cross
    Thou sign thy brow and breast.

    The cross hath wondrous virtue
    All evil to control;
    To scatter darkness, and to calm
    The tempest of the soul.

    What though in sleep this body
    May helpless seem to lie?
    I nothing fear, assured that
    One Stronger than all is nigh.

    On Him my heart shall ponder,
    E'en while my rest I take;
    My shield and shelter while I sleep.
    My joy when I awake.

    Music: Crux Fidelis, O Crux Ave and O Sacred Head Surrounded

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