• Daily Progress toward God

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    Daily Progress toward God

       "As Christians, our task is to make daily progress toward God. Our pilgrimage on earth is a school in which God is the only teacher, and
    it demands good students, not ones who play truant.
        In this school we learn something every day. We learn something
    from commandments, something from examples, and something from
    Sacraments. These things are remedies for our wounds and materials for
    our studies."
    --St. Augustine--Sermon 16A, 1

    Prayer: Lord, you help those who turn to you. You redeem us so that we
    may come to you.
    --St. Augustine--Commentary on Psalm 17, 15

    January 28th - Saint Jerome Lu and Blessed Lawrence Wang

    28 January
    28 September as one of the Martyrs of China

    January 28 marks the feast day of two modern-day martyrs, who gave
    their lives in China: Saint Jerome Lu (1810-1858) and Blessed Lawrence Wang(1811-1858). These two courageous men, along with approximately
    120 others (87 Chinese laypersons and 33 missionaries) were martyred
    between 1648 and 1930, many dying during the bloody and violent Boxer
    Rebellion in 1900. The “new” Martyrs of China were canonized by Pope
    John Paul II in October 2000.

    The earliest martyrs of China are recognized in the early 17th
    century, although Christianity in China is recorded as early as the
    Tang Dynasty (in the 600s). In the 1600s, however, the Emperor became
    bothered by the frequent requests of his people for baptism and
    participation in organized religious rites. Christians were being
    persecuted in neighboring Japan at the time, and this is also thought
    to have influenced the first wave of anti-Christian sentiment which

    In 1648, the first martyr of China is recorded. Blessed Francis
    Fernandez de Capillas, a Franciscan brother and teacher, was beheaded
    while praying the Holy Rosary and meditating on the Sorrowful
    Mysteries. Subsequent to his death, persecution increased across the
    continent, growing in frequency and intensity. Official decrees
    followed in 1805, 1811, and 1813, ordering persecution against those
    who were seeking ordination, studying Holy Scripture, and practicing
    as servants of the Church. Those who voluntarily renounced their faith
    were saved from harsh punishment. During this time, Saint Jerome Lu
    and Blessed Lawrence Wang were martyred.

    Saint Jerome Lu was born in Mao-Cheu, China where he joined the church
    at an early age, working as a catechist and teaching the Holy
    Scriptures to his neighbors. Upon discovery in 1858, he was beheaded
    in his hometown at Maokou. Blessed Lawrence Wang has a similar story.
    Born in Kuy-yang, he also served as a catechist in Maokou, and was
    beheaded with Saint Jerome in 1858. Along with Saint Jerome and
    Blessed Lawrence, a third catechist was beheaded, Blessed Angela Lin
    Zao, after failing to renounce Christianity and the Rites of the
    Catholic Church. They were ordered to be tortured and executed by the
    Mandarin of Maokou, and likely died (like their predecessors), praying
    the Holy Rosary together.

    Active persecution of Chinese Christians ceased in 1846, during a 50
    year period of tenuous peace with foreign traders and pressure from
    the outside world. However, during the bloody Boxer Rebellion in 1900,
    newer and harsher edicts were proclaimed against Christians, resulting
    in the deaths of 86 recognized Catholic martyrs during that year
    alone. It is estimated that thousands of Christians gave their lives
    during this uprising for their faith.

    Harsh persecution of Christians ceased in 1930, although with the rise
    of communism in China, few personal liberties to practice Christian
    faith were permitted. Rather than death, imprisonment became a common punishment for those who failed to renounce their faith. In recent
    decades, this has improved, with organized (state-monitored) religious gatherings allowed.

    The road for Christians in China, and many other countries, has been
    long, difficult, and oftentimes dangerous. These courageous men and
    women of faith have clung tightly to the Gospel, finding their peace
    in Christ in the most difficult of times, and never losing site of the
    promise of redemption and personal resurrection. These “new” martyrs
    of China endured dangers and persecution, declaring their belief in
    Christ, and their extravagant love for the Lord. As Saint Thomas
    Aquinas (whose feast we also celebrate today) tells us, “The things
    that we love tell us what we are.” This begs the questions: What are
    we? What do we love? and How do we show that love to the world?
    by Jacob

    Saint Quotes:
    "The true lover everywhere loves his Beloved, and continually remembers Him"

    "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy
    whole soul, and with thy whole strength. And these words which I
    command thee this day, shall be in thy heart: ... and thou shalt
    meditate upon them sitting in thy house, and walking on thy journey,
    sleeping and rising.
    --St. Teresa of Avila (Foundress, 1515-82) - "Book of the Foundations”

    Bible Quotes:
    "And all the days [every possible moment] of thy life have God in thy
    mind"  (Tobias  4:6)

    "And thou shalt bind them as a sign on thy hand, and they shall be and
    shall move between thy eyes. And thou shalt write them in the entry,
    and on the doors of thy house."  (Deut 6:5-9)

    Prayer of the graces

    Mary, Mother of the Eucharist,
    precious gem of God,
    shining pearl of the sky and the earth,
    co-redemptrix of mankind,
    Mother of us all,
    look at your poor and humble creatures,
    help us to understand the love
    of Jesus the Eucharist.
    Gain for us the graces
    that each one needs,
    provided that they are in accordance with God's will.
    Mary, Mother of the Eucharist,
    Mother of Jesus and our Mother,
    we, even if imperfect,
    count on your help.
    Thank you Mary, Mother of the Eucharist.

     (At the end say three Hail Mary with the ejaculatory prayer: Mother of the Eucharist, pray with us)

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