• Whosoever is athirst

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    Whosoever is athirst

    When therefore the servants of the Chief Priests and Scribes saw these
    things, and heard from Jesus, 'Whosoever is athirst, let him come to
    Me and drink'; they perceived that this was not a mere man like
    themselves, but that this was He who gave water to the saints, and
    that it was He who was announced by the prophet Isaiah. For He was
    truly the splendor of the light, and the Word of God. And thus as a
    river from the fountain He gave drink also of old to Paradise; but now
    to all men He gives the same gift of the Spirit, and says, 'If any man
    thirst, let him come to Me and drink. Whosoever believeth on Me, as
    said the Scripture, rivers of living water shall flow out of his
    belly'. This was not for man to say, but for the living God, Who truly vouchsafes life, and gives the Holy Spirit.
    St. Athanasius, Letters 44 [teaching on John 6:37-38]

    February 3rd – St. Blaise
    Martyred 316?

    St. Blaise has achieved perennial popularity in both the East of his
    origin (he was bishop of Sebastea in Armenia) and in the West.
    However, like many another favored saint, we know little about his

    His (undependable) medieval legend gives the following biography.

    Blaise was a boy of high intelligence, so his parents gave him a good
    Catholic education. He went on, then, to the priesthood. While still a
    young man, he was chosen bishop of Sebastea, Armenia.

    In 316, the Roman Emperor Licinius withdrew from his position of
    tolerating Christians, and started again to persecute them. Blaise,
    counseled by God, went into hiding in a woodland cave. There his only
    company was the wild animals; but the gentle bishop soon made friends
    with them, healed their wounds, and blessed them.

    One day, however, some hunters invaded his wilderness in search of
    wild animals that could be used in the stadiums to fight gladiators
    and devour Christians. They were surprised to find the bishop, and, of
    course, brought him back for trial. On the trip, says the legend, the
    party came upon a poor woman whose pig had been carried off by a wolf.
    Bishop Blaise commanded the robbing animal to return the pig, and so
    he did, safe and sound. On arrival at the court, the future martyr was imprisoned in a dark jail without food to eat or light to see by. Out
    of gratitude, the woman whose pig he had restored managed to get him
    food and provide him with candles. Another woman brought to the saint
    her little boy, who had caught a fishbone in his throat and was on the
    point of strangulation. Blaise miraculously got rid of the bone.

    But Governor Agricolaus treated this merciful man unmercifully. Before imprisoning him, he had him scourged. In due time Emperor Licinius
    himself arrived, tried to “convert” the bishop to paganism by tearing
    his body with iron wool-combs, and finally sentencing him to

    Blaise’s subsequent popularity stemmed particularly from his repute as
    a miracle worker. Three classes of devotees arose: those associated
    with wild animals; professional wool-combers (with whose tools he had
    been tortured); and people who wanted to heal or avoid a throat
    illness. In Germany, St. Blaise came to be honored as one of the
    cluster of “handy” saints called the “Fourteen Holy Helpers”.

    Blaise is best known to us as an intercessor against throat diseases.
    In our Latin-Rite churches the blessing of throats is still performed
    on this feastday, February 3. For this rite blessed candles are most
    widely used, commemorating, it is said, the candles that the saint’s benefactress brought to him in jail. In blessing throats, the priest
    holds two of these candles, crossed in “X”-form either over the head
    or touching the throat of the petitioner and recites: “Through the intercession of St. Blaise, bishop and martyr, may God deliver you
    from every disease of the throat and from every other illness, in the
    name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” In the
    Armenian Rite, the priest dips the wick of a candle in holy oil and
    with it anoints the throats of the faithful.

    The blessing of throats on or near Saint Blaise’s day, like the
    reception of ashes on Ash Wednesday, and palms on Palm Sunday, is a “sacramental”. Sacramentals are, of course, far less important than
    the sacraments, like baptism, confession, Holy Communion, anointing of
    the sick, etc.; yet even many Catholics who are not regular at Mass or confession, still look forward to receiving these lesser rites. May
    they continue to do so, and to instruct their children in the
    significance of such sacramentals. As long as these little ceremonies
    are practiced, the hearts of those who receive them show they are
    still bound lovingly to the Catholic Faith.
    –Father Robert

    Saint Quote:
    A precious crown is reserved in Heaven for those who perform all their
    actions with all the diligence of which they are capable; for it is
    not sufficient to do our part well, it must be done more than well.
    --St. Ignatius of Loyola

    Bible Quote:
    By his divine power, he has lavished on us all the things we need for
    life and for true devotion, through the knowledge of his who has
    called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these, the greatest
    and priceless promises have been lavished on us, that through them you
    should share the divine nature and escape the corruption rife in the
    world through disordered passion.  [2 Peter 1:3-4]


    Eternal Father,
    I offer Thee the Sacred heart of Jesus,
    with all Its love,
    all Its sufferings and all Its merits;
    To expiate all the sins I have committed this day,
    and during all my life.

    Glory be to the Father, etc...

    To purify the good I have done in my poor way this day,
    and during all my life.

    Glory be to the Father, etc...

    To make up for the good I ought to have done and
    that I have neglected this day
    and during all my life.

    Glory be to the Father, etc...

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