• -- John 10:10-11 --

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    -- John 10:10-11 --

        "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come
    that they may have life, and have it to the full. I am the good
    shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep." ===================
    Jesus gives us a rich abundant life. In a hot oppressive desert, sheep
    are vulnerable to the elements and predators. They need a shepherd who
    can lead them to water and food each day and keep them safe each
    night. Jesus tells us that He is that shepherd. Unlike the thief who,
    "comes only to steal and kill and destroy," Jesus has come that we
    might "have life, and have it to the full." He knows us by name and is committed to our care. Life as one of Jesus' sheep is indeed
    full--full of his abundant love, faithful attention, and amazing

    February 15th - Sts. Faustinus and Jovita, Martyrs

    The two Brothers, whom we are to honour today, suffered martyrdom in
    the beginning of the second century, and their memory has ever been
    celebrated in the Church. The glory of the great ones of this world
    passes away, and men soon forget even their very names. Historians
    have oftentimes a difficulty in proving that such heroes ever existed,
    or, if they did exist, that they flourished at such a period, or
    achieved anything worth notice. Brescia, the capital of one of the
    Italian Provinces, can scarcely mention the names of those who were
    its governors or leading men, in the second century; and yet here are
    two of her citizens, whose names will be handed down, with veneration
    and love, to the end of the world, and the whole of Christendom is
    filled with the praise of their glorious martyrdom. Glory, then, to
    these sainted Brothers, whose example so eloquently preaches to us the
    great lesson of our Season,--fidelity in God's service.

    The sufferings which merited for them the
    crown of immortality, are thus recorded in the Liturgy.

    The two brothers, Faustinus and Jovita were born of a noble family in
    Brescia. During the persecution under Trajan, they were led captives
    through various cities of Italy, in each of which they were made to
    endure most cruel sufferings, by reason of their brave confession of
    the Christian faith,which nothing could induce them to deny. At
    Brescia, they were for a long time confined in chains; then were
    exposed to wild beasts, and cast into fire, from neither of which
    tortures did they receive hurt or harm. From Brescia they were sent to
    Milan, still fettered with the same chains: and there their faith was
    put to the test of every torment that cruelty could devise; but, like
    gold that is tried by fire, their faith shone the brighter by these
    sufferings. After this, they were sent to Rome, where they received encouragement from Pope Evaristus; but there, also, were made to
    endure most cruel pains. At length, they were taken to Naples, and
    there, again, put to sundry tortures; after which, they were bound
    hand and foot, and cast into the sea; but were miraculously delivered
    by Angels. Many persons were converted to the true faith, by seeing
    their courage in suffering, and the miracles they wrought. Finally,
    they were led back to Brescia, at the commencement of the reign of the
    Emperor Adrian; there they were beheaded, and received the crown of a
    glorious martyrdom.

    from the Liturgical Year, 1870

    Short Acts Of Trust

    Sacred Heart of Jesus, I believe in Thy love for me.
    Sacred Heart of Jesus, I trust in Thee!

    Saint Quote:
    While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it
    even more fully in your heart.
    --Saint Francis of Assisi

    Bible Quote-Judging Others.
    37 “Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you
    will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven.
    38 Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed
    together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap.
    For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out
    to you.”  Luke, chapter 6

    Prayer of Perseverance in Grace for Parents

    O God of grace, Source of supernatural virtues and of meritorious
    works! You enlighten and vivify our souls, elevate them above
    themselves, and make them like unto angels, and even to Your own
    children and the spouses of Jesus Christ. Be praised, O Heavenly
    Father, for Your boundless goodness, wisdom, and power, which You
    manifest in us! Enclose us in Your innermost Heart and espouse us to
    our Heavenly Bridegroom and Brother, Jesus Christ. May no happiness
    and no suffering of this earth, no desire and no fear, no pleasures
    and no pain, no temptation and no trial ever estrange us from Your
    love, nor cast us again into the horrible darkness of sin, into the
    hideous death of the soul, into Your disgrace!

    Deign, O my God and Father, to grant this also to my children whom, in
    baptism, You have made Your own, and whom You have entrusted to me,
    that I may rear them in supernatural love of You, and may maintain and strengthen them in that same supernatural love. Grant that they may
    ever look upon their privilege of being children of God as the highest
    good they possess on earth: that they may walk so circumspectly,
    earnestly, and courageously in the ways of Your love, that they may
    never lose their high prerogative, never disgrace it, but, rather, may
    increase it daily, and at last die in full possession of it. Amen.

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