• Tomorrow may never come

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    Tomorrow may never come

     Don't put off conversion - tomorrow may never come

       "God is not now so long-suffering in putting up with you that He
    will fail to be just in punishing. Do not say then: 'Tomorrow I shall
    be converted, tomorrow I shall please God, and all that I shall have
    done today and yesterday will be forgiven me.' What you say is true:
    God has promised forgiveness if you turn back to Him. But what He has
    not promised is that you will have tomorrow in which to achieve your conversion."
    --St. Augustine--(excerpt from Commentary on Psalm 144,11)

    March 18th - Saint Edward the Martyr
    Also known as
        • Edward II
        • 18 March
        • 20 June (translation of relics)

    d. 979
    ST EDWARD was the son of King Edgar, sovereign of all the English, by
    his first wife, Ethelfleda, who did not long survive the birth of her
    son; he was baptized by St. Dunstan, then archbishop of Canterbury.
    After Edgar’s death a party sought to set aside Edward in favour of
    Ethelred, a boy hardly ten years old, who was Edgar’s son by his
    second queen, Elfrida. Edward himself was but a youth when he came to
    the throne, and his reign lasted a brief 3 years. The guidance of St.
    Dunstan was unable to commend him to the disaffected thegns, for which
    the young king’s violent temper was perhaps partly responsible. The chroniclers, who all agreed that he was murdered, are not in accord as
    to the actual perpetrator of the deed, but William of Malmesbury
    claims to describe the crime in detail. He tells us that, from the
    moment of Edward’s accession, his stepmother had sought an opportunity
    to slay him. One day, after hunting in Dorsetshire, the king, who was
    weary and wished to see his little stepbrother, of whom he was fond,
    determined to visit Corfe Castle, the residence of Elfrida, which was
    close at hand. Apprised of his arrival, the queen went out to meet him
    and noticed that he was alone, having outstripped his companions and attendants. She feigned pleasure at seeing him and ordered a cup to be
    brought to allay his thirst. As he drank, Elfrida made a sign to one
    of her servants, who stabbed the young king with a dagger. Although
    Edward immediately set spurs to his horse and tried to regain his
    escort, he slipped from the saddle, his foot caught in the stirrup,
    and he was dragged along till he died.

     “This year”, says the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle under 979, “was King
    Edward slain at eventide at Corfe-gate, and was buried at Wareham
    without any kind of kingly honours.” William of Malmesbury says that
    Elfrida had his body thrown into a marsh, thinking thus to dispose of
    it, but a pillar of light caused it to be discovered, and it was taken
    up and buried in the church at Wareham. His relics were afterwards
    removed to Shaftesbury. Elfrida herself was in the end seized with
    remorse for her crime and, retiring from the world, she built the
    monasteries of Amesbury and Wherwell, in the latter of which she died.

    The earliest account of the murder attributes it to Ethelred’s
    retainers. There is no good evidence for Queen Elfrida’s alleged part
    in it, which is not mentioned till over a hundred years after the
    event. Edward was a martyr only in the broad sense of one who suffers
    an unjust death, but his cultus was considerable, encouraged by the
    miracles reported from his tomb at Shaftesbury and his feast is still
    observed in the diocese of Plymouth.

    Our principal authorities are William of Malmesbury, Florence of
    Worcester, the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, Osbern the hagiographer and,
    earliest of all, the author of the Life of St. Oswald in the
    Historians of the Church of York (Rolls Series), vol. i, pp. 448-452.
    See also F.M. Stenton, Anglo-Saxon England (1943), pp. 366-369; and particularly K. M. Wilson, Lost Literature of Medieval England (1952),
    pp. 111-112.

    Saint Quote:
    The everlasting God has in His wisdom foreseen from eternity the cross
    that He now presents to you as a gift from His inmost heart. He has
    blessed it with His holy name, anointed it with His grace, perfumed it
    with His consolation, taken one last glance at you and your courage
    and then sent it to you from heaven, a special greeting from God to
    you, an alms of the all-merciful love of God.
    --Saint Francis de Sales

    Bible Quote:
    And stretch out thy hand to the poor, that thy expiation and thy
    blessing may be perfected.  A gift hath grace in the sight of all the
    living, and restrain not grace from the dead.  Be not wanting in
    comforting them that weep, and walk with them that mourn.  Be not slow
    to visit the sick: for by these things thou shalt be confirmed in love.
    In all thy works remember thy last end, and thou shalt never
    sin.  [Sirach 7: 36 40]  DRB

    Lent is a good time for us to renew our pledge to walk along his Way
    and to ask for a deep level of faith to do so.

        The seven Signs in John are:
    1. The changing of water into wine at the marriage feast in Cana (2:1-11)
    2. The healing of the royal official’s son (4:46-54)
    3. The healing of a man who is crippled at the Bethesda pool (5:1-18)
    4. Feeding of the 5,000 (6:1-15)
    5. Jesus walking on the water (6:16-21)
    6. Healing of the man born blind (9:1-41)
    7. The raising of Lazarus (11:1-44

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