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 on: Today at 02:16:06 AM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
'The prayers of the Saints in heaven and of the just on earth are a perfume which never will be lost.'

St. Padre Pio

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 on: Yesterday at 08:39:36 PM 
Started by James - a humble servant - Last post by James - a humble servant
St. Giles Mary of St. Joseph
(1729-1812)
 
In the same year that a power-hungry Napoleon Bonaparte led his army into Russia, Giles Mary of St. Joseph ended a life of humble service to his Franciscan community and to the citizens of Naples.

Francesco was born in Taranto to very poor parents. His father’s death left the 18-year-old Francesco to care for the family. Having secured their future, he entered the Friars Minor at Galatone in 1754. For 53 years he served at St. Paschal’s Hospice in Naples in various roles, such as cook, porter or most often as official beggar for that community.

“Love God, love God” was his characteristic phrase as he gathered food for the friars and shared some of his bounty with the poor—all the while consoling the troubled and urging everyone to repent. The charity which he reflected on the streets of Naples was born in prayer and nurtured in the common life of the friars. The people whom Giles met on his begging rounds nicknamed him the “Consoler of Naples.” He was canonized in 1996.

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 on: Yesterday at 08:38:13 PM 
Started by James - a humble servant - Last post by James - a humble servant
St. Jean "John" Eudes Pray for us......

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 on: Yesterday at 02:47:34 PM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Therese
"The whole Church is in dissolution."

--Saint Basil the Great (ca. 330 - ca. 379), Epistulae, to Saint Athanasius (in 371/72)

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 on: Yesterday at 05:57:50 AM 
Started by Shin - Last post by SenoritaRita
Thank you for this!

I remember one year that I lived with a traditional Catholic family, we fasted and prayed on Mardi Gras to make atonement...

It is easy to forget though...

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 on: Yesterday at 05:55:46 AM 
Started by SenoritaRita - Last post by SenoritaRita
You are welcome!

Omnia ad majorem Dei gloriam!


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 on: February 12, 2016, 09:00:08 PM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
'The intellect freed from the passions becomes like light, unceasingly illumined by the contemplation of created beings.'

St. Thalassios the Libyan

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 on: February 12, 2016, 03:46:41 PM 
Started by SenoritaRita - Last post by Therese
This story has a very good lesson.  Thanks for sharing it, SenoritaRita.

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 on: February 12, 2016, 06:52:24 AM 
Started by SenoritaRita - Last post by SenoritaRita
INTRODUCTION

My Mother recently shared the following story with me. Finding it to be quite profound, I thought that it would be worth posting here for others to read, and to meditate on the lesson that it teaches.

THE STORY

Once a little boy was playing outdoors and found a fascinating caterpillar. He carefully picked it up and took it home to show his mother. He asked his mother if he could keep it, and she said he could if he would take good care of it.

The little boy got a large jar from his mother and put plants to eat, and a stick to climb on, in the jar. Every day he watched the caterpillar and brought it new plants to eat.

One day the caterpillar climbed up the stick and started acting strangely. The boy worriedly called his mother who came and understood that the caterpillar was creating a cocoon. The mother explained to the boy how the caterpillar was going to go through a metamorphosis and become a butterfly.

The little boy was thrilled to hear about the changes his caterpillar would go through. He watched every day, waiting for the butterfly to emerge. One day it happened, a small hole appeared in the cocoon and the butterfly started to struggle to come out.

At first the boy was excited, but soon he became concerned. The butterfly was struggling so hard to get out! It looked like it couldn’t break free! It looked desperate! It looked like it was making no progress!

The boy was so concerned he decided to help. He ran to get scissors, and then walked back (because he had learned not to run with scissors…). He snipped the cocoon to make the hole bigger and the butterfly quickly emerged!

As the butterfly came out the boy was surprised. It had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. He continued to watch the butterfly expecting that, at any moment, the wings would dry out, enlarge and expand to support the swollen body. He knew that in time the body would shrink and the butterfly’s wings would expand.

But neither happened!

The butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings.

It never was able to fly…

As the boy tried to figure out what had gone wrong his mother took him to talk to a scientist from a local college. He learned that the butterfly was supposed to struggle. In fact, the butterfly’s struggle to push its way through the tiny opening of the cocoon pushes the fluid out of its body and into its wings. Without the struggle, the butterfly would never, ever fly. The boy’s good intentions hurt the butterfly.


AFTER NOTE

Crosses are gifts from God to help toughen us and form us into the people He created us to be. Without them, a person never grows up to be strong in their faith, devotions, or resolutions. We also ought to keep in mind that God will never put us in a situation that is too difficult for us, as long as do our best and place all of our trust in Him. Therefore, every time that we face a struggle that seems impossible, let us face it with courage and say: "What doesn’t kill us will make us stronger."

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 on: February 11, 2016, 09:45:28 PM 
Started by James - a humble servant - Last post by Shin
'Our wish, our object, our chief preoccupation must be to form Jesus in ourselves, to make His spirit, His devotion, His affections, His desires, and His disposition live and reign there. All our religious exercises should be directed to this end. It is the work which God has given us to do unceasingly.'

St. Jean Eudes

'Get out of the filth of the horrible torrent of this world, the torrent of thorns that is whirling you into the abyss of eternal perdition. . . This torrent is the world, which resembles an impetuous torrent, full of garbage and evil odours, making a lot of noise but flowing swiftly passed, dragging the majority of men into the pit of perdition.'

St. Jean Eudes

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