[Hail holy Queen] … Turn then, O most gracious advocate, your eyes of mercy toward us: …
Jesus, after His resurrection, stated several times that ‘an advocate’ would be here for us, and that he would dwell with us for eternity. Most assume that Jesus meant the ‘Holy Spirit’ was to be that advocate. I agree with this as well. But, as Adam was partnered with Eve, and Jesus with Mary as the new Adam and Eve; I believe the Holy Spirit – being the third form of the risen Christ, – is partnered with the ‘assumed’ Mary in heaven, and on earth, as our advocates.
This does not supplant, or reduce the power and might of the godhead trinity. It actually augments the trinity through the beauty and grace of a perfect human wishing to help all come to the bosom of Jesus in heaven.
Pax et Bonum
Dan Halley, SFO
Franciscan Saint of the Day: St. Daniel and Companions
After the Franciscan Order had been blessed in the glorious death of its first martyrs, St. Berard and his four companions, holy rivalry was aroused among the children of St. Francis to offer their blood in preaching the Faith of Christ.
In 1227, Daniel, provincial of Calabria, a man of eminent sanctity, and six companions, Angelus, Samuel, class=”hiddenSpellError” pre=””>Donulus, Leo, Hugolinus, and Nicholas, with the blessing of the minister general, went to Africa to preach the Gospel of Christ to the Mohammedans. Landing at Ceuta, they resolved to preach in that large city. Before entering the city proper, they learned from Christian merchants that a strict order prohibited entrance to all Christians. They realized that their undertaking was fraught with the greatest danger, and they prepared themselves accordingly.
On Saturday, October 2nd, they made their confession, received Holy Communion, and then spent the remainder of the day in prayer. In the evening, as our Lord did on the eve of His sufferings, they washed one another’s feet. On Sunday morning they entered the city and began to preach to the crowds in the streets and public places, boldly declaring that salvation was to be found only in the name of Jesus. The city was in an uproar. The courageous preachers were thrown into prison.
A week later the prisoners were led before the governor, and an attempt was made to induce them to renounce their faith, first by promises, then by threats. All remained firm in their profession of Christ and were condemned to be beheaded.
The six companions bow knelt down before Daniel, their superior, thanked him for providing them with the opportunity of winning a martyr’s crown, and asked for a final blessing. Father Daniel, amid tears of holy joy, embraced each one, blessed them, and said: “Let us rejoice in the Lord, my faithful companions, for this festive day for us! The holy angels are already coming to conduct our souls to the eternal mansions, and this day the white-robed martyrs will receive us into their holy company. Heaven is open above our heads, we shall soon be in possession of eternal happiness.”
And so their heads rolled from the block, but their souls took their flight to heaven. Their remains were later taken to Spain, where many miracles occurred at their intercession. Pope Leo X canonized them in 1516.
from: The Franciscan Book of Saints, ed. by Marion Habig, ofm., © 1959 Franciscan Herald Press
(From http://www.franciscan-sfo.org website)