Good Morning. I am sitting at the kitchen table, listening to the bird’s chirp outside my window, sipping on a nice bottle of diet Mountain Dew (my caffeine fix, most of the time). The children are gone to school, and my wife is at work. With four young children, two dogs, and two cats, peace and calm is infrequent in my household.
Today is also Columbus day. Can you picture the dedication Columbus, and his sailors had to be on the open seas for months and/or years, at a stretch with only a hope of finding islands large enough to support their daily food and equipment needs? It definitely took a special person to carry out such a feat.
It also took a special person to come to human kind, and allow himself to be ridiculed, beaten, crucified, and die – just for us, sinners. Jesus is OUR hope in finding enough to support our daily, and eternal, needs.
[Hail holy Queen] … O clement, O loving, O sweet virgin Mary. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God …
Clement is an interesting word, and one not used a lot in my circle of friends. It basically means one who is meek or mild in nature, as well as merciful. ‘Meak – mild – merciful – loving – sweet’ are virtues that anyone would love to emulate. Through the hard times of exile to Egypt with a newborn baby; the constant ridicule and threats to her and her son; to the scourging and ‘criminals’ death by crucifixion, Mary never deviated from these virtues.
There is not a better model of Christianity, than that of Mary. There is not a better model of motherhood than Mary. There is not a better Model of a person in love with her son, and with the Godhead, than Mary. We should all pray daily to ask for Mary’s help in living her model in life. We need to ask Mary, and her Son, to give us all the help we need to live a life worthy of God.
Pax et Bonum
Dan Halley, SFO
Franciscan Saint of the Day: St. Seraphin of Montegrano 1540-1604
Seraphin fostered a tender devotion to the Blessed Mother and occasionally visited her shrine at Loreto, not far from his home. Once, on his way to the shrine, he found the River Potenza so high that no boatman ventured across. In his eagerness to get to the shrine, Seraphin stepped on the water, and it became like solid ground beneath him; he crossed the river on his way to the shrine and back without so much as wetting the soles of his feet.
Desiring to consecrate himself to the service of God, he entered a Capuchin convent when he was only 16 years old. The high degree of perfection he had already attained was soon noticed and admired. His brethren were edified at his humility, charity, mortification, and self-sacrifice. Punctual in performing all the duties assigned to him, he still found time to be of service to the other brothers.
During a famine he ate but a fourth of his own meager meal, in order to have so much more to give to the poor. As porter of the convent, charged with providing for the poor, he once exceeded the bounds of obedience. For, as he had nothing more to give and there were still some poor waiting for help, he went into the garden and gathered a supply of the vegetables growing there. When his superior took him to task for it, the good brother assured him that the community would in no way suffer on his account, and the next morning a new growth of vegetables appeared in the garden.
The miraculous power with which God rewarded the charity of His servant continued to manifest itself. Countless sick were restored to health when he made the Sign of the Cross over them.
Inflamed with the love of God, Seraphin departed from this life on October 12, 1604, in his 64th year. Many miracles occurred at his grave, and Pope Clement XIII canonized him in 1767.
from: The Franciscan Book of Saints, ed. by Marion Habig, ofm., © 1959 Franciscan Herald Press
(From http://www.franciscan-sfo.org website)