In Memory of Sister Clare Crockett

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On April 16th in the Holy Mother Church, we celebrated the birthday of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, but in small communities of religious and lay members alike, spread  throughout the world, we got together to view the new film “All or Nothing” to remember Sister Clare Crockett who was a Servant Sister of the Home of the Mother, who was killed along with five candidates in an earthquake that struck Playaprieta, Ecuador on April 16th, 2016.

Sister Clare was an amazing servant of God. She had spent several years in Jacksonville before ending up in Ecuador.  Back in October of 2006, when she and the other sisters first arrived in Jacksonville, I was truly amazed at their pure joy. The sisters are clothed in habits that are all white… but the joy that radiated from these beautiful sisters makes them shine from within … with their gentle, charitable natures they are beacons of Christ’s Light…. And even though there is so much focus on Sister Clare and her companions right now, all of the Sisters in the Home radiant this same sort of charism…Under the guidance of Father Raphael Alonso (the founder) and Mother Anna, these young women grow  in their spiritual lives, praying and focusing on God’s Will and His Holy Mother, allowing themselves to be transformed…allowing themselves to embody what it truly means to be a servant of the Lord, and it has truly been a blessing knowing this group of Priests and Sisters alike.

One special blessing, is that my family had the great joy of being one of the families who got to spend time with this sweet and holy Sister. We were a part of the group of lay members that welcomed the Sisters as they moved to Jacksonville Florida and set up a community here. There were four sisters who arrived from Spain. Two of them, Sister Theresa and Sister Ruth were originally from Spain and Sister Clare and Sister Terese  were both originally from Ireland. These were the first group of Sisters to actually live here. Prior to this we had had  opportunities to meet with several of the other sisters as they would have family retreats around town at different parishes before they were actually invited to move here permanently, due in large part from the persistent efforts of Delores Hambleton and the generous nature of Father Fred Parke.

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The Home of the Mother has 3 missions in the Church: The Defense of the Eucharist, the Defense of the Honor of Our Mother, especially in the privilege of her Virginity, and the Conquest of the Youth for Jesus Christ.

One of my first memories of the Home of the Mother was a family retreat they were holding at Assumption Parish here in Jacksonville. The adults were inside talking and I had wandered outside with my young daughter. I watched as the Brothers of the Home played games out in the field with our sons…they were having a great time. One of my sons was pretty shy at the time and I watched as the Brothers got each of the boys out of  their shells and my son was no different… he was having a blast. I knew right then that I wanted to know more about these religious young men and women who had such an awesome connection with the young people.

To get to know each of the Sisters was totally a wonderful experience…They are called the Home of the Mother…and it actually feels like being at home when you are with them… As part of their evangelization efforts, they hold weekly family meetings to guide and instruct the lay faithful…. They also do a weekly Holy Hour of Adoration with points of meditation and songs. The sisters would always sing, and when Sister Clare was still here, it was special to hear her singing… She had one of the most beautiful voices I have ever heard in my entire life. And to sit in the quite Church, praying and meditating with Our Blessed Lord…and to have Sister Clare’s voice… was a very beautiful memory for me and my family.

The movie documenting her life debuted on the 15th of April, and  is currently being shown in many areas, but even if there is not a showing close to where you live, please click on the teasers on the Home of the Mother website to see more about this wonderful religious order and to read more about Sister Clare Crockett…one of God’s chosen daughters …and I believe...one of God’s holy Saints….

 

 

 

 

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Be Not Afraid

“Be not afraid,” this was the message spoken by Pope Saint John Paul II when he became pope in 1978 … He continued to use this phrase…repeating this message….throughout the entirety of his pontificate throughout the 1980’s and 90’s… and then into the 2000’s. He used it especially when speaking to crowds of young people… at World Youth Day…. It was his motto…his slogan for Christians everywhere… It was a radical message. He was asking us to abandon ourselves to God…and turn away from the ordinary…the average everyday … ‘comfort zone’ areas  we tend to live in… He later said, that this message was to remind us, that we have nothing to fear…we have been redeemed by GodReflections: Matthew 19-21 - Rich Young RulerHe was using this message to inspire us to turn away from the comforts of the world…from our belongings, which if you think about it, wind up owning us more than we own them. Even though this phrase is so often linked to Pope Saint John Paul II, it is nothing new…it is the same message that Jesus spoke of when He came to share the Good News about His Father and Heaven… As in Matthew 19:21, when Jesus says to the young wealthy man who had come to ask Him what he needed to do to be saved, and Jesus replied “go and sell everything and follow Me”…

It was a message that resonated in the hearts of the young people all over the world…I was one of those young people who heard the message and wanted to follow the call. I was sure that the Pope was talking to me… I even remember  at one point I told my mom I wanted to abandon the things of this world and run off and join a religious order…Like most mothers, she flipped out and gave me a list of excuses a mile long as to why this was a bad idea. It was very discouraging…and disappointing on one hand… But, understandable on another.  I was her child and she was afraid… like the young man whom Christ spoke to, she found security in tangible things… material things…and the lifestyle of a religious, offered none of these things… in an attitude taken by so many parents… she wanted more for me…she wanted me to be something…to make something of myself… Unfortunately, this is a very common theme that comes from the parents of young people who want to explore a religious vocation.

Being fearless is a radical idea. Even in this day and age. It makes most of us uncomfortable to even think about it. Most people think of Chuck Norris or Steven Seagal as fearless… at least the people my age… I don’t know who is considered fearless nowadaysBut most of us have been manipulated by the world…manipulated by the devil into thinking that we should be afraid…That unless we are a master in the martial arts, that we should just  settle for the ordinary… and not risk anything or take any chances…

Like I have said countless times before…the devil is a clever manipulator…. He will whisper lies in your other ear, while God is whispering His plans for you, in your heart. He wants us to abandon the greatness that God is calling each of us to be. Yes, I mean each of us. You and me. We are all called to greatness. Again, I have to stress, it may not be great big worldly greatness... On a level that will bring us accolades and praise the world over… No, God is calling us to the specific greatness He has created in each of us…in whatever capacity that might be. Surprisingly though, this greatness is often more than each of us will ever realize. So many of us have created for ourselves a comfort zone of excuses that keep us mediocre. We garner a list that stretches out forever, of all the reasons… all of the ‘why nots’…that keep us safe and settled, and we pull this list out on nearly every occasion that God might be calling us to live out this greatness…to live out His greatness…

These excuses and lists may keep us relatively safe, but they also keep us average and ordinary. They keep us looking at situations that go by, as things that could have been… Looking at opportunities that would sing of God’s glory, we pooh pooh them…And  instead, we cling to our fears… both real and imagined…and we hide, under this blanket of fear. Where we are smothered.  The Light of Christ needs air…”Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but upon a candlestick, that it may shine to all that are in the house.” (Matthew 5″15)  And before we realize it, we have looked at these situations… these moments of daring, when God was calling us to action. Whether it be a moment of charity or maybe to perform a simple act of kindness… or perhaps a missionary journey, or whatever He was calling us to, and we view these promptings of the Lord,  from the perspective of the ‘ordinary Joe’Not from the perspective of a saint. And our life… this precious gift from God, has past us by. And we will have very little in our hands to offer the Lord at the gate. Remember, nothing in this life is easy. If it is, you may not be following God’s plan…you may just be doing it all wrong.

Take the sacrament of marriage. When a couple gets married, they are encouraged by the world to go all out…spend a fortune...“It’s your day,” as they say…. But then for the next stage, when it comes to the number of children, they are constantly told that one or two  is fine.  They are constantly reminded of their obligation to the world… Any more than the status quo, and you’re rocking the boat. You’re crossing the line. You’re taking up too much space…. But as Christians we need to remember our obligations are to the Lord… ‘Be not afraid.’ Be radical. Let the number of your children be a proclamation to the world that indeed there is a God. Let your children be a beacon of  God’s glory in this dismal self centered world. Let the size of your family be a sign of contradiction to the world. Pray about it, and be not afraid…there will be naysayers in every generation. Don’t become one of them.

What we need to realize as we go through our lives, is that, we will be afraid. We will fail. And we will struggle. And sometimes regardless of our best laid plans, things will fall apart in our hands.  Things may crumble all around us. But God will be there. Every inch of the way. Giving you the strength to make it through another day. Giving you the courage when you just want to throw in the towel and wipe your hands of the whole affair…God will be there…as the ‘Footprints’ poem says…He will be there holding you up when you are too weak to stand on your own…and He will carry you if needed… but you have got to be all in. Fearless and unafraid. And for that kind of grace, we need to pray. And we must always strive to remember to live our lives in union with the Lord, allowing His perspective of us to guide our every action… our every word…. in every situation. With Christ’s message of  “Be not afraid”, let us approach all of our endeavors with another motto that also comes to us from the God’s Holy Word : I can do ALL things through Christ Who strengthens me”. (Philippians 4:13) Amen.

 

 

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Saint Ardalion the Actor

Saint Ardalion the Mime as a Model for our Lives ...

Well, here’s one for the record books… Saint Ardalion; an actor who converted from his pagan ways and became a saint. With the way things are in Hollywood, it would seem that we should implore this holy saint  for many of our modern ‘movie stars.’  Even though he is often referred to as a jester or a mime, his role was one of entertaining and Ardalion was one of the more talented actors towards the end of the third century…. It is clear, that he had a way of drawing large crowds…and pleasing them with his antics. Unfortunately,  it is also clear that in our present age… few if any of our ‘favorite movie stars’ have even heard of him or implored him for his guidance.

One day the talented actor decided to lay it all on the line…he’d scripted his own play… One that showed the reality of the persecution that Christians were facing at the time, a play that highlighted the courage these Christians embodied in order to endure the torture and the punishments that were being waged against them. Unbeknownst to the pagan spectators and the Provincial Ruler, who was present along with other important State Officials, Ardalion had recently converted to Christianity and had chosen to write and act this show as to a means of trying to convert the crowds that had gathered to watch his performance… he was using his talents…his gifts, for Godand not against Him.

You see, Ardalion had been a pagan like everyone else. He had renounced Christ and made sacrificial offerings to false gods. But one day as he was ‘acting’ the part of a Christian in a play that mocked the pain and suffering of these brave men and women, God stirred in his heart. His conversion was almost instantaneous. God filled him with a courage and a bravery that he had not known. And later when he had written and was preparing himself to perform his own ‘play,’ it is almost certain that he prayed to God for courage and prayed to the Holy Spirit for guidance…. as it was an all or nothing kind of moment for him… The kind of moment that separates the saints from the rest of us…He had given his heart to God…and the rest of his body  went with it…there was no turning back for that kind of inspiration. It is that powerful.

During his performance he reenacted the bravery of the Christians, who were refusing to submit to the government. His portrayal was done with such natural emotion and conviction that many in the crowd were moved to compassion for the plight of the Christian. At one point, the crowds was so overcome that they loudly declared their admiration for his artistic talents…and begged for more. Later, as he was suspended from a wooden torture device that hung him high above the crowd…they became feverish with excitement… they couldn’t believe what they were seeing…it was so realistic, that he almost had them believing in what they were witnessing…The crowds erupted wildly… so much so, that Ardalion ordered all to calm down… he ordered them to be silent. And then in front of an auditorium full of pagans and state sponsored ‘henchmen,’ he declared himself to be a true Christian.

He explained to them that he was converted..and that his heart belonged to Christ. He assured them that he would no longer obey the government’s forced paganism. He told them that he would no longer renounce the Lord. The governor was a fan of Ardalion’s and didn’t want to punish him, so he contradicted the statements that Ardalion had made, and assured the crowd that it was just a misunderstanding… he assured the crowd that the actor was just playing a ‘role’ and that Ardalion would come to his senses and continue his pagan ways. He was sure that Ardalion would  renounce Christ once this performance was over, and once he had calmed down. Not wanting to punish such a star as Ardalion, he assured those who were gathered,  that surely he would continue to make sacrifices to the pagan gods. But Ardalion was filled with the grace of the Holy Spirit, and he continued to confess his faith in Christ. This outraged the governor, who in front of the large crowds who had just praised Ardalion, ordered that Ardalion  be thrown onto a red-hot iron, and killed. His play was the final act of this brave actor turned saint, and the outrage over his conversion resulted in his death. And instead of winning some golden award, he won the red crown of martyrdom and gained for himself a spot in heaven. Let us pray.

Dear Lord , Please inspire in each of us the same courage you gave to Ardalion, so that if ever we are faced with anything that contradicts You or Your Holy Catholic Church, that we may stand in the face of such contradiction, speaking the Truth and living our life for You and Your Glory…in all things….big and small alike, conforming our will to the Divine. Amen.

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The Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord

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Gospel of Luke 1: 26-38

The angel Gabriel was sent from God
to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph,
of the house of David,
and the virgin’s name was Mary.
And coming to her, he said,
“Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”
But she was greatly troubled at what was said
and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Then the angel said to her,
“Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God.
Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall name him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,
and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,
and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever,
and of his Kingdom there will be no end.”
But Mary said to the angel,
“How can this be,
since I have no relations with a man?”
And the angel said to her in reply,
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
Therefore the child to be born
will be called holy, the Son of God.
And behold, Elizabeth, your relative,
has also conceived a son in her old age,
and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
for nothing will be impossible for God.”
Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.”
Then the angel departed from her.
As we enter into this second week of the Easter season, the Church draws us forward once again, towards Christ… only this time, we are being drawn towards Christmas… we are being drawn to His birth. On this Feast of the Annunciation we are reminded of how Christ was conceived in the womb of the Blessed Mother. Usually this feast is celebrated on the 25th of March, nine months before Christmas, but this year, since it fell during Holy Week, it was transferred to the 1st Monday of the 2nd week of Easter.
This reading of the Gospel of Luke and the Annunciation of the angel Gabriel to Mary, reminds us that sometimes even though we are good and faithful people, trying to live a good Christian life…we may find ourselves being asked to follow still another path...a harder path than the one we have chosen. We may find that God is prompting us to abandon our plans and follow His call….And even though we all know that we have been given freewill…it is still the desire of God that we submit ourselves to His Will…out of obedience to the One Who made us….Much like the Blessed Mary, who was asked by the  angel Gabriel… as a messenger of the Lord... to conceive Jesus in Her virginal womb, by the sheer power of the Holy Spirit that was to overcome her…. We ourselves may find, that if we allow ourselves to listen to God...in the quite of our heart…We may find that God wants something more from us as well. Sometimes, He wants much … much more…
Sometimes we may be asked to do more than we think possible. Like the Blessed Mary, who did not understand all that the angel was telling Her, She was still able to conform her will to that of the Lord…. Listening to the angel … She gave her ‘yes’ to God…she gave her ‘Fiat‘ to the Lord. Even though she  did not understand how the things the angel spoke of were going to happen, she obeyed. She did not let her doubt or fear deter her from trusting in the Lord and obeying His request…conforming her will to His...She became the new Eve…
We must remember that God wants more from us than our comfort…He wants our all… He wants our worth…Which for most of us…is far more than we can even imagine…but He wants it….all of it…for the greater good…for our greater good and His glory … So that one day we may be able to see…all that He has  created…not only here on earth…but in Heaven with Him, as well.
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Enjoying These Days in the Octave of Easter

This week has been such a welcome change from the somberness of the days leading up to Easter… There is a revealing of the Risen Christ in almost all the daily readings at Mass and the Gospel readings keep repeating the same message… “Christ is Risen…Christ is alive…” in one way or another. This week...this octave of Easter, we are being reminded that He Lives… That He is not just some ghostly form that haunts our dreams… or some abstract spiritual being... No, we are being told and retold how  Jesus Christ rose from the dead…with His full body, He came back to life,  with the wholeness of His body… With actual flesh and bones…and Breath…

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We have been reading these stories from  the accounts of those who actually saw Him… Those who Actually talked with Him…fished with Him and ate with Him… He shows the faithful (His Mother…Mary Magdalene…the Apostles…) His actual Flesh…His skin and bones…proving to them…proving to us…  (today’s faithful) that He did as He said He would do… He rose on the third day…and He conquered death.

He is still doing the same for us. Even though we can’t actually put our finger into the hole on His hand…or into His side…Or gaze into His beautiful face… He is still with us…Every day….The Living Lord….Saving us from death. Speaking to us…in the quite of our hearts…reminding us… that He is Risen…That He Is Alive and He is with us… Right here and now… Right here in the Most Holy Eucharist… His Actual Body….His Actual Blood…His Soul and His Divinity… Present for all the faithful to behold and adore… and to love. On a daily basis. Every moment of our every day. And every night if we wish. In fact, each breath we take is in the presence of the ever living… never dying Lord, Who conquered death. Awesome,isn’t it? Hope you’re having a great Easter. Spring is in the air and Love Itself has manifest Himself for all the world to embrace…So, Rejoice …. Rejoice…. Rejoice.

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Saint John Payne – Called By God

You’re Invited to Share the Easter Celebrations at St ...This past Holy Saturday, in the late hours after the world had gone dark, the Church celebrated the Easter Vigil Mass. It is the same every year…it begins outside with the burning of a large fire, which the priest blesses. The fire is then spread to the large Easter candle that the deacon is holding. After some prayers and blessings, the fire is spread to a candle that each of the faithful are holding, following the priest and the deacon who is holding the Easter candle high for all to see, we process into the dark and empty Church… bringing Christ’s Light back into the darkness. And even though it is perhaps the longest  Mass of the entire year, it is by far, one of the most beautiful celebrations of the liturgical year.

Not only is it beautiful because we celebrate Christ’s Resurrection…with all the chants and all the readings…. it is also beautiful because this is the Mass where we Celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation and the Rite of Reception into Full Communion of the Catholic Church for those who have spent the better part of the year preparing to join the Catholic Church in the RCIA program. It is quite beautiful and really inspiring to see that God is still moving mountains and causing human hearts to stir and long for Him in a more deeper union.

It gladdens this heart of mine, because so often we see ‘cradle- Catholics’ who have been to Mass every Sunday for their entire life… Then as adults with families, they ‘keep the faith’… Never straying from their Sunday obligation… Like ‘good Catholics’ they even bring their children with them…Yet all the while, failing to realize…. failing to grasp.… the treasure of the Catholic Church… With protestant-tinted glasses, they fail to see the AWESOME gift of Faith that is only present in the Holy Catholic Church…Falling into the ‘sin’ of the ordinary…they attend Mass, yet they fail to see this ‘Supernatural Gift‘ that is here before us… They fail to understand,  that as Catholics… We have Jesus, Truly Present….His Body, His  Blood, His Soul and His Divinity...Right here…The Risen Lord…(the Triumphant over death!) in the Gift of the Eucharist!.. Somehow, they have lost the Awe of the Lord... They have lost the Awe the God…sadly, they have lost the Awe of Faith….

By making it a point to go to the Easter vigil we are in fact renewing our baptismal vows…renewing our promises to God that we are His… that we are Catholic… and that we will turn away from Satan and all his evil works…all his empty promises…. It is a tangible reminder to us lifers that we have a job to do and God is still there…calling us….each of us… into action.  And besides all that, it is just a wonderful way to witness how God is still in control and using His Holy Catholic Church to call people to Him.  And as faithful followers of Christ, who wish to imitate Him in all things … we really should be there, as family… to welcome them home.

Who was Saint John Payne? - St John Payne Catholic Church ...

One example of the powerful Way that God  moves in the lives of His converts, we need look no further than the life of one of today’s saints, Saint John Payne, as he was a convert to the Catholic Faith as well. So often when we read about saints, we find that they came from Catholic backgrounds … Born into the Church, as it were. Many of them were raised by devout parents who wished nothing other, than to raise their children to love the Lord…The Catholic Faith played a vital  role in their upbringing. And many of the Church’s  saints had the benefit of a firm foundation in the Faith…but not all of them….

Raised in a Protestant family from England, Saint John Payne was over the age of forty by the time he converted to the True Faith. Having been born around the year 1532, he was living in a time, during which England’s rulers had become very hostile towards the Holy Catholic Church. The King, outright despised the Church and Her power, and like they always say, if you give the devil an inch…he will take a hundred miles... and what had begun as King Henry VIII, trying to get the Church to approve his divorce from his wife, Catherine of Aragon, turned into decades of religious unrest and turmoil in England… causing many in the Church…religious and layman alike to suffer terribly.

In 1574, John entered the College at Douai and on April 7th, 1576, he was ordained a priest. Just a few short weeks later, he left for the English mission. While there he spent most of his time with the widow of Sir William Petre, who was the daughter of Sir William Browne. While with Lady Petre, he pretended that he was merely one of her stewards, but secretly administering the sacraments to the faithful, who still existed…quietly. Often at other times he would also stay with the Lord Mayor of the City of London, in whose house was a ‘priest hole,’ which was a small hidden room where he or another priest could hide.

During this time he was able to help George Godsalve; who had studied at Oxford and had been ordained as a deacon under the reign of the Catholic Queen Mary, but who had fallen back into the errors of Protestantism; reconvert to the Catholic Faith. But before he could witness the ordination of Godsalve, he was arrested and imprisoned in the early part of 1577. Thankfully, he was only to serve a short time and was released by Christmas of 1579, when he was able to return to Ingatestone.

While staying with Lady Petre, he and Godsalve, who by now was a priest as well, were arrested in Warwickshire, England, much through the efforts of the informer or spy, named George Eliot. Eliot, was a known murderer, rapist and thief who made a career out of denouncing Catholics and priests for bounty. He was often referred to as ‘Judas’ Eliot because of his betrayal of Christians. The priests were imprisoned in the Tower of London where they were tortured. Godsalve suffered much, but not nearly as much as Payne. Since Payne was the ‘bigger catch,’ he was forced by Council’s orders,to endure being twice racked. First on August 14th, and then again on October 31st.

The device used for this ‘racking’ was a torturous machine which stretched the person’s limbs, causing excruciating pain. Often popping could be heard as the bones, ligaments and cartilage of the person being tortured were ripped and destroyed. It was agonizing to say the least….but Saint John Payne was called to endure this punishment…not once, but twice….

The charges that were brought against Payne, were crimes of treason against the Queen. These charges were raised by none other than ‘Judas’ Eliot who was acting out of his anger that the priest had refused to perform a marriage for him earlier.  A short while later, Payne was indicted on the trumped up charges of treason and conspiring to murder the Queen, so as to reinstall Mary, Queen of Scots, to the throne. Of course, Payne wished no such thing, and steadfastly denied all charges, he even affirmed his loyalty to the Queen, in all matters that was lawful for him to do, while still remaining loyal to the Pope. But that didn’t matter… Eliot continued to raise other charges against Payne, all of which, remained unproven, and without any benefit of a fair trial, Father Payne was sentenced to be hanged, drawn and quartered. Receiving his sentence, he calmly commented “If it please the Queen and her Council that I shall die, I refer my cause to God”.
On the morning of April 2nd, 1582, Father Payne was dragged from his cell to the place of execution. There he fell to his knees and prayed for nearly a half and hour. He then kissed the scaffold that was to be used to hang him. He also made a Profession of Faith and declared himself innocent. He was offered a pardon on condition that he conform to the Church of England, and abandon his Faith… but he steadfastly refused.
Fr. Payne was well known in the area and was well liked and admired by many. When he was turned off the ladder, several men from the crowd jumped and grabbed the priests feet, adding weight, so that the priest would die a quicker, less agonizing death. The crowd also prevented the hangman from cutting his body down to quarter him before he had died. Consequently, they  spared him the agony of being drawn and quartered while still alive.

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St John Payne was beatified by Pope Leo XIII,  and was one of the group of Catholic Martyrs canonized by Pope Paul VI on 25th, October 1970. They are collectively known as the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales.

As we make our way through this Octave of Easter…Still filled with all the joy of the Risen Lord… and with all of the recent celebrations still fresh in our minds and hearts… let us remember to pray for our newly initiated brothers and sisters in Christ…that they will be ready to defend this great and Holy Institution along with all the Faithful Church Militant here on earth…even if it means facing martyrdom or death. And with that, let us pray:

Dear Lord, Please give us the courage that we need in our day to day struggles… those both big and small alike,  searching out Your Will for us…in all things. And let us also pray that  if we are ever called to wear the red crown of martyrdom, that You may pour Your tender Mercy down upon us, allowing us to be bathe in the blood of Your Holy Saints…these Holy Martyrs… so that we may be able to stand, facing whatever evil befalls us…using our life…our breath…as a testimony to You, God Almighty…Praising You and giving You endless Glory. AMEN.

 

 

 

 

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Easter Sunday – Christ Is Risen- Alleluia!

 

Monterey Latin Mass: Easter Sunday 2013 - Christ is risen!

Jesus Christ Is Risen Today, Alleluia!

I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die.” (John 11:25-26)

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