†Saint Quote "Quote of the Day "Where there is no love, put love and you will find love." –St. John of the Cross
†Today's Meditation "Dearly beloved Mother, grant, if it is possible, that I may have no other spirit but yours to know Jesus and his divine will; that I may have no other soul but yours to praise and glorify the Lord; that I may have no other heart but yours to love God with a love as pure and passionate as yours. I do not ask you for visions, revelations, feelings of devotion, or spiritual pleasures. It is your privilege to see God clearly; it's your privilege to enjoy heavenly bliss; it's your privilege to triumph gloriously in heaven at the right hand of your Son and to hold absolute sway over angels, men, and demons; it is your privilege to dispose of all the gifts of God, just as you wish . . . The only grace I beg you to obtain for me is that every day and every moment of my life I may say: Amen, so be it, to all that you did while on earth; amen, so be it, to all that you are now doing in heaven; amen, so be it, to all that you are doing in my soul, so that you alone may fully glorify Jesus in me for time and eternity." —St. Louis de Montfort, p.160
An Excerpt From Manual for Marian Devotion
†Daily Verse "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from you; it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so no one may boast. For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in them." –Ephesians 2:8-10
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St. Petronille (1st c.), also known as Petronilla, was a virgin martyr of the early Church in Rome. According to tradition she was connected to St. Peter the Apostle; she may have been either his natural daughter, servant, convert (spiritual daughter), or co-laborer in the faith. It is also a tradition that St. Petronilla was cured of palsy by St. Peter. She is remembered for being beautiful, for refusing marriage to a pagan king due to her vow of chastity, and for suffering martyrdom for her unwavering faith. In the 8th century the chapel containing her relics became the burial place of French kings. This is due to the fact that she was the supposed daughter of St. Peter, and the French kings were considered the "adopted sons" of St. Peter; therefore, St. Petronille was invoked as an intercessor for all treaties between the Holy See and the French crown. Her relics were later moved to St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, and on her feast day Mass at St. Peter's is offered for France and attended by French residents living in Rome. St. Petronille is the patronness of the dauphins of France, mountain travelers, and against fever. Her feast day is May 31st.
Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Reading I Zep 3:14-18a
Shout for joy, O daughter Zion!
Sing joyfully, O Israel! Be glad and exult with all your heart,
O daughter Jerusalem! The LORD has removed the judgment against you,
he has turned away your enemies; The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst,
you have no further misfortune to fear. On that day, it shall be said to Jerusalem:
Fear not, O Zion, be not discouraged! The LORD, your God, is in your midst,
a mighty savior; He will rejoice over you with gladness,
and renew you in his love, He will sing joyfully because of you,
as one sings at festivals.
Brothers and sisters: Let love be sincere; hate what is evil, hold on to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; anticipate one another in showing honor. Do not grow slack in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the holy ones, exercise hospitality. Bless those who persecute you, bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Have the same regard for one another; do not be haughty but associate with the lowly; do not be wise in your own estimation.
Responsorial Psalm Isaiah 12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6
R. (6) Among you is the great and Holy One of Israel. God indeed is my savior;
I am confident and unafraid. My strength and my courage is the LORD,
and he has been my savior. With joy you will draw water
at the fountain of salvation. R. Among you is the great and Holy One of Israel. Give thanks to the LORD, acclaim his name;
among the nations make known his deeds,
proclaim how exalted is his name. R. Among you is the great and Holy One of Israel. Sing praise to the LORD for his glorious achievement;
let this be known throughout all the earth. Shout with exultation, O city of Zion,
for great in your midst
is the Holy One of Israel! R. Among you is the great and Holy One of Israel.
Alleluia See Lk 1:45
R. Alleluia, alleluia. Blessed are you, O Virgin Mary, who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled. R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel Lk 1:39-56
Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, "Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled."
And Mary said:
"My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation. He has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty. He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children for ever."
Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.
Daily Meditation: Luke 1:39-5
My spirit rejoices. (Luke 1:47)
If you had to describe Mary's visit to her cousin Elizabeth in only one word, it most certainly would be "joyful." Elizabeth cries out with joy when she hears Mary's voice. Her child leaps for joy in the womb. And Mary shares that her spirit "rejoices" in the Lord (Luke 1:47).
This scene is more than a happy family reunion. It's two women, sisters in the Lord, rejoicing over God's work in them. Not only has each of them conceived miraculously, but they have both been privileged to play a pivotal role in God's plan of salvation.
Look closely at Mary's prayer of praise, and you'll find another reason for their joy. Both she and Elizabeth have been "lifted up" by the Lord (Luke 1:52).
This isn't just pious language. Mary is speaking from experience. Remember, Joseph had considered divorcing her when he first learned she was pregnant with a child that wasn't his. She came close to being condemned, and her child, conceived by the Holy Spirit, being labeled illegitimate. But by sending an angel to reassure Joseph, God rescued Mary and lifted her up to become the Mother of the Messiah. And for that, Mary is filled with joy.
As for Elizabeth, it was common for a woman's "barrenness" to be seen as God's punishment for some hidden sin. The fact that Elizabeth rejoiced over God taking away her "disgrace before others" shows how keenly she must have felt that disgrace (Luke 1:25). You can imagine her enduring her neighbors' pity and scorn. But now she rejoices that God has delivered her from the prying eyes and pointing fingers of "the proud" (1:51).
How has God lifted you up? Maybe he has helped you overcome a particular sin. Maybe his mercy has delivered you from shame or fear. Maybe he has healed you or spoken just the right word at just the right time or accompanied you during a season of suffering. Whatever it is, give praise to the Lord for it today. Join Mary in rejoicing in God, your Savior!
"Lord, my spirit rejoices in your saving power!"
Zephaniah 3:14-18 (Psalm) Isaiah 12:2-6
From today's 1st Holy Scripture: "Brothers and sisters: Let love be sincere; hate what is evil, hold on to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; anticipate one another in showing honor. Do not grow slack in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord."
What an amazing choice of commands and words and encouragement from St. Paul. Yet how often do we love but not sincerely? Not sacrificially? Rather, we love with limits and conditions, don't we? I know of one that is on to his second divorce because the spouse has stepped over their boundaries and this is not forgiveable according to the person. And so, a child suffers now. But God calls us to more. I am having a hard time with loved ones that are all upset with feelings, and I'm telling one in the fight to stop depending on feelings. One threatens suicide and the other threatens never to come back to the family again. Can you see the constant things one has to deal with? What about what God says? What about HIS holy will? We choose our own doom, He doesn't put us there when we choose sin. Yet evil blames the good. Watch the narrative of libertarians, this is exactly what they say...that it is the other party to blame, and when one points the finger...the rest point back. And for you, the message is clear, for reading this, the message is "do not slack in zeal".
We pray in Psalms: "God indeed is my savior; I am confident and unafraid. My strength and my courage is the LORD, and he has been my savior. With joy you will draw water at the fountain of salvation. Among you is the great and Holy One of Israel."
What is most important to people?
What is most important to you? Some say it is family. Others say work. Others may say some ideologies thus idols. But here, you are spoken to with the truth. It is our Lord our God that is most important, for He is true love that holds all things together.
In today's Gospel we heard our Lord: "Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, "Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb."
Apparently, Saint Elizabeth knew that Mary was carrying the Lord for she then exclaims: "And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?"_
Saint Elizabeth is then to be known as a great woman of faith. For she believed. And this caused her child to leap, for the child picks up on the vibes of the mother and it helps form the child.
And so it goes with Holy Scripture that says "you were fearfully and wonderfully made". In our world, we look to people of ages, to the tune of billions of people. The world considers the people as a passing and pointless and usable object, for evolution and for utilitarianism. But remember, the world operates opposite of what God has designed. It opposes with the antichrist everything. And the antichrist has infiltrated the Church since the beginning but perhaps to a new degree within the last 100 years, where man is convinced to leave Christ off to a side...like the Blessed Sacrament in the Church, now instead of being at the center, it is set off to the side in many churches. And the belittling of handling Him with your filthy hands in Holy Communion. How different is that then the recent attacks on Him as of late hearing of breaking and entering churches to desecrate the Holy Host?
These are signs that there is something there. God is really there. The evil only attacks what is good. This means that there is goodness to be treasured.
Notice how evil loves to attack families. That's because there is something good there. Take heart! You are not alone! God is with us! Leap for joy as Saint Elizabeth and Saint John the baptist. For the Holy Word has entered your realms right now. And it is about to get more real in the coming times.
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