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When assaulted by any vice, we must embrace the practice of the contrary virtue, and refer all the others to it, by which means we shall overcome our enemy, and at the same time advance in all the virtues. (. . .) For as the wild boar, to sharpen his tusks, whets and polishes them with his other teeth, and by this means sharpens all at the same time, so a virtuous man, having undertaken to perfect himself in the virtue of which he stands most in need for his defence, files and polishes it by the exercise of the other virtues, which whilst they help to sharpen that one, make all of them become more excellent and better polished.

– St. Francis de Sales, Introduction to the Devout Life

Acknowledgement

By Francisco Bayeu y Subías – [3], Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=50771068

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Stjohn-nativity

Today the Church celebrates the birth of St. John the Baptist, the last prophet of the Old Law and forerunner of Christ.

I don’t have much very much to say about this — if you want more information, go to today’s Mass readings; they’ll tell you everything you need to know.

But I did want to point out that it’s no accident that this observance falls so close to the summer solstice, the longest day of the year.  Here we have, as it were, a fulfillment of the Baptist’s own words:

He must increase; I must decrease.

-John 3:30

Accordingly, over the next several months we will see the days grow gradually shorter.  This period will terminate with the winter solstice, which falls right around the Church’s observance of another Nativity.

Do I really need to tell you what that is?

We’ve all heard that time-honored saying about the night being darkest just before the dawn.  After the coming of the Light from on high is celebrated in the Church, the days grow gradually longer and brighter.

That’s all for now.  Have a nice evening!

Acknowledgements

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Father,
you raised up Saint Athanasius
to be an outstanding defender
of the truth of Christ’s divinity.
By his teaching and protection
may we grow in your knowledge and love.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

References

Image: Wikipedia

Text: Prayers4reparation’s blogPrayers4reparation’s blog

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Pordenone: M‡rk evangelista

O Glorious St. Mark, through the grace of God our Father, you became a great Evangelist, preaching the Good News of Christ.  May you help us to know Him well, so that we may faithfully live our lives as followers of Christ.  Amen.

Acknowledgement

de Sacchis, Giovanni Antonio.  Il Pordenone — San Marco.  26 Aug. 2010.  Wikipedia.  https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Il_Pordenone_-_San_Marco_-_Budapest.jpg#mw-jump-to-license

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I bind to myself today
The strong virtue of the Invocation of the Trinity:
I believe the Trinity in the Unity
The Creator of the Universe.

(. . .)

I bind to myself today
The power of Heaven,
The light of the sun,
The brightness of the moon,
The splendour of fire,
The flashing of lightning,
The swiftness of wind,
The depth of sea,
The stability of earth,
The compactness of rocks.

(. . .)

Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ within me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ at my right, Christ at my left,
Christ in the fort,
Christ in the chariot seat,
Christ in the poop [deck],
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks to me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

– From the “Breastplate of St. Patrick” (text from New Advent)

Acknowledgements

Borchert, Andreas F.  “Church of Our Lady, Star of the Sea, and St. Patrick, Goleen, County Cork, Ireland.”  10 Sept. 2009.  Wikipedia.  https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Goleen_Church_of_Our_Lady,_Star_of_the_Sea,_and_St._Patrick_North_Wall_Fourth_Window_Saint_Patrick_Detail_2009_09_10.jpg#mw-jump-to-license’;

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O Glorious Saint John, you were so loved by Jesus that you merited to rest your head upon his breast, and to be left in his place as a son to Mary.  Obtain for us an ardent love for Jesus and Mary.  Let me be united with them now on earth and forever in heaven.

Acknowledgement

Unknown.  “The Last Supper.”  Source/Photographer Acervo de Obras de Arte Europeia em Coleções Brasileiras.  

Text: http://www.catholicwalton.com/prayer-to-st-john-the-evangelist/

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O most Holy Virgin, immaculate in body and spirit,
look kindly on me as I implore your powerful intercession.

O most Holy Mother, receive my prayers as I present them to God.

O Mary, Mother of Jesus and our Mother, you intercede for us with your Son.

O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.  Amen.

Acknowledgement

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo.  Immaculate of Soult.  https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Murillo_immaculate_conception.jpg#mw-jump-to-license

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