O God, who have been pleased to increase your adopted children in all the world, and who made the blood of the Martyrs Saint Andrew Kim Tae-gŏn and his companions a most fruitful seed of Christians, grant that we may be defended by their help and profit always from their example. 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
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.
“May you consider truly good whatever leads to your goal and truly evil whatever makes you fall away from it. Prosperity and adversity, wealth and poverty, health and sickness, honors and humiliations, life and death, in the mind of the wise man, are not to be sought for their own sake, nor avoided for their own sake. But if they contribute to the glory of God and your eternal happiness, then they are good and should be sought. If they detract from this, they are evil and must be avoided.” ~St. Robert Bellarmine
St. Robert Bellarmine, pray for us.
“How much I must criticize you, my church, and yet how much I love you! You have made me suffer much and yet I owe much to you. I would like to see you destroyed and yet I need your presence. You have given me much scandal and yet you have made me understand holiness. Never in this world have I seen anything more deceiving, compromised, or false, yet never have I touched anything more pure, generous or beautiful. Many times I have felt like slamming the door in your face — and yet, every night, I have prayed that I might die in your arms! No, I cannot be free of you, for I am one with you, even if not completely you. Then, too, where would I go? To build another church? But I cannot build another church without the same defects, for they are my own defects. And, if I were to build another church, it would be my church, not Christ’s church. No. I am old enough to know that I am no better than others. I shall not leave this church, founded on so frail a rock, because I would be founding another one on an even frailer rock: Myself! And, what do rocks matter? What matters is Christ’s promise, what matters is the cement that binds the rocks into one: the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit alone can build the church with stones as ill-hewn as we.” ~Br. Carlo Carretto, hermit; excerpt from I Sought and I Found
Behold! Behold the wood of the Cross on which is hung our Salvation. Come let us adore.
“The cross is honorable because it is both the sign of God’s suffering and the trophy of his victory. It stands for his suffering because on it he freely suffered unto death. But it is also his trophy because it was the means by which the devil was wounded and death conquered; the barred gates of hell were smashed, and the cross became the one common salvation of the whole world.” ~St. Andrew of Crete
Almighty God, we rejoice in the name and protection of the most holy Virgin Mary. By her motherly prayer grant that your faithful may be delivered from evil on earth. May they be led to eternal joys in heaven. We ask this 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