May 4, 2018
Teresa’s family claimed they were of pure blood, that is, no mixture of Moorish or Jewish blood (reflecting the prejudice of the time instilled by the hundreds of years of Moor domination); but there are those authors who say that Teresa’s grandfather was a converso. He was brought before the Inquisition, forced to accuse himself of judaizing1 and, as punishment, had to process in the streets, seven Fridays in a row, wearing the humiliating sanbenito3. Reconciling with the Inquisition, out of expediency, Teresa’s grandfather moved, with his family, to Avila.
In 1514, the year before Teresa was born, Pope Leo X granted an indulgence to those donating money toward the building of a new Basilica in Rome, St. Peter’s. Although the indulgence called for the usual conditions of penance and contrition, it became highly controversial.
The year Teresa was born, 1515, Martin Luther was to attack the very Foundations of the Catholic Church using the selling of indulgences as a tool. As a result of this act, not only would the Catholic world never be the same, but the very essence of Christianity would change for all time. Opening the door to more conflicts to this very day, this one act of disobedience was to lead to the scandal of over 3000 splinters of the Cross of Jesus. What with disobedience building on disobedience, and dissension building on dissension, the unity Jesus commanded, “as I am one with the Father,” has instead become Christian against Christian, brother against brother. And how our Beloved Lord weeps.
Again, we come to Christ and how He defends His Church. We would be foolish to believe it was merely a coincidence that Teresa was born the very year Martin Luther came out with his dogma of salvation through grace alone. Whereas Luther, troubled by the conflict between the flesh and the Spirit, addressed his dilemma by embracing the good things of the world, Teresa was to live a radical life of obedience, often under the worst of conditions, choosing the Lord of all, rather than the all. Teresa, always calling herself a sinner, was to do penance throughout her life in reparation for what she considered this evil brought about by Luther.
Teresa was born on March 28, 1515, in Avila, in the Castillian region of Spain. She came from a large family, with three children by her father’s first marriage and nine by his second to Teresa’s mother whom he had married after the death of his first wife. St. Teresa spoke of her family in the following way, “I had parents who were virtuous and feared God….I never saw my parents favor anything but virtue.”
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May 3, 2018
Saint Martin de Porres and the mice remind us of St. Francis of
Assisi and Lupo, the Wolf. The farmers in the town of Gubbio
were going to kill a wolf who was attacking their chickens and
cows, and eating all their crops. Francis asked to speak to the
wolf. He met him in the forest and pleaded with him to stop his
vandalism immediately. Francis said he realized that the wolf,
whom we now call Lupo, was hungry. He said he would make a
deal with Lupo. If he would stop vandalizing the farmers’ crops
and animals, Francis would guarantee that the farmers would
feed him. Lupo stopped vandalizing the farms; the farmers took
turns feeding him, and Lupo not only became their friend, he also
became their greatest defender against invaders. To this day, there
is a statue of Lupo in the center of the town of Gubbio.
When you look at a prayer card, or the canonization painting
of St. Martin, you see him wielding the broom, as we said before.
Then you see the dog. But to his right, on the floor, there is a dish,
with a cat and a mouse and a dove all eating from it at the same
time. The mouse is a very important symbol of the ministry of St.
Martin de Porres. It began with a problem.-St. Martin’s wardrobe
room. After all his work, getting new clothing, shirts, sheets and
such, one day he found that there were mice in the room. They
were nibbling on the shirts and sheets, making holes, and doing
their business there, making a terrible smell. Martin didn’t know
what to do. His Superior suggested spreading poison to kill the
mice. That would do it. But Martin wasn’t having any of that.
He waited and watched until, one day he was able to catch one of the little enemies. He held him in his hands. The mouse was
sure this was his end. His little heart was beating so fast.
But then Martin spoke to the mouse, softly and gently. In
a short period of time, the mouse relaxed. He had no fear of
Martin. Martin explained the problem. They couldn’t have the
mouse and his friends chewing up all the supplies needed for the
Monastery and the infirmary. He realized it was because they
were hungry and were not getting enough food. Martin worked
out a deal with the mouse. If he led his friends to the far end of
the garden, where they would find a new place to live (which
Martin would show them), Martin promised that he would be
sure they received more than adequate food every day.
We’re not going to say the mouse actually answered “Okay”
but in effect it seemed like he agreed with his eyes. When Martin
put his little newfound friend down, the mouse scurried away.
Within minutes, from all over the wardrobe room, the heads of
hundreds of little mice appeared from every nook and cranny.
Martin led them out of the wardrobe room, out to the garden
where there was a whole area which would be suitable for them.
They immediately began nuzzling into the dirt, making holes
where they could set up their living quarters.
Martin was good to his word, as the mice knew he would be.
Every day, after he finished feeding everyone else-the shut-ins, the
workers in the Monastery and the street people, he would go out
to the garden with food for the mice. For their part, they never
came back to the wardrobe room or disturbed the Monastery in
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May 2, 2018
Saint Peregrine is the Patron Saint for Cancer Patients
Cancer may very well be the plaque of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Almost every family now knows of someone that has some form of cancer.
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April 30, 2018
Saint Ignatius of Loyola was the founder of the Jesuits
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April 29, 2018
Saint Gerard Majella the Patron of Expectant Mothers is known as the Handerchief Saint but did you know he was responsible for other Miracles as a little boy?
Like the Miracle of the Bread and the Miracle of the lost key.
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April 28, 2018
Saint Catherine of Siena Doctor of the Church was Mystically Married to Jesus
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