Today is Sunday, November 19, 2017
 
Spirituality
Don't you know that good works are the fruit of many tears and of a lot of suffering?Fr. Pio
Spirituality
Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words. St. Francis of Assisi
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Focus on and remove the defect that most prevents you from joining God. Fr Pio.
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Another fall, and what a fall! Must you give up hope? No. Humble yourself and, through Mary, your Mother, have recourse to the merciful Love of Jesus. A miserere, and lift up your heart! And now begin again. The Way, 711
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Praying is the pouring of our heart into the heart of God- Fr. Pio
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Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence. Pope John Paul II
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Thou hast created us for Thyself, and our heart is not quiet until it rests in Thee. Saint Agustine
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POWERFUL QUEEN,
PRONOUNCE YOUR FIAT



And create in me the Will of God,
Have the Divine Will take possesion of me,
Enrapture my heart to enclose it in the Will of God.
Rule over my will in order to convert in Into Divine Will
My Mother by your son´s resurrection, make me rise into the Will of God
Fiat, Fiat Fiat
(Fiat is:Be it done onto me / yes !)

"I recognize myself: As a new creation of God´s Love"
"I know that you love me, my God and I love you with all my heart"
"I want to love as you love and do as you want me to do"
Come Divine Will Come to rule on us
FIAT

“I accept with joy and preciousness the death that the Lord has reserved for me, in perfect surrender to His most Holly Will. May the Lord accept my life and death to the honor and glory of His Name…”

St. Therese Benedict of the Cross Edith Stein

FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT OF FAITH

Sanguis martyrum, semen Christianorum

Each martyr, altar of love in Christ, "Church history is a story of holiness and martyrdom ... that is why the Church everywhere must remain anchored in the testimony of the martyrs and jealously guard their memory."

Living these days requires much courage. There are so many concerns and many troubles, though, after all, is also nice to live in this time so full of hope for a more peaceful tomorrow, more human. 
Many risk their lives to defend their ideas and freedom, and we have shining examples of heroism. 
The Christian is obliged to make sacrifices to remain such. Is it not true that in some parts of the world there are still oppression and persecution that force those who wish to remain faithful to Christ to do so secretly, as in times of persecution?

Since Christ was hung on the cross, he began a story that has lasted two thousand years of Christian martyrs who will never know the word "end." He said it himself: "I have persecuted me, they will also persecute you." It is a perennial characteristic note of the Church of Christ is a Church of Martyrs. 
But there are pages in this story that deserve close attention, and are referred to the martyrs of the early centuries of the Christian Church, when blood was shed in greater abundance.

It is very useful, even necessary, return to this story (note: it is true history, not legend, documented history, not fables or myths) because it is a story that becomes school: she will learn to be we, intrepid to profess the faith and courage in overcoming our own hardships, whatever.

The Roman police did not want to give up his Christian faith after many martyrs' even with the most terrible of the crucifixion, "was burned at the stake or beheaded. If it were beheaded in a field where the body left unburied in order to be eaten by animals with the intention that Christians could not recover the remains of the martyr. Sometimes the followers of these martyrs had been able to remove the body at night, hence there are the relics of some of them.

St. Polycarp fought against heresy. He also taught that Christians must walk in truth, do God’s will, keep all of His commandments, and love whatever He loved. Christians must refrain from all fraud, avarice, detraction, and rash judgment. They must repay evil with forgiveness and mercy. He taught that one must pray all the time, so as not to be led into temptation, fast, persevere and be joyful.During his episcopate, a violent persecution broke out in Smyrna against the Christians. During this time, though fearless, the bishop retreated to a neighboring village, spending most of his time in prayer.A boy betrayed the bishop, and horsemen came by night to arrest him. He met his captors at the door, ordered them a supper, and prayed for two hours before he went with them.He was led directly to the proconsul, who ordered him to blaspheme Christ. St. Polycarp refused and he was to be burned alive.The executioners would have nailed him to the stake, but he convinced them that it wasn’t necessary. So they simple tied his hands behind his back. At the end of his prayer, the executioners set the fire, but the large flames formed into an arch, gently encircling but not burning his body. Exasperated, officials ordered a spearman to pierce him. Such a quantity of blood flowed from his left side that it put out the fire. The Christians wanted St. Polycarp’s body but the centurion burnt it to ashes. The bones were kept as relics.

Christ-bearing martyrs, aspiring to the greater gifts, endured all suffering and all kinds of torture designed against them, not once, but a second time because of threats that soldiers contention thrown against them with the words and deeds, not his conviction overturned, because perfect love casts out fear "(1 Jn 4, 18).

Among the pagans, anyone who wished to insult them martyrs and some struck with wooden sticks, others with sticks, others with whips, some with leather straps, others with ropes. The spectacle of the torture was extremely varied and extremely cruel.

In this situation, some died under torture, shaming the enemy with his record, others half dead, were thrown into jail where he died a few days after succumbing to the pain, the rest finally regaining health through the medical care, with time and contact with fellow prisoners restored their confidence.


Two priests and dozens of people, martyrs who were killed during an attack on a church in central Baghdad during Mass 2010.

"No words that reach the tortures and pains endured by the martyrs of the Thebaid, slashed across the body with hooves instead of claws, until he expired, and women were tied aloft by one foot and pulled down the head by pulleys, with the body completely naked, offered to the gaze of all the most degrading, cruel and inhuman of all events.

In a single day were made to die a hundred men, probably with their children and wives, executed through a sequence of refined torture.

Then look wonderful eagerness truly divine power and zeal of believers in Christ, the Son of God.

A sign, ageless but especially powerful today, the truth of Christian love is the memory of the martyrs. Do not forget your testimony. They are those who have proclaimed the Gospel by giving their lives for love. The martyr, especially in Nowadays, it is a sign of that greater love which sums up all other values.'s life reflects the extraordinary words uttered by Christ on the cross: 'Father, forgive them for they know not what they do "(Lk 23, 34). The believer who has seriously pondered his Christian vocation, for which the possibility of martyrdom foretold in Revelation and can not exclude it from his own life's horizon. The two thousand years since the birth of Christ are marked by persistent witness of the martyrs.

Yes, this is the host of those who "have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb" (Rev 7, 14).

 


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