Saint Arnold of Soissons

Arnold of Soissons was born in the town of Brabant near Brussels around the year 1040. He trained to become a soldier since his youth and later served under Henry I of France for a few years.

Then he settled at the Benedictine St. Medard’s Abbey at Soissons in France, where he served as a hermit for the first three years. Then he was honored with the title of abbot of the monastery, but he refused the title and went away.

As stated, he was forced by a wolf to go back to the monastery and to accept the honor. So he did return and became the abbot. Later, around the year 1080, he was again honored, this time with the position of bishop. And as modest as he was, he tried to avoid before being forced by divine intervention.

When another bishop intervened to take Arnold’s position, instead of fighting he willingly left the monastery and decided to live more quietly, so he founded the Abbey of St. Peter in Oudenburg.

There he finally found his real passion – brewing beer. In medieval times, beer was an essential, as many places did not have access to clean drinking water. Arnold gladly brewed the beer for the local peasants and encouraged them to drink it instead of water.Read More »

“When we look to God as provider, we are surrendering our independence and trusting someone else to meet our needs, over which we have no control…”

“When we look to God as provider, we are surrendering our independence and trusting someone else to meet our needs, over which we have no control. Letting go of our ‘dependence on independence’ and letting someone else take control goes against natural human instinct. We need to fight the urge to take over and just let God be God, because He can provide for us better than we can.” ~ Corallie Buchanan

#MoralStory: The Perfect Pair Of Sandals

A fashionable lady entered a footwear store in search of a pair of new sandals for her use. She tried every sample available in the store but none of them seemed to suit her feet. Disappointed, she was about to leave the store when she noticed a pair lying near the entrance. She put them on and was delighted to find that the pair suited her perfectly. She enquired about its price. The manager told her, “It is free. You can use them”.

The lady was surprised and asked, “Why?”

The manager said, “That was the pair you had on your feet when you came in. You removed them to try the new sandals.”

We may be in a similar situation when we worry about our present predicament on seeing better options elsewhere. We may feel that we should have received a more rewarding job, a more comfortable house, a more beautiful spouse etc. Let us realize that God has given each of us the best gifts that suit us most. Let us thank God for the blessings received.

We Are Called

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1. Come, live in the light! 
Shine with the joy and the love of the Lord!
We are called to be light for the kingdom, 
to live in the freedom of the city of God!

Refrain: We are called to act with justice;
we are called to love tenderly. 
We are called to serve one another, 

to walk humbly with God.

2. Come, open your heart! 
Show your mercy to all those in fear! 
We are called to be hope for the hopeless, 
so all hatred and blindness will be no more!

3. Sing, sing a new song! 
Sing of that great day when all will be one! 
God will reign, and we’ll walk with each other

 as sisters and brothers united in love! 

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#ShortNews: Ave Maria University rode out Hurricane Irma giving shelter and aid

The storm raged around Ave Maria Saturday September 9 and continued through Sunday, bringing strong winds and a tornado that twisted the metal football bleachers into an unrecognizable knot. Approximately 1,200 total people were sheltered by Ave Maria University’s buildings, including 450 Immokalee residents, 350 students, staff and their families, first responders, and others from the town of Ave Maria.

“I thought about how helpless we can be in the face of something like a natural disaster, but it’s usually when we realize our helplessness that we are able to be most open to God,” Dr. Nutt said. “I actually thought of the servants of the Wedding at Cana—they needed to serve more wine, but all they had to work with was water. It was precisely to the helpless, emptyhanded servants that Our Lady spoke to and cared for…being helpless is often the means that God uses to touch us and use us in a deeper way.”

http://www.catholicworldreport.com/2017/09/15/ave-and-irma-how-this-small-catholic-university-weathered-the-storm/

#ShortNews: Hindu nationalists threaten small Catholic village in central India

Mohanpur Mission was started in 1997 to reach out to the poor tribal villagers who are mostly farm labourers. It is situated 30 KM north of district headquarters of Guna. There are around 30 Catholics only in this village. Catholic mission has a hostel for poor tribal boys who attend the local government school. Various social work projects are undertaken in and around 40 villages by the diocesan social work department, the ‘Manav Vikas’ to help the poor.

Bishop Anthony Chirayath of the Syro-Malabar diocese of Sagar, who was visiting his Catholics in Mohanpur village in Guna district on Wednesday told Vatican Radio that the situation there was “very serious”.

http://www.news.va/en/news/catholic-village-in-sagar-diocese-threatened

 

#ShortNews: “Christ is not a mere guru or wise man”

Nagasaki (Agenzia Fides) – Missionaries who introduced the Gospel in Japan did not endanger their lives “just to announce Christ as an extraordinary wise man or guru of moral life, or as a promoter of social welfare”. They were ready to sacrifice their own existence only because they wanted to make known “the mystery of Jesus, the Son of God, who offers his life to redeem man from his existential solitude, from the poverty of sin and the slavery that humiliate him”.

This is what Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, said during his homily celebrated on Tuesday evening 19 September in the Cathedral of Nagasaki

http://www.fides.org/en/news/62935-ASIA_JAPAN_Cardinal_Filoni_in_Nagasaki_Christ_is_not_just_a_guru_of_moral_life#.Wch6XLPQ7IU

Do You Have Any Complaints?

© 2016 by Terry A. Modica

Think of the “pharisees” in your life, the unteachable people who are so sure they’re right that their pride blinds them to their errors and sins. We all have some degree of phariseeism in our thoughts.

Humility is the cure – taking an honest look at our fallibility to discover how we have strayed from God’s will so that our Lenten journey brings us back to him.

In the Gospel reading (Numbers 21:4-9), the Israelites realized that their straying began when they complained. Pride tells us that it’s right to complain because we know (as if we’re God) that life should be perfect. Pride tells us that suffering is proof that we should grumble and complain rather than praise God. Pride makes us impatient for the Promised Land, which we will not reach unless we do a lot of growing first.

Growth is a product of suffering. Complaints are a product of pride.

The Israelites were saved from their pride when God provided a tool of repentance, the bronze serpent mounted on a pole, which foreshadowed the crucifixion of the Messiah. The serpent represented their sins, just as Jesus would one day accept all the world’s sins upon himself and be “mounted” on the cross and raised up for all to see.

In the Gospel passage (John 8:21-30), the Pharisees are so sure they have the right understanding of God that they fail to recognize Jesus as their long-awaited Messiah. When people justify sins by claiming that that they are hearing God correctly, they become offensive whenever their understanding is challenged by reality. How do you handle this? Do you complain?

Analyze what you’re saying when you complain. Complaining about people means we’re condemning them. Complaining about a situation is condemning the God who allowed the situation to occur.

Look at how Jesus handled the Pharisees. He longed for them to hear and accept the truth. He could have complained about them, but instead he rested in the fact that the day would come when the truth would speak for itself.

If you feel like complaining, take your complaints to God and only to God; he understands your frustrations better than everyone else. Go to friends for good counsel, but don’t drag them into the fray by making them complain, too.

When we vent our anger to God alone, our complaints dissolve into his mercy. We lose interest in complaining. We are healed. We find peace. Does that happen when you vent with your friends? Let’s take a vow of silence rather than allow complaints to escape from our lips. God will resurrect us into a new life of peace and joy that lasts even when things go wrong.

Saint Berlinda of Meerbeeke

Berlinda Saint of the 7th century, was the daughter of a nobleman, Odelard, who lived at Meerbeeke, near Mirore, in Brabant, in the reign of Dagobert. She had gifts of intellect, unlike many saints, but like many female saints she had beauty; but was disliked by her own father.

Being disinherited, she retired to the monastery of Moorsel, near Alost, where she lived in penitence and prayer, and and became a Benedictan nun. On the death of her father, Berlinda returned to Meerbeeke where her father had been buried.

The tradition states that she spent her life helping the poor and suffering. She continued her life of austerities until her death, Feb. 3 (her festival day), 690. Miracles were said to be wrought at her tomb; her coffin was petrified. A church was built to her honor, and her relics were enshrined May 2, 728.

The Saint has remained in great honor at Meerbeeke, is invoked against cattle-diseases, and pilgrims pray before a wooden image of the saint beside a cow. According to a popular saying, Berlinda protects trees transplanted on her festival. She is mentioned in the martyrologies of Wyon, Menardus, Ferrarius, and Molanus. in his addition to Usuardus. There is an ancient Life (anonymous) published by Bollandus. — Baring- Gould, Lives of the Saints, ii, 50 (sub Feb. 3).

“Regardless of your chosen faith, at the end of your life’s journey, your heart will be measured in two ways. One, the weight of your conscience must far outweigh the weight of a feather. Two, any impurities in your heart must weigh no more than one feather.”

“Regardless of your chosen faith, at the end of your life’s journey, your heart will be measured in two ways. One, the weight of your conscience must far outweigh the weight of a feather. Two, any impurities in your heart must weigh no more than one feather.” ~ Suzy Kassem