God is not removing you from your environment

God is not removing you from your environment. He is not taking you away from the world, or from your condition in life, or from your noble human ambitions, or from your professional work… But he wants you to be a saint ‑‑ right there! – St Josemaria, The Forge

Be convinced that our professional vocation is an essential and inseparable part of our condition as Christians. Our Lord wants you to be holy in the place where you are, in the job you have chosen for whatever reason. To me, every job that is not opposed to the divine law is good and noble, and capable of being raised to the supernatural plane, that is, inserted into the constant flow of Love which defines the life of a child of God…

We must avoid the error of thinking we can reduce the apostolate to the performance of a few pious practices. You and I are Christians but at the same time, and without any break in continuity, we are citizens and workers with clear obligations, which we have to fulfill in an exemplary manner if we really want to become saints. Jesus himself is urging us: ‘You are the light of the world’ (Matt 5:14-16).

St Josemaria, Friends of God

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Prayer for St Padre Pio

Today is the memorial of St Padre Pio.

Prayer: Almighty ever-living God, who, by a singular grace, gave the Priest Saint Pius a share in the Cross of your Son and, by means of his ministry, renewed the wonders of your mercy, grant that through his intercession we may be united constantly to the sufferings of Christ, and so brought happily to the glory of the resurrection. 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.

 

Lord, I really do want to be a saint

Don’t let your life be barren. Be useful. Make yourself felt. Shine forth with the torch of your faith and your love. With your apostolic life, wipe out the trail of filth and slime left by the corrupt sowers of hatred. And set aflame all the ways of the earth with the fire of Christ that you bear in your heart. – St Josemaria, The Way

Let us try to foster deep down in our hearts a burning desire, an intense eagerness to achieve sanctity, even though we see ourselves full of failings. Do not be afraid: the more one advances in the interior life, the more clearly one sees one’s own faults. Grace works in us like a magnifying glass, and even the tiniest speck of dust or an almost invisible grain of sand can appear immensely large, for the soul acquires a divine sensitivity, and even the slightest shadow irritates one’s conscience, which finds delight only in the limpid clarity of God. Speak now from the bottom of your heart: ‘Lord, I really do want to be a saint. I really do want to be a worthy disciple of yours and to follow you unconditionally.’ And now you should make a resolution to renew each day the great ideals which inspire you at this moment.

– St Josemaria, Friends of God

Prayer for St Alphonsus de Liguori

Today is the memorial St Alphonsus de Liguori, a bishop and doctor.

Prayer: O God, who constantly raise up in your Church new examples of virtue, grant that we may follow so closely in the footsteps of the Bishop Saint Alphonsus in his zeal for souls as to attain the same rewards that are his in heaven. 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.

Prayer for St Justin

Today is the memorial of St Justin, a martyr.

Prayer: O God, who through the folly of the Cross wondrously taught Saint Justin the Martyr the surpassing knowledge of Jesus Christ, grant us, through his intercession, that, having rejected deception and error, we may become steadfast in the faith. 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.

Sainte Kateri Tekakwitha

"Saint Kateri" by Kateri picture file - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons
“Saint Kateri” by Kateri picture file – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Le 17 avril, est la fête de sainte Kateri Tekakwitha, baptisée Catherine, « la première autochtone nord-américaine à monter sur les autels ». Elle a été canonisée, le 21 octobre 2012, à Rome, par Benoît XVI.

Elle a souffert de la vérole dans sa jeune enfance qui laissa son visage cicatrisé et lui donna une vue faible. Elle est devenue orpheline à l’âge de quatre ans à cause de cette épidémie de vérole. Lorsqu’elle fut assez vieille, ses parents adoptifs et le chef de son village voulurent qu’elle se marit. Elle refusa voulant demeurer vierge et se consacrer à Jésus. Ce refus fit d’elle presque une esclave. Elle exprima alors le désir de devenir chrétienne et d’être baptisée. Elle fut finalement baptisée par un jésuite après six mois de catéchuménat le jour de Pâques 1676 à l’âge de 19 ans. L’année suivante, elle se rendit à la mission Saint-François Xavier et désira devenir religieuse. Elle mourut à l’âge de 24 ans en 1680.