St. Matthew Apostle September 21

St. Matthew Apostle, feast day September 21.

Matthew_Call of_TERBRUGGHEN, HendrickIt came to pass one day at Capernaum, that Christ went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom; and He said unto him: Follow Me. And he left all, rose up, and followed Him. And Levi made Him a great feast in his own house. This Levi is the Apostle and Evangelist Matthew. After that Christ was risen again from the dead, and while he was yet in Judea, before he set forth for that land which had fallen to the lot of his preaching, he wrote the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the Hebrew tongue, for the sake of them of the circumcision who had believed. His was the first written of the four Gospels. Thereafter he went to Ethiopia, and there preached the Gospel, confirming his preaching with many miracles.

Of his miracles, the most notable was that he raised the King’s daughter from the dead, and thereby brought to believe in Christ the King her father, his wife, and all that region. After that the King was dead, Hirtacus, who came after him, was fain to take his daughter Iphigenia to wife, but by the exhortation of Matthew she had made vow of her maidenhood to God, and stood firm to that holy resolution, for which cause Hirtacus commanded to slay the Apostle at the Altar while he was performing the mystery. He crowned the dignity of the Apostleship with the glory of martyrdom upon the 21 st day of September. His body had been brought to Salerno, where it was afterwards buried in a Church dedicated in his name during the Popedom of Gregory VII., and there it is held in great worship and sought to by great gatherings of people.

Homily by St Jerome, Priest at Bethlehem.
Bk. i. Comment, on Matth. ix.
The other Evangelists, out of tenderness towards the reputation and honour of Matthew, have abstained from speaking of him as a publican by his ordinary name, and have called him Levi. Both names were his. But Matthew himself, according to what Solomon saith: The just man is the first to accuse himself, (Prov. xviii. 17), and again, in another place: Declare thou thy sins that thou mayest be justified, doth plainly call himself Matthew the publican, to show unto his readers that none need be hopeless of salvation if he will but strive to do better, since he himself had been all of a sudden changed from a publican into an Apostle.  1910 Breviary

Porphyry and the Emperor Julian (the Apostate) will have it that the account of this call of Matthew is either a stupid blunder on the part of a lying writer, or else that it showeth what fools they were who followed the Saviour, to go senselessly after any one who called them. But there can be no doubt that before the Apostles believed they had considered the great signs and works of power which had gone before. Moreover, the glory and majesty of the hidden God, which shone somewhat through the Face of the Man Christ Jesus, were enough to draw them which gazed thereon, even at first sight. For if there be in a stone a magnetic power which can make rings and straws and rods come and cleave thereunto, how much more must not the Lord of all creatures have been able to draw unto Himself them whom He called?


Pray Sunday Sept. 21, At 7 pm Central Time Against BlacK Satanic Mass Oklahoma City

As far as I know, this is the first time in the history of the United States that a satanic black mass has been performed in a public civic auditorium.  The auditorium advertises it on their events as:

AP_satan_illustration_kab_140107_4x3_992Photo From abc News

“A Religious Black Mass will be conducted as a public event to help educate the public about Religious Satanism. The ritual has been toned down to meet the laws of Oklahoma and the rules of the government building. Enjoy the delights of the Devil.”

All 88 tickets have sold out.  The Civic Auditorium’s recreation spokeswoman Jennifer Lindsey-McClintock told ABC News; “No bloodletting of any kind will be allowed”.

The event will have “performance from the band “God in a Machine” and readings that call for the renunciation of God. Male participants and audience members are encouraged to wear black, hooded, full-length robes, but evening wear is also appropriate for spectators.

Anthony Briggman, an assistant professor of theology at Emory University in Atlanta, explained that the general motivating principles behind satanic groups – including Dakhma of Angra Mainyu – is to “parody” Roman Catholic liturgy by “demonstrating their opposition to orthodox Christian beliefs and practices.

Co-founder Daniels said the Sept. 21 ceremony will take place before an altar-like table where a woman in lingerie lies (another concession to reflect the state’s nudity laws).

The culmination of the event comes when the Dakhma of Angra Mainyu deacons and priest stomp on the, in this case, unconsecrated host and spit on it. Daniels said organizers will wear profane costumes, use explicit language and desecrate the fake host.

The ceremony will wrap up with a Satanic exorcism intended to draw the Holy Spirit from the follower’s body, which contrasts with traditional exorcisms that are designed to expel the devil from the individual.

Additional controversy has surrounded this particular event because the Oklahoma City Archdiocese filed a lawsuit against Daniels’ group after media reports that he was in possession of a consecrated host, a wafer that some Catholics believe is literally the body of Christ.5 - Adoration of the Eucharist, by Jeronimo Jacinto Espinosa, 1650

The host in question has since been handed over to the archdiocese and the legal action has been stopped, but that has not put all of the Archbishop’s concerns to rest.”  Read the rest at abc News.

We need to pray, pray and pray tomorrow.  Tomorrow is also the feast of St. Matthew, Apostle, so pray for his help.  Also pray the Holy Rosary to Mary to stop this blasphemous event.

As we get further and further away from sacred Catholic liturgy, a vacuum comes into the souls of young Catholics.  Satanic music further opens their souls to the darkness of the devil.

jimlersch_eucharist800This is only the beginning.  With the popularity of the Illumiati, we will be seeing more and more of this public worship of the devil.  But what is worse, is that it is done at the expense of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.

A parody to all this is that the satanist believe more in the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Communion than do many many Catholics.

St. John Vianney said that when we receive Jesus in Holy Communion in mortal sin, we also actually sacrifice the Holy Host at the feet of the devil in sacrifice.  How many Catholics do not go to confession, and yet continue to receive Jesus Christ.  Most Catholics use birth control and still go to Holy Communion.

We are so fortunate to traditional Catholics and to be doing everything we possibly can do to protect Jesus Christ from sacrilegious actions.  We love the Holy Latin Mass because it has rubrics that are there only to protect the sacred Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.  So when we receive Jesus kneeling and on the tongue at Holy Mass, let us offer it up in reparation for the satanists abuse of Our Beloved Lord Jesus Christ so humbly present in every Holy Host.

Men And Women Sit On Different Sides Of The Catholic Church

Recently, here at St. Catherine, we have started the re-introducing the tradition of men and boys sitting on St. Joseph’s side of the Church and women and girls on Our Lady’s side.  If you are observant, you have observe that the statue of St. Joseph was always on the right side and Our Lady on the left side of the altar.  It is still that way in many churches, (if they have not been destroyed by the “reckavations” that followed Vatican II and the subsequent documents that came out from the United States Catholic Converence of Bishops (USCCB).

A045_SupperAs a child, I remember that in the churches of Mexico, the men sat on one side and the women on the other.  Many men and women still do that today, but it is also mixed now.  My friends from India say that it is still a divided congregation there today where they go.

In the 1917 Canon Law, separation of men and women was strongly advocated.

Canon 1262, § 1. “It is desirable that, in harmony with ancient Church order, the women in church be separated from the men.”

Many people say it was not Catholic tradition.   But they simply have selective memory or total ignorance to Catholic tradition from the past.

When the 1917 Canon Law is invoked or quoted in favor or tradition, it is dismissed as a long dead and buried dinosaur of the dark ages or a archeological specimen from the caveman time of the Catholic Church.  This outdated Canon Law has now been supplanted by the “enlightened” “modern” Canon Law of 1983 that is in conformity with the beliefs of “sophisticated” modern man.

563709_249629065192814_2114727913_nI have yet to see the world, the United States or the Catholic Church improving.  But what I do daily see everywhere in the world and in the Church, is scientific evidence of violence, dysfunctional families and emotionally destroyed and aborted children.

So I, and many other wise people, have learned to trust Catholic tradition found in the Church’s 2000 year history.  I no longer trust the progressive, evolutional and modernistic ideology.  It is only leading us to our own self destruction as it has eventually produce everywhere it is enforced, like in Russia.

We Catholics are Judeo-Christians.  Our roots are jewish.  We believe in both the New Testament and the Old Testament.  Yes, Jesus came to fulfill the Old Testament, but He did not condemn it.  Jesus was constantly quoting passages from the Old Testament to re-enforce what He taught.  So it is an error to throw out the God given traditions that the Jews.  Jesus came to correct and fulfill, not to destroy.

In that light we look at the separation of men and boys from women and girls in the Jewish religion.

In the Jewish Temple, there was the Holy of Holies where only the High Priest could enter.  Then there was the “Court of the Israelites”  for Jewish men; the “Court of the Women” was for Jewish women; (Women were to observe the ceremonies but never to participate in them and they were levitically unclean for several days every month during their menstrual cycle), and the “Court of the Gentiles” was for those who were not Jews.

There is a rather recent book that explains Jewish religious practices called; “Judaism: Practice & Belief  63 BCE – 66 CE” by E. P. Sanders.

imageSTAEven today, in traditional Jewish Synagogs, men and women sit separately at traditional.  In some of these Synagogs there is actually a low wall that is called the mechitza  מחיצה, (partition or division, particularly one that is used to separate men and women).  In the Jewish Chabad blog is this explanation of why the men are separate from the women:

“One obvious benefit of separate seating in a synagogue is that it helps ensure that the main focus is on the prayers and not on the opposite gender. There is no question that we don’t act the same in a mixed crowd as we do in a same-gender one. There is nothing wrong with that. It is good and healthy that we are attracted to each other, but during prayers we shouldn’t be trying to impress anyone other than G-d.

But it goes deeper than that. Women and men are very different beings. Not only are we physically different; our thought processes, emotional states and psychology are all different. This is because our souls are different – they come from complementary but opposite sources. The prayer experience is supposed to be an opportunity to be with your true self, to communicate with your soul. Men and women need space from each other to help them become intuned to their higher selves.”

As Catholics, why is this Canon Law and tradition a blessing.

st-joseph-patron-of-the-church1) Men can identify with St. Joseph and try to be holy like him.

2) I contend that it is good so that we men are not distracted by the women around them and are not sexually tempted by their sexy clothing in church.  (You have no idea how many times men confess sexaul temptations in church by how the women are dressed).  One friend of me told me he no longer went to church because he was always distracted by the women in front of him, especially their beautify hair.

3) Boys can identify with their dads and learn how to be a man who prays.

4) Women can identify with Our Lady and be holy like she is.

Virgin Mary_MASTER of the Bambino Vispo5) It helps women to be themselves and to not have to show off to get men’s attention.  They can pray in peace.

6) Girls can identify with their mothers and how women pray.

There is much more to be investigated when we study where Catholic tradition came from and how God is the source of them.  Yes there are man made traditions.  Some are good and some are bad and some are neutral.  But what is important is we not abandon Catholic traditions that are holy and come from God.

We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics and to thank God for Catholic tradition.

St. Eustace And His Companions, September 20

“Eustache, whose name before his Baptism was Placidus was a Roman, alike well-known on account of his noble birth, his great earthly wealth, and his eminent distinction as a soldier. He gained, under the Emperor Trajan, the post of military commander. Once upon a time he was hunting, and following an extraordinarily large stag, when the beast stood still, and Eustace saw between his horns a tall and glorious figure of the Lord Christ hanging upon the Cross, whence came a voice bidding him to follow after life eternal. Thereupon Eustace and his wife Theopista, and their two little sons Agapitus and Theopistus, enlisted themselves as soldiers under the Great Captain, Christ.

872In a little while he went back, according as the Lord had commanded him, to the place where he had seen the first vision, and there he heard from God how much he was to bear for His glory. It was not long after that he had great losses and became exceedingly poor, but he bore it very patiently. Then he was constrained to fly away privily, and on the journey was grievously afflicted in that, first, his wife and then his children were parted from him and carried he knew not whither. Under the weight of these sorrows he lay hid a long while in a far-off place, working as the steward of a land -owner, until the voice of God called him forth, and Trajan sought for him again to make him a captain in his army.

While he was with the army he found his wife and children once more, by an unexpected happiness, and re-entered the city (of Rome) as a conquering soldier amid the loud applause of all men, but thereupon, when he was commanded to offer sacrifices of thanksgiving for the victory to the gods that are no gods, he stoutly refused. They tried him in vain with divers cajoleries to make him deny Christ, but could not, and he and his wife and little ones were thrown to the lions. When these beasts would not touch them, the Emperor’s fury was kindled, and he commanded them all to be shut up in the brazen image of a bull, which was heated with fire underneath. There they praised God until their testimony was ended, and they departed hence to be perfectly blessed for ever and ever, upon the 20th day of September. Their bodies were buried whole by the faithful, with deep reverence, and were afterwards honourably carried to a Church built in their name.” 1910 Breviary.

Fr. Terra Returns to Mater Misericordia Mission Phoenix Arizona

Fr. Terra spent the summer with the Benedictine of Mary, Queen of Apostles, in Missouri.  He is now back home and the mission had a welcoming home Latin Mass by Fr. Kemna and reception.

photoAs some of you know, Fr. Terra is a master vestment maker.  The Benedictine Sisters also make their living by making vestments.  So they worked together to produce copes and vestments.

photophotoFr. Terra was recuperating from the savage beating he received by Gary Michael Moran when he was burglarizing and murdered Fr. Kenneth Walker.

Please continue to pray for the conversion of Gary Michael Moran.

Another Tragic Victim To Progressive Catholicism

Saturday night I heard gun shots.  This happens here around every month.  As I have said before, there is a drug and prostitute house across the street from our rectory.  So it is common to hear shooting.

But when I drove by the El Reposo Park on that street, I saw a cross and many candles for Isaac Lopez.  He was only 17 years old.  It is obvious that he was a Catholic from all the candles.photoAt the marriage class, I asked if anyone knew what happened.  One couple told me that he had been shot Saturday night in a parked car.  More than likely he was involved in drugs or gangs.  I have no facts to back up this hunch.  No matter what, it deeply troubles me that a young man should have his life taken from him.

But the main thing I think about is; What kind of Catholic formation did he receive.  I am sure he must have been baptized and probably made his first communion.  He probably was never confirmed??  And was it baptized Catholics who killed him??

I bring this up often to show that our watered down Catholicism, and watered down morals are not saving lives or souls of our youth.  If he had been involved in drugs and gangs, not only lose his life, but more than likely, he even went to hell forever.  I am not the final judge, God is, but it does not look good.

No matter what, we need to get back to strong Catholic teachings on what is moral and how to live a holy life.  We need to fight against the culture that led to Isaac’s death.  Each one of us needs to dedicate ourselves to reforming the Catholic Church and saving souls like Isaac.

We also need to speak out against the breakdown of marriage and the family.  Many youth involved in drugs and crime come from divorced parents or parents who never got married, and then when things didn’t go well, the split, leaving the children as the victims.

We are so fortunate to be traditional Catholics and to be fighting for the lives and souls of our youth.


St. Januarius Bishop and Martyr September 19

St. Januarius, who’s blood is in a glass vial in Naples, liquefies each year on his feast day Sept. 19.  This miracle happens as the vial of the saint’s blood is brought close to the bust containing his head.  This is done as the people pray and every year when the blood liquifies, the Cardinal of Naples says “The miracle has happened.”  This causes great joy and they then all chant the Te Deum.

“At that time time the Emperors Diocletian and Maximian were furiously raging against Christians, Januarius, Bishop of Benevento, was taken to Nola, to Timothy, President of Campania, on the charge of professing the Christian faith. There his firmness was tried divers ways, and he was cast into a burning fiery furnace, but came forth thence unhurt, for neither upon his raiment nor upon the hairs of his head did the flame take any hold. Thereupon the wrath of the President was enkindled, and he commanded the martyr to be torn limb from limb. But in the meanwhile Januarius’ Deacon Festus and his Reader Desiderius were taken, and the whole three were led in bonds to Puzzuoli in front of the President’s carriage, and there thrown into the same prison wherein were already held four other Christians condemned to be devoured by wild beasts, that is to say, Sosius, a Deacon of Miseno Proculus, a Deacon of Puzzuoli and two laymen, named respectively Eutyches and Acutius.

355The next day all seven were exposed to the wild beasts in the amphitheatre, but these creatures forgot their natural fierceness, and lay down at the feet of Januarius. Timothy would have it that this came from charms, and commanded the witnesses of Christ to be beheaded. Thereupon he became of a sudden blind, until Januarius had prayed for him by the which miracle nearly five thousand persons were turned to Christ. But this good turn roused up no gratitude in the President, yea, rather, the conversion of so many drave him wild, and in his hot fear to obey the decrees of the Emperors he commanded that the holy Bishop and his companions should be smitten with the sword.

st-januarius-miracleThe cities of those coasts strove to obtain their bodies for honourable burial, so as to make sure of having in them advocates with God. By God’s will the reliques of Januarius were taken to Naples at last, after having been carried from Puzzuoli to Benevento, and from Benevento to Monte Vergine when they were brought thence to Naples, they were laid in the chief Church there, and there have been famous on account of many miracles. Among these is remarkable the stopping of eruptions of Mount Vesuvius, whereby both that neighbourhood and also places afar off have been like to have been brought to desolation. It is also well known, and is the plain fact, seen even today.”  1910 Breviary

Yes, Its A Fact, Canon Eucharistic Prayer II Was Made Up In A Restaurant

When I went to be trained in the Tridentine Mass, I was extremely surprised to be told that Eucharistic Prayer II was created at a restaurant.  I really did not believe it.
YouthMassIn all my priestly formation, I had been told over and over again, that the Eucharistic Prayer II was the oldest and purist Roman Canon.  It is the shortest of all four Eucharistic Prayers in the Novus Ordo Missal.  So, like most priests, I would almost exclusively use it at every mass.  I used it because I knew that people like a quick mass, (“in and out”, “fast” so that they could get on to what was “important” and needed to be done that day).
In the Novus Ordo “Ordo”, (The Ordo is a small book that all bishops, priests, and parishes use as a guide to what mass or Liturgy of the Hours is to be prayed on that day), you can find this commentary for the feast day of St. Callistus on Oct 14.
Hippolytus, † 235/236; disputed author of Apostolic Tradition; Roman priest and stern rigorist; opposed Sabellianism and milder penitential discipline of Pope St. Callistus [† 222]; first anti-pope (217-235); exiled to Sardinia with Pontian; source of Eucharistic Prayer II.”
But now, the truth has come out in the “Mémoires” of the theologian and liturgist, Louis Bouyer, (1913-2003) that was published this last summer by Éditions du Cerf.  Here are some excerpts from this book published on Rorate Caeli.
bouyer“Brought up as a Lutheran and later a pastor in Paris, Bouyer converted to Catholicism in 1939, attracted mainly by the liturgy, in which he distinguished himself before long as an expert authority with his masterpiece “The Paschal Mystery”, on the rites of Holy Week.
Called to be part of the preparatory commission for the Second Vatican Council, he understood immediately and instinctively its greatness as well as its poverty, and he got out of it fast. He found the cheap ecumenism “from Alice in Wonderland” from that age unbearable. Among the few conciliar theologians spared by him was the young Joseph Ratzinger, who gets only praises in the book. And vice-versa, among the few high churchmen who immediately appreciated the talent and merits of this extraordinary theologian and liturgist, the one who stands out most is Giovanni Batttista Montini, who was still Archbishop of Milan.
On becoming Pope and taking the name of Paul VI, Montini wanted Bouyer on the commission for the liturgical reform, “theoretically” presided over by Giacomo Lercaro, “generous” but “incapable of resisting the manipulations of the wicked and mellifluous” Annibale Bugnini, Secretary and factotum of the same organism, “lacking as much in culture as in honesty”.
It was Bouyer who had to remedy in extremis a horrible formulation of the new Eucharistic Prayer II, from which Bugnini even wanted to delete the “Sanctus”. And it was he who had to rewrite the text of the new Canon that is read in the Masses today, one evening, on the table of a trattoria in Trastevere, together with the Benedictine liturgist, Bernard Botte, with the tormenting thought that everything had to be consigned the following morning.”
Bouyer recalls the peremptory “the Pope wants it” that Bugnini used to shut up the members of the commission every time they opposed him; for example, in the dismantling of the liturgy for the dead and in purging the “imprecatory” verses from the psalms in the Divine Office.
Paul VI, discussing with Bouyer afterwards about these reforms “that the Pope found himself approving, not being satisfied about them any more than I was,”asked him. “Why did you all get mired in this reform?” And Bouyer [replied], “Because Bugnini kept assuring us that you absolutely wanted it.” To which Paul VI [responded]: “But how is this possible? He told me that you were all unanimous in approving it…
Rorate Caeli also notes; “For the record, Bugnini’s personal secretary, Piero Marini, would then go on to become the director of pontifical ceremonies from 1983 to 2007, and even today there are voices circulating about him as the future Prefect for the Congregation of Divine Worship....”
There is another excellent documentation by Fr. Cassian Folsom O.S.B. titled “From One Eucharistic Prayer to Many: How it Happened and Why“.  Anyone interested in exposing the terrible destruction of Catholic liturgy needs to study this document.  To read it in its entirety click here:  Adoremus Bulletin
The other important fact that has come out in the last four years, is the bad translation of the Novus Ordo Mass from Latin into English.  This was purposely done with the humanist, progressives agenda in mind.  This is simply a fact that has been ignored.  Why did we have to re-do the translation if this was not true?  Every Catholic in the English speaking world knows that we now use a different translation for the mass than what was used since 1969.
The new translation is much better and includes important Catholic beliefs that had been removed; like; “consubstantial”, “grievously sinned” and the “mea culpa mea culpa mea culpa”.  There are evil agendas at work in the Church.  To ignore these facts, that have now been made know, is wrong.  We must acknowledged them and condemned them.
We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics and to be willing to suffer to bring the truth out.

St. Joseph Of Cupertino, September 18

Joseph CupertinoThis Joseph was born, of godly parents, at Cupertino, a small village of the diocecese of Nardo, between Brindisi and Otranto, (six miles from the coast of the Gulf of Tarento, upon the 17th day of June,) in the year of Redemption 1603. The love of God came to him early, and he passed his childhood and youth in great guilelessness and harmlessness. After recovering by the help of the Virgin Mother of God from a long and painful sickness which he bore very quietly, he gave himself altogether to godliness and self-improvement. God called him inwardly to higher things, and to give himself more utterly to His service, he determined in himself to join the “Seraphic” Order. After divers failures and changes, he obtained his wish among the Friars of the convent of “La Grotella.” He went first as a lay-brother, on account of his ignorance of letters, but God was pleased to allow him afterwards to be taken among the choir brethren. After taking his solemn vows he was ordained Priest, and then set before him to aim at a more perfect life. To this end (as far as in him lay) he thrust from him all earthly affections and all carnal things, even to such as seem almost needful for life. He tormented his body with haircloth, scourging, spiked chains, and every kind of hardship and affliction. He fed his spirit sweetly upon the constant exercise of holy prayer, and gazing upon the highest matters. And so it came to pass that the love of God, which had been enkindled in his heart from his earliest years, burnt forth day by day more strangely and openly.

The chief outcome of this love of God was the strong and marvellous trances whereinto he oftentimes fell. It was, nevertheless, strange to observe that after he had entirely lost his senses he could be called out of the trance by the mere order of his superiors. To be utterly obedient was one of his chief aims, and he was used to say that those who ruled him could lead him about like a blind man, and that it was better to die than not to obey. He so imitated the poverty of the Seraphic Patriarch (St. Francis), that when he was at the point of death, when the Friars use to dispose of anything they have, he was able to tell his Superior that he had absolutely nothing. Thus bearing about in his body the dying of the Lord Jesus, the life also of Jesus was made manifest in his body. When he saw that certain persons had committed a foul sin of uncleanness, there came from him a strong savour, a proof of that snowy and glorious purity which, in spite of the most hideous temptations whereby the unclean spirit wrestled long to darken it, he kept undefiled, partly by an iron bridling of his senses, partly by the stern punishments he inflicted upon his own body, and partly by the extraordinary protection of the pure Virgin Mary, whom he was used to call his own Mother, whom he honoured and worshipped as his most tender Mother in his very heart of hearts, and whom he was eager that all men should honour, because, as he said, if we have her protection, every good thing comes with it.

This eagerness on the part of the blessed Joseph was but one outcome from his love for his neighbours. So great was his zeal for souls, that he vehemently sought in all ways for the salvation of all. When he saw his neighbour in any trouble, whether it were poverty or sickness or any other affliction, his tenderness went out toward him, and he helped him as well as he could. They who reviled, and slandered, and insulted himself were not cut off from his love. He was used to welcome such with great long-suffering, meekness, and cheerfulness of countenance and he preserved the same constantly amid many hardships and changes when he was sent hither and thither by command of the Superiors of his Order, and of the Holy Inquisition. People and princes alike marvelled at the exceeding holiness of his life, and the spiritual gifts poured upon him from above, but he was so lowly, that he sincerely held himself to be chief among sinners, and earnestly besought God to take away from him the more showy of His gifts. Of men he entreated that after his death they would cast his body somewhere where his memory might soonest perish. But God, Who exalteth them of low degree, glorified His servant during life with the gifts of heavenly wisdom, of prophecy, of discerning the hidden thoughts of the heart, of healing, and of other spiritual gifts in marvellous abundance, gave him a precious death, and made the place of his rest glorious. He fell asleep in Jesus upon the very day and at the very place foretold by himself, that is, at Osimo, (between Ancona and Loretto, upon the 18 th day of September,) in the 61st year of his own age, and in that of salvation 1663. He was famous for miracles even after his death, and Benedict XIV. enrolled his name among those of the Blessed, and Clement XIII. among those of the Saints. Clement XIV., being himself a member of the same Order, extended the use of the Office and Mass in memory of him to the whole Church.  Roman Breviary Trent 1910

St. Francis Receives The Wounds Of Jesus, The Stigmata. Sept. 17th.

Francis_stigmata_CIGOLIFrom the Readings upon the Life of St Francis, composed by St Buona- Ventura, Cardinal Bishop of Albano.
Chapter 13.
Francis being indeed a faithful servant and minister of Christ, about the space of two years before he gave back his spirit to heaven, withdrew himself into an high mountain apart, even that mountain which is called Mount Alverno, and began to fast for forty days to the honour of the Archangel Michael. To think of the things above gave him sweeter comfort than beforetime he was wont, and the hot longing for heaven was kindled in him, so that he began to feel that the gifts from above were poured forth upon him in such fulness as he had never felt before. The burning of his desire made his heart rise towards God like the heart of a seraph, and his tender answering love yearned to be changed into the likeness of Him Who hath so loved us that He was content to bear the Cross. And it was so that one morning early, about the time of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, he was praying upon the side of the mountain, and there appeared unto him as it had been one of the Seraphim, having six wings, glorious and fiery, flying to him from heaven. It came therefore very swiftly, and stood in the air, hard by the man of God. He beheld then the appearance thereof that it was not winged only, but crucified also. His hands and feet were stretched forth and nailed to a Cross. Twain of his wings were lifted up and joined one to the other over his head, and twain were stretched forth to fly withal, and with twain he wrapped around his body. When Francis saw it, he was sore amazed, and his soul was.filled with sorrow and gladness, for the eyes of him that appeared were full of strange love and tenderness, so that he conceived great rejoicing thereat, but the nailing to the Cross was so exceedingly dreadful, that as he saw it, a sword of sorrow pierced his soul.