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Writer, Speaker, Catechist
“O Deity eternal, O high eternal Deity, O sovereign, eternal Father, O ever-burning fire!… What do Your bounty and Your grandeur show? The gift You have given to man. And what gift have You given? Your whole self, O eternal Trinity. And where did You give Yourself? In the stable of our humanity, which had become a shelter for animals, that is, mortal sins.”
-St Catherine of Siena-
as found in Divine Intimacy
by Fr Gabriel of St Mary Magdalen, OCD
Today is the feast of St Peter Canisius, a Jesuit, who was a writer/publisher and catechist of the highest order. I like him because he was the first to ever publish a catechism — and there were like 200 editions of it in his lifetime and it was translated into 12 languages! Peter was one of those big time Counter Reformation saints, addressing the Council of Trent, and a zealous educator. You got the goods when you were catechised by Peter. He is also credited with opening 18 colleges and seminaries. You can find many short biographies of his life online, but I like this one.
A few gems that you’ll find… (bold emphasis is mine.)
…if there is one aspect of sanctity that Peter Canisius teaches us, it is in God’s name, use your will power.
…to convert people from error to the truth, it is not enough to preach to them, you must first practice charity towards them. In other words, you will win over those who have been mislead by error only if you practice charity. Charity first and then, proclaim the truth.
…he had a great devotion to the Sacred Heart. … Peter Canisius, though he had a first class mind, realized that you approach the Son of God with your heart and giving Him even your mind.
…He had… a great devotion to Our Lady or of his recitation of the Rosary – made sure that her feast days were solemnly observed. Some of his prayers to Our Lady have remained over the centuries. In other words, a devotee of Our Lady talks to her. You claim that somebody is your friend and you practically never talk to the person, the friendship is, needless to say, suspect. Peter talked with Mary.
There is such a thing as being methodical in the spiritual life; there is such a thing as working hard in the spiritual life; there is such a thing as not looking for consolation in the spiritual life; there is such a thing as doing one’s duty…. Get up a certain time; there is a certain amount of work during the day; going to bed and getting up; doing your work, going to bed; getting up year after year. And no complaints…
…Prudence, Peter Canisius would define, is the practice of charity in winning souls from sin back to God. It’s the kind of prudence we don’t hear much about these days.
Now go on and read the rest… we need this kind of encouragement!
This week on Among Women we think about the coming of Christmas through the eyes of Mary, as told by St Ephrem the Syrian, a 4th century Doctor of the Church. We examine some of his Nativity Hymns, in a departure from our usual saint segment that typically profiles women saints — after all, he is talking about Mary and he’s a Church Doctor!
Our guest today is a cloistered contemplative nun — Sr Grace Remington OCSO, a Cistercian Sister of Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey, Dubuque, Iowa. Together we discuss the life of a Trappist nun and Sr Grace’s portrait of Mary and Eve (below)… as well as the abbey’s candy-making endeavors!
The words of this portion of the The Messiah from Handel gives me chills. I can totally imagine this soprano appearing to me as an angel — announcing to me –personally — what she announced to the shepherds on that hillside two millennia ago.
And I am not afraid. I am filled with peace.
<–no, not this one… this one’s from Catholic Memes.
(But you’ll like them, trust me!)
You just might want to do some Christmas shopping over there, or wherever you buy your favorite books.
Some of my best pals have books at Ave Maria Press…. and many of them have been my guests on Among Women chatting about what they’ve written…
OR, if there’s a Mom in your life who’s not much of a reader, she may enjoy the audio book from Lisa Hendey, complete with chapter sidebar voice-over efforts from me on the audio book version of The Handbook for Catholic Moms.
banner photo credit
other photos: Ave Maria Press
This just came in my email this morning from Helen Alvare of WomenSpeakForThemselves.com and the Chiaroscuro Institute:
“The non exempt plaintiffs are required to complete and submit this self-certification, which authorizes a third party to provide the contraceptive coverage to which they object. They consider this to ‘compel affirmation of a repugnant belief’…. It is not for this court to say otherwise.”
“There are numerous clinical trials which show that all hormonal contraception increases the risk of clot, and that the Nuva Ring is no better or worse than oral contraceptives…”
Thank you for publishing this article about the dangers of NuvaRing. My own 29 year old daughter died in March of this year from blood clots in her lungs. She was on NuvaRing. This is a heartbreak that no parent wants for their daughter.
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