Today Christians Celebrate Feast of St. Catherine of Alexandria, Martyr For Christ

St Catherine of AlexandriaSt. Catherine of Alexandria (287-305)
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(Franciscan Media) Born in Egypt Alexandria,Catherine converted to Christianity according to EWTN after receiving a vision of Our Lady and the Holy Child.

At the age of 18 Catherine debated 50 Pagan Philosophers. Amazed at her wisdom and her debating skills, they all became Christians, as did about 200 Soldiers and members of the Emperor’s family–all of them would be martyred.

Catherine was sentenced to be put to death on a spiked wheel. When she was fastened to the wheel, her bonds were miraculously loosened and the wheel itself broke, its spikes flying off killing some of the spectators, she was then beheaded. — Centuries later, Angels are said to have carried the body of St. Catherine to a Monastery at the foot of Mt. Sinai.

Devotion to St. Catherine spread as the result of the ‘Crusades’ shes been invoked as the Patroness of: Nurses, Lawyers, Librarians, Philosophers, Schoolchildren and Teachers. — St. Catherine is one of 14 ‘Holy Helpers’ venerated especially in Germany and Hungary.

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How Embarrassing! While ISIS is On The March Obama Leads Intl Effort to #ActOnClimate Change

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to Defeat Islamic Terrorism?

How Embarrassing: On Tuesday Obama Claimed the U.N. Climate Conference Will be a “Powerful Rebuke to the Terrorists”

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Prayers For Our Nation, World and For Peace in the Hearts of All Who are Restless & Troubled

Prayers For PeaceLets Pray for Peace in Our Nation, World and Peace in the Hearts of All Who are Restless and Troubled —Archdiocese Los Angeles@Twitter

‘Friends: God does not want violence, division, fear and sorrow, these things are not of God. — God wants us to live as His children, as one family with brothers and sisters from all nations, peoples, all cultures and all languages. Let us pray for peace in our world and peace in the hearts of all who are restless and troubled. May we help everyone come to know that the answer to every question is Jesus.’ —Archbishop Jose Gomez

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An Inspiration Of Time With God For Today

Crown Of LifeBe Faithful Until Death and I Will Give You the Crown of Life.” Revelation 2:10  -Image Courtesy: Prophecy News and Views

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There’s Been Nearly as Many Chicago Murders This Year as in 2014 Where Were the #AllLivesMatter Demonstrations?

Chicago HomicidesNearly as Many People Have Been Murdered in Chicago So Far This Year Compared to All of 2014 — Where Was the Moral Outrage for
“All Lives Matter,” Chicago? -Screenshot: Chicago Tribune

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Today Christians Celebrate Feast of St. Andrew Dung-Lac & Companions, Martyrs For Christ

St Andrew Dung-LacSt. Andrew Dung-Lac –Image Courtesy: St. Paul Street Evangelization

(Franciscan Media) Born 1795 in Vietnam, Andrew Dung-Lac was one of 117 people martyred for Christ in Vietnam between 1820-1862

Fr. Andrew Dung-Lac worked in missions with Priests of the ‘Society of Foreign Missions of Paris’ according to SQPN — Imprisoned and repeatedly tortured during the persecutions of Minh-Meng, he died together with St. Peter Thi in 1839

EWTN Video: St. Dung-Lac Priest, Martyr and Martyred Companions

All 117 were part of the group Beatified on four different occasions between 1900-1951 and Canonized in 1988 by Pope Saint John Paul II

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An Inspiration Of Time With God For Today

CharityOfferings to God –Image: Catholic Charities

When Jesus looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury, He also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins and He said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For all of them contributed out of their abundance but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.” –Luke 21:1-4

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Today Christians Celebrate Feast of Pope Saint Clement I, Martyr for Christ

Pope St Clement IPope Saint Clement I -Image Courtesy: St. Paul Street Evangelization

(CNA) Born in Italy Rome, the details before Pope Saint Clement I before his conversion and even afterward are largely unknown. Some aspects of his writings have led scholars to believe the 4th Pope either came from a Jewish background or he had converted to Judaism earlier in life before his conversion to Christianity.

Tradition suggests that Clement I was the son of a Roman named Faustinus and that he joined the Church in Rome during its early years, through the ministry of St. Peter or St. Paul (Feast Day: 29 June) Clement  I, went on to share in the missionary journeys of the Apostles of Christ and may even had assisted the first Pope in running the Church on a local level.

Following the death’s of St. Peter’s first two successors, the Canonized Pope’s St. Linus (Feast Day: 23 Sept) and St. Cletus (Feast Day: 26 April) Clement I, took up St. Peter’s position of primacy in the Church around the year 90 — One of his most important tasks during his 10 yrs as Pope was to resolve serious problems in the ‘Church of Corinth’ which St. Paul had struggled to discipline.

Clement I own letter to the Corinthians (though not part of the Biblical Canon) offers an important look at the role of authority and charity in the early Church. 

“Charity unites us to God. There is nothing mean in charity, nothing arrogant. Charity knows no schism, does not rebel, does all things in concord. In charity, all the elect of God have been made perfect.” –Pope Saint Clement I –Catholic Saints.Info

It’s introduction suggests that Pope Clement I composed it while his own local church faced persecution from the Roman Emperor Domitian.

In the letter, Pope Clement I describes how the Corinthians had once been “distinguished by humility” being “in no respect puffed up with pride and more willing to give then to receive,” however in time, “the worthless rose up against the honored, those of no reputation against such as were renowned, the foolish against the wise, the young against those advanced in years.” 

“Let us give up vain and fruitless cares and approach to the glorious and venerable rule of our holy calling,” Pope Clement I wrote in his call to repentance. “Let us attend to what is good, pleasing and acceptable in the sight of Him who formed us.”

Order and discipline Pope Clement I noted, are at least as important in the Church as they are in the rest of creation, where the powers of nature follow God’s decrees. — Pope Clement I, also warned the Corinthians to follow “those who cultivate peace with godliness,” rather than “those who hypocritically profess to desire it.”

The Church Pope Saint Clement I headed, was one that honored tradition and right order as fundamentals of its life.

“It behooves us all to do all things in order which the Lord has commanded us to perform at stated times,” Pope Clement I told the Corinthians. God he said, “has enjoined offerings and service to be performed…not thoughtlessly or irregularly but at the appointed times and hours.”

“Where and by whom (God) desires these things to be done, He Himself as fixed by His own Supreme will, in order that all things being piously done according to His good pleasure may be acceptable to Him.”

Pope Saint Clement I (the 4th Pope) own writings, reveal much about the early Church but little about his own life. According to one later account, he died (martyred in the year 101) while in exile during the reign of Emperor Trajan (98-117) who purportedly banished Pope Clement I, to Crimea (modern day Ukraine) and had him killed in retaliation for evangelizing the local population. 

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Today Christians Celebrate Feast of St. Cecilia, Martyr for Christ

St CeciliaSt. Cecilia (3rd Century) Image: St. Paul Street Evangelization

(Franciscan Media) Although Cecilia is one of the most famous of the Roman Martyrs for Christ, the familiar stories about her may not be founded in reliable material. There is no trace of honor being paid to her in early time. A fragmentary inscription of the late 4th century refer to a Church named after her and her Feast day was celebrated at least in 545

According to legend, Cecilia was a young Christian of high rank, betrothed to a Roman named Valerian of Trastevere through her influence, Valerian converted and was martyred along with his brother in Italy Rome in 229 

St. Cecilia was reportedly beheaded according to SQPN after attempts to suffocate her failed.

Since the time of the Renaissance, St. Cecilia has usually been portrayed with a viola or a small organ.

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