Today Christians Celebrate Feast of St. Jerome, Patron Saint of Bible Scholars & Librarians

St JeromeSaint Jerome (345-420) Image Courtesy: Archbishop Jose Gomez

Born into a wealthy family in Stridon, present day Croatia according to Catholic News Agency Jerome benefited with a Christian education courtesy of his father who sent him to Rome for instruction in philosophy and classical literature, he led a misspent youth according to SQPN dominated by a struggle between worldly pleasures which brought him many temptations.

Baptized in 360 by Pope Liberius, Jerome would travel widely among the monastic and intellectual centers of the new Christian empire. Upon returning to the community of his birth, Jerome would study Theology, mastering Latin, Greek, Hebrew and Chaldean, together with working closely with two future Saint’s Chromatius of Aquileia and Heliodorus who were outstanding teachers of orthodox theology.

St. Jerome was above all a Scriptural Scholar, translating most of the Old Testament from the Hebrew between 390-405 according to Franciscan Media (between 390-394 according to EWTN St. Jerome translated the Books of Samuel, Kings, Job, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes) and also wrote commentaries, which are a great source of Scriptural inspiration to us today.

Summarizing his scholarly works St. Jerome once said: “I interpret as I should, following the command of Christ: ‘Search the Scriptures,’ and ‘Seek and you shall find.’ For if as Paul says, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God and if the man who does not know Scripture does not know the power and wisdom of God, then ignorance of Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.”

On this date in 420 St. Jerome died in Bethlehem where he had established a Monastery.

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An Inspiration of Time With God For Today

Time to Change the WorldIts Time to Turn the World Around –Image Courtesy: OneLife LA

Pressing Toward the Goal

“Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect but I press on to make it my own because Christ Jesus has made me His own. Brethren, I do not consider that I have made it my own but one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead. I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” —Philippians 3:12-14

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Today Christians Celebrate Feast of Saint’s Michael, Gabriel and Raphael — Archangels From God

ArchangelsSaint’s Michael, Gabriel and Raphael Archangels from God
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(Franciscan Media) Angels — Messengers from God, appear frequently in Scripture but only Michael, Gabriel and Raphael are named.

St. Michael appears in Daniel’s vision as ‘The Great Prince’ —Daniel 12:1 who defends Israel against its enemies; In the Book of Revelation, Archangel Michael, leads God’s armies to final victory over the forces of evil. —Revelation 12:7-12; also see: Rev 12:7 & Commentary –USCCB Devotion to Michael is the oldest Angelic devotion, rising in the East in the 4th century–the Church in the West began to observe the Feast, honoring Michael and the Archangels in the 5th century.

St. Gabriel also makes an appearance in Daniel’s visions:
Daniel 8:15-16; Daniel 9:21-27  and Luke 1:26-36 — St. Gabriel appears to Mary who consents to give birth to the Messiah Jesus.

St. Raphael activities are confined to the Old Testament story of Tobit–According to Jewish Encyclopedia St. Raphael is one of the seven Archangels who brings prayers before God, although he is not one of the six who buried Moses, he is the second among the six or seven angels, Saint Michael as the most prominent.

The Feast Day’s of Saint Gabriel (24 March) Saint Raphael (according to SQPN formally was on the 24 October) were added to the Roman calendar, joining their Feast Day’s to St. Michael.

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An Inspiration of Time With God For Today

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I give Thee thanks, O Lord with my whole heart, before the gods I sing Thy praise. I bow down toward the Holy Temple and give thanks to Thy name for Thy steadfast love and Thy faithfulness, for Thou has exalted above everything, Thy name and Thy word.

On this day I called, Thou didst answer me, my strength of soul Thou didst increase.

All the Kings of the earth shall praise Thee, O Lord, for they have heard the words of Thy mouth and they shall sing of the ways of the Lord, for great is the glory of the Lord.

For Thou the Lord is high, He regards the lowly but the haughty he knows from afar. —Psalm 138:1-6

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One Minute With — ‘Little Sisters of the Poor’

Be Doers of the WordStand Up and Take Action –OneLife LA

The Best Days of Our Lives — Little Sisters of the Poor

“Caring for the elderly is not a job that many people like to do. In the world we live in it is regarded as burdensome and useless–Many of the elderly are put aside, forgotten…what you are actually doing (in caring for the elderly) is that you are safe-guarding the memory of the Church’s family, the memory of faith.

Our Lord said, whatever you do to the least of my brother you do unto me. (Matthew 25:40) When you sing to the elderly, when you pray to them, when you caress them or show tenderness, you are doing it to Christ. — You will have a surprise one day. You will find that in caring for the elderly, doors will be opened to an encounter with Christ.”

Pope Francis message to the Little Sisters of the Poor
25 September, 2015

Grandparents Prayer of the Day

Grandparents PrayerCame Across This ‘Grandparents Prayer’ Thought it Was So Sweet
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Obama at U.N. to Iran: “Chanting Death to America Does Not Create Jobs”

Obama Teleprompter...Obama Never Goes Anywhere Without his Trusted Teleprompter
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(WFB) Obama to Islamic Fascist Iran: Chanting ‘Death to America’ doesn’t create jobs or make Iran more secure…Yade, Yade, Yade — As the Supreme Leader Khamenei, Islamic Assembly and the Mullah’s actually care what Obama thinks.

On Monday Iran’s President Rouhani Tweeted “I invite the world, esp my region to form a ‘joint comprehensive plan of action’ to fight Extremism and Violence.”

This is coming from an Islamic Fascist country which continues to illegally hold Four American’s hostage, has a horrible human rights record and subjugates Women — They don’t respect Obama or care what he thinks or says. Obama lives in a world how he expects it to operate than how it really is.

Disgraceful: Statue of New Canonized St. Junipero Serra, Father of California Missions Vandalized

St JuniperoStatue of U.S. First Hispanic Saint Junipero Serra,
Father of California Missions
Vandalized — Image: ABC7 San Francisco

(CNS News) Just days after Pope Francis Canonized Saint Junipero Serra a statue honoring the 18th century Franciscan Missionary and other property at the Carmel Mission where St. Junipero Serra is buried were vandalized.

Hoodlums damaged statues, grave sites and signs, together with pouring green and white paint on doors — written ‘Saint of Genocide’ was written on a headstone, green paint was splashed on St. Junipero Serra’s toppled statue and other headstones were splashed with dark red paint according to Carmel Police investigating the criminal damages.

On the 01 July I wrote here that Saint Juniperro Serra dubbed the ‘Evangelizer of the West’ by Pope Francis, established the first 9 of California’s 21 Missions.

A Facebook post by the ‘Carmel Mission’ asked prayers for the vandals, urging that “the people who did this take responsibility for their actions on this sacred property and that they seek reconciliation.”

Iran Invites World to Combat ‘Extremism & Violence’ What About Its Own Human Rights Violations?

Iran RouhaniRouhani@Twitter Calls for Joint Plan to Combat Extremism & Violence Uhm, What About Iran’s Persistent Human Rights Violations:

More here from Clarion Project: Human Rights Iran — Factsheet

Today Christians Celebrate the Feast of Saint Wenceslaus, Martyr for Christ

Saint Wenceslaus

Saint Wenceslaus (907-929)
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(EWTN) Born in Prague Bohemia what is today the Czech Republic, Wenceslaus was the son of Duke Wratislaw a Christian and Dragomir a wicked heathen according to Catholic Encyclopedia — Wenceslaus received a good Christian education from his Grandmother Saint Ludmilla (Feast Day: 18 September)

Following the death of his father (Duke Wratislaw) Dragomir, acting as regent, opposed Christianity — Wenceslaus was urged by the people to take the reigns of government, he would place his Duchy, under the protection of Germany and introduced German Priests.

Wenceslaus took the vow of chastity and became known and respected for his virtues. — Emperor Otto I conferred on him the regal dignity and title.

For religious and national motives and at the instigation of his evil mother Dragomir, Wenceslaus was murdered by his brother Boleslaw at the door of the Church according to SQPN and buried there. 

Emperor Otto responded to Wenceslaus death by invading Bohemia according to Catholic News Agency and engaging in battle for several years conquering the region. Otto I forced Boleslaw (some write Boleslaus) to reverse the anti-Christian measures that he and his evil mother Dragomir had taken.

There is no evidence that Dragomir who died soon after the murder of Wenceslaus ever repented for the murder of her son. Boleslaw however came to regret his wicked deed of murdering his own brother (and repented) when he learned of miracles that were taking place where Wenceslaus was buried.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on this date in 2009 in the Czech Republic during his homily said: “This is the lesson we can learn from Saint Wenceslaus, who had the courage to prefer the Kingdom of Heaven to the enticement of world power. His gaze never moved away from Jesus Christ who suffered for us, leaving us an example that we should follow in His steps…As an obedient disciple of the Lord, the young Prince Wenceslaus, remained faithful to the Gospel teachings he had learned from his Grandmother Saint Ludmilla — In observing these, even before committing himself to build peaceful relations within his lands and with neighboring countries, he took steps to spread the Christian faith, summoning Priests and building Churches…he was benevolent to the poor, clothed the naked, gave food to the hungry, welcomed Pilgrims just as the Gospel enjoins. He (Wenceslaus) did not allow injustice to be done to widows, he loved all people whether rich or poor. — He learned from the Lord to be merciful and gracious…”

Saint Wenceslaus is the subject of the well known favorite Christmas Carol ‘Good King Wenceslaus’ written  in 1853 by English Hymnwriter John Mason Neale in collaboration with music editor Thomas Helmore.

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