Saturday, March 17, 2007

Dom Guéranger on St. Patrick

"Thy life, great saint [Patrick], was spent in the arduous toils of an apostle; but how rich was the harvest thou dist reap! Every fatigue seemed to thee light, if only thou couldst give to men the precious gift of faith; and the people to whom thou didst leave it have kept it with a constancy which is one of thy greatest glories. Pray for us, that this faith, without which it is impossible to please God [Heb. xi. 6], may take possession of our hearts and minds. It is by faith that the just man liveth, says the prophet [Hab. ii. 4], and it is faith that, during this holy season of Lent, is showing us the justice and mercy of God, in order that we may be converted, and offer to our offended Lord the tribute of our penance."

"We are afraid of what the Church imposes on us, simply because our faith is weak. If our principles were those of faith, we should soon be mortified men. Thy life, though so innocent, and so rich in good works, was one of extraordinary penance: gain for us thy spirit, and help us to follow thee, at least at a humble distance."

"Pray for Erin, that dear country of thine, which loves and honours thee so fervently. She is threatened with danger even now, and many of her children have left the faith thou didst teach. An odious system of proselytism has disturbed thy flock; protect it, and suffer not the children of martyrs to be apostates. Let thy fatherly care follow them that have been driven by suffering to emigrate from their native land: may they keep true to the faith, be witnesses of the true religion in the countries to which they have fled, and ever show themselves to be the obedient children of the Church. May their misfortunes thus serve to advance the kingdom of God."

"Holy pontiff! intercede for England; pardon her injustice she has shown to thy children; and by thy powerful prayers, hasten the happy day of her return to Catholic unity. Pray, too, for the whole Church; thy prayer, being that of an apostle, easily finds access to Him that sent thee."


Blogger Thomas said...

Speaking of Holy Ireland, you might like to make reference to the website of the Sodality of Our Lady on your blog:

God bless,

Thomas Murphy

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