Often, I check the links on our church website to make sure they’re still viable, so a couple of days ago I clicked on the Word among us to read the day’s meditation and found myself voraciously scanning the page for delicious morsels.
At long last
“A Saint for Late Beginners” immediately sizzled. My pea brain catapulted in all directions beginning with me (lost at age five) in first grade, and I was hooked.
For those of us self-proclaimed late bloomers who take a licking and go right on ticking; who possess a meticulous work ethic; who operate only in octopus mode; who run on Duracells; who dream it, believe it, and make it happen, St. Helena is definitely our hero.
For those of us who long ago discovered that we’ve gone through life breathlessly chasing our shadow and feeling out of synch somehow, Koenig-Bricker’s article is a must-read.
O Lord Jesus Christ, you revealed to blessed Helena the place where your cross lay hidden, choosing her as the means to enrich your Church with that precious treasure. Please grant through her intercession that, by the price of the tree of life, we may attain the rewards of everlasting life. Amen.
Gloriosa y escalrecido Santa Elena, por aquel fervor, ansias, y devocíon con que buscaste la cruz de Cristo, te ruego que intercedas ante Dios. Ayúdame alcanzar la gracia para llevar con paciencia los trabajos de esta vida. Con ellos y mediante tu intercesíon y amparo, ayúdame buscar y hallar la cruz que Dios ha dispuesto darme. Ayúdame servir a Dios con la cruz en esta vida y despúes gozarle en la gloria. Amen.
September 14, 2014
She worshiped not the wood, but the King, him who hung on the wood. She burned with an earnest desire of touching the guarantee of immortality
(St. Ambrose of St. Helena after she discovered the true cross).
September 14, 2015
“Every action of Christ and all his working of miracles were truly great and divine and wonderful, but of all the most wonderful is his honorable cross” (St. John of Damascus).
September 14, 2016
Your most important business is the care of your soul. This is why, before leaving your room in the morning, you should spend at least a quarter of an hour in meditating on the life, the passion, and the death of Our Lord Jesus Christ (St. Paul of the Cross).
Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle – San Juan, TX
Our Lady of Perpetual Help – Corpus Christi, TX
Links of interest… Escrivá Option: An alternative to the Benedict Option… Exalt the holy cross, love the Sorrowful Mother… Exaltation of the Holy Cross: about / fish eaters / feast (triumph; Sept 14)… Santa Elena: prayer card / tres oraciones… St. Helena: about / feast (Aug 18) / history / late beginners / mother of Constantine / prayer / relic / saint… True Cross: about / church / shrine / St. Helena ( discoverer – how she found – story)… the Word among us…
WP page… Steven’s looking-glass…
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