October was a good month for travel and heartfelt wishes realized. While in St. Louis, Missouri, we delighted in sunny daylight hours, lots of friendly folks, and three sacred spaces— the last of which was “the old cathedral,” the Basilica of St. Louis, King, in the city’s historic downtown area.
O God who called your servant, Louis of France, to an earthly throne that he might advance your heavenly kingdom and gave him zeal for your Church and love for your people, mercifully grant that we who commemorate him this day may be fruitful in good works and attain to the glorious crown of your saints through Jesus Christ, our lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
October 28, 2016
If God sends adversity receive it in patience, give thanks to our savior and think you have deserved it and that he will turn it to his advantage. If he sends prosperity, thank him humbly so that you become not worse from pride or any other cause, but better. For we should not fight against God with his own gifts (St. Louis of France, edited).
November 24, 2016
“In prosperity give thanks to God with humility and fear lest, by pride, you abuse God’s benefits and so offend him” (St. Louis IX).
Links of interest… Fire of 1849: about / Laclede’s Landing / more… Gateway Arch… Heavenly St. Louis (tours)… Old St. Louis Cathedral: about / history / hours / Mass / parking / photos / restoration / video… Prayer: devotions (pdf) / lexionary / litany / novena… St. Louis, king of France: about / admirable king / Aug 25 / life (1903 ebook) / patron of barbers & grooms / servant of the poor (more)…