Friday, December 12, 2014

Christian Martyrs of Nagasaki

Martyrs in Nagasaki, 1622; (Housed in the Church of the Gesù of Rome.)
Taken from Wikipedia:

While there were many more martyrs, the first 26 missionary and convert martyrs came to be especially revered, the most celebrated of whom was Paul Miki. The Martyrs of Japan were canonized by the Roman Catholic Church on June 8, 1862, by Pope Pius IX,[2] and are listed on the calendar as Sts. Paul Miki and his Companions, commemorated on February 6, since February 5, the date of their death, is the feast of St. Agatha

In 1587, Japan’s most powerful daimyo, Hideyoshi Toyotomi, issued an edict expelling Jesuit missionaries. In 1597, he had 6 missionaries and 20 laypeople crucified on a hill in Nishizaka, Nagasaki.

Here is a list of the 26 martyrs of 1597:
  • Saint Antonio Dainan
  • Saint Bonaventura of Miyako
  • Saint Cosme Takeya
  • Saint Francisco Branco
  • Saint Francisco of Nagasaki
  • Saint Francisco of Saint Michael
  • Saint Gabriel de Duisco
  • Saint Gaius Francis
  • Saint Gundisalvus (Gonsalvo) Garcia
  • Saint James Kisai
  • Saint Joaquim Saccachibara
  • Saint Juan Kisaka
  • Saint Juan Soan de Goto
  • Saint Leo Karasumaru
  • Saint Luis Ibaraki – Born in Owari (Nagoya). He was pressed by a samurai for apostasy, but declined it clearly. 12 years old, the youngest.
  • Saint Martin of the Ascension
  • Saint Mathias of Miyako
  • Saint Miguel Kozaki
  • Saint Paulo Ibaraki
  • Saint Paul Miki or Saint Paulo Miki – Born in Japan in 1562, he joined the Society of Jesus in 1580 and was the first Japanese member of any Catholic religious order. He died one year before his ordination to the Catholic priesthood. Miki's remaining ashes and bones are now located in MacauChina.
  • Saint Pablo Suzuki
  • Saint Pedro Bautista or Saint Peter Baptist – He was a Spanish Franciscan who had worked about ten years in the Philippines before coming to Japan. St. Peter was a companion of St. Paul Miki when Christianity was made illegal.[6]
  • Saint Pedro Sukejiroo
  • Saint Philip of Jesus - Born in Mexico in 1572 (at the time "New Spain"). Upon his martyrdom he became the first Mexican saint and the patron saint of Mexico City.
  • Saint Thomas Kozaki
  • Saint Thomas Xico
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Japanese depiction of Francis Xavier, dated to the 17th century.
From the Kobe City Museum collection.

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Monday, December 08, 2014

O Immaculata! You are our Ideal!

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Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam per Immaculata

Happy FEAST DAY of the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION of Our Lady Immaculate!

Today's post will quote from quite a few sources. 


On December 8, 1854, having spent all of his holy life – his boyhood, his priesthood, as bishop, cardinal and Pope – at the feet of the Mother of God, the most Blessed Virgin Mary, and having deeply considered also, in his exile at Gaeta, the earnest petitions of Catholics all over the world in its behalf, Pope Pius IX defined ex cathedra, in the glorious Basilica of Saint Peter's before one hundred and seventy bishops and innumerable pilgrims come literally from the ends of the earth, the divine dogma of Our Lady's Immaculate Conception. The voice of the Sovereign Pontiff broke and tears filled his eyes as he paused before uttering the infallible words:

    "We declare, pronounce and define that the doctrine which holds that the Blessed Virgin Mary, at the first instant of her conception, by a singular privilege and grace of the Omnipotent God, in virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of mankind, was preserved immaculate from all stain of original sin, has been revealed by God, and therefore should firmly and constantly be believed by all the faithful...."
As the Holy Father finished speaking, the cannon of the Castle of Sant' Angelo boomed and the bells of the basilicas and churches of Rome long rang out the glorious news, which ushered in the Age of Mary – the last age of the world. The Catholic faithful rejoiced, and grace flooded their souls as they prayed the prayer Our Lady herself had given twenty years before to Catherine Laboure, "O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee."

Pope Blessed Pius IX writes beautifully when he quotes from St Ephrem of Our Immaculata in Ineffabilis Deus December 8, 1854 [Apostolic Constitution]:

This doctrine so filled the minds and souls of our ancestors in the faith that a singular and truly marvelous style of speech came into vogue among them. They have frequently addressed the Mother of God as immaculate, as immaculate in every respect; innocent, and verily most innocent; spotless, and entirely spotless; holy and removed from every stain of sin; all pure, all stainless, the very model of purity and innocence; 

more beautiful than beauty, more lovely than loveliness; more holy than holiness, singularly holy and most pure in soul and body; the one who surpassed all integrity and virginity; the only one who has become the dwelling place of all the graces of the most Holy Spirit. 

God alone excepted, Mary is more excellent than all, and by nature fair and beautiful, and more holy than the Cherubim and Seraphim. To praise her all the tongues of heaven and earth do not suffice.

Papal encyclical taken from:

And here, another reading from the bible on Our Immaculata:
Canticle Of Canticles (Song Of Solomon) Chapter 4

Christ sets forth the graces of his spouse: and declares his love for her.
[1] How beautiful art thou, my love, how beautiful art thou! thy eyes are doves' eyes, besides what is hid within. Thy hair is as flocks of goats, which Come up from mount Galaad. [2] Thy teeth as flocks of sheep, that are shorn which come up from the washing, all with twins, and there is none barren among them. [3] Thy lips are as a scarlet lace: and thy speech sweet. Thy cheeks are as a piece of a pomegranate, besides that which lieth hid within. [4] Thy neck, is as the tower of David, which is built with bulwarks: a thousand bucklers hang upon it, all the armour of valiant men. [5] Thy two breasts like two young roes that are twins, which feed among the lilies.
[1] How beautiful art thou: Christ again praises the beauties of his church, which through the whole of this chapter are exemplified by a variety of metaphors, setting forth her purity, her simplicity, and her stability.
[5] Thy two breasts: Mystically to be understood: the love of God and the love of our neighbour, which are so united as twins which feed among the lilies: that is, the love of God and our neighbour, feeds on the divine mysteries and the holy sacraments, left by Christ to his spouse to feed and nourish her children.
[6] Till the day break, and the shadows retire, I will go to the mountain of myrrh, and to the hill of frankincense. [7] Thou art all fair, O my love, and there is not a spot in thee. [8] Come from Libanus, my spouse, come from Libanus, come: thou shalt be crowned from the top of Amana, from the top of Sanir and Hermon, from the dens of the lions, from the mountains of the leopards. [9] Thou hast wounded my heart, my sister, my spouse, thou hast wounded my heart with one of thy eyes, and with one hair of thy neck. [10] How beautiful are thy breasts, my sister, my spouse! thy breasts are more beautiful than wine, and the sweet smell of thy ointments above all aromatical spices.
[11] Thy lips, my spouse, are as a dropping honeycomb, honey and milk are under thy tongue; and the smell of thy garments, as the smell of frankincense. [12] My sister, my spouse, is a garden enclosed, a garden enclosed, a fountain sealed up[13] Thy plants are a paradise of pomegranates with the fruits of the orchard. Cypress with spikenard. [14] Spikenard and saffron, sweet cane and cinnamon, with all the trees of Libanus, myrrh and aloes with all the chief perfumes. [15] The fountain of gardens: the well of living waters, which run with a strong stream from Libanus.
[12] A garden enclosed: Figuratively the church is enclosed, containing only the faithful.
[12] A fountain sealed up: That none can drink of its waters, that is, the graces and spiritual benefits of the holy sacraments, but those who are within its walls.
[16] Arise, O north wind, and come, O south wind, blow through my garden, and let the aromatical spices thereof flow.
Taken from the Militia Immaculata website:

Again and again we can hear the cry of the saints: „Who are you, o Immaculate?" The name of the Immaculate – without imperfection – for Mary is like a preparation from the announcement of the dogma of the immaculate conception of Mary (1854) and of the apparitions in Lourdes (1858), where Mary introduced herself to saint Bernadette with the words "I am the Immaculate Conception". Saint Maximilian gave Mary almost every time the title of Immaculate. Without knowing what to say, human beings are facing uncountable miracles and mysteries, which have its origin in her. She is representing the masterpiece of God only because of her perfection and power. The church praises her merits and wants us to honour her more than all angels and saints (Hyperdulia). 

O Mary, conceived without sin,
pray for us who have recourse to thee and for everyone who do not have recourse to thee, especially for all freemasons and for all those who are entrusted to thy care.

(Quick prayer of the MI from saint Maximilian)

A Prayer written by St Bernard of Clairvaux:

"O, whoever you are – because you can see, that you are more drifting in the storm of our time amidst the storms and tempests than one could say you are walking on some savely ground, do not turn away your eyes from the light of the head, if you do not want to go down in the storms. 
When the storm will start, which is the temptation, when you will be blown against the cliffs of fear, look up to the star, pray to Mary! When you will be torn away by the waves of arrogance or of ambition or of slander or of jealousy, look up to the star, pray to Mary! 
When anger or greed, the craving for flesh try to capsize the small boat of your soul, look up to Mary!  
When you are ashamed and feel guilty because your conscience is stained, horrified by the fright of court, in danger of falling in the abyss of sadness, in the precipice of despair – then think of Mary! 
In danger and fears, in doubt and hardship think of Mary, pray to Mary! Do not leave her from the rosemunde, do not let her out of your heart! And to have your prayer getting heard, do not cease imitating her life.  
When you follow her, you are not getting lost; when you pray to her, you will not despair; when you keep her in your mind, you will not do anything wrong; when she holds your hand, you cannot fall; when she protects you, you do not have to fear anything; when she leads you, you will never become tired; with her assistance you will reach the port!" 

And another quick link because I am a Biologist and I really love plants and wish that I could have green fingers:

Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Anne, Therese, I love You; Save Souls!

Jesu mitis et humilis corde, Fac cor nostrum secundum Cor tuum. (ter)

Deus propitius esto mihi peccatori.

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Sunday, December 07, 2014

Second Sunday of Advent: Our Infant King!

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Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam (et Immaculata)

I put this up here, with a heart beating fast, and because it is this time of the year again, when one waits and prepares oneself, full of faith, full of hope, full of joy, full of love (charity), for the coming of this "little" Prince, the "little" Lamb who rules the world! (I type "little" but of course, we all know that He is not so "little", hence the " ") Here we go!

Our Infant King !!!
(Infant Jesus of Prague)

With also this same heart beating faster and faster with love for Him, I read this, this morning, and my heart skipped a beat! Beautiful it is, I feel:

If some king of the earth 

If some king of the earth
Have so large an extent of dominion,
in north and south,
As that he hath winter and summer
together in his dominions; 
So large an extent east and west,
As that he hath day and night,
together in his dominions;
Much more hath God
mercy and judgment together. 
He brought light out of darkness,
not out of a lesser light;
He can bring thy summer out of winter,
though thou have no spring. 
Though in the ways of fortune,
or understanding, or conscience,
Thou have been benighted till now,
wintered and frozen,
clouded and eclipsed,
damped and benumbed,
smothered and stupefied till now, 
Now God comes to thee,
not as in the dawning of the day,
not as in the bud of the spring,
But as the sun at noon to illustrate all shadows,
As the sheaves in harvest to fill all penuries. 
All occasions invite his mercies,
And all times are his seasons. 
John Donne (1572 - 1631)Sermon for Christmas Day 1624

Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Anne, Therese, I love You; Save Souls!

Jesu mitis et humilis corde, Fac cor nostrum secundum Cor tuum. (ter)

Deus propicias esto mihi peccatori.

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Friday, December 05, 2014

Quotable Quotes for this First Friday!

"Fecisti nos ad te et inquietum est cor nostrum donec requiescat in te."
"You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you." 
- Saint Augustine, Bishop of Hippo 


"Whenever the Catholic sun doth shine, / There's always laughter and good red wine. / At least I've always found it so. / Benedicamus Domino (Let us bless the Lord)!"  

- Hilaire Belloc

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Monday, November 24, 2014


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Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam et Immaculata

I haven't had the chance to post in a long long long while and just because I have some time now, I have decided to post something for the start of the Advent season. This second lent is a most treasured and precious time that I hope that I do not waste, as we spend waiting for a most beautiful feast, that of dearest Infant Jesus being brought onto this earth. A moment most special and dear to so many of us!

It is so easy to talk to Our Dearest and Most Loveliest Infant King! So helpless He lies, but in the bosom of Our Dearest and Most Loveliest Mother Mary, under the watchful gaze of St Joseph! How beautiful it is, just to picture the Holy Family in the oh ever so cold, yet warm stable in Bethlehem. As I wrote the last few lines, the Christmas Novena comes ever into my mind. 

CHRISTMAS NOVENAPrayer to Obtain Favours
Hail and blessed be the hourAnd moment in which the Son of GodWas born of the most pure Virgin Mary,At midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold.In that hour vouchsafe, O my God,To hear my prayer and grant my desires,Through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ,And of His Blessed Mother. Amen 
(To be recited fifteen times a day from the Feastof St. Andrew (30th of Nov.) until Christmas)
It is piously believed that whoever recites this prayer fifteen times a day from the feast of St. Andrew, on November 30th, until Christmas will obtain what is asked. 

[Imprimatur: +MICHAEL AUGUSTINE, Archbishop of New York, New York, February 6, 1897. 

Here is what I want to sing all week, since it is going to be a second lent : )) :

The Glory of these Forty Days
Clarum decus jejunii, 6th century 
Tr. Maurice Bell, d. 1906, alt.
Geistliche Lieder, 1543
Alt. & arr. Marc Chapleau

  1. The glory of these forty days, We celebrate with song upraised; For Christ, through Whom all things were made, Himself has fasted and has prayed.
  2. So Daniel trained a mystic sight, Delivered from the lion's might; And John, the bride-groom's friend, became the herald of Messiah's name.
  3. Then grant us, Lord, like them to be, Full oft in fast and pray'r with Thee; Our spirits strengthen with Thy grace, And give us joy to see Thy face.
  4. O Father, Son and Spirit blest, To Thee be every pray'r address'd; Who art in three-fold name adored, From age to age the only Lord. 

Deus propitius esto mihi peccatori.

Jesu mitis et humilis corde, Fac cor nostrum secundum Cor tuum. (ter)

Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Anne, Therese, I love You; Save Souls!

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A Song for Nagasaki

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Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam et Immaculata

For me, the truth makes me free
(And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
Et cognoscetis veritatem, et veritas liberabit vos.
John 8:32

The reason why this book resonates with me is because I can identify with the life of Dr Takashi Nagai and his wife, Midori, especially that of their married life. I understand and can imagine and feel how Midori must have felt, having to wait long hours for her husband to come back home from the lab, especially when it was apparent to everyone (her the most) that he was suffering from leukaemia because of what he was so passionate about: his research on X-Rays. 

His passion for x-rays and his love for the scientific endeavour can be gleaned from these quotes:

"Microscopes brought a breakthrough into the vast microscopic world, once thought the ultimate frontier, but the atomic world is utterly smaller. The size of planet earth is to an apple what an apple is to an atom! Will x-rays make it possible for us to see this ultramicroscopic world?"

Dr Takashi Nagai experienced "a sense of exhilaration because we are in pursuit of truth, which is eternal! He believed that our laboratory is actually the threshold of the house of God, who created the universe and its very truth."

On one occasion, while studying a kidney case and looking at the brilliant formation of urine crystals, he "felt a great urge to kneel". I feel the same!!! Dr Takashi Nagai clearly saw "that a laboratory could be the same as the cell of a monk."

The Life of Takashi Nagai as told by Paul Glynn, S.M.

A snip from Angelus Press's website about the book (press book image for link):

On August 9, 1945, an American B-29 dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan, killing tens of thousands of people in the blink of an eye, while fatally injuring and poisoning thousands more. Among the survivors was Takashi Nagai, a pioneer in radiology research and a convert to the Catholic Faith. Living in the rubble of the ruined city and suffering from leukemia caused by over-exposure to radiation, Nagai lived out the remainder of his remarkable life by bringing physical and spiritual healing to his war-weary people.

A Song for Nagasaki tells the moving story of this extraordinary man, beginning with his boyhood and the heroic tales and stoic virtues of his family's Shinto religion. It reveals the inspiring story of Nagai's remarkable spiritual journey from Shintoism to atheism to Catholicism.

Mixed with interesting details about Japanese history and culture, the biography traces Nagai's spiritual quest as he studied medicine at Nagasaki University, served as a medic with the Japanese army during its occupation of Manchuria, and returned to Nagasaki to dedicate himself to the science of radiology. The historic Catholic district of the city, where Nagai became a Catholic and began a family, was ground zero for the atomic bomb.

After the bomb disaster that killed thousands, including Nagai's beloved wife, Nagai, then Dean of Radiology at Nagasaki University, threw himself into service to the countless victims of the bomb explosion, even though it meant deadly exposure to the radiation which eventually would cause his own death. While dying, he also wrote powerful books that became best-sellers in Japan. These included The Bells of Nagasaki, which resonated deeply with the Japanese people in their great suffering as it explores the Christian message of love and forgiveness.

Deus propitius esto mihi peccatori.

Jesu mitis et humilis corde, Fac cor nostrum secundum Cor tuum. (ter)

Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Anne, Therese, I love You; Save Souls!

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Sancta Albertus Magnus!!!

My dear readers,

I know that it has been some time since I last posted. I have been very supremely busy at home and at work, and so tired after that (good : )) ), I could not find any time to post anything because, I had also to fulfill my duties of state =) and to pray .. but ora et labore is really, really beautiful. 

I pray and urge my dear readers to please pray for all of us, to do the will of God!

A book review on: A Song for Nagasaki, about Dr Takashi Nagai is in the works. I pray that it will be Deo volente and it will be done. If I do not find enough time, I will "advertise" for the book by introducing you, first, to quotes and some examples of brilliance.

=)) It's the Feast Day of Saint Albert the Great, or Albertus Magnus in Latin! 

I posted on him a long time ago (in 2007) and here is the post again:

Today's the Feast of Saint Albert the Great! The patron saint of scientists! =)
The picture on your right shows Saint Albert the Great and Saint Thomas Aquinas, Professor and Student, and very good friends!, wonderful servants of God. :) Saint Thomas is the one on the left while Saint Albert is the one on the right with the bishop's mitre. (Convent of Albertinum in Fribourg Switzerland)
Here’s more about Albertus Magnus from the Catholic Encyclopedia. Very good article on this beautiful saint. :)

Time flies, it doesn’t wait for you. I feel so helpless every time I think of time (because of the way it just slips past you), but at the same time, a sense of strength and confidence that one day, in time to come, my time will come. It’s almost like a paradox, but I think St Peter explains this really well and beautifully if you think about it, in his second epistle: “But of this one thing be not ignorant, my beloved, that one day with the Lord is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. ” (2 Peter 3:8)

I remember some time last year before the men went for their first ever Ignatian retreat, we had Fr. Pfeiffer passing by Singapore en route to Batam to co-preach the men’s retreat together with Fr. Couture. Fr. Pfeiffer gave a Sunday sermon, a very interesting one on Saint Albert the Great and how he became a saint, his life and how Mother Mary helped him in his life. It was hilarious and thought provoking at the same time and o dear me, very very interessant. I will try to relate what I remembered hearing from Fr. Pfeiffer’s sermon, but please forgive me if I do get the facts wrong because, like I said, I heard this 1 year ago. :) Like how one day when Saint Albert was young, he was so very helpless in his studies. He decided to run away from where he was studying, and when he was running away (or something to this extend) Mother Mary dearest appeared to him and told him to go back for she would help him. And when he went back to his studies, he became a genius. Its very amazing how God uses people to fulfill His will. For in this manner, the Mother of God prepared Albertus Magnus, dear saint, to be the teacher of another very dear dear saint, Saint Thomas Aquinas!! Both professor and student, Saint Albert and Saint Thomas Aquinas worked together at the Universität von Köln (Cologne). And of course, my dear reader, you know how great Saint Thomas was and still is. Thomistic Philosophy rocks! Saint Thomas’s Summa has helped the Church in so many ways and it gives the answer to many difficult questions in this our modern times. Thomism is the only answer to Modernism, as Pope Saint Pius X knew very well and as we can see from his encyclical Pascendi. Then, when Saint Thomas died and when after Saint Albert helped to defend his pupil’s writings, Saint Albert reverted back to what he was before Mother Mary appeared to him as a child. (or something like that) For I know he suffered a lapse of memory; his strong mind became clouded and his body weakened.

Saint Albert the Great was beatified by Pope Gregory XV in 1622, his feast is celebrated on 15th November. The bishops of Germany assembled in Fulda in September 1872 and sent to the Holy See a petition for his canonization. Saint Albert the Great, became, finally, Saint Albert the Great (was canonized) in 1931.

Saint Albert trained and directed a pupil (St. Thomas) who gave the world a concise, clear and perfect scientific exposition and defence of Christian doctrine; under God, therefore, we owe to Albertus Magnus the “Summa Theologica” of St. Thomas.

On a side note, St Thomas Summa has also helped me very well when I was writing my history essays. I found the only rational definition of what a war really is from his book, and dear Saint Thomas explains things so rationally, truthfully and beautifully, the dear saint helped me a lot to “grow up”, in a way. =) Deo gratias et Mariae.
Well now, back to dear St Albert Magnus. He’s the patron saint of scientists and a very good and dear saint, I must say. ;) I was having an email discussion with a friend [Anthony Tardiff @] some time ago and we were talking about Saint Albert and Saint Thomas. Most of what I’m about to post is stuff I took from emails from him, so thus, credit all goes to him. =)

Saint Albert the Great is the patron saint of scientists for a reason.
He was the one who correctly interpreted Aristotle as saying something different from Plato when he spoke of forms. Before, everyone tried to interpret Aristotle in neoplatonic terms, but it was Albert who showed that Aristotle actually disagreed with his teacher, Plato, and had a very different idea of matter and form. This proper understanding of Aristotle allowed Albert to utilize the scientific method to study natural science. Albert was a great natural scientist. Our entire tradition of experimental science can be traced back to Albert and to this period in the 13th century — that was the REAL scientific revolution, not the 17th century like so many people think. It was in the 13th century that the Latin west got the complete works of Aristotle for the first time, and discovered that 80% of his works were natural science, rather than what we think of as philosophy. Using Aristotle as a base, natural science took off. People think the medieval times were "dark ages," but they most decidedly were not — they were very enlightened, far more than the "enlightenment" later on! It was then, in the 13th century that the system of experimental science that is used today first came to be practiced, because of the influx of Aristotle's writings on the natural sciences into the Latin West, and the works of great men like Albert the Great and Thomas Aquinas in interpreting Aristotle correctly (others at the time were trying to interpret him as a Platonist, which caused no end of problems).

Of course, with the influx of all this science there was an apparent conflict between the new science and religion. Until that time, the Catholic Faith had always been intellectually articulated in neoplatonic, Augustinian terms, which did not mesh well with the view of the world that Aristotle gave, the view which allowed for the new science. Albert was concerned with finding a way to reconcile the two, arguing that since science and faith both have the same end — truth — they must agree. St. Thomas took up this great work of reconciliation with resounding success, and gave us a new intellectual articulation of the Catholic Faith in Aristotelian terms, including scientific proof of God's existence! (yay, see how Thomistic philosophy rules!)

Saint Albert the Great, together with his contemporary, Roger Bacon, proved to the world that the Church is not opposed to the study of nature, that faith and science may go hand in hand; their lives and their writings emphasize the importance of experiment and investigation.

The 13th century was when the true scientific revolution occurred! =)

“The aim of natural science is not simply to accept the statements [narrata] of others, but to investigate the causes that are at work in nature” (De Miner., lib. II, tr. ii, i).

“In studying nature we have not to inquire how God the Creator may, as He freely wills, use His creatures to work miracles and thereby show forth His power: we have rather to inquire what Nature with its immanent causes can naturally bring to pass” (De Coelo et Mundo, I, tr. iv, x).

Dearest Sancte Albertus Magnus, ora pro nobis!
From the Collect of today’s Holy Mass:
O God, Who didst make blessed Albert, Thy Bishop and Doctor, great by his bringing human wisdom into captivity to divine faith: grant us, we beseech Thee, so to follow the guidance of his teaching that we may enjoy perfect light in heaven. Through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Sub Tuum Praesidium
Sub tuum praesidium confugimus, sancta Dei Genitrix; nostras deprecationes ne despicias in necessitatibus; sed a periculis cunctis libera nos semper, Virgo gloriosa et benedicta.
We fly to thy patronage, O holy Mother of God! Despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O Glorious and Blessed Virgin.
O Mary, conceived without sinPray for us those who have recourse to thee!
Deus propitius esto mihi peccatori.
Jesus, Mary, I love Thee; Save Souls!
Jesu mitis et humilis corde, Fac cor nostrum secundum Cor tuum. (ter)

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

St Teresa of Avila!

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Happy feast day of St Teresa of Avila! The patron saint of dearest St Therese of the Child Jesus and Holy Face, therefore my patron too!!! : D 

I love St Teresa of Avila's poems! From the very little I know of her poems, they are extremely rich, even though I only know them from the English translation and not in their original Spanish. They tell us of her beautiful spirituality. 

Quoting from the Foreword taken from St Therese of Lisieux's Autobiography, Story of a Soul: 

“In fact this reading moves the hearts of men, inclines their wills, amends their lives, kindles charity and produces other salutary results which absolutely transcend human power, and can find no adequate explanation except in the action of Divine Grace itself.”3”

Excerpt From: Saint Therese of Lisieux. “The Story of a Soul.”

“3. The proclamation of the heroic Virtue of Sister Thérèse of the Child Jesus by the Congregation of Rites, 14th August, 1921.”

Deo gratias et Mariae et Teresa of Avila for the beautiful poems! 

Let me share with you a short but beautiful poem by St Teresa of Avila "On Those Words: "Dilectus Meus Mihi":

Myself surrendered and given, The exchange is this:My Beloved is for me, And  I am for my Beloved. 
When the Gentle hunterWounded and subdued me,In love's arms,My soul fallen;New life receiving,Thus did I exchangeMy Beloved is for me,And I am for my Beloved. 
The arrow he drewFull of love,My soul was onesWith her Creator. Other love I want not,Surrendered now to my God,That my Beloved is for me,And I am for my Beloved. 

- St Teresa of Avila, taken from "The Collected Works of St. Teresa of Avila, Volume Three"

Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Anne, Therese, I love You; Save Souls!

Deus propitius esto mihi peccatori.

Jesu mitis et humilis corde, Fac cor nostrum secundum Cor tuum. (ter)

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