St. Juliana Falconieri
The noble daughter of the illustrious family of Falconieri founded at Florence the Order of the Mantellati, attached to the Order of the Servites. (My little addition: this is a great great order! :) See this post, to see a Father of the Order of the Servites saying Mass on Easter Sunday in 1941. The Mass is Infinite! Beautiful!) She received Viaticum miraculously at the moment of her death in 1340. (What a beautiful death!)
Collect of Today's mass:
O God, Who didst vouchsafe wondrously to solace blessed Juliana, Thy Virgin, in her last sufferings with the precious Body of Thy Son: grant, we beseech Thee, that, by her intercession and merits, we too in our mortal agony may be refreshed and strengthened by the same Sacrament, and so be brought to our heavenly country. Through the same our Lord.
p/s: today's day 2 of Lab. I just bought my copy of Garcia Moreno on Sat and am now slowly poring through the book which now I can only do at night because I spend the whole day in the lab, but from what I've read so far, whooohooo, its a good good good book. :) Here's the review from the "Product Overview" from Angelus Press,
Can governments publicly profess the Catholic faith in modern times? Catholic governments were formerly commonplace during the Middle Ages when Christendom extended throughout Europe. But now such a possibility is scorned as being out of date and impractical. Instead the Freemasonic axiom of separation of Church and State has become universally accepted, despite the fact that this notion has been repeatedly condemned by the Catholic Church. In this book, the reader will see that it is possible to vanquish the Revolution and wrest nations from its mortal embrace: Garcia Moreno, held the Revolution at his feet, for fifteen years. What is needed today is a Christian Hercules, a Garcia Moreno, enbued with the armor of Christ, that is, the social truths of which the Church alone is the keeper. The true, the only Liberator is Jesus Christ, because He is the truth, and the truth alone can deliver the nations. Veritas liberabit vos. The Truth shall make you free. Alone among all the heads of state, in the wake of the French revolution and the collapse of societies it brought about, Garcia Moreno restored Christian government in Ecuador and merited the glorious name of Regenerator of the Fatherland; alone, despite calumniators and assassins, he gave the world a unique example of unshakable fortitude in the accomplishment of duty; alone, surrounded by tyrants who fought over the nations only to empty their purses, their minds and their hearts, he heaped immense and imperishable benefits upon his nation in the material, intellectual, moral and religious orders; alone, finally, a heroic martyr for Catholic civilization, he gave his blood for the noble cause he had defended. Thus he stands before us as the great political man of the 19th century, the type, so rarely seen, of the savior of nations. This is THE definitive biography of Garcia Moreno written by French priest Fr. Augustine Berthe in 1877 and translated into English by Lady Elizabeth Herbert of Lea in 1889 (a fascinating person in her own right: wife of the British Minister of War and Anglican convert to Catholicism). Softcover, 401 pp, 66 photos and drawings and a new preface by Fr. Paul Kimball.
Historia (realllllyyyy is) Magistra Vitae!
And here's another beautiful prayer by St. Ephrem:
O Queen of the universe and most bountiful sovereign! thou art the great advocate of sinners, the sure port of those who have suffered shipwreck, the resource of the world, the ransom of captives, the solace of the weak, the consolation of the afflicted, the refuge and salvation of every creature. O full of grace! enlighten my understanding, and loosen my tongue, that I may recount thy praises, and sing to thee the angelical salutation, which thou so justly deservest. Hail, thou who art the peace, the joy, the consolation of the whole world! Hail, paradise of delight, the assured asylum of all who are in danger, the source of grace, the mediatrix between God and man!
Ejaculatory Prayer: Refuge of sinners, take pity on me.
(As taken from the book, The Holy Eucharist by St. Alphonsus Maria de Ligouri)
Deo gratias et Mariae, for giving the world St. Alphonsus, for everything! :)
Jesus, Mary, I love Thee; Save Souls!
Jesu mitis et humilis corde, Fac cor nostrum secundum Cor tuum. (ter)