Busy has been the buzz word, in my life now, of late.
There's always some sort of work to do, but I am trying to see this in the best possible light: ora et laborae (pray and work) ... My dearest Angel, please help me, remind me to pray. =)
Today's the feast of Dearest St Anne, whose name I am very blessed to "wear". =D (Rachel Anne Therese)
Here is an excerpt from a Sermon pronounced by Archbishop Lefebvre, 27 July 1980, on Dearest St Anne, whom praise God, I wish to imitate.
It seems to me that St. Anne, by her example, gives us three great lessons:
she asks those who are joined in the bonds of matrimony to live as Christians and to have Christian families. St. Anne has set us an example, as we are told in the Gospel. She lived with St. Joachim sine querela (without quarreling) for many years in peaceful marriage. St. Anne and St. Joachim lived in the faith. Where Christian marriage is concerned, they are models for Christian spouses. This is the first important lesson that St. Anne gives us by her example.
And by her example she also shows how Providence blesses Christian homes. Although she was barren, look how God gave her a child in her old age: Mary, who would be the mother of Jesus. This is why St. Anne is often represented, as you see her in this statue here, pointing out in a Bible the passages referring to Mary. She was no doubt inspired by the Holy Ghost to do this: a virgin will have a son. So Mary herself received a profoundly Christian education.The second lesson that St. Anne gives us is Christian education of children – Christian homes, Christian education.
And finally, a third point: St. Anne gives true priests. For let us not forget that Mary was born and chosen by God to give birth to the Eternal High Priest. St. Anne also had the great privilege, at an advanced age, of having a child who would become the mother of the great High Priest. She was therefore the grandmother of Jesus – Jesus the Eternal High Priest. So St. Anne’s message for us is that, in Christian homes, there are vocations – holy vocations, vocations to the priesthood, to the religious life. This, I think, is the great thing St. Anne teaches us.
I hope one day Deo volente when we have our children, that we will follow the great example of St Anne as well as St Joachim. Dearest St Anne, ora pro nobis. Dearest St Joachim, ora pro nobis. =D
First Friday & First Saturday of
June & July
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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