Thursday, September 21, 2023

ðŸ‡đ🇷ðŸ‡ŧðŸ‡Ķ Saint Phocas of Sinope Feast: 22 September


ðŸ‡đ🇷ðŸ‡ŧðŸ‡Ķ Saint Phocas of Sinope
Martyr (✝️ c. 4th century Anno Domini A.D.)         Feast: 22 September

Saints Who Display Gifts of the Holy Spirit ðŸ•Š️

Saint Phocas, like all martyrs, showed the highest form of wisdom in accepting suffering from the hand of God. The fear of the Lord that is the beginning of wisdom is also evident in the legend of his life, which shows him not only willing to die...

but [ Phocas relished] things normally distasteful as he prepared for his death. But it is the gift of fortitude that is most manifest in his martyrdom. Phocas is said to have lived as hermit near the gate of the city of Sinope (present-day Turkey ). Pilgrims & travelers found a welcome at his home & were fed from his excellent garden ðŸ‘Ļ‍ðŸŒū ðŸĨ— which he tended himself. The poor, too, were supplied by his generosity & skill.


When persecution arose, Phocas was denounced as a Christian , & soldiers were dispatched to find & kill him. But they came to the city after the gates were shut ðŸ—️ so they took shelter at the house of Phocas, not realizing who he was. Realizing what they were up to, Phocas offered to tell them where their prey was the next day. As they slept ðŸ˜ī he dug his own grave  ðŸŠĶ & prepared himself spiritually for death ðŸ™


On the morrow, Phocas assured the surprised soldiers, stunned by his courage, that he would be grateful for martyrdom. Soon after his death, pilgrims came to seek his intercession. As a fellow saint, St. Asterius, bishop of Amasea , wrote in his praise, "He draws all men to his house."


🙏 O Holy Spirit ðŸ•Š️ help me to welcome death & suffering, & give me gratitude for the gift of the cross ✝️ ðŸ›


Wednesday, September 20, 2023

ðŸ‡ŪðŸ‡ą 🇊ðŸ‡đ ðŸ‡ŧðŸ‡Ķ Saint Matthew


ðŸ‡ŪðŸ‡ą ðŸ‡ŠðŸ‡đ ðŸ‡ŧðŸ‡Ķ Saint Matthew
Apostle (✝️ 1st C Anno Domini A.D.)           Feast: 21 September

Once upon a time there was a tax gatherer named Levi . The Jews did not like him. He took their tax money & gave it to the Romans. But Levi was not a bad man. He only did what he thought was his duty. One day Jesus :jesus: saw him. He saw good in him that others did not see. "Come & follow Me!" Jesus said quietly to the tax gatherer. Levi looked up in surprise

Levi had never seen such a wonderful Man before. Why, it would be the greatest honor to be one of His followers! Instantly he got up. He left his table with all the money on it💰 He went after our Lord. And Jesus :jesus: made him one of His 12 Apostles. He changed his name to Matthew. He wrote the wonderful Gospel According to Saint Matthew ✍️📜 He saw all that Jesus did. He heard all that Jesus said. He walked with Him & grew to love Him more & more💗


To make sure that the world would never forget Jesus :jesus: , Matthew wrote all this down in his beautiful Gospel. Gospel, you know, means Good News. He died a blessed martyr. With Saint Mark ðŸĶ , Saint Luke ðŸ‚ and Saint John ðŸĶ… he is one of the Four Evangelists.


#SaintMatthew #PrayForUs ðŸ™


Tuesday, September 19, 2023

🇰🇷ðŸ‡ŧðŸ‡Ķ Saint Francis Choe Kyong-hwan & 🇰🇷ðŸ‡ŧðŸ‡Ķ Blessed Maria Yi Seong-rye Feast: 20 September


🇰🇷ðŸ‡ŧðŸ‡Ķ Saint Francis Choe Kyong-hwan (✝️ 1839 Anno Domini A.D.)
🇰🇷ðŸ‡ŧðŸ‡Ķ Blessed Maria Yi Seong-rye (✝️ 1840 A.D.)
Martyrs Feast: 20 September
Saints Who Established Schools ðŸ˜‡ðŸŦ⛪

"A soldier going to war needs his battle instructions…At a time like this we must study all the books more earnestly."ðŸ‘Ļ‍🎓 Francis Choe Kyong-hwan lived in 19th century Korea where Catholics had been without priests for decades & their faith was waning ðŸ“‰

Francis decided to establish a Catholic village to help fortify his fellow believers. Working in the fields by day ðŸ‘Ļ‍ðŸŒū ðŸŒž & teaching at night ðŸ‘Ļ‍ðŸŦ ðŸŒ› Francis educated his own children & the other members of the community. Faced with persecution, he encouraged the people to hide their sacramentals ✝️ ðŸ•ĩ️‍♂️ so they would bot be desecrated. But he urged them not to bury the books ðŸ™… ðŸ•ģ️ ðŸ“š for they were essential weapons in the battle for faith.


When soldiers came to arrest the Christians ⛓️ ⛪ Francis welcomed them. He gave them food & shelter, & accepted arrest peacefully along with his wife. He suffered martyrdom shortly thereafter, whereupon his wife, who had been subjected to terrible tortures, renounced her faith, but she soon repented & followed him in death. Francis was canonized in 1984 A.D. & Maria was beatified in 2014 A.D.


Francis & Maria 's eldest son, Thomas Choe Yang-eop , became the 2nd Korean-born priest, & the cause for his beatification has been opened.

🙏 Almighty Father, grant that Catholic communities & families may be strengthened through faithful study ðŸ“– & become schools of heroic virtue ðŸ›

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