Actions speak louder than words; let your words teach and your actions speak. We are full of words but empty of actions, and therefore are cursed by the Lord, since he himself cursed the fig tree when he found no fruit but only leaves. It is useless for a man to flaunt his knowledge of the law if he undermines its teaching by his actions.
But the apostles "spoke as the Spirit gave them the gift of speech." Happy the man whose words issue from the Holy Spirit and not from himself!
We should speak, then, as the Holy Spirit gives us the gift of speech. Our humble and sincere request to the Spirit for ourselves should be that we may bring the day of Pentecost to fulfillment, insofar as he infuses us with his grace, by using our bodily senses in a perfect manner by keeping the commandments. Likewise we shall request that we may be filled with a keen sense of sorrow and with fiery tongues for confessing the faith so our deserved reward may be to stand in the blazing splendor of the saints and to look upon the triune God. - from a sermon by Saint Anthony of Padua
About the Saints.
The beautiful heart of St. Lawrence can be found in the love and care he gave to the poor and needy, the love he had for Rome - the centre of Christianity and the seat of the Vicar of Christ; and his faithfulness to the church.
St. Lawrence of Rome was martyred in the third century during the persecutions of Emperor Valerian. He was one of the seven deacons in charge of helping the poor and carried the title of archdeacon – a position of great trust that included the care of the treasury and riches of the church and the distribution of alms among the poor. Lawrence was ‘keeper of the church’s treasures’.
During the persecution of Valerian, Pope St. Sixtus II and six deacons were condemned to death. This would leave Lawrence as the ranking Church official in Rome, but Lawrence too would follow in steps of martyrdom four days later.
The Prefect of Rome had ordered Lawrence to bring the Church's treasure to him. Lawrence said he would do this within three days. He worked swiftly to distribute as much Church property to the poor as possible, so as to prevent its being seized by the prefect. He then went through the city of Rome and gathered a multitude of the poor, sick, blind, crippled and suffering – these he presented to the Prefect saying “These are the true treasures of the Church!"
It was in great anger that the Prefect condemned Lawrence to a slow, cruel death. On the 10th of August, the last of the seven deacons of Rome, suffered a martyr’s death. St. Lawrence was tied to a gridiron placed over a low fire that roasted his flesh slowly.
After the saint had suffered the pain for a long time, he even joked with his torturers, "assum est...versa et manduca" - "This side is done, turn and eat". From this derives his patronage of cooks and chefs, and also of comedians.
Saint Lawrence's feast day is August 10th.
Patron saint of many … several are listed as follows -
• against fire
• laundry workers
• poor people
• stained glass workers
• vine growers
• wine makers
• 36 cities and dioceses, including Rome.
More information can be found on St. Lawrence on the Vatican website.
Note: The image of St. Lawrence is a photographic reproduction of a two-dimensional, public domain work of art. This photographic reproduction is also in the public domain. All other images are copyright of Precious Treasures.
Today we celebrate the feast day of Australia's first saint ~ Mary MacKillop.
Mary was born in Melbourne in 1842 and died in Sydney on the 8th August 1909. She responded to the isolation of colonial families and pioneered a new form of religious life to provide education for their children.
Mary and her sisters shared the life of the poor, offering special care to destitute women and children. She will be remembered for her eagerness to discover God's will in all things, and for her abiding trust in God's providence.
Pray to be ever ready for God's will, even when it takes you by surprise. 1880
Do all you can with the means at your disposal and calmly leave the rest to God. 1891
Never see a need without doing something about it.
Try to at least excuse what you cannot understand. 1877