Scandals and Chisels

22 August 2015

A friend in the Resistance drew our attention to Fr Pfeiffer’s July 16 sermon.

 

We are paraphrasing a part of the sermon, but the entire sermon should be heard:
 
Why does God allow scandals? Why does God allow evil things to happen? Why does God allow evil men to live? Why does God allow tyrants and wickedness and all manner of evil to continue in the world? The chisel is designed to shape saints. The thing about chisels, the saints said in the Middle Ages, chisels are used to carve statues. When the statues are carved, you throw the chisel away and you keep the statue.

So God allows there to be wicked things, wicked events, wicked men – remember not only wicked men but also good men do wicked things. Evil is the chisel God uses to make saints.

 

 
 

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The following was sent to us by a parishioner:
“I am including two little stories of the Holy Rosary that may encourage more people to join the Rosary Crusade.

In J.M.J.”
 
 

Taken from The Life of St Dominic by Sr. Augusta Theodosia Drane (Mother Frances Raphael).

 
(The Rosary) Many stories are told of the wonders which followed on its first adoption. Some despised it, and ridiculed its use; among whom was one of the bishops of the country of Toulouse (France), who, hearing the Rosary preached by St. Dominic, spoke of it afterwards with contempt, saying it was only fit for women and children. He was soon convinced of his error; for shortly after, falling into great persecution and calumnies, he seemed in a vision to see himself plunged into thick mire from which there was no way of escape. Raising his eyes, he saw above him the forms of Our Lady and St. Dominic, who let down to him a chain made of a hundred and fifty rings, fifteen of which were of gold; and laying hold of this he found himself safely drawn to dry land. By this he understood that it was by means of the devotion of the Rosary he should be delivered from his enemies, which shortly took place after he had devoutly commenced its use.
 
Another similar story relates how a noble lady opposed the new confraternity of this devotion with all her power, but was converted by a vision, which was granted to her one night in prayer. Being rapt in ecstasy, she saw an innumerable company of men and women surrounded by a great splendour, who devoutly recited the Rosary together; and for every “Ave Maria” which they repeated, a beautiful star came forth from their mouths, and the prayers were written in a book in letters of gold. Then the Blessed Virgin spoke to her and said, “In this book are written the names of brethren and sisters of my Rosary, but thy name is not written; and because thou hast persuaded many not to enter it, there shall befall thee a sickness for a time, which yet shall turn to thy salvation.” The lady was soon after seized with sickness, and recognizing the truth of the the prediction, she caused herself on her recovery to be inscribed among the members of the confraternity.
 
 

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Dearest Lord, teach me to be generous.
Teach me to serve Thee as Thou deservest;
To give and not to count the cost;
To fight and not to heed the wounds;
To toil and not to seek for rest;
To labor and not to seek reward, save that of
Knowing that I do Thy Will, O God.
 
St Ignatius of Loyola
from Life of St Ignatius of Loyola, by Fr Genelli, S J, (pg 1)
 
 
 

My past, O Lord, to Thy Mercy,
My present to Thy Love,
My future to Thy Providence.
 
St Padre Pio
 
 

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A Thought for the Day

19 August 2015

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This is taken from the March 1915 issue of the Franciscan Herald.

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On Saturday August 15, 2015 (Feast of the Assumption) in Syracuse, New York, Fr. Joseph Pfeiffer blessed and imposed the cord and scapular, of the Third Order Secular of St. Francis, upon Br. Leo.  Deo gratias!

 

Below are three pictures of the ceremony.

 

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2015 08 16 – Fr. Joseph Pfeiffer Sermon – Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost – Danbury, CT

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Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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A Thought for the Day

14 August 2015

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This is taken from the February 1915 issue of the Franciscan Herald.

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Urgent Prayer Request

13 August 2015

We have received an urgent prayer request from the husband of one of our parishioners.

 

Please let us all remain in union of prayers, asking for the full recovery of our friend.

 

 

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A Thought for the Day

13 August 2015

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This is taken from the February 1915 issue of the Franciscan Herald.

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