Today we remember all those killed in the attacks on 9/11. We pray for them and for their families.
Wednesday, September 14 is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. This feast commemorates the finding of Jesus’ cross in 326, the consecration of Jerusalem’s Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher some ten years later, and the recovery in 628 or 629 by Emperor Heraclius of a major portion of the cross that had been removed by the Persians from its place of veneration in Jerusalem. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 1085, the Exaltation of the Cross consists in the fact that “the event of the Cross and Resurrection abides and draws everything toward life”. According to Saint Leo the Great “the sign of the cross makes kings of all those reborn in Christ”. Without the Cross there can be no Resurrection.
Tuesday, September 27 is the Memorial of Saint Vincent de Paul. Saint Vincent was born in Gascony, France, and ordained to the priesthood in 1581. He preached that one of his parish families was in need and received so much food that he found other families with whom to share. From there he began the Confraternity of Charity to provide ongoing help for those in need. He founded the Daughters of Charity with Louise de Marillac and the Congregation of the Mission. The Saint Vincent de Paul Society was founded by Blessed Frederick Ozanam in Paris in 1833 and was originally intended to instruct young men in the Catholic faith to help them counter attacks on the Church. Saint Vincent de Paul was known for his works of mercy. When Blessed Frederick realized that the best way to demonstrate Catholic commitment was through works of charity, he chose Saint Vincent de Paul as the patron of the society.
Also during September we remember our Blessed Mother on her birthday, The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, September 8 and Our Lady of Sorrows on September 15.
Have a good week in the Lord, Gay Snell