Friday, May 14, 2004

The Feast of St. Matthias, Apostle and Martyr
is today. There is information on him here. In his Anglican days, Venerable John Henry Newman, C.O., wrote this sermon for this feast day. Here is a small sample:
"What solemn overpowering thoughts must have crowded on St. Matthias, when he received the greetings of the eleven Apostles, and took his seat among them as their brother! His very election was a witness against himself if he did not fulfil it. And such surely will ours be in our degree. We take the place of others who have gone before, as Matthias did; we are 'baptized for the dead,' filling up the ranks of soldiers, some of whom, indeed, have fought a good fight, but many of whom in every age have made void their calling. Many are called, few are chosen."
It is also the feast of St. Maria Mazzarello, F.M.A., Virgin and Foundress. To any Salesians out there, happy feast day !


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