Monday, July 12, 2004

The Feast of St. John Jones, O.F.M., Priest and Martyr
is today. There is information on him here.

Can we religiously suppose that the blood of our martyrs, three centuries ago and since, shall never receive its recompense? Those priests, secular and regular, did they suffer for no end? or rather, for an end which is not yet accomplished? The long imprisonment, the fetid dungeon, the weary suspense, the tyrannous trial, the barbarous sentence, the savage execution, the rack, the gibbet, the knife, the cauldron, the numberless tortures of those holy victims, O my God, are they to have no reward? Are Thy martyrs to cry from under Thine altar for their loving vengeance on this guilty people, and to cry in vain? Shall they lose life, and not gain a better life for the children of those who persecuted them? Is this Thy way, O my God, righteous and true? Is it according to Thy promise, O King of saints, if I may dare talk to Thee of justice? Did not Thou Thyself pray for Thine enemies upon the cross, and convert them?

Venerable John Henry Newman, C.O., Sermons Preached on Various Occasions

It is also the feast of St. Veronica, and of St. John Gualbert,O.S.B..

In addition, today is my birthday.


Blogger Unknown said...

Happy Birthday! How old?

1:24 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I'm 34.

2:29 PM  
Blogger Dennis G said...

Belated Happy Birthday. Ah to be 34 again...

6:25 PM  

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