Saturday 23 September 2023

Take heart, and practice the little virtues

The Christian life is not an easy one to live. Every serious Catholic has days where they do not seem to be progressing in virtue. I have found the following, regarding Little Virtues, from The Fountain of Catholic Knowledge rather edifying, and pass it on in case others may need to take fruit from it. God love you.

That which is little in the eyes of man is often great in the sight of God; and the Christian faith teaches us that God loves the simple and lowly of heart. Judging only by outward appearances, we may divide all virtues into two classes, little and great. Great virtues, or at least those which men call great are brilliant and striking qualities, such as claim universal notice and admiration; while those which men call little are simple, hidden virtues, concealed in the eyes of the world, and absorbed, as it were, in the sweet completeness of a good and holy life.

 “Every one,” said St. Francis de Sales, in his ever gentle, gracious words, “every one desires to have brilliant virtues and to display them, fixed to the cross, so that they may be seen and admired from afar. Very few are eager to gather those which, like the thyme and violet, grow at the foot and in the shadow of that tree of life. Yet these are they which have the sweetest perfume, and have been most freely watered with the Blood of Jesus, who gave this precept to His children as their most important lesson, ‘Learn of Me, for I am meek and humble of heart.’”

It is not every one who is called upon to exercise the great virtue of magnanimity, firmness, patience, endurance, constancy, and courage. The occasions which call them forth are very rare; yet all desire to possess them, because they are seen and known of men, and thus even human vanity is often unconsciously soothed and gratified. As to little virtues, the world esteems them not, but passes them utterly by, and the heart that desires them must needs be pure and true. Who, indeed, pays any attention to the virtue which gently yields to another’s ill temper, and patiently bears with another’s imperfections, an unreasonable prejudice, a distasteful companionship, and all the thousand little pinpricks which so goad and irritate our faulty human nature, that we may truly call the small miseries of life? Who troubles to praise or to exalt the humility of those who bear a refusal with sweetness, who are grateful for a benefit, who treat their inferiors with kindness and courtesy, and are tender and pitiful to the poor? All these we consider mere trifles; we desire only those virtues which St. Francis de Sales described as “braves et bien virtues,” viz., virtues which are dazzling and outwardly attractive; and we do not consider that life is made up of little things and trifling actions that for extraordinary virtue there is very little room. Opportunities for making a fortune are not to met with every day; but every day we may gain a little, and if we do but husband our small resources, we shall certainly grow rich in time. We should quickly accumulate great spiritual riches, and should lay up for ourselves treasure in heaven, if we would but employ in God’s most holy service all the little occasions which we meet with every moment.

Let us therefore rejoice that we can so easily please God, and become perfect. Let us never lose one happy chance of sanctifying our life, but, lifting our hearts in prayer, let us consecrate our most trifling actions, our lightest labours, and our lightest cares, by offering them to God. Let us do all for Jesus, and we shall not lose our reward; like the ant, which during the summer accumulates little by little its provisions for the winter, we shall find, when life’s labour is over, that we shall reap in a glorious and eternal harvest the reward for which we have worked so humbly here below.

Thursday 21 September 2023

Fr. Leonard Goffine on St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

St. Matthew needs no introduction. The account of Our Lord calling him forth from his occupation as a tax collector is well-known. However, in honour of his feast day, we offer the following historical summary from Fr. Leonard Goffine. God love you.
Matthew, also called Levi, a son of Alpheus, and brother of the holy apostle James the Less, was a receiver in the Roman custom-house on Lake Tiberias. Such officers were hated by the Jews for their injustice, and were called publicans, or public sinners. While he was sitting at the receipt of custom he was called by Christ to be one of His disciples, and immediately leaving his lucrative office and all that he had, followed Him. On account of his distinguished zeal he was afterwards received into the number of the apostles. After the descent of the Holy Ghost he remained in Judea, preached the Gospel, wrote the passion of Our Lord as contained in his gospel, and lived strictly in the fear of God. At a later day, he travelled through Persia, Ethiopia, and other countries. At last he was killed at the altar, by command of King Hirtacus, for opposing his marriage with the Princess Iphigenia, who, by St. Matthew's direction, had vowed to God perpetual virginity. His holy remains were brought to Salerno in the tenth century. Thus may great sinners become great saints by following faithfully, like St. Matthew, the voice of God.

Sunday 17 September 2023

Prayers and material charity urgently needed for Andrew Rivera

Dear friends,

We have some news on Andrew Rivera. Unfortunately, the news is not good. Below, we reprint an update from the organizer of the fundraiser set up for Andrew and his family. Please, in your charity, give what you can and inform others as you can. 

God bless you.



Dear Friends,

Andrew Rivera has been a friend of mine for many years. He has been a collaborator with me on the organization of many Masses in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite across the Greater Toronto Area. He is known to many here both in the diocesan traditional community and the Society of St. Pius X. Andrew is a single father of a five-year-old boy, pictured with him above, his wife having passed away three years ago.

GiveSendGo - Supporting Andrew Rivera and Son: The Leader in Freedom Fundraising.

Just after Easter, Andrew had a serious attack and went into a diabetic coma. The next few weeks were like an episode of House (without the cursing and such). Every time I spoke with his mother there was another issue. Infection. Kidney failure and dialysis and the usual things and indignities that accompany such a situation. The most shocking and profound was a caused by clots that can happen due to inactivity. (No jab here folks, so let's leave that one alone). However, it turns out that the cause of the clots may have been a previously undetected "hole in the heart." more properly known as an atrial septal defect and is from birth. In addition to this, there is ongoing neuropathy from the .

GiveSendGo - Supporting Andrew Rivera and Son: The Leader in Freedom Fundraising.

Tomorrow morning, Monday, September 18, Andrew will have PFO Closure surgery. Please remember Andrew today at Mass and in your prayers, that God will guide the surgeon's hands so that all will be well and grant a full recovery in all these things to Andrew.

Now, the recovery from this is going to add to the other maladies. It is simply not known when Andrew will be able to return to work.

Thus, I am asking you to be generous with our fundraising campaign.

Your help is most appreciated, Andrew has seen all the data from the GiveSendGo and you are all in his prayers.

God bless you.

David Anthony Domet

GiveSendGo - Supporting Andrew Rivera and Son: The Leader in Freedom Fundraising.