Friday, September 2, 2011

St Margaret Ward and St Margaret Clithero, Friends of Priests

St Margaret Ward was martyred on August 30th, and on this day we celebrate her feast day. Like, St Margaret Clithero, she was a faithful friend of priests. She teaches us how to take priests into our hearts and homes with generous love, experiencing the reward Jesus spoke of, "He who receives you, receives me." In the readings for Mass today, we hear:
the day of the Lord will come like a thief at night.
When people are saying, "Peace and security,"
then sudden disaster comes upon them,
like labor pains upon a pregnant woman,
and they will not escape.
Listen to my homily for today:

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We just don't know when we will be called to testify to the faith. May the prayers and merits of the holy martyrs help us to receive Jesus well, that we may bear fruitful witness to a world desperately in need of his divine Presence.

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