November 15, 2014

An Open Letter to the Pope, Cardinals and Bishops

Matthew the Apostle

Most Holy Father, Your Eminences, Dear Bishops:

You are the light of the world. A city seated on a mountain cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but upon a candlestick, that it may shine to all that are in the house.

So let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Do not think that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets. I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For amen I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot, or one tittle shall not pass of the law, till all be fulfilled. He therefore that shall break one of these least commandments, and shall so teach men, shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven. But he that shall do and teach, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, that unless your justice abound more than that of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

In the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ, I Remain Your Most Obedient Servant, 

Matthew the Apostle 

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The Theresa Trio - Sts. Therese, Teresa and Ven. Maria Theresa Quevedo


I've recently included the above picture on this blog, put together by a friend from work (H/T Gary M.) of three of the more well known "Theresa's": St. Therese of Lisieux, Ven. Maria Theresa  Gonzalez-Quevedo and St. Teresa of Avila. All have over the course of years proved a part of my life, whether it be from their writings (Sts. Therese and Teresa) or from a relevancy to my children, especially my daughters, (Maria Theresa). And there is also the-woman-formerly-known-as-my-wife, who just happens to share their name and had - as in the case of the two saints - an aspiration for entering the Carmel (though that obviously was not her vocation.) She also had picked the Feast of St. Teresa of Avila as our wedding day, as much for its falling on a Saturday as the month of both Saints' feast day and the Month of the Holy Rosary (to which we were both devoted.) She was also named after Therese of Lisieux.  

Though I feel I should know more of both Saints, I have only read the biography of one (Therese) and will hopefully get to the other (Teresa) soon. As for Maria Teresa, I have read her biography and highly recommend it, especially for those who have daughters. It's affect on me was such that I had offered my 4 daughters ten dollars each just to read it, I felt it so beneficial (they all did read it, but declined my incentive, to their great credit.) You would not do wrong in making a similar offer to your own daughters.

For your convenience, here are the Book Links from Angelus Press:

The Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of the Little Flower 
St. Teresa of Avila's well known The Interior Castle

The story of "Terisita" Quevedo (1930-50), the Catholic beauty who wanted to become a saint: Mary was Her Life

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