(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Thursday received in private audience His Eminence Cardinal Angelo Amato, S.D.B., the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. In the course of the audience, the Holy Father authorized the Congregation to promulgate the decrees regarding the heroic virtues:

 - of the Servant of God Andrey Sheptytsky (given name: Roman Alexander Maria), of the Order of Saint Basil the Great, Archbishop of Lviv of the Ukrainians and Metropolitan of Halych; born 29 July 1865 in Prylbychi (Ukraine), died in Lviv (Ukraine) 1 November 1944;

 - of the Servant of God Giuseepe Carraro, Bishop of Verona; born in Mira, Italy, on 26 June 1899 and died in Verona, Italy 30 December 1980;

 - of the Servant of God Agostino Ramírez Barba, Diocesan Priest, Founder of the Congregation of Sister Servants of the Lord of Mercy; born 27 August 1881 in San Miguel in Alto (Mexico) and died in Tepatitlán (Mexico) 4 July 1967;

 - of the Servant of God Simpliciano della Natività (given name: Aniello Francesco Saverio Maresco), Professed Priest of the Order of Friars Minor, Founder of the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart; born in Meta di Sorrento (Italy) 11 May 1827 and died in Rome (Italy) 25 May 1898;

 - of the Servant of God Maria del Rifugio Aguilar y Torres, the widow of Cancino, Foundress of the Congregation of Mercedarian Sisters of the Most Holy Sacrament; born in San Miguel de Allende (Mexico) 21 September 1866 and died in Mexico City (Mexico) 24 April 1937;

 - of the Servant of God Maria Teresa Dupouy Bordes, Professed Relgious of the Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Foundress of the Congregation of the Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary; born in Saint Pierre d’Irube (France) 6 May 1873 and died in San Sebastán (Spain) 26 May 1953;

 - of the Servant of God Elisa Miceli, Foundress of the Institute of the Rural Catechist Sisters of the Sacred heart; born in Longobardi (Italy) 12 April 1904 and died in Frascati (Italy) 19 April 1976;

 - of the Servant of God Isabella Méndez Herrero (in religion: Isabella di Maria Immacolata), Professed Sister of the Congregation of the Servants of Saint Joseph; born in Castellanos de Moriscos (Spain) 30 August 1924 and died in Salamanca (Spain) 28 December 1953
(from Vatican Radio)


Teachings of Christ

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God." (Matthew 5:9 ESV)

Exaltation of the Cross

Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance; * grant victory to Your Church over her enemies * and protect Your commonwealth by Your Cross. (Troparion - Tone 1)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Willingly lifted up on the Cross, O Christ God, * bestow Your compassions upon the new commonwealth that bears Your name. * By your power grant joy to Your Church, * granting her victory over her enemies. * May she have your Cross as the weapon of peace * and the invincible ensign of victory. (Kontakion - Tone 4)

The Church celebrates the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross on September 14th.

Random Proverb

"Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you." (Proverbs 3:28 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Adam, before the fall ... participated in ... divine illumination and resplendence, and because he was truly clothed in a garment of glory he was not naked, nor was he unseemly by reason of his nakedness. He was far more richly adorned than those who now deck themselves out with diadems of gold and brightly sparkling jewels. St. Paul calls this divine illumination and grace our celestial dwelling when he says, 'For this we sigh, yearning to be clothed in our heavenly habitation, since clothed we will not be found naked' (2 Cor. 5:2).

St. Gregory Palamas (Topics of Natural and Theological Science no. 67, The Philokalia Vol. 4 edited by Palmer, Sherrard and Ware; Faber and Faber pg. 377)