Playing catch up is never fun, and we’re behind on two Show Notes posts! Firstly, A Good Habit from September 24, where we talked about that day’s feast of Our Lady of Walsingham.
This feast is probably not widely known in the states, but it’s central to the Marian devotion of the Catholic Church in England. In fact, as we mentioned on the show, England has long referred to itself as the dowry of Mary, meaning that England saw itself as being under the protection and sheltering love of Our Lady in a unique way. Though the exact origins of the term are unknown, it arose in the medieval period, when Marian devotion in England was very strong. Fr. Mark Elvins, OFM Cap, believes the term arose, not from popular devotion, but from the solemn consecration of England to Our Lady by Edward II in 1381. If you’d like to read more about that very interesting topic click here.
But back to the feast of Our Lady of Walsingham (as you can see, we get sidetracked on the blog just like we do on the radio). Since you’re getting such a good history lesson today, don’t stop now. Click here to learn about the origins and modern revival of the shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. For an explanation of the statue click here.
Now onto last week’s show from October 1st.
Please keep Doug Pearson, Director of Radio Operations for GRN, in your prayers as he battles stage four cancer. His blog is a witness to our Christian hope, and we encourage you to check it out, and accompany him as he carries this cross in union with Jesus.
Mario recommended a great video by Taylor Marshall about St. Michael and Lucifer. Since we just celebrated the feast of the archangels last week, this would be a great way to feed your faith and honor the angels. You can find that video here.
One of our callers, Theresa from Pennsylvania, told us that her father had a great devotion to the poor souls in purgatory, and would often pray the Prayer of St. Gertrude, which Our Lord promised St. Gertrude would release a thousand souls from Purgatory each time it is said. Theresa’s dad would send the prayer to his 12 children every year – just think of how many poor souls were released from purgatory because of those prayers offered up over the years.
Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen.
The poor souls can’t pray for themselves, they depend on us to assist them with our prayers and Masses. And once they are released from their purification they won’t forget us, and will certainly intercede for us from heaven. Intercede for a poor soul and you’ll have a friend for eternity!
Lastly, the Office of Readings had a great reading for the Feast of the Guardian Angels. Last Thursday we celebrated their feast day, and we want to share this reading, which we look forward to each year, with you:
From a sermon by St. Bernard of Clairvaux
He has given his angels charge over you to guard you in all your ways. Let them thank the Lord for his mercy; his wonderful works are for the children of men. Let them give thanks and say among the nations, the Lord has done great things for them. O Lord, what is man that you have made yourself known to him, or why do you incline your heart to him? And you do incline your heart to him; you show him your care and your concern. Finally, you send your only Son and the grace of your Spirit, and promise him a vision of your countenance. And so, that nothing in heaven should be wanting in your concern for us, you send those blessed spirits to serve us, assigning them as our guardians and our teachers.
He has given his angels charge over you to guard you in all your ways. These words should fill you with respect, inspire devotion and instil confidence; respect for the presence of angels, devotion because of their loving service, and confidence because of their protection. And so the angels are here; they are at your side, they are with you, present on your behalf. They are here to protect you and to serve you. But even if it is God who has given them this charge, we must nonetheless be grateful to them for the great love with which they obey and come to help us in our great need.
So let us be devoted and grateful to such great protectors; let us return their love and honour them as much as we can and should. Yet all our love and honor must go to him, for it is from him that they receive all that makes them worthy of our love and respect.
We should then, my brothers, show our affection for the angels, for one day they will be our co-heirs just as here below they are our guardians and trustees appointed and set over us by the Father. We are God’s children although it does not seem so, because we are still but small children under guardians and trustees, and for the present little better than slaves.
Even though we are children and have a long, a very long and dangerous way to go, with such protectors what have we to fear? They who keep us in all our ways cannot be overpowered or led astray, much less lead us astray. They are loyal, prudent, powerful. Why then are we afraid? We have only to follow them, stay close to them, and we shall dwell under the protection of God’s heaven.