Since there are so many saints, each day is the feast day for several saints. Interestingly enough, two of Saints remembered today knew and respected each other. Saint Nicetas (ca. 335–414) was Bishop of Remesiana (present-day Bela Palanka, Serbia). He promoted Latin sacred music for use during the Eucharistic worship, composed a number of hymns, Including the Te Deum used daily in the Liturgy of Hours. This beautiful prayer can be found inside the white hymnals we still can’t use.
Saint Paulinus of Nola (c. 354 – 431), was born into a prominent and wealthy Roman family in Bordeaux, France. After the death of his wife, he renounced his wealth and eventually was made Bishop against his will. He is traditionally credited with the introduction of bells to Christian worship. He was praised by others who became Saints — Ambrose, Augustine, Jerome, Martin, and Nicetas. Surviving letters show that he wrote letters to Nicetas, Jerome, and Augustine.
MYSTIC MUSINGS for MEDITATION on DEATH:
Granted our love may wait for a time, but our faith must ever rejoice. We should long for those who have been sent before us, but we should not lose hope of getting them back.
–Saint Paulinus of Nola (c. 354-431)
It is a loving act to show sadness when our dear ones are torn from us, but it is a holy act to be joyful through hope and trust in the promises of God… Thankful joy is more acceptable to God than long and querulous grief.
–Saint Paulinus of Nola (c. 354-431)
REPEAT OF YESTERDAY’S UPDATE:
The ad hoc coronavirus committee met on line Thursday evening and discussed how the protocols in place have been working out so far. The ushers have done good work and every has been doing what they have been asked to do. Hands are sanitized upon entering, masks are worn, and social distancing is strictly observed. These seem to be the most important steps to take and will continue.
- Mass continues at 10 am every day, but Saturday.
- These Masses are still being live-streamed.
- Masses on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday are open to the public.
- The Saturday 5pm Mass is also open.
- Doors are unlocked 30 minutes before public Masses begin.
- Seating continues to be on a first-come, first-served basis.
Father Paul is at Mary’s House on Wednesdays at 11:00 am and 6:15 pm, Saturdays at 11am, and anytime by appointment. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available.
Mary Grace Peck, Lisa Keiling, and I are trying to work things out for the children to make their FIRST HOLY COMMUNION.
Details have yet to be finalized, but we are hoping that Bishop Mark Brennan will join us in August for CONFIRMATION.
POEM of the DAY:
Make a Difference
If each grain of sand were to say:
One grain does not make a mountain,
There would be no land
If each drop of water were to say:
One drop does not make an ocean
There would be no sea
If each note of music were to say:
Each note does not make a symphony,
There would be no melody
If each word were to say:
One word does not make a library
There would be no book
If each brick were to say:
One brick does not make a wall,
There would be no house
If each seed were to say:
One seed does not make a field
There would be no harvest
You do make the difference
Begin today and make the difference
— Author Unknown
PRAYER of the DAY:
Te Deum Laudamus
You are God, we praise you.
You are Lord, we acclaim you.
All creation worships you,
the Father everlasting.
To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,
cherubim and seraphim, sing in endless praise:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
The glorious company of apostles praise you.
The noble fellowship of prophets praise you.
The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.
Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you:
Father of majesty unbounded,
your true and only Son, worthy of all worship,
Holy Spirit, Advocate and Guide.
You, Christ, are the king of glory,
the eternal Son of the Father.
When you became human to set us free
you did not spurn the virgin’s mother’s womb.
Instead You overcame the sting of death,
and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
You are seated at God’s right hand in glory.
We believe that you will come again to be our judge.
Come then, Lord, and help your people,
bought with the price of your own blood,
and bring us with your saints to glory everlasting.
— Saint Nicetas
SPONSORED BY THE NUMBER 100:
MATHEMATICS — THE NUMBER 100
100 is a perfect square number and its square root is 10.
The sum of the first 9 PRIME numbers is 100. (2+3+5+7+11+13+17+19+23 = 100)
The sum of the first 10 ODD numbers equals 100. (1+3+5+7+9+11+13+15+17+19 = 100)
100 = the SQUARE of the sum of the first four integers: 100 = (1 + 2 + 3 + 4) ^2
2 to the power of 6 (64) + 6 squared (36) = 100, thus 100 is a Leyland number ✿ ✿ ✿
a “Googol” is the number 1 followed by 100 zeros
✿ ✿ ✿ I don’t know what a Leyland number is even after reading about it. I don’t understand these either, but they also sound cool. 100 is a noncototient 18-gonal number. It can be expressed as a sum of some of its divisors, making it a semiperfect number.
HISTORY — THE YEAR 100:
In 100 BC, Julius Caesar was born. ✮ ✮ ✮
In 100 AD, the wheel barrow was invented in China
✮ ✮ ✮ The Caesar Salad appears to be invented on July 4, 1924 by the lesser known Caesar Cardini, an Italian immigrant who operated restaurants in Mexico and the United States
A somewhat advanced society has figured how to package basic knowledge in pill form. A student, needing some learning, goes to the pharmacy and asks what kind of knowledge pills are available. The pharmacist says “Here’s a pill for English literature.” The student takes the pill and swallows it and has new knowledge about English literature!
“What else do you have?” asks the student. “Well, I have pills for art history, biology, and world history,” replies the pharmacist. The student asks for these, and swallows them and has new knowledge about those subjects.
Then the student asks, “Do you have a pill for math?” The pharmacist says “Wait just a moment”, and goes back into the storeroom and brings gigantic pill and plunks it on the counter. “I have to take that huge pill for math?” inquires the student. The pharmacist replied “Well, you know math always was a little hard to swallow.”
A physicist, a mathematician, and a mystic were asked to name the greatest invention of all time. The physicist chose the fire, which gave humanity the power over matter. The mathematician chose the alphabet, which gave humanity power over symbols. The mystic chose the thermos bottle.
“Why a thermos bottle?” the others asked. “Because the thermos keeps hot liquids hot in winter and cold liquids cold in summer.” “Yes — so what?” “Think about it.” said the mystic reverently. That little bottle — how does it *know*?”
Pastor Father Smith finished last in his class and had very little common sense. Shortly after finally becoming in charge, the priest had the old windows that were next to useless, replaced with expensive double pane energy efficient kind. But this week, he got a call from the contractor complaining that his work had been completed a whole year, but he still had not been paid. The priest was both surprised and puzzled. “What you mean? I’m not gonna let you rip me off. Your salesman told me that in one year, the windows would pay for themselves.” There was silence on the other end of the line, so Father Smith hung up, and was pleased with himself.