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Episode 29: Lent is here! | How to make this Lent the best one yet! | Saint Polycarp
We discuss our own Ash Wednesday experiences Main Topic: Lent, how to do it well and keep our focus on Christ Meditation on the Gospel narratives of Christ's Passion. Spiritual reading of books like Goodier's Passion and Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Abbot Marmion's The Way of the Cross, Edward Leen's Why the Cross?, Fulton Sheen's Seven Words on the Cross. Recitation of prayers like Soul of Christ Sanctify Me. Besides making the daily Way of the Cross, encouraging others to make the Stations at least on Fridays during Lent. Having some symbol of Christ's Passion, like the crucifix or picture of the crucifix within easy eye vision to remind us of the Passion at odd moments of the day. Having some short aspiration which is recited (at least mentally) a few times during the day, like, "My Jesus Crucified," or "Heart of Jesus, obedient unto death, have mercy on us." Occasionally reciting the Litany of the Precious Blood. Spending some extra time before the Blessed Sacrament, asking Our Lord to grow in the understanding of His continued Passion now in the Church, which is His Mystical Body on earth! Making an occasional entry into one's spiritual journal about, "How much the Passion of Christ means to me." Fasting from meat : All Fridays through the year and the time of Lent are penitential days and times throughout the universal Church (Canon 1250). Abstinence from eating meat or another food according to the prescriptions of the conference of bishops is to be observed on Fridays throughout the year unless they are solemnities; abstinence and fast are to be observed on Ash Wednesday and on the Friday of the Passion and Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ (Canon 1251). Saint Spotlight: Saint Polycarp https://www.franciscanmedia.org/saint-of-the-day/saint-polycarp https://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=99 https://www.britannica.com/topic/martyr https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/saint/st-polycarp-of-smyrna-156 https://mycatholic.life/saints/saints-of-the-liturgical-year/february-23-saint-polycarp-bishop-and-martyr/ https://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Saint_Polycarp https://www.catholicfaithandreason.org/st-polycarp-of-smyrna-69-155-ad.html Send Show feedback, prayer intentions, suggestions and comments to email@example.com--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/strangecatholics/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/strangecatholics/support
Episode 208: Fr. Humberto’s homily - Memorial of Saint Polycarp, bishop and martyr on/ “Becoming Polycarp (abundant in fruits for God: saints) is what we are called at the end of the day”
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Jesus said to his disciples:"If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first.If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own;but because you do not belong to the world,and I have chosen you out of the world,the world hates you.Remember the word I spoke to you,'No slave is greater than his master.'If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you.If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.And they will do all these things to you on account of my name,because they do not know the one who sent me." (Jn 15; 18-21)
Feb 23rd -- From a letter on the martyrdom of Saint Polycarp by the Church of Smyrna
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From a letter on the martyrdom of Saint Polycarp by the Church of Smyrna A rich and pleasing sacrifice When the pyre was ready, Polycarp took off all his clothes and loosened his under-garment. He made an effort also to remove his shoes, though he had been unaccustomed to this, for the faithful always vied with each other in their haste to touch his body. Even before his martyrdom he had received every mark of honor in tribute to his holiness of life. There and then he was surrounded by the material for the pyre. When they tried to fasten him also with nails, he said: “Leave me as I am. The one who gives me strength to endure the fire will also give me strength to stay quite still on the pyre, even without the precaution of your nails”. So they did not fix him to the pyre with nails but only fastened him instead. Bound as he was, with hands behind his back, he stood like a mighty ram, chosen out for sacrifice from a great flock, a worthy victim made ready to be offered to God. Looking up to heaven, he said: “Lord, almighty God, Father of your beloved and blessed Son Jesus Christ, through whom we have come to the knowledge of yourself, God of angels, of powers, of all creation, of all the race of saints who live in your sight, I bless you for judging me worthy of this day, this hour, so that in the company of the martyrs I may share the cup of Christ, your anointed one, and so rise again to eternal life in soul and body, immortal through the power of the Holy Spirit. May I be received among the martyrs in your presence today as a rich and pleasing sacrifice. God of truth, stranger to falsehood, you have prepared this and revealed it to me and now you have fulfilled your promise. “I praise you for all things, I bless you, I glorify you through the eternal priest of heaven, Jesus Christ, your beloved Son. Through him be glory to you, together with him and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen”. When he had said “Amen” and finished the prayer, the officials at the pyre lit it. But, when a great flame burst out, those of us privileged to see it witnessed a strange and wonderful thing. Indeed, we have been spared in order to tell the story to others. Like a ship’s sail swelling in the wind, the flame became as it were a dome encircling the martyr’s body. Surrounded by the fire, his body was like bread that is baked, or gold and silver white-hot in a furnace, not like flesh that has been burnt. So sweet a fragrance came to us that it was like that of burning incense or some other costly and sweet-smelling gum.