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True greatness, rather than razzle and dazzle, strives to conquer hearts.

Two thousand years ago, our God was born in a stable and laid in a manger. And for two thousand years, He hides Himself under the appearance of bread and wine so He can be near us. This is the awesome mystery of the Eucharist before which kings and multitudes have gladly bowed.

 

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If you enter Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris today, and make your way to the altar, awestruck by the building’s gothic grandeur, you come upon a little red light flickering in the half gloom. The crimson lamp denotes Our Lord’s Eucharistic Presence –The Lord is in.

And you can kneel or sit there and talk to Him, heart to heart.

A couple of centuries ago, on this same altar, a man of small stature but mighty ambition snatched a golden crown from a Pope’s hands and crowned himself emperor of the French. His name was Napoleon Bonaparte.

Napoleon went on to win many wars, enjoyed roaring triumphs, wore gold and ermine, and made Europe tremble.

Yet when asked which had been the happiest day of his life, he answered: 

“The day of my First Holy Communion”.

Napoleon exiled on the island of St HelenThough he turned away from the Faith of his childhood, he never forgot how it felt to receive God Himself, into his then innocent heart.

Many years later, near the end of his life, Napoleon was exiled to an island with all earthly glory stripped away.

Let us hope that the fond rememberance of his First Holy Communion served him well at his last hour.

Today in Notre Dame Cathedral, whose walls witnessed the apex of Napoleon’s earthly splendor, the little red flame flickers still…

 


 By P. Sanders

 

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Have confidence in prayer.
It is the unfailing power which God has given us.
By means of it you will obtain the salvation of
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Instead, they stretched him on a bench and beat him until his bones were exposed.

When the saint still lived, they threw him and his companions to starving wild animals in the amphitheatre, but the animals would not touch them.

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The Rosary, the Devil and the Queen

In his book, The Secret of the Rosary, St. Louis de Montfort relates that Blessed Thomas of St. John was a great devotee of the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary. As such, he was known for his powerful, moving sermons on the Rosary, which led people to adopt this devotion to their great benefit.

Furiously jealous of the holy man’s success with souls, the devil began to so torture Thomas that he fell sick, and was so ill for so long that the doctors gave up on saving his life.

One night, when the poor man thought he was near death, the devil appeared to him in a hideous form, coward that he is, seeking to frighten Thomas into despair.

But, making an effort, the good priest turned to a beautiful picture of Our Lady near his bed crying out with all his heart and strength:

“Help me, save me, my sweet, sweet Mother!”

No sooner had he pronounced these words, the picture came alive and extending her hand, the heavenly Lady laid it reassuringly on the priest’s arm, saying:

“Do not be afraid, Thomas my son, here I am and I am going to save you. Get up now and go on preaching my Rosary as you did before. I promise to shield and protect you from your enemies.”

No sooner had Our Lady pronounced these words, than the devil fled in a hurry. Getting up, Thomas found that he was perfectly healed. 

Thanking the Blessed Mother with tears of joy, Blessed Thomas again went about preaching the Holy Rosary, now with renewed favor and gumption, and his apostolate and his sermons were enormously successful. 

St. Louis the Montfort concludes this story saying, “Our lady not only blesses those who say her Rosary, but also abundantly rewards those who, by their example, inspire others to say it as well.”

 


 

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In his book, The Secret of the Rosary, St. Louis de Montfort relates that Blessed Thomas of St. John was a great devotee of the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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