A thought for Christmas...

Monday 03 December 2012 at 4:27 pm
The Nativity

Without Christ there would be no Christmas...

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St. Seraphim of Sarov Quotations

Wednesday 21 November 2012 at 1:45 pm

"Acquire a peaceful spirit, and around you thousands will be saved."

"Where there is God, there is no evil. Everything coming from God is peaceful, healthy and leads a person to the judgment of his own imperfections and humility."

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Martyrs of Compi├Ęgne

Wednesday 07 November 2012 at 8:46 pm

The Martyrs of Compiègne were the sixteen members of the Carmel of Compiègne, France: eleven Discalced Carmelite nuns, three lay sisters, and two externs (tertiaries of the Order, who would handle the community's needs outside the monastery). During the French Revolution, they refused to obey the Civil Constitution of the Clergy of the Revolutionary government, which mandated the suppression of their monastery.

 Consequently, they were arrested in June 1794, during the Reign of Terror. They were initially imprisoned in Cambrai, along with a community of English Benedictine nuns, who had established a monastery for women of their nation there, since monastic life had been banned in England since the Reign of Henry VIII. Learning that the Carmelites were daily offering themselves as victims to God for the restoration of peace to France and the Church, the Benedictines regarded them as saintly.

 The Carmelite community was transported to Paris, where they were condemned as a group as traitors and sentenced to death. They were sent to the guillotine on 17 July 1794. They were notable in the manner of their deaths, as, at the foot of the scaffold, the community jointly renewed their vows and began to chant the Veni Creator Spiritus, the hymn sung at the ceremony for the profession of vows. They continued their singing as, one by one, they mounted the scaffold to meet their death. The novice of the community, Sister Constance, was the first to die, then the lay Sisters and externs, and so on, ending with the prioress, Mother Teresa of St. Augustine, O.C.D.

Source: Wikipedia.

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Ten Christian Martyrs

Friday 05 October 2012 at 3:20 pm

Ten 20th century Christian martyrs from across the world are depicted in statues above the Great West Door of Westminster Abbey in London. The statues were unveiled in 1998 by Her Majesty The Queen.

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