• August 24th - St. Bartholomew, Apostle

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    From: rich <richarra@gmail.com>

    August 24th - St. Bartholomew, Apostle

    by Father Francis Xavier Weninger, 1876

    The Gospel gives us no other account of St. Bartholomew, than that he
    was joined by our Saviour to those men whom He called as Apostles, and
    chose to convert mankind. Hence, with the others, he followed the
    Divine Teacher, and learned from Him the doctrine which he afterwards
    preached to the nations. The life of this saint, after the ascension
    of Christ, is described by authentic writers as follows. When the Holy Apostles, after the Holy Ghost had descended upon them, dispersed to
    preach the gospel to the whole world, St. Bartholomew was sent into
    East India and the neighboring countries. He repaired thither, not
    without great hardship, and wandering through cities and villages, he everywhere converted great numbers of the heathen. Having provided all
    these places with priests, he journeyed to Greater Armenia....

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    I. Bartholomew, the holy Apostle, threw himself on his knees a hundred
    times during the day, and as often at night, to pray to the Almighty.
    An Apostle found leisure for this, though overburdened with work and
    assured of divine aid in all his undertakings. You have not so much
    work, neither are you assured of divine aid, and yet you seldom take
    refuge in prayer to the Almighty. What is the reason of this? You are
    perhaps, one of those negligent persons, who do not even think of
    their morning and evening prayers, but like dumb brutes rise and lie
    down again. Of course, it never comes into your mind to pray during
    the day. Do you call that, I will not say, a Christian, but even a
    rational life? Will you go on in this manner? I do not require of you
    to bend your knees a hundred times during the day and night, but I
    advise you to pray more frequently and more devoutly than you have
    done heretofore.

    Before all things, do not omit to turn your thoughts to heaven,
    morning and evening, if only for one short prayer. If ever you omit to
    do this, let it be on those days when you need no benefits from the
    Almighty. But when will such a day dawn? Surely, never as long as you
    live; for there is no day in which neither your soul nor your body may
    be exposed to such dangers as to require the assistance of the Most
    High. Hence it is no more than your duty to pray in the morning most
    fervently for this divine assistance. And as no day passes on which
    the Almighty bestows no grace on you either in soul or body, it is
    therefore no less your duty at the close of the day to offer Him your
    grateful thanks. During the night, you are as little secure from the persecutions of the evil one, and of wicked men, as during the day;
    hence, you need God's protection at night as well as in the day. But
    how can you expect this aid, if you do not even ask for it? "We rise
    in the morning," says St. Chrysostom, "and know not what may happen to
    us through the day; we live surrounded by danger: why then, do we not
    call on God for help?" Let it at least be done morning and night, and
    also during the day, while you are at your work.

    Hear the words of St. Lawrence Justinian: "Nothing is so powerful to
    overcome the rage of our enemies as continual prayer. But as other
    affairs do not permit us to pray continually, we ought to pray during
    our work. He who is occupied with good works, prays to God with a loud
    voice, though his tongue is silent. We ought, nevertheless, to
    endeavor, before we begin our day's labor, to send a prayer on high.
    For, as a soldier without his weapons dares not enter the field of
    battle, so a Christian should begin nothing without arming himself
    with prayer. When going out and returning home, prayer should
    accompany him. He should not lie down to rest before having
    recommended himself, soul and body, to the Almighty."

    II. St. Bartholomew rather suffered himself to be flayed than offend
    God by sacrificing to an idol. The martyrdom was inhuman, the pain inexpressibly great. But all this had an end; all was soon over. Had
    he acted differently, had he offended God, he would have escaped this
    dreadful torture, but he would now be suffering much greater pains,
    and such as never end; as the tyrant and those idolatrous priests
    suffer, who were the cause of his martyrdom. They were tormented
    during thirty days on earth, and after that, they have suffered in
    hell until now, and will suffer for all eternity. Hence, tell me, if
    you had to suffer, either with the holy Apostle, or with the
    idolatrous priests and the tyrant, with whom would you rather share
    the pains? I believe that you would certainly prefer to be flayed with
    St. Bartholomew; for, his sufferings, although so terrible, ended,
    and, in comparison with the pains of hell, were but very trifling. I
    ask you further: why then have you so frequently offended God when you
    had not to fear torments?

    Why have you voluntarily placed yourself in danger of being cast
    forever into the torments of hell? Ah! you cannot have considered the
    pains, the torments which attend the sinner in hell! Think seriously
    of it in future, and you will not sin, and will therefore escape hell.
    To think frequently of hell, is a powerful means to escape it; and to
    forget it, casts many into the whirlpool of sin, and thence into hell.
    St. Chrysostom writes of the rich man as follows: "If this man had
    thought of the fire of hell, he would never have sinned: but never
    calling it to mind, he sinned, and thus was cast into the flames."
    Hence I advise you to think often of hell.


    Be thou, O Lord, eternally praised and blessed, for having
    communicated thy spirit to the holy prophets and apostles, disclosing
    to them admirable secrets, redounding to thy glory and our great good.
    We firmly believe their word, because it is thine. Give us, we beseech
    thee, the happiness to understand their instructions, and so conform
    our lives thereto, that at the hour of death we may merit to be
    received by thee into the mansions of eternal bliss.
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