• August 25th - King St. Louis IX

    From rich@1:15/0 to All on Thu Aug 24 10:01:20 2017
    From: rich <richarra@gmail.com>

    August 25th - King St. Louis IX

    Legend has made of Arthur of Britain the ideal king. King Arthur of
    Camelot is largely, if not completely, a fictitious hero. But King
    Louis IX of France was just as romantic, an able ruler, a saint and a
    real person. Louis was the son of Louis VIII Capet of France. As heir
    to the throne he was brought up in a way befitting a ruler-to-be. That
    he learned his role so well was due chiefly to his mother, Queen
    Blanche. Herself the daughter of a king, Alfonso VIII of Castile,
    Blanche saw to it that her son was educated in government. But she
    also trained his conscience. The remark of hers that he most
    remembered and always strove to observe was: =E2=80=9CI would rather see yo=
    dead at my feet than that you should ever commit a mortal sin.=E2=80=9D

    Louis VIII died when his heir was only 12. Blanche took over as regent
    until the little king reached his majority. She ruled forthrightly but competently thereby giving her son a further internship in political
    science. When he did take over the reins of office, he showed himself
    a just monarch. He punished the guilty, but knew when to show mercy.
    If war was necessary, he waged war; but he was also a peacemaker whom
    nobles, prelates and even foreign kings sought out as an arbitrator.
    Louis helped found the Sorbonne; he established a hospital for the
    blind; he made provision for the chronically poor; and he daily fed
    the hungry, often waiting on them himself. Although he would not
    countenance injustice in churchmen, Louis enjoyed the company of
    priests and the learned, and often invited such people as St. Thomas
    Aquinas to be his guests. Personally, he set for his
    not-always-genteel courtiers the very best example. Thus, his famous
    biographer Joinville testified that in 22 years of companionship, he
    never heard the king swear; and he would not abide obscenities. Nor
    did he ever speak ill-naturedly of others. Louis was also a man of
    faithful prayer.

    King Louis lived in the days of the crusades; and for him, chivalrous
    as he was by nature, there was no nobler quest than to wrest from the
    hands of unbelievers the Holy Land sanctified by Jesus' death. In
    1239, Baldwin II, the crusader emperor of Constantinople, as a gesture
    of thanks for Louis' aid to the crusader kingdoms, sent him as a gi=
    the crown of thorns of Jesus. The king, beside himself with joy, built
    in Paris the beautiful Sainte Chapelle to enshrine the relic.

    After recovering from an illness in 1244, Louis made a vow to take the crusaders' cross himself. Since Muslims had recaptured Jerusalem, h=
    set out for Egypt, hoping to approach Palestine by the land route. But
    all went wrong. The king himself was captured and released only after
    paying a large ransom. But at least he had a good chance, before
    returning home, to visit the Holy Land and pray at its sacred places.

    St. Louis continued to wear the crusaders' cross when he got back t=
    France, for he fully intended to undertake another expedition. His
    people urged him not to. They wanted him at home, and he was now 52
    and sickly. Nevertheless, he did set sail with another army in 1270.
    This time they stopped at Tunisia, North Africa. But before they could
    move further east, the king caught typhus. Knowing his end was near,
    he made a good preparation for death, and urged the Greek ambassadors
    to work for the reunion of the Greek Orthodox with the Holy See. One
    of the king's last prayers drew on the psalms: =E2=80=9CLord, I wil=
    l enter
    into thine house; I will worship in thy holy temple and will give
    glory to thy name.=E2=80=9D However, the temple that awaited him was not th=
    of Jerusalem, but of heaven. St. Louis IX had ruled his kingdom well
    because he had first learned to rule himself. Whether rulers or
    citizens, we can all profit by that example.

    See more at: http://catholicharboroffaithandmorals.com/St.%20Louis%20King%20of%20France.= html

    Saint Quote:
    In the way of virtue, there is no standing still; anyone who does not
    daily advance, loses ground. To remain at a standstill is impossible;
    he that gains not, loses; he that ascends not, descends. If one does
    not ascend the ladder, one must descend; if one does not conquer, one
    will be conquered.
    --St. Bonaventure

    Bible Quote:
    Be like men waiting for their master to return from the wedding; so
    that when he comes and knocks, they may immediately open to him. (St.
    Luke 12:36)


    Jesus, You practiced temperance;
    You were the Model of self-restraint,
    Never over-indulging in the temporal.
    My body being the Temple of the Lord,
    I must treat it with ongoing respect.
    Self-abuse destroys the body;
    Be it alcohol, drugs, or excess food.
    Lord Jesus, bestow fortitude upon me
    For my soul to control my body,
    To practice the virtue of temperance.
    Jesus, You are the source of my vigour.
    Through You, all is possible!

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