READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: http://www.oneyearbibleonline.com/october.asp?version=63&startmmdd=0101October 12, 2009 (Mat 25:21) His lord said to him: Well done, good and faithful servant, because thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will place thee over many things. Enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
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HEADLINE: Pope elevates 5 new saints, 1 for work in Hawaii Pope Benedict XVI canonized five new saints Sunday, including a 19th-century priest whose work with leprosy patients on a Hawaiian island has been hailed by U.S. President Barack Obama as inspiring those helping AIDS sufferers in today's world.Among the pilgrims packing St. Peter's Basilica was Hawaii resident Audrey Toguchi, an 80-year-old retired teacher whose recovery from lung cancer a decade ago was called miraculous by the Vatican.She had prayed to Belgium-born Jozef De Veuster, more commonly known as Father Damien, who himself died from leprosy in 1889 after contracting the disease while working with leprosy patients who were living in isolation on Molokai island.Toguchi and her doctor, Walter Chang, joined a procession of faithful bringing relics of the new saints to Benedict at the central altar of the basilica.The pontiff said the newly canonized had given of themselves totally without "calculation or personal gain.""Their perfection, in the logic of a faith that is humanly incomprehensible at times, consists in no longer placing themselves at the center, but choosing to go against the flow and live according to the Go
The death of Fr. Damien. Image via Wikipedia
Video of the life of Saint Damian: http://salesianity.blogspot.com/2009/10/life-of-st-damien-of-molokai.html RELATED LINKSLife has changed for woman whose cancer cure led to canonization
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Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 23- "On mad pride and unclean, blasphemous thought"18. Do not lift up your neck, creature of earth! For many, though holy and spiritual, were cast from Heaven.
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