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ST. CATHERINE DE RICCI-CONDOM DAY-RADIO DAY


24 The LORD commanded us to observe all these statutes in fear of the LORD, our God, that we may always have as good a life as we have today. 25 This is our justice before the LORD, our God: to observe carefully this whole commandment he has enjoined on us.”

Today reflect on Christ’s mind given in the gospel of Luke.

“To you who hear I say, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. To the person who strikes you on one cheek, offer the other one as well, and from the person, who takes your cloak, do not withhold even your tunic. Give to everyone who asks of you, and from the one who takes what is yours do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you. For if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do the same. If you lend money to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners and get back the same amount. But rather, love your enemies and do good to them, and lend expecting nothing back; then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as also your Father is merciful. “Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven. Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.”


St. Catherine de Ricci[1]

St. Catherine experienced the stigmata every Thursday and Friday and thus accompanied Jesus in His Passion. Despite Catherine's extraordinary interior life, she continued to serve the monastery in many capacities including prioress for 36 years. The Canticle of the Passion was revealed to Catherine immediately after her first great ecstasy of the Passion. Our Lady desired Catherine to spread it as a form of prayer and contemplation pleasing to Our Lord.
The Canticle is chanted in some Dominican monasteries on the Fridays of Lent.

Lament of Christ

X  My friends and My neighbors have drawn near and stood against Me.
X  I was delivered up and came not forth; My eyes languished through poverty.
X  And my sweat became as drops of blood, trickling down and upon the ground.
X  For many dogs have encompassed Me the council of the malignant hath besieged Me.
X  I have given My body to the strikers and My cheeks to them that plucked them.
X  I have not turned away My face from them that rebuked Me and spit upon Me.
X  For I am ready for scourges, and My sorrow is continually before Me.
X  The soldiers, plaiting a crown of thorns, placed it upon My head.
X  They have dug My hands and feet; they have numbered all My bones.
X  And they gave Me gall for My food; and in My thirst, they gave me vinegar to drink.
X  All they that saw Me laughed Me to scorn; they have spoken with lips and wagged their heads.
X  They have looked and stared upon Me; they parted My garments among them and upon My vesture they cast lots.
X  Into Thy hands I commend My spirit; Thou has redeemed me, O God of truth.
X  Be mindful, O Lord, of Thy servants, when Thou shalt come into Thy kingdom.
X  And Jesus having cried out with a loud voice gave up the ghost.

The mercies of the Lord I will sing for all eternity. Surely, He hath borne our infirmities and carried our sorrows. He was bruised for our sins. All we, like sheep, have gone astray; everyone hath turned aside into his own way. For the Lord hath placed upon him the iniquities of us all. Arise, why sleepest Thou, O Lord? Arise and cast us not off to the end. Behold, God is my Savior, I will deal confidently, and will not fear. We beseech Thee, O Lord, help Thy servants whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy Precious Blood.

V. Have mercy on us, O benign Jesus. R. Who in Thy clemency didst suffer for us.
Look down, we beseech Thee, O Lord, on this Thy family for which Our Lord Jesus Christ did not hesitate to be delivered into the hands of the wicked and suffer the torments of the Cross.

M Today is the day before Valentine’s Day and it is no accident that our secular brothers and sisters promote International Condom Day which seeks to promote the use of condoms as a means of preventing unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections (STI's) rather than the moderation of the passions. The holiday is also promoted by the AHF (AIDS Healthcare Foundation) in an effort to reduce the spread of HIV thru safe sex practices.[2]

World Radio Day[3]

World Radio Day seeks to celebrate the importance of the radio in improving international cooperation, providing access to information and supporting free speech. The day also serves to promote the radio as a means of communication in times of need and emergency. Radios are still the most readily available medium that can disseminate information to reach the widest and most diverse audiences in the shortest amount of time. The idea of World Radio Day was first proposed by Spain's Radio Academy in 2010. The following year, in 2011, UNESCO declared the first World Radio Day. Since then, World Radio Day has been celebrated annually on February 13th, a day chosen to coincide with the anniversary of the United Nations Radio, the UN's international broadcasting service, which was established on February 13th, 1946.

World Radio Day Facts & Quotes

·         The theme for World Radio Day 2018 was "Radio and Sports".
·         The Radio was invented by an Italian named Gugliemo Marconi in 1895. It was originally called the wireless telegraph and used radio waves to transmit Morse code.
·         According to the UN, there are about 44,000 radio stations operating around the globe. 
·         It is estimated that approximately 75% of homes in developing nations have access to a radio.
·         Radio is the most intimate and socially personal medium in the world.  — Harry Von Zell, radio announcer and actor.

World Radio Day Top Events and Things to Do

·         Learn Morse Code. The radio was originally invented to pass on Morse code message through radio waves.
·         Watch a movie or documentary that relates to radios. Our favorites: Generation Radio, Invention of Radio, Good Morning Vietnam (1987) and Pirate Radio (2009). 
·         Learn about some of the issues surrounding freedom of speech and government control of radios around the world. Read up on recent problems in Zimbabwe and Somalia regarding government control.
·         Set up your very own pop up radio station using digital online suites tools such as ShoutCheap. Setting up your very own radio station can be quick, easy and exciting.
·         Plan a Radio Day event involving important issues such as human rights, freedom of speech and international broadcasting.  Let UNESCO know what you have planned for World Radio Day and they will put it on their world map so that others can find you and get involved

My family has a history with the radio industry as my Grandfather was a pioneer of the industry having the 22nd radio license in the United States.

HAVERMALES AFFILIATED WITH GATES/HARRIS 60 YEARS For 60 years, members of the Havermale family have been affiliated with Gates and Harris. Noel Havermale had the first radio station in Quincy. When Noel sold out, the WCA W transmitter went to Parker Gates. From July 26, 1943 until September 4, 1968, Jim Havermale worked here. On September 29, 1979, Joe Havermale retired after being here since September 27, 1944. At the present time, Bob Havermale is an Electronic Test Technician in the Transmitter Test Lab. He started working here on July 16, 1979. Bob is the son of Jim, nephew of Joe, and Noel was his grandfather. Sharing with you, a letter from Parker Gates to Jim and Joe Havermale at the time of Noel's death in 1956.

Dear Jim and Joe:

March 29, 1956

I am sending this letter to both of you and tossed a penny to determine whether I should send it to Jim or Joe and Jim's name came up, so Jim I will appreciate your passing the letter on to Joe after you have read it. I am writing, of course, pertaining to the passing of your good father a few days ago and to express my sincere sympathy in your loss which I feel is not only a generous one to your immediate family but to the radio industry as a whole. I recall as a young man having the privilege of sitting in the WCA W studios at 11th & Maine when your Dad was the first broadcaster in the city of Quincy. Just to sit in this hallowed ground was quite a privilege. Later, when your Dad decided to cease broadcasting, I had the WCA W transmitter in my home for a short while but being more expensive than I could afford at the time, it was considered a loan and your Dad was most generous in looking at it that way. As a pioneer of radio broadcasting, he did a great deal to make it easier for those of us who are now in what has turned out to be quite a big industry and I am sure your Dad had the pleasure many times in both listening and looking at modern networks as well as local broadcasting and knowing that he pioneered this great industry. I sincerely trust that the passing of time will quickly heal your grief and I am sure that your Dad was well acquainted with the sympathetic attention which you gave him. Sincerely yours, Parker Gates 1661 Jersey Street

The Way[4] Penance

"Read these counsels slowly. Pause to meditate on these thoughts. They are things that I whisper in your ear-confiding them-as a friend, as a brother, as a father. And they are being heard by God. I won't tell you anything new. I will only stir your memory, so that some thought will arise and strike you; and so you will better your life and set out along ways of prayer and of Love. And in the end you will be a more worthy soul."

Of how little value is penance without constant self— denial!

Daily Devotions
·         Drops of Christ’s Blood
·         Universal Man Plan
·         Nivevah 90 day 22



[1]http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/prayers/view.cfm?id=1296
[4]http://www.escrivaworks.org/book/the_way-point-1.htm

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