feast of st. blaise
Sirach, Chapter 26, Verse 23-25
23 A godless wife will be given to the lawless man as his portion, but
a godly wife will be given to the man who FEARS the Lord. 24 A shameless woman wears out reproach, but a virtuous daughter
will be modest even before her husband. 25 A headstrong wife is
regarded as a bitch, but the one with a sense of shame fears the Lord.
Well, I never thought I would hear
the word “bitch” in the bible. I guess God calls it as He sees it.
Yet, as a man who has lived with
four sisters (no brothers) and also has five daughters I still have to admit I
have no clue into the psyche of the feminine sex. Therefore, I think the issue
is more physiological then psychological. There may be a reason God has commanded
men to stay away from women at certain times of the month. (Lv. 15:19-30)
Solomon, the wisest of men advises, “It
is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop than in a mansion with a
quarrelsome wife.” As men we are naturally drawn to women and we should use
this time of separation from them to draw ourselves closer to our true spouse
the Holy Spirit. When we are poor in spirit it is a good time to draw ourselves
nearer to the Lord.
Men should be aware of the seasons
of a woman’s life and plan ahead. Perhaps this is the beauty of the camping
trip or the spiritual retreat. Be mindful of what is going on with the
physiology of your wife. If you do you will most likely be psychologically
& perhaps physiologically in a better place.
Smart men get themselves informed
on women’s issues and act accordantly. There are many books out there on
women’s issues. One interesting series is the “The Bible Cure” by Don Colbert,
Feast of St.
While he was in prison, the
Armenian Bishop Blaise (who suffered martyrdom in the fourth century)
miraculously cured a little boy choking on a fishbone lodged in his throat.
Ever since then, St. Blaise has been the patron saint of throats. Saint
Blaise Sticks (pan bendito) are distributed on his
feast and kept in the home to be eaten for a sore throat. The most popular
custom, however, is the Blessing of Throats.
The rite of the blessing of
throats may take place before or after Mass. The priest or deacon places the
candles around the throat of whoever seeks the blessing, using the formula:
"Through the intercession of St. Blaise, bishop and martyr, may God deliver
you free from every disease of the throat, and from every other disease. In the
name of the Father and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit. R. Amen."
Things to Do
Take your children to Mass to receive
the blessing of throats today.
Establish a home altar with the blessed
candles (symbols of Saint Blaise) from the feast of the Presentation, February
this website and learn more about St. Blaise and how
he saved Dubrovnik in Croatia in the 12th century.
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