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, M.D.
Feast of St. Blaise
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.
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 2.
· Visit this website and learn more about St. Blaise and how he saved Dubrovnik in Croatia in the 12th century.
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