Life & Liberty




* * * July 26: Saints Joachim and Anne - Parents of The Blessed Virgin Mary and Grandparents of Our Lord Jesus Christ * * * August 3: First Friday of the Month Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus * * * August 4: First Saturday of the Month Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary * * * August 6: The Transfiguration of the Lord * * * August 9: Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross * * * August 11: Saint Clare * * * August 14: Saint Maximilian Kolbe * * * August 15: The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary * * * August 22: Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary * * * August 27: Saint Monica * * * August 28: Saint Augustine * * * August 29: The Passion of Saint John the Baptist * * *

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Life: To Take It or to Give It? By Camelia Murphy

Life: To Take It or to Give It?
By Camelia Murphy

Robin Williams, a much loved American comedian and actor, was found dead in his bedroom on Monday, August 11, 2014. The evidence indicates that he committed suicide. Many people are grieving his death. I was shocked and pained by the news myself. There was something very loveable about the personality that he projected in his movies, and it seemed like a horrible contradiction that someone who had made so many people (including myself)  laugh so much,would die in a manner that was such a tragic expression of hopelessness. What a very sad waste!

By contrast, today the Church celebrates the holy life and death of St. Maximillian Kolbe, a Franciscan priest who voluntarily gave his life at Auschwitz, in exchange for the life of a fellow prisoner who was a husband and father. He volunteered to take the prisoner’s place to die of starvation and dehydration: what a terribly painful death! It took two weeks for him to die: praying, singing, and comforting his fellow condemned prisoners. Pope John Paul II canonized St. Maximillian in 1982 as a Martyr of Charity. What a beautiful witness!

The Little Handmaids and some of our friends are again preparing to make the Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary, according to St. Louis de Montfort. It is another way to give our life—each year, we hope, more completely. We give our lives as slaves (little handmaids) to Jesus through Mary. What a beautiful gift and witness!

Your sister in Jesus, through Our Sorrowful Mother!

Little Handmaids of Our Sorrowful Mother

And Mary said, "Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word." (Lk 1:38)