Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Saint Damasus I, Pope

The power (electricity) problem here at the hermitage remains the same but I am expecting that very soon it will be solved and when it is,  I will be able to post pictures and news about the work here. In the meantime I want to sincerely thank all those who sent donations. Your gifts helped us stay open for all the Malaria patients (and they are still coming). The clinic was closed for 2 weeks due to the lack of medicines but because of your generosity we were able to get back to caring for the sick poor. God bless your loving kindness. Those that receive medicine or treatment here in Nazareth plus myself and the two medical helpers are praying for you. Without your help we would not be able to help the folks who come to the hermitage gate.
Blue hermit does not publish the names of donors. You all know who you are and God knows who you are. Thank you very much and may the Lord continue to pour out the flame of His love into you hearts.

Help is still needed in order to purchase medicines and supplies so we can keep the inventory on line.

As Christmas approaches what better Christmas gift can one give than to help the sick poor. By helping these folks with medicines and medical care they are able to use the money that would normally be spent for the medical supplies to buy food for their families.

My love and prayers go out to all of you,

brother dismas Mary

The treatise of St Augustine against Faustus

We celebrate the martyrs with love and fellowship
We, the Christian community, assemble to celebrate the memory of the martyrs with ritual solemnity because we want to be inspired to follow their example, share in their merits, and be helped by their prayers. Yet we erect no altars to any of the martyrs, even in the martyrs’ burial chapels themselves.
  No bishop, when celebrating at an altar where these holy bodies rest, has ever said, “Peter, we make this offering to you,” or “Paul, to you,” or “Cyprian, to you.” No, what is offered is offered always to God, who crowned the martyrs. We offer in the chapels where the bodies of those he crowned rest, so the memories that cling to those places will stir our emotions and encourage us to greater love both for the martyrs whom we can imitate and for God whose grace enables us to do so.
  So we venerate the martyrs with the same veneration of love and fellowship that we give to the holy men of God still with us. We sense that the hearts of these latter are just as ready to suffer death for the sake of the Gospel, and yet we feel more devotion toward those who have already emerged victorious from the struggle. We honour those who are fighting on the battlefield of this life here below, but we honour more confidently those who have already achieved the victor’s crown and live in heaven.
  But the veneration strictly called “worship,” or latria, that is, the special homage belonging only to the divinity, is something we give and teach others to give to God alone. The offering of a sacrifice belongs to worship in this sense (that is why those who sacrifice to idols are called idol-worshippers), and we neither make nor tell others to make any such offering to any martyr, any holy soul, or any angel. If anyone among us falls into this error, he is corrected with words of sound doctrine and must then either mend his ways or else be shunned.
  The saints themselves forbid anyone to offer them the worship they know is reserved for God, as is clear from the case of Paul and Barnabas. When the Lycaonians were so amazed by their miracles that they wanted to sacrifice to them as gods, the apostles tore their garments, declared that they were not gods, urged the people to believe them, and forbade them to worship them.
  Yet the truths we teach are one thing, the abuses thrust upon us are another. There are commandments that we are bound to give; there are breaches of them that we are commanded to correct, but until we correct them we must of necessity put up with them.

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