Saint Abraham and Saint Mary

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Saint Abraham
Solitary and Priest (†370)

and Saint Mary
his niece (†375)

Abraham was a rich nobleman of Edessa, born in the year 300. Ceding to his parents’ desire, while still very young he married, but escaped to a cell near the city as soon as the feast was over. His family searched for him for seventeen days, and were still more astonished when they found him. Why are you surprised? he asked them. Admire instead the favor God has granted me, the grace to bear the yoke of His service, which He has wanted to impose on me without regard to my unworthiness. He walled up his cell door, leaving only a small window open for the food which would be brought to him from that time on.  Continue reading

Meditations for Each Day of Lent by St. Thomas Aquinas – Monday After the Third Sunday

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Meditations for Each Day of Lent by St. Thomas Aquinas

Monday After the Third Sunday

The Passion of Christ has delivered us from the devil.

Our Lord said, as His Passion drew near, Now shall the princes of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all things to myself (John xii. 31, 32)

He was lifted up from the earth by His Passion on the cross. Therefore by that Passion the devil was driven out from his dominion over men.

With reference to that power, which, before the Passion of Christ, the devil used to exercise over mankind, three things are to be borne in mind.
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