SUN, AUG. 9. Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost. ad. Comm. of St. John Mary Vianney (the Cure d'Ars) and of St. Romanus. Creed. Pref. Trinity. (Green) PERHAPS we can see "scruples" as a keynote of this Sunday's liturgy. The Collect speaks of "Those things of which our conscience is afraid" and prays for forgiveness in regard to them. St. Paul confesses that he persecuted the Church of God. Our Lord cures the man who was deaf and dumb with special care and the injunction not to speak of it. The Gradual cries that the heart which trusts in God finds redress.
All this suggests that our inevitable sense of weakness and guilt should never be allowed to oppress us, but that we should make an act of faith in the "God who dwells apart in holiness" and gives his people "courage and strength" (Introit).
MON. AUG. 10. St. Lawrence. d. 2c1. with simple octave. (Red) IT is a relief to discover that the story of St. Lawrence being roasted on a grid-iron has survived tolerably well the researches of the iconoclast historians. "According to tradition," says one; ". . . whatever may be said of the authenticity of his Acts," says another; "There are no means of verifying," says a third. Generally accepted in both the Western and Eastern Church as the most celebrated of the Roman martyrs who suffered as late as the second half of the third century, St. Lawrence could well have died in the way the written evidence recounts, even if it only dates from more than 100 years later. The Basilica of St. Lawrence, outside the Walls, where the saint is buried, is the fifth patriarchal basilica, and his name is in the Canon of the Mass.
TUES. AUG. 11. St. Germanus. d. Comm. of SS. Tiburtius and Susan.
DESPITE his name, Germanus was a Frenchman. He played an important part in English history, and he died in Italy. Twice he came to England, in 429 and in 447, pe stamd out Pelagianism (and with it all English tendencies to heresy until the Reformation) and won the "Alleluia" victory over the Picts and Saxons. Ws feast is kept in a number of English dioceses, including Westminster. WED. AUG. 12. St. Clare. d. (White) ONE of the great woman saints of the Church, and the friend of St. Francis. Afterfounding the Poor Clares. she never emerged again into the world except to have dinner with Si. Francis and talk to him of God. Her enclosure, as was the way with medieval saints, did not prevent her seeing and advising Popes. Cardinals and Bishops.
THURS. AUG. 1.3. SS. Hippolytus
and Cassissn. sp. 2 Prayer A CutuYi; 3rd Prayer Deus qui Gorda. (Purple) QT. HIPPOLYTUS, a Roman of the second century, had a very strange career to mart rdorn. As a theologian he censured the reigning Pope and set himself up as antiPope. He was exiled for his temerity but suffered a martyr's death, dying of ill-treatment in exile.
FRI. AUG. 14. Vigil of the Assumption. Comm. of St. Etr-:1141.,. 3rd Prayer Deus Gui Corda. (Purp.e) SAT. AUG. 15. The Assensat:ers of Our Lady into Heaven. d. Id.vi:,11 common Octave. Crced. Pref. of Our Lady. ( White) SUN. AUG. 16. St. Joachim. d. let. Comm. of 12th Sunday aftim Pentecost. Creed. l'ref. of the Trieity and last Gospel of the Sunday. (White)