I give you Fort Knox … Saturday, February 9

Fort Knox (US Army)

Fort Knox (US Army) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Rosary Meditation … The Fifth Glorious Mystery, the Coronation. “And rising up, he went. And behold a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch, of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge over all her treasures, had come to Jerusalem to adore.” Acts8:27. Look at your Rosary. It is a gift from your Queen Mother. In the above verse we read about an earthly queen with great wealth and the person she had put in charge of all these riches. It should be important to us that our Queen Mother has intrusted to us the riches of her Rosary. The Mysteries it helps us meditate on are greater than any in the treasury of Queen Candace. The subject Candace put in charge of all this wealth was no doubt trustworthy and took the position seriously. When we look at our Rosary do we see riches or just a pretty string of beads? Do we see wonders or things tedious to think on? Do we see plastic or glass or more and purer gold than that in Fort Knox?

Today … Bl. Anne Catherine Emmerick. As a young lay woman in Coesfeld, Germany, Anne was employed as a seamstress, daily attended Mass, visited the Blessed Sacrament, and in the late evening spent hour upon hour praying on her knees. Around midnight, she would leave her home to make the Stations of the Cross by candlelight at a series of wayside shrines outside her village, along a lengthy path that wound through the pine woods, taking over two hours to complete. She offered her devotions especially for the souls in purgatory, who in turn assisted her, as she explained: “Whenever I do something for them, they pray for me.” In her interior life, she drew much inspiration from the liturgical ceremonies of the Church, especially those of Holy Week. At the age of twenty-eight, Anne Catherine entered an Augustinian convent. But in 1811, after nine years of religious life, she was forced to leave when her convent was suppressed by Napoleon, who controlled the region. Soon afterward, she fell ill, and spent her remaining years bedridden. In this state of suffering, she received numerous visions, private revelations, and the mystical gift of the stigmata.

Saints … Saints possess gold that the world knows nothing about.