Aug 15, 2006

Teach your children about St. Tarcisius -- and "the raging dogs"

Today, August 15, as we know, is the wonderful Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven.

It is also the feast day of St. Tarcisius, the altar-boy martyr of third-century or late-fourth-century Rome who was beaten to death in the street as he safeguarded Eucharistic Jesus on his person from a mob of pagans -- "raging dogs," as fourth-century Pope St. Damasus called them in his poem about the youthful martyr.

Read about him here: http://www.ewtn.com/library/MARY/TARCISI.htm

Ole Q is very grateful to his Mom and Dad because when he was a rabanito (peanut), they made sure to teach him, unforgettably, about heroic young St. Tarcisius and his love for the Blessed Sacrament.

Be sure to teach your children, grandchildren and little brothers and sisters about St. Tarcisius, too, and what his life and martyrdom tell us about the Real Presence.

What would St. Tarcisius say today about Communion, pro-abortion politicians and our bishops? Joseph Starrs of the American Life League wrote about this very subject, and memorably so, on Aug. 20, 2004, at washingtondispatch.com (click on this post's title).

Mr. Starrs told about the martyrdom of St. Tarcisius. And he noted that earlier in Aug. 2004, three Southern bishops -- Archbishop John Donoghue of Atlanta, Bishop Robert Baker of Charleston and Bishop Peter Jugis of Charlotte -- had come together to publicly say not to give Holy Communion to pro-abortion Catholic politicians.

Wrote Mr. Starrs, "The last sentence in their statement summed up their reason perfectly: 'We undertake this action to safeguard the sacred dignity of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar, to reassure the faithful, and to save sinners.'"

What was the title of Mr. Starrs' article? It was, "Will the Bishops Surrender to the Raging Dogs?"

4 Comments:

Anonymous Consanescerion said...

Inspiring and interesting saint. Thanks.

4:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for shareing, god bless you.

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11:27 AM  
Anonymous Kenneth Fisher, Founder & Chrm. CRCOA said...

Was it St. Francis De Sales who said "bad priest are like raging mad dogs"?

Kenneth M. Fisher

12:17 PM  
Blogger MDzVQPln said...

Ahhh yes, one of my favorite saints, from my childhood days at Transfiguration, St. Tarcisius!

Thank you for calling attention,
to this relatively unknown, but remarkable saint.

I have never understood why HE has not been the patron saint of the Blessed Sacrament.
After all, it is not sufficient to JUST "believe" in the presence,
but MOST important, "knowing" Him in the presence!

With the example of St. Tarcisius, we are taught,
to love the Lord with all of our hearts, souls, and minds,
EVEN unto death!

God bless you with all that is good and lovely!
:)

5:50 PM  

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