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?"