November 23, 2013
Here we are again with another Saturday celebrating Colleen’s meme at Thoughts on Grace. It seems that for many people it is difficult to talk or write about the moments we rest in the Lord. Maybe life is just too hectic and we don’t take time each day for those quiet times with God, or maybe some people don’t feel comfortable sharing. In my case, I let it all hang out because I think that’s what God wants me to do as part of my Christian witness. Sabbath Moments is the perfect meme for me and I wish many others would participate so we can all learn from one another. That is what I treasure about participating in this meme – learning what other people’s Sabbath Moments are and how I might apply their experiences to my life.
St. Clement of Rome (92-99)
Today is my birthday. When I reverted to the practice of my Faith, I thought of something that had never occurred to me before. The day we are born on is no accident, it is the will of God, Caesarean sections and induced labor notwithstanding. Every day of the year is the feast day of a saint. I believe that God intends for us to have the saint of the day we are born on as a special patron, so in addition to St. Barbara I take St. Clement of Rome whose feast is today as a patron. The Roman Martyrology tells us this about him:
The holy Pope Clement, he was the third, after the blessed Apostle Peter, who held the Papacy. In the persecution under the Emperor Trajan he was sent to the Crimea, where he was sunk in the sea with an anchor tied to his neck, and so received the crown of martyrdom. In the time of Pope Nicholas I [858-867] his body was brought to Rome and honorably buried in the church which had already been built in his name.
While historians say that we can’t know for certain the various truths put forth about his life, from the earliest times of the Church he has been described as a martyr. Tertullian says he was consecrated bishop by St. Peter. In any case he received the Faith directly from the Apostles and faithfully handed it down.
At every Traditional Latin Mass we see St. Clement’s name recited in the canon of the Mass. Every time the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite is celebrated using Eucharistic Prayer I in its entirety we hear St. Clement’s name. In fact, in both forms the names of the three popes after St. Peter are inscribed in the canon; “…Linus, Cletus, Clement…”
One of the indisputable facts about Pope Clement is that he wrote an epistle to the Corinthians on charity to heal the schism amongst them. We look on this as proof of the primacy of Peter because if he were not a successor of the first pope, he would never have been called upon nor would he have used the language he did in addressing the Corinthians. He is also a Father of the Church.
I can see St. Clement’s influence in my life through my desire to read and apply the writings of the Popes to my relations with those in the Church, and in my attachment to the papacy which started when I was a small child. I especially feel called to support and encourage the priests of the parishes I have attended as well as stand up for Church teaching in the face of error. I can see his hand in my using quotes and references to Sacred Scripture in my writing, something I’ve never been trained to do. Read St. Clement’s epistle to know why I say these things.
Since both my patrons were martyrs, and my baptismal date is December 8 (Immaculate Conception), I can see that God knew exactly what He was doing. This bullheaded, intense, and often foolhardy girl needed some high-powered patrons to help her stand fast in the midst of all the chaos she often finds herself in, and to bring her to the point of fearlessness should she face martyrdom. I’m counting on them to obtain the grace of final perseverance for me regardless of how God chooses to have me exit this world. Have you thought about your patron saint and the saint on whose feast you were born? How do you think they have protected you or influenced your life?
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