July 18, St Simon of Lipnica (Szymon z Lipnicy)

July 18
SAINT SIMON of LIPNICA, PRESBYTER
Optional memorial
In the Diocese of Tarnów – Obligatory memorial

Simon was born about 1437 in Lipnica. After graduating from the Kraków Academy, influenced by St John of Capistrano’s sermons, he entered the Bernardine monastery in Kraków. During his monastic life he was known for the austerity of life, devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and the Virgin Mary, love for God and neighbours along with the preacher’s zeal. He died on 18 July 1482 in the opinion of sanctity, serving the infected during the bubonic plague in Kraków. He relics remain in the Bernardine Church in Kraków. He was canonised by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007.

Common of Holy Men.

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OFFICE OF READINGS

SECOND READING

From the treatise of St Bonaventura, bishop, Of Six Wings of Seraphim
(Ch. 7, 12-15)
We attempt to please God in everything

Everywhere and at all times should one direct their thoughts toward God as if we are in front of him. Prophet Elijah expressed it by saying, “The Lord of hosts lives, whom I serve.” Angels, who serve God, never cease to look up to him; similarly a servant of God should direct his heart toward God and always remember him. And if they stopped doing it, they should remind themselves of St Bernadine’s words” “Wasted is the time when one does not think of God.” It is not possible to think of him always, but he remains in the heart’s memory which flourishes at the proper time of prayer. Similarly an artist has the shape of a picture he wishes to paint, and when the opportunity arises they express it outside.

Moreover, we should endeavour to always please God with our words and actions. We should be alert as if we are in his presence so as not to sadden him and regret fully if we do so. We should strive to please him as much as possible in everything. We are reminded of this by St Paul, when he says, “we aspire to please him, whether we are at home or away. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ.” A servant of God ought to always act as if they were to appear before the Most High Judge. He sees all our works and remembers about our good deeds to award them when time comes; yet he also remembers about the evil to punish it if we do not erase it with penance.

Finally, let us pray, at least in spirit, before we do anything. At all times should we resort to prayers of petition. We should worship and give thanks to the Lord for all his goodness. Let us ask the Lord to show us what we should do; let us ask him to guide our deeds and make them serve our salvation; let us ask him to preserve and multiply the goodness that he has granted us.

Thus, all that serve God and are to practise devotion and give account of our actions during the Final Judgement should aspire to what is above. Let them be zealous in goodness, compassionate because of God, patient in obstacles, inspiring to other with their example, cautious in actions, and, above all, faithful to God in intimate prayer. And the Lord will protect and guide them; let them grow in good and eventually fly toward heavenly heights. May we be granted it by Jesus Christ. Amen.[1]

RESPONSORY 1 Peter 1:14,15; Leviticus 11:44

Do not act in compliance with the desires of your former ignorance but, as he who called you is holy,
Be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.

I, the Lord, am your God; and you shall make and keep yourselves holy, because I am holy.
Be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

O almighty, eternal God,
you gave the grace to proclaim the Gospel to Saint Simon,
grant that we, obedient to its rules, may fulfill your will and reach the heavenly land.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

[1] Translated by DChojnacki (2014).

 

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