Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Price

A cash register in the narthex of St. Michael's Cathedral is used for the sale of religious items for restoration of the organ.

Servant of God Elisabeth Leseur married a non-practicing Catholic (Felix Leseur) who became increasingly hostile to her Catholicism. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 1912 she told her husband:

I am absolutely certain that when you return to God, you will not stop on the way because you never do things by halves…You will someday become a priest.

To this he responded: “Elizabeth, you know my sentiments. I’ve sworn hatred of God, I shall live in that hatred and I shall die in it.”  After she died in 1914, her husband discovered a note written to him among her papers:

In 1905, I asked Almighty God to send me sufficient sufferings to purchase your soul. On the day that I die, the price will have been paid. Greater love than this no woman has than she who lay down her life for her husband.

In 1923, at the age of 62, Felix Leseur was ordained a priest.

1 comment:

  1. E. I P.A.a.C ... 7:12 nam ceteris ego dico non Dominus si quis frater uxorem habet infidelem et haec consentit habitare cum illo non dimittat illam 13 et si qua mulier habet virum infidelem et hic consentit habitare cum illa non dimittat virum 14 sanctificatus est enim vir infidelis in muliere fideli et sanctificata est mulier infidelis per virum fidelem alioquin filii vestri inmundi essent nunc autem sancti sunt 15 quod si infidelis discedit discedat non est enim servituti subiectus frater aut soror in eiusmodi in pace autem vocavit nos Deus 16 unde enim scis mulier si virum salvum facies aut unde scis vir si mulierem salvam facies.

    S.E.s.L. ... 14:28 quis enim ex vobis volens turrem aedificare non prius sedens computat sumptus qui necessarii sunt si habet ad perficiendum 29 ne posteaquam posuerit fundamentum et non potuerit perficere omnes qui vident incipiant inludere ei 30 dicentes quia hic homo coepit aedificare et non potuit consummare 31 aut qui rex iturus committere bellum adversus alium regem non sedens prius cogitat si possit cum decem milibus occurrere ei qui cum viginti milibus venit ad se 32 alioquin adhuc illo longe agente legationem mittens rogat ea quae pacis sunt?