c. 306 – June 9, 373
Volume 29; June 8, 1931
Our Lord: “…On the other hand, when the acts are continued, each act has its exercise – one makes itself food, one water, one fire in order to cook them, one condiment to make itself be enjoyed, in such a way as to whet the appetite. In sum, the repeated acts are nothing other than Divine Cousine, forming the Celestial Dining for the creature. And, O! how Beautiful it is to see the creature who, with the continuation of her acts in Our Fiat, prepares for herself Divine Nourishments, and feeds herself with the Foods of her Celestial Fatherland. In fact, You Must Know that one Holy Thought calls for another, one Word, one Good Act, calls for another; and one serves the other in order to be Nourished – and Nourishment forms Life.”
Click here to go to website to download the booklet of messages Our Lady of America communicated to Sister Mary Ephrem. The late Archbishop, Paul F. Leibold of Cincinnati, approved the content of Sister Mary Ephrem’s diary and the messages from May 22, 1954 thru December 20, 1959.
St. Ephrem wrote hymns against the heretics of his day. He would take the popular songs of the heretical groups and using their melodies, compose beautiful hymns embodying orthodox doctrine. St. Ephrem became one of the first to introduce song into the Church’s public worship as a means of instruction for the faithful. His many hymns have earned him the title “Harp of the Holy Spirit.”
St. Ephrem preferred a simple, austere life, living in a small cave overlooking the city of Edessa. It was here that he died around 373.