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Tuesday, July 15th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Matthew 11:20-24.


Tuesday of the Fifteenth week in Ordinary Time

15 JULY 2014

“But I tell you, it will be more tolerable for
the land of Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 11:20-24.

Jesus began to reproach the towns where most of his mighty deeds had been done,
since they had not repented.
“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty deeds done in
your midst had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would long ago have repented
in sackcloth and ashes.
But I tell you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of
judgment than for you.
And as for you, Capernaum: ‘Will you be exalted to heaven?
You will go down to the netherworld.’ For if the mighty deeds done in your
midst had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
But I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom
on the day of judgment than for you.”

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Tuesday of the Fifteenth week in Ordinary Time

Commentary of the day

Saint Raphael Arnaiz Baron (1911-1938),
a Spanish Trappist monk

Spiritual writings, 25/01/1937

“Since they had not repented”

By what tortuous ways we have to go to attain to simplicity!… Only too often, if we don’t practice virtue it’s because of our way of being complicated, which puts simplicity aside. Very often we don’t come to understand the greatness hidden in an act of simplicity. We search for what is great in what is complicated; we search for the grandeur of things in their difficulty…

Virtue, O God; the interior life: how difficult it is to live that, it seems to me! Now, it isn’t that I should have virtue or that my understanding of God and the life of the spirit should be completely clear, but I have seen that we come to it precisely through its opposite, through simplicity of heart and purity of spirit… Yes, undoubtedly, but to acquire virtue it isn’t necessary to study for a career, nor to devote oneself to profound studies; the simple act of wishing is enough; sometimes the simple desire suffices. Why then do we sometimes lack virtue? It’s because we aren’t simple, because we complicate our wishes, because all that we want is made difficult by our lack of will which lets itself be governed by what is pleasant and comfortable, or by what is unnecessary, and often by the passions… If we were to wish it we would become saints; it is much more difficult to be an engineer than to be a saint.

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014

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Tuesday of the Fifteenth week in Ordinary Time

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Saint of the day

St. Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor of the Church (1218-1274) – Memorial
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Saint Bonaventure
Bishop and Doctor of the Church (1218-1274)

Sanctify and learning raised Bonaventure to the Church’s highest honors, and from a child he was the companion of Saints. Yet at heart he was ever the poor Franciscan friar, and practised and taught humility and mortification.

St. Francis gave him his name; for, having miraculously cured him of a mortal sickness, he prophetically exclaimed of the child, “O bona ventura!”-good luck.

He is known also as the “Seraphic Doctor,” from the fervor of divine love which breathes in his writings. He was the friend of St. Thomas Aquinas, who asked him one day whence he drew his great learning. He replied by pointing to his crucifix. At another time St. Thomas found him in ecstasy while writing the life of St. Francis, and exclaimed, “Let us leave a Saint to write of a Saint.” They received the Doctor’s cap together.

He was the guest and adviser of St. Louis, and the director of St. Isabella, the king’s sister. At the age of thirty-five in 1257 he was made general of his Order; and only escaped another dignity, the Archbishopric of York, by dint of tears and entreaties. Gregory X. appointed him Cardinal Bishop of Albano.

When the Saint heard of the Pope’s resolve to create him a Cardinal, he quietly made his escape from Italy. But Gregory sent him a summons to return to Rome. On his way, he stopped to rest himself at a convent of his Order near Florence; and there two Papal messengers, sent to meet him with the Cardinal’s hat, found him washing the dishes. The Saint desired them to hang the hat on a bush that was near, and take a walk in the garden until he had finished what he was about. Then taking up the hat with unfeigned sorrow, he joined the messengers, and paid them the respect due to their character.

He sat at the Pontiff’s right hand, and spoke first at the Council of Lyons. His piety and eloquence won over the Greeks to Catholic union, and then his strength failed.

He died while the Council was sitting, and was buried by the assembled bishops, A. D. 1274.

Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. ed. [1894]

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All-powerful Father,
may we who celebrate the feast of Saint Bonaventure
always benefit from his wisdom and follow the example of his love.
[The Weekday Missal (1975)]

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