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Tuesday, March 24th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 8:21-30.


Tuesday of the Fifth week of Lent

24 March 2015

 “The one who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone,

because I always do what is pleasing to him.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 8:21-30. 

Jesus said to the Pharisees: “I am going away and you will look for me, but you will die in your sin. Where I am going you cannot come.”
So the Jews said, “He is not going to kill himself, is he, because he said, ‘Where I am going you cannot come’?” He said to them, “You belong to what is below, I belong to what is above. You belong to this world, but I do not belong to this world.
That is why I told you that you will die in your sins. For if you do not believe that I AM, you will die in your sins.” So they said to him, “Who are you?” Jesus said to them, “What I told you from the beginning. I have much to say about you in condemnation. But the one who sent me is true, and what I heard from him I tell the world.” They did not realize that he was speaking to them of the Father.
So Jesus said (to them), “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I AM, and that I do nothing on my own, but I say only what the Father taught me.
The one who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, because I always do what is pleasing to him.” Because he spoke this way, many came to believe in him.

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Tuesday of the Fifth week of Lent

24 March 2015

Commentary of the day

 Saint Athanasius

(295-373)

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 Saint Athanasius

(295-373),

Bishop of Alexandria, Doctor of the Church

On the incarnation of the Word, 21-22

“When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I AM”

Why, then, one might say, if it were necessary for Christ to yield up his body to death on behalf of all, did he not lay it aside simply in a human way instead of going so far as to be crucified? For one might say that it was more fitting for him to have laid his body aside honorably, than ignominiously to endure such a death as that. Such an objection is itself too human, whereas what the Savior did is truly divine and worthy of his Godhead for many reasons.

Firstly, because the death which befalls us all comes as a result of the weakness of our nature; for, unable to continue for long, we are dissolved with time. Hence, too, diseases befall us, and we fall sick and die. But the Lord is not weak but is the power and Word of God and life itself. If, then, he had laid aside his body somewhere in private and upon a bed, after the manner of mortal flesh, it would have been thought… there was nothing in him more than in other men… It was not fitting, either, that the Lord,who healed the diseases of others, should himself fall sick…

Why, then, did he not cast out death, as he did sickness? Because it was precisely for this that he possessed a body, and it was unfitting to prevent it lest the resurrection should also be hindered… But it would be better, someone might say, to have foiled the designs of his enemies so that his body might be protected from death altogether. Now let such a one be aware that this too was unbefitting to the Lord. For as it was not fitting for the Word of God, being Life, to inflict death on his own body, so neither was it suitable for him to fly from the death inflicted by others… this did not show weakness on the Word’s part, but, on the contrary, showed Him to be both Savior and Life… the Savior came to bring to completion, not his own death, but the death of all humanity.

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2015

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Tuesday of the Fifth week of Lent

24 March 2015

Saints of the day

St. Catherine of Sweden

(1330 + 1381)

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SAINT CATHARINE OF SWEDEN
Virgin
(1330 + 1381)

        St. CatharineE was daughter of Ulpho, Prince of Nericia in Sweden, and of St. Bridget. The love of God seemed almost to prevent in her the use of her reason. At seven years of age she was placed in the nunnery of Risburgh, and educated in piety under the care of the holy abbess of that house.

        Being very beautiful, she was, by her father, contracted in marriage to Egard, a young nobleman of great virtue; but the virgin persuaded him to join with her in making a mutual vow of perpetual chastity. By her discourser he became desirous only of heavenly graces, arid, to draw them down upon his soul more abundantly, he readily acquiesced in the proposal.

        The happy couple, having but one heart and one desire, by a holy emulation excited each other to prayer, mortification, and works of charity.

        After the death of her father, St. Catharine, out of devotion to the Passion of Christ and to the relics of the martyrs, accompanied her mother in her pilgrimages and practices of devotion and penance.

  After her mother’s death at Rome, in 1373, Catharine returned to Sweden, and died abbess of Vadzstena, or Vatzen, on the 24th of March in 1381.

        For the last twenty-five years of her life she every day purified her soul by a sacramental confession of her sins.

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

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2015

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Tuesday of the Fifth week of Lent

24 March 2015

Saints of the day

Bl. Maria Karlowska

(1865-1935)

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Blessed Maria Karlowska
Religious
(1865-1935)

        Maria Karlowska was born in the territories under Prussian occupation in 1865. She worked as a true Samaritan among women suffering great material and moral deprivation.

        Her holy zeal quickly attracted a group of disciples of Christ, with whom she founded the Congregation of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd of Divine Providence. For herself and her Sisters she set the following goal: “We must proclaim the Heart of Jesus, that is, so to live from him, in him and for him, as to become like him and that in our lives he may be more visible than we ourselves”.  

    Her devotion to the Saviour’s Sacred Heart bore fruit in a great love for people. She felt an insatiable hunger for love. A love of this kind, according to Blessed Maria Karlowska, will never say “enough”, will never stop midway. Precisely this happened to her, who was as it were transported by the current of love of the Divine Paraclete.

        Thanks to this love she restored to many souls the light of Christ and helped them to regain their lost dignity.

– Copyright © Libreria Editrice Vaticana

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2015

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