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Saturday, May 16th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 16:23b-28.


Saturday of the Sixth week of Easter

16 May 2015

 “I came from the Father and have come into the world.

Now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 16:23b-28.

Jesus said to his disciples: “Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.
Until now you have not asked anything in my name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.
I have told you this in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures but I will tell you clearly about the Father.
On that day you will ask in my name, and I do not tell you that I will ask the Father for you.
For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have come to believe that I came from God.
I came from the Father and have come into the world. Now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”

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Saturday of the Sixth week of Easter

16 May 2015

Commentary of the day

 Saint Bernard (1091-1153),

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Saint Bernard (1091-1153),

Cistercian monk and doctor of the Church
Sermons for Lent, no. 5, 5

“Whatever you ask the Father, he will give you in my name.”

Every time I speak about prayer, it seems to me that I hear in your heart certain human reflections that I have often heard, even in my own heart. Since we never stop praying, how come we so rarely seem to experience the fruit of prayer? We have the impression that we come out of prayer like we entered into it; no one answers us with even one word, gives us anything at all; we have the impression that we have labored in vain. But what does the Lord say in the gospel? “Stop judging by appearances and make a just judgment.” (Jn 7 :24) What is a just judgment other than a judgment of faith? For “the just man shall live by faith.” (Gal 3:11) So follow the judgment of faith rather than your experience, for faith does not deceive, whereas experience can lead into error.

And what is the truth of faith other than that the Son of God himself promised: “If you are ready to believe that you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer, it shall be done for you.” (Mk 11:24) Thus, may no one among you, Brothers, consider prayer to be a small thing. For I assure you, the one to whom it is addressed does not consider it a small thing; even before it has left our mouth, he has had it written down in his book. Without the slightest doubt, we can be sure that God will either give us what we are asking him or he will give us something that he knows to be better. For “we do not know how to pray as we ought” (Rom 8:26), but God has compassion on our ignorance and he receives our prayer with kindness… So “take delight in the Lord, and he will grant you your heart’s requests.” (Ps 37:4)©Evangelizo.org 2001-2015

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Saturday of the Sixth week of Easter

16 May 2015

Saint of the day

Bl. Vladimir Ghika

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BLESSED VLADIMIR GHIKA

priest and martyr
(† 1954)

        Vladimir Ghika was a convert to Catholicism who was martyred by his country’s Communist government in 1954. Born into an illustrious family of princely nobility, the young Vladimir studied political science in Paris and philosophy in Rome, and the intistitution that would become the Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas – the Angelicum. He converted to Catholicism in 1902 and dedicated himself to doing works of charity, while discerning a vocation to the priesthood. He served as a diplomat for several years, including those of the I World War. In 1923, he was ordained to the priesthood.

Returned to Romania when the II World War broke out, he refused to leave despite the danger of Allied bombing. When the Communists seized power in Romania, he again refused to leave. He was arrested in 1952 and charged with high treason because he refused to foreswear loyalty to Rome and recognize the schismatic Church the Communist government was working to establish. After years of maltreatment, he died in prison on 16/5/1954.    

He was beatified on August 31st, 2013 by pope Francis.

Vatican.va

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2015

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