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Wednesday, June 17th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Matthew 6:1-6.16-18.


Wednesday of the Eleventh week in Ordinary Time

17 June 2015

 “When you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret.”
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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 6:1-6.16-18. 

Jesus said to his disciples: “Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father.
When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win the praise of others. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing,
so that your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.
When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that others may see them. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.
When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites. They neglect their appearance, so that they may appear to others to be fasting. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,
so that you may not appear to be fasting, except to your Father who is hidden. And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.”

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Wednesday of the Eleventh week in Ordinary Time

17 June 2015

Commentary of the day

Saint Augustine

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 Saint Augustine (354-430), Bishop of Hippo (North Africa) and Doctor of the Church
2nd Discourse on Psalm 33, §8; PL 36,312

“Whenever you pray, go to your room, close your door, and pray to your Father in private.”

      Going to your room is returning to your heart. Blest are they who rejoice at returning to their heart and who find nothing bad there…

      They are greatly to be pitied who, returning home, have to fear they will be chased away because of bitter fights with their family. But how much unhappier are they who do not dare return to their own conscience for fear of being chased away by remorse for their sins. If you want to return to your heart with pleasure, purify it. “Blest are the pure of heart for they shall see God.” (Mt 5,8) Remove from your heart the stains of covetousness, the spots of miserliness, the ulcer of superstition; remove the sacrilege, the evil thoughts, the hatred. I’m not only speaking of those things against your friends but even of those against your enemies. Remove them all, then return to your heart and you will be happy.

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2015

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Wednesday of the Eleventh week in Ordinary Time

17 June 2015

Saints of the day

St. Herve, Abbot, (6th century)

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Saint Herve of Brittany
Abbot
(6th century)

        Saint Herve, sometimes called Harvey or Hervues, is venerated throughout Brittany but we have few reliable particulars on him–his life was not written until the late medieval period. All we really know is that he was a hermit in Brittany, where he is still highly venerated.

        Herve was the son of the bard Hyvarnion, and was born blind. His father died when Herve was an infant.  He was raised by his uncles because his mother became an anchoress.

        He lived for a while as a hermit and bard, and then joined a monastic school at Plouvien which had been founded by his uncle. Abbot of Plouvien, he built an abbey at Lanhourneau.

        He was venerated as a miracle worker and bard. He is reported to have a special ministry of healing animals, and to have a domesticated wolf as a companion.

        He is invoked against eye trouble, and he is depicted with a wolf.

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2015

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Wednesday of the Eleventh week in Ordinary Time

17 June 2015

Saints of the day

St. Avitus, Abbot

 

SAINT AVITUS
Abbot

        St. Avitus was a native of Orleans, and, retiring into Auvergne, took the monastic habit, together with St. Calais, in the abbey of Menat, at that time very small, though afterward enriched by Queen Brunehault, and by St. Boner, Bishop of Clermont.

        The two Saints soon after returned to Miscy, a famous abbey situated a league and a half below Orleans. It was founded toward the end of the reign of Clovis I. by St. Euspicius, a holy priest, honored on the 14th of June, and his nephew St. Maximin or Mesnim, whose name this monastery, which is now of the Cistercian Order, bears.

Many call St. Maximin the first abbot, others St. Euspicius the first, St. Maximin the second, and St. Avitus the third. But our Saint and St. Calais made not a long stay at Miscy, though St. Maximin gave them a gracious reception. In quest of a closer retirement, St. Avitus, who had succeeded St. Maximin, soon after resigned the abbacy, and with St. Calais lived a recluse in the territory now called Dunois, on the frontiers of La Perche.

        Others joining them, St. Calais retired into a forest in Maine, and King Clotaire built a church and monastery for St. Avitus and his companions. This is at present a Benedictine nunnery, called St. Avy of Chateaudun, and is situated on the Loire, at the foot of the hill on which the town of Chateaudun is built, in the diocese of Chartres.

Three famous monks, Leobin, afterwards Bishop of Chartres, Euphronius, and Rusticus, attended our Saint to his happy death, which happened about the year 530. His body was carried to Orleans, and buried with great pomp in that city.

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