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Wednesday, July 8th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Matthew 10:1-7.


Wednesday of the Fourteenth week in Ordinary Time

8 July 2015

Jesus summoned his Twelve disciples and gave them authority over

unclean spirits to drive them out and to cure every disease and every illness.

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 10:1-7.

Jesus summoned his Twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out and to cure every disease and every illness.
The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon called Peter, and his brother Andrew; James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John;
Philip and Bartholomew, Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddeus;
Simon the Cananean, and Judas Iscariot who betrayed him.
Jesus sent out these twelve after instructing them thus, “Do not go into pagan territory or enter a Samaritan town.
Go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.'”

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Wednesday of the Fourteenth week in Ordinary Time

8 July 2015

Commentary of the day

 Saint Justin (c.100-160),

philosopher, martyr

First Apology, 39-42

“As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand”

When the Spirit of prophecy speaks as predicting things that in the future, he speaks in this way: “Out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people; and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more” (Is 2,3-4).

And that it did happen in this way, we can convince you. For from Jerusalem there went out into the world twelve men who were illiterate, of no ability in speaking: but by the power of God they proclaimed to every race that they had been sent by Christ to teach to all the word of God; and we, who formerly used to murder one another not only refrain now from making war upon our enemies, but also, that we may not lie nor deceive our examiners, willingly die confessing Christ…

And hear how it was foretold concerning those who published his doctrine and proclaimed his appearance. It was David, the prophet and king, who spoke thus by the Spirit of prophecy: “Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night shows knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. Their voice has gone out into all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world.” (Ps 18[19],2)… And again, in another prophecy, the Spirit of prophecy, through the same David spoke as follows: “Sing to the Lord, all the earth, and day by day declare his salvation.” … “Let them rejoice among the nations. The Lord has reigned from the tree” (Ps 95 LXX)…

David spoke the above prophecy fifteen hundred years before Christ became a man and was crucified; and no one either before him or after was crucified for the salvation of the nations. To the contrary, our Jesus Christ, being crucified and dead, rose again and ascended to heaven where he reigned; and this good news, broadcast among all nations by the apostles, is the joy of all those who expect the immortality he promised.

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Wednesday of the Fourteenth week in Ordinary Time

8 July 2015

Saints of the day

St. Edgar the Peaceful (c.943-975)

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 SAINT EDGAR THE PEACEFUL
KING OF ENGLAND
(c.943 – 975)

        Although few people have heard of him, King Edgar is regarded as the first ruler of a consolidated England.

        Father of Saint Edward the Martyr and great-grandson of Alfred the Great, Edgar was born to king Edmund the Magnificent and St Elfgiva.

        He was efficient, peaceful, and unusually tolerant of local customs. He supported his friend Saint Dunstan, who served as his counselor.

        England underwent a religious revival in his reign, and he is venerated at Glastonbury.

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Wednesday of the Fourteenth week in Ordinary Time

8 July 2015

Saints of the day

Bl. Peter Vigne, Priest (1670-1740)

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PETER VIGNE
Priest
(1670-1740)

        Peter Vigne was born August 20 1670 in Privas (France), a small town still feeling the effects of the Wars of Religion from the previous century. His father, Peter Vigne, a honest textile merchant, and his mother, Frances Gautier, married in the Catholic Church, had their five children baptised in the Catholic parish of Saint Thomas, Privas. Two daughters died in infancy. Peter and his two older siblings, John-Francis and Eleonore, lived with their parents in relative comfort.

When he was 11 years old, Peter was chosen by the Parish Priest to act as a witness, signing the parish register for Baptisms, Marriages or Deaths.

        After receiving a good level of education and instruction, towards the end of his teenage years, his life was suddenly transformed by a new awareness of the presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. This experience led him to centre his life on Jesus, who offered himself on the Cross for love of us, and in the Eucharist, never ceases to give himself to all men. In 1690, he entered the Sulpician Seminary in Viviers. Ordained a priest September 18th,1694 in Bourg Saint Andeol by the Bishop of Viviers, he was sent as curate to Saint-Agreve where, for six years he exercised his priestly ministry, in friendship with his Parish Priest and beloved by his parishioners.

Always attentive to discern in life’s events what the Lord was asking of him, he felt called elsewhere. With understandable hesitancy in the beginning and then with increasing certitude, he pursued his spiritual itinerary along new paths. His desire to work as a missionary among the poor was central to his decision to join the Vincentians in Lyon, in 1700. There he received a solid formation in poverty and in conducting “popular missions”, and with his fellow priests began visiting towns and villages in the work of evangelization. In 1706, he left the Vincentians of “his own free will”. Now more than ever he was passionate for the salvation of souls, especially for the poor people living in the countryside. After a period of searching, his vocation took shape with increasing clarity. He became an “itinerant missionary” applying his own pastoral methods, whilst submitting his ministry to the authorization of his hierarchical superiors.

For more than thirty years he tirelessly travelled on foot or on horseback the ways of Vivarais and Dauphiné, and even further ahead. He faced the fatigue of being constantly on the move, as well as severe weather conditions, in order to make Jesus known, loved and served. He preached, visited the sick, catechised the children, administered the sacraments, even going as far as carrying “his” confessional on his back, ready at all times to celebrate and bestow the Mercy of God. He celebrated Mass, exposed the Blessed Sacrament, and taught the faithful the prayer of Adoration. Mary, “Beautiful Tabernacle of God among men” was also given a place of honour in his prayer and his teaching.

In 1712, he came to Boucieu-le-Roi, where the terrain favoured the erection of a Way of the Cross. With the help of parishioners he constructed 39 stations throughout the village and countryside, teaching the faithful to follow Jesus from the Upper Room to Easter and Pentecost. Boucieu became his place of residence. There, he gathered together a few women, charging them to “accompany the pilgrims” on the Way of the Cross and help them to pray and meditate.

  It was there that he founded the Congregation of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. On November 30th, 1715, in the church at Boucieu, he gave them the cross and the religious habit. He invited them to assure continuous adoration of Jesus present in the Eucharist and to live together in fellowship. Anxious to give the youth access to instruction, thus helping them grow in their faith and Christian values, Peter Vigne opened schools and also established a “Training School” for teachers.

Such a challenging and busy lifestyle needed some support. For that reason, whenever Peter Vigne was in Lyon on business, he never failed to call on his former seminary tutors, the priests of Saint Sulpice, to meet his confessor and spiritual director. Drawn by the eucharistic spirituality of the Priests of the Blessed Sacrament, founded by Monsignor d’Authier de Sisgaud, he was accepted as an associate member of this society of priests, on January 25th, 1724, in Valence, and benefited by their spiritual and temporal help.

Whilst continuing to accompany his young Congregation, Peter Vigne persisted with his apostolic works, and to make the fruits of his missions more available, he found time to write books : rules to live by, works of spirituality, especially the one entitled “Meditations on the most beautiful book, Jesus Christ suffering and dying on the Cross“.

        The physical strength of our pilgrim for God, the demands of his apostolic activities, the long hours he spent in adoration and his life of poverty, bear witness not only to a fairly robust physique, but above all to a passionate love of Jesus Christ who loved his own to the end (John 13:1).

  At the age of 70, the effects of exhaustion began to show. During a mission at Rencurel, in the Vercors mountains, he was taken ill and had to interrupt his preaching. Despite all his efforts to celebrate the Eucharist one more time and encourage the faithful to love Jesus, feeling his end was near, he expressed once again his missionary zeal, then withdrew in quiet prayer and reflection. A priest and two Sisters came in haste to accompany him in his final moments. On July 8th, 1740, he went to join the One he had so loved, adored and served. His body was taken back to its final resting place in the little church in Boucieu where it remains to this day.

    He was beatified by John Paul II on October 3rd, 2004.

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