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Saturday, January 30th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Mark 4:35-41.


Saturday of the Third week in Ordinary Time

30 January 2016

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ

 “Quiet! Be still!”

The wind ceased and there was great calm.

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 4:35-41. 

On that day, as evening drew on, Jesus said to his disciples: “Let us cross to the other side.”
Leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat just as he was. And other boats were with him.
A violent squall came up and waves were breaking over the boat, so that it was already filling up.
Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a cushion. They woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”
He woke up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Quiet! Be still!” The wind ceased and there was great calm.
Then he asked them, “Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?”
They were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?”

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DAILY MASS – Saturday 30 January 2016 

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Saturday of the Third week in Ordinary Time

30 January 2016

Commentary of the day

Saint Teresa of Avila

Church window at the Convent of St Teresa.

Church window at the Convent of St Teresa.

Saint Teresa of Avila (1515-1582),

Carmelite, Doctor of the Church
Letter 284, to the Carmelite nuns of Seville

In the middle of the storm

Take courage, my daughters! Take courage! Remember that God does not send anybody more sufferings than what he is able to support and that His Majesty is with those who suffer. You must not fear, but have faith in his mercy that the truth will come to light and will reveal the hidden works of the devil who has sowed turmoil amongst you…Prayer, prayer, my sisters! It is now that humility and obedience should shine in each one of you…

Oh, what a good moment to reap the rewards of the resolutions you took to serve the Lord! Remember that he often likes to verify if the works correspond to the resolutions and words. In this big trial, honor your sisters, the daughters of the Virgin. If you apply yourselves to this, the good Jesus will help you. Although he is asleep on the sea at the time the great storm blows up, he stops the winds. But he wants us to pray him, for he loves us so much that he is always looking for new ways to make our souls progress. May his name be blessed for ever and ever. Amen, Amen.

In all our monasteries, we commend your souls insistently to God. And I have faith in his goodness that he will soon sort things out. So try to be cheerful and tell yourselves that in the end all one can suffer for such a good God is nothing compared to what he has suffered for us, for you still haven’t reached the point of shedding your blood for him (He 12,4)…Let Him do, and you will see that soon the sea will swallow up those who wage war against us, as it happened with the Pharaoh.

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Saturday of the Third week in Ordinary Time

30 January 2016

Saints of the day

St. Bathildes,

Queen (c. 634-680)

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SAINT BATHILDES
Queen.
(c. 634-680)

        St. Bathildes was an Englishwoman, who was carried over whilst yet young into France, and there sold for a slave, at a very low price, to Erkenwald, mayor of the palace under King Clovis II. When she grew up, her master was so much taken with her prudence and virtue that he placed her in charge of his household.

The renown of her virtues spread through all France, and King Clovis II. took her for his royal consort. This unexpected elevation produced no alteration in a heart perfectly grounded in humility and the other virtues; she seemed to become even more humble than before. Her new station furnished her the means of being truly a mother to the poor; the king gave her the sanction of his royal authority for the protection of the Church, the care of the poor, and the furtherance of all religious undertakings.

        The death of her husband left her regent of the kingdom. She at once forbade the enslavement of Christians, did all in her power to promote piety, and filled France with hospitals and religious houses.

As soon as her son Clotaire was of an age to govern, she withdrew from the world and entered the convent of Chelles. Here she seemed entirely to forget her worldly dignity, and was to be distinguished from the rest of the community only by her extreme humility, her obedience to her spiritual superiors, and her devotion to the sick, whom she comforted and served with wonderful charity.

        As she neared her end, God visited her with a severe illness, which she bore with Christian patience until, on the 30th of January, 680, she yielded up her soul in devout prayer.

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

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Saturday of the Third week in Ordinary Time

30 January 2016

Saints of the day

Bl. Columba Marmion, (1858-1923)

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Bl. Columba Marmion

Third Abbot of Maredsous (1858-1923)

   Bl. Columba Marmion was born in Dublin, Ireland, on 1 April 1858 to an Irish father (William Marmion) and a French mother (Herminie Cordier). Given the name Joseph Aloysius at birth, he entered the Dublin diocesan seminary in 1874 and completed his theological studies at the College of the Propagation of the Faith in Rome. He was ordained a priest at St Agatha of the Goths on 16 June 1881.
He dreamed of becoming a missionary monk in Australia, but was won over by the liturgical atmosphere of the newly founded Abbey of Maredsous in Belgium, which he visited on his return to Ireland in 1881. His Bishop asked him to wait and appointed him curate in Dundrum, then professor at the major seminary in Clonliffe (1882-86). As the chaplain at a convent of Redemptorist nuns and at a women’s prison, he learned to guide souls, to hear confessions, to counsel and to help the dying.
In 1886 he received his Bishop’s permission to become a monk. He voluntarily renounced a promising ecclesiastical career and was welcomed at Maredsous by Abbot Placidus Wolter. His novitiate, under the iron rule of Dom Benoît D’Hondt and among a group of young novices (when he was almost 30), proved all the more difficult because he had to change habits, culture and language. But saying that he had entered the monastery to learn obedience, he let himself be moulded by monastic discipline, community life and choral prayer until his solemn profession on 10 February 1891.
   He received his first “obedience” or mission when he was assigned to the small group of monks sent to found the Abbey of Mont César in Louvain. Although it distressed him, he gave his all to it for the sake of obedience. There he was entrusted with the task of Prior beside Abbot de Kerchove, and served as spiritual director and professor to all the young monks studying philosophy or theology in Louvain.
   He started to devote more time to preaching retreats in Belgium and in the United Kingdom, and gave spiritual direction to many communities, particularly those of Carmelite nuns. He become the confessor of Mons. Joseph Mercier, the future Cardinal, and the two formed a lasting friendship.
   During this period, Maredsous Abbey was governed by Dom Hildebrand de Hemptinne, its second Abbot, who in 1893 would become, at the request of Leo XIII, the first Primate of the Benedictine Confederation. His frequent stays in Rome required that he be replaced as Abbot of Maredsous, and it is Dom Columba Marmion who was elected the third Abbot of Maredsous on 28 September 1909, receiving the abbatial blessing on 3 October. He was placed at the head of a community of more than 100 monks, with a humanities college, a trade school and a farm to run. He also had to maintain a well-established reputation for research on the sources of the faith and to continue editing various publications, including the Revue Bénédictine.
   His ongoing care of the community did not stop Dom Marmion from preaching retreats or giving regular spiritual direction. He was asked to help the Anglican monks of Caldey when they wished to convert to Catholicism. His greatest ordeal was the First World War. His decision to send the young monks to Ireland so that they could complete their education in peace led to additional work, dangerous trips and many anxieties. It also caused misunderstandings and conflicts between the two generations within this community shaken by the war. German lay brothers, who had been present since the monastery’s foundation by Beuron Abbey, had to be sent home (despite the Benedictine vow of stability) at the outbreak of hostilities. After the war was over, a small group of monks was urgently dispatched to the Monastery of the Dormition in Jerusalem to replace the German monks expelled by the British authorities. Finally, the Belgian monasteries were separated from the Beuron Congregation, and in 1920 the Belgian Congregation of the Annunciation was set up with Maredsous, Mont César and St. André of Zevenkerken.
His sole comfort during this period was preaching and giving spiritual direction. His secretary, Dom Raymond Thibaut, prepared his spiritual conferences for publication: Christ the Life of the Soul (1917), Christ in His Mysteries (1919) and Christ the Ideal of the Monk (1922). He was already considered an outstanding Abbot (Queen Elisabeth of Belgium consulted with him at length) and a great spiritual author.
   He died during a flu epidemic on 30 January 1923. He was beatified by John Paul II on the 3rd of September 2000.

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