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Friday, April 8th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 6:1-15.


Friday of the Second week of Easter

8 April 2016

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ

There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish;

but what good are these for so many?

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 6:1-15.

Jesus went across the Sea of Galilee.
A large crowd followed him, because they saw the signs he was performing on the sick.
Jesus went up on the mountain, and there he sat down with his disciples.
The Jewish feast of Passover was near.
When Jesus raised his eyes and saw that a large crowd was coming to him, he said to Philip, “Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?”
He said this to test him, because he himself knew what he was going to do.
Philip answered him, “Two hundred days’ wages worth of food would not be enough for each of them to have a little (bit).”
One of his disciples, Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, said to him,
There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what good are these for so many?
Jesus said, “Have the people recline.” Now there was a great deal of grass in that place. So the men reclined, about five thousand in number.
Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed them to those who were reclining, and also as much of the fish as they wanted.
When they had had their fill, he said to his disciples, “Gather the fragments left over, so that nothing will be wasted.”
So they collected them, and filled twelve wicker baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves that had been more than they could eat.
When the people saw the sign he had done, they said, “This is truly the Prophet, the one who is to come into the world.”
Since Jesus knew that they were going to come and carry him off to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain alone.

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DAILY MASS – Friday 8 April 2016  

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Friday of the Second week of Easter

8 April 2016

Commentary of the day

Saint Albert the Great (c.1200-1280),

Dominican
The Book of the Sacrament

“Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed them”

     O Lord, now that we have been cleansed and purified in our inmost selves, given new life by your Holy Spirit and filled with your eucharistic food, give us a share in that grace which was the lot of the holy apostles and disciples, who received the sacrament from your own hand. Prompt in us such restless desire and eagerness to follow you as your members (1Cor 12,27) that we may be worthy to receive at your hands the feeling and experience of your spiritual food. Increase within us the zeal of Peter  – the same zeal brought to birth in Peter at the last Supper – so that the will opposed to yours may be destroyed… May interior peace, together with the resolution and happiness enjoyed by Saint John as he leaned on your breast (Jn 13,25,) grow within us, that thus we may draw from your wisdom and taste your sweetness and goodness. Increase within us faith in all its integrity, firm hope and perfect charity.

     Through the intercession of all the holy apostles and all your blessed disciples may we receive this sacrament from your own hand, and grant that we may always be kept from betraying you like Judas. Inspire in our souls what your Spirit inspired in those saints now in heaven when he brought the perfection of blessedness to fulfillment within them. Bring all these things to pass, who live and reign with the Father in the unity of the same Spirit, before time began and to the end of ages. Amen.

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Friday of the Second week of Easter

8 April 2016

Saint of the day

Bl. Augusto Czartoryski,

Priest (1858-1893)

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Blessed Augusto Czartoryski
Priest of the Salesians of Don Bosco
(1858-1893)

        Augusto Czartoryski was born on 2 August 1858 in Paris, France, the firstborn son to Prince Ladislaus of Poland and Princess Maria Amparo, daughter of the Duke and Queen of Spain. The noble Czartoryski Family had been living in exile in France for almost 30 years, in the Lambert Palace. Here, with the hope of restoring unity in Poland, they continued to direct activities between their fellow Polish countrymen and the European chancellery.

Plans for a future Prince

        It was already planned that Augusto would be a future “reference point” for this restoration and would carry on the “Czartoryski” name. God’s designs, however, were to unfold differently.
        When Augusto was 6, his mother died of tuberculosis; the disease was also transmitted to him, and for the rest of his life he would be plagued by ill health. Although he had to make “forced pilgrimages” with his father to Italy, Switzerland, Egypt and Spain in search of a cure, he never regained his health.

        As he grew up, Augusto felt that he was not meant for the life of nobility, and one day, when he was 20 years old, he wrote to his father:  “I confess to you that I am tired [of all the parties]; they are superficial entertainments that cause me anguish and I feel myself “forced’ to make acquaintances with others at these banquets”.

Augusto already received spiritual direction from his tutor, Joseph Kalinsowski, who would later become a Carmelite, and who, before leaving for Carmel in 1877, wrote to Prince Ladislaus to suggest that it would be wise, considering the boy’s love for God, to entrust him to the direction of a priest.

Encounter with Don Bosco

        Prince Ladislaus accepted the counsel given by Augusto’s tutor, and Fr Stanislaus Kubowicz began to guide him. Augusto was already feeling more and more called to religious life and was hoping for a clearer indication of what God wanted from him:  this “decisive event” took place when he was 25 and met Don Bosco, founder of the Salesians.

When Don Bosco came to Paris and celebrated Mass in the family chapel of the Lambert Palace, Augusto saw in this holy founder and teacher the “father of his soul” and guide for his future. While Augusto remained quiet and withdrawn in the face of matrimony plans made for him by his father, he had no intention of continuing the “noble line”. Indeed, after his first encounter with the Salesian saint, he was more resolute than ever to answer God’s call by becoming a Salesian.

        When his father gave him permission, Augusto would travel to Turin to meet with Don Bosco and participate in spiritual retreats. He became comfortable with the “poverty” of the Salesian Oratory and was not disturbed by his frequent ill health or his father’s opposition; he instead saw God’s hand in all these circumstances.

        He would say: “If God wants this, all will go well since he can take away every obstacle. If he does not want this, then neither do I”.

A “Prince’ for God’s Kingdom

        Don Bosco was somewhat reluctant to accept Augusto into the Salesian community:  it took Pope Leo XIII to remove his doubts when he gave Augusto this message:  “Tell Don Bosco that it is the Pope’s will that he receives you among the Salesians”.

        Don Bosco replied: “Well then, my dear son, I accept you. From this moment, you are a part of the Salesian Family and I desire that you belong here until you die”.

        In 1887 he began his novitiate under the guidance of Don Giulio Barberis. The young man had to overcome many “habits” and adjust to community life, schedule, frugal meals and other sacrifices. All this he did with great serenity and abandonment to God.

   When his father came to try to convince him to return home and accept his nobility as “Prince”, he refused. On 24 November 1887, the day of his vesting in the hands of Don Bosco, the holy founder whispered into Augusto’s ear:  “Courage, my prince! Today we have conquered, and I can also say with great joy that one day when you become a priest you will do much for your Country”.

One year as Christ’s priest

        Don Bosco died two months later. Augusto’s health was also worsening and his father continued to try to dissuade him from becoming a priest, using his ill health as an “excuse”.

        When Prince Ladislaus asked the “help” of Cardinal Parocchi to dismiss him from the Salesians, Augusto wrote:  “In full liberty I made my vows and I did this with great joy of heart. From that day I continue to live in the Congregation with an immense peace of spirit, and I thank the Lord for allowing me to know the Salesian Family and for having called me to become a Salesian”.

        On 2 April 1892 he was ordained a priest by the Bishop of Ventimiglia. Although Prince Ladislaus was not present at the Ordination, a month later, joined by the entire family in Mentone, he reconciled himself with his son’s decision and renounced his own dreams of prestige and nobility for Augusto.

        Fr Augusto died on 8 April 1893 in Alassio, where he lived his year as a priest, occupying a room which looked out onto the courtyard where the children of the Oratory played. He was 35 years old.

        He was beatified on April 25, 2004 by John Paul II.

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Mark 16:15-20

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“I am with you always, until the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:20.

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He guides me in right paths
for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side
with your rod and your staff
that give me courage.

Psalms 23(22):1-3a.3b-4.5.6. 

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Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful

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