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Saturday, April 9th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 6:16-21.

Saturday of the Second week of Easter

9 April 2016

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ

“It is I. Do not be afraid.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 6:16-21.

When it was evening, the disciples of Jesus went down to the sea,
embarked in a boat, and went across the sea to Capernaum. It had already grown dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.
The sea was stirred up because a strong wind was blowing.
When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they began to be afraid.
But he said to them, “It is I. Do not be afraid.”
They wanted to take him into the boat, but the boat immediately arrived at the shore to which they were heading

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DAILY MASS – Saturday 9 April 2016 


Saturday of the Second week of Easter

9 April 2016

Commentary of the day

Saint Clement of Alexandria (150- c.215), theologian
The Pedagogue, III, 12, 101 (cf. Migne 1991, p. 302 rev.)

“The boat immediately arrived at the shore”

   Let us pray to God’s own Word: Show kindness to your children, O Teacher, Father, Leader of Israel, you, O Lord, who are both Son and Father, one alone and two together! Since we obey your commands, grant us to attain perfect likeness to the image (Gn 1,26), to understand, according to our ability, the God of goodness and the Judge without severity. May you yourself bestow on us all things: to live in your peace, be transported into your city, pass through the storms of sin without drowning, be carried over peaceful waters by the Holy Spirit, your inexpressible Wisdom. Grant us, both day and night until the end of time, to sing praise and thanksgiving to the Only One – Father and Son, Son and Father, Son, Pedagogue (1Cor 4,15) and Teacher, and also to the Holy Spirit.

     All things belong to the Only One in whom are all things, through whom all things have unity, through whom is eternity, of whom we are all members (1Cor 12,27). To him are the glory and everlasting ages, to him who is Good,  who is Beautiful, who is Wise, who is Just! To him be the glory now and for ever, Amen!

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Saturday of the Second week of Easter

9 April 2016

Saint of the day

Bl. Lindalva Justo de Oliveira, (1953-1993)


Blessed Lindalva Justo de Oliveira
Martyr, Religious Sister of the Society of the
Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul

        Lindalva Justo de Oliveira was born on 20 October 1953 at Sitio Malhada da Areia, in a very poor area of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. Lindalva’s father, João Justo da Fé, a farmer, was a widower. His second marriage was to Maria Lúcia de Oliveira. Little Lindalva was the sixth of 13 children born to the couple. Lindalva was baptized on 7 January 1954.

        Her family was not well-off, but rich in the Christian faith. João moved his family to Açu so his children could attend school, and after many sacrifices he was able to buy a house where the family still resides today.

        Besides following her mother’s good example, Lindalva demonstrated a natural inclination toward the poorer children and spent much time with them.

   At age 12, Lindalva received First Holy Communion, and during her school years she was always happy to help the less fortunate. Later, while living with her brother, Djalma, and his family in Natal, she received an administrative assistant’s diploma in 1979.

        From 1978 to 1988 she held various jobs in retail sales and as a cashier at a petrol station, sending some of her salary home to help her mother. Lindalva found time to visit the local home for the elderly every day after work.

        In 1982, as she lovingly assisted her father in the last months of his terminal illness, she reflected seriously on her life and decided to serve the poor. She then enrolled in a nursing course, but also enjoyed those things typical of young people: building friendships, guitar lessons and cultural studies.

In 1986 she participated in the vocational initiatives of the Daughters of Charity. After she received the Sacrament of Confirmation in 1987, Lindalva applied for admission to the Daughters. On the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, 11 February 1988, she entered the postulancy and edified her companions with her joy and genuine concern for the poor.

        Her character was marked by a sweet disposition but also by truth. In a letter to her alcoholic brother, Antonio, she wrote: “Think about it and reward yourself. I pray for you very much and I will continue to pray and if necessary I will do penance so that you are able to fulfil yourself as a person. Follow Jesus, who fought until death for the life of sinners and gave his own life, not as God but as man, for the forgiveness of sins. We must seek refuge in him; only in him is life worth living”. A year later her brother quit drinking.

   On 29 January 1991 Sr Lindalva was assigned 40 elderly male patients in the municipal nursing home in Salvador da Bahia. She undertook the more humble tasks and sought out those who suffered the most and cared for their spiritual and material well-being by encouraging their reception of the sacraments. Sr Lindalva would sing and pray with them, and she even took her driving test so she could take them out for rides.

        During January of 1993, a certain Augusto da Silva Peixoto, a 46-year-old man with an irascible character, managed to be admitted to the facility through the recommendation of another even though he had no right to be there. Sr Lindalva treated him with the same courtesy and respect as the other patients, yet he became enamoured of her.

        She prudently distanced herself from him and was cautious in his regard. Nonetheless, he explicitly declared his lustful intentions towards her. A simple solution would have been for Sr Lindalva to leave, but her love for the elderly caused her to declare, “I prefer to shed my blood than to leave this place”.

        By 30 March Augusto’s advances became so insistent and frightening that she sought the help of a health-care official to restrain this unruly patient. Although he promised to improve his attitude and behaviour, he harboured hatred and vengeance that developed into a murderous plan.

        On 9 April 1993, Good Friday, Sr Lindalva took part in the parish Way of the Cross at 4: 30 in the morning. By 7 a.m. she was back at work to prepare and serve breakfast as she did every day. As she served coffee from behind a table, Augusto approached and thrust a fishmonger’s knife above her collar-bone.

Sinking to the ground, she cried “God protect me” several times. Patients ran for cover. Enveloped in an insane rapture while holding up her body, Augusto stabbed her 44 times shouting, “I should have done this sooner!”.

        He then suddenly became calm, sat down on a bench, wiped the knife on his trousers, threw it on the table and exclaimed: “She did not want me!”, and turning to the doctor, said, “You can call the police, I will not run away; I did what had to be done”.

        The next day, Holy Saturday, Cardinal Lucas Moreira Neves, O.P., Primate of Brazil, celebrated the 39-year-old Sister’s funeral and commented: “A few years were enough for Sr Lindalva to crown her Religious life with martyrdom”.

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“Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.”

Mark 16:15-20


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

Matthew 28:20.


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. 


Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful




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