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Monday, May 2nd. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 15:26-27.16:1-4a.


Monday of the Sixth week of Easter

2 May 2016

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ 

“They will expel you from the synagogues; in fact, the hour is coming

when everyone who kills you will think he is offering worship to God.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 15:26-27.16:1-4a.

Jesus said to his disciples: “When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth that proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me.
And you also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning.
I have told you this so that you may not fall away.
They will expel you from the synagogues; in fact, the hour is coming when everyone who kills you will think he is offering worship to God.
They will do this because they have not known either the Father or me.
I have told you this so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you.”

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2016

Image: From Biblehub

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Monday of the Sixth week of Easter

2 May 2016

Saints of the day

St. Athanasius,

Bishop & Doctor of the Church (+ 373)

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SAINT ATHANASIUS
Bishop & Doctor of the Church
(+ 373)

        Athanasius was born in Egypt towards the end of the third century, and was from his youth pious, learned, and deeply versed in the sacred writings, as befitted one whom God had chosen to be the champion and defender of his Church against the Arian heresy.

Though only a deacon he was chosen by his bishop to go with him to the Council of Nicæa, in 325, and attracted the attention of all by the learning and ability with which he defended the faith. A few months later, he became Patriarch of Alexandria, and for forty-six years he bore, often well-nigh alone, the whole brunt of the Arian assault.

        On the refusal of the Saint to restore Arius to Catholic communion, the emperor ordered the Patriarch of Constantinople to do so. The wretched heresiarch took an oath that he had always believed as the Church believes; and the patriarch, after vainly using every effort to move the emperor, had recourse to fasting and prayer, that God would avert from the Church the frightful sacrilege. The day came for the solemn entrance of Arius into the great church of Sancta Sophia. The heresiarch and his party set out glad and in triumph. But before he reached the church, death smote him swiftly and awfully, and the dreaded sacrilege was averted.

    St. Athanasius stood unmoved against four Roman emperors; was banished five times; was the butt of every insult, calumny, and wrong the Arians could devise, and lived in constant peril of death. Though firm as adamant in defence of the Faith, he was meek and humble, pleasant and winning in converse, beloved by his flock, unwearied in labors, in prayer, in mortifications, and in zeal for souls.  

        In the year 373 his stormy life closed in peace, rather that his people would have it so than that his enemies were weary of persecuting him. He left to the Church the whole and ancient Faith, defended and explained in writings rich in thought and learning, clear, keen, and stately in expression.

        He is honored as one of the greatest of the Doctors of the Church.

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

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2016

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Monday of the Sixth week of Easter

2 May 2016

Saints of the day

St. José Maria Rubio y Peralta

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St. José Maria Rubio y Peralta
Priest (1864 – 1929)

Born in 1864 and raised in a large farm family in Spain, Joseph entered the seminary in 1876 when he was only 12 years old. After ordination in 1887, he worked as a parish priest and was a professor at the seminary in Madrid.

After a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Joseph asked his bishop for permission to join the Society of Jesus. Becoming a Jesuit was something he had always wanted, but he delayed this dream for many years because as a young priest he took on the responsibility of caring for an elderly priest.

Father Joseph took his first vows as a Jesuit when he was 44. He became known as the “Apostle of Madrid.” People came from great distances to celebrate the sacrament of Penance with him because of his compassion and healing words. He helped people to change their lives and to live for Christ.

He  had a great love and concern for the poor and he preached often about our responsibility for our brothers and sisters. Many lay people came to Father Joseph to ask how they could help. He guided them to open tuition-free schools, to nurse the sick, to find housing for needy families and jobs for the unemployed. Father Joseph also provided for the spiritual needs of the poor by making the sacraments more available to them and by organizing missions where he preached about Jesus’ care for them.

At the center of the priest’s life and ministry was his love for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. He told the people he ministered with that prayer must always come first. He said that it is through prayer that we receive the strength to serve others.

He died in 1929, and the Church has honored Father Joseph Rubio as a saint since 1985. Pope John Paul II praised him for following the example of Christ. Joseph’s motto was, “Do what God wants and want what God does!” Like Joseph, we can do what God wants by carrying on Christ’s work in the world. We can reach out to our brothers and sisters in need through prayer and action.

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

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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“This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.

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