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Thursday, July 14th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Matthew 11:28-30.


Thursday of the Fifteenth week in Ordinary Time

14 July 2016

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ 

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,

and I will give you rest.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 11:28-30.

Jesus said to the crowds: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”

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Thursday of the Fifteenth week in Ordinary Time

14 July 2016

Commentary of the day

Dorotheus of Gaza (c.500-?), monk in Palestine
Instructions, I, 8 (SC 92, p. 159)

“Come to me”

      Let anyone who would find their soul’s true rest learn humility! Let them understand that all joy, all glory, all rest are to be found in it just as the opposite is to be found in pride. For how, indeed, is it that we have come to all these tribulations? Why have we fallen into all this misery? Isn’t it because of our pride, our foolishness? Isn’t it because we followed our own evil counsel and were attached to the bitterness of our own wills? And why so? Wasn’t man created in perfect equanimity, in complete happiness, rest and glory? Wasn’t he in Paradise? He was commanded: Don’t do this, yet he did it. Do you not note his pride, his arrogance, his insubordination? “Man is a foolish creature,” said God, when he saw this insolence; “he has no idea how to be happy. Unless he experiences evil days he will be lost forthwith. Unless he learns what affliction is, he will never know the meaning of rest.” And so God gave him what he deserved by driving him out of Paradise…

      And yet, as I often say to you, God’s goodness has not failed his creature but keeps turning towards it, calling it back: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” That is to say: See, how weary you are, how unhappy! You have learned by experience the evil of your disobedience. Come along then, be converted; come along, recognise your powerlessness and shame so that you can return to the rest and glory that is yours. Come on, you who were dead from pride: live by humility. “Learn from me, for I am gentle and humble of heart, and you shall find rest for your souls.”

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Thursday of the Fifteenth week in Ordinary Time

14 July 2016

Saints of the day

St. Camillus of Lellis,

Priest (1550-1614)

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SAINT CAMILLUS OF LELLIS
Priest
(1550-1614)

        The early years of Camillus gave no sign of sanctity. At the age of nineteen he took service with his father, an Italian noble, against the Turks, and after four years hard campaigning found himself, through his violent temper, reckless habits, and inveterate passion for gambling, a discharged soldier, and in such straitened circumstances that he was obliged to work as a laborer on a Capuchin convent which was then building. A few words from a Capuchin friar brought about his conversion, and he resolved to become a religious.

        Thrice he entered the Capuchin novitiate, but each time an obstinate wound in his leg forced him to leave. He repaired to Rome for medical treatment, and there took St. Philip as his confessor, and entered the hospital of St. Giacomo, of which he became in time the superintendent. The carelessness of the paid chaplains and nurses towards the suffering patients now inspired him with the thought of founding a congregation to minister to their wants. With this end he was ordained priest, and in 1586 his community of the Servants of the Sick was confirmed by the Pope. Its usefulness was soon felt, not only in hospitals, but in private houses.

        Summoned at every hour of the day and night, the devotion of Camillus never grew cold. With a woman’s tenderness he attended to the needs of his patients. He wept with them, consoled them, and prayed with them. He knew miraculously the state of their souls; and St. Philip saw angels whispering to two Servants of the Sick who were consoling a dying person. One day a sick man said to the Saint, “Father, may I beg you to make up my bed? it is very hard.” Camillus replied, “God forgive you, brother! You beg me! Don’t you know yet that you are to command me, for I am your servant and slave.” “Would to God,” he would cry, “that in the hour of my death one sigh or one blessing of these poor creatures might fall upon me!”

        His prayer was heard. He was granted the same consolations in his last hour which he had so often procured for others. In the year 1614 he died with the full use of his faculties, after two weeks’ saintly preparation, as the priest was reciting the words of the ritual, “May Jesus Christ appear to thee with a mild and joyful countenance!”

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

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Thursday of the Fifteenth week in Ordinary Time

14 July 2016

Saints of the day

St. Kateri Tekakwitha,

Virgin (1656-1680)

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Saint Kateri Tekakwitha
(The first
native American saint)
Virgin
(1656-1680)

        This wonderful crown of new blesseds, God’s bountiful gift to his Church, is completed by the sweet, frail yet strong figure of a young woman who died when she was only twenty-four years old: Kateri Tekakwitha, the “Lily of the Mohawks”, the Iroquois maiden, who in seventeenth century North America was the first to renew the marvels of sanctity of St. Scholastica, Saint Gertrude, Saint Catherine of Siena, Saint Angela Merici and Saint Rose of Lima, preceding, along the path of Love, her great spiritual sister, Therese of Child Jesus.

        She spent her short life partly in what is now the State of New York and partly in Canada. She is a kind, gentle and hardworking person, spending her time working, praying, and meditating. At the age of twenty she receives Baptism. Even when following her tribe in the hunting seasons, she continues her devotions, before a rough cross carved by herself in the forest. When her family urges her to marry, she replies very serenely and calmly that she has Jesus as her only spouse. This decision, in view of the social conditions of women in the Indian Tribes at the time, exposes Kateri to the risk of living as outcast and in poverty. It is a bold, unusual and prophetic gesture: on 25 March, 1679, at the age of twenty-three, with the consent of her spiritual director, Kateri takes a vow of perpetual virginity – as far as we know the first time that this was done among the North American Indians.

        The last months of her life are an ever clearer manifestation of her solid faith, straight-forward humility, calm resignation and radiant joy, even in the midst of terrible sufferings. Her last words, simple and sublime, whispered at the moment of her death, sum up, like a noble hymn, a life of purest charity: “Jesus, I love you….”.

        The Church has declared to the world that Kateri Tekakwitha is saint, that she lived a life on earth of exemplary holiness and that she is now a member in heaven of the Communion of Saints who continually intercede with the merciful Father on our behalf.

        During the canonization ceremony on 21 October, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI said in his homily: “Kateri impresses us by the action of grace in her life in spite of the absence of external help and by the courage of her vocation, so unusual in her culture. In her, faith and culture enrich each other! May her example help us to live where we are, loving Jesus without denying who we are. Saint Kateri, Protectress of Canada and the first native American saint, we Entrust to you the renewal of the faith in the first nations and in all of North America! May God bless the first nations!”

– Copyright © Libreria Editrice Vaticana

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Thursday of the Fifteenth week in Ordinary Time

14 July 2016

Saints of the day

St. Francis Solano,

Priest (1549-1610)

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SAINT FRANCIS SOLANO
Priest
(1549-1610)

        The diocese of Cordova, in Spain, was the birthplace of this Saint, who won many thousands of souls to God. From his earliest years he was characterized by a modest behavior, prudent silence, and edifying meekness.

        His education was entrusted to the Jesuit Fathers, and later he entered the Order of St. Francis. Soon he excelled every one in the house in humility, obedience, fervor in prayer, and self-denial.

        In 1589 he sailed for South America to preach the Gospel to the Indians in Peru. While near shore the ship struck rocks, and there was danger of drowning.

        The captain hurried the officers and principal passengers into the only boat there was, and tried to induce the missionary to accompany them; but he refused to do so. Consoling the remaining passengers, he prayed fervently and alone kept up his hope in God’s mercy. At last rescuers arrived and all were taken off in safety.

        The missionary did not confine his ministry to Lima. He visited the forests and deserts inhabited by the Indians, and by degrees he won their trust and in this way baptized nine thousand Indians. He was then recalled to Lima, which at that time was like a godless Ninive. Francis preached to the hardened sinners, and the whole city became converted.

        Finally after a painful sickness his last words being, “God be praised!” his soul departed this earth on July 14, 1610. He was declared Blessed by Pope Clement X. in 1675, and canonized by Benedict XIII. in 1726. St. Francis’ feast is held July 24th.

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

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