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Saturday, May 13th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 14:7-14.


Saturday of the Fourth week of Easter

13 May 2017

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ 

“If you ask anything of me in my name,

I will do it.”

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 14:7-14.

Jesus said to his disciples:  “If you know me, then you will also know my Father.  From now on you do know him and have seen him.”  
Philip said to him, “Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.”
Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own. The Father who dwells in me is doing his works.
Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else, believe because of the works themselves.
Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father.
And whatever you ask in my name, I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it.

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Saturday of the Fourth week of Easter

13 May 2017

Commentary of the day

Saint Cyprian

(c.200-258),

Bishop of Carthage and martyr

The Lord’s Prayer, 2-3 (©The Fathers of the Church, 1958)

Ask while calling on the name of Jesus

He who, among other salutary admonitions and divine precepts by which he counsels his people to salvation, himself gave us a formula of prayer also advised and instructed us himself what to pray for. He who caused us to live taught us also to pray with the same generosity with which he deigned to give and bestow his other blessings, so that, in speaking to the Father with the prayer and supplication taught by the Son, we may more readily be heard. He had already foretold that the hour was coming when “those who worship him would worship the Father in spirit and truth” (Jn 4,24); and he has fulfilled what he promised, so that we, who by his sanctification have received the Spirit and truth, may also by means of his teaching worship in Spirit and truth..

For what prayer can be more spiritual than that which was given us by Christ, through whom the Holy Spirit was sent to us? What prayer to the Father can be more true than that which was sent forth from the lips of the Son, who is Truth?

So let us pray, most beloved brethren, as God the Teacher has taught. It is a loving, filial prayer when we beseech God with his own words, for this is to make Christ’s own prayer ascend to his ears. Let the Father acknowledge the words of his Son, when we offer him our prayer. Let he who dwells within our breast himself be also in our voice, and since we have him as the advocate for our sins before the Father, let us speak the words of our Advocate. For he says: “Whatever you ask the Father in my name, he will give you” (Jn 16,23).

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Saturday of the Fourth week of Easter

13 May 2017

Saints of the day

Our Lady of Fatima

OUR LADY of FATIMA

        From May 13 to October 13, 1917, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared six times to three children of Fatima, Portugal (Lucia Santos, Blessed Francisco and blessed Jacinta Marto).

        Our Lady asked that prayers and sufferings be offered in reparation for sin, for the conversion of sinners, and for world peace.

        She urged that the rosary be recited with devotion.

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Saturday of the Fourth week of Easter

13 May 2017

Saints of the day

Bl. Julian of Norwich

Julian of Norwich
Anchorite (ca 1342 – 1420)

It was popular the 14th century for a number of English men and women to withdraw from the world as hermits, they were known as anchorites. Their hermitage, was a small room attached to a local church. Each room had two windows. One through the church wall permitting the anchorite to receive communion. Through the second window, the anchorite received food brought to him or her by village people. Thus they at all times had the window of their heart open to Christ, and open to the world.

As a young woman, Julian, who was born about 1342, became an anchorite at the Church of St. Edmund and St. Julian in Norwich. When she was 30 Julian suffered from a severe illness. Whilst apparently on her deathbed, Julian had a series of intense visions of Jesus Christ, which ended by the time she recovered from her illness on 13 May 1373. Julian wrote about her visions immediately after they had happened (although the text may not have been finished for some years), entitled Revelations of Divine Love. It is believed to be the earliest surviving book written in the English language by a woman. Twenty to thirty years later, perhaps in the early 1390s, Julian began to write a theological exploration of the meaning of the visions, known as The Long Text. This work seems to have gone through many revisions before it was finished, perhaps in the first or even second decade of the fifteenth century. Until her death in about 1420, at the age of 78, Julian stayed in her simple room. Like most anchorites, she prayed, fasted, did penance, studied, sewed clothing for the poor, and advised the village people.

But, like several other anchorites at that time, Julian also wrote a book, Revelations of Divine Love. In it, she described her 16 visions of Jesus. As she wrote this book about God’s great compassion for us, Julian developed a special vocabulary. She called the Creator our mother and our father. She called Jesus the Redeemer our brother. Revelations is a celebrated work in Catholicism and Anglicanism because of the clarity and depth of Julian’s visions of God. Julian of Norwich is now recognised as one of England’s most important mystics.

Julian of Norwich lived in a time of turmoil, but her theology was optimistic and spoke of God’s love in terms of joy and compassion, as opposed to law and duty. For Julian, suffering was not a punishment that God inflicted, as was the common understanding. She believed that God loved everyone and wanted to save them all. Popular theology, magnified by catastrophic contemporary events such as the Black Death and a series of peasant revolts, asserted that God punished the wicked. Julian suggested a more merciful theology, she believed that behind the reality of hell is a greater mystery of God’s love. In modern times, she has been classified as a proto-universalist, although she did not claim more than hope that all might be saved.

At the time of Julian’s death, people from all over Europe traveled to her room, or cell, to ask her advice. Everyone recognized that she was close to God. The Church never formally declared her a saint, but through the ages, people have called her “Blessed.”

“If there is anywhere on earth a lover of God who is always kept safe, I know nothing of it, for it was not shown to me. But this was shown: that in falling and rising again we are always kept in that same precious love.”
― Julian of Norwich

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Saturday of the Fourth week of Easter

13 May 2017

Saints of the day

St. John the Silent,

Bishop

(454 – c. 558)

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SAINT JOHN THE SILENT
Bishop
(454 – c. 558)

        John was born of a noble family at Nicopolis, in Armenia, in the year 454; but he derived from the virtue of his parents a much more illustrious nobility than that of their pedigree. After their death, he built at Nicopolis a church in honor of the Blessed Virgin, as also a monastery, in which, with ten fervent companions, he shut himself up when only eighteen years of age, with a view of making the salvation and most perfect sanctification of his soul his only and earnest pursuit. Not only to shun the danger of sin by the tongue, but also out of sincere humility and contempt of himself, and the love of interior recollection and prayer, he very seldom spoke; and when obliged to, it was always in a very few words, and with great discretion.
        To his extreme affliction, when he was only twenty-eight years old, the Archbishop of Sebaste obliged him to quit his retreat, and ordained him Bishop of Colonian in Armenia, in 482. In this dignity John preserved always the same spirit, and, as much as was compatible with the, duties of his charge, continued his monastic austerities and exercises. Whilst he was watching one night in prayer, he saw before him a bright cross formed in the air, and heard a voice which said to him, “If thou desirest to be saved, follow this light.” It seemed to move before him, and at length point out to the monastery of St. Sabas. Being satisfied what the sacrifice was which God required at his hands, he found means to abdicate the episcopal charge, and retired to the neighboring monastery of St. Sabas, which at that time contained one hundred and fifty fervent monks. St. John was then thirty-eight years old.
        After living there unknown for some years, fetching water, carrying stones, and doing other menial work, St. Sabas, judging him worthy to be promoted to the priesthood, presented him to the Patriarch Elias. St. John took the patriarch aside, and, having obtained from him a promise of secrecy, said, “Father, I have been ordained bishop; but on account of the multitude of my sins have fled, and am come into this desert to wait the visit of the Lord.” The patriarch was startled, but God revealed to St. Sabas the state of the affair, whereupon, calling for John, he complained to him of his unkindness in concealing the matter from him. Finding himself discovered, John wished to quit the monastery, nor could St. Sabas prevail on him to stay, but on a promise never to divulge the. secret. In the year 503, St. John withdrew into a neigh, boring wilderness, but in 510 went back to the monastery, and confined himself for forty years to his cell.
        St. John, by his example and counsels, conducted many fervent souls to God, and continued to emulate, as much as this mortal state will allow, the glorious employment of the heavenly spirits in an uninterrupted exercise of love and praise, till he passed to their blessed company, soon after the year 558; having lived seventy-six years in the desert, which had only been interrupted by the nine years of his episcopal dignity.

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

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