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Tuesday, April 19th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 10:22-30.


Tuesday of the Fourth week of Easter

19 April 2016

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ

“The Father and I are one.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 10:22-30.

The feast of the Dedication was taking place in Jerusalem. It was winter.
And Jesus walked about in the temple area on the Portico of Solomon.
So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”
Jesus answered them, “I told you and you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify to me.
But you do not believe, because you are not among my sheep.
My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish. No one can take them out of my hand.
My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand.
The Father and I are one.”

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DAILY MASS – Tuesday 19 April 2016 

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Tuesday of the Fourth week of Easter

19 April 2016

Commentary of the day

Saint Hilary (c.315-367),

Bishop of Poitiers, Doctor of the Church
De Trinitate II, 8

“The Father and I are one.”

     The Father is who he is, and we must believe that. As for the Son, our mind gets discouraged in trying to reach him and with every word we hesitate to make it heard. For he is begotten of the One who is not begotten, the only-begotten of the one who is the One and Only, truth come forth from truth, the living born of the living, the perfect one who comes from the perfect one, power from power, wisdom from wisdom, glory from glory, “the image of the invisible God” (Col 1:15)…

How shall we understand the only Son’s being begotten by the One who is not begotten?… This begetting is not a break or a division…: “The Father is in me and I am in the Father.” (Jn 10:38) He is not adopted, for the Son is the true Son of God and says: “Whoever sees me sees the Father.” (Jn 14:9) He did not come into existence like other beings, obeying a command, for… he has life in himself, like the one who begot him has life in himself (Jn 5:26)… The one who comes from the perfect One is perfect, since the one who possesses everything gave him everything. The Father and the Son each possess the secret of that birth.

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Tuesday of the Fourth week of Easter

19 April 2016

Saint of the day

St. Elphege,

Archbishop and Martyr (954-1012)

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SAINT ELPHEGE
Archbishop, Martyr
(954-1012)

        St. Elphege was born in the year 954, of a noble Saxon family. He first became a monk in the monastery of Deerhurst, near Tewkesbury, England, and afterwards lived as a hermit near Bath, where he founded a community under the rule of St. Benedict, and became its first abbot.

At thirty years of age he was chosen Bishop of Winchester, and twenty-two years later he became Archbishop of Canterbury. In 1011, when the Danes landed in Kent and took the city of Canterbury, putting all to fire and sword, St. Elphege was captured and carried off in the expectation of a large ransom. He was unwilling that his ruined church and people should be put to such expense, and was kept in a loathsome prison at Greenwich for seven months.

        While so confined some friends came and urged him to lay a tax upon his tenants to raise the sum demanded for his ransom. “What reward can I hope for,” said he, “if I spend upon myself what belongs to the poor? Better give up to the poor what is ours, than take from them the little which is their own.” As he still refused to give ransom, the enraged Danes fell upon him in a fury, beat him with the blunt sides of their weapons, and bruised him with stones until one, whom the Saint had baptized shortly before, put an end to his sufferings by the blow of an axe.

        He died on Easter Saturday, April 19, 1012, his last words being a prayer for his murderers.

        His body was first buried in St. Paul’s, London, but was afterwards translated to Canterbury by King Canute. A church dedicated to St. Elphege still stands upon the place of his martyrdom at Greenwich.

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

 

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Even though I walk in the dark valley
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Monday, April 18th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 10:1-10.


Monday of the Fourth week of Easter

18 April 2016

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ

“The gatekeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice,

as he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. “

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 10:1-10.

Jesus said: “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever does not enter a sheepfold through the gate but climbs over elsewhere is a thief and a robber.
But whoever enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep.
The gatekeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice, as he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
When he has driven out all his own, he walks ahead of them, and the sheep follow him, because they recognize his voice.
But they will not follow a stranger; they will run away from him, because they do not recognize the voice of strangers.”
Although Jesus used this figure of speech, they did not realize what he was trying to tell them.
So Jesus said again, “Amen, amen, I say to you, I am the gate for the sheep.
All who came (before me) are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them.
I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture.
A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.”

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DAILY MASS – Monday 18 April 2016 

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Monday of the Fourth week of Easter

18 April 2016

Commentary of the day

Saint Clement of Alexandria (150- c.215),

theologian
The Instructor, 9,83 f.

“I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly”

      Sick, we truly stand in need of the Saviour; having wandered, of one to guide us;  thirsty, of the fountain of life; dead, we need life; sheep, we need a shepherd; we who are children need a tutor, while all of humanity stands in need of Jesus…

      You may learn, if you will, the crowning wisdom of the all-holy shepherd and tutor, who is all-mighty and the Word of the Father, when he presents himself using the image of the Shepherd of the sheep. He is also the tutor of little children. He says therefore through Ezekiel, in his discourse to our forefathers, setting before them a description of his solicitude: “The lame I will bind up, and those who are sick I will heal, and those that have wandered I will bring back; and I will feed them in the pastures on my holy mountain.” (Ez 34:16)…. Master, lead us to your own pastures of righteousness; you who are our tutor, feed us in the pastures on your holy mountain, the Church, which towers aloft above the clouds, which touches heaven. “And I will be their Shepherd and remain among them” he says, (Ez 34:12)… He wishes to save my flesh by enveloping it in the robe of immortality… “They shall call me,” he says, “and I will say, here I am.” (Is 58:9)…

      Such is our tutor, good and righteous. He says, ” I did not come to be served but to serve ” (Mt 20:28). That is why he is shown in the Gospel to be “wearied,” (Jn 4:5) because he toils for us, and promises “to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mt 20:28)  And he says that only the good shepherd acts in this way. Generous, therefore, is he who gives for us the greatest of all gifts, his own life; generous, and loving; when he might have been Lord, he wished to be our brother; and so good was he that he died for us.

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Monday of the Fourth week of Easter

18 April 2016

Saints of the day

St. Apollonius,

Martyr (+ c. 186)

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SAINT APOLLONIUS
Martyr
(+ c. 186)

        Marcus Aurelius had persecuted the Christians, but his son Commodus, who in 180 succeeded him, showed himself favorable to them out of regard to his Empress Marcia, who was an admirer of the Faith.

        During this calm the number of the faithful was exceedingly increased, and many persons of the first rank, among them Apollonius, a Roman senator, enlisted themselves under the banner of the cross. He was a person very well versed both in philosophy and the Holy Scripture.

In the midst of the peace which the Church enjoyed, he was publicly accused of Christianity by one of his own slaves. The slave was immediately condemned to have his legs broken, and to be put to death, in consequence of an edict of Marcus Aurelius, who, without repealing the former laws against convicted Christians, ordered by it that their accusers should be put to death.

        The slave being executed, the same judge sent an order to St. Apollonius to renounce his religion as he valued his life and fortune. The Saint courageously rejected such ignominious terms of safety, wherefore Perennis referred him to the judgment of the Roman senate, to give an account of his faith to that body.

        Persisting in his refusal to comply with the condition, the Saint was condemned by a decree of the Senate, and beheaded about the year 186.

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

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Monday of the Fourth week of Easter

18 April 2016

Saints of the day

Bl. Marie-Anne Blondin

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Bl. Marie-Anne Blondin
Religious (1809 – 1890)

Esther Blondin, in religion “Sister Marie Anne”, was born in Terrebonne (Quebec, Canada) on April 18, 1809, in a family of deeply Christian farmers. From her mother she inherited a piety centered on Divine Providence and the Eucharist and, from her father, a deep faith and a strong patience in suffering. Esther and her family were victims of illiteracy so common in French Canadian milieux of the nineteenth century. Still an illiterate at the age of 22, Esther worked as a domestic in the Convent of the Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame, that had been recently opened in her own village. A year later, she registered as a boarder in order to learn to read and write. She then became a novice in the Congregation but had to leave, due to ill health.

In 1833, Esther became a teacher in the parochial school of Vaudreuil. Little by little, she found out that one of the causes of this illiteracy was due to a certain Church ruling that forbade that girls be taught by men and that boys be taught by women. Unable to finance two schools, many parish priests chose to have none. In 1848, under an irresistible call of the Spirit, Esther presented to her Bishop, Ignace Bourget, a plan she long cherished: that of founding a religious congregation “for the education of poor country children, both girls and boys in the same schools”. A rather new project for the time! It even seemed quite rash and contrary to the established order. Since the State was in favor of such schools, Bishop Bourget authorized a modest attempt so as to avoid a greater evil.

The Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Anne was founded in Vaudreuil on September 8, 1850. Esther, now named “Mother Marie Anne”, became its first superior. The rapid growth of this young Community soon required larger quarters. During the Summer of 1853, Bishop Ignace Bourget transferred the Motherhouse to Saint Jacques de l’Achigan. The new chaplain, Father Louis Adolphe Marechal, interfered in an abusive way in the private life of the Community. During the Foundress’ absence, Father changed the pupils’ boarding fees. Should he be away for a while, he asked that the Sisters await his return to go to confession. After a year of this existing conflict between the chaplain and the Foundress, the latter being anxious to protect the rights of her Community, Bishop Bourget asked Mother Marie Anne, on August 18, 1854, “to resign”. He called for elections and warned Mother Marie Anne “not to accept the superiorship, even if her sisters wanted to reelect her”. Even though she could be reelected, according to the Rule of the Community, Mother Marie Anne obeyed her Bishop whom she considered God’s instrument. And she wrote: “As for me, my Lord, I bless Divine Providence a thousand times for the maternal care she shows me in making me walk the way of tribulations and crosses”.

Mother Marie Anne, having been named Directress at Saint Genevieve Convent, became the target of attacks from the Motherhouse authorities, influenced by the dictatorship of Father Marechal. Under the pretext of poor administration, Mother Marie Anne was recalled to the Motherhouse in 1858, with the Bishop’s warning: “take means so that she will not be a nuisance to anyone.” From this new destitution and until her death on January 2, 1890, Mother Marie Anne was kept away from administrative responsibilities. She was even kept away from the General Council deliberations when the 1872 and 1878 elections reelected her. Assigned to mostly hidden work in the laundry and ironing room, she led a life of total self-denial and thus ensured the growth of the Congregation. Behold the paradox of an influence which some wanted to nullify! In the Motherhouse basement laundry room in Lachine, where she spent her days, many generations of novices received from the Foundress a true example of obedience and humility, imbued with authentic relationships which ensure true fraternal charity. To a novice who asked her one day why she, the Foundress, was kept aside in such lowly work, she simply replied with kindness : “The deeper a tree sinks its roots into the soil, the greater are its chances of growing and producing fruit”.

The attitude of Mother Marie Anne, who was a victim of so many injustices, allows us to bring out the evangelical sense she gave to events in her life. Just as Jesus Christ, who passionately worked for the Glory of His Father, so too Mother Marie Anne sought only God’s Glory in all she did. “The greater Glory of God” was the aim she herself gave her Community. “To make God known to the young who have not the happiness of knowing Him” was for her a privileged way of working for the Glory of God. Deprived of her most legitimate rights, and robbed of all her personal letters with her bishop, she offered no resistance and she expected, from the infinite goodness of God, the solution to the matter. She was convinced that “He will know well, in his Wisdom, how to discern the false from the true and to reward each one according to his deeds”.

Prevented from being called “Mother” by those in authority, Mother Marie Anne did not jealously hold on to her title of Foundress; rather she chose annihilation, just like Jesus, “her crucified Love”, so that her Community might live. However, she did not renounce her mission of spiritual mother of her Community. She offered herself to God in order “to expiate all the sins which were committed in the Community”; and she daily prayed Saint Anne “to bestow on her spiritual daughters the virtues so necessary for Christian educators”.

Like any prophet invested with a mission of salvation, Mother Marie Anne lived persecution by forgiving without restriction, convinced that “there is more happiness in forgiving than in revenge”. This evangelical forgiveness, guarantee of “the peace of soul which she held most precious”, was ultimately proven on her death bed when she asked her superior to call for Father Marechal “for the edification of the Sisters”.

As she felt the end approaching, Mother Marie Anne left to her daughters her spiritual testament in these words which are a resume of her whole life : “May Holy Eucharist and perfect abandonment to God’s Will be your heaven on earth”. She then peacefully passed away at the Motherhouse of Lachine, on January 2, 1890, “happy to go to the Good God” she had served all her life.

The Vatican, VA

 

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Monday of the Fourth week of Easter

18 April 2016

Saints of the day

Bl. Savina Petrilli

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Bl. Savina Petrilli
Religious (1851 – 1923)

At the age of ten, Savina Petrilli, of Siena, Italy, read a biography of Saint Catherine of Siena that instilled in her a lasting devotion to this saint. Savina thereafter aspired to imitate Catherine’s devotion to the Eucharist, the Passion of Christ, and the Church. Following her First Holy Communion at the age of twelve, Savina became a frequent communicant. As a teenager, she was a very active member of a Marian sodality, the Children of Mary. At the age of eighteen, she had the opportunity to meet (Blessed) Pope Pius IX, who, upon learning that she was a native of Siena, commented that she should walk in Saint Catherine’s footsteps. Savina saw in this remark a sign from heaven that inspired her to found a new religious congregation. She confided her plan to her dying sister Emilia, who in turn promised to assist in its accomplishment by her prayers in heaven. Savina’s congregation received papal approbation in 1877 with the title, the Sisters of the Poor, devoted to the care of the needy. Mother Savina died of cancer on April 18, 1923.

 

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Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side
with your rod and your staff
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Psalms 23(22):1-3a.3b-4.5.6. 

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Sunday, April 17th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 10:27-30.


Fourth Sunday of Easter – Year C

17 April 2016

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ

“My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 10:27-30.

Jesus said: «My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish. No one can take them out of my hand.
My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand.
The Father and I are one.”

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SUNDAY MASS – Catholic Mass – April 17, 2016

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Fourth Sunday of Easter – Year C

17 April 2016

Commentary of the day

Saint Gregory the Great (c.540-604),

Pope, Doctor of the Church
Homily 14 on the Gospel, PL 76, 1129-1130

“I give them eternal life”

      “I am the good shepherd. I know my own – by which I mean, I love them – and my own know me”. In plain words: those who love me are willing to follow me, for anyone who does not love the truth has not yet come to know it. My dear brethren, you have heard the test we pastors have to undergo. Turn now to consider how these words of our Lord imply a test for yourselves also. Ask yourselves whether you belong to his flock, whether you know him, whether the light of his truth shines in your minds. I assure you that it is not by faith that you will come to know him, but by love; not by mere conviction, but by action. John the evangelist is my authority for this statement. He tells us that “anyone who claims to know God without keeping his commandments is a liar” (1Jn 2:4). Consequently, the Lord immediately adds: As the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for my sheep. Clearly he means that laying down his life for his sheep gives evidence of his knowledge of the Father and the Father’s knowledge of him. In other words, by the love with which he dies for his sheep he shows how greatly he loves his Father.

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Fourth Sunday of Easter – Year C

17 April 2016

Saint of the day

St. Anicetus,

Pope and Martyr (+ 173)

 

SAINT ANICETUS
Pope, Martyr
(+ 173)

 

St. Anicetus succeeded St. Pius, and sat about eight years, from 165 to 173. If he did not shed his blood for the Faith, he at least purchased the title of martyr by great sufferings and dangers. He received a visit from St. Polycarp, and tolerated the custom of the Asiatics in celebrating Easter on the 14th day of the first moon after the vernal equinox, with the Jews. His vigilance protected his flock from the wiles of the heretics Valentine and Marcion, who sought to corrupt the faith in the capital of the world.

The first thirty-six bishops at Rome, down to Liberius, and, this one excepted, all the popes to Symmachus, the fifty-second, in 498, are honored among the Saints; and out of two hundred and forty-eight popes, from St. Peter to Clement XIII. seventy-eight are named in the Roman Martyrology. In the primitive ages, the spirit of fervor and perfect sanctity, which is nowadays so rarely to be found, was conspicuous in most of the faithful, and especially in their pastors. The whole tenor of their lives breathed it in such a manner as to render them the miracles of the world, angels on earth, living copies of their divine Redeemer, the odor of whose virtues and holy law and religion they spread on every side.

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

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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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Saturday, April 16th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 6:60-69.


Saturday of the Third week of Easter

16 April 2016

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ 

“Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. “

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 6:60-69.

Many of the disciples of Jesus who were listening said, “This saying is hard; who can accept it?”
Since Jesus knew that his disciples were murmuring about this, he said to them, “Does this shock you?
What if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before?
It is the spirit that gives life, while the flesh is of no avail. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life.
But there are some of you who do not believe.” Jesus knew from the beginning the ones who would not believe and the one who would betray him.
And he said, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by my Father.”
As a result of this, many (of) his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him.
Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?”
Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.
We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.”

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DAILY MASS – Saturday 16 April 2016   

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Saturday of the Third week of Easter

16 April 2016

Commentary of the day

Saint Bernard (1091-1153),

Cistercian monk and doctor of the Church
Diverse Sermons, no. 5, on “Habbakuk”

“Do you want to leave me too?”

In the Gospel we read that when the Lord began to preach and, in the mystery of his body given as food, to instruct his disciples about the need to participate in his suffering, some said: “This word is harsh”, and they stopped going with him. But when Jesus asked his disciples if they also wanted to leave him, they answered: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”

  In the same way I tell you, brothers, even in our day, for some the words of Jesus are “spirit and life” and they follow him. But for others, they seem harsh, so much so that they look elsewhere for some poor consolation. For “Wisdom raises her voice in the open squares” (Prov 1:20) and, to be more precise, on “the road that is wide and clear and leads to damnation” (cf. Mt 7:13), in order to call those who have gone that way. A Psalm says: “Forty years I stayed close to that generation, and I said: They are a people of erring heart.” (cf. Ps 95:10) “One thing God said” (Ps 62:12): one thing, yes, because his Word is one, uninterrupted and perpetual. He invites sinners to enter into their heart, because that is where he lives and where he speaks… “Oh, that today you would hear his voice: ‘Harden not your hearts…’” (Ps 95:7-8) And in the Gospel we read almost the same words: “My sheep hear my voice.” (Jn 10:27) “You are his people, the sheep of his pasture, if today you hear his voice.” (cf. Ps 95:8)

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Saturday of the Third week of Easter

16 April 2016

Saint of the day

St. Engratia,

Virgin and Martyr and Eighteen Martyrs of Saragossa (+ 304)

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EIGHTEEN MARTYRS OF SARAGOSSA
and ST. ENCRATIS, or ENGRATIA
Virgin, Martyr
(+ 304)

        St. Optatus and seventeen other holy men received the crown of martyrdom on the same day, at Saragossa, under the cruel Governor Dacian, in the persecution of Diocletian, in 304. Two others, Caius and Crementius, died of their torments after a second conflict.

       The Church also celebrates on this day the triumph of St. Encratis, or Engratia, Virgin. She was a native of Portugal. Her father had promised her in marriage to a man of quality in Roussillon; but fearing the dangers and despising the vanities of the world, and resolving to preserve her virginity, in order to appear more agreeable to her heavenly Spouse and serve Him without hindrance, she stole from her father’s house and fled privately to Saragossa, where the persecution was hottest, under the eyes of Dacian. She even reproached him with his barbarities, upon which he ordered her to be long tormented in the most inhuman manner: her sides were torn with iron hooks, and one of her breasts was cut off, so that the inner parts of her chest were exposed to view, and part of her liver was pulled out. In this condition she was sent back to prison, being still alive, and died by the mortifying of her wounds, in 304.

        The relics of all these martyrs were found at Saragossa in 1389.

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

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Mark 16:15-20

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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. 

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Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful

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Friday, April 15th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 6:52-59.


Friday of the Third week of Easter

15 April 2016

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ

“This is the bread that came down from heaven.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 6:52-59.

The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his Flesh to eat?”
Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day.
For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.
Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me.
This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever.”
These things he said while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.

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Friday of the Third week of Easter

15 April 2016

Commentary of the day

Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross [Edith Stein] (1891-1942), Carmelite, martyr, co-patron of Europe
The Prayer of the Church

“The man who feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him.”

     Christ is the way that leads to interior life and to the choirs of the blessed who sing the eternal Sanctus. Christ’s blood is the curtain in the Temple through which we penetrate into the Holy of Holies of divine life (Heb 9:11f.; 10:20). In baptism and the sacrament of penance, he purifies us of sin, he opens our eyes to the eternal light, he opens our ears to perceive the divine Word, he opens our lips so that we begin to sing the song of praise, so that we pray the prayer of reconciliation, of petition, of thanksgiving; and all those prayers are nothing but various forms of the one adoration…

  But it is above all the sacrament in which Christ is personally present, which makes us members of his body. By participating in the sacrifice and in the sacred meal, by being nourished with the flesh and blood of Jesus, we ourselves become his flesh and his blood. And only when we are members of his body, and to the extent to which we are that in truth, his Spirit can give us life and reign in us… We become members of the body of Christ “not only through love…, but also really and truly by being one with his flesh. That is realized through the food he gave us in order to prove to us his desire for us. That is why he lowered himself even to the point of coming to us, and that he formed his own body in us, so that we might be one, as the body is united with the head.” (St. John Chrysostom) As members of his body, animated by his Spirit, we offer ourselves in sacrifice “through him, with him and in him,” and we unite our voices to the eternal thanksgiving.

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Friday of the Third week of Easter

15 April 2016

Saint of the day

St. Paternus,

Bishop (5th century)

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SAINT PATERNUS
Bishop
(c. 482 – c. 550)

        St. Paternus was born at Poitiers, about the year 482. His father, Patranus, with the consent of his wife, went into Ireland, where he ended his days in holy solitude. Paternus, fired by his example, embraced a monastic life in the abbey of Marnes. After some time, burning with a desire of attaining to the perfection of Christian virtue, he passed over to Wales, and in Cardiganshire founded a monastery called Llan-patern-vaur, or the church of the great Paternus.

        He made a visit to his father in Ireland, but being called back to his monastery of Marnes, he soon after retired with St. Scubilion, a monk of that house, and embraced an austere anchoretical life in the forests of Scicy, in the diocese of Coutances, near the sea, having first obtained leave of the bishop and of the lord of the place. This desert, which was then of great extent, but which has been since gradually gained upon by the sea, was anciently in great request among the Druids. St. Paternus converted to the faith the idolaters of that and many neighboring parts, as far as Bayeux, and prevailed upon them to demolish a pagan temple in this desert, which was held in great veneration by the ancient Gauls.

        In his old age he was consecrated Bishop of Avranches by Germanus, Bishop of Rouen. Some false brethren having created a division of opinion among the bishops of the province with respect to St. Paternus, he preferred retiring rather than to afford any ground for dissension, and, after governing his diocese for thirteen years, he withdrew to a solitude in France, and there ended his days about the year 550.

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

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Thursday, April 14th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 6:44-51.


Thursday of the Third week of Easter

14 April 2016

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ

“I am the bread of life.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 6:44-51.

Jesus said to the crowds: “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw him, and I will raise him on the last day.
It is written in the prophets: ‘They shall all be taught by God.’ Everyone who listens to my Father and learns from him comes to me.
Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God; he has seen the Father.
Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life.
I am the bread of life.
Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died;
this is the bread that comes down from heaven so that one may eat it and not die.
I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”

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DAILY MASS – Thursday 14 April 2016 

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Thursday of the Third week of Easter

14 April 2016

Commentary of the day

Saint Teresa of Avila (1515-1582),

Carmelite, Doctor of the Church
The Book of her Life, Chapter 12

“They shall all be taught by God”

“When the Lord suspends the intellect and causes it to stop, He Himself gives it that which holds its attention and makes it marvel; and without reflection it understands more in the space of a Creed than we can understand with all our earthly diligence in many years. Trying to keep the soul’s faculties busy and thinking you can make them be quiet is foolish…

Many years passed by in which I read a lot of things and didn’t understand anything of what I read. For a long time, even though God favored me, I didn’t know what words to use to explain His favors; and this was no small trial. In a way amazing to me, His Majesty when He desires teaches me everything in a moment.

One thing I can truthfully say: although I spoke with many spiritual persons who wanted to explain what the Lord was giving me so that I would be able to speak about it, my dullness was truly so great that their explanations benefited me neither little nor much. Or maybe, since His Majesty has always been my Master, it was the Lord’s desire that I have no one else to thank. May He be blessed forever because it is very disconcerting for me to speak in all truth about His favors. Without my desiring or asking … , God gave me in a moment completely clear understanding so that I knew how to explain His favor in a way that amazed me more than it did my confessors; for I understood better than they my own dullness…

Once again I counsel that it is very important for the spirit not to ascend unless the Lord raise it up. What this statement means is quite apparent.

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Thursday of the Third week of Easter

14 April 2016

Saints of the day

St. Peter Gonzales,

Dominican Priest (1190-1246)

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Saint Peter Gonzalez
Dominican Priest
(1190-1246)

        Peter Gonzales, also known as St. Elmo or St. Telmo, was born to a Castilian family of nobility. He was educated by his uncle, the Bishop of Astorga, named canon of the local cathedral, famous for his penances and mortifications, joined the Dominican Order, preached and made chaplain of the court of King St. Ferdinand III.

        He converted and influenced the soldiers of his country, evangelized, and died on Easter Sunday. Peter evangelized throughout his country and all along the coast.

        He had a special fondness for sailors. He used to visit them aboard their ships, preaching the Gospel and praying for their needs.

From Catholic Online

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Thursday of the Third week of Easter

14 April 2016

Saints of the day

St. Benezet (1165-1184)

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SAINT BENEZET, or Little Bennet
(1165-1184)

        St. Benezet kept his mother’s sheep in the country, and as a mere child was devoted to practices of piety. As many persons were drowned in crossing the Rhone, Benezet was inspired by God to build a bridge over that rapid river at Avignon. He obtained the approbation of the bishop, proved his mission by miracles, and began the work in 1177, which he directed during seven years.

        He died when the difficulty of the undertaking was over, in 1184.

This is attested by public monuments drawn up at that time and still preserved at Avignon, where the story is in everybody’s month. His body was buried upon the bridge itself, which was not completely finished till four years after his decease, the structure whereof was attended with miracles from the first laying of the foundations till it was completed in 1188.

        Other miracles wrought after this at his tomb induced the city to build a chapel upon the  bridge, in which his body lay nearly five hundred years. But in 1669 a greater part of the bridge falling down through the impetuosity of the waters, the coffin was taken up, and being opened in 1670 in presence of the grand vicar, during the vacancy of the archiepiscopal see, the body was found entire, without the least sign of corruption; even the bowels were perfectly sound, and the color of the eyes lively and sprightly, though, through the dampness of the situation, the iron bars about the coffin were much damaged with rust.

        The body was found in the same condition by the Archbishop of Avignon in 1674, when, accompanied by the Bishop of Orange and a great concourse of nobility, he performed the translation of it, with great pomp, into the Church of the Celestines, this Order having obtained of Louis XIV. the honor of being intrusted with the custody of his relics till such time as the bridge and chapel should be rebuilt.

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

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Wednesday, April 13th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 6:35-40.


Wednesday of the Third week of Easter

13 April 2016

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ

“I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger,

and whoever believes in me will never thirst.

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 6:35-40.

Jesus said to the crowds, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.
But I told you that although you have seen (me), you do not believe.
Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and I will not reject anyone who comes to me,
because I came down from heaven not to do my own will but the will of the one who sent me.
And this is the will of the one who sent me, that I should not lose anything of what he gave me, but that I should raise it on the last day.
For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him on the last day.”

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DAILY MASS – Wednesday 13 April 2016 

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Wednesday of the Third week of Easter

13 April 2016

Commentary of the day

Saint Francis of Assisi (1182-1226),

Founder of the Friars Minor
Letter to the whole Order (copyright Classics of Western Spirituality)

“I came down from heaven not to do my own will but the will of the one who sent me”

Almighty, eternal, just and merciful God,

grant us in our misery [the grace]

to do for You alone

what we know You want us to do,

and always

to desire what pleases You.

Thus, inwardly cleansed,

interiorly enlightened,

and inflamed by the fire of the Holy Spirit,

may we be able to follow

in the footprints of Your beloved Son,

our Lord Jesus Christ.

And, by Your grace alone,

may we make our way to You,

Most High,

Who live and rule

in perfect Trinity and simple Unity,

and are glorified

God all-powerful

forever and ever.

Amen.

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Wednesday of the Third week of Easter

13 April 2016

Saints of the day

St. Hermenegild,

Martyr († 586)

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SAINT HERMENEGILD
Martyr
(† 586)

        Leovigild, King of the Visigoths, had two sons, Hermenegild and Recared, who reigned conjointly with him. All three were Arians, but Hermenegild married a. zealous Catholic, the daughter of Sigebert, King of France, and by her holy example was converted to the faith.

        His father, on hearing the news, denounced him as a traitor, and marched to seize his person. Hermenegild tried to rally the Catholics of Spain in his defence, but they were too weak to make any stand, and, after a two years fruitless struggle, he surrendered on the assurance of a free pardon. When safely in the royal camp, the king had him loaded with fetters and cast into a foul dungeon at Seville.

        Tortures and bribes were in turn employed to shake his faith, but Hermenegild wrote to his father that he held the crown as nothing, and preferred to lose sceptre and life rather than betray the truth of God.

        At length, on Easter night, an Arian bishop entered his cell, and promised him his father’s pardon if he would but receive Communion at his hands. Hermenegild indignantly rejected the offer, and knelt with joy for his depth-stroke. The same night a light streaming from his cell told the Christians who were watching near that the martyr had won his crown, and was keeping his Easter with the Saints in glory.

Leovigild on his death-bed, though still an Arian, bade Recared seek out St. Leander, whom he had himself cruelly persecuted, and, following Hermenegild’s example, be received by him into the Church. Recared did so, and on his father’s death labored so earnestly for the extirpation of Arianism that he brought over the whole nation of the Visigoths to the Church. “Nor is it to be wondered,” says St. Gregory, “that he came thus to be a preacher of the true faith, seeing that he was brother of a martyr, whose merits did help him to bring so many into the lap of God’s Church.”

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

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Wednesday of the Third week of Easter

13 April 2016

Saints of the day

St. Martin I,

Pope and Martyr († 656)

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SAINT MARTIN
Pope and Martyr
(† 656)

        St. Martin, who occupied the Roman See from A. D. 649 to 656, incurred the enmity of the Byzantine court by his energetic opposition to the Monothelite heresy, and the Exarch Olympius went so far as to endeavor to procure the assassination of the Pope as he stood at the altar in the Church of St. Mary Major; but the would-be murderer was miraculously struck blind, and his master refused to have any further hand in the matter.

        His successor had no such scruples: he seized Martin, and conveyed him on board a vessel bound for Constantinople. After a three months’ voyage the island of Naxos was reached, where the Pope was kept in confinement for a year, and finally in 654 brought in chains to the imperial city.

        He was then banished to the Tannic Chersonese, where he lingered on for four months, in sickness and starvation, till God released him by death in 656.

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

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Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side
with your rod and your staff
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Psalms 23(22):1-3a.3b-4.5.6. 

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Tuesday, April 12th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 6:30-35.


Tuesday of the Third week of Easter

12 April 2016

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ

“I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger,

and whoever believes in me will never thirst.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 6:30-35.

The crowd said to Jesus: “What sign can you do, that we may see and believe in you? What can you do?
Our ancestors ate manna in the desert, as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'”
So Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven; my Father gives you the true bread from heaven.
For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
So they said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.”
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.”

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Tuesday of the Third week of Easter

12 April 2016

Saint of the day

St. Julius I,

Pope (+ 352)

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SAINT JULIUS
Pope
(+ 352)

        St. Julius was a Roman, and chosen Pope on the 6th of February in 337.

        The Arian bishops in the East sent to him three deputies to accuse St. Athanasius, the zealous Patriarch of Alexandria. These accusations, as the order of justice required, Julius imparted to Athanasius, who thereupon sent his deputies to Rome; when, upon an impartial hearing, the advocates of the heretics were confounded and silenced upon every article of their accusation.

    The Arians then demanded a council, and the Pope assembled one in Rome in 341. The Arians instead of appearing held a pretended council at Antioch in 341, in which they presumed to appoint one Gregory, an impious Arian, Bishop of Alexandria, detained the Pope’s legates beyond the time mentioned for their appearance; and then wrote to his Holiness, alleging a pretended impossibility of their appearing, on account of the Persian war and other impediments. The Pope easily saw through these pretences, and in a council at Rome examined the cause of St. Athanasius, declared him innocent of the things laid to his charge by the Arians, and confirmed him in his see.

He also acquitted Marcellus of Ancyra, upon his orthodox profession of faith.

     He drew up and sent by Count Gabian to the Oriental Eusebian bishops, who had first demanded a council and then refused to appear in it, an excellent letter, which is looked upon as one of the finest monuments of ecclesiastical antiquity.

        Finding the Eusebians still obstinate, he moved Constans, Emperor of the West, to demand the concurrence of his brother Constantius in the assembling of a general council at Sardica in Illyricum.  This was opened in May 347, and declared St. Athanasius and Marcellus of Ancyra orthodox and innocent, deposed certain Arian bishops, and framed twenty-one canons of discipline.

        St. Julius reigned fifteen years, two months, and six days, dying on the 12th of April, 352.

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

 

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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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Monday, April 11th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 6:22-29.


Monday of the Third week of Easter

11 April 2016

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ 

“Amen, amen, I say to you, you are looking for me not because you

saw signs but because you ate the loaves and were filled.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 6:22-29.


[After Jesus had fed the five thousand men, his disciples saw him walking on the sea.] The next day, the crowd that remained across the sea saw that there had been only one boat there, and that Jesus had not gone along with his disciples in the boat, but only his disciples had left.
Other boats came from Tiberias near the place where they had eaten the bread when the Lord gave thanks.
When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into boats and came to Capernaum looking for Jesus.
And when they found him across the sea they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?”
Jesus answered them and said, “Amen, amen, I say to you, you are looking for me not because you saw signs but because you ate the loaves and were filled.
Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him the Father, God, has set his seal.”
So they said to him, “What can we do to accomplish the works of God?”
Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent.”

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Monday of the Third week of Easter

11 April 2016

Commentary of the day

Saint Ignatius of Antioch (?-c.110),

Bishop and martyr
Letter to the Philadelphians

“This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent.”

You, who are children of the true light, flee from quarrelling and false teachings. Like sheep, follow your shepherd wherever you go. For it often happens that wolves, seemingly worthy of credence, lead astray those who are running God’s race. But if you stay united they will find no place amongst you.

So take care to participate only in the one eucharist. Indeed, there is only one flesh of our Lord, one cup uniting us in his blood, one altar, just as there is only one bishop in the midst of his priests and deacons. In this way, all that you do will be done according to God… My refuge is the Gospel, which so far as I’m concerned is Jesus himself in the flesh, and the apostles who incarnate the Church’s priesthood. Let us also love the prophets since they, too, have preached the Gospel: they hoped in the Christ and waited for him; believing in him, they were saved and, remaining as saints worthy of love and admiration in the unity of Jesus Christ, they were accounted worthy to receive the testimony of Jesus Christ and to have a share in the Gospel, our common hope…

God does not dwell where division and anger reign. But the Lord forgives all those who repent if repentance brings them back to unity with God and communion with the bishop. I believe in the grace of Jesus Christ, who will set us free from every chain. I beseech you never to act in a quarrelsome spirit but according to Christ’s teaching. I have heard of those who said: “Whatever I don’t find in the ancient books. I won’t believe in the Gospel”… Where I’m concerned, the ancient books are Christ; the inviolable archives are his cross, his death and resurrection and the faith coming from him. See, then,from where I expect my whole justification, with the help of your prayers.

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Monday of the Third week of Easter

11 April 2016

Saints of the day

St. Gemma Galgani

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St. Gemma Galgani
(1878-1903)

Gemma Galgani was born on March 12, 1878, in a small Italian town near Lucca. At a very young age, Gemma developed a love for prayer. She made her First Communion on June 17, 1887. As a pupil at the school run by the Sisters of St. Zita, Gemma was loved by her teachers and her fellow pupils. Although quiet and reserved, she always had a smile for everyone. Although a good student, she had to quit school due to chronic ill health before completing the course of study.

 

Throughout her life, Gemma was to be favored with many mystical experiences and special graces. These were often misunderstood by others, causing ridicule. Gemma suffered these heartaches in reparation, remembering that Our Lord Himself had been misunderstood and ridiculed.

 

Gemma had an immense love for the poor, and helped them in any way she could. After her father’s death, the nineteen year old Gemma became the mother of her seven brothers and sisters. When some were old enough to share this responsibility, she lived briefly with a married aunt. At this time, two young men proposed marriage to her. Gemma however, wanted silence and retirement, and more that ever, she desired to pray and speak only to God.

 

Gemma returned home and almost immediately became very ill with meningitis. Throughout this illness, her one regret was the trouble she caused her relatives who took care of her. Feeling herself tempted by the devil, Gemma prayed for help to the Venerable Passionist, Gabriel Possenti. (Gabriel was later canonized) Through his intercession, Gemma was miraculously cured.

 

Gemma wished to become a nun, but her poor health prevented her from being accepted. She offered this disappointment to God as a sacrifice.

 

Gemma predicted that the Passionists would establish a monastery at Lucca; this came to pass two years after her death. Today, Gemma’s mortal remains are still treasured at the Passionist monastery in Lucca.

 

On June 8, 1899, Gemma had an interior warning that some unusual grace was to be granted to her. She had pain in her hands, feet and heart and blood was coming from the places where she had pain. These were the marks of the stigmata. Each Thursday evening, Gemma would fall into rapture and the marks would appear. The stigmata remained until Friday afternoon or Saturday morning when the bleeding would stop, the wounds would close, and only white marks would remain in place of the deep gashes. Gemma’s stigmata would continue to appear until the last three years of her life, when her confessor forbade her to accept them. Through her prayers, this phenomenon ceased, but the whitish marks remained on her skin until her death.

 

Through the help of her confessor, Gemma went to live with a family named Giannini, where she was allowed more freedom than at home for her spiritual life. She had many ecstacies and her words spoken during these raptures, were recorded by her confessor and a relative of her adoptive family. At the end of her ecstacies, she returned to normal and went quietly and serenely about the family life. Gemma often saw her guardian angel, with whom she was on familiar terms. She often sent her guardian angel on errands, usually to deliver a letter or oral message to her confessor in Rome.

 

During the apostolic investigations into her life, all witnesses testified that there was no artfulness in Gemma’s manner. Most of her severe penances and sacrifices were hidden from most who knew her.

 

In January of 1903, Gemma was diagnosed as having tuberculosis. She died quietly in the company of the parish priest, on April 11 at age twenty-five. He said, “She died with a smile which remained upon her lips, so that I could not convince myself that she was really dead.” She was beatified in 1933 and canonized on May 2, 1940, only thirty-seven years after her death.

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Monday of the Third week of Easter

11 April 2016

Saints of the day

St. Stanislas,

Bishop and Martyr (1030-1079)

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SAINT STANISLAS
Bishop and Martyr
(1030-1079)

        Stanislas was born in answer to prayer when his parents were advanced in age. Out of gratitude they educated him for the Church, he was ordained and became a holy priest in time he was elected Bishop of Cracow.

        Boleslas II. was then King of Poland-a prince of good disposition, but spoilt by a long course of victory and success. After many acts of lust and cruelty, he outraged the whole kingdom by carrying off the wife of one of his nobles. Against this public scandal the chaste and gentle bishop alone raised his voice. Having commended the matter to God, he went down to the palace and openly rebuked the king for his crime against God and his subjects, and threatened to excommunicate him if he persisted in his sin.

        To slander the Saint’s character, Boleslas suborned the nephews of one Paul, lately dead, to swear that their uncle had never been paid for land bought by the bishop for the Church. The Saint stood fearlessly before the king’s tribunal, though all his witnesses forsook him, and guaranteed to bring the dead man to witness for him within three days. On the third day, after many prayers and tears, he raised Paul to life, and led him in his grave-clothes before the king. Boleslas made a show for a while of a better life. Soon, however, he relapsed into the most scandalous excesses, and the bishop, finding all remonstrance useless, pronounced the sentence of excommunication.

        In defiance of the censure, on April 11, 1079, the king went down to a chapel where the bishop himself was saying Mass, and sent in three companies of soldiers to dispatch him at the altar. Each in turn came out, saying they had been scared by a light from heaven. Then the king rushed in and slew the Saint at the altar with his own hand.

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

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Sunday, April 10th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 21:1-19.


Third Sunday of Easter – Year C

10 April 2016

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ

“Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 21:1-19.

Jesus revealed himself again to his disciples at the Sea of Tiberias. He revealed himself in this way.
Together were Simon Peter, Thomas called Didymus, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, Zebedee’s sons, and two others of his disciples.
Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We also will come with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
When it was already dawn, Jesus was standing on the shore; but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.
Jesus said to them, “Children, have you caught anything to eat?” They answered him, “No.”
So he said to them, “Cast the net over the right side of the boat and you will find something.” So they cast it, and were not able to pull it in because of the number of fish.
So the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord.” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he tucked in his garment, for he was lightly clad, and jumped into the sea.
The other disciples came in the boat, for they were not far from shore, only about a hundred yards, dragging the net with the fish.
When they climbed out on shore, they saw a charcoal fire with fish on it and bread.
Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you just caught.”
So Simon Peter went over and dragged the net ashore full of one hundred fifty-three large fish. Even though there were so many, the net was not torn.
Jesus said to them, “Come, have breakfast.” And none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they realized it was the Lord.
Jesus came over and took the bread and gave it to them, and in like manner the fish.
This was now the third time Jesus was revealed to his disciples after being raised from the dead.
When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.”
He then said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.”
He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was distressed that he had said to him a third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” (Jesus) said to him, “Feed my sheep.
Amen, amen, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to dress yourself and go where you wanted; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.”
He said this signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God. And when he had said this, he said to him, “Follow me.”

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SUNDAY MASS – Catholic Mass – April 10, 2016 

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Third Sunday of Easter – Year C

10 April 2016

Commentary of the day

Saint John-Paul II,

Pope from 1978 to 2005
Homily at Paris 30/05/80

“Do you love me? ”

       “Do you love?… Do you love me?…” From now on, to his life’s end, Peter would have to go on his way accompanied by this threefold question: “Do you love me?” And he assessed all his actions according to the answer he then gave. When he was brought before the Sanhedrin; when he was put in prison in Jerusalem – that prison from which he was not meant to come out but from which he came out nonetheless; at Antioch and then, even further away, from Antioch to Rome. And when at Rome he had persevered to the end of his days, then he knew the force of those words indicating that Another would lead him where he did not wish to go. He knew, too, that thanks to the power of those words, the Church “was devoted to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life, to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers” and that “every day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved” (Acts 2,42.47)…

Peter can never distance himself from this question: “Do you love me?” He carries it with him wherever he goes. He carries it across the centuries, through all generations; among new peoples and nations; among ever new languages and races. He carries it alone and yet he is no longer alone. Others carry it with him… There were then, and there are now, numbers of men and women who knew and who know also today that their whole lives have value and meaning only and exclusively to the extent that they are an answer to the same question: “Do you love? Do you love me?”  They gave, and still give, their answer in a whole and perfect way – a heroic answer – or else in a commonplace and ordinary way. But in either case they know that their life, and that human life in general, has value and meaning to the extent that it is an answer to this question: “Do you love?” It is solely thanks to this question that life is worth living.

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Third Sunday of Easter – Year C

10 April 2016

Saint of the day

St. Magdalena of Canossa,

Virgin and Foundress (1774-1835)

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Saint Magdalena of Canossa
Virgin, foundress of the Canossian Family of Daughters and Sons of Charity
(1774-1835) 

        Magdalena of Canossa, was a woman who believed in the love of the Lord Jesus and, sent by the Holy Spirit among those most in need, she served them with a Mother’s heart and an Apostle’s zeal.

        Born in Verona on 1st March 1774, of a noble and wealthy family, she was the third of six children.

        By way of painful events such as her father’s death, her mother’s second marriage, illness, misunderstanding, the Lord guided her towards unforeseen paths on which Magdalene tentatively set out.

A CALL

        Drawn by the love of God, at the age of seventeen she planned to consecrate her life to God and twice tried her vocation at a Carmel.

        However, the Holy Spirit urged her to follow a new path: to allow herself to be loved by Jesus Crucified, to belong to Him alone, in order to dedicate herself exclusively to those in greatest need.
        She returned to her family and, being compelled by sad events and the tragic political circumstances at the end of the 18th century, she nurtured her true vocation in the depth of her heart and went on with life at Canossa Palace, shouldering the burden of running her family’s large estate.

A GIFT

        With complete dedication Magdalene carried out her daily tasks and widened her circle of friends while at the same time remaining open to the mysterious action of the Holy Spirit who gradually moulded her heart and enabled her to share in the love of the Father for mankind revealed by Jesus’ complete and supreme offering of Himself on the Cross, and by the example of Mary, the Sorrowful Virgin Mother.

        Moved by that love, Magdalene responded to the cry of the poor, hungry for food, instruction, understanding and the Word of God. She discovered them in the suburbs of Verona, where the echoes of the French Revolution, the occupation by various foreign powers and the Verona uprising had left evident signs of devastation and human suffering.

A PROJECT

        Magdalene sought and found her first companions called to follow Christ, poor, chaste, obedient and who were to be sent out as witnesses of His unconditional Love towards all people.
        In 1808, Magdalene overcame her family’s opposition and left Canossa Palace once and for all to begin in the poorest district of Verona what she knew in her heart to be the Will of God: to serve the neediest persons with the heart of Christ.

A PROPHECY

        Charity is like a blazing fire! Magdalene opened her heart to the Holy Spirit who guided her to the poor in other cities: Venice, Milan, Bergamo, Trent … In only a few decades the number of her houses increased, her religious family grew in the service of the Kingdom of God.

        The Love of the Crucified and Risen Lord burnt in Magdalene’s heart who, together with her companions, became a witness of that same love in five specific areas:
   Charity schools, providing an all-round formation geared to pupils status in life. Catechesis, given to all classes of people, with special attention to those most ignorant of the Faith. Support given to women patients in hospital.

Residential seminars, to train young teachers for rural areas and valuable helpers for parish priests in their pastoral activities.

Yearly courses of Spiritual Exercises for Ladies of the nobility, with the aim of deepening their spiritual life and involving them in various charitable works.

Later on, this last activity was offered to all those who had a desire for it.

Contemporary to Magdalene and her apostolic work, flourished other witnesses of Charity: Leopoldina Naudet, Antonio Rosmini, Antonio Provolo, Carlo Steeb, Gaspare Bertoni, Teodora Campostrini, T. Eustochio Verzeri, Elisabetta Renzi, Cavanis brothers, Pietro Leonardi, all of whom founded Religious Institutes.

A FAMILY

         The Institute of the Daughters of Charity, between 1819 and 1820, received its ecclesiastical approval in the various dioceses where the communities were present.

        His Holiness Pope Leo XII approved the Rule of the Institute with the Brief Si Nobis, of 23rd December 1828.

        Towards the end of her life, after unsuccessful attempts with A. Rosmini and A. Provolo, Magdalene was able to start the male branch of the Institute which she had planned to set up from the very beginning.

On 23th May 1831 in Venice, she began the first Oratory of the Sons of Charity for the Christian formation of boys and men. She entrusted it to the Venetian priest Don Francesco Luzzo, helped by two laymen from Bergamo: Giuseppe Carsana and Benedetto Belloni.

        Magdalene’s active and fruitful life ended when she was 61 years of age. She died in Verona surrounded by her Daughters on 10th April 1835. It was the Friday of Passion Week.

A MISSION

        Above all make Jesus Christ known! This heartfelt concern of Magdalene’s was the great inheritance that the Daughters and Sons of Charity are called to live, a life of complete availability to God and service towards others, willing to go to the most distant countries for the sake of this holy work. (MAGDALENE, Ep. II/I, p. 266).

The Daughters of Charity traveled for the Far East in 1860. Today there are about 4000 sisters throughout the world, grouped into 24 provinces.

        The Sons of Charity number about 200. They work in various cities in Italy, Latin America and the Philippines.

        Canossian Religious, called to a missionary vocation, “ad gentes”, make themselves receptive to those basic Christian values, “the seeds of the Word”, present in every culture while giving witness to and proclaiming what the “have seen, heard, contemplated…”: the Love of the Father who, in Christ, reaches out to every person so that they may have life. Through this giving and receiving, the charism is enriched and bears fruit for God’s Kingdom.

        The charism which the Holy Spirit brought to life in Magdalene did not exhaust itself in the vitality of the two Institutes.

Consequently, various groups of lay people have found in Magdalene and in her ideals, their special way of living the faith, of witnessing charity, in all walks of Christian life.

        She was beatified by Pius XII on December 7, 1941 and canonized by John Paul II on October 2, 1988 at Rome.

A SONG OF THANKSGIVING

        The Church draws our attention, especially that of her Sons and Daughters, to Magdalene, a Witness of the constant and freely given love of God.

        We give thanks to Him for the gift of this Mother and Sister of ours and through her intercession we ask that we may love Him, as she did, above all other things, and make Him known to our fellow men by living our specific vocation.

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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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