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Friday, November 7th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Luke 16:1-8.


Friday of the Thirty-first  week in Ordinary Time

7 November 2014

The master commended that dishonest steward  for acting prudently

1 UNJUST stdas0457Holy Gospel of  Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 16:1-8. 

Jesus said to his disciples, “A rich man had a steward who was reported to him for squandering his property.
He summoned him and said, ‘What is this I hear about you? Prepare a full account of your stewardship, because you can no longer be my steward.’
The steward said to himself, ‘What shall I do, now that my master is taking the position of steward away from me? I am not strong enough to dig and I am ashamed to beg.
I know what I shall do so that, when I am removed from the stewardship, they may welcome me into their homes.’
He called in his master’s debtors one by one. To the first he said, ‘How much do you owe my master?’
He replied, ‘One hundred measures of olive oil .’ He said to him, ‘Here is your promissory note. Sit down and quickly write one for fifty.’
Then to another he said, ‘And you, how much do you owe?’ He replied, ‘One hundred kors of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Here is your promissory note; write one for eighty.’
And the master commended that dishonest steward for acting prudently. “For the children of this world are more prudent in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light.

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Friday of the Thirty-first week in Ordinary Time

7 November 2014

Commentary of the day

Saint Francis Xavier 

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Saint Francis Xavier (1506-1552),

Jesuit missionary
Letter of 15/01/1544

Living as a good steward of God’s gifts

I have no idea what to write you from these parts [India and Sri Lanka] except this: the consolations bestowed by our Lord God to those who go among the pagans to convert them to the faith of Christ are so great that, if there is any joy to be had in this life, it is surely this. I’ve often heard it said to someone going about amongst these Christians: “Lord, do not give me so many consolations in this life! Yet since, in your infinite goodness and pity, you are giving them me, take me into your holy glory! For indeed, there is such great suffering in living without seeing you after you have shown yourself to your creature in this way”. Ah! If only those who look for knowledge in study took as much trouble in looking for the consolations of the apostolate as they give day and night to the pursuit of knowledge! If only those joys that the scholar seeks in what he is learning he were to seek in making his neighbor feel what he is in need of to know and serve God, how much more consoled he would find himself to be and better prepared to give an account of himself when Christ returns and asks him: “Give me an account of your stewardship”…

I will end, asking our Lord God… to bring us together in his holy glory. And to obtain this blessing let us take as our intercessors and advocates all the holy souls of the region where I now am… I beg all these holy souls to obtain for us from our Lord God, for so long as we remain separated, the grace of feeling his holy will in the depth of our souls and of fulfilling it perfectly.

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Friday of the Thirty-first week in Ordinary Time

7 November 2014

Saint of the day

St. Willibrord, Bishop (657-739)

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Bishop
(657-739)

        Willibrord was born in Northumberland in 657, and when twenty years old went to Ireland, to study under St. Egbert; twelve years later, he felt drawn to convert the great pagan tribes who were hanging as a cloud over the north of Europe.

        He went to Rome for the blessing of the Pope, and with eleven companions reached Utrecht. The pagans would not accept the religion of their enemies, the Franks; and St. Willibrord could only labor in the track of Pepin Heristal, converting the tribes whom Pepin subjugated.

        At Pepin’s urgent request, he again went to Rome, and was consecrated Archbishop of Utrecht. He was stately and comely in person, frank and joyous, wise in counsel, pleasant in speech, in every work of God strenuous and unwearied. Multitudes were converted, and the Saint built churches and appointed priests all over the land. He wrought many miracles, and bad the gift of prophecy.

        He labored unceasingly as bishop for more than fifty years, beloved alike of God and of man, and died full of days and good works.

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

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Thursday, November 6th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Luke 15:1-10.


Thursday of the Thirty-first week in Ordinary Time

6 November 2014

“Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 15:1-10. 

Tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to Jesus,
but the Pharisees and scribes began to complain, saying, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
So to them he addressed this parable.
What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and go after the lost one until he finds it?
And when he does find it, he sets it on his shoulders with great joy
and, upon his arrival home, he calls together his friends and neighbors and says to them, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’
I tell you, in just the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance.
Or what woman having ten coins and losing one would not light a lamp and sweep the house, searching carefully until she finds it?
And when she does find it, she calls together her friends and neighbors and says to them, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found the coin that I lost.’
In just the same way, I tell you, there will be rejoicing among the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

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Thursday of the Thirty-first week in Ordinary Time

6 November 2014

Commentary of the day

Saint Nerses Chnorhali (1102-1173),

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 Saint Nerses Chnorhali (1102-1173),

Armenian patriarch
Jesus, the Father’s only Son, § 26-31 ; SC 203

“Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep”

I have wandered in the desert,
Gone astray in the wilderness,
One among a hundred
As in the parable of the sheep.

The wicked enemy tore it to pieces :
He covered it with incurable wounds;
Hence there is no other cure for the wound
But you, to heal it.

In floods of tears I implore you,
I lift up my cries to my Lord:
O Good Shepherd, come down from heaven,
Go in search of the little flock.

Lord, seek out the fallen coin,
Your image that was lost (Gn 1,26),
That I trampled in the vice of sin
And the stinking mud.

Wash me, Lord, from my filth ;
Make my soul pure as the whiteness of snow (Is 1,18).
Make up the number of the ten coins
As you did for the forty saints [of Sebaste].

Carry me on your shoulders, O you who bore the cross ;
Be pleased to raise up my fallen soul.
Give joy to the heavenly host of angels
At the return of a single sinner.

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014

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Thursday of the Thirty-first week in Ordinary Time

6 November 2014

Saint of the day

St. Leonard († c. 550)

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SAINT LEONARD OF NOBLAC
(† c. 550)

        Leonard, one of the chief personages of the court  of Clovis, and for whom this monarch had stood as sponsor in baptism, was so moved by the discourse and example of St. Remigius that he relinquished the world in order to lead a more  perfect life.

        The Bishop of Rheims having trained Leonard to virtue, he became the apostle of such of the Franks as still remained pagans; but fearing that he might be summoned to the court by his reputation for sanctity, he withdrew secretly to the monastery of Micy, near Orleans, and afterwards to the solitude of Noblac near Limoges.

        His charity not allowing him to remain inactive while there was so much good to be done, he undertook the work of comforting prisoners, making them understand that the captivity of sin was more terrible than any mere bodily constraint. He won over a great many of these unfortunate persons, which gained for him many disciples, in whose behalf he founded a new monastery.

        St. Leonard died about the year 550.

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

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Wednesday, November 5th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Luke 14:25-33.


Wednesday of the Thirty-first week in Ordinary Time

5 November 2014

“Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.”

1   stdas0178Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 14:25-33. 

Great crowds were traveling with Jesus, and he turned and addressed them,
“If any one comes to me without hating his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.
Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.
Which of you wishing to construct a tower does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if there is enough for its completion?
Otherwise, after laying the foundation and finding himself unable to finish the work the onlookers should laugh at him
and say, ‘This one began to build but did not have the resources to finish.’
Or what king marching into battle would not first sit down and decide whether with ten thousand troops he can successfully oppose another king advancing upon him with twenty thousand troops?
But if not, while he is still far away, he will send a delegation to ask for peace terms.
In the same way, everyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciple.”

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Wednesday of the Thirty-first week in Ordinary Time

5 November 2014

Commentary of the day

Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus

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 Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus (1873-1897),

Carmelite, Doctor of the Church

Letter 197 of 17/09/1896 (©ICS publications)

“Everyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciple”

Dear Sister, how can you ask me if it is possible for you to love God as I love Him? … My desires of martyrdom are nothing; they are not what give me the unlimited confidence that I feel in my heart. They are, to tell the truth, the spiritual riches that render one unjust, when one rests in them with complacence and when one believes they are something great… Ah! I really feel that… what pleases Him is that He sees me loving my littleness and my poverty, the blind hope that I have in His mercy…. That is my only treasure…

Oh, dear Sister, I beg you… understand that to love Jesus… the weaker one is, without desires or virtues, the more suited one is for the workings of this consuming and transforming Love. The desire alone to be a victim suffices, but we must consent to remain always poor and without strength, and this is the difficulty, for: “The truly poor in spirit, where do we find him? You must look for him from afar,” said the psalmist. He does not say that you must look for him among great souls, but “from afar,” that is to say in lowliness, in nothingness.

Ah! let us remain then very far from all that sparkles, let us love our littleness, let us love to feel nothing, then we shall be poor in spirit, and Jesus will come to look for us, and however far we may be, He will transform us in flames of love. Oh! How I would like to be able to make you understand what I feel! It is confidence, and nothing but confidence that must lead us to Love. Does not fear lead to Justice? (To the severe justice that people show to sinners but not the justice Jesus will have for those who love him.) Since we see the way, let us run together. Yes, I feel it, Jesus wills to give us the same graces; he wills to give us his Heaven gratuitously.

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014

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Wednesday of the Thirty-first week in Ordinary Time

5 November 2014

Saint of the day

St. Bertilla, Abbess (7th century)

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SAINT BERTILLA
Abbess

(7th century)

        St. Bertilla was born of one of the most illustrious families in the territory of Soissons (France), in the reign of Dagobert I. As she grew up she learned perfectly to despise the world, and earnestly desired to renounce it. Not daring to tell this to her parents, she first consulted St. Ouen, by whom she was encouraged in her resolution.

        The Saint’s parents were then made acquainted with her desire, which God inclined them not to oppose. They conducted her to Jouarre, a great monastery in Brie, four leagues from Meaux, where she was received with great joy and trained up in the strictest practice of monastic perfection.

        By her perfect submission to all her sisters she seemed every one’s servant, and acquitted herself with such great charity land edification that she was chosen prioress to assist the abbess in her administration.

        About the year 646 she was appointed first abbess of the abbey of Chelles, which she governed for forty-six years with equal vigor and discretion, until she closed her penitential life in 692.

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

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Tuesday, November 4th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Luke 14:15-24.


Tuesday of the Thirty-first week in Ordinary Time

4 November 2014

‘Go out quickly into the street and alleys of the town and bring in here

the poor and the crippled, the blind and the lame.’

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 14:15-24. 

One of those at table with Jesus said to him, “Blessed is the one who will dine in the kingdom of God.”
He replied to him, “A man gave a great dinner to which he invited many.
When the time for the dinner came, he dispatched his servant to say to those invited, ‘Come, everything is now ready.’
But one by one, they all began to excuse themselves. The first said to him, ‘I have purchased a field and must go to examine it; I ask you, consider me excused.’
And another said, ‘I have purchased five yoke of oxen and am on my way to evaluate them; I ask you, consider me excused.’
And another said, ‘I have just married a woman, and therefore I cannot come.’
The servant went and reported this to his master. Then the master of the house in a rage commanded his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in here the poor and the crippled, the blind and the lame.’
The servant reported, ‘Sir, your orders have been carried out and still there is room.’
The master then ordered the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedgerows and make people come in that my  home may be filled.
For, I tell you, none of those men who were invited will taste my dinner.'”

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Tuesday of the Thirty-first week in Ordinary Time

4 November 2014

Saints of the day

St. Charles Borromeo,

Archbishop of Milan († 1584) – Memorial

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 SAINT CHARLES BORROMEO
Archbishop of Milan
(1538-1584)

        About fifty years after the Protestant heresy had broken out, Our Lord raised up a mere youth to renew the face of His Church. In 1560 Charles Borromeo, then twenty-two years of age, was created cardinal, and by the side of his uncle, Pius IV., administered the affairs of the Holy See.

        His first care was the direction of the Council of Trent. He urged forward its sessions, guided its deliberations by continual correspondence from Rome, and by his firmness carried it to its conclusion. Then he entered upon a still more arduous work-the execution of its decrees.

        As Archbishop of Milan he enforced their observance, and thoroughly restored the discipline of his see. He founded schools for the poor, seminaries for the clerics, and by his community of Oblates trained his priests to perfection. Inflexible in maintaining discipline, to his flock he was a most tender father. He would sit by the roadside to teach a poor man the Pater and Ave, and would enter hovels the stench of which drove his attendants from the door.

        During the great plague he refused to leave Milan, and was ever by the sick and dying, and sold even his bed for their support. So he lived and so he died, a faithful image of the Good Shepherd, up to his last hour giving his life for his sheep.

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

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Tuesday of the Thirty-first week in Ordinary Time

4 November 2014

Saints of the day

St. Felix of Valois,

Hermit and co-founder of the Trinitarians (1127-1212)

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 SAINT FELIX OF VALOIS
Hermit and co-founder of the Trinitarians

(1127-1212)

        St. Felix was son of the Count of Valois. His mother throughout his youth did all she could to cultivate in him a spirit of charity. The unjust divorce between his parents matured a long-formed resolution of leaving the world; and, confiding his mother to her pious brother, Thibault, Count of Champagne, he took the Cistercian habit at Clairvaux.

        His rare virtues drew on him such admiration that, with St. Bernard’s consent, he fled to Italy, where he led an austere life with an aged hermit. At this time he was ordained priest, and his old counsellor having died, he returned to France, and for many years lived as a solitary at Cerfroid. Here God inspired him with the desire of founding an Order for the redemption of Christian captives, and moved St. John of Matha, then a youth, to conceive a similar wish. Together they drew up the rules of the Order of the Holy Trinity.

        Many disciples gathered round them; and, seeing that the time had come for further action, the two Saints made a pilgrimage to Rome to obtain the confirmation of the Order from Innocent III. Their prayer was granted, and the last fifteen , years of Felix’s long life were spent in organizing and developing his rapidly increasing foundations.

        He died in 1212.

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

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Monday, November 3rd. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Luke 14:12-14.


Monday of the Thirty-first week in Ordinary Time

3 November 2014

“When you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 14:12-14. 

On a sabbath Jesus went to dine at the home of one of the leading Pharisees. He said to the host who invited him, “When you hold a lunch or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or your wealthy neighbors, in case they may invite you back and you have repayment.
Rather, when you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind;
blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

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Monday of the Thirty-first week in Ordinary Time

3 November 2014

Commentary of the day

Gregory of Nazianzus

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  Saint Gregory Nazianzen (330-390),

Bishop and Doctor of the Church

On love of the poor, 4-6; PG 35, 863

“You taught your people by these deeds that those who are just must be kind” (Wis 12:19)

The first and the greatest of the commandments, that on which the Law and the prophets are based (Mt 22,40), is love, which it seems to me brings its greatest proof in love of the poor, in tenderness and compassion for one’s neighbor. Nothing gives as much honor to God as mercy, for nothing is more like him. “Mercy and truth go before him,” (Ps 88[89],15) and he prefers mercy to judgment (Hos 6,6). Nothing attracts the kindness of the Friend of humankind as much as kindness towards humankind (Wis 1:6); his reward is just, he weighs and measures mercy.

We must open our hearts to all who are poor and unhappy, whatever their suffering might be. That is the meaning of the commandment which requires us to “rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” (Rom 12,15) Since we are also human, is it not right and proper for us to be kind towards those who are like us?

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014

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Monday of the Thirty-first week in Ordinary Time

3 November 2014

Saints of the day

St. Martin de Porres, Religious (1579-1639)

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Religious

(1579-1639)

        Born at Lima in Peru in 1579 of a native mother and Spanish father, Martin entered the Dominican Order in Lima, where he continued his profession as medical assistant.

       He lived a life of fasting and prayer and died in 1639.
The Weekday Missal (1975)

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Monday of the Thirty-first week in Ordinary Time

3 November 2014

Saints of the day

St. Hubert, Bishop (657-727)

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SAINT HUBERT
Bishop

(657-727)

        St. Hubert’s early life is so obscured by popular traditions that we have no authentic account of his actions. He is said to have been passionately addicted to hunting, and was entirely taken up in worldly pursuits. One thing is certain: that he is the patron saint of hunters.

        Moved by divine grace, he resolved to renounce the world. His extraordinary fervor, and the great progress which he made in virtue and learning, strongly recommended him to St. Lambert, Bishop of Maestricht, who ordained him priest, and entrusted him with the principal share in the administration of his diocese.

        That holy prelate being barbarously murdered in 681, St. Hubert was unanimously chosen his successor. With incredible zeal he penetrated into the most remote and barbarous places of Ardenne, and abolished the worship of idols; and, as he performed the office of the apostles, God bestowed on him a like gift of miracles.

        He died in 727, reciting to his last breath the Creed and the Lord’s Prayer.

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

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014


Sunday, November 2nd. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Matthew 25:31-46.


The Commemoration of all of the Faithful Departed

2 November 2014

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink,

a stranger and you welcomed me”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus  Christ according to Saint Matthew 25:31-46. 

Jesus said to his disciples: “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne,
and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me,
naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’
Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?
When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?
When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’
And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’
Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,
a stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.’
Then they will answer and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?’
He will answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.’
And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

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The Commemoration of all of the Faithful Departed

2 November 2014

ALL SOULS’ DAY

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1 saints_paradisThe Commemoration of all of the Faithful Departed

              It is very significant and appropriate that after the Solemnity of All Saints, the Liturgy has us celebrate the Commemoration of all of the Faithful Departed. The “communion of saints”, which we profess in the Creed, is a reality that is constructed here below, but is fully made manifest when we will see God “as he is” (I Jn 3: 2).

            It is the reality of a family bound together by deep bonds of spiritual solidarity that unites the faithful departed to those who are pilgrims in the world. It is a mysterious but real bond, nourished by prayer and participation in the Sacrament of the Eucharist.
In the Mystical Body of Christ the souls of the faithful meet, overcoming the obstacle of death; they pray for one another, carrying out in charity an intimate exchange of gifts.

            In this dimension of faith one understands the practice of offering prayers of suffrage for the dead, especially in the Sacrament of the Eucharist, memorial of Christ’s Pasch which opened to believers the passage to eternal life.

            Dear friends, may the traditional visit of these days to the tombs of our dear departed be an occasion to fearlessly consider the mystery of death and to cultivate that constant vigilance which prepares us to meet it serenely. The Virgin Mary, Queen of Saints… will help us.

Pope Benedict XVI (Angelus, 1st November 2005)

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Saturday, November 1st. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Matthew 5:1-12a.


All Saints – Solemnity

1 November 2014

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 5:1-12a.

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him.
He began to teach them, saying:
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you (falsely) because of me.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

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All Saints – Solemnity

1 November 2014

Commentary of the day
Vatican Council II
Dogmatic Constitution on the Church,

« Lumen Gentium / The Light of the nations », § 49

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The communion of the saints

Until the Lord shall come in his majesty, and all the angels with him (Mt 25,31) and death being destroyed, all things are subject to him, (1Cor 15,26f) some of his disciples are exiles on earth, some having died are purified, and others are in glory beholding “clearly God himself triune and one, as he is”; but all in various ways and degrees are in communion in the same charity of God and neighbor and all sing the same hymn of glory to our God. For all who are in Christ, having his Spirit, form one Church and cleave together in him. (cf Eph 4,16)

Therefore the union of the wayfarers with the brethren who have gone to sleep in the peace of Christ is not in the least weakened or interrupted, but on the contrary, according to the perpetual faith of the Church, is strengthened by communication of spiritual goods. For by reason of the fact that those in heaven are more closely united with Christ, they establish the whole Church more firmly in holiness, lend nobility to the worship which the Church offers to God here on earth and in many ways contribute to its greater edification. (cf 1Cor 12,12) For after they have been received into their heavenly home and are present to the Lord, (2Cor 5,8) through him and with him and in him they do not cease to intercede with the Father for us, showing forth the merits which they won on earth through the one Mediator between God and man, (1Tm 2,5) serving God in all things and filling up in their flesh those things which are lacking of the sufferings of Christ for His Body which is the Church. (Col 1,24) Thus by their brotherly interest our weakness is greatly strengthened.

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Friday, October 31st. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Luke 14:1-6.


Friday of the Thirtieth week in Ordinary Time

31 October 2014

“Is it lawful to cure on the sabbath or not?”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 14:1-6. 

On a sabbath Jesus went to dine at the home of one of the leading Pharisees, and the people there were observing him carefully.
In front of him there was a man suffering from dropsy.
Jesus spoke to the scholars of the law and Pharisees in reply, asking, “Is it lawful to cure on the sabbath or not?”
But they kept silent; so he took the man and, after he had healed him, dismissed him.
Then he said to them, “Who among you, if your son or ox falls into a cistern, would not immediately pull him out on the sabbath day?”
But they were unable to answer his question.

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Friday of the Thirtieth week in Ordinary Time

31 October 2014

Saint of the day

St. Quintin, Martyr (3rd century)

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SAINT QUINTIN
Martyr
(3rd century)

        St. Quintin was a Roman, descended from a senatorial family. Full of zeal for the kingdom of Jesus Christ, he left his country, and, attended by St. Lucian of Beauvais, made his way to Gaul. They preached the Faith together in that country till they reached Amiens in Picardy, where they parted. Lucian went to Beauvais, and, having sown the seeds of divine faith in the hearts of many, received the crown of martyrdom in that city.

        St. Quintin stayed at Amiens, endeavoring by his prayers and labors to make that country a portion of Our Lord’s inheritance. He was seized, thrown into prison, and loaded with chains. Finding the holy preacher proof against promises and threats, the magistrate condemned him to the most barbarous torture. His body was then pierced with two iron wires from the neck to the thighs, and iron nails were thrust under his nails, and in his flesh in many places, particularly into his skull; and, lastly, his head was cut off.

        His death happened on the 31st of October, 287.

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

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014


Thursday, October 30th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Luke 13:31-35.


Thursday of the Thirtieth week in Ordinary Time

30 October 2014

Pharisees came to Jesus and said, “Go away, leave this area because Herod wants to kill you.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 13:31-35. 

Some Pharisees came to Jesus and said, “Go away, leave this area because Herod wants to kill you.”
He replied, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and I perform healings today and tomorrow, and on the third day I accomplish my purpose.
Yet I must continue on my way today, tomorrow, and the following day, for it is impossible that a prophet should die outside of Jerusalem.’
Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how many times I yearned to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were unwilling!
Behold, your house will be abandoned. (But) I tell you, you will not see me until (the time comes when) you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.'”

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Thursday of the Thirtieth week in Ordinary Time

30 October 2014

Commentary of the day :

Saint John-Paul II

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Commentary of the day
Saint John-Paul II, Pope from 1978 to 2005
Apostolic Letter “Redemptionis anno”, April 1984

“Jerusalem… How often have I wanted to gather your children together”

In addition to its renowned and magnificent monuments, Jerusalem has living communities of believing Christians, Jews and Muslims, whose presence is a pledge and a source of hope for the nations, which in all parts of the world look towards the Holy City as towards a spiritual patrimony and a sign of peace and of concord. Yes, as the homeland of the heart of all the spiritual descendants of Abraham who have a deep love for it, and as a place where, for the eyes of faith, God’s infinite transcendence and created things meet, Jerusalem is a symbol of gathering, of union and of peace for the whole human family. The Holy City thus includes a firm call for peace to all of humankind and in particular to all who adore the one great God, the merciful Father of all peoples. Alas! We have to admit that Jerusalem continues to be a reason for rivalry, violence and territorial claims.

This situation and these thoughts bring to our lips the words of the prophet: “For Zion’s sake I will not be silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet. Until her vindication shines forth like the dawn and her victory like a burning torch.” (Isa 62:1) We think of the day, and we await it with impatience, when we shall all truly be “taught by God” (Jn 6:45), so that we might hear his message of reconciliation and peace. We think of the day when Jews, Christians, and Muslims will be able to share with one another in Jerusalem the greeting of peace, which Jesus addressed to his disciples after his resurrection: “Peace be with you.” (Jn 20:19)

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014

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Thursday of the Thirtieth week in Ordinary Time

30 October 2014

Saint of the day

St. Marcellus, Martyr (3rd century)

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SAINT MARCELLUS THE CENTURION
Martyr
(3rd century)

        The birthday of the Emperor Maximian Herculeus, in the year 298, was celebrated with extraordinary feasting and solemnity. Marcellus, a Christian centurion or captain in the legion of Trajan, then posted in Spain, not to defile himself with taking part in those impious abominations, left his company, declaring aloud that he was a soldier of Jesus Christ, the eternal King. He was at once committed to prison.

        When the festival was over, Marcellus was brought before a judge, and, having declared his faith, was sent under a strong guard to Aurelian Agricolaus, vicar to the prefect of the prætorium, who passed sentence of death upon him. St. Marcellus was forthwith led to execution, and beheaded on the 30th of October.

        Cassian, the secretary or notary of the court, refused to write the sentence pronounced against the martyr, because it was unjust. He was immediately hurried to prison, and was beheaded, about a month after, on the 3d of December.

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

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014


Wednesday, October 29th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Luke 13:22-30.


Wednesday of the Thirtieth week in Ordinary Time

29 October 2014

“For behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.”

1 Jesus_teaching_1113-21Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 13:22-30. 

Jesus passed through towns and villages, teaching as he went and making his way to Jerusalem.
Someone asked him, “Lord, will only a few people be saved?” He answered them,
Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough.
After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door, then will you stand outside knocking and saying, ‘Lord, open the door for us.’ He will say to you in reply, ‘I do not know where you are from.’
And you will say, ‘We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.’
Then he will say to you, ‘I do not know where (you) are from. Depart from me, all you evildoers!’
And there will be wailing and grinding of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God and you yourselves cast out.
And people will come from the east and the west and from the north and the south and will recline at table in the kingdom of God.
For behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.”

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Wednesday of the Thirtieth week in Ordinary Time

29 October 2014

Saint of the day

St. Narcissus, Bishop (2nd century)

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SAINT NARCISSUS
Bishop
(2nd century)

        St Narcissus was consecrated Bishop of Jerusalem about the year 180. He was already an old man, and God attested his merits by many miracles, which were long held in memory by the Christians of Jerusalem.

        One Holy Saturday in the church the faithful were in great trouble, because no oil could be found for the lamps which were used in the Paschal feast. St. Narcissus bade them draw water from a neighboring well, and, praying over it, told them to put it in the lamps. It was changed into oil, and long after some of this oil was preserved at Jerusalem in memory of the miracle.

        But the very virtue of the Saint made him enemies, and three wretched men charged him with an atrocious crime. They confirmed their testimony by horrible imprecations: the first prayed that he might perish by fire, the second that he might be wasted by leprosy, the third that he might be struck blind, if they charged their bishop falsely. The holy bishop had long desired a life of solitude, and he withdrew secretly into the desert, leaving the Church in peace. But God spoke for his servant, and the bishop’s accusers suffered the penalties they had invoked. Then Narcissus returned to Jerusalem and resumed his office.

        He died in extreme old age, bishop to the last.

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

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014


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