Readings & Reflections: Thursday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time & St. Rose Philippine DuchesneNovember 20,2014
Lord give me the grace to pursue my inner journey and enable me to listen to my restless heart as I deliberately open myself to the gentle breath of the Spirit. In Jesus’ Mighty Name, I pray. Amen.
Reading I Rev 5:1-10
I, John, saw a scroll in the right hand of the one who sat on the throne. It had writing on both sides and was sealed with seven seals. Then I saw a mighty angel who proclaimed in a loud voice,
“Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?”
But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth
was able to open the scroll or to examine it.
I shed many tears because no one was found worthy
to open the scroll or to examine it.
One of the elders said to me, “Do not weep.
The lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, has triumphed,
enabling him to open the scroll with its seven seals.”read more
Readings & Reflections: Wednesday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time & St. Agnes of Assisi, November 19,2014
“Lord, your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom. Come and be the ruler of my heart and thoughts and be the king of my home and family. Help me to make good use of the gifts, talents, time, and resources you give me for your glory and your kingdom.” Amen.
Reading I Rev 4:1-11
I, John, had a vision of an open door to heaven, and I heard the trumpet like voice that had spoken to me before, saying, “Come up here and I will show you what must happen afterwards.” At once I was caught up in spirit. A throne was there in heaven, and on the throne sat one whose appearance sparkled like jasper and carnelian. Around the throne was a halo as brilliant as an emerald. Surrounding the throne I saw twenty-four other thrones on which twenty-four elders sat, dressed in white garments and with gold crowns on their heads. From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings, and peals of thunder. Seven flaming torches burned in front of the throne, which are the seven spirits of God. In front of the throne was something that resembled a sea of glass like crystal.read more
I, John, heard the Lord saying to me:
“To the angel of the Church in Sardis, write this:
“‘The one who has the seven spirits of God
and the seven stars says this: “I know your works,
that you have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead.
Be watchful and strengthen what is left, which is going to die,
for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God.
Remember then how you accepted and heard; keep it, and repent.
If you are not watchful, I will come like a thief,
and you will never know at what hour I will come upon you.
However, you have a few people in Sardis
who have not soiled their garments;
they will walk with me dressed in white,
because they are worthy.read more
Readings & Reflections: Monday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time & Memorial of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious November 17,2014
Of Hungarian royal birth, Elizabeth grew up at the court of Thurigia, in Germany, where she married the kindly Ludwig when she was but fourteen. Her piety and preference for the poor drew the ire of the courtiers, but Elizabeth’s desire to follow Christ did not waver. After Ludwig’s unexpected death in 1227 A.D., Elizabeth modeled her life on that of St. Francis of Assisi. She founded a hospital at Marburg, where she personally tended the sick and the dying. When her spiritual director questioned her, she told him that she “received from the poor special grace and humility.” Elizabeth died in 1231 A.D. She was twenty-four.read more
Readings & Reflections with Cardinal Tagle’s video: Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time A, November 16,2014
Why does the master call the two servants “good and faithful”? Because, when entrusted with a vast amount of money, they do not run off or spend the money on themselves. Rather, they invest what was given them as their way of revering their relationship with their master. His reply is, “Since you were faithful, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share my joy.” Which means, come and be my equal. The worthy wife is valued “far beyond pearls” because she loves her husband and family with just such gratuitous, self-sacrificing love. We are “children of the light” in as much as we have been given an all-surpassing Master and the chance to glorify him by our obedience.read more
Readings & Reflections: Saturday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time & St. Albert the Great, November 15,2014
A native of Bavaria in Germany, Albert joined the Dominicans and became a “Master Theology” at the University of Paris in 1244. Nothing escaped his gaze. Albert’s voluminous writings cover all areas of science, philosophy, theology, and morality. His paraphrase of Aristotle’s writings provided the basis for the work of his students, Thomas Aquinas. When naming him a Doctor of the Church in 1931, Pope Pius XI taught Albert “is precisely the saint whose example should inspire the present age, which seeks peace so ardently and is so full of hope in its scientific discoveries.”read more
Readings & Reflections: Friday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time & St. Gertrude the Great, November 14,2014
The mystery is great: “One will be taken, the other will be left.” The mystery by which we deal with this fact is greater: “Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses it will save it.” We lose our life, not in worry, but in authentic love: “This is love, that we walk according to God’s commandments.”
“Lord Jesus Christ , you are my hope and salvation. Help me to never lose sight of the goal of heaven and give me fresh joy and zeal to live each day for your kingdom.” In your Name, I pray. Amen.read more
Readings & Reflections: Thursday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time & Memorial of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, November 13,2014
Frances Cabrini was born in the Lombardy region of Italy. She took private vows at age twenty-seven, adding “Xavier” to her name in honor of the great Jesuit missionary to the East. In 1880 A.D. she founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus with the aim of evangelizing in China, yet Pope Leo XII advised her to go “not to the east, but to the west.” Arriving in New York in 1889, she founded an orphanage for the children of Italian immigrants. Schools, hospitals, and a prison ministry followed. Frances died in 1917, having established sixty-seven institutes of the order in the United States, Europe, Central and South America. She is the patroness of immigrants.read more
Readings & Reflections: Wednesday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time & Memorial of Saint Josaphat, Bishop and Martyr November 12,2014
Josaphat was born to Rutherian Orthodox parents in 1580 A.D., in present day Ukraine. He entered the monastery only a few years after the Rutherian Orthodox metropolitan had brought the entire church back into communion with Rome, a move that sadly lacked popular support. The young monk worked tirelessly to promote union. After he was elected archbishop of Polotsk, Josaphat drew many to the Catholic Church by dint of good example. On Novemeber 12, 1623, supporters of a rival bishop overwhelmed the house where Josaphat was staying. “My children,” he said, “if you have anything against me, here I am.” A bullet ended his life. Josaphat is hailed as the “Martyr of Unity.”read more
Readings & Reflections: Tuesday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time & Memorial of Saint Martin of Tours, Bishop November 11,2014
Martin was born in Pannonia (Modern Hungary) and became a catechumen at the age of ten. While serving in the Roman army, he met a poor, half-clothed man outside the city gate of Amiens. Martin drew his sword and divided his own cloak in two, giving half to the naked man. That night, he saw Jesus in a vision. “Martin who is still but a catechumen, gave me this robe,” our Lord told the angels. After this, Martin “flew to be baptized.” After he resigned from the army, he founded a monastic community in Gaul. In 372 A.D. he was elected bishop of Tours, where he served his flock with great care until his death in 397 A.D.read more
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