St. Raymond of Peñafort
Since Raymond lived into his hundredth year, he had a chance to do many things. As a member of the Spanish nobility, he had the resources and the education to get a good start in life.
By the time he was 20, he was teaching philosophy. In his early 30s he earned a doctorate in both canon and civil law. At 41 he became a Dominican. Pope Gregory IX called him to Rome to work for him and to be his confessor. One of the things the pope asked him to do was to gather together all the decrees of popes and councils that had been made in 80 years since a similar collection by Gratian. Raymond compiled five books called the Decretals. They were looked upon as one of the best organized collections of Church law until the 1917 codification of canon law.
Earlier, Raymond had written for confessors a book of cases. It was called Summa de Casibus Poenitentiae. More than simply a list of sins and penances, it discussed pertinent doctrines and laws of the Church that pertained to the problem or case brought to the confessor.
At the age of 60, Raymond was appointed archbishop of Tarragona, the capital of Aragon. He didn't like the honor at all and ended up getting sick and resigning in two years.
He didn't get to enjoy his peace long, however, because when he was 63 he was elected by his fellow Dominicans to be the head of the whole Order, the successor of St. Dominic. Raymond worked hard, visited on foot all the Dominicans, reorganized their constitutions and managed to put through a provision that a master general be allowed to resign. When the new constitutions were accepted, Raymond, then 65, resigned.
He still had 35 years to oppose heresy and work for the conversion of the Moors in Spain. He convinced St. Thomas Aquinas to write his work Against the Gentiles.
In his 100th year the Lord let Raymond retire.
Raymond was a lawyer, a canonist. Legalism can suck the life out of genuine religion if it becomes too great a preoccupation with the letter of the law to the neglect of the spirit and purpose of the law. The law can become an end in itself, so that the value the law was intended to promote is overlooked. But we must guard against going to the opposite extreme and seeing law as useless or something to be lightly regarded. Laws ideally state those things that are for the best interests of everyone and make sure the rights of all are safeguarded. From Raymond, we can learn a respect for law as a means of serving the common good.
"He who hates the law is without wisdom,/and is tossed about like a boat in a storm" (Sirach 33:2).
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Lives, Lessons and Feast
By Leonard Foley, O.F.M.; revised by Pat McCloskey, O.F.M.
My soul longs for your presence, Lord.
Lord, may I never take the gift
I ask how I am within myself today? Am I particularly tired, stressed, or off-form?
The Word of God
I begin to talk to Jesus about the piece of scripture I have just read.What part of it strikes a chord in me?Perhaps the words of a friend - or some story I have heard recently- will slowly rise to the surface in my consciousness.If so, does the story throw light on what the scripture passage may be trying to say to me?
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end.
Saint Raymond of Penyafort, Priest
In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us. (1 John 4:10)
The second law of thermodynamics tells us that there can be no such thing as a "perpetual motion machine." This means that a machine can't keep running on its own power indefinitely; it will have to stop eventually. A power plant can't generate electricity for your home without some kind of fuel to keep it going. An engine that isn't hooked up to a battery can't power your car. There has to be a constant energy source for a machine to keep running.
Our spiritual engines are no different. We know this because Scripture tells us to "love one another, because love is of God" (1 John 4:7). We can't love without being filled with his love. We can't share his compassion and mercy unless we are receiving them ourselves. It's humbling, and at the same time very freeing, to admit that God is the source of our goodness and kindness, not ourselves.
So how can we maintain our connection to Jesus? There are a number of ways, but chief among them is the Eucharist. As the source and summit of our life in Christ, the celebration of the Mass is the place where Jesus is present most fully and where we can receive him most completely. Yes, we need to pray every day; we need to study Scriptures; we need to have good relationships with other believers; we need to do good works. But above all else, we need Jesus.
The good news is that Jesus loves to meet our needs! He is present to us in the physical form of bread and wine, showing us that he is our life, our strength, and our nourishment. He lavishes us with grace as we gather to hear his word and celebrate his resurrection. He pours out his power and guidance as we join together in worship. It is Jesus' own life within us that makes our lives shine. This, more than anything else, is the hope of glory for the people in our lives (Colossians 1:27).
When you find it difficult to answer God's call to love, remember where you can go to refuel. Jesus is always there for you. He's always ready to embrace you, to feed you, and to build you up.
"Thank you, Lord, for loving me first! Thank you for being my life, my strength, and my joy."
Psalm 72:1-4, 7-8; Mark 6:34-44
Whoever knows God, knows Love. Allow me to translate most of today's 5 minutos:
"...Loving is not something of ours. We love because beforehand we have been loved by Him. Our love is an answer to the work of Christ, that manifested His love in His total surrender up to the cross. Giving our lives for our brothers and sisters is to prolong in us the life with Jesus. The more we love, the more "whole" God will be in our lives. And, backwards, the less we love, His life is less present; that is to say, it costs us more to love, to forgive, to decide according to His teachings, in the end, discover in the brother the same Christ.
An Old lady always went to family reunions and other social events with the same old coat. And so, her children gathered money and bought their mother a new leather coat. At the next family reunion, the children noticed that the mother was again wearing the same old coat. Lovingly they asked her for the new coat they had given her. "Ah yes..." said the mother, "I gave it away; a poor woman came to my door and her jacket was so deteriorated that I gave her the new one." The children asked her again directly: "Why didn't you give her the old coat?" The mother ended the conversation with "Supposedly we are to give the best we have, right?"
And so we have today's Holy Gospel, touching upon the same. All they had was the best they had. It relates to the woman giving tithes, all she had was her two cents, her entire livelihood. God wants it all, all your trust, all your love, all your...faith. Afterall, God gave us His ONLY Son. What a strange notion, a god, and son of the god? Yet, the mystery is alive and well. God is with us, Emmanuel. It is also supposed that He, Jesus, our King, was born in Bethlehem, and the Hebrew meaning of Bethlehem is "house of bread". So we have the ONLY son, from the House of Bread. Jesus is the bread, Jesus is the Eucharist, and Jesus is the God touching the Earth. Anyone denying this is nothing more than a lost lamb. Which brings me to a revelation. I got stunned reading the Gospel today. Why? Because in our friendship gathering, me and one brother, we shared the faith and somehow miraculously got encouraged to persevere, at least was the case for me. I digress. As I spoke to him, words just spewed out of my mouth from who knows where (the HOly SPiriT). I said, "it is strange that we are the only ones here of all the brothers that should be with us. Only a handful was here to pray the community rosary...even the bible prayer group I formed with co-workers, they don't mention about getting together again on their own, it's as if I have to keep it going asking if we're getting together again." And I continued "it's like people are like wild creatures, little lambs, little bunnies, and getting them to come closer is a task of feeding little by little, so they are not afraid, and keep getting closer." And I said a truth that I have learned "I know this because I have been one of them creatures, feeding little by little (of the Eucharist) and now, look where we are, inside the church, by the Blessed Sacrament". In other words, I am no longer afraid, and I want everyone not to be afraid to come to the Lord. They don't want Jesus because they don't know Jesus. They don't know anything else than to be afraid. If there is anything I have learned from the grace of God it is that there is power in grace, but nothing else than a purity to speak the truth and live it in the heart. I love it, I love the little piece of bread turned into the body of Christ. I love everything about it. People don't hardly confess, but they all line up to get their bread. What do I see? I see that if in faith they take the bread of God, this Mana will give them power to confess and live a life of Christ. This is called spiritual formation. I want you to give what you got. Give an extra hour to our Lord in the week. Give an extra coat to someone. Give more and more until it becomes natural to give...love. It is the hardest thing, yet the truest thing to give, from the heart and asking for nothing in return. I have not been so moved by the feeding of thousands as today. I wish, of all the miracles Jesus did, that I could be there for the time thousands of lost lambs were fed the body of Christ. Because He gave thanks, and then gave Himself. Because He was moved for those without a shepherd, to the point that He realized the bread was not enough...so He gave His body. That my family, that is love in the truest sense of human thought and deed. This is moving and moves us to do more, and more. Shepherds are in charge of feeding. When I see empty pews, when I see emptiness in people's hearts, I see an opportunity for the shepherding and the feeding to begin...
WOW SO MUCH TO DO!
JESUS I LOVE YOU TOO!