St. Hugh of Grenoble
Today's saint could be a patron for those of us who feel so overwhelmed by all the problems in the world that we don't know where to begin.
Hugh, who served as a bishop in France for 52 years, had his work cut out for him from the start. Corruption seemed to loom in every direction: the buying and selling of Church offices, violations of clerical celibacy, lay control of Church property, religious indifference and/or ignorance. After serving as bishop for two years, he'd had his fill. He tried disappearing to a monastery, but the pope called him back to continue the work of reform.
Ironically, Hugh was reasonably effective in the role of reformer—surely because of his devotion to the Church but also because of his strong character. In conflicts between Church and state he was an unflinching defender of the Church. He fearlessly supported the papacy. He was eloquent as a preacher. He restored his own cathedral, made civic improvements in the town and weathered a brief exile.
Hugh may be best known as patron and benefactor of St. Bruno, founder of the Carthusian Order.
Hugh died in 1132. He was canonized only two years later.
Saint of the Day
Lives, Lessons and Feast
By Leonard Foley, O.F.M.; revised by Pat McCloskey, O.F.M.
I pause for a moment and think of the love and the grace that God showers on me, creating me in his image and likeness, making me his temple....
Lord, you granted me the great gift of freedom.
Knowing that God loves me unconditionally, I look honestly over the last day, its events and my feelings. Do I have something to be grateful for? Then I give thanks. Is there something I am sorry for? Then I ask forgiveness.
The Word of God
Begin to talk to Jesus about the piece of scripture you have just read. What part of it strikes a chord in you? Perhaps the words of a friend - or some story you have heard recently - will slowly rise to the surface of your consciousness. If so, does the story throw light on what the scripture passage may be trying to say to you?
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.
Meditation: Ezekiel 47:1-9, 12
4th Week of Lent
Wherever the river flows, every sort of living creature that can multiply shall live. (Ezekiel 47:9)
Did you catch the theme flowing through all three of today's readings? It's water! Water is an amazing natural element. It's simple—just two hydrogen atoms paired with one oxygen atom—but it can give rise to the most complicated forms of life imaginable. Water is fun to splash around in during the summer, but under the right conditions, it's incredibly powerful and dangerous. It's so common that we drink it every day, but scuba divers who venture to the ocean floor often feel as if they're visiting another world. It's no wonder that water is often used as a symbol for God. It's vital, gentle, life-giving, exciting, and dangerous—just like him!
Have a little fun with today's readings. Think about how all three of them are inviting you to dive into the living waters of God. Imagine yourself experiencing each unique "aquascape." And think about how you have the chance to explore new depths of God's love and grace.
Ezekiel's river. In his vision, Ezekiel saw a mighty river producing all sorts of life. But he wasn't content to sit on the riverbank, and neither should you be. Wade into the river that is the Spirit, and let him sweep you away. Welcome him into your heart, and let him prepare you for a harvest of spiritual fruit—love, joy, peace, and all the rest.
Joyful streams. "There is a stream whose runlets gladden the city of God" (Psalm 46:5). Even in tough times, the psalmist knew he could escape into the joyful creeks and brooks of God's presence. God is full of joy, and he invites you to find your sanctuary in him. Roam and splash through his streams, and leave your burdens behind.
The healing pool. The Jewish people believed that the waters of the pool of Bethsaida were gently stirred by an angel who could heal sickness. Imagine taking a dip! See yourself resting in God's healing power. Let him show you new depths in his mercy and forgiveness. Bring your sins to him, and watch them dissolve. Dive into his grace, and receive the healing he offers for your body, for the wounds in your heart, and for any of your relationships that are strained.
"Lord, today I want to explore more of you."
John 5:1-16; Psalm 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9
How many of us are afraid to do what God wants? I would honestly like to know, how many of us are really afraid? We heard of a prophecy in the first Holy Scripture, speaking of waters flowing from the right side and the waters went on to give much fruit and purifying the salty oceans. We give reverence to the altar in the Catholic Church and we genuflect to the Tabernacle in the Church. In our church, there is a large crucifix behind the altar, with the crucified body, and on the right side of the ribs you can see (painted) the open wound of Christ. From His side came forth blood and water, what He gave to purify and give fruit to the entire world. It would be good that we come to the living waters He offers. As I meditated on the Holy Scriptures and wondered within the last couple of days, "it sure is dry, not much rain out here and in other parts of the world, we need that water to fill us, our lakes, give life to plants" and I thought "I wonder what the waters of Christ are like in Heaven". Look no further than the Blood and Body of Christ upon our altar which the altar is there to resemble Christ offering the sacrificial lamb of the passover, Himself. He offers Himself then, now, and forever. The Holy Gospel speaks of a man that was sick for how long? Too long, and nobody would help him to heal. Did Jesus drag him to the pool? No, He offered Himself and said to the man "Rise, take your mat, and Walk". Get up and go. As I read those words, I could almost hear our Lord say "Rise (in your faith), take up your cross (the truth to be lived), and walk (live the life of Christ). How crucial is that today? Very. Do not be afraid. Right now, I ask that you take your eyes off the screen and look at a cross, or better yet, a crucifix and gaze and look at the wound on the side of Christ where water and blood came out for you. Look for a few moments and come back. (go on don't be afraid, and if you have no crucifix close your eyes and imagine the crucifix and the wound)
After gazing at it, what happened? If you did it, something had to have happened. If you did not do as you were asked, then nothing happened. This is what is truth of faith, doing (obedience) and loving (charity), because both mean giving (sacrifice). As I took my eyes off the screen and gazed into the wound of Christ, I was being pulled into it deeper and deeper, until I said to myself "uh times up", life calls you back as if we were limited on time for Christ...right? Take your time when it comes to the Lord, giving means sacrifice. The waters in Heaven are refreshing beyond compare and heal the soul. This is why there are Holy Sacraments, beginning with Holy Baptism. There are more things to come into your life, when you are ready to give
Food For The Poor
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