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St. Adalbert of Prague
Born to a noble family in Bohemia, he received part of his education from St. Adalbert of Magdeburg. At the age of 27 he was chosen as bishop of Prague. Those who resisted his program of clerical reform forced him into exile eight years later.
In time, the people of Prague requested his return as their bishop. Within a short time, however, he was exiled again after excommunicating those who violated the right of sanctuary by dragging a woman accused of adultery from a church and murdering her.
After a short ministry in Hungary, he went to preach the Good News to people living near the Baltic Sea. He and two companions were martyred by pagan priests in that region. Adalbert's body was immediately ransomed and buried in Gniezno cathedral (Poland). In the mid-11th century his relics were moved to St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague.
Preaching the Good News can be dangerous work whether the audience is already baptized or not. Adalbert fearlessly preached Jesus' gospel and received a martyr's crown for his efforts. Similar zeal has created modern martyrs in many places, especially in Central and South America. Some of those martyrs grew up in areas once evangelized by Adalbert.
"O God, bestowed the crown of martyrdom on the Bishop St. Adalbert, as he burned with zeal for for souls, grant, we pray, by his prayers, that the obedience of his flock may never fail the shephered, nor the care of the shepherd be ever lacking to the flock." (Roman Missal, Common of a Martyr in the Easter season).
Saint of the Day
Lives, Lessons and Feast
By Leonard Foley, O.F.M.; revised by Pat McCloskey, O.F.M.
"Come to me all you who are burdened
Lord, you created me to live in freedom.
To be conscious about something is to be aware of it. Dear Lord help me to remember that You gave me life. Thank you for the gift of life. Teach me to slow down, to be still and enjoy the pleasures created for me.
The Word of God
Do I notice myself reacting as I pray with the Word of God? Do I feel challenged, comforted, angry? Imagining Jesus sitting or standing by me, I speak out my feelings, as one trusted friend to another.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
Meditation: Acts 2:36-41
Tuesday within the Octave of Easter
The promise is made to you and to your children and to all those far off. (Acts 2:39)
Imagine you had a friend who was always true to his word. When he said he would help you out, you could be confident that he would be there, steady as a rock. Well, you do have a friend like this: your heavenly Father. He is perfectly faithful in all his ways. And he is completely committed to you.
When Peter spoke to the crowd on the day of Pentecost, he assured them that they were heirs of God's promise, just as the disciples were. Having come from all over the world to Jerusalem to worship in the Temple, they were clearly "far off" (Acts 2:39). But that distance was no obstacle to God. Just so, we too are far off—separated by the march of time, not the stretch of miles—and that distance is no obstacle, either.
The promise is for you! Today and every day. This year and every year. It never fades. It never diminishes. Salvation is yours. So too is the promise of God's presence, his guidance, and his consolation. So too is the call to follow him and to imitate him. And so too is the assurance that the Holy Spirit will give you every grace and blessing you need to fulfill this great call. God's faithfulness means that he will always do everything he promised to do. No sin, no circumstance, no darkness can deter him.
How should we respond to this awesome truth? With praise and thanksgiving, of course! But how about a little curiosity as well? Take some time today to do a little Bible study. Choose any Gospel passage you want, and try to identify some of God's promises that are embedded in it. Look either for promises he makes in this passage, or for promises of his that are being fulfilled in it. If you want some hints, try reading the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5--7) or some of Jesus' parables (Mark 4) or the story of Easter (John 20). As you do this study, keep reminding yourself that these promises are for you. They're yours for the taking—each and every one of them!
"Father, I praise you for your faithfulness. May my heart always rest in the assurance of your love."
Psalm 33:4-5, 18-20, 22; John 20:11-18