St. Leonard of Noblac
Hermit-abbot, a convert of St. Remigius. He was a French courtier offered a bishopric, but became a recluse at Micy, France. He then lived at Limoges, France, and he was given land by the royal court on which he founded Noblac Abbey, later called Saint-Leonard. He is a patron of Women in labor and prisoners of war.
Patron Saint of:
Robbers, danger from
Daily Prayer - 2015-11-06
"Come to me all you who are burdened
Thank you for the gift of freedom, Lord.
How wonderful it is to be able
The Word of God
Reading 1 Rom 15:14-21
I myself am convinced about you, my brothers and sisters,
Responsorial Psalm PS 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4
R. (see 2b) The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.
Alleluia 1 Jn 2:5
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel Lk 16:1-8
Jesus said to his disciples, "A rich man had a steward
Some thoughts on today's scripture
Sometimes I wonder what I might say if I were to meet you in person Lord.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
I myself am convinced about you, my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness. (Romans 15:14)
A strange movement that began in the late 1990s has gained popularity in recent years. The premise is simple: strangers assemble in theaters, bars, and church halls to perform dramatic readings of old diary entries, love letters, and poems. The excerpts range from hilarious to moving to painfully awkward, but one element that most have in common is how direct they are—especially the ones written by children and teenagers!
Look at how direct St. Paul was with the believers in Rome! We may be accustomed to using the term "brothers and sisters" in a church setting, but think about how this would have come across to the original recipients. Paul, a faithful Jew, is calling Gentiles his family?! He is warm and kind to these Romans, almost scandalously so. What's more, in blunt language he praises them for what they are getting right and corrects them for their mistakes. And these are people he has not even met!
Paul enjoyed being part of an international, multicultural, growing Church. He saw people from so many different backgrounds come to faith through the power of the Holy Spirit, and that's what gave him the confidence to speak so boldly. He was convinced that this was God's work, and so God would sustain it.
The Holy Spirit wants to convince us that God is at work today just as powerfully as he was in Paul's day. He wants to urge us to try to advance the mission of the Church. He wants to tell us the same thing Pope John Paul II said over and over again: "Do not be afraid!"
We may not feel as talented as the apostle Paul, but it's not too hard for us to speak an encouraging word to a friend. It's not hard to offer to pray for a neighbor or relative facing a medical crisis. It's not impossible to forgive a co-worker who has hurt us.
We are a Church on a mission. As Pope Francis has said, sometimes that means going beyond our parish boundaries so that we can draw more people in. May we all commit to building the Church, confident that God is with us, sustaining us at every step.
"Lord, fill me with love for your Church and confidence in your work in it."
I Hear About You
The last part of a super long text reflection today brought this quote up "How difficult it is to be a human, it asks not to be be born, it doesn't know how to live, and it doesn't want to die!!!!" LOL. And then the reflection went on with the 3 last desires of Alexander the Great:
1. That his coffin be taken on shoulders of the best doctors of the time.
2. That the treasures he had conquered (silver, gold, precious stones), be scattered on the road to his tomb...and
3. That his hands be balanced in the air, out of the coffin, and in everyone's site.
One of the generals astonished by such unusual desires asked Alexander what were the reasons. Alexander explained:
1. I want the most eminent doctors to carry my coffin so that this way they can show they do NOT have, before death, the power to cure.
2. I want the ground covered by my treasures so that all can see the material goods here conquered remain here.
3. I want my hands balanced in the air so that people can see that we come with empty hands, and we leave with empty hands when our most precious treasure ends which is time.
The 5 minutos said (I will also translate this reflection for you):
"A man went to confess, even though apparently he had no sins. To all the questions the priest made, the answer was always "None of that Father! I didn't do anything". So then the confessor says in a joking manner: 'You must be a saint. Let us put you on an altar. The man doubted but accepted. There was an empty niche on the wall of the church. The priest ordered him to stand up there: 'Stand in the niche with your hands together. Like so.' and he called the people over: 'Come see the new saint'. All who came to see the new saint on the altar, made some comment: "That guy there? but what an unusual saint! He is always drinking at bars!...He has an outstanding debt with me and won't pay....I never seen a saint get into an estranged family...that guy who insults more than anyone...And so every one was making the confession of the new saint. The priest had to stop them, because he didn't want to hear worse things. He turned to the man who had his head hung low and said ' you can get down now', you didn't want to confess your sins, but your neighbors decided to do it for you." Also in our missionary lives, evangelization, catechism, construction of the community, we are to remain awake, be intelligent to seek the best ways, and be astute. Are we children of the light, or do we hide the light under the table?"
People often aspire to get something...and they get it, the desires of their heart. Here then is the key...what exactly are the desires of your heart? Mine? I'm like that baffled human, like many trying to make it through, but through to what? I see idols people have, movie stars, and politicians gaining ground to get what they want, but what about the rest? Who cares right? That's not what the Church teaches. We are here for one another, and when we sin, we offend one another and offend God. This is why the man in the Holy Gospel was trying to get right with the people, to save his own life. He got smart, but what about when it comes to a life in the Spirit? Make it a point to place God's will above yours and do it. His desires are everlasting, and if we fail, then that too is everlasting. If the world wasn't so greedy, there wouldn't be so much violence or hunger. Now listen to that statement. Listen to when somebody says that. Usually that person is the one that is not feeding the hungry, nor being a peacemaker. Astuteness is needed then for God's Kingdom...NOW HIRING! LOL. I absolutely love to see people take action and use all sorts of resources to make an activity or ministry happen in the Church. Now you are using your time, treasure, and talents for the Love of GOD! But realize that truth just said...for the Love of GOD! It is all for not if people can't get along with you, and the solution is not to quit but to quit being full of pride. Pride brings about most other sins and squanders the gifts of God. Realize what is at hand, and what is precious, and it isn't just time, but GOD, He is precious, He is wonderful, He is amazing, He is all around us, He is offering Himself to you, He is eternal, He is almighty, He is beyond eternity, and us? We have the opportunity to serve and love and know Him...what a most precious gift! Will you open it?
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