Wednesday, October 7, 2020

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Using Our Creativity for Others

A Christian celebration of humanity consists in lovingly midwifing our fellow humans into full being. One of our God-given endowments is creativity, the ability to cooperate with God in the inauguration of the kingdom. We're called to use this creativity in nurturing our brothers and sisters as full members of that kingdom, and we do this by going out of our way to help them recognize and affirm themselves as images of God. In concrete terms, this means performing the acts of charity listed in the twenty-fifth chapter of Matthew: clothing the naked, tending the sick, visiting the imprisoned, giving food and drink to the hungry and thirsty. Celebrating the sheer existence of others often demands that we do the dirty work of easing the material burdens that inhibit them from arriving at a conscious appreciation of their own holiness.

—from the book Perfect Joy: 30 Days with Francis of Assisi by Kerry Walters


†Saint Quote
"Let us trust in him who has placed this burden upon us. What we ourselves cannot bear let us bear with the help of Christ. For he is all-powerful, and he tells us: 'My yoke is easy, and my burden light.'"
— St. Boniface

"What prevents us from receiving more abundant graces from God may be quite simply our not being sufficiently grateful and not thanking him for the graces he has already given us. There is no doubt that if we thank God with all our heart for each grace received, especially for the inspirations [of the Holy Spirit], he will grant us more."
— Fr. Jacques Philippe, p. 28
In the School of the Holy Spirit

The feast of Our Lady of the Rosary was instituted following the Christian victory over the Turks at the Battle of Lepanto on October 7, 1571. Pope St. Pius V, the "Pope of the Rosary," attributed the naval victory of the Catholic forces, who were greatly outnumbered, to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Our Lady was invoked on the day of battle through a papal campaign asking the faithful across Europe to pray the rosary for the triumph of the Church. In thanksgiving for the miraculous victory, Pope St. Pius V instituted a feast to be celebrated throughout the world every year on October 7th. Originally known as "Our Lady of Victory," the feast was changed to Our Lady of the Rosary to honor the spiritual weapon through which the Blessed Virgin Mary saved Catholic Europe from the threat of Muslim invasion.

"So then, my beloved, obedient as you have always been, not only when I am present but all the more now when I am absent, work out your salvation with fear and trembling. For God is the one who, for his good purpose, works in you both to desire and to work."
Philippians 2:12-13


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St. Justina of Padua (d. 304 A.D.) was a young and pious Christian woman who dedicated her virginity to Christ. She received baptism at the hands of St. Prosdocimus, the first Bishop of Padua in Italy. At the age of sixteen she was arrested for being a Christian under the persecutions of Roman Emperor Maximinian, and was ordered to make sacrifice to the pagan gods. When she refused, she was stabbed with a sword and left to die. Overlooking the field where she was martyred is a basilica named in her honor which holds her relics, as well as those of St. Luke the Evangelist, St. Matthias the Apostle, St. Prosdocimus, and other patron saints of Padua. Her feast was the day the Catholic naval forces won victory over the Turks in the Battle of Lepanto in 1571, which increased her popularity among the faithful. St. Justina of Padua's feast day is October 7th.


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Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary

• Readings for the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary

Reading 1 GAL 2:1-2, 7-14

Brothers and sisters:
After fourteen years I again went up to Jerusalem with Barnabas,
taking Titus along also.
I went up in accord with a revelation,
and I presented to them the Gospel that I preach to the Gentiles–
but privately to those of repute–
so that I might not be running, or have run, in vain.
On the contrary,
when they saw that I had been entrusted with the Gospel to the uncircumcised,
just as Peter to the circumcised,
for the one who worked in Peter for an apostolate to the circumcised
worked also in me for the Gentiles,
and when they recognized the grace bestowed upon me,
James and Cephas and John,
who were reputed to be pillars,
gave me and Barnabas their right hands in partnership,
that we should go to the Gentiles
and they to the circumcised.
Only, we were to be mindful of the poor,
which is the very thing I was eager to do.
And when Cephas came to Antioch,
I opposed him to his face because he clearly was wrong.
For, until some people came from James,
he used to eat with the Gentiles;
but when they came, he began to draw back and separated himself,
because he was afraid of the circumcised.
And the rest of the Jews acted hypocritically along with him,
with the result that even Barnabas
was carried away by their hypocrisy.
But when I saw that they were not on the right road
in line with the truth of the Gospel,
I said to Cephas in front of all,
"If you, though a Jew,
are living like a Gentile and not like a Jew,
how can you compel the Gentiles to live like Jews?"

Responsorial Psalm PS 117:1BC, 2

R. Go out to all the world, and tell the Good News.
Praise the LORD, all you nations,
glorify him, all you peoples!
R. Go out to all the world, and tell the Good News.
For steadfast is his kindness toward us,
and the fidelity of the LORD endures forever.
R. Go out to all the world, and tell the Good News.

Alleluia ROM 8:15BC

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
You have received a spirit of adoption as sons
through which we cry: Abba! Father!
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel LK 11:1-4

Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished,
one of his disciples said to him,
"Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples."
He said to them, "When you pray, say:
Father, hallowed be your name,
your Kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread
and forgive us our sins
for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us,
and do not subject us to the final test."


Daily Meditation: Luke 11:1-4

Father, hallowed be your name. (Luke 11:2)

When you pray, do you ever think about what God the Father looks like? Perhaps you imagine an old man with a white beard sitting on a gigantic throne. Or maybe you picture a being who is so distant and incomprehensible that you can't possibly relate to him. Some people might remember their own fathers who let them down. Others think of God more as a stern judge than as a loving father. For whatever reason, praying to the Father can feel difficult.

Some of Jesus' disciples may have felt the same way when Jesus told them to pray "Father, hallowed be your name" (Luke 11:2). Many Jews showed such reverence for God that they wouldn't even say his name. How could they call the all-holy God "Father"? But Jesus showed them a different side of God. He showed them a God of peace, joy, and compassion. The disciples saw Jesus' close relationship with the Father, and they realized that Jesus was offering them a new path to him. In his suffering, death, and resurrection, he won for them—and for us—a new closeness with God.

Jesus came to reveal the Father so that we all could know him and experience his love. "Whoever has seen me has seen the Father," he told his disciples (John 14:9). When he prayed, Jesus addressed the Father directly, and he taught his disciples to do the same.

Through the gift of the Lord's Prayer, Jesus assures us that we can relate to God as his children, using the very words that Jesus taught us. He has given us simple, familiar words to say, along with the promise that our Father will hear us. We don't need to speak eloquently or possess deep theological understanding. We just need to come to him. Today try to visualize Jesus with you as you're praying. You could use an icon or a picture, or just imagine him in your mind. Look at his face as he leads you "to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God" (John 20:17). Jesus is "the image of the invisible God" (Colossians 1:15). Come to him, and you will find your heavenly Father.

"Our Father, help me to see you as you are."

Galatians 2:1-2, 7-14
Psalm 117:1, 2



Whether believers or not, we are agreed today that the earth is essentially a shared inheritance, whose fruits are meant to benefit everyone. For believers, this becomes a question of fidelity to the Creator, since God created the world for everyone.
— Pope Francis
from Laudato Si'


"Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished..."
Our Lord prayed. We hear it over and over again. He was praying, before sunrise, during the day, and at night, off in the wilderness and among everyone. He shows us that His life, His Way, is a life of prayer.


We prayed today: "Praise the LORD, all you nations,
glorify him, all you peoples! Go out to all the world, and tell the Good News." Have you made a plan for the day to spread the good news? How about for the week? Month, year, decades? Have you set out to accomplish God's command/will?


We heard in the Holy Gospel: ""Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples."
And so our Lord did teach. And He taught us the Lord's prayer. This is how you are to pray. This is not only WHAT you are to pray, but this is HOW you are to pray, it is a position or disposition, our life ordering:

"When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name". Make the Father's name Holy, honored, and to be revered. Since this is a testimony bit, I offer my advice, I am starting to watch how I say the word GOD in my life, especially when singing praises and prayers, I try to emphasize it with honor and respect, total reverence. Let us not say His name without considering really who He is.

"your Kingdom come." Make His kingdom come in your life, make it where He is truly King of all your life, lest we treat Him with a crown of thorns.

"Give us each day our daily bread". And He offers Himself daily on the cross and on the altars in Holy Mass, in the Eucharist. Do you truly ask for the bread?

"and forgive us our sins". Here is the penitent. Here is penance. Here is a repentant soul. Here is one humbling them self. Here is one truly honoring Our Father.

"for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us," And here we are being mercy. Believe it or not, I find it hard to forgive someone, immediately. Like, lately, people have promised me something, and they have broken their promise. It feels terrible because I was depending on them and their promise, their commitments. I forgive, but why does it feel terrible? Have I not really forgiven? They dropped their cross and now I have been added more weight to the cross, in ministry. And so this part of the Lord's prayer, is one of the heaviest. Forgiving. Of course it's easy to say we forgive, but it's not the same as truly forgiving. It's easy to say we are Christian, or even to say you love God, but now, I'm starting to catch I really? I may refrain from saying I love God now...I may just start trying to really do it.

"and do not subject us to the final test." Deliver us from evil, and from temptation. Tests are not easy. You will sit there and sweat it out if you are not prepared. You will suffer greatly. You will be tortured. You will face the worst persecutions. Unless. Unless today you hear His voice, and harden not your hearts. Jesus our Lord had the softest heart for God's will. He shows that it is humanly possible to do God's will. He did not come and fail, but He came and triumphed. As if God Himself entered earth and said "Look, this is what I want, and this is how you are to do it".

And our Lord's prayer ensues. Starts with God and ends with our life hanging on to God for all things.

And then, we give thanks. And then we attempt to be truly thankful. And then this thankfulness leads to complete humility.

Lord, help us learn your Holy will, and help us to love it...


Random Bible verse from online generator:

1 Peter 4:16
Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.


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