Thursday, October 22, 2020

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Reach Across the Generations

"Dear young people, let yourselves be taken over by the light of Christ, and spread that light wherever you are." (St. John Paul II)

It was a young adulthood that promised little on the surface. Karol Wojtyła was working in a quarry. His father, who been the last remaining member of his immediate family, had recently died, and the Nazis had closed the university where Karol had studied. It was during this time that Karol met a fellow parishioner, Jan Tyranowski. While Karol originally was put off by the tailor's mystic spirituality, a friendship developed and Jan became his mentor. Sometimes, young people are suspicious of those who have an intense relationship with God. But if we live our faith authentically and openly with words and actions, we may plant some amazing seeds.

Talk with a young adult about a service opportunity you can do together—volunteer at a food pantry, circulate a petition, participate in a walk or march. Ask about his or her dreams and goals.

— from Brotherhood of Saints: Daily Guidance and Inspiration, by Melanie Rigney


†Saint Quote
"Put up willingly with the faults of others if you wish others to put up with yours."
— St. John Bosco

"My dear brothers and sisters, not only is prayer very powerful; even more, it's of the utmost necessity for overcoming the enemies of our salvation. Look at all the saints: They weren't content with watching and fighting to overcome the enemies of their salvation and with keeping well away from all that could offer them temptation. They passed their whole lives in prayer, not only the day, but very often the whole night as well. Yes, my dear children, we watch over ourselves and all the motions of our hearts in vain, and in vain we avoid temptation, if we don't pray. If we don't continually resort to prayer, all our other ways will be of no use at all to us, and we'll be overcome. We won't find any sinner converted without turning to prayer. We won't find one persevering without depending heavily on prayer. Nor will we ever find a Christian who ends up damned whose downfall didn't begin with a lack of prayer."
— St. John Vianney, p. 155
Manual for Spiritual Warfare

"We belong to God, and anyone who knows God listens to us, while anyone who does not belong to God refuses to hear us. This is how we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of deceit."
1 John 4:6


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Pope St. John Paul II (1920–2005) was born in Poland and was a vibrant, athletic, and intelligent child. His deeply religious father played an important role in his spiritual formation after his mother's death when he was 8 years old. He studied literature, poetry, and theater before his studies were interrupted by the Nazi invasion of Poland in 1939. He answered the call to the priesthood, and after entering a clandestine seminary was ordained in 1946. He completed his doctoral studies in Rome and returned to Poland where he ministered in a special way to young people. He was ordained a bishop in 1958 and attended the Second Vatican Council in 1962. He is well known for his leadership in encouraging a spiritual and cultural resistance to the Communist occupation of Poland. He was elected Supreme Pontiff in 1978, the first non-Italian pope in over 450 years, and had the second-longest pontificate in history. He was a remarkable theologian and philosopher and a guardian of orthodoxy. During his time as Holy Father he gave a multitude of important contributions to the Church including his teaching on the Theology of the Body, his emphasis on the Universal Call to Holiness, and his strong devotion to the Virgin Mary. He is also known as the "Pope of the Family." During his pontificate he beatified 1338 people and canonized 482 saints. He also visited 129 countries, making him one of the most well-traveled world leaders in history. He was canonized by Pope Francis in 2014. His feast day is October 22nd.
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Thursday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Lectionary: 476
Reading 1

EPH 3:14-21

Brothers and sisters:
I kneel before the Father,
from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,
that he may grant you in accord with the riches of his glory
to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self,
and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith;
that you, rooted and grounded in love,
may have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones
what is the breadth and length and height and depth,
and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge,
so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to accomplish far more than all we ask or imagine,
by the power at work within us,
to him be glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus
to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Responsorial Psalm

PS 33:1-2, 4-5, 11-12, 18-19

R. (5b) The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
Exult, you just, in the LORD;
praise from the upright is fitting.
Give thanks to the LORD on the harp;
with the ten-stringed lyre chant his praises.
R. The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
For upright is the word of the LORD,
and all his works are trustworthy.
He loves justice and right;
of the kindness of the LORD the earth is full.
R. The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
But the plan of the LORD stands forever;
the design of his heart, through all generations.
Blessed the nation whose God is the LORD,
the people he has chosen for his own inheritance.
R. The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
But see, the eyes of the LORD are upon those who fear him,
upon those who hope for his kindness,
To deliver them from death
and preserve them in spite of famine.
R. The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.


PHIL 3:8-9

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I consider all things so much rubbish
that I may gain Christ and be found in him.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.


LK 12:49-53

Jesus said to his disciples:
"I have come to set the earth on fire,
and how I wish it were already blazing!
There is a baptism with which I must be baptized,
and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished!
Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth?
No, I tell you, but rather division.
From now on a household of five will be divided,
three against two and two against three;
a father will be divided against his son
and a son against his father,
a mother against her daughter
and a daughter against her mother,
a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law
and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law."


Daily Meditation: Ephesians 3:14-21

[He] is able to accomplish far more than all we ask or imagine. (Ephesians 3:20)

The imagination of children seems limitless. One day they're famous baseball players, the next they're engineers raising a fabulous Lego skyscraper. And of course, they're getting a pony for their birthday. Anything is possible.

As God's children, we're invited to live in that same sense of unlimited possibility. In whatever way God stirs your heart and mind toward serving him, whatever he calls you to, he is prepared to give you the strength and the boldness and the opportunity to do it.

God has plans and purposes for you, and he invites you to step into them anew every day. He created your imagination to inspire you as you work out the details of that purpose. It won't always look like what you first envision. St. Francis of Assisi burned passionately to restore God's Church that had "fallen into disrepair"—and he began by trying to reconstruct a tumbledown church building. Over time, Francis came to understand more exactly what the Lord had in mind. You can't see the end at the beginning, but you can spend time with the Lord, asking him about the things that move and excite you. What do you imagine yourself doing for him? Write it down and talk to him about it, about your expectations and limitations, about the possibilities that swim before you and the hurdles you need his help to clear.

Then experiment. God's plans for you begin where you are right now. Expect him to guide you, perhaps with a growing excitement about your vocation, recurring thoughts to intercede for someone, or a new sense of direction to serve. There is so much God can do, even through your ordinary life.

You can't ask too much of God! He will help you and guide you. Begin the conversation with him and aim high. Remember that St. Paul is on his knees asking the Father to empower you as you work out the details of his purposes (Ephesians 3:14). While you might not end up with the "pony" you're asking for, God can and will do far more through you than all you ask or imagine.

"Lord, thank you for your plans for me. Open my eyes to see how you want to use me today."

Psalm 33:1-2, 4-5, 11-12, 18-19
Luke 12:49-53



Let us be abandoned to the hands of the heavenly Father, to the impulses of the divine heart toward us, and in joy or sadness, consolation or neglect, let us know how to smile and say again: Alleluia.
— Élisabeth Leseur
from Salt and Light: The Spiritual Journey of Élisabeth and Félix Leseur


"Brothers and sisters: I kneel before the Father,
from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named..."
The other day, I told a couple people "do you remember when you started your ministry, I said never pick sides?, well I take it back, we must pick the side of Christ".

Men will fail. Humans will fail. We have failure built in, called concupiscence, and due to that fact, we are destined to call for more...for God. And this is good. Rely not on your own understanding now my child. Trust in our Lord.


We pray today: "For upright is the word of the LORD, and all his works are trustworthy.
He loves justice and right; of the kindness of the LORD the earth is full. The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord."
The worldly aim to make you think that God is not good. That NOTHING is good, except maybe what man does, and that is the world's first sin, putting oneself before the Lord our God. Let this revelation be known. It is known, then, that this is the greatest fall, a fall from faith, to trust in the unknown but is known through Jesus our Lord and the Christ, savior of the World.


Our Lord said:
""I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!"
The lovers of Christ our Lord will take these words to heart. The lovers of Christ will ask for the fire to start spreading. Haven't you ever seen the Sacred Heart image on fire? It is a message. We were supposed to have a men's conference in our Diocese, and the title was going to be Hearts On Fire. And it was supposed to land on the Queenship of Mary in August, another heart on fire. I have a rosary, a combat rosary that has on it two hearts on fire, the heart of Jesus and the heart of Mary. And this is a marriage we need to understand. And this is not an earthly marriage but a propagation of the Kingdom of God. Jesus with Mary have ushered in something that changed the world forever. Hearts on fire. If you see in the world a lax clergy, or a lax child of yours, then do what I do, and think "it is my duty to become holy". I've already heard of abuse by a priest desecrating an altar with women, and I've heard of a bishop cheering on the wrong cause, and I've heard now of the supposed Pope drama that the devil has stirred up to cause division. And the Scripture becomes more real.

"Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth?
No, I tell you, but rather division."
The prince of peace brought division? I thought He meant to bring unity? Isn't that what we all pray for? What's going on here?

When the light pierces the darkness, it causes a disturbance.
That is why we must have faith, hope, and trust in our Lord.
And until the next thing happens, we must be found serving fire, and this means the fire of God's love.
But how can you if you do not have fire in your soul? In the next and real life, as this is transitory, we will know fire. In the revelation of God, His chariot is fire, Elijah was taken up on God's chariot. The Chariot carries the body and soul. The fire is real and it is what spoke to Moses. The fire has appeared, and the fire rested on those in Pentecost, including Mother Mary. The fire came upon them and they lay their hands on us to spread the fire more. What is it going to take to have the truth revealed in the muck and confusion of the world? It will take one more person to step up and into the fire.

And the division, the separation is good. Kedosh, means holy, set apart. How? Light and dark. No more in between. No more neutrality, and this is the difference between Heaven and hell.

I'll ask you one more time, as I did my 9th graders one time:
"Do you really believe there are people in Heaven that don't love God?"

Lord, I want to love you as I ought, help us love you more and more...because you deserve every last being of love....

Pope St. JPII
Pray for us! Help us be a culture of life, of light!


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Luke 12:6–7
Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies?1 And not one of them is forgotten before God. 7 Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.


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