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Friday, October 15, 2021

† " .There Is Nothing Concealed ."

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†Saint Quote
""Work hard every day at increasing your purity of heart, which consists in appraising things and weighing them in the balance of God's will."
— St. Francis de Sales

†MEDITATION OF THE DAY
"Love proves itself by deeds, and how shall I prove mine? ... I can prove my love only by scattering flowers, that is to say, by never letting slip a single little sacrifice, a single glance, a single word; by making profit of the very smallest actions, by doing them all for love. I want to suffer and even rejoice for love, for this is my way of scattering flowers."
— St. Therese of Lisieux, p. 4-5
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† VERSE OF THE DAY
"If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, his religion is vain. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world."
James 1:26-27

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ST. TERESA OF AVILA

St. Teresa of Avila (1515–1582), also known as St. Teresa of Jesus, was born in Spain to a large, devout, and prominent Catholic family. Fascinated with the lives of the saints taught to her by her pious parents, as children she and a brother tried to run away from home to seek martyrdom among the Moors. After an uncle found them and returned them home, they built hermitages for themselves in the family garden. At the age of 14 Teresa was plunged into sorrow upon the death of her mother; to find consolation she asked the Virgin Mary to be her new mother. When she began to exhibit worldly vanities, her father placed her in a convent to be educated with other ladies of her social class. Determined to avoid marriage, and motivated more by the need for security than love for God, at the age of twenty Teresa entered religious life as a Carmelite nun. For two decades she led what she describes as a mediocre prayer life, hindered by too much socialization with visitors. However, an intense prayer experience in her forties helped her to renounce worldly attachments and enter deeper into a life of prayer. She advanced rapidly and taught others to do the same, being encouraged by a vision of the place reserved for her in hell if she was unfaithful to God's graces. She had many profound mystical experiences for which she was often slandered and ridiculed. After the reform of her own life she worked hard to reform the laxity of many Carmelite convents, and was successful even while being greatly opposed in her efforts. She was a strong and important female figure of her era, and her great progress in the spiritual life led her to write the spiritual classics Interior Castle and The Way of Perfection. For these works St. Teresa of Avila was named the first female Doctor of the Church. Her feast day is October 15th.

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Memorial of Saint Teresa of Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church

Lectionary: 471
Reading I

Rom 4:1-8

Brothers and sisters:
What can we say that Abraham found,
our ancestor according to the flesh?
Indeed, if Abraham was justified on the basis of his works,
he has reason to boast;
but this was not so in the sight of God.
For what does the Scripture say?
Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.
A worker's wage is credited not as a gift, but as something due.
But when one does not work,
yet believes in the one who justifies the ungodly,
his faith is credited as righteousness.
So also David declares the blessedness of the person
to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:

Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven
and whose sins are covered.
Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord does not record.

Responsorial Psalm

32:1b-2, 5, 11

R. (see 7) I turn to you, Lord, in time of trouble, and you fill me with the joy of salvation.
Blessed is he whose fault is taken away,
whose sin is covered.
Blessed the man to whom the LORD imputes not guilt,
in whose spirit there is no guile.
R. I turn to you, Lord, in time of trouble, and you fill me with the joy of salvation.
Then I acknowledged my sin to you,
my guilt I covered not.
I said, "I confess my faults to the LORD,"
and you took away the guilt of my sin.
R. I turn to you, Lord, in time of trouble, and you fill me with the joy of salvation.
Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you just;
exult, all you upright of heart.
R. I turn to you, Lord, in time of trouble, and you fill me with the joy of salvation.

Alleluia

Ps 33:22

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
May your kindness, O LORD, be upon us;
who have put our hope in you.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel

Lk 12:1-7

At that time:
So many people were crowding together
that they were trampling one another underfoot.
Jesus began to speak, first to his disciples,
"Beware of the leaven–that is, the hypocrisy–of the Pharisees.

"There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed,
nor secret that will not be known.
Therefore whatever you have said in the darkness
will be heard in the light,
and what you have whispered behind closed doors
will be proclaimed on the housetops.
I tell you, my friends,
do not be afraid of those who kill the body
but after that can do no more.
I shall show you whom to fear.
Be afraid of the one who after killing
has the power to cast into Gehenna;
yes, I tell you, be afraid of that one.
Are not five sparrows sold for two small coins?
Yet not one of them has escaped the notice of God.
Even the hairs of your head have all been counted.
Do not be afraid.
You are worth more than many sparrows."

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Daily Meditation: Luke 12:1-7

There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed. (Luke 12:2)

When reading today's Gospel, we often emphasize what Jesus says about God's tender care and concern for even the minutest aspect of our lives and the value we have in his eyes (Luke 12:6-7). But then he offers a stark contrast: all cover-ups will be exposed; all secrets will be publicized. That sounds embarrassing—even scary!

But let's remember that it's not only the bad things that will be revealed on the Day of Judgment. Read the Gospel again, this time in light of the God who counts all the hairs on your head. Think of all the small sacrifices you make, even the ones that other people may not notice. Saving the last piece of cake for someone else when you really want it yourself. Saying no to the temptation to engage in gossip. Praying in the middle of the night for someone who is sick. Or simply offering a cup of cold water to someone, as Jesus said (Matthew 10:42).

God notices all these. No act of kindness is overlooked as insignificant by the one who cares even for "dime-a-dozen" sparrows. Every act of love done in secret—even the smallest kindness—is known to God. And one day they will all be revealed.

So when you grow weary of doing good, remember: God sees what is done in secret, and he will reward you (Matthew 6:4). One day you will see him face-to-face and hear him say, "Well done, good servant!" (Luke 19:17). And you will discover that it's not only the Lord who remembers your acts of love. Your family, your friends, the person who was ignored until you spoke to them—all of these brothers and sisters will thank you and give praise to God.

Even now, picture Jesus smiling at you as you do these things. Imagine him saying to the Father, "Look at my friend, loving as we have loved him." Thank him today for his care for you: you are worth more than many sparrows (Luke 12:7). And your secret acts of kindness for others have immeasurable value in the eyes of God!

"Thank you, Father, for valuing the little ways I try to love you by loving others."

Romans 4:1-8
Psalm 32:1-2, 5, 11

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"Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness."
And the ultimate plunge in faith is just that...a plunge into the unknown, but is made known in the Word, and the Word was made flesh, it is Christ our Lord.

psalms

We pray in Psalms:
" I turn to you, Lord, in time of trouble, and you fill me with the joy of salvation.
Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you just;
exult, all you upright of heart."
There is cause for joy, in those who are following the Lord closely.
For sin makes you look down. And in the spiritual world, you are disfigured, not in His image.

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Our Lord speaks, the TRUTH speaks:
""Beware of the leaven–that is, the hypocrisy–of the Pharisees.

"There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed,
nor secret that will not be known.
Therefore whatever you have said in the darkness
will be heard in the light,
and what you have whispered behind closed doors
will be proclaimed on the housetops."

Have you ever been put on "blast" as they say? People calling you out and discovered you?
If you haven't, well, it is being done regardless! Whether you know it or not, and whether you like or not.
Every little secret is known.

Then, we should have from now on...good secrets.
These secrets will be put on blast too.
And these secrets change the world.
This is what St. Theresa of Avila called the "interior castle". What is inside is put outside. "She sees the soul as a magnificent castle full of spacious and well-lit rooms or mansions each of which leads deeper into the heart of the castle to the seat of the King. However, St. Teresa laments that most people give all their attention to the outer wall of the castle the body ignoring the beauty of the soul within."

Our Lord continues:
"I tell you, my friends,
do not be afraid of those who kill the body
but after that can do no more.
I shall show you whom to fear.
Be afraid of the one who after killing
has the power to cast into Gehenna;
yes, I tell you, be afraid of that one."

And who is afraid of God? What if I said that a sin, an intentional sin says "I am not afraid of God and His wrath".
What about the fear of the Lord? Our Lord is asking for us to consider the King...and ultimately, He is King.

He speaks:
"Are not five sparrows sold for two small coins?
Yet not one of them has escaped the notice of God.
Even the hairs of your head have all been counted.
Do not be afraid.
You are worth more than many sparrows."

What does the hairs on your head matter?
Right? Apparently, even that detail matters to God our Father.
Does it matter to me, the hairs on my own head? Or the head of my children? This verse serves the purpose of God's immense care, and true Love.
What we consider worthless, He considers worthy.
And this message is all a calling.
You may feel worthless.
You may feel unworthy.
You may feel forgotten.
But God notices. And this kind of notice lifts you up from the corner, takes you by the hand and says "come my child, let's spend ourselves together".

Let's pray:
Lord, Father, God,
Your message is one of Holy Love and a calling to a Holy disposition to Love...and You Are Love.
I pray that I can fear You rightly, believe You at every Word,
and lead myself and all to You, both now and forever.
In Your Precious name we pray.

from your brother in Christ,
Adrian

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Thursday, October 14, 2021

† " .To Catch Him ."

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†Saint Quote
""No one can make excuses, because anyone can love God; and he does not ask the soul for more than to love him, because he loves the soul, and it is his love."
— Blessed Angela of Foligno

† MEDITATION OF THE DAY
"The vow of poverty is a generous renunciation and detachment from the heavy burden of temporal things. It is an alleviation of the spirit, it is a relief afforded to human infirmity, the liberty of a noble heart to strive after eternal and spiritual blessings. It is a satiety and abundance, in which the thirst after earthly treasures is allayed, and a sovereignty and ownership, in which a most noble enjoyment of all riches is established. All this, my daughter, and many other blessings are contained in voluntary poverty, and all this the sons of the world are ignorant and deprived of, precisely because they are lovers of earthly riches and enemies of this holy and opulent poverty."
— Ven. Mary of Agreda, p. 85
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†VERSE OF THE DAY
"We know that we belong to God, and the whole world is under the power of the evil one. We also know that the Son of God has come and has given us discernment to know the one who is true. And we are in the one who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life."
1 John 5:19-20

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POPE SAINT CALLISTUS I

Pope St. Callistus I (d. 223 A.D.) was a Roman by birth and a Christian slave. He was the servant of a fellow Christian serving in the Roman imperial household. He was entrusted with the task of managing his master's wealth, which he used to operate a bank into which many Christians invested their money. When the bank failed due to unpaid loans, Callistus fled the city in fear of retribution. He was soon caught, and in punishment was sentenced to hard slave labor in the Sardinian mines. He eventually obtained his freedom when he and the other Christian slaves working in the mines were released, or perhaps ransomed, with special pardon from the Emperor. Callistus was later recalled to Rome by Pope Zephyrinus to serve as his deacon, top adviser, and the caretaker of the important Christian cemetery along the Appian Way. This cemetary, which now bears Callistus' name, contains the relics of many martyrs. As the Holy Father's adviser, St. Callistus drew the ire of Tertullian and St. Hippolytus of Rome who were his constant theological opponents. When Pope Zephyrinus died, Callistus was elected to the Chair of St. Peter in 217 A.D. As pope, St. Callistus was known for his leniency and forgiveness. He upheld the teaching of the Church that grave sins could be forgiven with true contrition and due penance, which was controversial at the time. He reigned for five years and died a martyr; one account holds that he was killed by an anti-Christian mob, being thrown from his house and stoned to death. His feast day is October 14th.

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Thursday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time

Lectionary: 470
Reading I

Rom 3:21-30

Brothers and sisters:
Now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law,
though testified to by the law and the prophets,
the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ
for all who believe.
For there is no distinction;
all have sinned and are deprived of the glory of God.
They are justified freely by his grace
through the redemption in Christ Jesus,
whom God set forth as an expiation,
through faith, by his Blood, to prove his righteousness
because of the forgiveness of sins previously committed,
through the forbearance of God–
to prove his righteousness in the present time,
that he might be righteous
and justify the one who has faith in Jesus.

What occasion is there then for boasting? It is ruled out.
On what principle, that of works?
No, rather on the principle of faith.
For we consider that a person is justified by faith
apart from works of the law.
Does God belong to Jews alone?
Does he not belong to Gentiles, too?
Yes, also to Gentiles, for God is one
and will justify the circumcised on the basis of faith
and the uncircumcised through faith.

Responsorial Psalm

130:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6ab

R. (7) With the Lord there is mercy, and fullness of redemption.
Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD;

LORD, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive

to my voice in supplication.
R. With the Lord there is mercy, and fullness of redemption.
If you, O LORD, mark iniquities,

Lord, who can stand?
But with you is forgiveness,

that you may be revered.
R. With the Lord there is mercy, and fullness of redemption.
I trust in the LORD;

my soul trusts in his word.
My soul waits for the LORD

more than sentinels wait for the dawn.
R. With the Lord there is mercy, and fullness of redemption.

Alleluia

Jn 14:6

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I am the way and the truth and the life, says the Lord;
no one comes to the Father except through me.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel

Lk 11:47-54

The Lord said:
"Woe to you who build the memorials of the prophets
whom your fathers killed.
Consequently, you bear witness and give consent
to the deeds of your ancestors,
for they killed them and you do the building.
Therefore, the wisdom of God said,
'I will send to them prophets and Apostles;
some of them they will kill and persecute'
in order that this generation might be charged
with the blood of all the prophets
shed since the foundation of the world,
from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah
who died between the altar and the temple building.
Yes, I tell you, this generation will be charged with their blood!
Woe to you, scholars of the law!
You have taken away the key of knowledge.
You yourselves did not enter and you stopped those trying to enter."
When Jesus left, the scribes and Pharisees
began to act with hostility toward him
and to interrogate him about many things,
for they were plotting to catch him at something he might say.

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Daily Meditation: Luke 11:47-54

Woe to you, scholars of the law! You have taken away the key of knowledge. (Luke 11:52)

So just how did these scholars of the law take away the "key of knowledge" (Luke 11:52)? If we look at the rest of this Gospel passage, we can get some clues.

Jesus accused these scribes of not embracing the kingdom that he preached—not "entering" it (see verse 52)—and of thereby preventing other people from embracing it as well. Their witness of hostility and opposition to Jesus made other people suspicious and kept them from following Jesus. What's more, it's possible that they openly kept people away by spreading false rumors about Jesus or threatening any who followed him with God's judgment. We can also assume that their hypocrisy prevented people from seeing the true nature of God.

But just as these scribes took away the key of knowledge by their words and actions, we can pass on that key by our own Spirit-filled words and actions. One powerful way we can do this is by trying to treat everyone around us with the same love and respect that we have received from Jesus. Of course, our words can be effective at times, if we can find a way to talk about our relationship with the Lord without sounding pushy. But the words we speak will have a far greater effect if they are backed up by acts of love, generosity, mercy, and compassion. Because the truth is, the harder we push when we try to persuade people, the more we risk alienating them—or even misrepresenting the Lord.

As with everything else in the Christian life, sharing the key of knowledge starts with love—Christ's love for you, which humbles you and teaches you to love the people around you. Begin with that, and you'll find it easier to know when the Spirit is prompting you to share about your faith or your relationship with the Lord.

Jesus wants all of us to be his witnesses. He wants all of us to share the key to knowing him and loving him. Let's take up that call.

"Lord, help me find a way to share the key of knowledge with everyone I meet today."

Romans 3:21-30
Psalm 130:1-6

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"Brothers and sisters:
Now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law,
though testified to by the law and the prophets,
the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe."
What does this mean?
It is a realization, a real manifestation, that everything in the Old Testament has been realized in Jesus. Jesus is God. God from God. True light from true Light. He is the full expectation of everything we've desired.

Now...what is your desire? If it is anything apart from Himself...we've aimed our hearts for the future and eternal life.
There is an eternal life we can shoot for, eternal love, eternal rest, or the opposite, eternal unrest, and aren't you already tired of that? Eternal fire, aren't you tired of being thirsty?

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We pray in Psalms:
"Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD; LORD, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to my voice in supplication. With the Lord there is mercy, and fullness of redemption."

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Our Lord speaks, the TRUTH speaks:
"Woe to you who build the memorials of the prophets whom your fathers killed.
Consequently, you bear witness and give consent to the deeds of your ancestors,
for they killed them and you do the building."

We like to think ourselves holy and good enough. Most think they don't need to lift a finger. These are all the exact thoughts of the "fools", the Pharisees.

We like to pay homage to the saints and say "oh if we only had the opportunities they had". That's another lie. We actually perform the opposite with the exact same opportunities they had.
Mother Teresa sought the poor.
Do you seek the poor?
And if Jesus hides in the poor, then, do you really seek Jesus?
We listen to TV and Radio and Social Media too much.
We need to listen to the Holy Spirit that transmits much more clear, if we tune in, seek and find, knock and find the door be opened.
And His call is clear. "my child, would you come help Me? Would you come spend time with me? Can you call me? Can we talk? Can we do things together?"

And the call is of being evangelized, and then to do the evangelization.

To who? How?

Right where you are, to everyone you meet, both at home and abroad. That's who, and that's how.
This is the light.
This is the truth.
And you must be one with the light to be the light.
You must be one in the truth to share the truth.

Otherwise it will be a hypocritical Christian life. One who says they believe, and do nothing. One who says they love, and does nothing to show it. One who says they come to sacrifice, and have nothing to sacrifice. One who says they come to offer, and they have nothing to offer.

The Lord speaks. And the Word is designed to cut open the heart of the flesh...just as His heart was cut open and poured out. You and I are Church. You and I are the Body. You and I are the beings of God in the world today.

Let's pray.
My Lord, My God,
If I am to honor You truly,

let me love You truly.
If I am to praise You, let me truly be grateful.
If I am to be with You, let me seek You at every moment of my life.
And this is the beginnings of life eternal..that my gaze my always be set on Thy Precious Face.

amen.

from your brother in Christ,
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