†Saint Quote "OCTOBER 28, 2021 "The Holy Bible is like a mirror before our mind's eye. In it we see our inner face. From the Scriptures we can learn our spiritual deformities and beauties. And there too we discover the progress we are making and how far we are from perfection." — Pope St. Gregory the Great
†MEDITATION OF THE DAY "Just as God's creature, the sun, is one and the same the world over, so also does the Church's preaching shine everywhere to enlighten all men who want to come to a knowledge of the truth. Now of those who speak with authority in the churches, no preacher however forceful will utter anything different—for no one is above the Master—nor will a less forceful preacher diminish what has been handed down. Since our faith is everywhere the same, no one who can say more augments it, nor can anyone who says less diminish it." — St. Ignatius of Antioch, p. 194 AN EXCERPT FROM Witness of the Saints
† VERSE OF THE DAY "Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:19
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STS. SIMON & JUDE
St. Jude Thaddeus (1st c.) was a blood relative of Jesus Christ and one of his Twelve Apostles. He was known for his preaching, healing, exorcisms, and his appearance was said to have closely matched that of Jesus'. He is the patron of impossible causes, desperate situations, and hospitals. He also wrote the book of the Bible that bears his name. St. Simon the Zealot (1st c.) was also one of Jesus' Twelve Apostles, but one of the most obscure. He earned his name for being zealous for the honor of Jesus, showing a holy indignation towards those who claimed Christ with their lips while dishonoring him with their manner of life. After the Ascension of Jesus, towards the end of his life, it is believed that St. Simon joined St. Jude to preach the Gospel in Persia, where they were both martyred in 65 A.D. St. Simon the Zealot and St. Jude Thaddeus share a feast day on October 28th. See more about St. Jude Thaddeus. See more about St. Simon the Apostle (the Zealot).
Feast of Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles
Lectionary: 666 Reading I
Brothers and sisters: You are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the Apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone. Through him the whole structure is held together and grows into a temple sacred in the Lord; in him you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
R. (5a) Their message goes out through all the earth. The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Day pours out the word to day,
and night to night imparts knowledge. R. Their message goes out through all the earth. Not a word nor a discourse
whose voice is not heard; Through all the earth their voice resounds,
and to the ends of the world, their message. R. Their message goes out through all the earth.
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R. Alleluia, alleluia. We praise you, O God, we acclaim you as Lord; the glorious company of Apostles praise you. R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Jesus went up to the mountain to pray, and he spent the night in prayer to God.
When day came, he called his disciples to himself, and from them he chose Twelve, whom he also named Apostles: Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called a Zealot, and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
Daily Meditation: Luke 6:12-16
He chose Twelve. (Luke 6:13)
If you made a movie about the life of Jesus, you know who would have the starring roles. In addition to Jesus, the actors playing Peter, John, and Judas would get top billing. But the actors playing some of the other apostles, including Simon and Jude, would probably be in the rolling credits at the end.
We don't know much about these two apostles; they have no major part to play in any of the Gospels. We do know that Simon was a Zealot, a member of a political party seeking to overthrow the Romans, so perhaps he was something of a revolutionary. Although one New Testament letter bears his name, we know even less about Jude; he's a popular saint today because he's the patron of impossible causes.
Yet after spending a night in prayer, Jesus deliberately chose these two men to be part of the Twelve. Something about them must have stood out to him. Maybe it was their loyalty to him, or their grasp of his teaching, or the way they took care of the other disciples. Whatever the reason, Jesus clearly had confidence in them. And that confidence was well-grounded: both men would one day be martyred for preaching the gospel.
Most of us don't have "starring" roles in life. Yet God has deliberately chosen us to be his disciples and to follow him. Like Simon and Jude, each of us has been "sent out" in one way or another to share the good news. Each of us has also been given a vocation—to marriage and family, the single or religious life, or the priesthood. And we may be called in other specific ways to serve God and his people.
So if you serve quietly and without much notice, know that your role in God's kingdom is still important to him. Some days you may feel unappreciated or overlooked. Some days you may even feel like you are failing. But that's not how God feels. He has chosen you for a reason, and he is confident that, drawing on his grace, you will be able to accomplish all that he has called you to do.
"Lord, help me to fulfill the calling you have given me."
Ephesians 2:19-22 Psalm 19:2-5
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From Today's Holy Scripture: "Through him the whole structure is held together and grows into a temple sacred in the Lord; in him you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit."
I was teaching my RCIA class about how we are all interesting beings...not just physical beings, but spiritual, into which spirits can enter and reside.
Suddenly, not all is as it seems. And I said God can reside in us, and we must make a pure clean place for Him.
We pray in Psalms: "The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Day pours out the word to day,
and night to night imparts knowledge. Their message goes out through all the earth"
I find myself always in a race. Racing against time. The days go by fast. The weeks do as well, and here we are, nearing the end of another year.
And I have to find my anchor. So many things rushing at me at once always. And lately, many funerals, of my loved ones and their loved ones, their sorrows, turn to my sorrows, and time keeps racing. Evil will not stop. Darkness imparts to darkness. But day to day, light to light. We must anchor ourselves to Light...Jesus Himself.
We heard about our Lord: "Jesus went up to the mountain to pray, and he spent the night in prayer to God. When day came, he called his disciples to himself, and from them he chose Twelve, whom he also named Apostles:"
They say our Lord chose 12 disciples to renew the lost 12 tribes of Israel, well, most were lost, and not really, they were held captive by enemies, like 10 out of 12. Our Lord came to set captives free. Even Barabas was set free, as our Lord was traded for this prisoner. Traded by Judas, his own apostle chosen by our Lord Himself.
The own brother of Joseph betrayed him, and Joseph was made a prisoner that would later become the brothers' savior. There is a plan. You must trust. There is darkness you must endure, but there is light. There was one faithful disciple, the true love of Christ, at the foot of the Cross, one Apostle, one Apostle to the Apostles-Mary Magdalene, and one Mother of Apostles, Mother Mary Herself. All they had was what we have been granted: faith. I'm praying for my loved ones, and for you. I pray for faith to hang on, to be more faithful, to turn from our evil ways, that He may have a piece of Heaven for real here and now in His creation...Your heart, Your Mind, Your Soul.
Let's pray: My Lord, You are amazing. I invoke Your Name upon us all. I ask that You enter our hearts to dwell. I pray that we are more faithful than ever before. I pray too, for mercy. Then we can begin to give rightful fruit, always, both now and forever.
from your brother in Christ, Adrian
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mt 18:21 The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant
21 Then Peter came up and said to him, "Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?" 22 Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.
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