†Saint Quote "We should strive to keep our hearts open to the sufferings and wretchedness of other people, and pray continually that God may grant us that spirit of compassion which is truly the spirit of God." — St. Vincent de Paul
† MEDITATION OF THE DAY† "When uncertain about God's will, it is very important that we tell ourselves: 'Even if there are aspects of God's will that escape me, there are always others that I know for sure and can invest in without any risk, knowing that this investment always pays dividends.' These certainties include fulfilling the duties of our state in life and practicing the essential points of every Christian vocation. There is a defect here that needs to be recognized and avoided: finding ourselves in darkness about God's will on an important question . . . we spend so much time searching and doubting or getting discouraged, that we neglect things that are God's will for us every day, like being faithful to prayer, maintaining trust in God, loving the people around us here and now. Lacking answers about the future, we should prepare to receive them by living today to the full." — Fr. Jacques Philippe, p. 55 AN EXCERPT FROM Interior Freedom
† VERSE OF THE DAY "Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you [falsely] because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you." Matthew 5:11-12
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ST. ELIZABETH OF THE VISITATION
St. Elizabeth of the Visitation (1st c.) was the wife of Zachary, a temple priest, and the cousin and close companion of the Blessed Virgin Mary. She is the one whom Our Lady visited in haste after the Annunciation. The Angel Gabriel had told Mary that Elizabeth was expecting a miraculous child in her old age. Upon hearing Mary's voice, who was then carrying the Son of God in her womb, Elizabeth's unborn child leaped in her womb by the power of the Holy Spirit. It was with Elizabeth that Mary first shared the joy of the Incarnation of Jesus Christ. St. Elizabeth gave birth to St. John the Baptist, the prophet who prepared the way for Jesus' ministry. St. Elizabeth is described in the Gospel of Luke as "righteous in the eyes of God, observing all the commandments of the Lord blamelessly." St. Elizabeth shares a feast day with her husband, Zachary, on November 5th.
Friday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 489 Reading I
I myself am convinced about you, my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and able to admonish one another. But I have written to you rather boldly in some respects to remind you, because of the grace given me by God to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles in performing the priestly service of the Gospel of God, so that the offering up of the Gentiles may be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. In Christ Jesus, then, I have reason to boast in what pertains to God. For I will not dare to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to lead the Gentiles to obedience by word and deed, by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God, so that from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum I have finished preaching the Gospel of Christ. Thus I aspire to proclaim the Gospel not where Christ has already been named, so that I do not build on another's foundation, but as it is written:
Those who have never been told of him shall see,
and those who have never heard of him shall understand.
98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4
R. (see 2b) The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power. Sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done wondrous deeds; His right hand has won victory for him,
his holy arm. R. The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power. The LORD has made his salvation known:
in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice. He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness
toward the house of Israel. R. The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power. All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation by our God. Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
break into song; sing praise. R. The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.
1 Jn 2:5
R. Alleluia, alleluia. Whoever keeps the word of Christ, the love of God is truly perfected in him. R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Jesus said to his disciples, "A rich man had a steward who was reported to him for squandering his property. He summoned him and said, 'What is this I hear about you? Prepare a full account of your stewardship, because you can no longer be my steward.' The steward said to himself, 'What shall I do, now that my master is taking the position of steward away from me? I am not strong enough to dig and I am ashamed to beg. I know what I shall do so that, when I am removed from the stewardship, they may welcome me into their homes.' He called in his master's debtors one by one. To the first he said, 'How much do you owe my master?' He replied, 'One hundred measures of olive oil.' He said to him, 'Here is your promissory note. Sit down and quickly write one for fifty.' Then to another he said, 'And you, how much do you owe?' He replied, 'One hundred measures of wheat.'
He said to him, 'Here is your promissory note; write one for eighty.' And the master commended that dishonest steward for acting prudently. For the children of this world are more prudent in dealing with their own generation than the children of light."
Daily Meditation: Luke 16:1-8
The master commended that dishonest steward for acting prudently. (Luke 16:8)
Were you startled when you read this verse? Why would the master commend this steward? He'd already been chastised for squandering his master's property. And now he was doing something that appeared even worse—he was telling his master's debtors to reduce their debt! And these were no small accounts! One hundred measures of olive oil alone could translate to eight hundred gallons.
But let's look at what this steward was actually doing. Like many other stewards, he had likely been inflating the amount his master's debtors owed and keeping the extra money for himself. By decreasing their debt, he was giving away his own profits, not actually causing his master to lose money. He knew he would soon be out of work and possibly unemployable, so he gave the debtors a break in the hope that they would help him out later on. So this wily steward corrected his fraudulent ledgers and made friends for himself in the process!
Jesus wants us to learn from this steward—not from his dishonesty, but from his shrewdness and ability to think about his future. We may or may not have material wealth, but we are all "stewards" of God's gifts. We can be as creative as this steward when we consider how to use what God has given us to help ourselves—and the people around us. One day our "stewardship" will end. Our resources are only temporary. All the more reason to use them to build the kingdom of God here and now so that one day we can enter the "eternal dwellings" in heaven (Luke 16:9).
Take a look at what you're doing with the goods you have. How can your gifts benefit God's kingdom here on earth? How can you use your resources for the good of other people? As a child of God, you don't have to act in fear like the steward. You can be sure that your heavenly Father will never let go of you. So get creative! Freely give of the gifts God has given to you, and build his kingdom in the process.
Lord, help me to be a good steward of all that you have given me!"
Romans 15:14-21 Psalm 98:1-4
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From Today's Holy Scripture: "Those who have never been told of him shall see, and those who have never heard of him shall understand." How will they? Through you. We are The Body.
We pray in Psalms: "Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done wondrous deeds; His right hand has won victory for him, his holy arm. The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power." If the world has stopped believing, it is time to believe once again. Faith brings upon a marvelous life. If I obey, good things come, if I do not, bad things come, and most bad things are disguised as good. So what is good? The way and righteousness of God, His will, His commands, His life, His Truth. Because if you do not believe...then you make up your own truth.
We heard of our Lord: "'What is this I hear about you? Prepare a full account of your stewardship..." In a protestant world you do not have to worry about this Scripture, they throw this away by saying "once saved always saved" and "works are dead". And this has led to the belief that even the age of miracles and saints are dead. They say then, that believing humans is dead. Because to be a saint is to be most human.
Alas, I digress. We are not to be "cafeteria Catholic", like the protestants who pick and choose what they want to believe and make up their own beliefs, which has led to the modern heresy of "moral relativism" that says "whatever you believe is the truth".
We here, you for reading this are in the truth. We will all be called in the day of judgement to render accounts of everything, of stewardship, because God is King and we are subjects, we are servants, the parables always speak about servants. You are a mere useless servant. Is that bad? It is good. In my years of ministries and revelations, I'm learning to be used, and let myself be used by God. However He wants. However He sees fit. And the more useless I am to the world, the better for God. The world teaches the religion of "utilitarianism", where you are only as good as you are useful. Whoever designed this modern pandemic, designed it to kill off the useless, the elderly, the sickly, and the list goes on in this new genocide of the lovers of death. And they preach over-population, and even if we are NOT over-populated, they will preach it as truth, to push for more death to the unborn, and the elderly.
Stewardship. What has this to do with you? And me? One word stands out. Squandering. The King said the bad steward was squandering the King's property. Everything we own is His, and everyone we know is His.
Suddenly, everything just said about people must be known...people are precious in God's eyes.
As I look to the world, I see an abused world. People abusing themselves with sex that is licentiousness, and drugs, recreation, entertainment, and the indulgence leads to openness to darkness, and the occult, an over-extension to the like, which invites evil spirits into the souls. And so the abused often abuse. And those who abuse, use others, stealing, lying, and then violence. And who does darkness blame? The Church.
In my dealings with evil and lies, I like to see a grain of truth, but most often it is lies from hell. Like the hellish lies that the unbeliever says "God is not Good..if God were good there would be no evil". Sounds like logic, but it is illogical. These lies say that there is no good, no such thing as good (except what they choose to be good, often gods).
We are in a world that you will not see be perfected, only self can be perfected and how? As you strive to perfect others in holiness and to become saints, you will then be holy and saintly, and for this, you must become the least, and most honest, sincere, a true servant, and good steward of God's gifts, not your talents but His talents. Lastly, I need to make a meme, that depicts a temperature gauge, and I am not cool. I don't want to be cool anymore. I want to be hot for God, for Jesus, on fire...setting the world ablaze...for this is God's will, Jesus says it Himself. It starts now, and in you.
Let's pray: My Lord, My God, My King Jesus Christ, I am a steward, but am I squandering away what I have in my life? Am I squandering Your love? Am I squandering time, money, talents? Let me be receptive and say yes with a loving heart and smile to all that will come...I entrust myself and consecrate myself to Thee and They Most Precious and Merciful Sacred Heart.... Jesus.
from your brother in Christ, Adrian
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