†Saint Quote "We find ourselves in this earth as in a tempestuous sea, in a desert, in a vale of tears. Now then, Mary is the Star of the Sea, the solace of our desert, the light that guides us towards heaven." — St. John Bosco
† MEDITATION OF THE DAY "The Spirit of God teaches us how we can live our faith with great generosity of spirit. There is a vertical dimension to our faith (praising and worshiping God), but there is also a horizontal dimension to our faith in which we show our love to our sisters and brothers, God's beloved children." — Rev. Jude Winkler, p. 8 AN EXCERPT FROM Daily Meditations Holy Spirit
†VERSE OF THE DAY "You need endurance to do the will of God and receive what he has promised. 'For, after just a brief moment, he who is to come shall come; he shall not delay. But my just one shall live by faith, and if he draws back I take no pleasure in him.' We are not among those who draw back and perish, but among those who have faith and will possess life." Hebrews 10:36-39
TODAY'S FEAST DAY ⛪ DEDICATION OF ST. JOHN LATERAN BASILICA⛪ November 9th is the feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome. It marks the dedication, in 324 A.D., of the cathedral church of Rome after Constantine's Edict of Milan granted religious freedom to Christians. It is the oldest and ranks first among the four Papal Basilicas, and is the official ecclesiastical chair of the Bishop of Rome, the Pope. A Latin inscription in the church reads: "Omnium urbis et orbis ecclesiarum mater et caput," translated, "Of all the churches in the city and the world, the mother and head." Its universal celebration is a sign of love for and union with the See of St. Peter, Vicar of Christ.
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St. Benignus of Armagh (d. 467 A.D.) was the son of a pagan Irish chieftain in what is now County Meath in Ireland. He was baptized by St. Patrick and became his loyal follower in the saint's ministry across Ireland. In 450 A.D. Benignus became coadjutor with St. Patrick in the Diocese of Armagh, and also became the first rector of the Catholic school there. St. Benignus was a talented singer and worked to form choral groups wherever they traveled for their missionary work; for this he was called "Patrick's Psalmist." He also assisted with the compilation of the Senchus Mor, the Irish Code of Law, and sat on a number of commissions, councils, and synods that helped further establish the Catholic faith across Ireland. His feast day is November 9th.
Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome
Reading I Ez 47:1-2, 8-9, 12
The angel brought me back to the entrance of the temple, and I saw water flowing out from beneath the threshold of the temple toward the east, for the façade of the temple was toward the east; the water flowed down from the southern side of the temple, south of the altar. He led me outside by the north gate, and around to the outer gate facing the east, where I saw water trickling from the southern side. He said to me, "This water flows into the eastern district down upon the Arabah, and empties into the sea, the salt waters, which it makes fresh. Wherever the river flows, every sort of living creature that can multiply shall live, and there shall be abundant fish, for wherever this water comes the sea shall be made fresh. Along both banks of the river, fruit trees of every kind shall grow; their leaves shall not fade, nor their fruit fail. Every month they shall bear fresh fruit, for they shall be watered by the flow from the sanctuary. Their fruit shall serve for food, and their leaves for medicine."
Responsorial Psalm 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9
R. (5) The waters of the river gladden the city of God, the holy dwelling of the Most High! God is our refuge and our strength,
an ever-present help in distress. Therefore, we fear not, though the earth be shaken
and mountains plunge into the depths of the sea. R. The waters of the river gladden the city of God, the holy dwelling of the Most High! There is a stream whose runlets gladden the city of God,
the holy dwelling of the Most High. God is in its midst; it shall not be disturbed;
God will help it at the break of dawn. R. The waters of the river gladden the city of God, the holy dwelling of the Most High! The LORD of hosts is with us;
our stronghold is the God of Jacob. Come! behold the deeds of the LORD,
the astounding things he has wrought on earth. R. The waters of the river gladden the city of God, the holy dwelling of the Most High!
Reading II 1 Cor 3:9c-11, 16-17
Brothers and sisters: You are God's building. According to the grace of God given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building upon it. But each one must be careful how he builds upon it, for no one can lay a foundation other than the one that is there, namely, Jesus Christ. Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy that person; for the temple of God, which you are, is holy.
Alleluia 2 Chr 7:16
R. Alleluia, alleluia. I have chosen and consecrated this house, says the Lord, that my name may be there forever. R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel Jn 2:13-22
Since the Passover of the Jews was near, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. He found in the temple area those who sold oxen, sheep, and doves, as well as the money-changers seated there. He made a whip out of cords and drove them all out of the temple area, with the sheep and oxen, and spilled the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables, and to those who sold doves he said, "Take these out of here, and stop making my Father's house a marketplace." His disciples recalled the words of Scripture,
Zeal for your house will consume me. At this the Jews answered and said to him, "What sign can you show us for doing this?" Jesus answered and said to them, "Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up." The Jews said, "This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and you will raise it up in three days?" But he was speaking about the temple of his Body. Therefore, when he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they came to believe the Scripture and the word Jesus had spoken.
Daily Meditation: Psalm 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9
The Lord of hosts is with us. (Psalm 46:8)
Every church building is a symbol in stone and wood and brick that points toward spiritual realities. Some churches reflect the strength and majesty of the Lord, while others reflect his humility and poverty of spirit. Today we celebrate the dedication of a special church, the Lateran Basilica, the cathedral church of the Diocese of Rome.
The Basilica of St. John Lateran was built on property previously owned by the Lateran family—property that fell into the hands of the emperor Constantine in the early fourth century AD. When Constantine embraced Christianity, he donated the Lateran Palace to the bishop of Rome, and it was dedicated as the pope's cathedral on November 9, 324. Ever since then, it has been considered the mother church of all Catholicism.
Through its architecture, statuary, and art, the Lateran Basilica symbolizes the pope's unity, both with his immediate flock in Rome and with all Christians who are in communion with him throughout the world. So we celebrate this feast not as outside observers but as members of one body, as brothers and sisters united by the Spirit.
This point is made clear by the inscription over the baptistery connected to this magnificent church: "There is no barrier between those who are reborn and made one by this one font, the one Spirit and the one faith." We are all one family, saint and sinner alike, with one heavenly Father!
Today, ask the Holy Spirit to give you a deeper understanding of your place in the body of Christ. Ask him to help you see yourself not just as an individual striving for eternal life but as part of a vast family. You are not alone on your journey! You are surrounded by brothers and sisters who can help you—and whom you can help—as you make your way to your Father's house.
"Thank you, Father, for giving me such a big family. Teach me how to share your love and your grace with all of my brothers and sisters."
Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12 1 Corinthians 3:9-11, 16-17 John 2:13-22
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From Today's Holy Scripture: "The angel brought me back to the entrance of the temple, and I saw water flowing out from beneath the threshold of the temple toward the east..."
They say blood and water flowed from His side when crucified.
We pray in Psalms: "The waters of the river gladden the city of God, the holy dwelling of the Most High! There is a stream whose runlets gladden the city of God, the holy dwelling of the Most High. God is in its midst; it shall not be disturbed; God will help it at the break of dawn."
Keyword: Dwelling place.
We heard of our Lord: "Since the Passover of the Jews was near, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. He found in the temple area those who sold oxen, sheep, and doves, as well as the money-changers seated there. He made a whip out of cords and drove them all out of the temple area, with the sheep and oxen, and spilled the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables, and to those who sold doves he said, "Take these out of here, and stop making my Father's house a marketplace."
Our Lord cleared out the temple of what? In anticipation for what? In anticipation of the passover...HIS passion, HIS Passover from death to life.
He cleared out the selling of Oxen (workers), Sheep (followers), and Doves (the sacrifice of the poor), and money-changers (the greed and Mammon, the gods of money).
He overturned the tables, and everything He does and says has deep meaning. Turning the tables over means a new beginning, starting afresh , anew, and this temple is all about you...for He has chosen to live inside. Stop making this a marketplace. Stop selling yourself. Stop living for other things than God! Stop selling yourself to darkness. We sell ourselves when we choose to promote ourselves, name brands, and dressing sexy. It's all marketing. It's all hype. It's all...lies.
He turns the tables. Stop making it all about the bull market (the economy). The thousands of bulls and sheep and goats sacrificed for the millions was going to end now. He would be the final sacrifice.
And so the Jews destroyed the temple. The very people He came to save. Is it right? Is it right that we should treat our God that way...even today? Is it right that He is sacrificed?
Let me tell you one truth, and it comes to be revealed with today's "cancel culture". It is easy to cancel things. Like church. Like God. Like prayer. Like giving thanks at every moment. Like evangelizing. Like telling your neighbor about God and helping them to God. It's easier to not do anything. And so it is the lazy choice. (There is an evil spirit demon for this, Acedia). Better to cancel a baby, and have an abortion. Better to kill people than to deal with them. You see? If you get lazy enough, you'll become a slave...of the demons. And this could mean whole nations. If you live in sin long enough, you will be filled with evil spirits that will cancel God more and more. This way you live in sin more comfortably. This way you don't have to worry about all them "rules" that the church has set out, but it is really from God, the commandments...of Love. One revelation that was revealed while reading today's first Holy Scripture was the body of Christ on the cross. The Sacrifice. His lacerations, saints say, were inflicted because of impurity. All those marking across His body are all because of licentiousness, promiscuity, fornication, all things lust and impure sex related. These are an abomination to God, because they turn on Him.
And so the bronze serpent must be raised. The world doesn't want you to see a bloody Jesus on the cross, but it is. We must look to our sins. Look at what we have done. These are the silent killers of souls.
The remedy? Purity. Holiness. An all out turning to God. On November 14th I will embark on a 40 day fast to honor the coming of our Lord into the world, the light into the dark. I invite you to fast for the world, and for a particular loved one suffering from an addiction or to turn back to the Lord that they may be saved. For 40 days: Fast from certain foods, or entire dinner, or cut all your meals in half. Pray every single day for that cause: give thanks for His coming, and pray for our loved ones to be saved. Give to those who ask of you, and look to give to the poor in this season, to those who can not pay you back, ever.
And expect something beautiful. A cleansing of the temple. You are a temple. We are together a temple. And expect the most precious light of Christ to shine more brightly. For He is a Good and Gracious God, merciful, pure, and Holy.
Let us pray: Lord My God, My Father, Give us the grace to make this a beautiful Temple of Your Precious Body, both now and forever...with nothing lighting it up but Your Most Precious burning Sacred Heart!
from your brother in Christ, Adrian
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