†Saint Quote "I place trust in God, my creator, in all things; I love Him with all my heart." –St. Joan of Arc
†Today's Meditation "In times of spiritual coldness and laziness, imagine in your heart those times in the past when you were full of zeal and solicitude in all things, even the smallest. Remember your past efforts and the energy with which you opposed those who wanted to obstruct your progress. These recollections will reawaken your soul from its deep sleep, will invest it once more with the fire of zeal, will raise it, as it were, from the dead, and will make it engage in an ardent struggle against the Devil and sin, thus being restored to its former height." —St. Isaak of Syria, p. 146
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†Daily Verse "Therefore thus says the Lord God, "Behold, I am laying in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, of a sure foundation: 'He who believes will not be in haste.'"" –Isaiah 28:16
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†St. Bede the Venerable
St. Bede (672–735 A.D.), also known as the Venerable Bede, was born to a wealthy family in England. At the age of seven he was sent to the Benedictine monastery to be educated by the monks. He discerned a vocation to the monastic life, and devoted himself to prayer and to the study of Sacred Scripture and Church history. After being ordained at the age of thirty, he went on to become a prolific writer and teacher. He was considered to be a genius and was widely famous for his theological works and knowledge of ecclesiastical history. He was also well-versed in all the natural sciences known in his day, making him an extraordinary scholar whose influence spread throughout Europe for centuries. During his life he was also considered to be a saint, and his writings were so filled with heavenly wisdom that a Church council ordered them to be read publicly in the churches. Bede was given the name Venerable not long after his death, and centuries later was named a Doctor of the Church. St. Bede's feast day is celebrated on May 25th.
Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Easter
Reading I Acts 17:15, 22—18:1
After Paul's escorts had taken him to Athens, they came away with instructions for Silas and Timothy to join him as soon as possible.
Then Paul stood up at the Areopagus and said: "You Athenians, I see that in every respect you are very religious. For as I walked around looking carefully at your shrines, I even discovered an altar inscribed, 'To an Unknown God.' What therefore you unknowingly worship, I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and all that is in it, the Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in sanctuaries made by human hands, nor is he served by human hands because he needs anything. Rather it is he who gives to everyone life and breath and everything. He made from one the whole human race to dwell on the entire surface of the earth, and he fixed the ordered seasons and the boundaries of their regions, so that people might seek God, even perhaps grope for him and find him, though indeed he is not far from any one of us. For 'In him we live and move and have our being,' as even some of your poets have said, 'For we too are his offspring.' Since therefore we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the divinity is like an image fashioned from gold, silver, or stone by human art and imagination. God has overlooked the times of ignorance, but now he demands that all people everywhere repent because he has established a day on which he will 'judge the world with justice' through a man he has appointed, and he has provided confirmation for all by raising him from the dead."
When they heard about resurrection of the dead, some began to scoff, but others said, "We should like to hear you on this some other time." And so Paul left them. But some did join him, and became believers. Among them were Dionysius, a member of the Court of the Areopagus, a woman named Damaris, and others with them.
After this he left Athens and went to Corinth.
Responsorial Psalm 148:1-2, 11-12, 13, 14
R. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. or: R. Alleluia. Praise the LORD from the heavens;
praise him in the heights. Praise him, all you his angels;
praise him, all you his hosts. R. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. or: R. Alleluia. Let the kings of the earth and all peoples,
the princes and all the judges of the earth, Young men too, and maidens,
old men and boys. R. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. or: R. Alleluia. Praise the name of the LORD,
for his name alone is exalted; His majesty is above earth and heaven. R. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. or: R. Alleluia. He has lifted up the horn of his people; Be this his praise from all his faithful ones,
from the children of Israel, the people close to him.
Alleluia. R. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. or: R. Alleluia.
Alleluia Jn 14:16
R. Alleluia, alleluia. I will ask the Father and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always. R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel Jn 16:12-15
Jesus said to his disciples: "I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming. He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you. Everything that the Father has is mine; for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine and declare it to you."
Daily Meditation: Acts 17:15, 22–18:1
But some did join him, and became believers. (Acts 17:34
The Athenians were more than curious about Paul's "strange notions" (Acts 17:20). So they invited him to speak before the Areopagus, a group of Athenian leaders and thinkers who took their name from the small hill northwest of the city where they met.
Paul's speech was a masterful example of how to reach out to people of different faiths and worldviews. He began not by refuting the beliefs of the Athenians but by acknowledging them. In fact, he told those gathered that day that they were "very religious" (Acts 17:22). Still, he didn't convince many of the people. They just couldn't fathom how anyone, especially a Jewish carpenter, could rise from the dead.
We might think that Paul went away frustrated and discouraged. Yet his preaching was not in vain—"some did join him" (Acts 17:34). And it probably didn't end there. One of the new believers was Dionysius, a member of the Court of the Areopagus, who probably had an outsized influence in the city. Who knows how many other people came to know Jesus through him and the others who were converted that day?
This is what is sometimes called "spiritual multiplication." When one person turns to Jesus because you have shared your faith with them, there's a good chance that they will then share their faith with another person, and so forth. From one conversion, many more will come.
That's why you should never underestimate the impact you can have when you introduce someone to Jesus or bring someone further along in their walk with the Lord. You may see your influence extending only to one person, but that's not the end of the story. You probably won't know the end of the story until you reach heaven! But based on the multiplier effect, it's probably more than you might ever imagine.
So don't get discouraged if you don't see much fruit coming from your efforts to share the good news. Paul didn't—he just did what God was asking of him and let the Lord take care of the rest. And that's what we can do too!
"Jesus, may my efforts to preach the good news bear fruit, even when I can't see it."
Psalm 148:1-2, 11-14 John 16:12-15
From today's 1st Holy Scripture: "What therefore you unknowingly worship, I proclaim to you."
In their world, they had their many gods and idols. In our world, is it much different? I believe in our age, we still have false idols, which are ideals. In the Cursillo, you learn to discern your ideal. And I say this because I'm going to give that talk myself. There we learn what is the false and ideal and what is our true ideal. And the ideal is what motivates us. It gives direction and sense to our lives. And so, quickly we can relate ideal, to idol, because that is where you will spend your time, treasure, and talent.
We pray in Psalms: _"Let the kings of the earth and all peoples,
the princes and all the judges of the earth, Young men too, and maidens, old men and boys. Heaven and earth are full of your glory."_
And so, I ask for our prayers to unite, to be under the one true King, our Lord Jesus. Is it possible that all the kings unite for our King Jesus in Heaven? That my friend, is my ideal. But we have opponents that accuse me of being a "one world order" guy. That is both true and false. I do want order...under God and to be indivisible. United in one faith. How far fetched is my ideal? What if God wanted it that way from the beginning, but we decided to "do our own thing" instead?
In today's Gospel we heard our Lord: "But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth."
And the Holy Spirit of Truth is among us. Problem is, are we listening and following Him? And what is the Spirit of God? Is it a person? Some theologians say it is the "third person" of God. But can we really pinpoint the mystery and decipher what it really is? It is the 3rd impartation if you will, of God, that penetrates even the thoughts of man and their heart.
How can we listen when God is speaking?
Remember the book I said spoke about it, from Fr. Mitch Pacwa, How to Listen when God is speaking? I read the book, and the answer is already in our Lord's words...that God will guide...the willing. We must first line our spirit with His. Then you will see how God works and speaks!
Lord, help us listen...with a sincere heart, mind, and spirit, united with one another, and YOU at the center of our heart!
from your brother in Christ, Adrian
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