†Saint Quote "For all, regenerated in Christ, are made kings by the sign of the cross; they are consecrated priests by the oil of the Holy Spirit, so that beyond the special service of our ministry as priests, all spiritual and mature Christians know that they are a royal race and are sharers in the office of the priesthood. For what is more king-like than to find yourself ruler over your body after having surrendered your soul to God? And what is more priestly than to promise the Lord a pure conscience and to offer him in love unblemished victims on the altar of one's heart?" –St. Leo the Great
†Today's Meditation "God never caused the virtues and singular merit of Joseph to shine with greater splendor than when He said to him by the mouth of the angel, 'Take the Child and His mother'; for in them He committed to him His most precious treasures, giving him thus the preference over all the blessed spirits of Heaven; and Joseph received these two sacred persons into his care, to be their protector, their guardian, and defender. If, then, Heaven made Joseph the protector of Jesus and Mary, we may rest assured that he was at the same time made protector and patron of all men." —Edward Healy Thompson, p. 401
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†hDaily Verse "He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For in him were created all things in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things were created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together."
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Bl. Anne of St. Bartholomew
Bl. Anne of St. Bartholomew (1549–1626) was born in Spain, one of seven children. Her parents died when the plague swept through Spain, leaving her an orphan at the age of ten. She then became a shepherdess tending her brother's sheep. From a young age she had an extraordinary spiritual life, including being graced with many visions. In one of them the Blessed Virgin Mary told her she would become a nun, which was further encouraged by a vision of Jesus. When she tried to enter the monastery she was turned away for being too young. Years later, when her family tried to arrange her marriage, she finally entered the Carmelite monastery at the age of 21, the same one in which St. Teresa of Avila lived. St. Teresa chose Anne as her personal secretary and assistant, even though she had to teach Anne how to write. For five years St. Anne was the companion of St. Teresa of Avila, traveling with her and assisting her in the establishment of new foundations. It was in Anne's arms that St. Teresa died in 1582. After Teresa's death, Anne assisted in the foundation of several other monasteries in France, becoming prioress at three of them. She went on to found a monastery in the Netherlands where she remained until her death. After her death over 150 approved miracles (and more that have not been officially approved) were attributed to her intercession. Her feast day is June 7th.
Tuesday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time Lectionary: 360
1 Kgs 17:7-16
The brook near where Elijah was hiding ran dry, because no rain had fallen in the land. So the LORD said to Elijah: "Move on to Zarephath of Sidon and stay there. I have designated a widow there to provide for you." He left and went to Zarephath. As he arrived at the entrance of the city, a widow was gathering sticks there; he called out to her, "Please bring me a small cupful of water to drink." She left to get it, and he called out after her, "Please bring along a bit of bread." She answered, "As the LORD, your God, lives, I have nothing baked; there is only a handful of flour in my jar and a little oil in my jug. Just now I was collecting a couple of sticks, to go in and prepare something for myself and my son; when we have eaten it, we shall die." Elijah said to her, "Do not be afraid. Go and do as you propose. But first make me a little cake and bring it to me. Then you can prepare something for yourself and your son. For the LORD, the God of Israel, says, 'The jar of flour shall not go empty, nor the jug of oil run dry, until the day when the LORD sends rain upon the earth.'" She left and did as Elijah had said. She was able to eat for a year, and Elijah and her son as well; the jar of flour did not go empty, nor the jug of oil run dry, as the LORD had foretold through Elijah.
4:2-3, 4-5, 7b-8
R. (7a) Lord, let your face shine on us. When I call, answer me, O my just God, you who relieve me when I am in distress; Have pity on me, and hear my prayer! Men of rank, how long will you be dull of heart? Why do you love what is vain and seek after falsehood? R. Lord, let your face shine on us. Know that the LORD does wonders for his faithful one; the LORD will hear me when I call upon him. Tremble, and sin not; reflect, upon your beds, in silence. R. Lord, let your face shine on us. O LORD, let the light of your countenance shine upon us! You put gladness into my heart, more than when grain and wine abound. R. Lord, let your face shine on us.
R. Alleluia, alleluia. Let your light shine before others That they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father. R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Jesus said to his disciples: "You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father."
DAILY MEDITATION: JOHN 19:25-34
From that hour the disciple took her into his home. (John 19:27)
Even in the last hours of his crucifixion, Jesus was thinking of his mother. He didn't want her to be left alone after his death, nor did he want her to wonder what would happen to her after he was gone. So as Mary stood at the foot of his cross, he entrusted her to his disciple's care. And "from that hour," John took her into his home (John 19:27).
In caring so conscientiously for his mother, Jesus was, in a real sense, also caring for us. For just as he gave his beloved mother to John, he also gave her to each one of us. He knew that we would need a mother. We would need a mother's special compassion, mercy, wisdom, and tenderness, someone who would intercede and advocate for her children. This was the gift Jesus gave to us, one that we cherish on this special feast of Mary, Mother of the Church.
But perhaps Jesus also entrusted Mary to John's care because he wanted her to be integrally involved in what would happen next: his glorious resurrection, the waiting and praying in the upper room, and the coming of the Spirit on Pentecost. He could have carefully placed her away somewhere hidden and safe, but this would have put her far from all the action. As Mother of the Church, her role was to be right in the midst of all that was to come! She would take it all in, immersing herself in the breath of the Spirit. Imagine how exciting that was for her, this woman who had already lived her life deeply filled with the Holy Spirit!
Mary's role today is still to be right in the midst of all that is happening in our lives and all that is to come. So with freedom and confidence, turn to her in your need. You can count on Mary's devotion and heart of mercy. On this feast of Our Lady, turn to her and entrust her with the intentions you hold most dear. Ask her to intercede for you, as she always does, with her tender mother's heart.
"Mary, Mother of God, pray for me."
Genesis 3:9-15, 20 Psalm 87:1-3, 5-7
From today's 1st Holy Scripture: " For the LORD, the God of Israel, says, 'The jar of flour shall not go empty, nor the jug of oil run dry, until the day when the LORD sends rain upon the earth.'"
And the widow obeyed. Only then did the miracle begin. This is a lesson for us all...until the rain of God comes and the sky is opened...and the blessings come.
We pray in Psalms: "Know that the LORD does wonders for his faithful one; the LORD will hear me when I call upon him. Tremble, and sin not; reflect, upon your beds, in silence. Lord, let your face shine on us."
In today's Gospel we heard our Lord: "Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father."
From Bishop Barron today: "Friends, in today's Gospel, Jesus calls his followers salt and light, thus exhorting them to evangelize their culture.
The theme of Jesus' "inaugural address" is conversion: "The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel." And the motif of his final words is mission: "Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations." The Christian life is lived in between, and under the conditioning of, these two imperatives.
Having been seized by the beauty of revelation, our only proper response is a change of life and a commitment to become a missionary on behalf of what we have seen. In the scriptural tradition, no vision or experience of God is ever given for the edification of the visionary; rather, it is given for the sake of mission. Moses, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Peter, and Paul are visionaries because they are missionaries.
When Jesus crucified and risen is not proclaimed, a beige and unthreatening Catholicism emerges, a thought system that is, at best, an echo of the environing culture. Peter Maurin, one of the founders of the Catholic Worker Movement, said that the Church has taken its own dynamite and placed it in hermetically sealed containers and sat on the lid." .............. Our Lord wants good deeds and glory for God. With your whole life. He is asking for a tall order but it begins in the small that grows to the tall. A daily choosing to turn to the Son that gives light. And He is placed on the lampstand of the cross. A crucifix is God's light. A self giving of light. I'm thinking of how evil...darkness hates the light...a crucifix, in an exorcism...and more. Like in the recent massacre in Nigeria where 50 were murdered in cold blood during Mass and the images show a huge crucifix at the altar of Sacrifice. We see evil...Heaven sees 50 new Martyr saints. Lights for the world. Who would die to die like that? Jesus did. And He calls us to follow Him...the light of the world.
Your brother in Christ our Lord and Savior, our Love in Heaven, adrian
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