Thursday, September 1, 2022

† "For Astonishment ..."


†Saint Quote
"Quote of the Day
"It is requisite for the relaxation of the mind that we make use, from time to time, of playful deeds and jokes."
–St. Thomas Aquinas

†Today's Meditation
"He who is humble, even though he fall through frailty, soon repents with sorrow and implores the divine assistance to help him to amend; nor is he astonished at having fallen, because he knows that of himself he is only capable of evil and would do far worse if God did not protect him with His grace. After having sinned, it is good to humble oneself before God, and without losing courage, to remain in humility in order not to fall again . . . But to afflict ourselves without measure and to give way to a certain pusillanimous melancholy, which brings us to the verge of despair, is a temptation of pride, insinuated by the devil . . . However upright we may be, we must never be scandalized nor amazed at the conduct of evildoers, nor consider ourselves better than they, because we do not know what is ordained for them or for us in the supreme dispositions of God."
—Rev. Cajetan da Bergamo, p. 56-57

An Excerpt From
Humility Of Heart

†Daily Verse
"And the king will say to them in reply, 'Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.'"
–Matthew 25:40


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St. Giles

St. Giles (7th c.) was born to a wealthy and noble Greek family. He devoted his life to the things of God and grew in sanctity, but found that his material and spiritual riches drew unwanted praise and attention. To escape prestige, he sold all of his possessions, gave his wealth to the poor, and moved away to Gaul (present day France) to live in solitude in the wilderness as a cave-dwelling hermit. He lived in this way without companionship for many years while practicing severe penances. He became so impoverished that God sent a deer to be his companion and to nourish him with its milk. One day a royal hunting party in pursuit of the deer chased it into the saint's cave. A hunter shot an arrow into the cave, and instead of hitting the deer, he injured the saint. St. Giles was discovered and soon became known throughout the countryside as a holy hermit, the king himself often coming to visit him. St. Giles consented to receive disciples who desired to imitate his way of life. The king built a monastery for these followers, who lived as monks under the Rule of St. Benedict with St. Giles as abbot. St. Giles was known as a miracle worker during his life, and his monastery and the town that grew around it became a shrine and place of pilgrimage, especially for crippled beggars. St. Giles became one of the most popular saints in the Middle Ages, and is the patron of many causes including lepers, hermits, cripples, epileptics, cancer patients, the mentally ill, the disabled, and the poor. St. Giles' feast day is September 1st.


Thursday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time

Lectionary: 434
Reading 1

1 Cor 3:18-23

Brothers and sisters:
Let no one deceive himself.
If anyone among you considers himself wise in this age,
let him become a fool, so as to become wise.
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in the eyes of God,
for it is written:

God catches the wise in their own ruses,

and again:

The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.

So let no one boast about human beings, for everything belongs to you,
Paul or Apollos or Cephas,
or the world or life or death,
or the present or the future:
all belong to you, and you to Christ, and Christ to God.

Responsorial Psalm

Ps 24:1bc-2, 3-4ab, 5-6

R. (1) To the Lord belongs the earth and all that fills it.
The LORD's are the earth and its fullness;
the world and those who dwell in it.
For he founded it upon the seas
and established it upon the rivers.
R. To the Lord belongs the earth and all that fills it.
Who can ascend the mountain of the LORD?
or who may stand in his holy place?
He whose hands are sinless, whose heart is clean,
who desires not what is vain.
R. To the Lord belongs the earth and all that fills it.
He shall receive a blessing from the LORD,
a reward from God his savior.
Such is the race that seeks for him,
that seeks the face of the God of Jacob.
R. To the Lord belongs the earth and all that fills it.


Mt 4:19

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Come after me, says the Lord,
and I will make you fishers of men.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Lk 5:1-11

While the crowd was pressing in on Jesus and listening to the word of God,
he was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret.
He saw two boats there alongside the lake;
the fishermen had disembarked and were washing their nets.
Getting into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon,
he asked him to put out a short distance from the shore.
Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat.
After he had finished speaking, he said to Simon,
"Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch."
Simon said in reply,
"Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing,
but at your command I will lower the nets."
When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish
and their nets were tearing.
They signaled to their partners in the other boat
to come to help them.
They came and filled both boats
so that the boats were in danger of sinking.
When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and said,
"Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man."
For astonishment at the catch of fish they had made seized him
and all those with him,
and likewise James and John, the sons of Zebedee,
who were partners of Simon.
Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid;
from now on you will be catching men."
When they brought their boats to the shore,
they left everything and followed him.


Daily Meditation: Luke 5:1-11

Do not be afraid. (Luke 5:10)

What was Peter afraid of? He had just heard Jesus preach the good news of salvation and then had seen him perform an awesome miracle. You would think he would be filled with joy, not dread!

But Peter knew that he was a sinner and that the man standing before him had just revealed the glory of God. He also knew that God's glory had a reputation for burning away sinfulness—and sinful people. So he feared that he might be doomed unless he could convince Jesus to "depart" from him before anything happened to him (Luke 5:8).

Jesus didn't share Peter's assessment of the situation. Peter had nothing to be afraid of; no one had to go anywhere!

Do not be afraid. Let Jesus' words to Peter settle in your heart as well. Let them convince you that it's perfectly safe to come into the presence of God. On the contrary, it's the most rewarding, joyous, saving thing you could ever do—and you can do it every single day!

Do not be afraid that he will condemn you for your sins. "God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him" (John 3:17). That includes you!

Do not be afraid that he will ask the impossible of you. Repeat with St. Paul, "I have the strength for everything through him who empowers me" (Philippians 4:13). Jesus wants to empower you!

Do not be afraid that you are unworthy to be in his presence. Instead, come to him and let him make you worthy: "Through the blood of Jesus we have confidence of entrance . . . by the new and living way he opened for us" (Hebrews 10:19, 20). He wants to welcome you and embrace you!

Jesus loves you far too much to reject you or condemn you. So come to him. Let his mercy wash over you, let his love fill your heart, and let his grace empower you to follow him. Do not be afraid.

"Here I am, Lord! Let me experience your presence today."

1 Corinthians 3:18-23
Psalm 24:1-6


From today's 1st Holy Scripture:
"For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in the eyes of God..."
What we nothing. We know very little, and thing of the maximum of human knowledge, as folly to God. Someone said that we could compare God's knowledge and our knowledge, like that of a dog in a huge library. What could the dog possibly do with this library of all things in the known universe? Nothing, but to enjoy perhaps...the Master's company, and that is all that matters.



We pray today;
"The LORD's are the earth and its fullness;
the world and those who dwell in it.
For he founded it upon the seas
and established it upon the rivers.
To the Lord belongs the earth and all that fills it"

How can God prove Himself on earth?

He walks on water and is carried in the wind. He says something and it comes to be. Jesus is God.
He tells someone to do something and it all happens perfectly as He says, a fish comes up, a fish with coins in the mouth, a fish listens, and He comes to catch us and asks for treasures for Him and His will, His plans.


In the Gospel today we heard:
""Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing,
but at your command I will lower the nets."

And the fish listens, and pulls up loads and loads of fish, so many that it frightens the professional fisherman, to drop on his knees before God as if to say "what I have known all my life is as if I know who to obey forever". St. Peter, our first Pope, pray for us!
One thing I'm really enjoying listening to about the Book of Heaven is that solid note...of obedience. To me, this note must strike a chord in the angelic realms. As if every obedience we do, makes a beautiful sound in Heaven, therefore, Heaven must be filled with beautiful music. It must be filled with music that we provide, to glorify God, to the tune that says perfection reigns. And on that note, what have we to say about perfection? I fail, over and over, but what does that say? It means I need more and more of God. And the more I realize I need God in order to be perfect, the more sheds away from me, and allows more of Him to reside inside of me.
Does this make sense? Instead of shying away from God, we need more of God in our lives! Isn't this amazing how things truly work?

"Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men."
What is it about men (mankind, all humanity) that God cares for? Why does He want men? Real men of God perhaps. And let's not think about gender here, because if we say "men" in another languange, it means "mankind", all humanity. The devil wants to separate everyone with technicalities that are false. I digressed. What is it that God desires? We must then, truly be free entities. He must have really given us true freedom in this world, and that is why we face darkness to prove total free will. I hate hearing about evil, the atrocities against our religion and against fellow man. Tune into the news and that's all you hear, "don't go to Mexico, people get robbed and killed mostly by cartels every day". "Don't go to Nicaragua, Catholics are heavily persecuted. And the news is constant, like a constant pressure. Is this wrong? Did God goof up? An atheist says yes, that God messed up and therefore, this ideology basically says "I KNOW better" and goes on "I AM BETTER than god Himself". You see how evil those words are?
Who are we? We know nothing! We are nothing more than God's creation. What He is, not even supreme Angels fully know. But He comes to us as a friend, a brother, a shepherd, and more importantly....a Father....which the world sorely needs forever.

Lord, You Are My Father. I Love You and I depend on You
may I always do so forever and ever. Amen.


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1 Samuel 2:2
2 "There is none holy like the LORD:

for there is none besides you;

there is no rock like our God.


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