†Saint Quote "Quote of the Day "You can't go to heaven hating somebody. Forgive now. Be compassionate now. Be patient now. Be grateful now. Love Jesus and Mary now. Accept God's will now." –Mother Angelica
†Today's Meditation "True devotion to Our Lady is interior; that is, it comes from the mind and the heart. It flows from the esteem we have for her, the high idea we have formed of her greatness, and the love which we have for her. It is tender; that is, full of confidence in her, like a child's confidence in his loving mother … It implores the aid of its good Mother at all times, in all places and above all things: in its doubts, that it may be enlightened; in its wanderings, that it may be brought into the right path; in its temptations, that it may be supported; in its weaknesses, that it may be strengthened; in its falls, that it may be lifted up; in its discouragements, that it may be cheered; in its scruples, that they may be taken away; in the crosses, toils and disappointments of life, that it may be consoled under them. In a word, in all the evils of body and mind, the soul ordinarily has recourse to Mary, without fear of annoying her or displeasing Jesus Christ." —St. Louis De Montfort, p. 54
An Excerpt From True Devotion to Mary
†Daily Verse "Know this, my dear brothers: everyone should be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath, for the wrath of a man does not accomplish the righteousness of God." –James 1:19-20
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St. Justina of Padua
St. Justina of Padua (d. 304 A.D.) was a young and pious Christian woman who dedicated her virginity to Christ. She received baptism at the hands of St. Prosdocimus, the first Bishop of Padua in Italy. At the age of sixteen she was arrested for being a Christian under the persecutions of Roman Emperor Maximinian, and was ordered to make sacrifice to the pagan gods. When she refused, she was stabbed with a sword and left to die. Overlooking the field where she was martyred is a basilica named in her honor which holds her relics, as well as those of St. Luke the Evangelist, St. Matthias the Apostle, St. Prosdocimus, and other patron saints of Padua. Her feast was the day the Catholic naval forces won victory over the Turks in the Battle of Lepanto in 1571, which increased her popularity among the faithful. St. Justina of Padua's feast day is October 7th.
Monday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time
Reading 1 GAL 4:22-24, 26-27, 31–5:1
Brothers and sisters: It is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and the other by the freeborn woman. The son of the slave woman was born naturally, the son of the freeborn through a promise. Now this is an allegory. These women represent two covenants. One was from Mount Sinai, bearing children for slavery; this is Hagar. But the Jerusalem above is freeborn, and she is our mother. For it is written: Rejoice, you barren one who bore no children; break forth and shout, you who were not in labor; for more numerous are the children of the deserted one than of her who has a husband. Therefore, brothers and sisters, we are children not of the slave woman but of the freeborn woman. For freedom Christ set us free; so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.
Responsorial Psalm PS 113:1B-2, 3-4, 5A AND 6-7
R. (see 2) Blessed be the name of the Lord forever. or: R. Alleluia, alleluia. Praise, you servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD. Blessed be the name of the LORD both now and forever. R. Blessed be the name of the Lord forever. or: R. Alleluia, alleluia. From the rising to the setting of the sun is the name of the LORD to be praised. High above all nations is the LORD; above the heavens is his glory. R. Blessed be the name of the Lord forever. or: R. Alleluia, alleluia. Who is like the LORD, our God, who looks upon the heavens and the earth below?
He raises up the lowly from the dust; from the dunghill he lifts up the poor. R. Blessed be the name of the Lord forever. or: R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Alleluia PS 95:8
R. Alleluia, alleluia. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts. R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel LK 11:29-32
While still more people gathered in the crowd, Jesus said to them, "This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah. Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation. At the judgment the queen of the south will rise with the men of this generation and she will condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and there is something greater than Solomon here. At the judgment the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation and condemn it, because at the preaching of Jonah they repented, and there is something greater than Jonah here."
Daily Meditation: Luke 11:29-32
She came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon. (Luke 11:31)
Can you imagine how amazing it must have been to see the Queen of Sheba's arrival in Jerusalem to meet King Solomon? She came into the city "with camels bearing spices, a large amount of gold, and precious stones" (1 Kings 10:2). After she met Solomon, she proclaimed that his wisdom and wealth far exceeded her expectations.
In today's Gospel reading, Jesus tells his listeners that they don't need yet another sign like the Queen of Sheba's visit to show them the significance of the man who was standing before their eyes. His words and actions should have been more than enough to convince them that he had come from God. All they had to do was look back over the past few months or years and tally them up. How could Jesus perform all of those wonders if he were powerless or a fraud?
We have all had times when we asked for some dramatic sign in order to confirm our faith in the Lord. Maybe we were looking for a miraculous healing. Maybe we were praying that we would win the lottery. Or maybe we wanted to see the sun dance as it did at Fatima.
But the truth is that nothing is more miraculous than the fact that the Holy Spirit—almighty God himself—lives in our own human, conflicted, slow-to-believe hearts. How could someone as perfect and holy as God take up residence in us? How could he promise never to leave us as orphans? And yet, that is what he has done. And even more amazing is the fact that he continues to work in our lives, even when we can't sense his presence.
Whenever you feel the desire to demand that God give you a dramatic sign, look back and recall the many ways you've already witnessed the Spirit at work in your life or in the life of a loved one. Recall the miracle of his very presence in you and his faithfulness to you. Let these truths convince you that no matter what your current need is, he sees it. He knows it. He embraces it. And he is working out his plan to help you with it.
"Holy Spirit, you are the greatest sign of God's presence and power and love in my life. Help me trust in you even more."
Galatians 4:22-24, 26-27, 31–5:1 Psalm 113:1-7
From today's 1st Holy Scripture: "For freedom Christ set us free; so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery."
Ever met a born again Christian? I mean that kind that seems they claim "I've been set free" and they got all sorts of songs about that "freedom". Things like that don't really register for many. Firstly, not many seek freedom...from sin. Nope. Some of us love sin too much, don't care to let it go. And keep in mind, I'm not talking or thinking about a particular person, but in general, but hey, if the shoe fits! The message is for each one of us. So, yeah, what about you my child? What would you like freedom from? Many worldly people, today's gentiles, non believers, not of the flock, they sing the songs of the world wanting freedom from...God. That is a very dangerous tune to sing my friend. For God is life, and God is love. To sing against Him would be to want death and hatred. And ultimately we need the Kingpin of Love to be in tune and in harmony, all over the world...we need God more than we'll ever know.
We pray today; "From the rising to the setting of the sun is the name of the LORD to be praised. High above all nations is the LORD; above the heavens is his glory. Blessed be the name of the Lord forever." Can you imagine a world that has no end? How do you value things then? Because, we believe life is precious, every minute counts, because we know we have a limited amount of days on earth. But in the next and real life, there is no finite to give value to life. Then, what is the driving force to give value? There can only be light or dark...more light...is of more value...God is the Light. Those who are satisfied with darkness as their light will never grow or know that there is more. We were built for more. You are called to more...and God is more than everything. Need more value than that! I don't think so.
In the Gospel today we heard our Master and Teacher: "This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah."
And we all know the sign our Lord speaks about, for all nations, for all generations, right? It is His very life, given, a temple razed and raised, a very life given to God to be purged through blood ripped apart by the whims of human wills in a dark place seeking for light. Forgive them, they know not what they do. And you? Do you need a sign? What kind of sign have you asked God for in order to believe? Some ask for a miracle, maybe healing, or saving someone from dying. Some get it and decide to believe, and some don't and say they will never call out to an unjust god ever again. Which is better? Was the "miracle" even a miracle? Depends on the circumstances...for we live in a world chock full of what theologians call "accidents of life" meaning the naturally occurrences that happen as a mere fact of living on earth. An evil generation seeks a sign though, and what does this mean? It means that we want God to act first...this means to be faithless towards God. It is us that must have faith and act first towards God. Just look at all the miracles in Jesus' life and ministry. The people acted with faith and He always told them things like "your faith has saved you". Let's go back to the first Holy Scripture.
What do you want to be freed from?
What about being free from faithlessness? Because after years of writing, I've begun to equate two words: faith and love. God is faithful. Therefore, God is loving. God loves you already first. His part is there, and ours is what? Where is your faith? Where is your heart?
I want to thank and bless all the faithful. Thank you for your prayers, the family festival this weekend I'd say was wonderful and good as it could be considering all the unexpected "accidents of life". It doesn't normally rain, and it rained our first day. But the next day the sun came out, the very day of our main even.
My biggest worry...not having enough volunteers, but inexplicably, somehow, things always worked out one way or the other. Many things had to be moved around the mud, schedules had to flex, and people were changed. But, overall it was a success So thank you. My neck of the woods shows green pastures...meaning, I live in a world chock full of miracles. Father Joseph said in today's daily Mass that we are to open our eyes to the miracles of daily life....be grateful.
Lord, may we be one with Your Holy Light and Joy, both now and forever!
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Random Bible Verse 1 Psalm 51:4
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you may be justified in your words
and blameless in your judgment.
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