†Saint Quote "No one, however weak, is denied a share in the victory of the cross. No one is beyond the help of the prayer of Christ." St. Leo the Great
Today's Meditation "Voluntary poverty restores to man the nobility of his condition, liberating him from vile servitude and reinstating him his noble freedom and mastery of all things. The soul is never more a mistress than when she despises them, and only then has she the more firm possession and makes the more excellent use of riches, when she gives them away or leaves them of her own free will; only then her appetite for them is best satiated, when she does not care to possess them. Then above all is the heart set free and made capable of the treasures of the Divinity, for which it is furnished by the Creator with almost infinite capacity." —Ven. Mary of Agreda, p. 85
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Daily Verse "But thou, O Lord, knowest me; thou seest me, and triest my mind toward thee." Jeremiah 12:3a
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Pope St. Leo the Great
Pope St. Leo the Great (c. 400–461 A.D.) was born in Tuscany to an aristocratic family. After serving as deacon under two popes he became the Roman Pontiff from 440 to 461 A.D. He was one of the greatest Holy Fathers the Church has known; he was the first pope, and one of only two, to bear the title "Great." He guided the Church through the turbulence of the collapse of the Roman empire, waves of barbarian invasions, widespread disintegration of morality, and many dangerous heresies including Pelagianism and Manichaeanism. His feats include persuading the Emperor Valentinian to recognize the primacy of the Bishop of Rome; preventing a doctrinal split in the Eastern churches; persuading Attila the Hun to turn back and forsake his invasion of Italy; and convincing the Vandals under their leader Genseric not to pillage the city of Rome or harm its inhabitants. He championed the Church and the Catholic faith in an uncertain era by maintaining unity, defending orthodox doctrine with clarity, and preaching vigorously against false teaching. By his strong influence he changed the course of European history; he was known not only as a leader of the Church but also as the protector of all of Rome. Pronounced a Doctor of the Church in 1754, many of his writings survive today. St. Leo the Great's feast day is November 10th.
Memorial of Saint Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church Readings for the Memorial of Saint Leo the Great, Pope and doctor of the Church
Reading 1 PHMN 7-20 Beloved: I have experienced much joy and encouragement from your love, because the hearts of the holy ones have been refreshed by you, brother. Therefore, although I have the full right in Christ to order you to do what is proper, I rather urge you out of love, being as I am, Paul, an old man, and now also a prisoner for Christ Jesus. I urge you on behalf of my child Onesimus, whose father I have become in my imprisonment, who was once useless to you but is now useful to both you and me. I am sending him, that is, my own heart, back to you. I should have liked to retain him for myself, so that he might serve me on your behalf in my imprisonment for the Gospel, but I did not want to do anything without your consent, so that the good you do might not be forced but voluntary. Perhaps this is why he was away from you for a while, that you might have him back forever, no longer as a slave but more than a slave, a brother, beloved especially to me, but even more so to you, as a man and in the Lord. So if you regard me as a partner, welcome him as you would me. And if he has done you any injustice or owes you anything, charge it to me. I, Paul, write this in my own hand: I will pay. May I not tell you that you owe me your very self. Yes, brother, may I profit from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in Christ.
Responsorial Psalm PS 146:7, 8-9A, 9BC-10 R. (5a) Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob. or: R. Alleluia. The LORD secures justice for the oppressed, gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets captives free. R. Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob. or: R. Alleluia. The LORD gives sight to the blind. The LORD raises up those who were bowed down; the LORD loves the just. The LORD protects strangers. R. Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob. or: R. Alleluia. The fatherless and the widow he sustains, but the way of the wicked he thwarts. The LORD shall reign forever; your God, O Zion, through all generations. Alleluia. R. Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob. or: R. Alleluia.
Alleluia JN 15:5 R. Alleluia, alleluia. I am the vine, you are the branches, says the Lord: whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit. R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel LK 17:20-25
Asked by the Pharisees when the Kingdom of God would come, Jesus said in reply, "The coming of the Kingdom of God cannot be observed, and no one will announce, 'Look, here it is,' or, 'There it is.' For behold, the Kingdom of God is among you."
Then he said to his disciples, "The days will come when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it. There will be those who will say to you, 'Look, there he is,' or 'Look, here he is.' Do not go off, do not run in pursuit. For just as lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day. But first he must suffer greatly and be rejected by this generation."
DAILY MEDITATION: PHILEMON 7-20 . . . that you might have him back forever, no longer as a slave but . . . a brother. (Philemon 15-16)
"I wish he would just take my advice!" Sound familiar? It can be so frustrating when someone doesn't seem to want to hear from us. So how should we approach the fine art of advice giving?
In today's first reading, we hear St. Paul giving bold advice to his friend Philemon. Paul is pleading with him to take back his runaway slave, Onesimus, as a brother and not just a servant.
So what does Paul teach us about offering advice and counsel? First, look at the situation from a heavenly perspective. Paul kept in the forefront of his mind the fact that all three men—himself, Philemon, and Onesimus—were loved by Christ (Philemon 4, 12). This perspective helped him find a way to treat everyone involved with the respect and honor they deserved as brothers in the Lord.
Second, evaluate your advice in terms of its truthfulness. Are you sharing the whole truth? Paul admitted that Onesimus had broken the law and owed restitution to his master (Philemon 18). But he also appealed to Philemon's faith and his friendship with Paul—another truth that should balance any demand for "justice" (7-10).
Finally, is your advice laced with hope? Despite the stark reality of being in prison and making a challenging request of his friend, Paul's letter is full of confidence. He's certain that Philemon will do the right thing in forgiving Onesimus, that Onesimus and Philemon will become brothers in Christ and advance the kingdom of God together, and even that Paul will be released from prison and be able to visit them (Philemon 15-17, 22). Is your advice based on fear or hope? If fear, take a deep breath and ask the Lord to show you that he is in control of the situation.
In the end, Paul recognizes that the outcome is in God's hands. He has said his piece, and now it's up to the Lord to guide his friends. You can do the same, confident that the Holy Spirit will bring about God's perfect plan.
"Lord, teach me how to offer counsel and to trust you with the outcome."
Psalm 146:7-10 Luke 17:20-25
From today's 1st Holy Scripture: "I have experienced much joy and encouragement from your love, because the hearts of the holy ones..."
Do u know that me...as a person in ministry...I'm encouraged by others joy and perseverance? Yeah...I need to see it too! Let us encourage one another.
We pray today; _"The LORD gives sight to the blind. The LORD raises up those who were bowed down; the LORD loves the just. The LORD protects strangers.. Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob."-
In the Gospel today we heard our Master and Teacher: "'"The coming of the Kingdom of God cannot be observed, and no one will announce, 'Look, here it is,' or, 'There it is.' For behold, the Kingdom of God is among you."
Do you live in the Kingdom of God? You do. We are among Him in His Kingdom. JESUS reigns. He is King. What He says goes. There are some that ignore my calls. I am speaking on His behalf. Join me. We are going somewhere everlasting. Let us go to Him.
................. Lord, You are my King...my Love...our All. ...............................................
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Random Bible Verse 1 John 11:25–26 [John 11]
25 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life.1 Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?"
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