†Saint Quote "The Lord manifests Himself to those who stop for some time in peace and humility of heart. If you look in murky and turbulent waters, you cannot see the reflection of your face. If you want to see the face of Christ, stop and collect your thoughts in silence, and close the door of your soul to the noise of external things." St. Anthony of Padua
+Today's Meditation "When he was younger, St. Martin of Tours dedicated himself to military service. When he heard the call of Christ, he realized that his call was to fight a spiritual battle. His armor and weapons were virtue and a life guided by the Spirit of God. Do I consider my spiritual life to be a type of battle against the forces of evil?" —Rev. Jude Winkler, OFM, p.164 An Excerpt From Daily Meditations with the Holy Spirit Recommended Reads
Peace Be with You & Essential
"Tell the rich in the present age not to be proud and not to rely on so uncertain a thing as wealth but rather on God, who richly provides us with all things for our enjoyment. Tell them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous, ready to share, thus accumulating as treasure a good foundation for the future, so as to win the life that is true life." 1 Timothy 6:17-19 J.Lily
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St. Martin of Tours
St. Martin of Tours (c. 316-397 A.D.) was born into a pagan family in what is now Hungary. He was raised in Italy where his father, a senior officer in the Roman army, was stationed. At the age of ten Martin joined the Church as a catechumen soon after Christianity was legalized across the Roman Empire. Taking after his father, he joined the cavalry at the age of fifteen and was stationed in Gaul. At one point during his time of service he encountered a poor beggar who lacked adequate clothing on a cold winter day. St. Martin took his sword and cut his heavy woolen officer cloak in half, and gave the other half to the beggar. Following this act of charity, St. Martin had a vision in which he saw Jesus wearing the portion of his cloak he gave to the beggar, while telling the angels that it was Martin who had clothed him. After this vision Martin sought baptism, at the age of eighteen, and proclaimed himself a soldier for Christ. He left the military and adopted the penitential life of a hermit, attracting followers which eventually resulted in the founding of a monastery. St. Martin gained a reputation for holiness and performing miracles so that, when the bishop of Tours died, the people demanded that Martin take his place. As bishop he continued his austere life, took great care to train holy priests, destroyed pagan worship sites, and worked to spread Christianity throughout his diocese. St. Martin of Tours is the patron saint of cavalry, soldiers, innkeepers, horses and riders, beggars, and those in need. His feast day is November 11th.
Memorial of Saint Martin of Tours, Bishop
• Readings for the Memorial of Saint Martin of Tours, bishop
Reading 1 2 JN 4-9
[Chosen Lady:] I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth just as we were commanded by the Father. But now, Lady, I ask you, not as though I were writing a new commandment but the one we have had from the beginning: let us love one another. For this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, as you heard from the beginning, in which you should walk. Many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh; such is the deceitful one and the antichrist. Look to yourselves that you do not lose what we worked for but may receive a full recompense. Anyone who is so "progressive" as not to remain in the teaching of the Christ does not have God; whoever remains in the teaching has the Father and the Son.
Responsorial Psalm PS 119:1, 2, 10, 11, 17, 18
R. (1b) Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord! Blessed are they whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the LORD. R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord! Blessed are they who observe his decrees, who seek him with all their heart. R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
With all my heart I seek you; let me not stray from your commands. R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord! Within my heart I treasure your promise, that I may not sin against you. R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord! Be good to your servant, that I may live and keep your words. R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord! Open my eyes, that I may consider the wonders of your law. R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
Alleluia LK 21:28
R. Alleluia, alleluia. Stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand. R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel LK 17:26-37
Jesus said to his disciples: "As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be in the days of the Son of Man; they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage up to the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Similarly, as it was in the days of Lot: they were eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, building; on the day when Lot left Sodom, fire and brimstone rained from the sky to destroy them all. So it will be on the day the Son of Man is revealed. On that day, someone who is on the housetop and whose belongings are in the house must not go down to get them, and likewise one in the field must not return to what was left behind. Remember the wife of Lot. Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses it will save it. I tell you, on that night there will be two people in one bed; one will be taken, the other left. And there will be two women grinding meal together; one will be taken, the other left." They said to him in reply, "Where, Lord?" He said to them, "Where the body is, there also the vultures will gather."
Daily Meditation: Luke 17:26-3
The flood came and destroyed them all. (Luke 17:27)
Stop right where you are!
Some events in life have the potential to make us stop and take stock. The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, is one example. So is the Covid pandemic that began in 2020. Even personal events like the sudden death of a loved one or the unexpected news of a friend's divorce can catch us off guard and make us stop and think about our lives.
We are approaching the end of the liturgical year, and during this time, the Church chooses Scripture readings that likewise move us to stop and take stock. That's why we read passages like today's description of the "days of Noah" (Luke 17:26)—passages that focus on final judgment and the end of the world as we know it. These readings can be jarring and troubling, but they also invite us to ask difficult questions: What is my ultimate purpose in life? Am I pursuing that purpose with all the resources at my disposal?
Your ultimate goal is to spend eternity with God, so it makes sense to be preparing yourself for that reality every day: by spending quality time among God's people, by seeking him in prayer, and by immersing yourself in his word. You can also prepare by loving and caring for other people, both those closest to you and those you are sometimes tempted to hold at arm's length. Can people count on you each day to show up and do your part, to do your very best and not just slide by? Because the truth is, tomorrow is never guaranteed.
Let's take a cue from today's Gospel and stay alert during the day. Many people find it helpful to set alarms on their phones or watches to remind them to take medicine or make important phone calls. Maybe you can set reminders to stop and lift your heart to the Lord. Try giving yourself a wake-up call like this once a day: when the alarm sounds, offer whatever you're doing to Jesus and ask him to make you more aware of his presence with you. Ask him to show you where he is already at work and what he might be inviting and empowering you to do in this graced moment.
"Lord, help me to live for eternity!"
2 John 4-9 Psalm 119:1-2, 10-11, 17-18
From today's 1st Holy Scripture: "any deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh; such is the deceitful one and the antichrist."
In my studies of apologetics (amateur perhaps), and as I have sat in protestant bible studies, there's something we've got to recognize, as we are entering in the "last things" and recall the "last days" which are coined the eschatological meaning the branch of theology that is concerned with the end of the world or of humankind. Number one, everyone will die, and number two there will be an end of the world...as we know it. The earth will eventually cease to exist as we know it, one way or the other. And so, in theology, we are focusing soon on the coming of Christ the Savior, just like the end times. Jesus comes to save...those who desire being saved. He will not impose His will over yours.
We pray today; "Blessed are they who observe his decrees, who seek him with all their heart. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!"
Remember the Book Of Heaven that I keep ranting about? I'm not even a few volumes in and I can tell Jesus has a message...from Heaven...and it is heavily based on one word....obedience. Obey love and you will love, Love.
In the Gospel today we heard our Master and Teacher: "'So it will be on the day the Son of Man is revealed. On that day, someone who is on the housetop and whose belongings are in the house must not go down to get them..."
Does it happen that two are together one one is "taken away"? There's a theory in protestant circles which follows the "left behind" mentality which says that "on that day, the Lord will come and the "rapture" will take away certain souls, and they'll be zapped into Heaven and the rest will be left behind". Well, that's not the original view of such scripture. We believe, firstly, that not even angels know when the end of the world, much less how it will happen. What's more, two go to bed and only wakes up. Two are working and one dies. The other is naturally left behind. And so the main message now becomes "Be Ready". This means have oil in your lamp. This means to be caught at that moment doing God's will. What else is the message? Once you take to the plow, there is no looking back. What does this mean? I have decided to follow Jesus...no turning back, ever. And this is how death is to be, there is no returning to where you came from....you look to Him always. All angels look to Him always. This is your calling. This is how we will show the way...by being the Way.
................. Lord, I pray for courage to follow You always...no matter the cost. ...............................................
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Random Bible Verse 1 Hebrews 12:1–2
[Hebrews 12] Jesus, Founder and Perfecter of Our Faith
12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
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