St. Edmund Campion

Edmund lived in the sixteenth century. He was a very popular young English student who was a great speaker. In fact, Edmund was chosen to deliver a welcoming speech to Queen Elizabeth when she visited his college. A group of his fellow students were attracted by his happy nature and his many talents. They made him their leader. Even the queen and her chief ministers were fond of this attractive young man.

But Edmund was troubled about his religion. He kept thinking that the Catholic Church might be the only true Church. He did not hide his feelings. Therefore, the government, which was persecuting Catholics, became very suspicious of him. Edmund knew that he would lose the queen's favor and all his chances for a great career if he chose to become a Catholic. The young man prayed and reached his decision. He would become a Catholic anyway.

After he had escaped from England, Edmund studied to become a priest. He entered the Society of Jesus. When the Holy Father decided to send some Jesuits to England, Father Campion was one of the first to go. The night before he left, one of his fellow priests felt urged to write over his doorway: "Father Edmund Campion, martyr." Although he knew what danger faced him, the holy priest set out cheerfully. In fact, he had many a laugh because of his disguise as a jewel merchant. In England he preached with great success to Catholics who had to meet with him in secret. Spies of the queen's men were everywhere trying to catch him. He wrote: "I won't escape their hands much longer. Sometimes I read letters that say 'Campion has been caught'!" It was a traitor who finally brought about the Jesuit's capture. Edmund was visited in jail by the government officials who had been so fond of him. It seems that even Queen Elizabeth came. But none of their threats or promises could make him give up the Catholic faith. Nor could tortures break him. In spite of all his sufferings, he still defended himself and his fellow priests in such a marvelous manner that no one could answer him. Yet the enemies of the Church condemned him anyway. Before he was put to death, St. Edmund forgave the man who had betrayed him. He even helped save the man's life. St. Edmund Campion died in 1581. He was about forty-one years old.

Reflection: Edmund was able to extend forgiveness even when it seemed impossible. Is there an area of my life that needs the healing grace of forgiveness?

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St. Eligius

Son of Eucherius and Terrigia. Extremely skillful metalsmith. Apprenticed to the master of the mint at Limoges, France. Treasurer at Marseilles, France. Master of the mint under King Clotaire II in Paris, France; a close friend of and advisor to Clotaire. Noted for his piety, hard work and honesty, Eligius was generous to the poor, ransomed slaves (including Saint Tillo of Solignac), built churches, a monastery at Solignac, France, and a major convent in Paris. It was said that you could easily find his house by the number of poor people there that he was caring for. Counselor to and diplomat for King Dagobert I. Friend of Saint Ouen of Rouen with whom he formed a small religious society. Persuaded Breton King Judicael to accept the authority of Dagobert.

Ordained in 640. Bishop of Noyon, France and Tournai, Belgium in 641. Built the basilica of Saint Paul. Preacher in Antwerp, Ghent, and Courtai in Belgium, with many converts, generally brought to the faith by his example of charity and work with the poor and sick. Friend and spiritual teacher of Saint Godeberta. Encouraged devotion to the saints and reverence for their relics; he discovered the relics of Saint Quentin, Saint Piaton, and Saint Lucian of Beauvais, and made many reliquaries himself. Miracle worker with the gifts of clairvoyance and prophecy; he foresaw the date of his own death.

He has become the traditional patron of all smiths, metal workers, and craftsmen. His patronage of horses and the people who work with them stems first from his patronage of smiths and craftmen, but also from his having left a horse to a priest at his death. The new bishop liked the horse, and took it from the priest. The horse became sick, but recovered immediately when it was returned to the priest that Eligius had chosen. There is also a legend of Eligius removing a horse's leg in order to easy shoe it, then putting the leg back in place. In some places horses are blessed on his feast day. Through the years, horse-drawn cabs were replaced by motorized ones, and stables were supplanted by garages and gas stations, but the patronage of the people who do those jobs and work in those places has remained.

Born : 588 at Catelat, near Limoges, France. Died : • 1 December 660 at Noyon, France of high fever • interred in the cathedral of Noyon

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St. Alexander Briant

Born to a yoeman family, described as a handsome young man, and raised Protestant. Studied in Oxford. Convert to Catholicism. Studied at the English College at Rheims, France. Ordained on 29 March 1578.

Returned to Somersetshire, England as a missioner in August 1579. Arrested on 28 April 1581 in London at the home of Father Robert Persons. Tortured in the Tower of London, partially for information on Father Robert's location. During this misery, he wrote to the Jesuits, asking for admission; they accepted him sometime in his last weeks in prison.

Condemned to death with six other priests on 16 November 1581 at Westminster for the treason of priesthood. Martyred with Saint Ralph Sherwin and Saint Edmund Campion in the persecutions of Queen Elizabeth I. One of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales.

In prison, Alexander made himself a small wooden cross, and gripped it tightly all the times, even during trial. In the courtroom it was wrestled away from him. He told the judge, "You can take it out of my hands, but not out of my heart." The cross was later bought by Catholics, and is at the English College at Rome.

Born : 1556 at Somersetshire, England. Died : hanged, drawn, and quartered on 1 December 1581 at Tyburn, England.

Canonized : 25 October 1970 by Pope Paul VI

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Text Box: Reading 1 	             DN 7:2-14


In a vision I, Daniel, saw during the night,
the four winds of heaven stirred up the great sea,
from which emerged four immense beasts,
each different from the others.
The first was like a lion, but with eagle's wings.
While I watched, the wings were plucked;
it was raised from the ground to stand on two feet
like a man, and given a human mind. 
The second was like a bear; it was raised up on one side, and among the teeth in its mouth were three tusks. It was given the order, "Up, devour much flesh." 
After this I looked and saw another beast, like a leopard; on its back were four wings like those of a bird, and it had four heads.
To this beast dominion was given.
After this, in the visions of the night I saw the fourth beast, different from all the others,
terrifying, horrible, and of extraordinary strength;
it had great iron teeth with which it devoured and crushed, and what was left it trampled with its feet.
I was considering the ten horns it had,
when suddenly another, a little horn, sprang out of their midst, and three of the previous horns were torn away to make room for it.
This horn had eyes like a man, and a mouth that spoke arrogantly. As I watched,
Thrones were set up  and the Ancient One took his throne. His clothing was snow bright,
and the hair on his head as white as wool;
His throne was flames of fire, with wheels of burning fire. A surging stream of fire
flowed out from where he sat;
Thousands upon thousands were ministering to him,
and myriads upon myriads attended him.
The court was convened, and the books were opened.
I watched, then, from the first of the arrogant words
which the horn spoke, until the beast was slain
and its body thrown into the fire to be burnt up.
The other beasts, which also lost their dominion,
were granted a prolongation of life for a time and a season.
As the visions during the night continued, I saw

One like a son of man coming,
on the clouds of heaven;
When he reached the Ancient One
and was presented before him,
He received dominion, glory, and kingship;
nations and peoples of every language serve him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion
that shall not be taken away,
his kingship shall not be destroyed.


Responsorial Psalm         DN 3:75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81

R. Give glory and eternal praise to him!
"Mountains and hills, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever."
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him!
"Everything growing from the earth, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him!
"You springs, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever."
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him!
"Seas and rivers, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever."
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him!
"You dolphins and all water creatures, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever."
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him!
"All you birds of the air, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever."
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him!
"All you beasts, wild and tame, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever."
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him!
Alleluia LK 21:28

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Stand erect and raise your hands
Because your redemption is at hand.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel			  LK 21:29-33

Jesus told his disciples a parable.
"Consider the fig tree and all the other trees.
When their buds burst open,
you see for yourselves and know that summer is now near;
in the same way, when you see these things happening,
know that the Kingdom of God is near.
Amen, I say to you, this generation will not pass away
until all these things have taken place.
Heaven and earth will pass away, 
but my words will not pass away."

 Prayer  for All Souls

Text Box: Meditation:		  
Do you recognize the signs of God's presence and action in your life and the world today? Jesus used the image of a fig tree to teach his disciples an important lesson about reading the "signs of the times." The fig tree was a common and important source of food for the Jews. It bore fruit twice a year, in the autumn and in the early spring. The Talmud (teachings and commentaries of the ancient rabbis on the Jewish Scriptures) said that the first fruit came the day after Passover. The Jews believed that when the Messiah came he would usher in the kingdom of God at Passover time. 
Let the fruit of God's kingdom grow within you
The early signs of a changing season, such as springtime, summer, or autumn, are evident for all who can see and observe the changes. Just so are the signs of God's kingdom and his return in glory on the day of judgment. The "budding" of God's kingdom begins first in the hearts of those who are receptive to God's word. Those who trust in God's word will bear the fruits of his kingdom. And what are the fruits of that kingdom? "The kingdom of God ..is righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit" (Romans 14:17). The Lord gives the first-fruits of his kingdom to those who open their hearts to him with expectant faith and trust in his word.

We do not know the day nor the hour when the Lord Jesus will return again in glory. But the Lord does give us signs, not only to "wake us up" as a warning, but also to "rouse our spirits" to be ready and eager to receive his kingdom when he comes in all his power and glory. The "Day of the Lord" will strike terror in those who have ignored or rejected God, but it will be a day of joy and rejoicing for those who long to see the Lord face-to-face. The Lord Jesus wants us to be filled with joyful anticipation for his coming again. 
The Lord opens he word for us - listen and respond
While we wait for the Lord's physical return in glory, we can know his presence with us through the work and action of the Holy Spirit who dwells in our hearts. The Lord Jesus comes daily and frequently to those who long for him and he speaks tenderly to our hearts like a lover who whispers in the ear of the beloved. He comes to show us the way to our heavenly Father and to give us the hope of eternal life. Do you recognize his presence and do you listen to his word?

"Lord Jesus Christ, you are the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end of all history, and the lord of all creation. Give me joyful hope and assurance that I will see you face to face and be united with you forever when you return in glory."

 

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Text Box: The Bible in one year:  DECEMBER

01 Wisd of Sol 15–16, 1 Macc 15:1–15, 1 Pet 3, Ps 135:15–21
02 Wisd of Sol 17–18, 1 Macc 15:16–41, 1 Pet 4–5, Ps 136:1–7
03 Wisd of Sol 19, 1 Macc 16, 2 Pet 1, Ps 136:8–14
04 Sirach Pro–3, 2 Macc 1:1–11, 2 Pet 2, Ps 136:15–21
05 Sirach 4, 2 Macc 1:12–36, 2 Pet 3, Ps 136:22–26
06 Sirach 5–6, 2 Macc 2:1–15, 1 John 1, Ps 137
07 Sirach 7–8, 2 Macc 2:16–32, 1 John 2, Ps 138
08 Sirach 9–10, 2 Macc 3:1–24, 1 John 3, Ps 139:title–5
09 Sirach 11:1–14, Sirach 11:17–12:18, 2 Macc 3:25–40, 1 John 4, Ps 139:6–12
10 Sirach 13–14, 2 Macc 4:1–24, 1 John 5, Ps 139:13–19
11 Sirach 15:1–16:14, Sirach 16:17–30, 2 Macc 4:25–50, 2 John, 3 John, Ps 139:20–24
12 Sirach 17, 2 Macc 5:1–14, Jude, Ps 140:title–8
13 Sirach 18:1–19:17, Sirach 19:20–30, 2 Macc 5:15–27, Rev 1, Ps 140:9–13
14 Sirach 20, 2 Macc 6, Rev 2:1–13, Ps 141
15 Sirach 21:1–22:8, Sirach 22:11–27, 2 Macc 7:1–17, Rev 2:14–29, Ps 142
16 Sirach 23–24, 2 Macc 7:18–42, Rev 3–4, Ps 143:title–3
17 Sirach 25:1–26:18, Sirach 26:28–29, 2 Macc 8:1–15, Rev 5, Ps 143:4–12
18 Sirach 27, 2 Macc 8:16–36, Rev 6, Ps 144:title–4
19 Sirach 28–29, 2 Macc 9, Rev 7–8, Ps 144:5–11
20 Sirach 30–31, 2 Macc 10:1–10, Rev 9, Ps 144:12–15
21 Sirach 32–33, 2 Macc 10:11–38, Rev 10–11, Ps 145:title–9
22 Sirach 34–35, 2 Macc 11:1–13, Rev 12, Ps 145:10–16
23 Sirach 36–37, 2 Macc 11:14–38, Rev 13, Ps 145:17–21
24 Sirach 38, 2 Macc 12:1–15, Rev 14, Ps 146
25 Sirach 39, 2 Macc 12:16–45, Rev 15–16, Ps 147:1–7
26 Sirach 40–41, 2 Macc 13:1–10, Rev 17, Ps 147:8–14
27 Sirach 42–43, 2 Macc 13:11–26, Rev 18, Ps 147:15–20
28 Sirach 44–45, 2 Macc 14:1–25, Rev 19, Ps 148:1–8
29 Sirach 46–47, 2 Macc 14:26–46, Rev 20, Ps 148:9–14
30 Sirach 48–49, 2 Macc 15:1–19, Rev 21, Ps 149
31 Sirach 50–51, 2 Macc 15:20–39, Rev 22, Ps 150

 

Text Box:  "My words will not pass away"

Today’s Bible Readings

Latin Rite                            1st Reading      DN 7:2-14    Responsorial Psalm  DN 3:75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81

                                            2nd Reading                                    Gospel             LK 21:29-33

Syro-Malabar Rite              1st Reading    REV 14:1-7                Gospel             LK 19:45-48

Syro-Malankara Rite         1st Reading    1 TM 4:6-10               Gospel             JN 1:1-5

 

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Prayer of St. Gertrude the great dictated by Our Lady to release 1,000 Souls from Purgatory each time it is said. The prayer was extend to include living sinners which would alleviate the indebtedness accrued to them during their lives.

“Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the Universal Church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen.”

St. Gertrude the Great was born in Germany in 1263. She was a Benedictine Nun, and meditated on the Passion of Christ, which many times brought floods of tears to her eyes. She did many penances, and Our Lady appeared to her many times. Her holy Soul passed away in 1334. November 16 is her Feast Day.

Text Box: Friday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

 

St. Edmund Campion

 

St. Eligius

St. Alexander Briant