St. Bibiana

Bibiana's father Flavian had been prefect of the city of Rome in early Christian times. He and his wife were known as fervent Christians. In fact, when Emperor Julian left the Catholic faith, he began persecuting it. That is when Flavian was arrested. He was branded on the face with a hot iron and then exiled.

After he died, his wife Dafrosa was also made a prisoner in her own house. This was only because of her good Christian life. Then she, too, was put to death. Left alone with her sister, Demetria, Bibiana tried with all her heart to trust in God and pray. Everything they had was being taken from them. Then the two young women were brought to court. Poor Demetria was so frightened that she dropped dead at the judge's feet. Bibiana was handed over to a sinful woman, who was supposed to make the girl as evil as she was. This woman tried by sweet words and many clever tricks to make Bibiana fall. However, the saint could not be moved. She was brought back to court and beaten. Yet she held to her faith and purity as strongly as ever.

St. Bibiana was beaten to death with leaden scourges. A priest buried her at night beside her mother and sister.

Reflection: Sometimes we must suffer for doing what we know to be right. We can pray for the grace of perseverance in doing good in our lives.

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St. Chromatius

Chromatius' father died when the boy was an infant, and he was raised by his mother and large family of older siblings. Ordained c.387. Attended the Synod of Aquileia, and worked for the strong denunciation of Arianism that resulted from the synod. Bishop of Aquileia in 388.

He worked for peace with invading troops led by Alaric, and provided aid to those who suffered by being in his path. Active correspondent with Saint Ambrose of Milan. Friend of Saint Jerome, who dedicated several works to him. Influential in the translation of early Christian works into Latin for wider use. Financed Saint Jerome's translation of the Bible, and Rufinus' translation of Eusebius' Ecclesiastical History. Wrote several respected scripture commentaries, seventeen of which survive. Friend of Saint John Chrysostom, supporting him and writing on his behalf against the unjust accusations of Emperor Arcadius.

Born : 4th century at Aquileia, Italy. Died : 2 December 407 in Italy of natural causes

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Bl. Liduina Meneguzzi

Born to a poor farm family. Noted as a child for her piety, attending daily Mass, praying often, teaching catechism as soon as she was old enough, and considering the religious life. At age 14 she began working as a servant to local wealthy families, and in the hotels around the hot springs of Abano. On 5 March 1926 she answered the call to religious life and joined the Sisters of the Congregation of Saint Francis de Sales.

She worked for years at the Santa Croce boarding school as housekeeper, sacristan, nurse and big sister to the girls. In 1937 she was finally allowed to enter the mission fields, working at Dire-Dawa, Ethiopia, a cosmopolitan, crossroads city with people of many backgrounds, races and religions including Catholics, Copts, Muslims and native pagans. Liduina worked as a nurse in the Parini Civil Hospital first with civilian patients, and after the outbreak of World War II, with injured soldiers. When the city was bombed she worked in the streets, carrying the wounded to shelter, baptizing dying children, leading dying Christians through acts of contrition.

Her work with the Ethiopians, black and white, Christian, Muslim and neither, gave her the chance to speak to them all about the faith. She would tell any who would listen about the goodness of God the Father; her example led many to ask, and her ecumenism anticipated the later work of Vatican II.

Born : 12 September 1901 in Abano Terme, Padua, Italy as Elisa Angela Meneguzzi. Died : • 2 December 1941 of cancer in Dire-Dawa, Ethiopia.

• at the insistence of the injured soldiers who loved her, she was buried in the military graveyard at Dire-Dawa. • relics translated to the motherhouse of the Sisters of the Congregation of Saint Francis de Sales in Padua, Italy in July 1961

Beatified : 20 October 2002 by Pope John Paul II

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Text Box: Reading 1 	             DN 7:15-27



I, Daniel, found my spirit anguished within its covering of flesh,
and I was terrified by the visions of my mind.
I approached one of those present
and asked him what all this meant in truth;
in answer, he made known to me the meaning of the things:
"These four great beasts stand for four kingdoms
which shall arise on the earth.
But the holy ones of the Most High shall receive the kingship,
to possess it forever and ever."

But I wished to make certain about the fourth beast,
so very terrible and different from the others,
devouring and crushing with its iron teeth and bronze claws,
and trampling with its feet what was left;
about the ten horns on its head, and the other one that sprang up,
before which three horns fell;
about the horn with the eyes and the mouth that spoke arrogantly,
which appeared greater than its fellows.
For, as I watched, that horn made war against the holy ones
and was victorious until the Ancient One arrived;
judgment was pronounced in favor of the holy ones of the Most High,
and the time came when the holy ones possessed the kingdom.
He answered me thus:

"The fourth beast shall be a fourth kingdom on earth
different from all the others;
It shall devour the whole earth,
beat it down, and crush it.
The ten horns shall be ten kings
rising out of that kingdom;
another shall rise up after them,
Different from those before him,
who shall lay low three kings.
He shall speak against the Most High
and oppress the holy ones of the Most High,
thinking to change the feast days and the law.
They shall be handed over to him
for a year, two years, and a half-year.
But when the court is convened,
and his power is taken away
by final and absolute destruction,
Then the kingship and dominion and majesty
of all the kingdoms under the heavens
shall be given to the holy people of the Most High,
Whose Kingdom shall be everlasting:
all dominions shall serve and obey him."


Responsorial Psalm         DN 3:82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87

R. Give glory and eternal praise to him.
"You sons of men, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever."
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him.
"O Israel, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever."
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him.
"Priests of the Lord, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever."
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him.
"Servants of the Lord, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever."
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him.
"Spirits and souls of the just, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever."
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him.
"Holy men of humble heart, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever."
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him.
Alleluia LK 21:36

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Be vigilant at all times and pray
That you may have the strength to stand before the Son of Man.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel			   LK 21:34-36


Jesus said to his disciples:
"Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy
from carousing and drunkenness
and the anxieties of daily life,
and that day catch you by surprise like a trap.
For that day will assault everyone
who lives on the face of the earth.
Be vigilant at all times
and pray that you have the strength
to escape the tribulations that are imminent
and to stand before the Son of Man."

 Prayer  for All Souls

Text Box: Meditation:		  
 Is there anything holding you back from the joy and freedom of the Lord? God wants our hearts for him and for his kingdom of peace, joy, and righteousness (Romans 14:17). But our hearts can be weighed down by many different things. Jesus, our Lord and Master, offers us true freedom - freedom from the power of sin and wasted life, and freedom from our unruly desires and disordered passions - such as making food, drink or anything else our master rather than our servant. Jesus wants our hearts to be ruled by one thing only - his love and truth which enables us to choose whatever is good and to reject whatever is evil and harmful for us.

Be ready to meet the Lord today 
Jesus also warns us of the temptation to slacken off - to become spiritually idle, lazy, indifferent, or inattentive to God's presence and his word and guidance for our lives. We can fall asleep spiritually if we allow other things to distract us from the reality of God and his kingdom. It is very easy to get caught up in the things of the present moment or to be weighed down with anxious cares and concerns. The Lord wants us to be ready at all times to meet him - whether it be in our rising, eating, working, or taking our rest. He comes to draw us to himself - are you alert and attentive to his voice?
Speak your troubles to the Lord - he is listening
The Lord knows our struggles, weaknesses, and shortcomings. And he assures us that we do not need to carry our burdens alone nor struggle without his help. He is always very present and ready to give us whatever strength, guidance, and help we need to fight temptation and to stay the course which he has set for us. But there is one thing he doesn't tolerate: indifference, an attitude of not caring, and doing nothing! The Lord wants us to cast our anxieties on him and to ask for his guidance and help. Do you pray for God's strength and wisdom?

Until the Lord comes again we can expect troubles, trials, and temptations. Our adversary the devil does not rest in his attempt to lure us away from God's will for our lives. If he cannot succeed in getting us to renounce our faith in Christ, he will try, little by little, to distract us from pursuing God, especially in prayer and listening to his word. Ask the Lord Jesus to rekindle the fire of his love in you so that you will be ready and eager to meet him when he comes again.

"Lord Jesus, rouse my spirit to the truth that this world is passing away. Give me a lively faith, a joyful hope, and a fervent love to see you face to face 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: "Lest your hearts be weighed down"

Today’s Bible Readings

Latin Rite                            1st Reading      DN 7:15-27   Responsorial Psalm  DN 3:82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87

                                            2nd Reading                                    Gospel             LK 21:34-36

Syro-Malabar Rite              1st Reading    2 COR 6:3-10             Gospel             MK 6:7-13

Syro-Malankara Rite         1st Reading    ROM 10:18-21          Gospel             MT 5:21-26

 

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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: Saturday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

 

St. Bibiana

 

St. Chromatius

Bl. Liduina Meneguzzi