St. Sabas

Sabas, born in 439, is one of the most famous monks of Palestine. His father was an officer in the army. When the officer had to go to Alexandria, Egypt, he left his young son with his brother-in-law. Since his aunt treated him badly, young Sabas ran away to another uncle. When an argument arose between the two uncles, Sabas felt terrible. He liked to see people at peace. So he ran away to live in a monastery. His two uncles felt ashamed of themselves. They told Sabas to come out and they would give him all his property. But by this time, Sabas was too happy in the monastery. He did not want to leave. Even though he was the youngest monk, he was the most fervent.

When he was eighteen, Sabas went to Jerusalem. He wanted to learn to live alone with God. He was advised to live in another monastery there for a while because he was still young. He obeyed and joyfully did all the hard work. He chopped wood for the fires and carried the heavy jugs of water. One day, St. Sabas was sent to Alexandria, Egypt, as the traveling companion of another monk. There he saw his father and mother! They tried their best to make him come with them. They wanted him to enjoy the same honors his father had won. Not Sabas! He would not even take the money they tried to give him. Finally he accepted three gold pieces. Then when he got back to the monastery, he gave them to the abbot.

At last, he was able to spend four years completely alone, as he desired. But after that, he had to start a new monastery. Many disciples came to him to learn how to be monks. Before long, he was put in charge of all the monks in Palestine.

Sometimes Sabas was sent to the emperor on important Church affairs. Even then, he wore his poor cloth habit, and kept to his hours of prayer. St. Sabas died in 532.

Reflection: Although at times there was turmoil in Sabas' family, he learned to put his trust in God's care for him. In moments of uncertainty and confusion, God's grace sustained him.


Bl. Philip Rinaldi

Philip met Don Bosco at age 5, and apparently instinctively understood the importance of the future saint. Though he felt a call to a religious vocation, Philip was torn, and was seriously considering marriage when he decided to become a disciple of Don Bosco at age 22. The Christian Brothers immediately saw something in him, and made him an assistant novice master even before he took his vows as a Salesian on 13 August 1880. Though he had no intention to become a priest, his superiors, who saw his potential better than he did, ordered him to study and take the tests, and he was ordained on 23 December 1882.

In addition to his work as novice master, Philip was placed in charge of the "late" vocations, those like himself who came to the Order as adults. Director of the Salesian community of Sarriα, Spain in 1889; he opened several new houses, and brought in many new vocations. Salesian provincial director in Spain from 1892 to 1901. Began publication of Lecturas Catolicas in 1895. Helped the Daughters of Mary, Help of Christians expand in Spain. Vicar-General of the Salesians on 1 April 1901. Founded centres to minister to the daily and spiritual needs of young women. Helped found the World Federations of Past-Pupils, and assisted the Salesian Sisters. Organized the Salesian International Congress of 1911. With Zelatrici di Maria Ausiliatrice he helped found the group that would evolve into the Volunteers of Don Bosco.

Rector Major of the Salesians on 24 May 1922, the third successor to Don Bosco, and the last one to have been personally trained by him. From that position he worked to bring Doc Bosco's vision to the 20th century, and the 20th century to the vision, doing all he could to spread Salesian spirituality and trust in God. He sent many young Salesians to learn foreign languages and customs so they would become more effective missionaries, and he asked Pope Pius XI to grant the "indulgence for sanctified work". He travelled extensively, preaching, encouraging vocations and the spiritual life of the laity. During his tenure the number of Salesians went from 6,000 to 10,000, there were 250 new houses and centres opened, and his teacher Don Bosco was recognized as a saint.

Born : 28 May 1856 at Lu, Monferrato, Piedmont, Italy. Died : • 5 December 1931 of natural causes in Turin, Italy.

• buried in the cemetery in Turin. • following the miraculous healing of Sister Mary Carla, he was re-interred in the Basilica of Mary Our Help, Turin

Beatified : • 29 April 1990 by Pope John Paul II.  • his beatification miracle involved the healing and regeneration of the jaw of Sister Mary Carla who was shot in the face on 20 April 1945 in northen Italy in the waning days of World War II










Text Box: Reading 1 	            IS 11:1-10

On that day,
A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse,
and from his roots a bud shall blossom.
The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him:
a Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
A Spirit of counsel and of strength,
a Spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD,
and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD.
Not by appearance shall he judge,
nor by hearsay shall he decide,
But he shall judge the poor with justice,
and decide aright for the land's afflicted.
He shall strike the ruthless with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked.
Justice shall be the band around his waist,
and faithfulness a belt upon his hips.

Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb,
and the leopard shall lie down with the kid;
The calf and the young lion shall browse together,
with a little child to guide them.
The cow and the bear shall be neighbors,
together their young shall rest;
the lion shall eat hay like the ox.
The baby shall play by the cobra's den,
and the child lay his hand on the adder's lair.
There shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy mountain;
for the earth shall be filled with knowledge of the LORD,
as water covers the sea.

On that day,
The root of Jesse,
set up as a signal for the nations,
The Gentiles shall seek out,
for his dwelling shall be glorious.

Responsorial Psalm          72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17

R. (see 7) Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
O God, with your judgment endow the king,
and with your justice, the king's son;
He shall govern your people with justice
and your afflicted ones with judgment. 
R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
Justice shall flower in his days,
and profound peace, till the moon be no more.
May he rule from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth.
R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
He shall rescue the poor when he cries out,
and the afflicted when he has no one to help him.
He shall have pity for the lowly and the poor;
the lives of the poor he shall save. 
R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
May his name be blessed forever;
as long as the sun his name shall remain.
In him shall all the tribes of the earth be blessed;
all the nations shall proclaim his happiness.
R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Behold, our Lord shall come with power;
he will enlighten the eyes of his servants.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel			   LK 10:21-24

Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said,
"I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for although you have hidden these things
from the wise and the learned
you have revealed them to the childlike. 
Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. 
All things have been handed over to me by my Father. 
No one knows who the Son is except the Father,
and who the Father is except the Son
and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him."

Turning to the disciples in private he said,
"Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. 
For I say to you,
many prophets and kings desired to see what you see,
but did not see it,
and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it."

 Prayer  for All Souls

Text Box: Meditation:		  
 "Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb..." –Isaiah 11:6

Half of the animals mentioned in today's first eucharistic reading are predators: the wolf, leopard, lion, bear, cobra, and adder. The other half mentioned are prey: lamb, kid, calf, cow, and baby. The nature and instinct of a predator is to eat the prey. A predator would need an entirely new nature in order to resist eating prey so near at hand. On God's holy mountain, in His kingdom, a new order is in place. "There shall be no harm or ruin on all My holy mountain" (Is 11:9).

God gave this new nature to us on the day of our Baptism. If we ask Him, God will give us eyes to behold this new nature. We won't see criminals; instead, in Jesus we will see a potential "good thief" (Lk 23:39-43). The "learned and the clever" see predators and assume they will eat the prey (Mt 11:25). The childlike see as God sees (Nm 24:4; Mt 11:25) and with their spiritual eyes can see fierce predators acting with contented new natures in Christ, eating "hay like the ox" (Is 11:7) rather than eating the prey. The childlike are able to see fierce opponents of the Lord potentially desiring unity and life and so can treat them with innocent love rather than with fear and avoidance. The "wise" look at the exterior; the childlike look into the heart as does Jesus (see 1 Sm 16:7).

Meanwhile, we live in a predatory world ruled, it seems, by the nature of the flesh. Though we live in the world, we are called to not be of the world (Jn 15:19). We do not evaluate situations with the eyes of the world but spiritually (1 Cor 2:12ff). Blest are the eyes that see what we see (Lk 10:23), that is, what the Almighty sees (Nm 24:4).

PRAYER: 	Father, give me the mind of Christ (1 Cor 2:16).
PROMISE: 	"The earth shall be filled with knowledge of the Lord, as water covers the sea." —Is 11:9
PRAISE: 	Jesus healed Maria of sinus problems.




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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



Today’s Bible Readings

Latin Rite                            1st Reading       IS 11:1-10   Responsorial Psalm  72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17

                                            2nd Reading                                    Gospel             LK 10:21-24

Syro-Malabar Rite              1st Reading    ROM 13:8-14             Gospel             LK 1:18-20

Syro-Malankara Rite         1st Reading    1 COR 3:10-17          Gospel             JN 10:1-6


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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.

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