St. Frances Zavier Cabrini

Frances was born on July 15, 1850. As a child growing up in Italy, she dreamed about being a missionary to China. She sailed paper boats down a stream to play her "pretend game." The paper boats were ships taking missionaries to China. And she began giving up candy because in China, she probably wouldn't be able to have any. But when she grew up, Frances was not accepted into the two convents which she asked to join. Her health was not too good. She taught school for a while. Then a priest asked her to help out in a small home for orphans. Things were very hard for Frances because of the lady who ran the house. Yet Frances stuck to the work, and some other generous women joined her. Together they took vows.

At last the bishop told Frances to begin her own congregation of missionary nuns. Without hesitating, Frances started at once. This congregation is called the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart. Before long, it began to grow, first in Italy and then in many other countries. Frances, whom everyone called Mother Cabrini, had always had her heart set on going to China. But it seemed that God wanted her to come to America. When Pope Leo XIII told her, "Go west, not east," the matter was settled. St. Frances Xavier Cabrini sailed for the United States and became an American citizen. She especially helped large numbers of Italian immigrants. She was their real mother and friend.

Mother Cabrini and her sisters had a very hard time in the beginning. The archbishop of New York even suggested that they go back to Italy. But Mother Cabrini answered, "Your excellency, the pope sent me here and here I must stay." The archbishop admired her pioneer spirit, and so she and her sisters were permitted to begin their great work for God. Schools, hospitals, and homes for children were opened up in different states. As the years passed, Mother Cabrini made many trips to spread her congregation and its works. There were always difficulties, but she put all her trust in the Sacred Heart. "It is he who is doing everything, not us," she would say.

Mother Cabrini died in Chicago on December 23, 1917. She was proclaimed a saint by Pope Pius XII in 1946.

Reflection: This holy woman was able to do a lot of good for others, by following her motto from the words of St. Paul: "I can do all things in him who strengthens me."

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St. Stanislaus Kostka

Born to the Polish nobility, the son of a senator. Attended the Viennese Jesuit college from age 14 with his brother Paul, who badly mistreated him. While staying at the home of a Lutheran, he became gravely ill, but was not allowed to call for a priest. He prayed to his personal patron, Saint Barbara, who appeared to him in a vision with two angels, and administered Communion. He was then cured from his disease by Our Lady who told him to become a Jesuit, though it was against his family's wishes. Attended the Jesuit college in Rome, Italy. Friend of Saint Peter Canisius. Jesuit novice from 28 October 1567. Student of Saint Francis Borgia.

Born : 28 October 1550 at Rostkovo, Poland. Died : between 3 and 4 a.m. of 15 August, feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 1568 at Rome, Italy from a high fever.

Beatified : 19 October 1605 by Pope Paul V. Canonized : 31 December 1726 by Pope Benedict XIII

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St. Abbo of Fleury

Benedictine monk, taking the habit and coming of age at Saint Benoξt-sur-Loire monastery, Fleury-sur-Loire, France. Studied at Paris, Rheims and Orleans in France. One of the great scholars of his age; we still have writings by him on astronomy, grammar, philosophy, mathematics, canon law, theology, biography, and other matters. Administered the abbey school and taught at Ramsey, Huntingdonshire, England from 985 to 987 at the request of Saint Oswald of Worcester, archbishop of York. Abbot at Fleury-sur-Loire, France in 988 where he instituted Cluniac observance; his election came into dispute, which was settled by the bishop who would later be Pope Sylvester II. Brought the abbey school to great renown. Fought for the rights of monks at the Synod of Saint Denis in 995. Ambassador to the Vatican where he became a close friend of Pope Gregory V. Peacemaker and negotiator between Pope Gregory V and King Robert the Pious of France. Worked to calm fears and reassure people who feared the end of the world or other problems with the millennial change to the year 1000. Murdered during a riot by monks he whose discipline he was trying to reform.

Born : c.945 near Orleans, France. Died : • stabbed in the side with a lance on 13 November 1004 while trying to quell a monastic riot at Le Rιole, Gascony, France. • considered a martyr as he died due to his work to restore proper discipline. • miracles reported at his tomb

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Text Box: Reading 1 	           WIS 1:1-7



Love justice, you who judge the earth;
think of the Lord in goodness,
and seek him in integrity of heart;
Because he is found by those who test him not, 
and he manifests himself to those who do not disbelieve him.

For perverse counsels separate a man from God,
and his power, put to the proof, rebukes the foolhardy;
Because into a soul that plots evil, wisdom enters not, nor dwells she in a body under debt of sin.

For the holy Spirit of discipline flees deceit
and withdraws from senseless counsels;
and when injustice occurs it is rebuked.

For wisdom is a kindly spirit,
yet she acquits not the blasphemer of his guilty lips; Because God is the witness of his inmost self
and the sure observer of his heart
and the listener to his tongue.

For the Spirit of the Lord fills the world,
is all-embracing, and knows what man says.



Responsorial Psalm          139:1B-3, 4-6, 7-8, 9-10



R. (24b) Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way.

O LORD, you have probed me and you know me;
you know when I sit and when I stand;
you understand my thoughts from afar.
My journeys and my rest you scrutinize,
with all my ways you are familiar.

R. Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way.

Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O LORD, you know the whole of it.
Behind me and before, you hem me in
and rest your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
too lofty for me to attain.

R. Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way.

Where can I go from your spirit?
From your presence where can I flee?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I sink to the nether world, you are present there.

R. Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way.

If I take the wings of the dawn,
if I settle at the farthest limits of the sea,
Even there your hand shall guide me,
and your right hand hold me fast.

R. Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way.

Alleluia PHIL 2:15D, 16A

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Shine like lights in the world,
as you hold on to the word of life.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel			 LK 17:1-6



Jesus said to his disciples,
"Things that cause sin will inevitably occur,
but woe to the one through whom they occur. 
It would be better for him if a millstone were put around his neck
and he be thrown into the sea
than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin.
Be on your guard!

If your brother sins, rebuke him;
and if he repents, forgive him.
And if he wrongs you seven times in one day 
and returns to you seven times saying, 'I am sorry,'
you should forgive him."


And the Apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith."
The Lord replied, "If you have faith the size of a mustard seed,
you would say to this mulberry tree,
'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it would obey you."

 Prayer  for All Souls

Text Box: Meditation:		  
What's the driving force in your life? Jesus speaks of two forces at work in our lives - the power of the temptation to sin and cause harm and the power of faith to overcome obstacles and difficulties that stand in the way of loving God and our neighbor. The Greek word for temptation (scandalon) is the same as the English word scandal. The original meaning of scandal is a trap or a stumbling block which causes one to trip and fall. The Scriptures warn us about the snare or enticement to go astray and to do what is evil. "Keep me from the trap which they have laid for me, and from the snares of evildoers!" (Psalm 141:9) "Whoever loves a brother or sister lives in the light, and in such a person there is no cause for stumbling" (1 John 2:10). 
Jesus commands us to not give bad example or lead others into sin
The Jews held that it was an unforgivable sin to teach another to sin. If we teach another to sin, he or she in turn may teach still another, until a train of sin is set in motion with no foreseeable end. Jesus warns his disciples of the terrible responsibility that they must set no stumbling block in the way of another, that is, not give offense or bad example that might lead another to sin. The young in faith are especially vulnerable to the bad example of those who should be passing on the faith.
The power of faith for overcoming obstacles
While Jesus warns against the danger of giving bad example and causing scandal, he also demonstrates the power of faith for overcoming obstacles and temptation to sin and wrongdoing. What did Jesus mean when he said that our faith can move trees and mountains as well (see Matthew 17:20; Mark 11:23)? The term "mountain remover" was used for someone who could solve great problems and difficulties. 
The Holy Spirit helps us to grow in faith and to rely on God's strength 
Don't we often encounter challenges and difficulties which seem beyond our power or strength to handle? What appears impossible to human power is possible to those who believe in God's power. Paul the Apostle reminds us, "No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your strength, but with the temptation will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it" (1 Corinthians 10:13). Do you trust in God's help and rely on his strength when you are put to the test or led into temptation?
Faith is a gift freely given by God to help us know God personally, to understand his truth clearly, and to live in the power of his love and mercy freely. God calls us to be like him - holy, loving and wise. God expects more from us than we can simply do by ourselves. That is why the Lord Jesus unites us to himself through the gift of faith so that we may live in the power of his love through the gift of the Holy Spirit who dwells within us (Romans 5:5). The Lord gives us the strength of the Holy Spirit who helps us to grow strong in faith, persevere in hope, and endure in love. 
Faith is the key that unlocks God's power in our lives
Faith in God is the key for removing obstacles and difficulties which keep us from doing his will. We belong to God and our lives are no longer our own. Our joy and privilege is to follow the Lord Jesus and to serve in the power of his love, truth, and goodness. The Lord Jesus is ever ready to work in and through us for his glory. For our faith to be effective it must be linked with trust and with obedience - an  active submission to God and a willingness to do whatever he commands. Do you trust in the grace and strength which God freely gives to help you resist temptation and to overcome obstacles in doing his will?
"Lord Jesus, you give us victory over the destructive forces of sin and harmful desires that keep us from doing your will. Give me the strength to always choose what is good and to reject what is wrong. May your love and truth rule my heart that I may give good example to others and guide those who need your wise instruction and help."

 

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Text Box: The Bible in one year:  NOVEMBER


01 Prov 5–6, 1 Macc 5:1–15, 1 Tim 5, Ps 119:95–101
02 Prov 7, 1 Macc 5:16–35, 1 Tim 6, Ps 119:102–108
03 Prov 8–9, 1 Macc 5:36–55, 2 Tim 1, Ps 119:109–116
04 Prov 10, 1 Macc 5:56–68, 2 Tim 2, Ps 119:117–123
05 Prov 11–12, 1 Macc 6:1–28, 2 Tim 3, Ps 119:124–130
06 Prov 13–14, 1 Macc 6:29–48, 2 Tim 4, Ps 119:131–137
07 Prov 15, 1 Macc 6:49–63, Titus 1–2, Ps 119:138–144
08 Prov 16–17, 1 Macc 7:1–25, Titus 3, Ps 119:145–151
09 Prov 18–19, 1 Macc 7:26–50, Philem, Ps 119:152–158
10 Prov 20, 1 Macc 8:1–15, Heb 1–2, Ps 119:159–165
11 Prov 21–22, 1 Macc 8:16–32, Heb 3, Ps 119:166–172
12 Prov 23, 1 Macc 9:1–24, Heb 4, Ps 119:173–176
13 Prov 24–25, 1 Macc 9:25–44, Heb 5–6, Ps 120
14 Prov 26–27, 1 Macc 9:45–73, Heb 7:1–12, Ps 121
15 Prov 28, 1 Macc 10:1–11, Heb 7:13–28, Ps 122
16 Prov 29–30, 1 Macc 10:12–31, Heb 8:1–9:15, Ps 123
17 Prov 31, 1 Macc 10:32–51, Heb 9:16–28, Ps 124
18 Eccles 1–3, 1 Macc 10:52–72, Heb 10, Ps 125
19 Eccles 4–6, 1 Macc 10:73–89, Heb 11:1–13, Ps 126
20 Eccles 7–8, 1 Macc 11:1–23, Heb 11:14–40, Ps 127
21 Eccles 9–12, 1 Macc 11:24–43, Heb 12:1–17, Ps 128
22 Song 1–2, 1 Macc 11:44–63, Heb 12:18–29, Ps 129
23 Song 3–6, 1 Macc 11:64–74, Heb 13, Ps 130:title–4
24 Song 7–8, 1 Macc 12:1–29, James 1, Ps 130:5–131:3
25 Wisd of Sol 1–3, 1 Macc 12:30–53, James 2, Ps 132:title–5
26 Wisd of Sol 4–6, 1 Macc 13:1–17, James 3, Ps 132:6–12
27 Wisd of Sol 7, 1 Macc 13:18–37, James 4, Ps 132:13–18
28 Wisd of Sol 8–10, 1 Macc 13:38–53, James 5, Ps 133–134
29 Wisd of Sol 11–12, 1 Macc 14:1–24, 1 Pet 1, Ps 135:1–7
30 Wisd of Sol 13–14, 1 Macc 14:25–49, 1 Pet 2, Ps 135:8–14

 

Text Box: "Lord Jesus increase our faith"

Today’s Bible Readings

Latin Rite                            1st Reading       WIS 1:1-7    Responsorial Psalm  139:1B-3, 4-6, 7-8, 9-10

                                            2nd Reading                                  Gospel             LK 17:1-6

Syro-Malabar Rite              1st Reading    2 COR 4:11-15                                Gospel             MT 19:16-22

Syro-Malankara Rite         1st Reading    MT 19:3-12                                      Gospel             2 PT 1:5-11

 

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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: Memorial of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin

 

St. Frances Zavier Cabrini

 

St. Stanislaus Kostka

St. Abbo of Fleury