St. Lawrence O'Toole

Lawrence was born in Ireland in 1128. He was the son of a chief. When he was only ten years old, a neighboring king made a raid on his father's territory and carried him away. The boy suffered for two years. Then his father forced the king to give him up to the care of a bishop. When he did, Lawrence's father hurried to see his son. He gratefully brought him home. The chief wanted one of his sons to enter the service of the Church. While he was wondering which one it might be, Lawrence told him with a laugh that he need not wonder anymore. "It is my desire," said Lawrence, "to have for my inheritance the service of God in the Church." So his father took him by the hand and gave him into the care of the bishop. Lawrence became a priest and the abbot of a great monastery. Once food became very scarce in the whole neighborhood of the monastery. The good abbot gave great quantities away to keep the people from starving. He had many problems to handle as head of the monastery, too. Some of the monks criticized him for being too strict. But Lawrence kept right on guiding the community in the way of self-sacrifice, despite the criticism. Then, there was the problem of the robbers and outlaws who lived in the nearby hills. Yet nothing discouraged the fearless Lawrence O'Toole.

He became so famous that before long he was chosen to be archbishop of Dublin. In this new position, he lived as holy a life as ever. Every day, he invited many poor people to be his guests. He helped many others besides. Lawrence dearly loved his people and Ireland, his country, and he did all he could to keep it at peace. Once a madman attacked him as he was going up to the altar to say Mass. He was knocked to the floor unconscious. Yet he came to his senses right away. He had the wound washed at once, and then went right ahead with the Mass. After years of labor for the Church, St. Lawrence O'Toole became very ill. When he was asked if he wanted to make a will, the holy archbishop smiled. He answered, "God knows that I don't have a penny in the world." He had long ago given everything he had to others, just as he had given himself completely to God. St. Lawrence O'Toole died on November 14, 1180. He was proclaimed a saint by Pope Honorius III in 1225.

Reflection: St. Lawrence knew the importance of standing firm in doing what is right, even in the face of criticism.……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………...

St. Serapion of Algiers

As a boy he accompanied his father in the Third Crusade, and was at the battle of Acre in 1191. Member of the Order of Our Lady of Ransom, received into the Order by Saint Peter Nolasco at Barcelona, Spain in 1222. Worked with Saint Raymond Nonnatus to free 150 Christian slaves in 1229. Assigned to recruit for the Order in England, his ship was captured by pirates, and Serapion was left for dead. He survived, however, and wandered the area of London, England preaching against the theft and abuse of Church property which was happening in that area; he was ordered to leave London, and spent some time as a wandering evangelist in the British Isles. In 1240 he took a ransom to release 87 Christians held in Algiers by Muslims, and when the captors demanded more money, he volunteered to stay as a hostage until it arrived. He then worked as a missionary, converting many to Christianity. Authorities then tortured, scourged, abused and executed him. Martyr.

Born : c.1179 in London, England. Died : crucified, stabbed and dismembered alive in Algeria in 1240.

Beatified : 23 March 1625 by Pope Urban VIII (cultus confirmation). Canonized : 14 April 1728 by Pope Benedict XIII. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Bl. John Licci

Born to a poor farmer, John's mother died in childbirth. His life from then on, all 111 years, was a tale of miracles.

John's father, who fed the baby on crushed pomegranates, had to work the fields, and was forced to leave the infant alone. The baby began crying, and a neighbor woman took him to her home to feed him. She laid the infant on the bed next to her paralyzed husband - and the man was instantly cured. The woman told John's father of the miracle, but he was more concerned that she was meddling, and had taken his son without his permission. He took the child home to feed him more pomegranate pulp. As soon as the child was removed from the house, the neighbor's paralysis returned; when John was brought back in, the man was healed. Even John's father took this as a sign, and allowed the neighbors to care for John.

A precocious and emotional child, John began reciting the Daily Offices before age 10. While on a trip to Palermo, Italy at age 15, John went to Confession in the church of Saint Zita of Lucca where his confession was heard by Blessed Peter Geremia who suggested John consider a religious life. John considered himself unworthy, but Peter pressed the matter, John joined the Dominicans in 1415, and wore the habit for 96 years, the longest period known for anyone. Priest. Founded the convent of Saint Zita in Caccamo, Italy. Lacking money for the construction, John prayed for guidance. During his prayer he had a vision of an angel who told him to "build on the foundations that were already built." The next day in the nearby woods he found the foundation for a church called Saint Mary of the Angels, a church that had been started many years before, but had never been finished. John assumed this was the place indicated, and took over the site.  During the construction, workmen ran out of materials; the next day at dawn a large ox-drawn wagon arrived at the site. The driver unloaded a large quantity of stone, lime and sand - then promptly disappeared, leaving the oxen and wagon behind for the use of the convent. At another point a well got in the way of construction; John blessed it, and it immediately dried up; when construction was finished, he blessed it again, and the water began to flow. When roof beams were cut too short, John would pray over them, and they would stretch. There were days when John had to miraculously multiply bread and wine to feed the workers. Once a young boy came to the construction site to watch his uncle set stones; the boy fell from a wall, and was killed; John prayed over him, and restored him to life and health. John and two brother Dominicans who were working on the convent were on the road near Caccamo when they were set upon by bandits. One of the thieves tried to stab John with a dagger; the man's hand withered and became paralyzed. The gang let the brothers go, then decided to ask for their forgiveness. John made the Sign of the Cross at them, and the thief's hand was made whole.

One Christmas a nearby farmer offered to pasture the oxen that had come with the disappearing wagon-driver. John declined, saying the oxen had come far to be there, and there they should stay. Thinking he was doing good, the layman took them anyway. When he put them in the field with his own oxen, they promptly disappeared; he later found them at the construction site, contentedly munching dry grass near Father John. While he did plenty of preaching in his 90+ years in the habit, usually on Christ's Passion, John was not known as a great homilist. He was known, however, for his miracles and good works. His blessing caused the breadbox of a nearby widow to stay miraculously full, feeding her and her six children. His blessing prevented disease from coming to the cattle of his parishioners. Noted healer, curing at least three people whose heads had been crushed in accidents. Dominican Provincial of Sicily. Prior of the abbey on several occasions.

Born : 1400 at Caccamo, diocese of Palermo, Sicily, Italy. Died : 14 November 1511 of natural causes. Beatified : 25 April 1753 by Pope Benedict XIV (cultus confirmed).










Text Box: Reading 1 	           WIS 2:23–3:9

God formed man to be imperishable;
the image of his own nature he made them.

But by the envy of the Devil, death entered the world,
and they who are in his possession experience it.

But the souls of the just are in the hand of God, 
and no torment shall touch them.

They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead;
and their passing away was thought an affliction
and their going forth from us, utter destruction.
But they are in peace.
For if before men, indeed, they be punished,
yet is their hope full of immortality;
Chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed,
because God tried them
and found them worthy of himself.

As gold in the furnace, he proved them,
and as sacrificial offerings he took them to himself.
In the time of their visitation they shall shine,
and shall dart about as sparks through stubble;
They shall judge nations and rule over peoples,
and the Lord shall be their King forever.

Those who trust in him shall understand truth,
and the faithful shall abide with him in love:
Because grace and mercy are with his holy ones,
and his care is with his elect.

Responsorial Psalm          34:2-3, 16-17, 18-19

R. (2a) I will bless the Lord at all times.

I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
Let my soul glory in the LORD;
the lowly will hear me and be glad.

R. I will bless the Lord at all times.

The LORD has eyes for the just,
and ears for their cry.
The LORD confronts the evildoers,
to destroy remembrance of them from the earth.

R. I will bless the Lord at all times.

When the just cry out, the LORD hears them,
and from all their distress he rescues them.
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;
and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.

R. I will bless the Lord at all times.

Alleluia JN 14:23

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Whoever loves me will keep my word,
and my Father will love him,
and we will come to him.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel			LK 17:7-10

Jesus said to the Apostles:
"Who among you would say to your servant
who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field,
'Come here immediately and take your place at table'?
Would he not rather say to him,
'Prepare something for me to eat.

Put on your apron and wait on me while I eat and drink.

You may eat and drink when I am finished'?
Is he grateful to that servant because he did what was commanded?
So should it be with you.

When you have done all you have been commanded, say,
'We are unprofitable servants;
we have done what we were obliged to do.'"

 Prayer  for All Souls

Text Box: Meditation:		  
Are you ready to give the Lord your best, regardless of what it might cost you? Perhaps we are like the laborer in Jesus' parable who expected special favor and reward for going the extra mile? How unfair for the master to compel his servant to give more than what was expected! Don't we love to assert our rights: "I will give only what is required and no more!" But who can satisfy the claims of love? 

We are called to serve God and neighbor selflessly and generously
Jesus used this parable of the dutiful servant to explain that we can never put God in our debt or make the claim that God owes us something. We must regard ourselves as God's servants, just as Jesus came "not to be served, but to serve" (Matthew 20:28). Service of God and of neighbor is both a voluntary or free act and a sacred duty. One can volunteer for service or be compelled to do service for one's country or one's family when special needs arise. Likewise, God expects us to give him the worship and praise which is his due. And he gladly accepts the  free-will offering of our lives to him and to his service. What makes our offering pleasing to God is the love we express in the act of self-giving. True love is sacrificial, generous, and selfless.

The love of God compels us to give our best
How can we love others selflessly and unconditionally? Scripture tells us that God himself is love (1 John 4:16) - he is the author of life and the source of all true relationships of love and friendship. He created us in love for love, and he fills our hearts with the boundless love that gives whatever is good for the sake of another (Romans 5:5). If we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us (1 John 4:12). 
God honors the faithful servant who loves and serves others generously. He is ever ready to work in and through us for his glory. We must remember, however, that God can never be indebted to us. We have no claim on him. His love compels us to give him our best! And when we have done our best, we have simply done our duty. We can never outmatch God in doing good and showing love. God loves us without measure. Does the love of God compel you to give your best?

"Lord Jesus, fill my heart with love, gratitude and generosity. Make me a faithful and zealous servant for you. May I generously pour out my life in loving service for you and for others, just as you have so generously poured yourself out in love for me."




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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:  "We have only done our duty"

Today’s Bible Readings

Latin Rite                            1st Reading       WIS 2:23–3:9        Responsorial Psalm  34:2-3, 16-17, 18-19                                                            2nd Reading                                                        Gospel             LK 17:7-10

Syro-Malabar Rite              1st Reading    1 COR 4:1-5                                    Gospel             JN 6:47-53

Syro-Malankara Rite         1st Reading    1 COR 4:1-5                                    Gospel             JN 14:7-14


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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: Tuesday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time


St. Lawrence O'Toole


St. Serapion of Algiers

Blessed John Licci