St. Albert the Great

This saint lived in the thirteenth century. He was born in a castle on the Danube River in Swabia (southwest Germany). Albert went to the University of Padua in Italy. There he decided to become a Dominican. His uncle tried to persuade him not to follow his religious vocation. Albert did anyway. He felt that this was what God wanted. His father, the count of Bollstadt, was very angry. The Dominicans thought that he might make Albert come back home. They transferred the novice to a location farther away, but his father did not come after him.

St. Albert loved to study. The natural sciences, especially physics, geography and biology, interested him. He also loved to study his Catholic religion and the Bible. He used to observe the ways of animals and write down what he saw, just as scientists do today. He wrote a great number of books on these subjects. He also wrote on philosophy and was a popular teacher in different schools.

One of St. Albert's pupils was the great St. Thomas Aquinas. It is believed that Albert learned of the death of St. Thomas directly from God. He had guided St. Thomas in beginning his great works in philosophy and theology. He also defended his teachings after Thomas died.

As St. Albert grew older, he became more holy. Before, he had expressed his deep thoughts in his writings. Now he expressed them in his whole way of living for God.

Reflection: It is said that St. Albert had the gift of bringing together faith and science. In this time immersed in science and technology, perhaps we could pray for this same gift


St. Joseph Pignatelli

Led and inspired the Jesuits during the 41 years of the Suppression of the Society. Considered the link between the old Jesuits, suppressed in 1773, and the new Jesuits, restored in 1814.

Groups of Jesuits reformed into societies such as The Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in France and The Society of the Faith of Jesus in Italy. The Jesuits survived in Russia, and though he lived in Italy, Joseph associated himself with them. In 1775, Pope Pius VI gave permission for Jesuits from other countries to rejoin the Jesuits in Russia, and in 1799 approved the opening of a novitiate in Colorno, Italy, making Joseph the Master of Novices. In 1801 King Charles Emmanuel IV of Sardinia reinstated the Jesuits in his kingdom, and in 1815 he joined them himself.

In 1800 Pope Pius VII determined to completely restore the Society, but was unable until the fall of Napoleon. Despite their being virtually nothing left of the Society's resources, requests for the restored Jesuits to start schools poured in from every direction. Within a year the Society had as many members and as many foundations as the old Society had had in 1555.

Born : 27 December 1737 at Zaragoza, Spain. Died : 15 November 1811 in Rome, Italy of his life long fight with tuberculosis

Canonized : 12 June 1954 by Pope Pius XII


Bl. Lucy of Narni

The eldest of eleven children of Bartolomeo Broccadelli and Gentilina Cassio. A pious child, at age five she received a vision of Our Lady, and at age seven she saw Mary and received a scapular from Saint Dominic de Guzman. By age twelve she had taken private vows and had decided to become a Dominican. However, her father died, she was placed in the care of her uncle, and at age 15 she was betrothed in an arranged marriage to Count Pietro de Alessio of Milan, Italy. Her fondness for Pietro and her duty to her family conflicted with her desire for the religious life, and the stress caused her to become ill until she received a vision of Mary, Saint Dominic and Saint Catherine. She finally married the count, but he understood that they would live as brother and sister.  Lucy took over the operation of the count's household. She taught catechism to the servants, began caring for the local poor, and spent her evenings in prayer. The servants claimed that Saint Catherine, Saint Agnes of Rome and Saint Agnes of Montepulciano helped her bake bread for the poor. At one point Lucy simply walked away from home, planning to become an anchorite; she claimed that Saint Dominic brought her back as she had other things to do; her husband had her locked up, possibly for what he considered her own safety. This became the breaking point for them; a few weeks later Lucy returned to her mother's home. Pietro eventually became a Franciscan and noted preacher.

In 1496 she moved to Viterbo, Italy, and joined a group of Dominican tertiaries. Her visions continued, she began to fall into ecstasies during prayer, and received the signs of the stigmata. Word of her visions and actions got around, and curiosity seekers came to gawk at her. Her bishop investigated her himself, but did not come to any conclusion about the nature of her visions, and referred her to the Inquisition. They investigated, reached no decision, and referred her to the Vatican. The Pope, with the help of Blessed Columba of Rieti, decided that the mystical signs were of God, and asked Lucy to pray for him.  Lucy returned to Viterbo where the locals were excited to have her back. However, the count of Ferrara, Italy who had just built a convent of Saint Catherine of Siena in Narni, Italy, asked Lucy to serve as its prioress; she agreed, with the plan to make it a house of very strict observance. This triggered a two-year conflict between the two cities which actually led to armed conflict when the count sent troops to Viterbo in 1499 to escort her to the convent. There she ran into additional problems as many novices were unable to live under the strict rules; there was sometimes a circus atmosphere at the house as the count brought visitors to show off Lucy, and would demand that she show signs of stigmata. In 1505 the Dominicans replaced her as prioress, and the new superior had her confined; for her remaining 39 years she lived in silence, speaking only to her confessor, completely obedient, never complaining, utterly forgotten by the outside world, and spending all free time in prayer, frequently going into ecstasies and receiving visions.

Born : 13 December 1476 in Narni, Umbria, Italy as Lucy Brocolelli. Died : • 15 November 1544 at the Saint Catherine of Siena convent in Ferrara, Italy of natural causes.  • miracles were reported at her tomb, people began to visit her grave to pray, and she was re-interred twice to make it easier for them. • interred in the cathedral in Ferrara. • body incorrupt. Beatified : 1 March 1710 (cultus confirmed) by Pope Clement XI










Text Box: Reading 1 	           WIS 6:1-11

Hear, O kings, and understand;
learn, you magistrates of the earth's expanse!
Hearken, you who are in power over the multitude
and lord it over throngs of peoples!
Because authority was given you by the Lord
and sovereignty by the Most High,
who shall probe your works and scrutinize your counsels.
Because, though you were ministers of his kingdom, you judged not rightly,
and did not keep the law,
nor walk according to the will of God,
Terribly and swiftly shall he come against you,
because judgment is stern for the exalted–
For the lowly may be pardoned out of mercy
but the mighty shall be mightily put to the test.
For the Lord of all shows no partiality,
nor does he fear greatness,
Because he himself made the great as well as the small,
and he provides for all alike;
but for those in power a rigorous scrutiny impends.
To you, therefore, O princes, are my words addressed
that you may learn wisdom and that you may not sin.
For those who keep the holy precepts hallowed shall be found holy,
and those learned in them will have ready a response.
Desire therefore my words;
long for them and you shall be instructed.
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           82:3-4, 6-7

R. (8a) Rise up, O God, bring judgment to the earth.

Defend the lowly and the fatherless;
render justice to the afflicted and the destitute.
Rescue the lowly and the poor;
from the hand of the wicked deliver them.

R. Rise up, O God, bring judgment to the earth.

I said: "You are gods,
all of you sons of the Most High;
yet like men you shall die,
and fall like any prince."

R. Rise up, O God, bring judgment to the earth.

Alleluia 1 THES 5:18

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

In all circumstances, give thanks,
for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel			LK 17:11-19

As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem,
he traveled through Samaria and Galilee.

As he was entering a village, ten lepers met him.
They stood at a distance from him and raised their voice, saying,
"Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!"
And when he saw them, he said,
"Go show yourselves to the priests."

As they were going they were cleansed. 
And one of them, realizing he had been healed,
returned, glorifying God in a loud voice;
and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. 

He was a Samaritan.
Jesus said in reply,
"Ten were cleansed, were they not?
Where are the other nine? 
Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?" 
Then he said to him, "Stand up and go;
your faith has saved you."

 Prayer  for All Souls

Text Box: Meditation:		  
 What can adversity teach us about the blessing of thanksgiving and the healing power of love and mercy? The Book of Proverbs states: A friend loves at all times; and a brother is born for adversity (Proverbs 17:17). When adversity strikes you find out who truly is your brother, sister, and friend. The Gospel records an unusual encounter between two peoples who had been divided for centuries. The Jews and Samaritans had no dealings with one another even though Samaria was located in the central part of Judaea. Both peoples were openly hostile whenever their paths crossed. In this Gospel narrative we see one rare exception - a Samaritan leper in company with nine Jewish lepers. Sometimes adversity forces people to drop their barriers or to forget their prejudices. When this band of Jewish and Samaritan lepers saw Jesus they made a bold request. They didn't ask for healing, but instead asked for mercy.

Mercy is heartfelt sorrow at another's misfortune
The word mercy literally means "sorrowful at heart". But mercy is something more than compassion, or heartfelt sorrow at another's misery and misfortune. Compassion empathizes with the sufferer. But mercy goes further - it removes suffering. A merciful person shares in another's misfortune and suffering as if it were his or her own. And such a person will do everything in his or her power to dispel that misery. 
Mercy is also connected with justice. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274), a great teacher and scripture scholar, said that mercy "does not destroy justice, but is a certain kind of fulfillment of justice. ..Mercy without justice is the mother of dissolution; (and) justice without mercy is cruelty." Mercy.."moves us to do what we can do to help the other." Mercy seeks to remedy the weakness of others, and where sin is involved to lead others to recognize their need for repentance and turning away from wrongdoing. Pardon without repentance negates justice. 
God's mercy brings healing of mind, heart, and body
So what is the significance of these ten lepers asking Jesus to show them mercy? They know they are in need of healing, not just physical, but spiritual healing as well. They approach Jesus with faith and with sorrow for their sins because they believe that he can release the burden of their guilt and suffering and restore both soul and body. Their request for mercy is both a plea for pardon and release from suffering. Jesus gives mercy to all who ask with faith and contrition (true sorrow for sin).

Why did only one leper out of ten return to show gratitude? Gratefulness, a word which expresses gratitude of heart and a thankful disposition, is related to grace - which means the release of loveliness. Gratitude is the homage of the heart which responds with graciousness in expressing an act of thanksgiving. The Samaritan approached Jesus reverently and gave praise to God.
Ingratitude leads to lack of love and kindness, and intolerance towards others
If we do not recognize and appreciate the mercy and help shown to us, we will be ungrateful and unkind towards others. Ingratitude is forgetfulness or a poor return for kindness received. Ingratitude easily leads to lack of charity and intolerance towards others, as well as to other vices, such as complaining, grumbling, discontentment, pride, and presumption. How often have we been ungrateful to our parents, pastors, teachers, and neighbors? Do you express gratitude to God for his abundant help and mercy towards you and are you gracious, kind, and merciful towards your neighbor in their time of need and support?

"Lord Jesus, may I never fail to recognize your loving kindness and mercy. Fill my heart with compassion and thanksgiving, and free me from ingratitude and discontentment. Help me to count my blessings with a grateful heart and to give thanks in all circumstances."




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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


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Today’s Bible Readings

Latin Rite                            1st Reading       WIS 6:1-11                        Responsorial Psalm  82:3-4, 6-7                                                            2nd Reading                                                          Gospel             LK 17:11-19

Syro-Malabar Rite              1st Reading    2 COR 11: 7-15                               Gospel             MK 10:28-30

Syro-Malankara Rite         1st Reading    2 TM 4:1-5                                      Gospel             MT 5:13-16


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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: Wednesday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time


St. Albert the Great


St. Joseph Pignatelli

Bl. Lucy of Narni