St. Martin De Porres

Martin was born in Lima, Peru, in 1579. His father was a knight from Spain. His mother was a freed slave from Panama. His father at first left Martin and his mother and sister alone in Peru. They were very, very poor.

Martin grew up good and devout. He was sent to learn the trade of a barber. He also learned how to cure many diseases according to the practices of those days. Martin's father finally decided to take care of his son's education. However, Martin wanted to give himself to God as a Dominican brother. Brother Martin soon proved to be a wonderful religious. No one was kinder or more obedient or holy. Before long, he began to work miracles, too. He cured so many sick people that everyone in the city of Lima would send for Brother Martin when there was sickness. He would go to them all, blacks and whites alike. He loved all people as his brothers and sisters in Christ. Great sums of money were given to this good, lovable Brother for his charities. People recognized how well he could organize works of charity.

Not even animals were forgotten by this kind-hearted saint. He excused the comings and goings of rats and mice by saying, "The poor little things don't have enough to eat." In his sister's house, he kept a "home for wandering cats and dogs."

Despite his fame in Lima, St. Martin always had a very humble opinion of himself. His name for himself was, in fact, "Brother Broom." Martin died on November 3, 1639. When he died, this beloved saint was carried to his tomb by bishops and noblemen. They wanted to honor the humble and holy brother. He was proclaimed a saint by Pope John XXIII in 1962.

Reflection: The love of Martin extended to everyone around him, without exception, and embraced all of creation. How would my life be changed if I were to see the face of Jesus in my brothers and sisters?

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St. Hubert of Liege

Grandson of Charibert, King of Toulouse. Eldest son of Bertrand, Duke of Aquitaine. Worldly, popular and dissolute layman courtier at Nuestria in northwest France in his youth. For political reasons he emigrated, to Austrasia in the border area between modern France and Germany. Married in 682 to Floribanne, daughter of Dagobert, Count of Louvain. Father of one son, Saint Floribert of Liege.

Hubert was passionately devoted to hunting. While chasing a stag on a Good Friday morning, he received a vision of a crucifix between the animal's antlers. A voice warned him, "Hubert, unless you turn to the Lord, and lead a holy life, you shall quickly go down to hell." It was a conversion experience for Hubert. Spiritual student of Saint Lambert of Maastricht. When his wife died, Hubert renounced all his worldy positions, titles and wealth, handed his patrimony, and the care of his son, to his brother, and studied for the priesthood. After ordination, he served as assistant to Saint Lambert. Pilgrim to Rome, where he was when Lambert was murdered. Chosen bishop of Maastricht. Known for his excellent preaching and his generosity to the poor, stripping the diocese of all excesses to help them. Following another vision, and to defend of the memory of Lambert, he moved his mentor's body from Maastricht to Liege, and built a church for it on the site of Lambert's martyrdom. First bishop of Liege.

Hubert evangelized the Ardenne region, converting pagans and strengthening Christians. He tracked down some of the old idolatrous places of worship, but generally permitted the new converts to decide for themselves to destroy the old idols. They all, naturally, did so. Hubert predicted the date of his own death, and died while reciting the Our Father. He became highly revered in the Middle Ages, and there were several military orders named in his honor. His association with the hunt led to his patronage of furriers and trappers, and against rabies and bad behavior in dogs, primarily hunting dogs. The breed commonly known as bloodhounds are also called Saint Hubert's hounds.

Born : c.656 at Maastricht, Netherlands. Died : • 30 May 727 at Fura (modern Tervueren), Brabant, Belgium of natural causes

· interred at Saint Peter's collegiate church in Liege, Belgium. • relics translated in 825 to the abbey which has since been renamed Saint Hubert's.

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St. Malachy

Bishop famous for writing prophecies of the popes. Also listed as Mael Maedoc ua Morgair or Maolrnhaodhog ua Morgair, Malachy was born in Armagh, Ireland, in 1095. He was ordained by St. Cellach or Celsus of Armagh in 1132 and studied under Bishop St. Maichius of Lismore. Malachy reformed ecclesiastical discipline and replaced the Celtic liturgy with the Roman when he served as abbot of Bangor. In 1125 he was made bishop of Connor, using Bangor as his seat. He also established a monastery at Iveragh, Kerry. He was named archbishop of Armagh in 1129. In 1138, he resigned and made a pilgrimage to Rome. He visited St. Bernard at Clairvaux, France, wanting to be a monk there, but returned to Ireland to found Mellifont Abbey, also serving as papal legate to Ireland. He returned to Clairvaux and died on November 2 in St. Bernard's arms. St. Bernard declared him a saint, an action confirmed in 1190 by Pope Clement III. Malachy is known for many miracles, including healing the son of King David I of Scotland. Malachy's prophecies did not appear until 1597. Tradition states that Malachy wrote them while in Rome and that they were buried in papal archives until 1597, when Dom Arnold de Wyon discovered them. Serious doubts remain as to the true authorship of the prophecies.

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Text Box: Reading 1 	                       ROM 9:1-5



Brothers and sisters:
I speak the truth in Christ, I do not lie;
my conscience joins with the Holy Spirit in bearing me witness
that I have great sorrow and constant anguish in my heart. 

For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ
for the sake of my own people,
my kindred according to the flesh. 

They are children of Israel;
theirs the adoption, the glory, the covenants,
the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises;
theirs the patriarchs, and from them,
according to the flesh, is the Christ,
who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.



Responsorial Psalm           147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20




R. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.

Glorify the LORD, O Jerusalem;
praise your God, O Zion.
For he has strengthened the bars of your gates;
he has blessed your children within you.

R. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.

He has granted peace in your borders;
with the best of wheat he fills you.
He sends forth his command to the earth;
swiftly runs his word!

R. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.

He has proclaimed his word to Jacob,
his statutes and his ordinances to Israel.
He has not done thus for any other nation;
his ordinances he has not made known to them. 

Alleluia.

R. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.

Alleluia JN 10:27

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord;
I know them, and they follow me.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.



Gospel			LK 14:1-6



On a sabbath Jesus went to dine
at the home of one of the leading Pharisees,
and the people there were observing him carefully.

In front of him there was a man suffering from dropsy.

Jesus spoke to the scholars of the law and Pharisees in reply, asking,
"Is it lawful to cure on the sabbath or not?"

But they kept silent; so he took the man and,
after he had healed him, dismissed him.

Then he said to them 
"Who among you, if your son or ox falls into a cistern,
would not immediately pull him out on the sabbath day?" 

But they were unable to answer his question.

 Prayer  for All Souls

Text Box: Meditation:		  
  How do you approach the commandment to observe the sabbath as a day of rest to honor the Lord? The Pharisees were convinced that Jesus was a reckless Sabbath-breaker. The Gospels record seven incidents in which Jesus healed people on the Sabbath - the seventh day of the week set apart for rest and the worship of God. You would think Jesus' miracles on the Sabbath day of rest would draw admiration and gratitude from all. Unfortunately, each incident seemed to incite increasing hostility from the religious leaders who held an interpretation that went beyond God's intention for the Sabbath day of rest. They were certain that Jesus was a dangerous and irreligious man, a Sabbath-breaker, who must be stopped at all costs! 
Is it ever lawful to refuse your neighbor in need?
Why did the Pharisees invite Jesus to dinner on the Sabbath, after he had already repeatedly broken their Sabbath regulations? Luke, a physician and keen observer of the human condition, notes the disposition of the Pharisees as they bring Jesus into their table fellowship. Body language often communicates more truthfully than words. Luke says the scribes and Pharisees were watching Jesus, no doubt with great suspicion. They wanted to catch Jesus in the act of breaking the Sabbath ritual so they might accuse him of breaking God's law and find some way to discredit him. Jesus' attention and affection quickly turned to a person who had a physical ailment called dropsy. How did such a pitiable person get into this dinner party? In the hot arid climate of Palestine, homes were open and people freely dropped in without much fuss or attention. For the religious minded it was considered uncharitable to exclude beggars. And if a rabbi came to dinner, it would be expected for him to speak a few words. So, famous rabbis obviously drew crowds of bystanders wherever they went.
God's work of love and mercy never rests
Jesus already knew that his hosts wanted to catch him in the act of breaking their Sabbath rituals. So when Jesus gave his defense for healing on the Sabbath, they treated him with cold silence. They were ensnared in their own legalism and could not understand or see the purpose of God in allowing a work of healing to take precedence over rest. Why did God give the commandment to keep holy the Sabbath and enjoined his people to refrain from work on that day? The "Sabbath rest" was meant to be a time to remember and celebrate God's goodness and the goodness of his works, both in creation and redemption. It was a day set apart for the praise of God, his work of creation, and his saving actions on our behalf. It was intended to bring everyday work to a halt and to provide needed rest and refreshment. It was not, however, intended to put a stop to love of God and love of neighbor. The law of love supersedes the law of rest! Jesus shows the fallacy of the Pharisees' legalism by pointing to God's intention for the Sabbath: to do good and to heal. 
God's word has power to heal and to set us free from ignorance, error, intolerance, and prejudice. Do you honor the Lord's Day with appropriate rest and worship of God, and do you treat your neighbor with love and mercy in all situations?
"Lord Jesus, may I always honor you, both  in my work and in my rest, and in the way I treat my neighbor. Fill me with your love and keep me free from a critical and intolerant spirit that I may always seek to please you and to bring good to my neighbor as well."

 

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Text Box: The Bible in one year:  OCTOBER


01 Jdth 14–16, Hab 3, Gal 3:1–15, Ps 109:20–27
02 Esther 11:2–12:6, Esther 1, Zeph 1, Gal 3:16–29, Ps 109:28–31
03 Esther 2:1–3:13, Esther 13:1–7, Esther 3:14–15, Zeph 2–3, Gal 4, Ps 110
04 Esther 4, Esther 13:8–15:16, Haggai 1, Gal 5, Ps 111
05 Esther 5–7, Haggai 2, Gal 6, Ps 112:1–6
06 Esther 8:1–12, Esther 16, Esther 8:13–17, Zech 1, Eph 1, Ps 112:7–10
07 Esther 9:1–11:1, Zech 2, Eph 2, Ps 113
08 Job 1–3, Zech 3–4, Eph 3, Ps 114
09 Job 4–5, Zech 5, Eph 4:1–20, Ps 115:1–7
10 Job 6–7, Zech 6–7, Eph 4:21–32, Ps 115:8–14
11 Job 8–9, Zech 8, Eph 5, Ps 115:15–18
12 Job 10–11, Zech 9, Eph 6, Ps 116:1–10
13 Job 12–13, Zech 10, Phil 1:1–18, Ps 116:11–19
14 Job 14–15, Zech 11, Phil 1:19–30, Ps 117
15 Job 16–17, Zech 12–13, Phil 2, Ps 118:1–10
16 Job 18–19, Zech 14, Phil 3, Ps 118:11–17
17 Job 20, Mal 1–2, Phil 4, Ps 118:18–24
18 Job 21–22, Mal 3, Col 1, Ps 118:25–29
19 Job 23–25, Mal 4, Col 2, Ps 119:1–10
20 Job 26–27, 1 Macc 1:1–28, Col 3:1–14, Ps 119:11–17
21 Job 28–29, 1 Macc 1:29–48, Col 3:15–4:18, Ps 119:18–24
22 Job 30–31, 1 Macc 1:49–64, 1 Thess 1, Ps 119:25–31
23 Job 32, 1 Macc 2:1–25, 1 Thess 2–3, Ps 119:32–38
24 Job 33–34, 1 Macc 2:26–45, 1 Thess 4, Ps 119:39–45
25 Job 35–36, 1 Macc 2:46–70, 1 Thess 5, Ps 119:46–52
26 Job 37, 1 Macc 3:1–15, 2 Thess 1, Ps 119:53–59
27 Job 38–39, 1 Macc 3:16–35, 2 Thess 2, Ps 119:60–66
28 Job 40, 1 Macc 3:36–60, 2 Thess 3, Ps 119:67–73
30 Prov 1–2, 1 Macc 4:17–36, 1 Tim 3, Ps 119:81–87
31 Prov 3–4, 1 Macc 4:37–61, 1 Tim 4, Ps 119:88–94

 

Text Box: "They were watching Jesus"

Today’s Bible Readings

Latin Rite                            1st Reading    ROM 9:1-5     Responsorial Psalm  147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20

                                            2nd Reading                                                          Gospel             LK 14:1-6

Syro-Malabar Rite              1st Reading    REV 21:1-4                                      Gospel             MT 24: 15-24

Syro-Malankara Rite         1st Reading    HEB 13:7-16                                    Gospel             MT 24:45-51

 

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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: Friday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

 

St. Martin De Porres

 

St. Hubert of Liege

St. Malachy