St. Charles Borromeo

Charles lived in the sixteenth century. He was the son of a rich Italian count. Like other wealthy young men, he went to the University of Pavia. Unlike many of them, however, he would have nothing to do with sinful activities. He seemed to be a slow student because he was not a good speaker, but he really made good progress.

He was only twenty-three when his uncle, Pope Pius IV, gave him many important duties. Charles managed to handle all his affairs well. He was always afraid that he might stray from God because of the many temptations around him. For this reason, he was careful to deny himself many pleasures and to make the effort to be humble and patient.

As a priest and later the cardinal archbishop of Milan, St. Charles was a model for his people. He gave away great amounts of money to the poor. He had only one shabby cassock (long black habit) to his name. In public, though, he dressed as a cardinal should. He attended with great care to the dignity and respect owed to Church ceremonies. In Milan the people had many bad practices and much superstition. By wise laws, by gentle kindness and by his own marvelous example, St. Charles made his diocese a model for the whole Church. He was never a good speaker-people could barely hear him-yet his words took effect.

When a terrible disease caused many deaths in Milan, Cardinal Borromeo thought of nothing else but caring for his people. He prayed and did penance. He organized crews of attendants and went into debt to feed the hungry. He even had altars set up in the streets. This was for the benefit of the sick who could assist at Mass from their windows.

This great man was never too busy to help simple people. He once stayed with a little shepherd boy until he had taught him the Our Father and the Hail Mary. As he lay dying at the age of forty-six, St. Charles said peacefully, "Behold, I come!" He died on November 3, 1584, and was proclaimed a saint by Pope Paul V in 1610.

Reflection: "This is the way we can easily overcome the countless difficulties we have to face day after day, which, after all, are part of our work. In meditation we find the strength to bring Christ to birth in ourselves and in others."

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St. Joannicus of Mount Olympus

A swineherd in his youth, and a lazy one at that. Professional soldier in the Byzantine army for 20 years, and a dissolute one at that. Fought in wars against the Bulgars. A friend who had become a monk led him to the faith. At age 40, Joannicus retired from the military and the world, becoming a hermit on Mount Olympus, Bithynia (modern Uludag, Turkey). He developed a reputation for holiness, and had to move several times to escape would-be spiritual students. Monk at Eraste.

A one-time supporter of iconoclasm, he fought it and defended orthodox teachings in the iconoclast movement of 818. He tried to be a peacemaker, arguing that the orthodox should try to understand and reunite with iconoclast priests.

Advisor to Saint Theodore the Studite and Saint Methodius of Constantinople. Prophet and miracle worker. His prophesied the restoration of images to churches, a prophesy fulfilled by Theodora, wife of emporer Theophilus. Friend of Saint Peter of Atroa; at the time of Saint Peter's death, he had a vision of Peter being lifted up a mountain into heaven. Highly venerated by the Greeks.

Born : c.754 at Bithynia (in modern Turkey). Died : 4 November 846 at Antidium of natural causes

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Bl. Martha Le Bouteiller

Blessed Martha Le Bouteiller was born as Aimee-Adele Le Bouteiller, in Percy, a villiage in the Manche Department of Normandy, France, in 1816. Her mother was widowed, so she spent much of her youth helping run the family farm. As she grew she started working as a housemaid to earn extra money to give to her mother. As a young woman, Aimee-Adele found time to volunteer at her parish school, and attended pilgrimages with the children. Her parish community made annual pilgrimages to the shrine of Our Lady of Chappelle-sur-Vire.

In 1841, during one such pilgrimage, Aimee-Adele paid a visit to a dilapidated abbey, that of St. Sauveur le Vicomte. The abbey is the same one where St. Marie Madeleine Postel founded a religious congregation, the School Sister of Mercy. After her visit, Aimee-Adele became resolved to enter the convent. As a sister, she took the name Martha, a name associated with hard work, and she worked very hard. Her assignments included working on the abbey farm, in the gardens, and helping with the laundry. Eventually she was assigned to the cellar where cider was made. Sister Martha was so skilled at making cider that she became known as "Sister Cider" to her friends. During the Franco-Prussian War, French troops were quartered in the Abbey. During this time she provided noteworthy care for the soldiers, particularly ensuring that every soldier was fed and had wine. Amongst the soldiers this was greatly appreciated.

Sister Martha also formed a special bond with the abbey's superior, Mother Placide Viel. The bond was strengthened amid tension between Mother Placide, who was often away from the abbey to raise funds, and the superior's elder cousin, Sister Marie Viel, who ran the abbey during Placide's absence. Despite their professional and familial relationship, the two cousins did not get along very well and Sister Marie often treated the younger Mother Placide, poorly. As Sister Martha sympathized with Mother Placide, the two women formed a lasting friendship. The friendship between the two women made Sister Martha a target for Sister Marie's frustration and Martha often suffered because of it. Still, Sister Martha remained strong, a steadfast and faithful friend to Mother Placide. The bond between the two was so great that when Mother Placide became ill and died, Sister Martha could not bear to say goodbye. The friendship of the two women has come to exemplify the bond of sisterhood and friendship that commonly forms between those who live a vocation of service.

Sister Martha died in 1883. Blessed pope John Paul II beatified her on November 4, 1990.

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Text Box: Reading 1 	            ROM 11:1-2A, 11-12, 25-29


Brothers and sisters:
I ask, then, has God rejected his people? 
Of course not!
For I too am a child of Israel, a descendant of Abraham,
of the tribe of Benjamin.
God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew.
Do you not know what the Scripture says about Elijah,
how he pleads with God against Israel?

Hence I ask, did they stumble so as to fall? 
Of course not!
But through their transgression
salvation has come to the Gentiles,
so as to make them jealous.
Now if their transgression is enrichment for the world,
and if their diminished number is enrichment for the Gentiles,
how much more their full number.

I do not want you to be unaware of this mystery, brothers and sisters,
so that you will not become wise in your own estimation:
a hardening has come upon Israel in part,
until the full number of the Gentiles comes in,
and thus all Israel will be saved, as it is written:

The deliverer will come out of Zion,
he will turn away godlessness from Jacob;
and this is my covenant with them
when I take away their sins.

In respect to the Gospel, they are enemies on your account;
but in respect to election,
they are beloved because of the patriarch. 
For the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable.



Responsorial Psalm           94:12-13A, 14-15, 17-18




R. (14a) The Lord will not abandon his people.
Blessed the man whom you instruct, O LORD,
whom by your law you teach,
Giving him rest from evil days.
R. The Lord will not abandon his people.
For the LORD will not cast off his people,
nor abandon his inheritance;
But judgment shall again be with justice,
and all the upright of heart shall follow it.
R. The Lord will not abandon his people.
Were not the LORD my help,
my soul would soon dwell in the silent grave.
When I say, "My foot is slipping,"
your mercy, O LORD, sustains me.
R. The Lord will not abandon his people.
Alleluia MT 11:29AB

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
For I am meek and humble of heart.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel			LK 14:1, 7-11



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

He told a parable to those who had been invited,
noticing how they were choosing the places of honor at the table.
"When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet,
do not recline at table in the place of honor.
A more distinguished guest than you may have been invited by him,
and the host who invited both of you may approach you and say,
'Give your place to this man,'
and then you would proceed with embarrassment
to take the lowest place.
Rather, when you are invited, 
go and take the lowest place
so that when the host comes to you he may say,
'My friend, move up to a higher position.'
Then you will enjoy the esteem of your companions at the table.
For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled,
but the one who humbles himself will be exalted."

 Prayer  for All Souls

Text Box: Meditation:		  
  Who wants to be last? Isn't it only natural to desire respect and esteem from others? Jesus' parable of the guests invited to the marriage feast probes our motives for seeking honor and position. Self-promotion is most often achieved at the expense of others! Jesus' parable reinforces the teaching of Proverbs: Do not put yourself forward in the king's presence or stand in the place of the great; for it is better to be told, "Come up here," than to be put lower in the presence of the prince (Proverbs 25:6-7).
True humility frees us to be our true selves as God sees us
What is true humility and why should we make it a characteristic mark of our life and action? True humility is not feeling bad about yourself, or having a low opinion of yourself, or thinking of yourself as inferior to others. True humility frees us from preoccupation with ourselves, whereas a low self-opinion tends to focus our attention on ourselves. Humility is truth in self-understanding and truth in action. Viewing ourselves truthfully, with sober judgment, means seeing ourselves the way God sees us (Psalm 139:1-4). A humble person makes a realistic assessment of himself or herself without illusion or pretense to be something he or she is not. The humble regard themselves neither smaller nor larger than they truly are. 
True humility frees us to be our true selves and to avoid despair and pride. A humble person does not have to wear a mask or put on a facade in order to look good to others, especially to those who are not really familiar with that person. The humble are not swayed by accidentals, such as fame, reputation, success, or failure.

True humility frees us to love and serve selflessly for the good of others
Humility is the queen or foundation of all the other virtues because it enables us to view and judge ourselves correctly, the way God sees us. Humility leads to true self-knowledge, honesty, realism, strength, and dedication to give ourselves to something greater than ourselves. Humility frees us to love and serve others selflessly, for their sake, rather than our own. Paul the Apostle, gives us the greatest example and model of humility in the person of Jesus Christ, who emptied himself, taking the form of a servant,being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross (Philippians 2:7-8). The Lord Jesus gives grace - his abundant favor and help - to all who humbly seek him. Do you want to be a servant as Jesus served?
"Lord Jesus, you became a servant for my sake to set me free from the tyranny of sin, selfishness, and conceit. Help me to be humble as you are humble and to love freely and graciously all whom you call me to serve."

 

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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: "Every one who exalts himself will be humbled"

Today’s Bible Readings

Latin Rite                            1st Reading    ROM 11:1-2A, 11-12, 25-29     Responsorial Psalm  94:12-13A, 14-15, 17-18

                                            2nd Reading                                                          Gospel             LK 14:1, 7-11

Syro-Malabar Rite              1st Reading    1 TM 4:1-5                                      Gospel             MT 5:38-42

Syro-Malankara Rite         1st Reading    HEB 12:4-11                                    Gospel             JN 5:19-23

 

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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: Saturday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

 

St. Charles Borromeo

 

St. Joannicus of Mount Olympus

Bl. Martha Le Bouteiller