St. Theodore Tiro

Theodore lived in the third century. He was a new soldier in the Roman army when he was called to die for the faith. Although he was young, he knew how to keep his soul pure. He was a prudent person who considered the devil a real enemy. When his legion had camped for the winter in the country of Pontus, all the soldiers were taking part in services to the pagan gods. Since he was a Christian, he knew that these gods did not exist. So Theodore refused to join in the pagan rites. He was arrested. "How dare you profess a religion which the emperor punishes with death?" demanded the governor. Without hesitation, the young soldier answered, "I do not know your gods. Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, is my God. If you take my answer as an offense, cut off my tongue. Every part of my body is ready to suffer when God calls for this sacrifice."

The pagan judges let Theodore go this time. Then he was arrested later. The judges first tried to win him with kindness. When that treatment did not work, they tried to frighten him by describing the tortures he would go through. In the end, they turned him over to the torturers.

When the suffering soldier was led back into prison, some said that angels came to comfort him. After he had been questioned three times, he was finally condemned to death by fire in the year 306. A beautiful church was later built to enshrine his ashes. Great crowds of people began going to it to pray to the martyr.

Reflection: What would happen if I lived each day in total commitment to Jesus, as Theodore did?

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Bl. Gratia of Cattaro

Son of a poor fisherman. Adriatic fisherman and farmer in his youth. Sailor. In 1468, while on a trip to Venice, Italy he heard a sermon by Blessed Simon of Camerino; he was so moved that he gave up his worldly life and became an Augustinian lay brother at the monastery of Monte Ortono near Padua, Italy. He worked in the garden, monastery and sacristy. After 15 years he was transferred to the monastery of San Cristoforo on Murano off the shore of Venice; he lived there the rest of his life. Famous for his gift of infused knowledge, that is, knowing things that there was no reason to suspect he had learned. A light was said to shine over is cell, and he was known as a miracle worker. Had a special devotion to the Eucharist and spent his spare time in adoration.

Born : 27 October 1438 at Mul, Cattaro, Dalmatia (modern Kotor, Montenegro). Died : • 9 November 1508 in Murano, Italy of natural causes.

• relics returned to Mul, Montenegro in the 19th century.

Beatified : 6 June 1889 by Pope Leo XIII (cultus confirmed)

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Bl. Maria del Carmen of the Child Jesus

Two separate groups who suffered for the faith, called Sancti Quatuor Coronati, "the Four Holy Crowned Ones." Castorius, Claudius, Nicostratus, and SBorn to a pious family. In 1857 she married Joaquνn Muρoz del Caρo, a violent, unfaithful man; Maria responded by praying for him until he finally turned his life around. Widowed in 1881. In 1882, with the help of Cappuccin Father Barnabas Astoraga and some like-minded women friends, Maria turned her home into a combination school and clinic, caring for and educating children too poor to have other resources. On 8 May 1884 she and the other women began to live in common at the convent of Our Lady of Victory of Antequera, Spain. They formed the core of the Hermanas Franciscanas de los Sagrados Corazones (Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart) which Maria helped found; they received approval of Bishop Miguel Salazar Gomez on 10 July 1884, and Maria took the name Carmen of the Child Jesus. The Sisters received approval of Pope Leo XIII on 3 May 1902, and continue their good works today.

Born : 30 June 1834 in Antequera, Mαlaga, Spain as Marνa del Carmen Gonzαlez-Ramos Garcνa-Prieto.

Died : • 9 November 1899 in Antequera, Mαlaga, Spain of typhus. • buried at Our Lady of Victory church at the mother house of the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart in Antequera.

Beatified : • 6 May 2007 by Pope Benedict XVI. • beatification recognition celebrated at Antequera, Mαlaga, Spain by Cardinal Saraiva Martins.

• the beatification miracle involved the healing of a large tumour in the liver of Sister Maria Josι Rodrνguez in 1991.

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Text Box: Reading 1 	              EZ 47:1-2, 8-9, 12

The angel brought me back to the entrance of the temple, and I saw water flowing out
from beneath the threshold of the temple toward the east, for the faηade of the temple was toward the east; the water flowed down from the southern side of the temple, south of the altar.
He led me outside by the north gate,
and around to the outer gate facing the east,
where I saw water trickling from the southern side.
He said to me, 
"This water flows into the eastern district down upon the Arabah, and empties into the sea, the salt waters, which it makes fresh. Wherever the river flows, every sort of living creature that can multiply shall live, and there shall be abundant fish,
for wherever this water comes the sea shall be made fresh. Along both banks of the river, fruit trees of every kind shall grow; their leaves shall not fade, nor their fruit fail. Every month they shall bear fresh fruit, for they shall be watered by the flow from the sanctuary. Their fruit shall serve for food, and their leaves for medicine."

Responsorial Psalm              46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9


R. (5) The waters of the river gladden the city of God, the holy dwelling of the Most High!
God is our refuge and our strength,
an ever-present help in distress.
Therefore, we fear not, though the earth be shaken
and mountains plunge into the depths of the sea.
R. The waters of the river gladden the city of God, the holy dwelling of the Most High!
There is a stream whose runlets gladden the city of God,
the holy dwelling of the Most High.
God is in its midst; it shall not be disturbed;
God will help it at the break of dawn.
R. The waters of the river gladden the city of God, the holy dwelling of the Most High!
The LORD of hosts is with us;
our stronghold is the God of Jacob.
Come! behold the deeds of the LORD,
the astounding things he has wrought on earth. 
R. The waters of the river gladden the city of God, the holy dwelling of the Most High!

Reading 2	              1 COR 3:9C-11, 16-17

Brothers and sisters:
You are God's building.
According to the grace of God given to me,
like a wise master builder I laid a foundation,
and another is building upon it.
But each one must be careful how he builds upon it,
for no one can lay a foundation other than the one that is there, namely, Jesus Christ.
Do you not know that you are the temple of God,
and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
If anyone destroys God's temple,
God will destroy that person;
for the temple of God, which you are, is holy.
Alleluia 2 CHR 7:16

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I have chosen and consecrated this house, says the Lord,
that my name may be there forever.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel			 JN 2:13-22

Since the Passover of the Jews was near,
Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
He found in the temple area those who sold oxen, sheep, and doves,
as well as the money-changers seated there.
He made a whip out of cords
and drove them all out of the temple area, with the sheep and oxen,
and spilled the coins of the money-changers
and overturned their tables,
and to those who sold doves he said,
"Take these out of here,
and stop making my Father's house a marketplace."
His disciples recalled the words of Scripture,
Zeal for your house will consume me.
At this the Jews answered and said to him,
"What sign can you show us for doing this?"
Jesus answered and said to them,
"Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up."
The Jews said,
"This temple has been under construction for forty-six years,
and you will raise it up in three days?"
But he was speaking about the temple of his Body.
Therefore, when he was raised from the dead,
his disciples remembered that he had said this,
and they came to believe the Scripture
and the word Jesus had spoken.

 Prayer  for All Souls

Text Box: Meditation:		  
  What can keep us from the presence of God? Jesus' dramatic cleansing of the temple was seen by his disciples as a prophetic sign of God’s action. The temple was understood as the dwelling place of God among his people. When God delivered his people from slavery in Egypt, he brought them through the sea, and finally to Mount Sinai where he made a covenant with them and gave them a new way of life embodied in the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17). God gave Moses instruction for worship and for making the Tabernacle, or Tent of Meeting, which was later replaced by the Temple at Jerusalem. The New Testament tells us that these "serve as a copy and shadow of the heavenly sanctuary" - God’s Temple in heaven (Hebrews 8:5). Jesus' cleansing of the temple is also a prophetic sign of what he wants to do with each of us. He ever seeks to cleanse us of sin and make us living temples of his Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:16 and 6:19). Do you want to be holy as God is holy?

Jesus burns with zeal for his Father's house
Jesus referred to the temple as his Father's house which was being made into a "house of trade" (John 2:16) or "den of robbers" (Mark 11:17). That is why he used physical force to expel the money-chargers. The prophecy of Malachi foretold the coming of the Lord unexpectedly to his Temple to "purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, till they present right offerings to the Lord" (Malachi 3:1-4). Jesus' disciples recalled the prophetic words from Psalm 69: "Zeal for your house will consume me" (Psalm 69:9). This was understood as a prophecy describing the Messiah. Here the disciples saw more clearly Jesus as the Messiah who burned with zeal for the house of God. 
The Jewish authorities, however, wanted proof that Jesus had divine authority to act as he did. They demanded a sign from God to prove Jesus right, otherwise, they would treat him as an imposter and a usurper of their authority. Jesus replied that the sign God would give would be Jesus' death on the cross and resurrection from the tomb: "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." The Jews did not understand that the temple Jesus referred to was his own body. The "tent of his body" had to be destroyed to open the way to the presence of God for us. 
The Lord Jesus makes us temples of the Holy Spirit
Through his death and resurrection, Jesus not only reconciles us with God, he fills us with his Holy Spirit and makes us temples of the living God (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). God's word enlightens our minds and purifies our hearts that we may offer God fitting worship and enjoy his presence both now and forever. Do you burn with zeal for the Lord’s house?

"Lord Jesus Christ, you open wide the door of your Father’s house and you bid us to enter confidently that we may worship in spirit and truth. Help me to draw near to your throne of mercy with gratitude and joy."

 

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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: "Zeal for the Father's house"

Today’s Bible Readings

Latin Rite                            1st Reading       EZ 47:1-2, 8-9, 12             Responsorial Psalm  46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9

                                            2nd Reading   1 COR 3:9C-11, 16-17                        Gospel             JN 2:13-22

Syro-Malabar Rite              1st Reading    REV 3:8-13                                      Gospel             MT 9:35-38

Syro-Malankara Rite         1st Reading    EPH 3:14-21                                    Gospel             MK 12:41-44

 

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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: Thursday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time

 

St. Theodore Tiro

 

Bl. Gratia of Cattaro

Bl. Maria del Carmen of the Child Jesus