St. Theresa of the Child Jesus

St. Theresa, often called the Little Flower, was born in Normandy, France, in 1873. She was the youngest of the five daughters born to Louis and Zelie Martin. Theresa was a very lively, lovable little girl. Her father called her his "little queen." Yet she could be too sensitive and irritable. In the story she wrote of her life, she tells how the Infant Jesus helped her overcome this weakness.

It was Theresa's great desire to enter the Carmelite convent where two of her sisters were already nuns. But since she was only fifteen, permission was not granted. Theresa felt sure that Jesus wanted her to spend her life loving him alone. She kept praying and asking the superior to admit her. She even dared to ask Pope Leo XIII himself to grant her heart's desire. And finally she was allowed to enter.

Although she was only fifteen, Theresa did not expect to be babied. "Obedience, prayer and sacrifice" were her program. She had a thirst to suffer for love of God. Theresa had the spiritual courage of a real heroine. "May Jesus make me a martyr of the heart or of the body-or better, both!" she wrote. And she meant it. In winter she suffered from the bitter cold and dampness of her plain bedroom. There were other kinds of sufferings, too. Whenever she was humiliated, she would offer her pain to her beloved Jesus. She would hide her hurts under a smile. She told Jesus to do with her whatever was his will.

Sister Theresa tried hard to be humble. She called her great confidence in God her "little way" to holiness. She always had a burning desire to become a saint. The young nun wanted to find a "short cut," an "elevator," to take her quickly to sanctity. So she looked in the Bible, and found the words, "Whoever is a little one, come to me." When she lay dying, she could say: "I have never given the good God anything but love, and it is with love that he will repay. After my death, I will let fall a shower of roses. I will spend my heaven doing good on earth." The Little Flower died on September 30, 1897. She was proclaimed a saint by Pope Pius XI in 1925.

Reflection: "O Jesus, my love, my vocation, at last I have found it. My vocation is LOVE!"

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St. John Kukuzelis

His father died while John was a child. Recognized as a bright student, he was enrolled in the imperial court school in Constantinople. Principal court chanter. Exposed to a dissolute courtly life, he had no interest in it. The emperor arranged a marriage for him to a wealthy family, but young John felt a call to religious life, and became a monk at Grand Laura abbey, Mount Athos. Shepherd for the abbey.

Emperor John Comnenus either missed one of his favourites, or was angry that the boy had left without permission; either way, he sent agents to search for John, but no one connected the ragged monastic shepherd with the court singer. John sang hymns in the mountains; legend says that his sheep and goats stopped grazing to listen. A mountain hermit heard the singing, and advised the abbot that the shepherd and the boy the emperor sought might be one and the same. Questioned by the abbot, John admitted his identity, and begged to stay. The abbot let him return to the flocks, then went to the emperor himself and begged for the boy. When the emperor learned of John's new vocation, he released him from court service, and asked that the shepherd pray for the empire.

John soon moved six days a week into a small cell, leaving only to chant in Sunday services. One Sunday, after singing, he received a vision of the Virgin Mary who asked him to never stop chanting, and placed a gold coin in his hand as proof of her visit; the coin still exists, and is part of an icon at the Laura of Saint Athanaius. John devoted himself exclusively to prayer and singing. His health suffered until another visitation from Our Lady healed him.

Born : 12th century at Dyrrachium, Macedonia. Died : • 12th century at Grand Laura abbey, Mount Athos of natural causes. • accurately predicted the date of his death

 

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Text Box: Reading 1 	                EZ 18:25-28

Thus says the LORD:
You say, "The LORD's way is not fair!"
Hear now, house of Israel:
Is it my way that is unfair, or rather, are not your ways unfair?
When someone virtuous turns away from virtue to commit iniquity, and dies,
it is because of the iniquity he committed that he must die.
But if he turns from the wickedness he has committed,
and does what is right and just,
he shall preserve his life;
since he has turned away from all the sins that he has committed,
he shall surely live, he shall not die.


Responsorial Psalm           25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9


R. (6a) Remember your mercies, O Lord.
Your ways, O LORD, make known to me;
teach me your paths,
guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my savior.
R. Remember your mercies, O Lord.
Remember that your compassion, O LORD,
and your love are from of old.
The sins of my youth and my frailties remember not;
in your kindness remember me,
because of your goodness, O LORD.
R. Remember your mercies, O Lord.
Good and upright is the LORD;
thus he shows sinners the way.
He guides the humble to justice, 
and teaches the humble his way.
R. Remember your mercies, O Lord.


Reading 2 	                 PHIL 2:1-11


Brothers and sisters:
If there is any encouragement in Christ,
any solace in love,
any participation in the Spirit,
any compassion and mercy,
complete my joy by being of the same mind, with the same love,
united in heart, thinking one thing.
Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory;
rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves,
each looking out not for his own interests,
but also for those of others.

Have in you the same attitude
that is also in Christ Jesus,
Who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
something to be grasped.
Rather, he emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
coming in human likeness;
and found human in appearance,
he humbled himself,
becoming obedient to the point of death,
even death on a cross.
Because of this, God greatly exalted him
and bestowed on him the name
which is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend,
of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that
Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

Gospel			 MT 21:28-32


Jesus said to the chief priests and elders of the people:
"What is your opinion?
A man had two sons.
He came to the first and said,
'Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.'
He said in reply, 'I will not, '
but afterwards changed his mind and went.
The man came to the other son and gave the same order.
He said in reply, 'Yes, sir, 'but did not go.
Which of the two did his father's will?"
They answered, "The first."
Jesus said to them, "Amen, I say to you,
tax collectors and prostitutes
are entering the kingdom of God before you.
When John came to you in the way of righteousness,
you did not believe him;
but tax collectors and prostitutes did.
Yet even when you saw that,
you did not later change your minds and believe him."

 Prayer  for All Souls

Text Box: Meditation:		  
"Your attitude must be that of Christ." —Philippians 2:5
 
We can have not only the heart and mind of Christ (1 Cor 2:16) but also His attitude. Christ's attitude was to empty (Phil 2:7) and humble "Himself, obediently accepting even death, death on a cross!" (Phil 2:8) The Lord's attitude is "gentle and humble" (Mt 11:29). He came to serve, not to be served (Mt 20:28). He tells us to take the lowest place (Lk 14:10). The Lord "guides the humble to justice, He teaches the humble His way" (Ps 25:9). The Lord teaches us to "think humbly of others as superior" to ourselves and to look "to others' interests rather than" our own (Phil 2:3, 4).

The Lord's attitude is graphically expressed by the manger in Bethlehem, the cross on Calvary, and by offering Himself to us under the appearances of bread and wine. Jesus' attitude is humble, obedient, unselfish, crucified, glorified, astounding, and mysterious. Amazingly, the Lord commands and graces us to have in us the same attitude that is in Him (Phil 2:5). Get His attitude!

 
Prayer: Father, send the Holy Spirit to give me the attitude of Jesus.

Promise: "If a wicked man, turning from the wickedness he has committed, does what is right and just, he shall preserve his life; since he has turned away from all the sins which he committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die." —Ez 18:27-28

Praise: Praise You, risen Jesus, "gentle and humble of heart" (Mt 11:29). Be glorified in the world through our lives.

 

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Text Box: The Bible in one year:  SEPTEMBER


01 2 Chron 28–29, Hos 6, 1 Cor 4–5, Ps 103:17–22
02 2 Chron 30–31, Hos 7–8, 1 Cor 6, Ps 104:1–8
03 2 Chron 32–33, Hos 9, 1 Cor 7:1–20, Ps 104:9–15
04 2 Chron 34, Hos 10, 1 Cor 7:21–40, Ps 104:16–22
05 2 Chron 35–36, Hos 11–12, 1 Cor 8, Ps 104:23–29
06 Ezra 1:1–2:41, Hos 13–14, 1 Cor 9, Ps 104:30–35
07 Ezra 2:42–3:13, Joel 1, 1 Cor 10, Ps 105:1–8
08 Ezra 4–6, Joel 2:1–15, 1 Cor 11:1–16, Ps 105:9–15
09 Ezra 7, Joel 2:16–32, 1 Cor 11:17–34, Ps 105:16–22
10 Ezra 8–9, Joel 3, 1 Cor 12, Ps 105:23–29
11 Ezra 10, Amos 1, 1 Cor 13, Ps 105:30–36
12 Neh 1–3, Amos 2–3, 1 Cor 14:1–25, Ps 105:37–45
13 Neh 4–5, Amos 4, 1 Cor 14:26–40, Ps 106:1–5
14 Neh 6:1–7:36, Amos 5, 1 Cor 15:1–29, Ps 106:6–12
15 Neh 7:37–8:18, Amos 6, 1 Cor 15:30–58, Ps 106:13–20
16 Neh 9, Amos 7, 1 Cor 16, Ps 106:21–27
17 Neh 10, Amos 8–9, 2 Cor 1:1–12, Ps 106:28–34
18 Neh 11–12, Obad, 2 Cor 1:13–2:17, Ps 106:35–41
19 Neh 13, Jonah 1, 2 Cor 3, Ps 106:42–48
20 Tobit 1–3, Jonah 2–3, 2 Cor 4, Ps 107:1–7
21 Tobit 4–5, Jonah 4, 2 Cor 5, Ps 107:8–14
22 Tobit 6–8, Micah 1–2, 2 Cor 6, Ps 107:15–21
23 Tobit 9–11, Micah 3–4, 2 Cor 7:1–8:11, Ps 107:22–28
24 Tobit 12–14, Micah 5, 2 Cor 8:12–9:15, Ps 107:29–35
25 Jdth 1–2, Micah 6, 2 Cor 10, Ps 107:36–43
26 Jdth 3–5, Micah 7, 2 Cor 11:1–19, Ps 108:title–5
27 Jdth 6–7, Nah 1–2, 2 Cor 11:20–33, Ps 108:6–13
28 Jdth 8, Nah 3, 2 Cor 12–13, Ps 109:title–5
29 Jdth 9–11, Hab 1, Gal 1, Ps 109:6–12
30 Jdth 12–13, Hab 2, Gal 2, Ps 109:13–19

 

Text Box: HIS ATTITUDE

Today’s Bible Readings

Latin Rite                            1st Reading    EZ 18:25-28  Responsorial Psalm  25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9                                         2nd Reading              PHIL 2:1-11                                     Gospel             MT 21:28-32

Syro-Malabar Rite              1st Reading    PHIL 4:4-9                 Gospel             MT 15:21-28

Syro-Malankara Rite         1st Reading    MT 18:15-20              Gospel             2 PT 1:3-11

 

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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: Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

St. Theresa of the Child Jesus

 

St. John Kukuzelis