St. Francis of Assisi

Francis was born around 1181. As a young man in his Italian hometown of Assisi, he loved parties and good times. He was handsome and rich, so he bought himself the finest clothes and spent money freely. Francis had no desire to study or to learn his father's business-he just wanted to have fun. After two illnesses and other adventures, Francis realized that he was wasting precious time. He became aware that he should be serving Jesus. He began by praying more and making sacrifices to grow strong in spirit. Once he kissed a horrible-looking leper, while giving him money. Often he gave his clothes and money to the poor. He served the sick in hospitals. Still he felt he must do more. He fasted and began to go around in rags to humble himself.

It is not hard to imagine how his former rich friends must have looked at him now! His father was so angry that he beat him and locked him up at home. Francis bore all this suffering for love of Jesus. When his father took everything from him in disgust, Francis put all his trust in his Father in heaven. He said that he was married to "Lady Poverty" and he began to live as a beggar. He had no shelter. His food was what kind people gave him. Everywhere he went, he urged people to stop sinning and return to God. Soon many men began to realize how close to God this poor man was, and they became his disciples. That is how the great Franciscan order of priests and brothers began. They helped the poor and sick and preached everywhere. Even after the order had spread all over Italy, Francis insisted that they should not own anything. He wanted the friars to love poverty as he did.

St. Francis had the power of working miracles and even of making birds and animals obey him! As a reward for his great love, Jesus gave him his own wounds in his hands and feet. The humble Francis tried to hide them.

Toward the end of his life, he became very sick. He was told he would live only a few more weeks. Then he exclaimed, "Welcome, Sister Death!" He asked to be laid on the ground and covered with an old habit. Then he urged his brothers to love God, to love being poor, and to obey the Gospel. "I have done my part," he said. "May Jesus teach you to do yours." Francis died on October 3, 1226. He was proclaimed a saint.

Reflection: Francis followed the example of Jesus closely by living a life of simplicity and teaching others the Gospel message with great joy.

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St. Adauctus

 Martyr. Adauctus and his daughter, Callisthene, were caught up in the persecutions of co-Emperor Maximinus Daia (r. 310-313). The Caesar or junior emperor of Syria and Egypt and a pagan who opposed the Church, Maximus Dala was halted in his persecutions by Constantine's Edict of Milan in 312. A year later he was forced to poison himself. During the persecutions, Adauctus was executed in Ephesus. His daughter, Callisthene, was not martyred, and spent the rest of her life doing works of mercy.

 

 

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Text Box: Reading 1 	                 NEH 2:1-8


In the month Nisan of the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes,
when the wine was in my charge,
I took some and offered it to the king.
As I had never before been sad in his presence,
the king asked me, "Why do you look sad?
If you are not sick, you must be sad at heart."
Though I was seized with great fear, I answered the king:
"May the king live forever!
How could I not look sad
when the city where my ancestors are buried lies in ruins,
and its gates have been eaten out by fire?"
The king asked me, "What is it, then, that you wish?"
I prayed to the God of heaven and then answered the king:
"If it please the king,
and if your servant is deserving of your favor,
send me to Judah, to the city of my ancestors' graves,
to rebuild it."
Then the king, and the queen seated beside him,
asked me how long my journey would take
and when I would return.
I set a date that was acceptable to him,
and the king agreed that I might go.

I asked the king further: "If it please the king,
let letters be given to me for the governors
of West-of-Euphrates,
that they may afford me safe-conduct until I arrive in Judah;
also a letter for Asaph, the keeper of the royal park,
that he may give me wood for timbering the gates
of the temple-citadel and for the city wall
and the house that I shall occupy."
The king granted my requests,
for the favoring hand of my God was upon me.


Responsorial Psalm           137:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6



R. (6ab) Let my tongue be silenced if I ever forget you!
By the streams of Babylon
we sat and wept
when we remembered Zion.
On the aspens of that land
we hung up our harps.
R. Let my tongue be silenced if I ever forget you!
Though there our captors asked of us
the lyrics of our songs,
And our despoilers urged us to be joyous:
"Sing for us the songs of Zion!"
R. Let my tongue be silenced if I ever forget you!
How could we sing a song of the LORD
in a foreign land?
If I forget you, Jerusalem,
may my right hand be forgotten! 
R. Let my tongue be silenced if I ever forget you!
May my tongue cleave to my palate
if I remember you not,
If I place not Jerusalem
ahead of my joy.
R. Let my tongue be silenced if I ever forget you!
Alleluia PHIL 3:8-9

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I consider all things so much rubbish
that I may gain Christ and be found in him.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.



Gospel			 LK 9:57-62


As Jesus and his disciples were proceeding
on their journey, someone said to him,
"I will follow you wherever you go."
Jesus answered him,
"Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests,
but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head."
And to another he said, "Follow me."
But he replied, "Lord, let me go first and bury my father."
But he answered him, "Let the dead bury their dead.
But you, go and proclaim the Kingdom of God."
And another said, "I will follow you, Lord,
but first let me say farewell to my family at home."
Jesus answered him, "No one who sets a hand to the plow
and looks to what was left behind is fit for the Kingdom of God."

 Prayer  for All Souls

Text Box: Meditation:		  
"Send me...to rebuild it." —Nehemiah 2:5
 
Nehemiah set out to rebuild the ruined city of Jerusalem (Neh 2:5ff). God instilled in him a heart of concern for Jerusalem and prepared his way by granting him favor in the eyes of King Artaxerxes.

While in prayer, St. Francis of Assisi, today's saint, heard God command him: "Rebuild My Church." Francis immediately set out to repair and rebuild several church buildings that had fallen into disrepair. Eventually in prayer, Francis discerned that the Lord meant for him to rebuild the people in the Church rather than its buildings. So Francis built up a religious order whose ministry brought new life to the people of God.

Are you called to rebuild the Church? Perhaps your particular role in rebuilding the Church is to work to rebuild your family (see Is 58:12), which is the "domestic Church" (see Catechism, 2204, 2685). Some of you may be called to minister in the Church. As He did with Nehemiah and Francis, God will supply what you need (see Phil 4:19) and prepare your way. Therefore, put your hand to the plow (Lk 9:62) and get to the work of rebuilding (Hg 2:4).

 
Prayer: Father, give me a disciple's heart. St. Francis, pray for me to love Jesus much more deeply.

Promise: "The king granted my requests, for the favoring hand of my God was upon me." —Neh 2:8

Praise: St. Francis followed Jesus by being true to the Church, in his respect for and obedience to the Church's authorities.

 

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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: "REBUILD MY CHURCH"

Today’s Bible Readings

Latin Rite                            1st Reading      NEH 2:1-8    Responsorial Psalm  137:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6                                                                       2nd Reading                                               Gospel             LK 9:57-62

Syro-Malabar Rite              1st Reading    2 THES 3:6-12                     Gospel             LK 9:1-6

Syro-Malankara Rite         1st Reading    GAL 6:14-17                         Gospel             LK 9:57-62

 

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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: Memorial of Saint Francis of Assisi

 

St. Francis of Assisi

 

St. Adauctus