Ezekiel 33:7-9; Psalm 95; Romans 13:8-10; Matthew 18:15-20
First Reading: In Colossians, Paul assures the faithful people that he is suffering for their sake and that he is working hard to bring other people to the faith just as the Colossians came to faith. Paul is very encouraged. He asks the people to be wary of empty, seductive philosophies and to remain faithful to Christ who has been laboring to remove obstacles for their reception of the Gospel. Think on what is above and put away the earthly parts of you: immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire and idolatrous greed. Paul greets Timothy as his child in the faith and reminds him that through God's mercy Paul was converted from a blasphemer and persecutor to a new way of life. He was treated mercifully because Christ came to save sinners. Christ was patient with him in his conversion.
· Sep 4, 1760. At Para, Brazil, 150 men of the Society were shipped as prisoners, reaching Lisbon on December 2. They were at once exiled to Italy and landed at Civita Vecchia on January 17, 1761.
· Sep 5, 1758. The French Parliament issued a decree condemning Fr. Busembaum's Medulla Theologiae Moralis.
· Sep 6, 1666. The Great Fire of London broke out on this date. There is not much the Jesuits have not been blamed for, and this was no exception. It was said to be the work of Papists and Jesuits. King Charles II banished all the fathers from England.
· Sep 7, 1773. King Louis XV wrote to Clement XIV, expressing his heartfelt joy at the suppression of the Society.
· Sep 8, 1600. Fr. Matteo Ricci set out on his journey to Peking (Beijing). He experienced enormous difficulties in reaching the royal city, being stopped on his way by one of the powerful mandarins.
· Sep 9, 1773. At Lisbon, Carvalho, acting in the king's name, ordered public prayers for the deliverance of the world from the "pestilence of Jesuitism."
· Sep 10, 1622. The martyrdom at Nagaski, Japan, of Charles Spinola and his companions.