Friday, April 23, 2021

Photo: Shadows of Tulips


 

Song: My Shepherd will supply my need

 My Shepherd will supply my need:

Jehovah is His Name;
In pastures fresh He makes me feed
Beside the living stream
He brings my wandering spirit back
When I forsake His ways
And leads me, for His mercy's sake
In paths of truth and grace

When I walk through the shades of death
Thy presence is my stay;
A word of Thy supporting breath
Drives all my fears away
Thy hand, in sight of all my foes
Doth still my table spread;
My cup with blessings overflows
Thine oil anoints my head

The sure provisions of my God
Attend me all my days;
O may Thy house be my abode
And all my work be praise!
There would I find a settled rest
While others go and come;
No more a stranger, nor a guest
But like a child at home

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Photo: Madonna Della Strada, Queen of the Society


 

Spirituality: Jesuit Devotion of Our Lady

St Ignatius’s heritage sparked his devotion to Our Lady, which intensified during his period of convalescence following the injury he received during the battle at Pamplona. Major events in his life occurred on feasts or at sites honouring the Virgin: his vigil before the Black Madonna of Montserrat on the eve of the Annunciation, 1522; his first vows at Montmartre, Paris, on the feast of the Assumption, 1534; his first Mass in St. Mary Major in Rome on Christmas, 1538. On Friday of Easter week, April 22, 1541, seven months after papal approval of the Society of Jesus and two weeks after Ignatius was elected its first general, he celebrated Mass with the first companions at Our Lady’s altar in the basilica of St. Paul Outside-the-Walls in Rome, during which all pronounced their vows.

--from Sacred Space, the prayer site run by the Irish Jesuits.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

A Self-Giving Leader The Fourth Sunday of Easter 2021

                                                       A Self-Giving Leader

The Fourth Sunday of Easter 2021

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Acts 4:8-12; Psalm 118; 1 John 3:1-2; John 10:11-18

 

Today, we heard about the self-giving leadership of Jesus, who makes himself vulnerable, even to death, for the sake of his believers, and we also heard about Peter acting in boldness as he stands before the leaders who convicted Jesus to death. Sometimes we think our world is turned upside down as our once-trusted paradigms are challenged by new perspectives. This is precisely what happened to the Disciples after the Resurrection when they allowed their lives to be governed by the Spirit.

 

Peter risks his life by speaking the truth plainly and directly, and yet something happened to the leaders who stopped vehemently opposing the Disciples. Those leaders were not happy, but now it was they who lived in fear – fear from the people to whom Jesus appeared. The world order in Jerusalem was turned upside down, and Peter issues a further direct challenge when he states: there is no salvation through anyone else, that is, other than Jesus. Jesus replaced the Temple’s authority, the Torah, the Law and the Prophets, and the presence of the Risen Jesus meant that God could be worshiped anywhere, wherever believers gathered, wherever the Spirit led the faithful. The old guard’s reason for existing ceased. It is no surprise the elders were angry, and they did everything they could to hold onto the old paradigms that no longer worked.

 

Jesus turns around the leadership model by letting his actions show that he was the authentic leader of Israel. The actions of Jesus reveal who he is, a man whose life is defined by self-giving actions. What seems to have happened to the early Christian church is that people noticed their feelings of awe, delight, and reverence in the presence of the Risen Jesus were similar to their experience of feelings of being in the presence of God. They remembered their experience of Jesus before he died and they began to share stories. They realized that because of the life, death, and resurrection, they were being formed into a new type of human community that continuously related to the divine. They were becoming born into a forgiven, more forgiving, inclusive community that was directed by an action of God. 

 

As they processed who this Jesus was, they realized that he must have been God’s bodily presence on earth, and that everything that he said, did, and taught was validated by God and was a model for humanity. This is the reason it is important for us to learn from Scriptures and to imitate the life of Jesus. And as lives on, he is still around to guide us through tricky human relationships and moral questions and move us to an increase of compassion, forgiveness, and inclusivity. We can rely upon the creating, redeeming, and saving presence of God to move us to become the type of human beings and the human community God creates us to be.

 

 

Scripture for Daily Mass

 

Monday: (Acts 11) The Apostles include the Gentiles into the community after solemn deliberation. Peter lifts the Jewish dietary laws for them declaring that, “God granted life-giving repentance to the Gentiles too.” 

 

Tuesday: (Acts 11) Those who had been dispersed since the persecution that followed Stephen’s stoning began proclaiming the story of Jesus Christ to their new communities. The number of converts increased dramatically.  

 

Wednesday: (Acts 12) The word of God continued to spread and the number of disciples grew. At Antioch during prayer, the Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”

 

Thursday: (Acts 13) In Perga in Pamphylia, Paul stood up and told the story of God’s deliverance of the chosen people from bondage and slavery. God’s work continued in the life of Jesus of Nazareth.

 

Friday (Acts 13) The whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord, but strict Jews opposed Paul and Barnabas and claimed they told the wrong story. 

 

Saturday (Acts 13) The Gentiles were delighted when Paul and Barnabas opened scripture for them and those them of their inclusion as God’s elect. Salvation was accessible to them too.

 

Gospel: 

Monday: (John 10) The Good Shepherd tales continues as Jesus describes to his friends the characteristics of a self-interested person who pretends to be a shepherd. The sheep know and trust the voice of the good shepherd. 

 

Tuesday: (John 10) During the feast of the Dedication, Jesus declares he is the good shepherd and that he and the Father are one.

 

Wednesday (John 10) Jesus cries out, “Whoever believes in me believes not only in me but also in the one who sent me.” Jesus speaks and acts of behalf of the Father.

 

Thursday (John 13) Jesus makes “I am” statements and he shows he does the work of the Father when after he washes the feet of the disciples, he says, “I am.” 

 

Friday (John 14) In his farewell discourse, Jesus consoles his friends. He tells them that the is going away but will soon return to take away their fear. 

 

Saturday (John 14) He reassures that that since they know the mind and heart of Jesus, they also know the mind and heart of the Father.   

 

Saints of the Week

 

April 25: Mark, the Evangelist is the author of the earliest Gospel and is associated with Peter whom he heard preach. Mark was a member of the first Christian community in Jerusalem and his mother owned a house in the city that was used as a place of prayer during Peter's imprisonment under Herod Agrippa I. He was originally a companion of Paul and Barnabas having traveled with them back to Antioch in Syria. Later, they brought him along as their assistant on a missionary journey. He is associated with Peter’s ministry later in life. He was sent to Alexandria and formed a church that is now known as the Coptic Orthodox Church.

 

April 28: Peter Chanel, priest, missionary, martyr (1803-1841), is the first martyr of the Pacific South Seas. Originally a parish priest in rural eastern France, he joined the Society of Mary (Marists) to become a missionary in 1831 after a five-year stint teaching in the seminary. At first the missionaries were well-received in the New Hebrides and other Pacific island nations as they recently outlawed cannibalism. The growth of white influence placed Chanel under suspicion, which led to an attack on the missionaries. When the king’s son wanted to be baptized, his anger erupted and Peter was clubbed to death in protest. 

 

April 28: Louis of Montfort, priest (1673-1716), dedicated his life to the care of the poor and the sick as a hospital chaplain in Poitiers, France. He angered the public and the administration when he tried to organize the hospital women's workers into a religious organization. He was let go. He went to Rome where the pope gave him the title "missionary apostolic" so he could preach missions that promoted a Marian and Rosary-based spirituality. He formed the "Priests of the Company of Mary" and the "Daughters of Wisdom."

 

April 29: Catherine of Siena, mystic and doctor of the Church (1347-1380), was the 24th of 25th children. At an early age, she had visions of guardian angels and the saints. She became a Third-Order Dominican and persuaded the Pope to return to Rome from Avignon in 1377. She died at age 33 after receiving the stigmata.

 

April 30: Pope Pius V, Pope (1504-1572), is noted for his work in the Counter-Reformation, the Council of Trent, and the standardization of the Roman Rite for mass. He was a fierce conservative who prosecuted eight French bishops for heterodoxy and Elizabeth I for schism. The Holy League he founded defeated the Ottoman Empire at the Battle of Lepanto whose success was attributed to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary. 

 

May 1: Joseph the Worker was honored by Pope Pius XII in 1955 in an effort to counteract May Day, a union, worker, and socialist holiday. Many Catholics believe him to be the patron of workers because he is known for his patience, persistence, and hard work as admirable qualities that believers should adopt.

 

This Week in Jesuit History

 

  • April 25, 1915. Pierre Rousselot, Professor at the Institute Catholique in Paris, is wounded and taken prisoner during World War I. 
  • April 26, 1935. Lumen Vitae, center for catechetics and religious formation was founded in Brussels. 
  • April 27, 1880. On the occasion of the visit of Jules Ferry, French minister of education, to Amiens, France, shouts were raised under the Jesuit College windows: "Les Jesuites a la guillotine." 
  • April 28, 1542. St Ignatius sent Pedro Ribadeneira, aged fifteen, from Rome to Paris for his studies. Pedro had been admitted into the Society in l539 or l540. 
  • April 29, 1933. Thomas Ewing Sherman died in New Orleans. An orator on the mission band, he was the son of Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman. He suffered a breakdown, and wanted to leave the Society, but was refused because of his ill health. Before his death he renewed his vows in the Society. 
  • April 30, 1585. The landing at Osaka of Fr. Gaspar Coelho. At first the Emperor was favorably disposed towards Christianity. This changed later because of Christianity's attitude toward polygamy. 
  • May 1, 1572. At Rome, Pope St. Pius V dies. His decree imposing Choir on the Society was cancelled by his successor, Gregory XIII.

Un líder generoso El Cuarto Domingo de Pascua 2021

                                                                    Un líder generoso

El Cuarto Domingo de Pascua 2021

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Hechos 4: 8-12 Salmo 118 1 Juan 3: 1-2 Juan 10: 11-18

 

Hoy, escuchamos sobre el liderazgo abnegado de Jesús, quien se hace vulnerable, incluso a la muerte, por el bien de sus creyentes, y también escuchamos acerca de Pedro actuando con valentía mientras se para ante los líderes que condenaron a Jesús a muerte A veces pensamos que nuestro mundo está patas arriba cuando nuestros paradigmas que alguna vez fueron de confianza se ven desafiados por nuevas perspectivas. Esto es precisamente lo que les sucedió a los Discípulos después de la Resurrección cuando dejaron que su vida fuera gobernada por el Espíritu.

 

Pedro arriesga su vida al decir la verdad clara y directamente, y sin embargo, algo les sucedió a los líderes que dejaron de oponerse con vehemencia a los discípulos. Esos líderes no estaban contentos, pero ahora eran ellos los que vivían con miedo, miedo de la gente a la que se apareció Jesús. El orden mundial en Jerusalén se puso patas arriba, y Pedro lanza un desafío directo adicional cuando afirma: no hay salvación a través de nadie más, es decir, que no sea Jesús. Jesús reemplazó la autoridad del Templo, la Torá, la Ley y los Profetas, y la presencia de Jesús Resucitado significó que Dios podía ser adorado en cualquier lugar, dondequiera que los creyentes se reunieran, donde el Espíritu guiara a los fieles. La razón de existir de la vieja guardia cesó. No es de extrañar que los ancianos estuvieran enojados e hicieron todo lo posible para aferrarse a los viejos paradigmas que ya no funcionaban.

 

Jesús da la vuelta al modelo de liderazgo al dejar que sus acciones muestren que él era el líder auténtico de Israel. Las acciones de Jesús revelan quién es él, un hombre cuya vida está definida por acciones de entrega. Lo que parece haberle sucedido a la iglesia cristiana primitiva es que la gente notó que sus sentimientos de asombro, deleite y reverencia en la presencia de Jesús Resucitado eran similares a sus sentimientos de estar en la presencia de Dios. Recordaron su experiencia de Jesús antes de que muriera y comenzaron a compartir historias. Se dieron cuenta de que a causa de la vida, muerte y resurrección, que estaban siendo formados en un nuevo tipo de comunidad humana que continuamente se refieren a la divina. Nacían en una comunidad perdonada, más indulgente e inclusiva que fue dirigida por una acción de Dios.

 

Mientras procesaban quién era este Jesús, se dieron cuenta de que debía haber sido la presencia corporal de Dios en la tierra, y que todo lo que decía, hacía y enseñaba estaba validado por Dios y era un modelo para la humanidad. Por eso es importante que aprendamos de las Escrituras e imitemos la vida de Jesús. Y a medida que sigue vivo, él todavía está presente para guiarnos a través de difíciles relaciones humanas y cuestiones morales y llevarnos a un aumento de la compasión, el perdón y la inclusión. Podemos confiar en la presencia creadora, redentora y salvadora de Dios para movernos a convertirnos en el tipo de seres humanos y la comunidad humana que Dios crea que seamos.

 

 

Escritura para la misa diaria

 

Lunes: (Hechos 11) Los apóstoles incluyen a los gentiles en la comunidad después de una deliberación solemne. Pedro les quita las leyes dietéticas judías al declarar que "Dios concedió también a los gentiles el arrepentimiento vivificante".

 

Martes: (Hechos 11) Los que habían estado dispersos desde la persecución que siguió a la lapidación de Esteban comenzaron a proclamar la historia de Jesucristo a sus nuevas comunidades. El número de conversos aumentó drásticamente. 

 

Miércoles: (Hechos 12) La palabra de Dios continuó esparciéndose y el número de discípulos creció. En Antioquía, durante la oración, el Espíritu dijo: "Apartadme a Bernabé y a Saulo para la obra a la que los he llamado".

 

Jueves: (Hechos 13) En Perge en Panfilia, Pablo se puso de pie y contó la historia de la liberación de Dios del pueblo elegido de la servidumbre y la esclavitud. La obra de Dios continuó en la vida de Jesús de Nazaret.

 

Viernes (Hechos 13) Toda la ciudad se reunió para escuchar la palabra del Señor, pero los judíos estrictos se opusieron a Pablo y Bernabé y afirmaron que contaban la historia equivocada.

 

Sábado (Hechos 13) Los gentiles se deleitaron cuando Pablo y Bernabé les abrieron las Escrituras a ellos ya aquellos de su inclusión como elegidos de Dios. La salvación también era accesible para ellos.

 

Evangelio: 

Lunes: (Juan 10) Los relatos del Buen Pastor continúan mientras Jesús describe a sus amigos las características de una persona interesada en sí misma que pretende ser un pastor. Las ovejas conocen y confían en la voz del buen pastor.

 

Martes: (Juan 10) Durante la fiesta de la Dedicación, Jesús declara que él es el buen pastor y que él y el Padre son uno.

 

Miércoles (Juan 10) Jesús clama: "El que cree en mí, no sólo cree en mí, sino también en el que me envió". Jesús habla y actúa en nombre del Padre.

 

Jueves (Juan 13) Jesús hace declaraciones de "Yo soy" y muestra que hace la obra del Padre cuando después de lavar los pies de los discípulos, dice: "Yo soy".

 

Viernes (Juan 14) En su discurso de despedida, Jesús consuela a sus amigos. Les dice que el se va pero que pronto regresará para quitarles el miedo.

 

Sábado (Juan 14) Él asegura que, dado que conocen la mente y el corazón de Jesús, también conocen la mente y el corazón del Padre.  

 

Santos de la semana

 

25 de abril: Marcos, el evangelista es el autor del primer Evangelio y está asociado con Pedro, a quien escuchó predicar. Marcos era miembro de la primera comunidad cristiana en Jerusalén y su madre era dueña de una casa en la ciudad que se usó como lugar de oración durante el encarcelamiento de Pedro bajo Herodes Agripa I. Originalmente fue un compañero de Pablo y Bernabé después de haber viajado con ellos. a Antioquía en Siria. Más tarde, lo llevaron como su asistente en un viaje misionero. Está asociado con el ministerio de Pedro más tarde en la vida. Fue enviado a Alejandría y formó una iglesia que ahora se conoce como la Iglesia Ortodoxa Copta.  

 

28 de abril: Peter Chanel, sacerdote, misionero, mártir (1803-1841), es el primer mártir de los mares del Pacífico Sur. Originalmente era párroco en la zona rural del este de Francia, se unió a la Sociedad de María (Maristas) para convertirse en misionero en 1831 después de un período de cinco años enseñando en el seminario. Al principio, los misioneros fueron bien recibidos en las Nuevas Hébridas y otras naciones insulares del Pacífico, ya que recientemente prohibieron el canibalismo. El crecimiento de la influencia blanca puso a Chanel bajo sospecha, lo que provocó un ataque a los misioneros. Cuando el hijo del rey quiso ser bautizado, estalló su ira y Pedro fue asesinado a golpes en protesta.  

 

28 de abril: Luis de Montfort, sacerdote (1673-1716) , dedicó su vida al cuidado de los pobres y enfermos como capellán de un hospital en Poitiers, Francia. Enfureció al público y a la administración cuando trató de organizar a las trabajadoras del hospital en una organización religiosa. Lo dejaron ir. Fue a Roma donde el Papa le dio el título de "misionero apostólico" para que pudiera predicar misiones que promovieran una espiritualidad mariana y basada en el Rosario. Formó los "Sacerdotes de la Compañía de María" y las "Hijas de la Sabiduría".

 

29 abril: Catalina de Siena , místico y doctor de la Iglesia (1347-1380), fue el 24 º de 25 th niños. A temprana edad, tuvo visiones de ángeles guardianes y santos. Se convirtió en dominica de la Tercera Orden y convenció al Papa de que regresara a Roma desde Aviñón en 1377. Murió a los 33 años después de recibir los estigmas.

 

30 de abril: el Papa Pío V, Papa (1504-1572) , se destaca por su trabajo en la Contrarreforma, el Concilio de Trento y la estandarización del Rito Romano para la misa. Fue un feroz conservador que procesó a ocho obispos franceses por heterodoxia ya Isabel I por cisma. La Santa Liga que fundó derrotó al Imperio Otomano en la Batalla de Lepanto, cuyo éxito se atribuyó a la intercesión de la Santísima Virgen María.

 

1 de mayo: José el Trabajador fue honrado por el Papa Pío XII en 1955 en un esfuerzo por contrarrestar el Primero de Mayo, una fiesta sindical, obrera y socialista. Muchos católicos creen que es el patrón de los trabajadores porque es conocido por su paciencia, perseverancia y arduo trabajo como cualidades admirables que los creyentes deben adoptar.

 

Esta semana en la historia de los jesuitas

 

  • 25 de abril de 1915. Pierre Rousselot , profesor del Instituto Católico de París, es herido y hecho prisionero durante la Primera Guerra Mundial.
  • 26 de abril de 1935. Se funda en Bruselas Lumen Vitae , centro de catequesis y formación religiosa.
  • 27 de abril de 1880. Con motivo de la visita de Jules Ferry, ministro de educación francés, a Amiens, Francia, se alzaron gritos bajo las ventanas del colegio jesuita: " Les jesuitas a la guillotina ".
  • 28 de abril de 1542. San Ignacio envió a Pedro Ribadeneira , de quince años, de Roma a París para sus estudios. Pedro había sido admitido en la Sociedad en 1539 o 1540.
  • 29 de abril de 1933. Thomas Ewing Sherman murió en Nueva Orleans. Orador de la banda de la misión, era hijo del general de la Guerra Civil William Tecumseh Sherman. Sufrió un colapso y quiso dejar la Sociedad, pero se le negó debido a su mala salud. Antes de su muerte renovó sus votos en la Sociedad.
  • 30 de abril de 1585. El desembarco en Osaka del P. Gaspar Coelho. Al principio, el emperador se mostró favorablemente dispuesto hacia el cristianismo. Esto cambió más tarde debido a la actitud del cristianismo hacia la poligamia.
  • 1 de mayo de 1572. En Roma muere el Papa San Pío V. Su decreto imponiendo el Coro a la Sociedad fue cancelado por su sucesor, Gregorio XIII.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Photo: All Things Bright and Beautiful


 

Spirituality: John F. Kennedy

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.

Monday, April 19, 2021

Photo: Massachusetts Minuteman


 

Prayer: Blessed Pope John XXIII

Easter is for us all a dying to sin, to passion, to hatred and enmity, and all that brings about disorder, spiritual and material bitterness, and anguish. This death is indeed only the first step toward a higher goal – for our Easter is also a mystery of new life.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Photo: The Grand Feast


 

Spirituality: John R. Cross, The Stranger On The Road To Emmaus

 Gifts are free. If you work for a gift, it is no longer a gift. Gifts in the truest sense are undeserved. If we feel we deserve it, then it ceases to be a gift and becomes an award. The eternal life God gives us is truly a gift because we don’t deserve it in any way.

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Photo: Sturdy and Hardy


 

Spirituality: Matthew Fox, Original Blessing

The recovery of faith in our creativity and in the artist within each of us and the artists among all of us is no small thing. It has to do with the rekindling of the spark of hope and vision, of adventure and blessing, that a tired civilization needs...

Friday, April 16, 2021

Photo: Spring Blossoms


 

Prayer: Teresa of Avila

Whoever truly loves you, good Lord, walks in safety down a royal road, far from the dangerous abyss – and if that one so much as stumbles, you, O Lord, stretch out your hand. Not one fall, or many, will cause you to abandon one who loves you and does not love the things of this world, because that one walks in the vale of humility.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Photo: A colorful blur

Prayer: Anselm of Canterbury

O supreme and inaccessible light, O complete and blessed truth, how far you are from me, even though I am so near to you! You are everywhere in your entirety, and yet I do not see you; in you I move and have my being, and yet I cannot approach you. O God, let me know you and love you so that I may find my joy in you; and if I cannot do so fully in this life, let me at least make some progress every day.

Spirituality: Thich Nhat Hanh

Changing is not just changing the things outside of us. First of all we need the right view that transcends all notions including of being and non-being, God and creature, mind and spirit. That kind of insight is crucial for transformation and healing.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

The Opening of Minds Third Sunday of Easter 2021

                                                       The Opening of Minds

Third Sunday of Easter 2021

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Acts 10:34-43; Psalm 118; Colossians 3:1-4; Mark 16:1-7

 

In the first part of the story, the disciples on their way to Emmaus returned to Jerusalem to tell Peter and the other Disciples that Jesus appeared to them. While they were recounting their story, Jesus appears to them again, and like he did with Thomas last week, invites them to touch his wounds, and then he eats to show them that he is not a ghost but a real body. He then explains to them that the Hebrew Scriptures, our Old Testament, which includes the Law, the Prophets, and the Wisdom Writings all testify to the coming of the Son of God. Jesus opened their minds to see the Scriptures in a new way.

 

We can find amazement and joy when our minds are opened during our study of Scripture. Most do not know the rich tradition of our Judeo-Christian heritage and part of the problem is that we do not know where to begin. The Bible is vast, the Hebrew Scriptures foreign, and we might not see the relevancy of understanding the Old Testament history or New Testament miracles, and then the church has over two thousand years of Church history that is sometime brilliant and mundane, and contains magnificent holy works intermixed with human struggles for power and authority. The best teacher is one who not only explains theological, historical, and socio-cultural aspects of the story, but can point to the wonder of God’s continuing relationship with the people. We hunger for a teacher who can open our minds so we can behold the mystery. We hunger for a teacher who can move us closer to God. 

 

We want our hearts to burn with desire so that our hearts and minds can be opened. We want to learn more, understand more deeply how God operates in our world today. We want to know that God cares for the mundane parts of our lives, not just the holy, and we want to know the God who desires not just our friendship, but desires the friendship of all human beings and encourages their cooperation in developing a world that can sustain all of God’s friends. This is a world of devoid of fear and filled with harmony. We see a great deal of hatred, anger, hurt, and disasters in the world, and we know God cares for all people, even those who are our enemies, and we believe in our common humanity and the common good, and we don’t know how to get there. We live in a imperfect world and yearn for something better.

 

In the face of great injustice and misery, we wonder, “How can I make a difference?” When our minds are opened, we see that we are sometimes part of the problem, as the veil of our ignorance is pulled aside. As we come into the presence of God, with an awareness that we have not always lived as we were created to live, we discover that God invites us to a common meal of friendship. The conversion of the world occurs one heart at a time. Jesus appeared to his friends one at a time, and he opened their minds. We, too, must share Scripture with one another, a meal too, as we find ourselves in the presence of the living God, free from any judgment, because God’s presence in love and forgiveness. Our hearts once again can burn with desire and we can feel the warmth of God’s friendship.

 

Scripture for Daily Mass

 

Monday: (Acts 6) Stephen worked great signs and wonders in the name of Jesus. 

 

Tuesday: (Acts 7) False testimony is lodged against him but he stands angelic before them. Angry opponents stone him, including Saul, who consents to execute him.  

 

Wednesday: (Acts 8) A severe persecution breaks out in Jerusalem and the believers are displaced to Judea and Samaria. Saul, trying to destroy the Church, enters house after house to arrest them. 

 

Thursday: (Acts 8) Philip’s testimony and miracles in Samaria emboldens the believers. Philip heads out to Gaza and meets an Ethiopian eunuch who is reading Isaiah’s texts. Philip interprets the scripture and the eunuch begs to be baptized. 

  

Friday (Acts 9) Meanwhile, Saul is carrying out hateful acts against the believers and is struck blind as he beholds a manifestation of Jesus. The beginning of his call and conversion takes place.  

 

Saturday (1 Peter 6 – Mark the Evangelist) Clothe yourself in humility; be sober and vigilant and resist the devil. The God of grace will restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you after you have suffered a little.  

 

Gospel: 

Monday: (John 6) Jesus feeds the 5000 as a flashback to the Eucharistic memory of the believers with the Bread of Life discourse. 

 

Tuesday: (John 6) Jesus instructs them, “It was not Moses who gave you bread from heaven; my heavenly father gives the true bread.” Jesus proclaims, “I am the bread of life.”

 

Wednesday (John 6) God did not send his Son into the world to condemn it, but that the world might be saved through him. 

 

Thursday (John 6) Jesus states that all that is required is belief in him. Belief is not given to all. The way to the way is through the Son. 

 

Friday (John 6) The Jews quarreled and opposition to the cannibalistic references of Jesus rises because his sayings are hard to accept. He tells the people, “my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.” If you eat of Jesus, you will live forever. 

  

Saturday (Mark 16) Jesus appeared to the Eleven giving them instructions to proclaim the Gospel to every creature.

 

Saints of the Week

 

April 21: Anselm, bishop and doctor (1033-1109), was a monastic abbot in Normandy who became Archbishop of Canterbury in 1093 after the Norman conquest of England in 1066 when the English hierarchy was displaced. Church-state relations peppered his term, but he became known to the church because of his theological and philosophical treatises, mostly for his assertion about the existence of God – an idea greater than that which no other idea can be thought. His method of theology is summed up in “faith seeking understanding.”

 

April 22: Jesuits honor Mary as the Mother of the Society of Jesus. In the Gesu church in Rome, a painting of Our Lady of the Way (Maria della Strada) is portrayed to represent Jesuit spirituality. Mary had been a central figure to Ignatius’s spirituality. In 1541, seven months after papal approval of the Jesuit Order and two weeks after his election as the first general, Ignatius celebrated Mass at Our Lady’s altar in the basilica of St. Paul Outside-the-Walls in Rome.

 

April 23: George, martyr (d. 303), was killed in Lydda, Palestine. He may have been a Roman soldier who organized a Christian community in what is now Iran (Urmiah). He became part of the Middle Ages imagination for his ideal of Christian chivalry and is thought to have slain a dragon. He was sent to Britain on an imperial expedition. He became the patron of England (and of Crusaders) and the nation adopted George’s Arms, a red cross on a white background, which is still part of the British flag.

 

April 23: Adalbert, bishop and martyr (956-997), was Bohemian-born who was consecrated bishop of Prague amidst fierce political opposition. He was exiled and became a Benedictine monk in Rome that he used as a base to preach missions in Poland, Prussia, Hungary, and Russia. He is named the "Apostle to the Slavs." He was killed in Gdansk, Poland.

April 24: Fidelis of Sigmaringen, priest and martyr (1578-1622), was a canon lawyer from Swabia, Germany who became a Capuchin Franciscan  in Switzerland in 1612. Prior to priesthood, he tutored nobles in France, Italy and Spain and helped interpret legislation that served the poor. He was known as the "lawyer for the poor." He was later appointed to the challenging task of preaching to the Protestants in Switzerland, where he was killed for being an agent for the king. He was the head of the Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith in anti-Catholic hostilities. He was accused of being the king's political agent and was assaulted and killed. 

 

This Week in Jesuit History

 

  • April 18, 1906. At Rome, the death of Rev Fr. Luis Martin, twenty-fourth General of the Society. Pope Pius X spoke of him as a saint, a martyr, a man of extraordinary ability and prudence. 
  • April 19, 1602. At Tyburn, Ven. James Ducket, a layman, suffered death for publishing a work written by Robert Southwell. 
  • April 20, 1864. Father Peter de Smet left St Louis to evangelize the Sioux Indians. 
  • April 21, 1926. Fr. General Ledochowski sent out a letter De Usu Machinae Photographicae. It stated that cameras should belong to the house, not the individual. Further, they should not be used for recreation or time spent on trifles rather than for the greater glory of God. 
  • April 22, 1541. Ignatius and his first companions made their solemn profession of vows in the basilica of St Paul Outside-the-Walls. 
  • April 23, 1644. A General Chapter of the Benedictines condemned the calumny that St Ignatius was not the real author of the Spiritual Exercises. A monk had earlier claimed that the content was borrowed from a work by Garzia Cisneros. 
  • April 24, 1589. At Bordeaux, the Society was ordered to leave the city. It had been falsely accused of favoring the faction that was opposed to King Henry III.