Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on April 17, 2013

Gospel reading of the day:

John 6:35-40

Jesus said to the crowds, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst. But I told you that although you have seen me, you do not believe. Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and I will not reject anyone who comes to me, because I came down from heaven not to do my own will but the will of the one who sent me.

And this is the will of the one who sent me, that I should not lose anything of what he gave me, but that I should raise it on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him on the last day.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: When we love someone, we wrap our arms around that person. Jesus comes to gather all of us into his arms. He has received a mission from the Father to save us for the Father and himself. God, who can do all things, does not undertake lightly the mission of working out our road to Godself because God’s arms exist to wrap themselves around us.

Saint of the day: The Venerable , (January 6, 1880-April 17, 1940) was an American Catholic Religious Sister who founded the Sisters of Saint Casimir.[1]

Mother Maria Kaupas, S.S.C. was born Casimira Kaupas in Ramygala, Lithuania in 1880, then part of the Russian Empire. At the age of 17 she emigrated to the United States, where she settled in Scranton, Pennsylvania, to work as a housekeeper for her brother, the Rev. Anthony Kaupas, who was pastor of St. Joseph Parish there. While there she had her first contact with Religious Sisters and was attracted by their way of life. She also became aware of the struggle her countrymen had in the United States due to the language barrier, especially in their spiritual life.

KASIMIRA KAUPASOvercome by homesickness, Kaupas returned to Lithuania in 1901, but she kept seeking to determine where her call in life was. She soon resolved to become a teaching Sister, especially committed to the care of the Lithuanian immigrants in America.

Kaupas’ brother soon informed her that the Lithuanian clergy in the United States were seeking to establish a new community of Religious Sisters dedicated to teaching the youth of their community in a religious setting, and to preserve their native language and customs. She was asked to lead this new venture and she began her studies toward this end with the Sisters of Mercy of the Holy Cross in Switzerland in October 1902. Although the Priests Council disbanded in 1904, Kaupas determined nonetheless to pursue the idea of a new religious congregation.

In 1905 Jeremiah F. Shanahan, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, agreed to sponsor this new congregation. Mother M. Cyril, I.H.M., accepted Kaupas and two companions into the novitiate of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, based in Scranton, for their preparation for consecrated life. At that time she received the religious name of Sister Maria. On August 29, 1907, Kaupas made her profession (religious) of religious vows, and the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Casimir was founded.

The Sisters immediately began to work in the parochial schools of the region. In 1911, they established their motherhouse in Chicago, where there was a large Lithuanian population. They began to staff schools in Lithuanian parishes of the city. Over time, Sisters were sent to teach in many parishes across the United States, both Lithuanian and non-Lithuanian. Their service also came to include home missions in New Mexico. In 1928, the Sisters of St. Casimir began their health care ministry with the opening of Holy Cross Hospital in Chicago.

Kaupas died in Chicago, Illinois, on April 17, 1940. In 2010, she was declared Venerable.

Spiritual reading: Let the church gather crying tears that fill a million oceans. For we are people of the resurrection. And we confess, despite all evidence to the contrary, that death will not win. (Margaret Aymer)


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