Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on May 6, 2013

Gospel reading of the day:

John 15:26—16:4a

Jesus said to his disciples: “When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me. And you also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning.

“I have told you this so that you may not fall away. They will expel you from the synagogues; in fact, the hour is coming when everyone who kills you will think he is offering worship to God. 734adf38ce3a6ce2f6232bd9ec0e3503_w600They will do this because they have not known either the Father or me. I have told you this so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: God continuously communicates with every human heart. There are inner promptings which are the words which God speaks to us. The enemy of human nature, however, also makes suggestions to us. For this reason, we as spiritual beings must be attentive to the voices in our hearts to discern which impulses are from God and which are not. It is for this reason as well that Christians do well to share their journeys with a wise and spiritually-grounded companion who can help us to hear the testimony of the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father and testifies to Jesus.

Saint of the day: Father Demetrius Augustine Gallitzin was the son of Prince Dimitri Alexeievich Gallitzin, a Russian diplomat. He was born at The Hague in the Netherlands on December 22, 1770 and baptized Greek Orthodox. Almost from his infancy the young prince was subjected to rigid discipline, and his intellectual faculties, trained by the best masters of the age, Demetrius Augustine Gallitzinreached their fullest development. At the age of almost seventeen Demetrius became a sincere Catholic, and to please his mother, whose birth (1748), marriage (1768), and First Holy Communion (1786) occurred on 28 August, the feast of St. Augustine, assumed at confirmation that name, and thereafter wrote his name Demetrius Augustine.

Demetrius traveled to Baltimore, Maryland, leaving in August 1792 and arriving in October; he travelled under the name Augustine Smith. One of the first seminarians at Saint Mary’s in Baltimore, he was ordained in 1795; he was the first priest to receive all orders in the United States.

In 1799 Father Demetrius moved to McGuire’s Settlement in the Alleghenies, erecting a small log church where the town of Loretto, named by him, grew up and became the first English speaking Catholic settlement west of the Allegheny Front; he remained there 41 years. He received no salary, spending what he received of his inheritance to develop the colony spiritually and industrially. He was one of the first in the United States to defend the Church through his writings, and most are still available today. He served as Vicar-General of Western Pennsylvania in 1827 but refused to allow the proposal of his name for the sees of Bardstown, Cincinnati or Detroit. Gallitzin died at Loretto on May 6, 1840 and was buried near St. Michael’s church in Loretto. The Servant of God Demetrius Augustine Gallitzin had his cause for canonization introduced in 2005.

Spiritual reading: Above all, trust in the slow work of God. (Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J.)


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