Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on May 7, 2013

c4d14128441ef6938aae364bf6890d4c_w600Gospel reading of the day:

John 16:5-11

Jesus said to his disciples: “Now I am going to the one who sent me, and not one of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ But because I told you this, grief has filled your hearts. But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go. For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes he will convict the world in regard to sin and righteousness and condemnation: sin, because they do not believe in me; righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will no longer see me; condemnation, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: We sin, but our belief in Jesus repairs the wounds; our righteousness relies not on what we do but on our relationship with the one who is righteous and connected to the Father; and our hope of avoiding condemnation lies in our rejection of the ruler of this world, who is already condemned. The world is a broken place with many stories which end tragically and with lives which became unraveled along the way. Life is messy, and it’s easy to get lost. At the end of the day, it’s Jesus whom we trust to clean up the broken things we leave in our wake. It is Jesus, his cross, his resurrection, and his Spirit which make the frayed world whole.

Saint of the day: Francis Paleari was born in Pogliano Milanese in the Archdiocese of Milan on October 22, 1863; he was brought up in a truly Christian family peaceful, joyful, and well-disposed in nature. On January 8, 1877, he entered the Seminary of the Little House of Divine Providence in Turin, founded by St. Joseph Benedict Cottolengo. This seminary, placed under the paleari1_1976280protection of St. Thomas Aquinas – hence its name, “Family of Tommasini,” – welcomed aspirants to the priesthood without financial resources.

Having completed his theological studies with great results, Father Francis was ordained a priest on September 18, 1886. He served in the Little House of Divine Providence as a teacher, confessor, and spiritual director of young seminarians. He showed himself inspired in all things by the same spirit of charity that moved the Holy Founder who loved to help the poor, materially and spiritually, with boundless trust in Divine Providence.

He carried out important tasks for the Archdiocese of Turin as Pro-Vicar General, Vicar for the Nuns, and Promoter of Justice. He joined the Third Order Franciscan in the early years of his priesthood, renewing his membership to it in both 1920 and 1927. The last three years of his life were marked by illness, which did not prevent him, nonetheless, from exercising his mission as a confessor. He died on May 7, 1939, in the Little House of Providence in Turin. He was beatified in 2011.

Spiritual reading: Some without fulfilling the commandments think that they possess true faith. Others fulfil the commandments and then expect the Kingdom as a reward due to them. Both are mistaken. (Saint Mark the Ascetic)


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