Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on May 8, 2013

trinity-1915.jpg!BlogGospel reading of the day:

John 16:12-15

Jesus said to his disciples: “I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming. He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you. Everything that the Father has is mine; for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: The truth is that everything is one. But we are too small to comprehend the totality of truth in one glance. We receive the truth piecemeal, bit by bit, as we become strong enough to take the next bit of nourishment. Even so, the revelation of the Father is the revelation of the Son, and the revelation of the Son is the revelation of the Spirit. There are not three different revelations but one revelation which we receive successively in different ways as we become prepared to receive a more complete understanding. Because the truth is so large, we must never be satisfied with what it is that we know now and in this place. Our project is to cultivate openness to the new manifestations which God gives us as we move through life and enlarge our capacity to know and comprehend more.

Saint of the day: Venerable Miriam Teresa Demjanovich was born in Bayonne, New Jersey, on March 26, 1901, the youngest of seven children. At an early age she ardently desired to dedicate her life to religion. Teresa completed her grammar school education at the age of eleven, she received her high school diploma in January 1917, from Bayonne High School (at that time located in the present day Robinson School). At this time she wished very much to become a Carmelite, but the lingering illness of her mother kept her at home as nurse and housekeeper.

demjanovichSisterMiriam-(6)After her mother’s death in November 1918, Teresa was strongly encouraged by her family to attend the College of Saint Elizabeth at Convent Station, New Jersey. She began her college career in September 1919. She received her college degree with highest honors in June, 1923. As always, she longed for the religious life, but various circumstances made her uncertain regarding which community she should enter. Meanwhile, she accepted a teaching position at the Academy of Saint Aloysius in Jersey City (now known as the Caritas Academy). Not until December 1924, was she certain that she should become a Sister of Charity, and with her decision she knew she had very special work to do in this community. Just what the nature of the work was to be she did not know until several months after her entrance in February 1925. Teresa’s spiritual director in religion, Father Benedict Bradley, a Benedictine (who died December 29, 1945), discerning her remarkable gifts, directed her, with the consent of the Mother Superior, to write a series of conferences which, published posthumously, form a volume titled Greater Perfection.

Teresa’s life in religion was short but filled with much work and suffering. Like Therese of Lisieux, she apparently lived a long time in a short space. She died May 8, 1927. Since her death Sister Miriam Teresa has made many friends all over the world. Favors and cures attributed to her intercession are continually being reported. On Thursday, May 10, 2012, the Servant of God Sister Miriam Teresa Demjanovich, along with another American, the first Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Marquette, Frederic Baraga, were proclaimed Venerable.

Spiritual reading: God does not love us because we are good. God love us because God is good. (Richard Rohr, OFM)


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