Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on July 2, 2013

1affd4c1865fcf3bb6eb31142e2668d1_w600Gospel reading of the day:

Matthew 8:23-27

As Jesus got into a boat, his disciples followed him. Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by waves; but he was asleep. They came and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” He said to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?” Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm. The men were amazed and said, “What sort of man is this, whom even the winds and the sea obey?”

Reflection on the gospel reading: Jesus in the gospels often invites his disciples to not be afraid, but in this passage, Jesus doesn’t just say words that he encourages the disciples to follow, he demonstrates the implications of being unafraid. Though the disciples are terrified at the squall that threatens their boat, Jesus sleeps through it. The Lord’s dependence on his Father’s will allows him to trust so deeply that all will be well that not even the evident danger of a violent storm disturbs his peacefulness and equilibrium. And just as he trusts God to support him, he is able to access the Father’s power to calm the storm and show the reason he relies on the Father’s faithfulness.

Saint of the day: Born November 20, 1930 in Osimo, Italy, Fiorella Bianchi was the daughter of Emilio Bianchi and Maria Duca. She completed her elementary and some of her high school studies, but her education was abruptly terminated by the sickness of her mother. Because of the expenses involved in caring for her, her father found that he could not afford the 10-Osimo_Fiorella_Bianchisecretary he needed for his business and turned to Fiorella to fill this position. Although working at a full-time position, she continued her education privately and read many books on theology and ascetics.

Eventually, she founded two movements that encourage prayers, the Center for Christian Girls and the Center for Christian Mothers. The two organizations multiplied into a number affiliates, which promoted daily mass, meditation, and adoration for the Eucharist. All her activities were under the advice and care of church officials. In time, many people journeyed to osimo to ask for her prayers, her reputation for sanctity having spread throughout the region.

Together with many young people, Fiorella, trusting in the goodness of God, organized a center for food distribution to the poor adn the evacuees of the postwar period, which gave relief to many families. She died on July 2, 1954. Her diocese is investigating her virtues with the possibility of her one day being declared venerable.

Spiritual reading: No one finds time for prayer. You either take time for it or you don’t get it. (Joan Chittister)


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