CACINA

Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on July 16, 2013

6045e4bb693a72af170372a122c1152f_w600Gospel reading of the day:

Matthew 11:20-24

Jesus began to reproach the towns where most of his mighty deeds had been done, since they had not repented. “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida!

For if the mighty deeds done in your midst had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would long ago have repented in sackcloth and ashes. But I tell you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you. And as for you, Capernaum:

Will you be exalted to heaven? You will go down to the netherworld.

For if the mighty deeds done in your midst had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: God is continuously weaving things around us. It is easy for us to take things for granted, be apathetic, or not pay attention at all. But to be appreciative of the wonder of God’s work and respond with gratitude, we need to make a choice. We operate out of many habits of mind, but we can cultivate a consciousness of awareness, wonder, and gratitude before the unfolding events of our lives. Awareness and gratitude are choices that done frequently enough can become habits of mind–dispositions of spirit. I won’t say this is easy, but I will say that it’s worth it.

Saint of the day: Mary Magdalen Postel was born at Barfleur, France, on November 28, 1756 and baptized Julia Frances Catherine. She was educated at the Benedictine convent at Valognes, and when eighteen, she opened a school for girls at Barfleur. When the French Revolution broke out, the revolutionaries closed the school and she became a leader in Barfleur against the constitutional priests and sheltered fugitive priests in her home, where Mass was celebrated.

When the concordat of 1801 between Napoleon and the Holy See brought peace to the French Church, she worked in the field of religious education, and in 1807, at Cherbourg, she and three other teachers took religious vows before Abbe Cabart, who had encouraged her in her work: the beginning of the Sisters of the Christian Schools of Mercy. She was named superior and took the name Mary Magdalen. During the next few years the community encountered great difficulties and was forced to move several times before settling at Tamersville in 1815. It was not until she obtained the abbey of St. Sauveur le Vicomte that the congregation finally began to expand and flourish. She died on July 16, 1846 at St. Sauveur.

Spiritual reading: Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts. (Mother Teresa)

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