Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on July 20, 2013

24391695b4ee1505c15e8b4b46add445_w400Gospel reading of the day:

Matthew 12:14-21

The Pharisees went out and took counsel against Jesus to put him to death.

When Jesus realized this, he withdrew from that place. Many people followed him, and he cured them all, but he warned them not to make him known. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through Isaiah the prophet:

Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved in whom I delight; I shall place my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles. He will not contend or cry out, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, a smoldering wick he will not quench, until he brings justice to victory. And in his name the Gentiles will hope.

Reflection on the gospel reading: In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus counsels us to do our good works in a way where our left hand does not know what our right hand is doing. Jesus assures us that the Father sees the hidden good we perform and what the world may not recognize God knows. God is love, and love does what it does for Love’s sake.

Saint of the day: Luigi Novarese was born in July 1914 on a farm in Casale Monferrato in Italy. His father died when he was just nine months, so his mother Teresa need to care for their large family alone. In March 1923 at the age of nine years, as a result of severe pain in the hip, he was diagnosed with the disease at the time incurable and debilitating bone tuberculosis. He went from hospital to hospital and doctor to doctor, but his condition was incurable. After eight years of suffering, he turned to Fr. Philip Rinaldi asking for prayers to Saint John Bosco for healing. On May 17, 1931, he left the hospital with a complete and inexplicable cure.

Luigi NovareseHealed, Luigi decided to dedicate his life to the sick. He commenced studies with the intention of becoming a doctor. But at the death of his mother, he decided to study for the priest and was ordained on December 17, 1938 at the Basilica of St. John Lateran. In 1941, he began work in the Vatican Secretariat of State, reporting directly to Monsignor Montini who later became Paul VI. Luigi Novarese devoted himself to suffering people. His mission was to empower sick and disabled people to become apostles and leaders on behalf of the gospel to the world. At his side from 1943 onward, Sister Elvira Myriam Psorulla collaborated in this mission.

In 1943 he founded the League for Priests Mariana to come to the aid of priests ill, injured or in serious economic conditions due to the war. Four years later he started the Volunteer Center of Suffering, the association in which the priest teaches the sick to think in a new way themselves and of disease. In 1950, Father Louis hosted the first foundation of the Silent Workers of the Cross, “an association of consecrated souls – men and women, priests and laity – committed to illuminate the sick on the Christian meaning of suffering and to support them through charitable and professional recovery. In 1952, he created the Apostolate of the Suffering, an association of laymen whose purpose is, with combined efforts, the apostolate for a complete emancipation of suffering persons, through a work of evangelization and teaching of catechism directly carried out by the handicapped. He continued his mission through the 1960 and 1970s both inside and outside of the church’s governing structures. Monsignor Novarese died on July 20, 1984 in Rocca Priora, a town near Rome. He was beatified in May 2013.

2013-06-04-ourtownprogramartonlySpiritual reading: To know and to serve God, of course, is why were here, a clear truth that, like the nose on your face, is near at hand and easily discernible but can make you dizzy if you try to focus on it hard. But a little faith will see you through. What else will except faith in such a cynical, corrupt time? What keeps our faith cheerful is the extreme persistence of gentleness and humor. Gentleness is everywhere in daily life, a sign that faith rules through ordinary things: through cooking and small talk, through storytelling, making love, fishing, tending animals and sweet corn and flowers, through sports, music and books, raising kids-all the places where the gravy soaks in and grace shines through. Even in a time of elephantine vanity and greed, one never has to look far to see the campfires of gentle people. Lacking any other purpose in life, it would be good enough to live for their sake. (Garrison Keillor)


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