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Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on August 28, 2013

christ-1585.jpg!BlogGospel reading of the day:

Matthew 23:27-32

Jesus said, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You are like whitewashed tombs, which appear beautiful on the outside, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and every kind of filth. Even so, on the outside you appear righteous, but inside you are filled with hypocrisy and evildoing.

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the memorials of the righteous, and you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, we would not have joined them in shedding the prophets’ blood.’ Thus you bear witness against yourselves that you are the children of those who murdered the prophets; now fill up what your ancestors measured out!”

Reflection on the gospel reading: In excoriating the deceit of the scribes and Pharisees, Jesus notes that even as they plot to kill him they congratulate themselves that if they had lived in the days of the prophets for whom they erected elaborate burial places, they would not have participated in the prophets’ assassinations. Kingdom values are about honesty and integrity of life–saying yes when we mean yes and no when we mean no–recognizing and acknowledging our strengths and weaknesses alike.

Saint of the day: Teresa Bracco was born on February 24, 1924 in the village of Santa Giulia (Diocese of Acqui), Italy, to Giacomo Bracco and Anna Pera, two humble and devoutly Catholic farmers. From an early age she showed signs of great piety, particularly a love of the Eucharist and a tender devotion to the Virgin Mary. After a long day of tiring work, her father would lead the family in reciting the Rosary. TERESA BRACCOTeresa learned to pray by following her parents’ example. The formation she received at home was strengthened by the catechesis given by an exceptional parish priest, Fr Natale Olivieri, who gave her many religious books to read but, most importantly, inspired her by his holy life. At school, Teresa’s teachers marveled at her exemplary conduct. As a young girl and throughout her adolescence she was often found in church with her eyes fixed on the tabernacle, immobile and almost ecstatic in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. She spared no sacrifice to nourish her love for Christ in the Eucharist, rising early in the morning and walking over a kilometer to attend Mass and receive Holy Communion. She spent the rest of her day in work and prayer, fingering her rosary when her tasks allowed it. One of her most striking virtues, however, was her modesty in speech and dress. She instinctively fled from trivial conversations. One witness said: “She was different from the other girls”. At the age of nine, she saw a picture of the then Ven. Dominic Savio in the Bollettino Salesiano, with the caption: “Death rather than sin.” She exclaimed: “That goes for me!” She cut out the picture, pasted it on a card and hung it over her bed. It remained her favorite object of devotion for the rest of her life.

21258394In the autumn of 1943 guerrilla warfare intensified in the Acqui region. The mountains and woods afforded many hiding places for partisans and draft resisters. On 24 July 1944 a fierce clash occurred between partisan forces and German troops on the road between Cairo Montenotte and Cortemilia. The next day the Germans returned to collect their dead: they burned farms, looted homes and terrorized the people. They extended the round-up to the entire area and on August 28, 1944 reached Santa Giulia, which they thought was as a stronghold of the partisans, even though the latter had moved elsewhere. They seized three girls, one of whom was Teresa. A soldier, perhaps a non-commissioned officer, took her to a deserted place in the woods. Indomitable, Teresa tried to run from the thicket in the hope of getting help from a nearby family. But the soldier grabbed her and threw her to the ground. She resisted the savage aggression with all her might, but the enraged man throttled her until she choked. He shot her twice with his revolver and to vent his rage, crushed part of her skull with his boot. Teresa had fulfilled her intention: “I would rather be killed than give in.” She was beatified in 1998.

Spiritual reading: Late have I loved Thee, O Lord; and behold, Thou wast within and I without, and there I sought Thee. Thou wast with me when I was not with Thee. Thou didst call, and cry, and burst my deafness. Thou didst gleam, and glow, and dispel my blindness. Thou didst touch me, and I burned for Thy peace. For Thyself Thou hast made us, and restless our hearts until in Thee they find their ease. Late have I loved Thee, Thou Beauty ever old and ever new. Thou hast burst my bonds asunder; unto Thee will I offer up an offering of praise. (Augustine of Hipppo)

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