Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on September 13, 2013

dc2f532dfa194ea1ecb155ec5c93f273_w600Gospel reading of the day:

Luke 6:39-42

Jesus told his disciples a parable: “Can a blind person guide a blind person? Will not both fall into a pit? No disciple is superior to the teacher; but when fully trained, every disciple will be like his teacher. Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own? How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove that splinter in your eye,’ when you do not even notice the wooden beam in your own eye? You hypocrite! Remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter in your brother’s eye.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: Each of us fails, and our own failures, if we attend to them, are instructive. Everyone has a hard journey, and everyone is doing what they can do in the moment with the cards they have been dealt. Our failures, if pay attention to them, call out to us, not to feel guilt or shame but to live compassionately. The hypocrisy of judging is ultimately a failure on our parts to love. For if we love, we will understand based on our own experience just how hard it is to live our humanity with complete integrity. In this way, authenticity is the necessary foundation for love, for knowing and accepting ourselves, we will know and accept one another.

Saint of the day: The Servant of God Rozalia Celakówna, the oldest of eight children, was born September 19, 1901 in Jachówce, Pland. She was both a nurse and a mystic. She grew up in a large family, and in 1924 permanently moved to Krakow. In 1925, she started working at the hospital of St. Lazarus. In 1928 she joined the Order of Saint Clare in Kraków. However, soon after she set foot in the convent, she heard the words in her heart which struck her deeply: This is not a place for you. God’s will is different for you. Further events convinced her about it. After two months spent in the convent, all of the sudden her health seriously broke down and she was forced to leave immediately. Following the spiritual calling, she resumed the ROZALIA CELAKhospital work at the ward of dermatology and venereal diseases. Therefore Rozalia Celakówna reinitiated her earlier work, first in an eye ward and later, at her request, in the department of dermatology and venereal diseases.

The hospital where Rozalia worked was located nearby a newly erected Basilica of the Heart of Jesus in Kopernika Street in Kraków. Early in the morning before work she would attend the Holy Mass there for many years. After work she spent much time there on adoration and prayer. As a result, she quickly advanced in her spiritual development. During her mystical visions God began to reveal before her the reality which is normally obscured to human cognition and experience. Her visions of Jesus in different circumstances of her life became quite frequent. At the request of her confessor, who was also her spiritual director, Rozalia published her spiritual experiences. She died on September 13, 1944, just days short of her 33rd birthday, and was buried in the cemetery Rakowice in Krakow. The initial investigations necessary in promoting her cause for beatification began in 1998. The diocesan level ended in April 2007 when the records were sent to the Vatican.

Spiritual reading: For me prayer is a surge of the heart, it is a simple look towards Heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy. (Therese of Lisieux)


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