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Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on October 10, 2013

66af6556471d53dfeed6c25c187a83e7_w600Gospel reading of the day:

Luke 11:5-13

Jesus said to his disciples: “Suppose one of you has a friend to whom he goes at midnight and says, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey and I have nothing to offer him,’ and he says in reply from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked and my children and I are already in bed. I cannot get up to give you anything.’ I tell you, if he does not get up to give him the loaves because of their friendship, he will get up to give him whatever he needs because of his persistence.

“And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. What father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish? Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg? If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?”

Reflection on the gospel reading: A life lived in prayer creates a relationship with God which conforms our minds to God’s, and as we grow in maturity in this relationship, the good we wish for ourselves becomes the good we wish for others. The more our hearts align with God’s, the readier we become to make prayers that conform our desires to God’s desires, and the ultimate outcome of this realignment by constant prayer is a life lived with the unconditional love which characterizes God’s very self. God’s very self anticipates our prayers, and the more we pray, the more we live into God’s own life.

Saint of the day: Blessed Angela Truszkowska, baptized as Sophia Camille, was born in Kalisz, Poland on May 16, 1825. Her parents, Joseph and Josephine Truszkowski, from noble families of the landed gentry, were well educated, devout Catholics and loyal patriots. history-blessed_angela Sophia was a highly intelligent, generous, vivacious but frail child. She began her education at home under a private tutor. When the family moved to Warsaw in 1837, Sophia was enrolled in the then prestigious Academy of Madame Guerin. She contracted tuberculosis as a young girl. The forced period of convalescence gave her ample time for reflection. The forced period of convalescence gave her ample time for reflection. Sophia felt called to serve God by working with the poor, including street children and the elderly homeless in Warsaw’s slums. In time, her cousin joined her in the work.

In 1855, the two women made private vows and consecrated themselves to the Blessed Mother. New followers joined them. Within two years they formed a new congregation, which came to be known as the Felician Sisters. As their numbers grew, so did their work, and so did the pressures on Mother Angela (the new name Sophia took in religious life).

Mother Angela served as superior for many years until ill health forced her to resign at the age of 44. She watched the order grow and expand, including missions to the United States among the sons and daughters of Polish immigrants.

Spiritual reading: Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening. (Mahatma Gandhi)

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