Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on October 17, 2013

ad3010fe62ab7ed5dc636c27f6fc541e_w600Gospel reading of the day:

Luke 11:47-54

The Lord said: “Woe to you who build the memorials of the prophets whom your fathers killed. Consequently, you bear witness and give consent to the deeds of your ancestors, for they killed them and you do the building. Therefore, the wisdom of God said, ‘I will send to them prophets and Apostles; some of them they will kill and persecute’ in order that this generation might be charged with the blood of all the prophets shed since the foundation of the world, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah who died between the altar and the temple building. Yes, I tell you, this generation will be charged with their blood! Woe to you, scholars of the law! You have taken away the key of knowledge. You yourselves did not enter and you stopped those trying to enter.” When Jesus left, the scribes and Pharisees began to act with hostility toward him and to interrogate him about many things, for they were plotting to catch him at something he might say.

Reflection on the gospel reading: Jesus rails today against hypocrisy. The scribes and pharisees build monuments to the prophets even as they seek to stop truth tellers. They set up religious obligations that are impossible for anyone, even themselves, to maintain. Over and over again, Jesus calls on us to live our lives with integrity–to be who we truly are before God and one another.

Saint of the day: Contardo Ferrini was a noted Italian jurist and legal scholar. He was born on April 5, 1859 in Milan, Italy, to Rinaldo Ferrini and Luigia Buccellati. He was baptized at the same baptismal font where the Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, also a native of Milan, had been baptized 46 years prior. Contardo’s father was a professor of mathematics and science and taught his son at an early age. Contardo learned to speak several languages. His love for the Catholic faith caused friends to nickname him “Saint Aloysius” (after St. Aloysius Gonzaga.)

beato-contardo-ferrini-bContardo entered the University of Pavia at 17 and, two years later, he was appointed Dean of Students. At age twenty-one he became a doctor of the law. His doctoral thesis, which related Penal Law to Homeric poetry, was the basis of his being awarded a scholarship to the University of Berlin, where he specialized in Roman-Byzantine law, a field in which he became internationally recognized as an expert. During a stay in Berlin, he wrote of his excitement at receiving the sacrament of reconciliation for the first time in a foreign land. The experience brought home to him, he wrote, the Church’s universality. Upon his return to Italy, Ferrini was a lecturer in the universities at Messina, Modena, and Pavia. He received his first professorship when he was just 26-years-old. Contardo attempted to discern a vocation as a secular priest, a member of a religious order, or as a married person. Ultimately, he fulfilled his vocation as an unmarried layperson. He vowed himself to God, became a member of the lay Franciscans in 1886, and was also a member of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, to which he had been introduced by his father, a member of the Society. As a faculty member at University of Pavia, Ferrini was considered an expert in Roman Law. Over the course of his career he published books, articles, and reviews. He taught for a time at the University of Paris. He later became a canon lawyer in addition to being a civil lawyer.

In 1900 Ferrini developed a heart lesion. In the Autumn of 1902, he went to his country home on the shores of Lake Maggiore to rest. While there, he became ill with typhus. He died at age 43 on October 17, 1902, and the residents of Suna immediately declared him a saint. He was beatified in 1947.

Spiritual reading: The day I acquired the habit of consciously pronouncing the words “thank you”, I felt I had gained possession of a magic wand capable of transforming everything. (Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov)


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