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Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion by Mike on October 22, 2013

ace5357a226498881b691c61e1656845_w600Gospel reading of the day:

Luke 12:35-38

Jesus said to his disciples: “Gird your loins and light your lamps and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival. Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself, have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them. And should he come in the second or third watch and find them prepared in this way, blessed are those servants.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: There is an echo in this passage from Luke of Matthew’s account of the Bridegroom’s coming and the preparedness of the virgins. We all know that the Lord comes at unexpected times and in unexpected ways. This passage of the gospel calls us to be prepared to meet the Lord whenever he appears in our lives, always ready to encounter the Lord at his arrival.

Saint of the day: Graziella Fumagalli was born in Italy on August 24, 1944. She was the third of nine children; after completing her compulsory education, she had to work to 15 years as a factory work to continue her studies. In 1971, she received a scientific degree and conceived a desire to become a doctor. In 1980, she graduated in medicine and surgery. In the first image002half of the 1980s, she served as an assistant professor of pathology and surgery at the University of Milan. She next specialized in pediatric surgery in Paris. In 1989, she completed academic work in tropical medicine and was able to realize a desire that she had cultivated for years to help the poor and most fragile as a Catholic volunteer worker.

Her sacrifice, including her work in factories and the years of study, was a testament to her faith but also the culmination of a vocation pursued with tenacity and conviction. She went to Africa as a true missionary, although her missionary work was conducted with the tools rigorous medical science; the end of her life in African had the strength of testimony martyrdom, even if 93519Athe first reason for the killing was not specifically Graziella’s Christian faith. From 1989 to 1993 he was chief physician of the Integrated Project Water and Health in the west African country of Guinea Bissau. From 1993 to 1994, she was the chief physician of the Integrated Project Health Mozambique. In 1994 she came to direct the anti-tuberculosis efforts of the Italian Caritas in Merca, Somalia, with more than 100 inpatients and 400 outpatients. Despite the unsettled situation in Somalia, Graziella accepted the assignment rejecting pressures and threats and not favoring any clan or faction. On the morning of October 22, 1995 on World Mission Day, the Sunday dedicated to Christian prayer throughout the world for the well-being and success of the missions, Graziella Fumagalli, at age 51, was killed in the tuberculosis hospital by two men who fired three bullets at her who had seen her tireless witness of charity for 16 months.

Spiritual reading: When a person is with God in awe and love, then he is praying. (Karl Rahner)

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