Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on December 11, 2013

2cc09b3c92290cd87b4cd4d29ee842c8_w600Gospel reading of the day:

Matthew 11:28-30

Jesus said to the crowds: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”

Reflection on the gospel of the day: Advent is an invitation to come to Jesus who says that if we will come, he will give us rest. Jesus never promises to remove our pain, but he does promise to never allow us to be alone in it. We may not always feel God’s presence, but Jesus tells us that God is not far away from us, particularly when circumstances in our lives trouble us.

Saint of the day: Genoveffa De Troia was born to Pasquale and Vincenza De Troia on December 21, 1887 in Lucera, Foggia, the Italian city made famous by Padre Pio. Her family was poor, and her father was unable to maintain steady employment. TroiaGenoveffa learned to sew She became sick when she was in elementary school and had to withdraw from her studies as the result of illness. As she grew older, she felt called to religious life and tried unsuccessfully to enter the Institute of St. Anne. She later became a secular Franciscan. Guided by her spiritual director, who was a Capuchin priest, she loved the life of the Church and sought to deepen her spirituality.

She moved away from Foggia, and during World War II, she moved from one abode to another in an effort to escape the bombardment but had to return to her hometown in 1945. There she became gravely ill. The reports of her sickness and her deep spirituality spread throughout the territory, causing many people to crowd around her bed to seek advice, prayers, and inspiration. She 22006_2gsuffered a great deal for her illness but continued to welcome many visitors; at the same time, though virtually illiterate, she dictated a huge correspondence with missionaries and those who were unable to visit her. She dictated letters that caused the people who received them peace, encouragement, and joy. She considered the people who visited and contacted her to be her spiritual family. She was liberal in giving what she could to the poor and the parish church and was very interested in the activities of the women of Catholic Action. She once volunteered that she gave her attention during the day to the people whom God sent to her, but the night was Jesus alone. In one of her letters, dated 1948, she mentioned what is regarded as her motto, “I pray and I suffer, I suffer and I offer.” Death came to Genoveffa on December 11, 1949 in Foggia at the age of 62. The cause for her beatification commenced in 1970 and she was declared venerable in 1992. Padre Pio had a little biography of Genoveffa De Troia in his cell.

Spiritual reading: It might be easy to run away to a monastery, away from the commercialization, the hectic hustle, the demanding family responsibilities of Christmas-time. Then we would have a holy Christmas. But we would forget the lesson of the Incarnation, of the enfleshing of God—the lesson that we who are followers of Jesus do not run from the secular; rather we try to transform it. It is our mission to make holy the secular aspects of Christmas just as the early Christians baptized the Christmas tree. And we do this by being holy people—kind, patient, generous, loving, laughing people—no matter how maddening is the Christmas rush. (Andrew Greeley)


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