Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on February 17, 2014

9f3aa0c3484bd5f808d70611d53e9188_w600Gospel reading of the day:

Mark 8:11-13

The Pharisees came forward and began to argue with Jesus, seeking from him a sign from heaven to test him. He sighed from the depth of his spirit and said, “Why does this generation seek a sign? Amen, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.” Then he left them, got into the boat again, and went off to the other shore.

Reflection on the gospel: This account follows immediately after the feeding of the multitudes. Mark could not have missed the irony when he placed this demand for a sign immediately after the miracle of the loaves. Jesus certainly didn’t miss the irony; he reacts as any human would, with a weary sigh. Jesus makes music for us, and we do not dance. He plays dirges for us, but we do not weep. The music is played for our benefit, but it falls on deaf ears. The world is full of miracles and signs, but our eyes are closed to seeing them; our ears are dead to God’s music in our lives.

Saint of the day: The Servant of God Edvige Carboni was born on May 2, 1880 in Sardinia, Italy. She was the second oldest among six siblings in the Carboni family. She was baptized two days after her birth. At the age of four, she was confirmed. She did not go far in her education, only finishing third grade. She had mystical experiences from a very early age. She reported visions of Jesus, his mother, saints, and angels as she grew up. Since her mother was very ill, she would send Edvige to do the grocery shopping at night. Edvige always obeyed her parents but felt afraid of walking Edvige Carbonialone late at night. Once, she saw her guardian angel who told her, “Don’t be afraid. I am with you and I keep you good company.” She said the angel waited for her outside the store and then walked her back home and disappeared. She learned to do embroidery work so she could sell what she embroidered and bring money into the house. At the age of eleven she made her first Holy Communion.

In 1929 things changed in Edvige’s life. Her sister Paulina who was a teacher found a job and was sent to a school in MarcellinaScalo, a town between Rome and Tivoli. Edvige’s father did not want Paulina to live alone so the whole family moved from Sardinia. For the next 23 years until her death, Edvige would live on the mainland. The last 14 years of her life she spent in Rome. In MarcellinaScalo, Edvige took care of her father and taught catechism. In 1932 Paulina was transferred to Agosta and then to La Forma. In La Forma, Edvige continued teaching catechism and embroidery to some girls. In 1934 they moved to Albano Laziale. In 1937 their father, Giovanni Battista Carboni, died. A year after this, Edvige and Paulina moved to Rome permanently. They moved near the Salesian Church named Mary Help of Christians. In 1940 in Rome she met VitaliaScodina who became one of her closest friends and a witness to the supernatural graces that Edvige indexwas enjoying. Edvige lived a life of penance and charity. She did not perform great acts of penance like other saints but she patiently accepted discomfort, sufferings and persecution from people who considered her to be crazy or a seer. She often fasted and generally only ate a piece of bread for breakfast and dinner. Vitalia, her friend, says that one day during the war she found Edvige baking bread made out of flour and ashes because they did not have anything else to eat. Throughout her life, Edvige had to take care of her mother, her aunt, her grandmother, her father and finally her sister Paulina. She always did it with love and patience. She particularly loved the poor. If someone poor knocked at her door while she was eating, she would give them all her food.

On February 17, 1952, Edvige got up early in the morning and went to Mass as usual. She came home and prepared a meal before going again to Church to hear Fr. Lombardi preach. Edvige and Paulina got back home around 8:30 pm by train. Soon after, Edvige started complaining that she was not feeling well. imagesShe said twice, “I am dying” and then “I can’t see.” Paulina called the doctor and also the priests from their parish Mary Help of Christians. Two priests came and gave her the last rites. She passed away that same night at 10:30pm from angina pectoris, a lack of blood flow to her heart. She had a reputation of sanctity when she died and many people already testify to miracles she was wrought after her death.

Spiritual reading: This is what I have learned: Within the sorrow, there is grace. When we come close to those things that break us down, we touch those things that also break us open. (Wayne Muller)


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