Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on March 11, 2014

Gospel reading of the day:

Matthew 6:7-15

“In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

b084ed7fa61c21625fb83aec619c1322_w600“This is how you are to pray:

Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy Kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

“If you forgive men their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive men, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: Jesus teaches us an attitude of prayer. When he invites us to not babble like the pagans, he asks us to learn the simplicity of prayer by forsaking rambling prayers that multiply words, as if somehow we need to get God’s attention with long and winding prayers that explain our needs in exacting detail. By invoking simplicity in prayer Jesus teaches us that we already have God’s complete attention, and the task is not to beat God over the head with our needs but to enter a space where we can hear God. Prayer is the fruit an interior silence that creates room inside ourselves to listen to God when God speaks. The main task in prayer, then, is to let God reveal Godself. We can brief in telling God our needs, because God knows what we need before we ask.

Saint of the day: Born Stanislawa Zambrzyska in 1896, she married Bronislaw Leszczynski in 1916 and together they had two sons and a daughter. In 1922, Stanislawa Leszczynski graduated from a school for midwives and began working in the poorest districts of Lodz. In Stanislaw-Leszcynska-Righteouspre-war Poland, babies were normally delivered at home. Stanislawa made herself available at any time, walking many kilometers to the homes of the women she helped. Her children recall that she often worked nights but she never slept during the day.

The family of Stanislawa Leszczynska participated in an underground movement against German occupation of Poland during the World War II. The city of Lodz was specifically prosecuted because of a large Jewish population, representing almost 50% of residents. Stanislawa’s husband was a printer at a local shop. At nights he produced false IDs for Jews escaping from the Ghetto and for the local underground resistance.
Stanislawa-LeszczynskaAfter his activities were discovered, the entire family was arrested. Stanislawa was arrested in Lodz on February 18, 1943, with her daughter and two sons. The sons were sent to the labor camp at Mathausen and Gusen to work in the stone quarries. She and her daughter, Sylvia, were sent to Auschwitz where they arrived on April 17, 1943. They were given the numbers 41335 and 41336, tattooed on their forearms. They would remain as mementos of the camp. In Auschwitz, Stanislawa worked as a midwife and she delivered over 3,000 babies in the most horrendous conditions. 1,500 newborns were murdered by Germans, 1,000 died from cold and hunger, 500 were sent to Germany to be brought up as Germans, and 30 survived the camp.

Since she passed away on March 11, 1974, there has been growing devotion to Stanislawa Leszczynska in Poland. Pilgrimages are organized to her grave, while materials are being compiled as evidence for her process of beatification. Numerous people have attested to favors obtained through her intercession, particularly in connection with child-birth problems.

Spiritual reading: The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things. (Rainer Maria Rilke)


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