Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on May 8, 2014

945dfde5d471392b42bb1d485386c5d1_w600Gospel reading of the day:

John 6:44-51

Jesus said to the crowds: “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw him, and I will raise him on the last day. It is written in the prophets:

They shall all be taught by God.

Everyone who listens to my Father and learns from him comes to me. Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God; he has seen the Father. Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died; this is the bread that comes down from heaven so that one may eat it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my Flesh for the life of the world.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: Great spiritual teachers with true wisdom have arisen from time to time throughout the unfolding ages of human history. Teachers such as the Buddha, Abraham, Moses, Confucius, and Mohammed enjoyed many inspirations that have inspired millions of people, but Jesus alone is himself food for the journey. Jesus does not just teach a word that enlightens our minds; Jesus is a word who himself is food for our hearts.

Saint of the day: Venerable Miriam Teresa Demjanovich was born in Bayonne, New Jersey, on March 26, 1901, the youngest of seven children. At an early age she ardently desired to dedicate her life to religion. Teresa completed her grammar school education at the age of eleven, she received her high school diploma in January 1917, from Bayonne High School (at that time located in the present day Robinson School). At this time she wished very much to become a Carmelite, but the lingering illness of her mother kept her at home as nurse and housekeeper.

demjanovichSisterMiriam-(6)After her mother’s death in November 1918, Teresa was strongly encouraged by her family to attend the College of Saint Elizabeth at Convent Station, New Jersey. She began her college career in September 1919. She received her college degree with highest honors in June, 1923. As always, she longed for the religious life, but various circumstances made her uncertain regarding which community she should enter. Meanwhile, she accepted a teaching position at the Academy of Saint Aloysius in Jersey City (now known as the Caritas Academy). Not until December 1924, was she certain that she should become a Sister of Charity, and with her decision she knew she had very special work to do in this community. Just what the nature of the work was to be she did not know until several months after her entrance in February 1925. Teresa’s spiritual director in religion, Father Benedict Bradley, a Benedictine (who died December 29, 1945), discerning her remarkable gifts, directed her, with the consent of the Mother Superior, to write a series of conferences which, published posthumously, form a volume titled Greater Perfection.

Teresa’s life in religion was short but filled with much work and suffering. Like Therese of Lisieux, she apparently lived a long time in a short space. She died May 8, 1927. Since her death Sister Miriam Teresa has made many friends all over the world. Favors and cures attributed to her intercession are continually being reported. Miriam Teresa Demjanovich will become the third woman born in America to be beatified on October 2, 2014.

Spiritual reading: God does not love us because we are good. God love us because God is good. (Richard Rohr, OFM)


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