CACINA

Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on May 22, 2014

Gospel reading of the day:

John 15:9-11

Jesus said to his disciples: “As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.

8dacd01e76ed3a66c73cacb2fa1c6969_w600“I have told you this so that my joy might be in you and your joy might be complete.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: The two characteristic elements of love are acceptance and joy. When we love someone, we accept them: we do not push them away but embrace them in the totality of who they are. When we love someone, we experience joy in their presence: we are glad when they are nearby. In this passage, Jesus refers to the acceptance by the Father of the Son and how he accepts us in turn. Jesus feels joy in his Father’s presence, and he wants us in loving him to feel that same joy.

Saint of the day: Saint Rita of Cascia was an Augustinian nun; she also is called Margarita. She was born in Roccaporena, near Spoleto, Italy, in 1381, and expressed from an early age the desire to become a nun. Her elderly parents insisted that she be married at the age of twelve to a man described in accounts of her life as cruel and harsh. ritaShe spent eighteen extremely unhappy years, had two sons, and was finally widowed when her husband was killed in a brawl. Both sons also died, and Rita, still anxious to become a nun, tried unsuccessfully to enter the Augustinians in their convent at Cascia. She was refused because she was a widow and because of the requirement that all sisters should be virgins.

Finally, in 1413, the order gave her entry, and she earned fame for her austerity, devotion to prayer, and charity. In the midst of chronic illnesses, she received visions and wounds on her forehead which resembled the crown of thorns. She died on May 22 at Cascia, and many miracles were reported instantly. She is honored as a patron saint of hopeless causes.

Spiritual reading: It is as if God planted a great big kiss in the middle of our spirit and all the wounds, doubts, and guilt feelings were all healed at the same moment. The experience of being loved by the Ultimate Mystery banishes every fear. (Thomas Keating)

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