Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, scripture, Spirit by Mike on May 27, 2014

Last SupperGospel reading of the day:

John 16:5-11

Jesus said to his disciples: “Now I am going to the one who sent me, and not one of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ But because I told you this, grief has filled your hearts. But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go. For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes he will convict the world in regard to sin and righteousness and condemnation: sin, because they do not believe in me; righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will no longer see me; condemnation, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: Jesus accuses the world for its lack of faith and a frame of mind that is closed to Jesus’ vision of life. Jesus tells his disciples that the Holy Spirit will shine a light on the truth that he has come from the Father. The Spirit will reveal the meaning of Christ’s death as the condemnation of the world’s evil. In all of this is an implicit call to believe, cultivate the Father’s and Jesus’ presence, and embrace the power of God through a life lived in Jesus.

Saint of the day: Bojdoł Franciszek was born April 2, 1905 in Poland; he was the son of Theodore and Martha Franciszek. In 1910, his father died, and in 1920, his mother also succumbed. After graduating from elementary school in his home town of Wyry, he went to high school in Mikołowie. fter he graduated in 1925, he entered the seminary in Krakow and studied at the Theological Faculty of the Jagiellonian University. He was ordained on June 22, 1930.

Bojdol_Franciszek1From July 1930, he worked as a parish priest who had several different parish assignments in the following years. On October 30, 1936 he was appointed chaplain to scout encampment male and female, and in late summer 1937, he became a catechist in the Merchant High School in Cieszyn. In August 1939 he was appointed chaplain of the 4th Regiment of Riflemen stationed in Cieszyn. Together with his regiment went through the entire September campaign during the German invasion of Poland. At the end of September 1939 he was captured by the Germans. After his release he returned to Krakow and began efforts to return to Silesia. Because not received permission to work in Silesia, he remained in Krakow as a chaplain to the Sisters of the Sacred Heart. At the same time, he helped with pastoral work in the parish of St . Anna in Krakow. On April 18, 1942 he was arrested and jailed. He provided pastoral care to the inmates there. After several days, was deported to the concentration camp at Auschwitz, where on May 27, 1942 he was shot.

Spiritual reading: Contemplation is a very dangerous activity. It not only brings us face to face with God. It brings us, as well, face to face with the world, face to face with the self. And then, of course, something must be done. Nothing stays the same once we have found the God within . . . . We carry the world in our hearts: the oppression of all peoples, the suffering of our friends, the burdens of our enemies, the raping of the Earth, the hunger of the starving, the joy of every laughing child. (Joan Chittister)

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