Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on June 12, 2014

Gospel reading of the day:

Matthew 5:20-26

Jesus said to his disciples: “I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter into the Kingdom of heaven.

“You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment. But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment, and whoever says to his brother, ‘Raqa,’ will be answerable to the Sanhedrin, and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ will be liable to fiery Gehenna. Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has 679_10201114584377715_950711262_nanything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Settle with your opponent quickly while on the way to court with him. Otherwise your opponent will hand you over to the judge, and the judge will hand you over to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. Amen, I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: From our early years, we are schooled in the law that we are not to kill, but in general, we think of this as a prohibition against violence that ends a life. Jesus tells us that the prohibition against killing is deeper than we think. We are enjoined against the slight acts of violence that cause ruptures in our communion with each other. We are to embrace a complete ethos of non-violence. Jesus also speaks of punishment here, that what we do to one another has ramifications, and even though that is troubling, there is something hopeful here, because Jesus talks about being released when we’ve paid the last penny.

Saint of the day: The Servant of God René Giraudet was born in France on December 4, 1907. Having prepared to serve as a missionary, ill health after his ordination as a deacon led doctors to suggest he ought not to serve as a missionary. He was ordained a priest on December 19, 1931 in Paris.

He was appointed vicar of Saint-Hilaire-de-Loulay March 5, 1932. He became the parish priest of Saint-Hilaire-du-Bois on January 24, 1942. To the constant refusal of the German authorities to Rene-Giraudetauthorize the creation of an official in Germany Chaplaincy French workers, Father Rodhain, Chaplain General of Prisoners of War, with the consent and encouragement the French episcopacy, called for volunteers to go to Germany as illegal worker-priests who clandestinely served French Catholics forced into labor in Germany.

René Giraudet saw here the possible realization of his missionary dream and on Holy Thursday April 22, 1943, the “chemist” Giraudet moved to Berlin where he was welcomed by the Father Bousquet, who was a secret priest who had arrived in January, and officials Catholic Action movement. Father Giraudet took charge of those whom illness had brought to the hospital. There, the young men were very touched by this older friend who took care of them. When Father Giraudet saw a well-disposed soul, he told him in a whisper, “Listen, my friend, I am a priest. Keep the secret!” The response would be astonishment, but great joy also, and conversation would become closer. During the week, he sat on a public bench to hear confessions, and entered a telephone booth to give Eucharistic Communion. On Sundays he organized trips into the woods surrounding Berlin to arton60-a6a4epreach little retreats and to celebrate the Mass for seminarians, scouts, and Young Christian Worker members. He devoted himself to all these activities, in spite of fatigue from the factory work and the racket of the night bombardments.

After the arrest and deportation of Fr. Bousquet, Fr. Giraudet became the General Chaplain of the movement, but a wave of arrests occurred between February and August 1944. Arrested on June 12 and after four months in prison, René Giraudet was sent to Sachsenhausen where he found most of the arrested Catholic activists with whom he had worked. Subsequently, we was sent to Bergen-Belsen. This camp was ravaged by typhus, and Fr. Giraudet, already suffering from tuberculosis, also contracted typhys. After the liberation of the camp by the British April 15, 1945 Giraudet_Rand when his health permitted, Fr. Giraudet returned to France. He arrived in Paris on June 11th and was hospitalized at Kremlin-Bicêtre. The next day, June 12th, he received Holy Communion and died peacefully shortly thereafter, at the age of 38. After a wake and a solemn funeral at Les Invalides, presided over by Cardinal Suhard, the archbishop of Paris, Father Giraudet’s body was received in his parish by great crowds. Funeral services, presided over by Bishop Cazaux, were celebrated there on June 18th, followed by interment in the cemetery in Chantonnay. Father Giraudet belongs to a group of fifty-some priests, religious, seminarians, Catholic youth organization members, and scouts, all victims of Nazism, whose cause for canonization as martyrs of the faith was introduced in 1988.

Spiritual reading: We stumble and fall constantly even when we are most enlightened. But when we are in true spiritual darkness, we do not even know that we have fallen. (Thomas Merton)

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