Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on July 9, 2014

60c8c92a3cd9839713e0dcbe7f59a8bb_w600Gospel reading of the day:

Matthew 10:1-7

Jesus summoned his Twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out and to cure every disease and every illness. The names of the Twelve Apostles are these: first, Simon called Peter, and his brother Andrew; James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew, Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddeus; Simon the Cananean, and Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus.

Jesus sent out these Twelve after instructing them thus, “Do not go into pagan territory or enter a Samaritan town. Go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.'”

Reflection on the gospel reading: Jesus’ primary message is the inbreaking of God’s reign in human history, and for this reason, the basic vocation of each baptized person is to help bring heaven’s reign to the world. When Jesus commissions the apostles, he commissions us. The commission we receive through baptism to is to cast out unclean spirits, heal every disease, and make ourselves available to the lost. The reign of heaven is an ethos, a sort of relational environment that exists between us as we live out in the world the things that God values. We live out our commission as Jesus’ disciples when we act compassionately wherever we encounter need.

Saint of the day: The Servant of God Rose Hawthorne was born on May 20, 1851 in Lenox, Massachusetts to the famed American novelist and short story writer Nathaniel Hawthorne and his wife Sophia. Rose’s father wrote such works as The Scarlet Letter and The House of Seven Gables. Rose and her family lived in Massachusetts; Liverpool, England; then London; Paris; Rome; and Florence, Italy. The family returned to Concord, Massachusetts in 1860. Her mother and the family moved to Germany, then England.

Rose HawthorneRose married author George Parsons Lathrop in 1871; both converted to Roman Catholicism in 1891. In 1876, the couple had a son, Francis, who died of diphtheria at the age of five. Afterwards Rose and George separated permanently in 1895.

After her father’s death in 1864, she tried to become an author, like him. She wrote a book of poems, Along the Shore, which was published in 1888. She later decided to rededicate her life to restoring her family’s reputation after her brother’s conviction and imprisonment for mail fraud.

She was known for her service near and within New York City, caring for impoverished cancer by founding St. Rose’s Free Home for Incurable Cancer in the Lower East Side. After George’s death in 1898, she became a nun, and was inspired by “The New Colossus,” a poem penned by her close friend Emma Lazarus, to found a community of Dominican religious, now known as the Dominican Sisters of 220px-Rose_Hawthorne_LathropHawthorne. Rose made her vows as a Dominican nun Dec. 8, 1900, taking the name Alphonsa. With her first companion, Sister M. Rose, she founded the Dominican Congregation of St. Rose of Lima, later called the Servants of Relief for Incurable Cancer. In 1901, Mother Alphonsa opened Rosary Hill Home in Hawthorne, New York (now the mother home of the order).

Rose Hawthorne Lathrop was awarded an honorary Master of Arts from Bowdoin College in 1925. She died a year later on July 9, 1926,the anniversary of her parents’ wedding, at Rosary Hill Home. In 2003, Edward Egan, Cardinal Archbishop of the Archdiocese of New York approved the movement for Lathrop’s canonization.

Spiritual reading: There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, “All right, then, have it your way. (C.S. Lewis)


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