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Saints and Scripture

Jun 2nd 2014 new
Reading 1 acts 19:1-8
While Apollos was in Corinth,
Paul traveled through the interior of the country
and down to Ephesus where he found some disciples.
He said to them,
Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?
They answered him,
We have never even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.
He said, How were you baptized?
They replied, With the baptism of John.
Paul then said, John baptized with a baptism of repentance,
telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him,
that is, in Jesus.
When they heard this,
they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
And when Paul laid his hands on them,
the Holy Spirit came upon them,
and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.
Altogether there were about twelve men.

He entered the synagogue, and for three months debated boldly
with persuasive arguments about the Kingdom of God.

Saint Felix of Nicosia pray for us! Born 1715 and given the name Philip James Amoroso. Son of a poor family, the cobbler Philip Amoroso and Carmela Pirro. His mother taught him the basics of Catholic faith. She encouraged him to spend time with the local Capuchin friars. Attempts and refusals, finally accepted at age 28. Entire life in his hometown as quaestor, financial official for more than 30 years. He instructed youth in Christian doctrine and reminded parents of their responsibility to provide their children with catechetical instruction. He taught children the Creed. He confronted those who used profanity. He spoke often of the simple, the learned and the clergy alike. Lord, you taught blessed Felix to serve you in humility and simplicity, and to be attentive on the greater things. Grant that we may imitate his example here on earth so that we may share in his glory in heaven. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Jun 3rd 2014 new
Born: 1865 :: Died: 1886 St. Charles Lwanga and Companions pray for us! Christianity quite new to Uganda, Africa. Catholic mission started in 1879. Priests were members of Missionaries of Africa. White religious habit--"White Fathers". King Mwanga did not know Christianity. Angry when CAtholic Joseph Mkasa told him he was living badly. The king had murdered a group of Christians and their Anglican bishop. Homosexual activity among the court pages by the king. The king's anger turned to resentment and hatred for Joseph Mkasa and his religion. His officers fueled his fears with lies. Joseph Mkasa beheaded in 1885. Persecution begun. A hundred died. Twenty-two would be saints.
Four more baptized by Charles Lwanga. More young men attracted to Christianity than ever before. Denis Sebuggwawo called in by King. Denis was asked if he was teaching Christianity to a page. The king speared him in the throat and shouted that no one was permitted to leave his headquarters. War drums throughout the night calling the executioners . Charles Swanga secretly baptized four pages, one St. Kizito, thirteen year old. Most of the 22 Uganda martyrs killed in 1886. Forced to walk 37 miles to the execution site. Imprisoned and then thrown into a huge fire and burned alive. 17 of the martyrs were royal pages. Father of St. Mbaga was the executioner of his own son St. Mbaga. May we be stand firm in faith and love when faced with difficult situations in our lives. We should always treat others with respect so that by our good deeds, words and actions we may bring many people to God.

Responsorial Psalm ps 68:10-11, 20-21
R. (33a) Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
R. Alleluia.
A bountiful rain you showered down, O God, upon your inheritance;
you restored the land when it languished;
Your flock settled in it;
in your goodness, O God, you provided it for the needy.
R. Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.

Gospel jn 17:1-11a

Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said,
Father, the hour has come.
Give glory to your son, so that your son may glorify you,
just as you gave him authority over all people,
so that your son may give eternal life to all you gave him.
Now this is eternal life,
that they should know you, the only true God,
and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.
I glorified you on earth
by accomplishing the work that you gave me to do.
Now glorify me, Father, with you,
with the glory that I had with you before the world began.

Jun 4th 2014 new
Born: 1563 :: Died: 1608 Ascanio Pisquizio born at family's castle at Villa Santa Maria in Abruzzi region of Italy. Neapolitan prince as father and mother from family of St. Thomas Aquinas. Francis was active in sports. He liked hunting. 21 year old close to death with leprosy like disease. He had time to realize the transitory nature of life, pleasures for a little while and eternity forever. He made promise to God if he would get better. He did. And he sold all he had, gave money to the poor. Studied to be priest in Naples. He joined White Robes of Justice who cared for prisoners and prepared condemned men to die a good death. He and priest John Augustine Adorno started a religious congregation caring for sick and prisoners. Signed his letters as superior as "Francis the sinner". He would sweep floors make beds and wash dishes like the others. Prayed the whole night in church. He wanted all priests to spend at least one hour daily in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. Became known as he spoke so well about the love of God as "the preacher of the love of God." He opened new congregation houses in Rome, Madrid, Valladolid, and Alcala. Worked with the poor. Many miracles and healed the sick with sign of the cross. He refused the pope's wish to be bishop. Some saints live long and others a short life. It is always good to be ready to go to heaven anytime. 44 when he died of fever. Happy when he died saying "To heaven! To heaven!"
St. Francis Caracciolo pray for us!
Jun 4th 2014 new
Keep watch over yourselves and over the whole flock
of which the Holy Spirit has appointed you overseers,
in which you tend the Church of God
that he acquired with his own Blood.
I know that after my departure savage wolves will come among you,
and they will not spare the flock.
And from your own group, men will come forward perverting the truth
to draw the disciples away after them.
So be vigilant and remember that for three years, night and day,
I unceasingly admonished each of you with tears.acts 20:28-38

Responsorial Psalm ps 68:29-30, 33-35a, 35bc-36ab
R. (33a) Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
R. Alleluia.
Show forth, O God, your power,
the power, O God, with which you took our part;
For your temple in Jerusalem
let the kings bring you gifts.

Holy Father, keep them in your name
that you have given me,
so that they may be one just as we are one.
When I was with them I protected them in your name that you gave me,
and I guarded them, and none of them was lost
except the son of destruction,
in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled.
But now I am coming to you.
I speak this in the world
so that they may share my joy completely. Gospel jn 17:11b-19

Jun 5th 2014 new
Born: (around) 675 :: Died: 754 St. Boniface pray for us! Great Apostle of Germany. Born in Wessex in England. Missionaries stayed at his home when he was small. Boniface was fascinated with them and wanted to be like them. Studied at monastery in Exeter. Popular teacher. After priesthood, powerful preacher. Pope St. Gregory II sent him to western part of Germany. St. Albinus, St. Abel and St. Agatha helped him. Gentle, kind, and great success.
Once, to prove that the pagan gods were false, he boldly went to a huge oak tree called the "oak of Thor." The pagans believed it was sacred to their gods. In front of a large crowd, Boniface took of his shirt and hacked the huge tree a few times with an axe bringing it down with a crash. Boniface stood on the trunk, and asked, "How stands your mighty god? My God is stronger than he." The pagans who expected their gods to punish Boniface for this act, realized that their gods were false when nothing happened to Boniface. By the numbers, people were accepting Jesus through his preaching. He destroyed statues and temples of the pagan gods. Built churches and monasteries. Sent to Bavaria as archbishop by Gregory III. One day at Freisland in Holland, the barbarians killed him along with fifty-two newly converted Christians. Buried at the famous monastery he had started at Fulda, Germany.

R. (1) Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.
R. Alleluia.
Keep me, O God, for in you I take refuge;
I say to the LORD, My Lord are you.
O LORD, my allotted portion and my cup,
you it is who hold fast my lot. Responsorial Psalm ps 16:1-2a and 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11

Gospel jn 17:20-26
Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed saying:
I pray not only for these,
but also for those who will believe in me through their word,
so that they may all be one,
as you, Father, are in me and I in you,
that they also may be in us,
that the world may believe that you sent me.
And I have given them the glory you gave me,
so that they may be one, as we are one,
I in them and you in me,
that they may be brought to perfection as one,
that the world may know that you sent me,
and that you loved them even as you loved me.
Father, they are your gift to me.
I wish that where I am they also may be with me,
that they may see my glory that you gave me,
because you loved me before the foundation of the world.
Righteous Father, the world also does not know you,
but I know you, and they know that you sent me.
I made known to them your name and I will make it known,
that the love with which you loved me
may be in them and I in them.
Jun 5th 2014 new
Born: (around) 1080 :: Died: 1134 St. Norbert pray for us! Born in Germany. Good child and good teenager. Emperor Henry V. Fun and merrymaking at his court. His horse frightened one day by lightning and he was thrown unconscious to the ground. His thoughts became serious about his wasting his life. God was offering him grace to change his life. He took his life more seriously and began to change his life. His thinking in past to be priest was now chosen. He gave good example and helped others turn to God. He sold his goods and gave money to the poor. He started a congregation to teach people about the faith. 13 brothers and living in the valley of Premontre. Thus called Premonstratensians or Norbertines. Spread throughout Europe. Bishop of Magdeburg and entered the city wearing very poor clothes and no shoes. He defended the truth of Jesus really present in the Holy Eucharist. He had friend St. Bernard.
Jun 6th 2014 new

Gospel jn 21:15-19
After Jesus had revealed himself to his disciples and eaten breakfast with them,
he said to Simon Peter,
Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?
Simon Peter answered him, Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.
Jesus said to him, Feed my lambs.
He then said to Simon Peter a second time,
Simon, son of John, do you love me?
Simon Peter answered him, Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.
He said to him, Tend my sheep.
He said to him the third time,
Simon, son of John, do you love me?
Peter was distressed that he had said to him a third time,
Do you love me? and he said to him,
Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.
Jesus said to him, Feed my sheep.
Amen, amen, I say to you, when you were younger,
you used to dress yourself and go where you wanted;
but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands,
and someone else will dress you
and lead you where you do not want to go.
He said this signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God.
And when he had said this, he said to him, Follow me.
Jun 7th 2014 new
Born: 1549 :: Died: 1626 Blessed Anne of St. Bartholomew pray for us! Anne Garcia born at Almeneral in Spain. Daughter of peasants. Took care of sheep Avilia of St. Teresa and her Carmelite nuns was four miles away. Anne accepted into the order as lay sister rather than a cloistered nun. Cloistered nuns not allowed to leave convent. But Sister Anne could go out on errands and take care of the needs of the community. St. Theresa of Avila chose Anne for seven years to be her traveling companion, visiting communities of nuns. St. Teresa died in her arms. Blessed Anne later was one of five nuns selected to go to new convent in Paris. Anne was superior but she thought one of the most young French women from rich, noble families should be. Blessed Anne heard the Lord's voice within her heart: "With straws I light my fire." Knowing that God uses simple people for his work on earth can inspire us when we feel weak and unworthy.
Jun 7th 2014 new
acts 28:16-20, 30-31
When he entered Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself,
with the soldier who was guarding him.

Three days later he called together the leaders of the Jews.
When they had gathered he said to them, My brothers,
although I had done nothing against our people
or our ancestral customs,
I was handed over to the Romans as a prisoner from Jerusalem.
After trying my case the Romans wanted to release me,
because they found nothing against me deserving the death penalty.
But when the Jews objected, I was obliged to appeal to Caesar,
even though I had no accusation to make against my own nation.
This is the reason, then, I have requested to see you
and to speak with you, for it is on account of the hope of Israel
that I wear these chains.

He remained for two full years in his lodgings.
He received all who came to him, and with complete assurance
and without hindrance he proclaimed the Kingdom of God
and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.
Jun 8th 2014 new
Reading 1 acts 2:1-11
When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled,
they were all in one place together.
And suddenly there came from the sky
a noise like a strong driving wind,
and it filled the entire house in which they were.
Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire,
which parted and came to rest on each one of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit
and began to speak in different tongues,
as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.

Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem.
At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd,
but they were confused
because each one heard them speaking in his own language.
They were astounded, and in amazement they asked,
Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans?
Then how does each of us hear them in his native language?
We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites,
inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia,
Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia,
Egypt and the districts of Libya near Cyrene,
as well as travelers from Rome,
both Jews and converts to Judaism, Cretans and Arabs,
yet we hear them speaking in our own tongues
of the mighty acts of God.

Responsorial Psalm ps 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34
R/ (cf. 30) Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.
R/ Alleluia.
Bless the LORD, O my soul!
O LORD, my God, you are great indeed!
How manifold are your works, O Lord!
the earth is full of your creatures;
R/ Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.
R/ Alleluia.
May the glory of the LORD endure forever;
may the LORD be glad in his works!
Pleasing to him be my theme;
I will be glad in the LORD.
R/ Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.
R/ Alleluia.
If you take away their breath, they perish
and return to their dust.
When you send forth your spirit, they are created,
and you renew the face of the earth.
R/ Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.
R/ Alleluia.
reading 2 1 cor 12:3b-7, 12-13
Brothers and sisters:
No one can say, Jesus is Lord, except by the Holy Spirit.

There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit;
there are different forms of service but the same Lord;
there are different workings but the same God
who produces all of them in everyone.
To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit
is given for some benefit.

As a body is one though it has many parts,
and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body,
so also Christ.
For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body,
whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons,
and we were all given to drink of one Spirit.

Sequence Veni, Sancte SpiritusCome, Holy Spirit, come!
And from your celestial home
Shed a ray of light divine!

Come, Father of the poor!
Come, source of all our store!
Come, within our bosoms shine.

You, of comforters the best;
You, the souls most welcome guest;
Sweet refreshment here below;

In our labor, rest most sweet;
Grateful coolness in the heat;
Solace in the midst of woe.

O most blessed Light divine,
Shine within these hearts of yours,
And our inmost being fill!

Where you are not, we have naught,
Nothing good in deed or thought,
Nothing free from taint of ill.

Heal our wounds, our strength renew;
On our dryness pour your dew;
Wash the stains of guilt away:

Bend the stubborn heart and will;
Melt the frozen, warm the chill;
Guide the steps that go astray.

On the faithful, who adore
And confess you, evermore
In your sevenfold gift descend;

Give them virtues sure reward;
Give them your salvation, Lord;
Give them joys that never end. Amen.
Gospel jn 20:19-23
On the evening of that first day of the week,
when the doors were locked, where the disciples were,
for fear of the Jews,
Jesus came and stood in their midst
and said to them, Peace be with you.
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.
The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
Jesus said to them again, Peace be with you.
As the Father has sent me, so I send you.
And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,
Receive the Holy Spirit.
Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,
and whose sins you retain are retained.
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