Monday, November 6, 2017

Proverbs, Chapter 24, Verse 21-22
21 My son, fear the LORD and the king; have nothing to do with those who hate them; 22 for disaster will issue suddenly, and calamity from them both, who knows when?

Proverbs chapter 24 comments on the fates of the wicked and foolish—it begins with a warning not to take the foolish as role models. The faithful are encouraged “to be jealous, zealous; to emulate.” Christ; for—the wicked have no future.[1] If Christ is real to you everyday of your life then rendering to God what is God's is not a sacrifice. No, we are compelled by the Holy Spirit and we must give ourselves up entirely to Him.

National Vocation Awareness Week will be celebrated November 5-11, 2017.  Please ask Our Lord for more dedicated, holy priests, deacons and consecrated men and women.  May they be inspired by Jesus Christ, supported by our faith community, and respond generously to God’s gift of a vocation.



Don't forget to pray for the Poor Souls in Purgatory from November 1 to the 8th.

Purgatory[2]

Pope Gregory speaks of a priest of Centumcellæ, now Civita Vecchia, who also went to the warm baths. A man presented himself to serve him in the most menial offices, and for several days waited upon him with the most extreme kindness, and even eagerness. The good priest, thinking that he ought to reward so much attention, came the next day with two loaves of blessed bread, and, after having received the usual assistance of his kind servant, offered him the loaves. The servant, with a sad countenance, replied, “Why, Father, do you offer me this bread? I cannot eat it. I, whom you see, was formerly the master of this place, and, after my death, I was sent back to the condition in which you see me for the expiation of my faults. If you wish to do me good, ah! Offer up for me the Bread of the Eucharist.” At these words he suddenly disappeared, and he, whom the priest had thought to be a man, showed by vanishing that he was but a spirit. For a whole week the good priest devoted himself to works of penance, and each day offered up the Sacred Host in favor of the departed one; then, having returned to the same baths, he no longer found his faithful servant, and concluded that he had been delivered. It seems that Divine Justice sometimes condemns souls to undergo their punishment in the same place where they have committed their sins.

World Saxophone Day[3]

November 6 is Saxophone Day, an unofficial holiday that celebrates the woodwind instrument popularly used in jazz, classical music, and military ensembles. The day honors saxophonists and commemorates the birth anniversary of its inventor Adolphe Sax. Born in Belgium in 1814, Sax was an instrument maker and musician who designed and introduced the Saxophone in 1840. It was first adopted for use in military bands and soon became a popular instrument played in a concert band and in chamber music. Chamber music is a type of music played by a group of small instruments - ones that usually can fit into a small room or chamber. Today, the Saxophone is used extensively in jazz and other kinds of dance music and in symphony orchestras around the world.

Many Different Types

The Saxophone comes in many different varieties, though most saxophonists usually use one of the four most popular types. These are tenor, baritone, alto, and soprano saxophones. The tenor saxophone is usually used in jazz and rock music bands, while the baritone saxophone tends to be reserved for jazz solos. The Alto Saxophone is easy to play and therefore used to train beginners. The Soprano plays the highest pitch among all saxophones and is also often played in jazz bands. Other saxophones include Mezzo Soprano, Sopranino, Tubax, Bass and Contrabass.

How to Celebrate?
  • Are you a saxophonist? Bring out your instrument and play some music with a band or solo for your family and friends.
  • Attend a chamber music, jazz or symphony orchestra concert. Keep an ear out for the Saxophone notes.
  • If you have always wanted to learn how to play the Saxophone, today is the day to get started.


Daily Devotions
·         Drops of Christ’s Blood



[1]http://www.usccb.org/bible/proverbs/24
[2]Schouppe S.J., Rev. Fr. F. X.. Purgatory Explained (with Supplemental Reading: What Will Hell Be Like?)
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