Wisdom, Chapter 6, Verse 7-8
7 For the Ruler of all shows no partiality, nor does he FEAR greatness, because he himself made the great as well as the small, and provides for all alike; 8 but for those in power a rigorous scrutiny impends.
No matter how big or important you are God is greater. If you are in a position of power exercise your authority as if you are working for God; for the strength you have has been given to you from him. Whether you are great or small complete your duties as if it is for the Lord. In all things do your best. If you are in power take care of and listen to your people and do not act as a tyrant over them. Your authority has been given to you by the Lord.
Scrutiny of the Powerful
St. Elizabeth, Duchess of Thuringia, it is said that the servant of God lost her mother, Gertrude, Queen of Hungary, about the year 1220. In the spirit of a holy Christian daughter, she gave abundant alms, redoubled her prayers and mortifications, exhausted the resources of her charity for the relief of that dear soul. God revealed to her that she had not done too much. One night the deceased appeared to her with a sad and emaciated countenance; she placed herself on her knees next to the bed, and said to her, weeping, “My daughter, you see at your feet your mother overwhelmed with suffering. I come to implore you to multiply your suffrages, that Divine Mercy may deliver me from the frightful torments I endure. Oh! how much are those to be pitied who exercise authority over others? I expiate now the faults that I committed upon the throne. Oh! my daughter, I pray you by the pangs I endured when bringing you into the world, by the cares and anxieties which your education cost me, I conjure you to deliver me from my torments.” Elizabeth, deeply touched, arose immediately, took the discipline to blood, and implored God, with tears, to have mercy on her mother, Gertrude, declaring that she would not cease to pray until she had obtained her deliverance. Her prayers were heard.
The Italian culture has always had a close association with St. Joseph perhaps you could make Wednesdays centered around Jesus’s Papa. Plan an Italian dinner of pizza or spaghetti after attending Mass as most parishes have a Wednesday evening Mass. You could even do carry out to help restaurants. If you are adventurous, you could do the Universal Man Plan: St. Joseph style. Make the evening a family night perhaps it could be a game night. Whatever you do make the day special.
· Today's Fast: Unite in the work of the Porters of St. Joseph by joining them in fasting: Today's Fast: Restoring the Constitution.
· Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus
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