Wednesday Of the Fourth Week of Lent
NATIONAL DOCTORS DAY
Isaiah, Chapter 59, verse 19
Those in the west shall FEAR the name of the LORD, and those in the east, his glory, coming
like a pent-up stream driven on by the breath of the LORD.
Chapter 59 of Isaiah is about the effects of sin and how it delays our salvation. God is faithful because once we acknowledge the nature of our transgressions; God provides the divine intervention needed to save us. The proud (those from the West) fear the name of the Lord for they in order to be saved must acknowledge Him as King of heaven and earth rather than themselves. On the other hand, those from the East must acknowledge his glory or His teachings on justice and mercy given to His disciples being careful to avoid complacency.
Another version of the
bible puts this verse differently; “When the enemy shall come in like a flood,
the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him”. By comparing these
two versions of the bible we can learn that the enemy to our spiritual progress
may sometimes be our pride and complacency.
Of the Fourth Week of Lent
O God, Who grantest to the just the
reward of their merits, and to sinners pardon, by means of fasting, have mercy
on Thy supplicants, that the confession of our guilt may enable us to receive
the forgiveness of our sins. Amen.
EPISTLE. Isaias i. 16-19.
Thus saith the Lord God: Wash
yourselves, be clean, take away the evil of your devices from My eyes: cease to
do perversely, learn to do well: seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge
for the fatherless, defend the widow. And then come, and accuse Me, saith the
Lord: if your sins be as scarlet, they shall be made as white as snow: and if
they be red as crimson, they shall be white as wool. If you be willing, and
will hearken to Me, you shall eat the good things of the land, saith the Lord
GOSPEL. John ix. 1-38.
that time: Jesus passing by, saw a man who was blind from his birth: and His
disciples asked Him: Rabbi, who hath sinned, this man or his parents, that he
should be born blind? Jesus answered: Neither hath this man sinned, nor his
parents; but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. I must work
the works of Him that sent Me, whilst it is day: the night cometh when no man
can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. When He
had said these things, He spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and
spread the clay upon his eyes, and said to him: Go, wash in the pool of Siloe,
which is interpreted, Sent. He went therefore, and washed, and he came seeing.
The neighbors, therefore, and they who had seen him before that he was a
beggar, said: Is not this he that sat, and begged? Some said: This is he. But
others said: No, but he is like him. But he said: I am he. They said therefore
to him: How were thy eyes opened? He answered: That man that is called Jesus,
made clay, and anointed my eyes, and said to me: Go to the pool of Siloe, and
wash. And I went, I washed, and I see. And they said to him: Where is He? He
saith, I know not. They bring him that had been blind to the Pharisees. Now it
was the Sabbath when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes. Again, therefore
the Pharisees asked him how he had received his sight. But he said to them: He
put clay upon my eyes, and I washed, and I see. Some therefore of the Pharisees
said: This man is not of God, Who keepeth not the Sabbath. But others said: How
can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among
them. They say therefore to the blind man again: What sayest thou of Him that
hath opened thy eyes? And he said: He is a prophet. The Jews then did not
believe concerning him, that he had been blind and had received his sight,
until they called the parents of him that had received his sight, and asked
them, saying: Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then doth he
now see? His parents answered them and said: We know that this is our son, and
that he was born blind; but how he now seeth, we know not: or who hath opened
his eyes, we know not: ask himself; he is of age, let him speak for himself.
These things his parents said, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had
already agreed among themselves, that if any man should confess Him to be
Christ he should be put out of the synagogue. Therefore, did his parents say:
He is of age, ask him. They therefore called the man again that had been blind
and said to him: Give glory to God. We know that this man is a sinner. He said
therefore to them: If He be a sinner, I know not: one thing I know, that
whereas I was blind, now I see. They said then to him: What did He to thee? How
did He open thy eyes? He answered them: I have told you already, and you have
heard: why would you hear it again? will you also become His disciples? They
reviled him therefore and said: Be thou His disciple; but we are the disciples
of Moses. We know that God spoke to Moses: but as to this man, we know not from
whence He is. The man answered, and said to them: Why, herein is a wonderful
thing that you know not from whence He is, and He hath opened my eyes. Now we
know that God doth not hear sinners: but if a man be a server of God, and doth
His will, him He heareth. From the beginning of the world, it hath not been
heard, that any man hath opened the eyes of one born blind. Unless this man
were of God, He could not do anything. They answered and said to him: Thou wast
wholly born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out. Jesus heard
that they had cast him out: and when He had found him, He said to him: Dost
thou believe in the Son of God? He answered, and said: Who is He, Lord, that I
may believe in Him? And Jesus said to him: Thou hast both seen Him, and it is
He that talketh with thee. And he said: I believe, Lord. And falling down he
Aids in Battle  The “Our Father” is a
this prayer, Christ has just spoken of the Evil One, placing us on alert before
the battle, reminding us of our enemy, and keeping us from negligence. “For the
kingdom, the power, and the glory are Yours” (see Mt 6: 13).
kingdom belongs to God, we should fear no one. For no one can withstand Him or
tear apart His Empire.
power is Yours,” Christ says. For this reason, no matter how many forms your
weakness may take, you may still rightly be confident in the battle.
· “The glory is Yours.” Not only can
God free you from the dangers you face; He can also make you glorious and
outstanding in battle. His power is great, and His glory is beyond telling—
they are both limitless and never come to an end. See how He has in every way
anointed you, His champion, and surrounded you with confidence? ST. JOHN
National Doctor's Day
Doctor's Day commemorates the nation's doctors, who have dedicated themselves
to public service by helping to ensure the good health of US citizens. Doctors
are qualified and licensed individuals who practice medicine of all forms. They
include many types such as physicians, surgeons, specialists, anesthesiologists
and pediatricians, who dedicate their lives to helping, healing and curing the
sick and needy. President George W. Bush designated March 30th as National
Doctor's Day on October 30, 1990 in an effort to celebrate the sacrifices and
contributions made by our nation's doctors. National Doctor's Day is
observed on March 30th every year in the US.
Doctor's Day Facts & Quotes
red carnation is the symbolic flower used for this holiday. It is often
placed on the gravesites of deceased physicians.
Almond, wife of Dr. Charles Almond, celebrated the first Doctor's Day in Winder,
Georgia on March 30, 1933.
to a study by AAMC, the average cost of attending a US Medical school as a
nonresident is about $50,000 per year.
pay the doctor for his trouble; for his kindness-they still remain in his debt.
- Seneca, ancient Roman philosopher.
good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who
has the disease. - William Osler, Canadian physician and founder of John
Doctor's Day Top Events and Things to Do
a gift for your doctor. Find something related to medicine such as a
spine keychain or even a basket of fruits shaped like bones.
a personal Thank You Note to your doctor letting them know you appreciate
a red carnation on a deceased physician’s grave.
by your doctor's office with a free lunch or a snack in appreciation of their
dedication towards your health.
you haven't been for a checkup in a while, get one. Your doctor will be happy
that you came in.
of the Catholic Church
THE PROFESSION OF
BELIEVE" - "WE BELIEVE"
GOD COMES TO MEET MAN
III. Christ Jesus -- "Mediator and Fullness of All
God has said everything in his Word
65 "In many and
various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last
days he has spoken to us by a Son." Christ, the Son of God made man,
is the Father's one, perfect and unsurpassable Word. In him he has said everything;
there will be no other word than this one. St. John of the Cross, among others,
commented strikingly on Hebrews 1:1-2:
In giving us his Son, his only
Word (for he possesses no other), he spoke everything to us at once in this
sole Word - and he has no more to say. . . because what he spoke before to the
prophets in parts, he has now spoken all at once by giving us the All Who is
His Son. Any person questioning God or desiring some vision or revelation would
be guilty not only of foolish behavior but also of offending him, by not fixing
his eyes entirely upon Christ and by living with the desire for some other
There will be no further Revelation
66 "The Christian
economy, therefore, since it is the new and definitive Covenant, will never
pass away; and no new public revelation is to be expected before the glorious
manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ." Yet even if Revelation is already
complete, it has not been made completely explicit; it remains for Christian
faith gradually to grasp its full significance over the course of the
67 Throughout the
ages, there have been so-called "private" revelations, some of which
have been recognized by the authority of the Church. They do not belong,
however, to the deposit of faith. It is not their role to improve or complete
Christ's definitive Revelation, but to help live more fully by it in a certain
period of history. Guided by the Magisterium of the Church, the sensus fidelium
knows how to discern and welcome in these revelations whatever constitutes an
authentic call of Christ or his saints to the Church.
Christian faith cannot accept
"revelations" that claim to surpass or correct the Revelation of
which Christ is the fulfilment, as is the case in certain nonChristian
religions and also in certain recent sects which base themselves on such
Every Wednesday is
Dedicated to St. Joseph
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.
Litany of the Most Precious
Blood of Jesus