Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Margaret Mary ALACOQUE-Shemini Atzeret-World Food Day
ancient world is mourning Babylon’s fall in these verses. After watching the fiasco
of politics on TV I am convinced that we morally are much closer to a
Babylonian culture than we are to the original vision of the founders of this
great nation of “A city on the hill” and a shining light to the world. Is
America the new Babylon or that shining city on the hill? Yet for those who are
united in Christ there is hope. Don’t worry the victory is for those who are in
the risen one.
Behold my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved in whom I delight; I shall place my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles. He will not contend or cry out, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break a smoldering wick he will not quench, until he brings justice to victory. And in his name the Gentiles will hope. (Matthew 12:18-21)
You cannot receive if you do not ask. Let us ask for God’s mercy and count on it, to deliver our soul from death and keep us alive through this earthly famine for ourselves and others. In fact, one pious work we could do this week is a Novena to the Divine Mercy. In the novena Christ asks us to pray each day for a certain group of people.
1. All Sinners
2. Priests and Religious
3. Devout Souls
5. Departed brethren
8. Those in purgatory
9. And the Lukewarm
A good time to pray the novena is the hour of Christ’s death. “At three o’clock, implore My mercy, especially for sinners; and, if only for a brief moment, immerse yourself in My Passion, particularly in My abandonment at the moment of agony. This is the hour of great mercy…”
Blessed are you who fear the LORD, who walk in his ways!
ON KEEPING THE LORD'S DAY HOLY
My esteemed Brothers in the
and the Priesthood,
Dear Brothers and Sisters!
6. Given this array of new situations and the questions which they prompt, it seems more necessary than ever to recover the deep doctrinal foundations underlying the Church's precept, so that the abiding value of Sunday in the Christian life will be clear to all the faithful. In doing this, we follow in the footsteps of the age-old tradition of the Church, powerfully restated by the Second Vatican Council in its teaching that on Sunday "Christian believers should come together, in order to commemorate the suffering, Resurrection and glory of the Lord Jesus, by hearing God's Word and sharing the Eucharist, and to give thanks to God who has given them new birth to a living hope through the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead (cf. 1 Pt 1:3)".(8)
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
IN the Introit of the Mass God promises to hear the people who observe His law, and to help them in all their tribulations. “I am the salvation of the people, saith the Lord; in whatever tribulation they shall cry to Me, I will hear them, and I will be their Lord forever. Attend, O My people, to My law; incline your ears to the words of My mouth.”
O’almighty and merciful God graciously defend us from all that is hurtful, that, free in mind and body, we may with ready mind perform all that belongs to Thy service.
EPISTLE. Eph. iv. 23-28.
Brethren: Be renewed in the spirit of your mind: and put on the new man, who, according to God, is created in justice, and holiness of truth. Wherefore, putting away lying, speak ye the truth every man with his neighbor: for we are members one of another. Be angry, and sin not. Let not the sun go down upon your anger. Give not place to the devil. He that stole, let him now steal no more, but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing, which is good, that he may have something to give to him that suffereth need.
The epistle of to-day particularly concerns such as live in falsehood, hatred, anger, injustice, impurity, or other sins. Perhaps we have often renewed our spirit at a jubilee, or a mission, or a spiritual retreat; we seemed then to be converted, and to have become new men, but how long did our spiritual renovation last? Alas, how soon were we sinners again! We thought that, after making a general confession, everything was done ; instead of zealously using all means to preserve ourselves in this happy state of spiritual renewal, we allowed ourselves once more to resort to bad company and dangerous occasions, and gave ourselves up, as before, to idleness and indulgence. When shall we be lastingly converted?
GOSPEL. Matt. xxii. 2-14.
At that time Jesus spoke to the chief priests and Pharisees in parables, saying: The kingdom of heaven is likened to a king, who made a marriage for his son. And he sent his servants to call them that were invited to the marriage: and they would not come. Again, he sent other servants, saying: Tell them that were invited: Behold, I have prepared my dinner; my beeves (plural form of beef) and fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come ye to the marriage. But they neglected, and went their ways, one to his farm, and another to his merchandise. And the rest laid hands on his servants, and, having treated them contumeliously, put them to death. But when the king had heard of it, he was angry, and, sending his armies, he destroyed those murderers, and burnt their city. Then he saith to his servants: The marriage indeed is ready: but they that were invited were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways; and as many as you shall find, call to the marriage. And his servants going forth into the ways, gathered together all that they found, both bad and good: and the marriage was filled with guests. And the king went in to see the guests: and he saw there a man who had not on a wedding garment. And he saith to him: Friend, how earnest thou in hither not having on a wedding garment? But he was silent. Then the king said to the waiters: Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the exterior darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen.
Remark. ---This parable is, in many respects, the same as that for the Second Sunday after Pentecost, and has the same meaning. See, therefore, the explanation of that gospel; in addition to this, consider also the following
the present parable the king is our heavenly Father, Who has espoused His
only-begotten Son to the Church.
feast is made up of the doctrines of the Gospel, the holy sacraments, with the
other means of salvation, and of eternal joys.
servants sent to invite the guests are the prophets, apostles, and disciples of
Those invited are the Jews, who, despising the honor intended for them, put to
death the prophets and apostles.
their place others, that is, the heathen, were called from all quarters of the
earth, who, having been in the broad road to destruction, now occupy the place
of the Jews in the marriage-feast of the Church, and will one day occupy their
place in heaven.
6. The wedding garment signifies charity, which shows itself by good works; without this, faith avails nothing. That the man without a wedding garment was silent when questioned by the king shows us that no one will be able to excuse himself before God for not having charity, since everyone may have it if he only asks it from God, and be willing to practice it.
Thee, O Jesus, that, through Thy incarnation, passion, and death, Thou hast
gained for me eternal happiness; give me also the wedding garment of charity,
that I may be admitted to the heavenly marriage-feast, and not be cast into the
Consolation from the Joys of Heaven
these joys consist, St. Paul himself, though more than once caught up to heaven
and allowed to see and taste them, could not describe. He only says that eye
hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of man,
what things God hath prepared for them that love Him. In heaven all beauties,
all delights, all joys, are found in the highest and most perfect degree free
from all evil, free from all anxiety and disgust, and free from all fear of
ever losing them. In a word, in heaven man shall possess God Himself, the
source of all joy and happiness, and shall, with Him, enjoy God s own happiness
for all eternity. We shall be like to Him (i. John iii. 2). Is there need of
anything more to give us the highest conception of heaven? How lovely are Thy
tabernacles, O Lord of hosts! My soul longeth and fainteth for the courts of
the Lord, my heart and my flesh have rejoiced in the living God (Ps. Ixxxiii).
How weary of the world am I when I contemplate heaven!
St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
A self-effacing nun in the Visitation Convent at Paray-le-Monial, France, was inspired by the Lord Jesus to establish the devotion of the Holy Hour. Her name was St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, and from the age of seven, when she received her first Holy Communion, she had always manifested an intense love of the Most Blessed Sacrament. Our Lord appeared to her often, usually as the Crucified Christ. Her simplicity caused her to feel that these apparitions were also granted to others who had recourse to Jesus in the sacrament of His love. Once the Master appeared to the young girl as she was returning from a dance and reproached her for not espousing Him. When twenty-four years of age, Margaret entered the cloister, choosing the most menial tasks. Gifted with intelligence and common sense, she made great progress in holiness. Our Lord entrusted to her the mission of establishing the reign of the Sacred Heart among the children of men. Criticism did not hamper her zeal, and her charity toward her opponents won them over to the cause of the Master. In the first revelation of the Sacred Heart to the nun, Our Lord made known His burning desire to be loved by all men, and His design of manifesting to them His Sacred Heart with its treasures of mercy. Margaret Mary communicated Our Lord's wish that the faithful receive Holy Communion on the first Friday of each month and observe the Feast of the Sacred Heart on the Friday after the octave of Corpus Christi. After nineteen years in the convent, St. Margaret Mary died October 17, 1690. Many pilgrims to her tomb have sought and obtained favors. Through her apostolate of devotion to the Sacred Heart many sinners have repented and found grace with God.
Patron: against polio; devotees of the Sacred Heart; loss of parents;
Things to Do:
Find out more about
the Jansenist heresy.
Read the Twelve
Promises of the Sacred Heart of Jesus; Strive to fulfill the obligation for the Nine First Fridays.
Find out more about the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart and establish this
practice in your home. A book to read on this is Enthronement of the Sacred
Heart by Francis Larkin, SS.CC.
For the ideal union in love of
husband for wife and wife for husband, God's examples are before you—Joseph and
Mary. Your marriage is something to be appreciated ever more deeply. From time
to time meditate on its precious character, as, for example, is suggested in
the following prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus for husband and wife to say
in their own behalf. We can summarize the spirit of Christian married life no
better than in this prayer.
O most Sacred Heart of Jesus, King and
center of all hearts, dwell in our hearts and be our King; grant us by Your
grace to love each other truly and chastely, even as You have loved Your
spotless Bride, the Church, and have given Yourself up for her.
Bestow upon us that mutual love and
Christian forbearance which are so highly acceptable in Your sight, and a
mutual patience in bearing each other's defects; for we are certain that no
living creature is free from them. Do not permit even the slightest defect to
mar that full and gentle harmony of spirit, the foundation of the mutual
assistance in the many and varied hardships of life, that is the end for which
woman was created and united inseparably to her husband.
** O Lord God, grant that between us
there may reign a perpetual holy rivalry toward a life perfectly Christian, by
virtue of which there may shine forth more and more clearly the divine image of
Your mystic union with Your Holy Church, as You have deigned to imprint it upon
us on the auspicious day of our being made one.
Grant, we beseech You, that our good
example of Christian living may serve as a powerful inspiration to our children
to conform their own lives to Your holy law; and finally, after this exile may
we ascend into heaven, where by the help of Your grace, for which we earnestly
pray, we may merit to be joined with our children forever and praise and bless
You through everlasting ages, Amen.
there are no children, the prayer from this point reads: O Lord God, grant that
between us there may reign a perpetual holy rivalry toward a life perfectly
Christian, by virtue of which there may shine forth more and more clearly the
divine image of Your mystic union with Your Holy Church, as You have deigned to
imprint it upon us on the auspicious day of our being made one, and so living,
may both of us ascend into heaven, and merit to praise You and bless You
Source: Family for Families, The by Francis L. Filas, S.J., The Bruce
Publishing Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1947
Shemini Atzeret (Hebrew: שמיני עצרת), means 'The eighth day break' or 'the eighth day of assembly'. It is celebrated preceding Simchat Torah and in some regions celebrated together with it. Services for this holiday often include a Geshem, prayer for rain.
Shemini Atzeret Facts
On Shemini Atzeret there
used to be a gathering of all men for a hearing of the Torah at the Holy Temple
in Jerusalem. Reference to this is made in the Biblical book of Nehemiah
(verse 8:18). Shemini Atzeret is observed in Orthodox communities with candle
lighting in the evening, Kiddush (sanctification over wine) and two challah
breads. This is representative of all Jewish High Festivals and an
evening and morning festive meal. Two Challah breads are used to commemorate
the Sabbath in the wilderness. During this time Manna (edible substance
that God provided for Israelites during time in the desert) fell from Heaven in
a double portion on Friday, so that on the Sabbath day, the Israelites, did not
need to perform the work of gathering Manna. Often an additional service after
the morning service is held in Orthodox Synagogues. Hallel (Psalms with
praise) is recited. Observant Jews do not work on this day. A popular
prayer on Shmini Atzeret is called Yizkor, Remembrance. It serves to
honor dead relatives. Even one of the happiest Jewish Holidays of the
year, dead relatives (parents, siblings, spouses and children) are remembered.
This helps remind that we would not be who we are and where we are
without these people.
Shemini Atzeret Top Events and
Things to Do
for Rain. Shemini Azeret and Simchat Torah is often accompanied by
prayers for the rain. The holidays are in the autumn, which is a critical period in
Israel for harvests.
Shmini Atzeret, it is customary for Orthodox Jews to spend an 'extra day
with God' and postpone their return to work and to mundane tasks.
World Food Day
World Food Day is recognized in order to raise awareness about hunger and encourage the public to support efforts to eradicate world hunger. Food plays an essential role in life; many people go without it and cannot guarantee when they will eat their next meals, while others waste large amounts of food every day. World Food Day is organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. The FAO was founded on October 16, 1945 in an effort to help the world with its constant battle against hunger and malnutrition. World Food Day was officially established in 1979 and today, it is observed in over 150 countries. It is celebrated annually on the same day as the FAO's founding, October 16th. Since 1981, a different theme has been adopted each year based on current issues. The day is also heavily promoted by organizations that are concerned with food security and insecurity.
World Food Day Facts
1/3 of all food produced worldwide, about $1 trillion dollars’ worth, is
wasted. The biggest culprits are industrialized countries; they waste
almost as much food as the entire production weight of sub-Saharan Africa- 222
million vs 230 million tons.
quest for food security can be the common thread that links the different
challenges we face and helps build a sustainable future. – José Graziano da
Silva, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General
a world of plenty, no one, not a single person, should go hungry. But almost 1
billion still do not have enough to eat. I want to see an end to hunger
everywhere within my lifetime. – Ban Ki-Moon, United Nations Secretary-General
World Food Day Top
Events and Things to Do
Do not waste food. World Food Day promotes
Think. Eat. Save. as a way to reduce waste so, t=Think about what you’re
buying, plan meals and shop smart. Eat mindfully. Are your eyes too big for
your stomach? Save food, save money, save the environment.
Lobby your government to changes its laws on
waste. France passed a law banning
supermarkets from throwing away destroying unsold food, instead making them
donate it to charities
and food banks.
Watch a documentary about the food production
process. Food Inc. (2008), Super-Size Me (2004) or Fresh (2009) are all documentaries about
food production and waste.
Read a book about food activism, eco- and ethical farming why not try one
of these books that may help us find sustainable solutions to feed the 9.6
billion people that will to be fed by 2050. Our picks:
1) The Big Pivot: Radically Practical Strategies for a Hotter, Scarcer, and More Open World by Andrew S Winston
2) Feeding Frenzy: Land Grabs, Price Spikes, and the World Food Crisis by Paul McMahon
3) The Political Economy of Arab Food Sovereignt by Jane Harrigan
of the Catholic Church
PART THREE: LIFE IN CHRIST
SECTION ONE-MAN'S VOCATION LIFE IN THE
CHAPTER ONE THE DIGNITY OF THE HUMAN
Article 2-OUR VOCATION TO BEATITUDE
Article 5-THE MORALITY OF THE PASSIONS
term "passions" belongs to the Christian patrimony. Feelings or
passions are emotions or movements of the sensitive appetite that incline us to
act or not to act in regard to something felt or imagined to be good or evil.
passions are natural components of the human psyche; they form the passageway
and ensure the connection between the life of the senses and the life of the
mind. Our Lord called man's heart the source from which the passions spring.
There are many passions. the most fundamental passion is love, aroused by the
attraction of the good. Love causes a desire for the absent good and the hope
of obtaining it; this movement finds completion in the pleasure and joy of the
good possessed. the apprehension of evil causes hatred, aversion, and fear of
the impending evil; this movement ends in sadness at some present evil, or in
the anger that resists it.
"To love is to will the good of another." All other affections
have their source in this first movement of the human heart toward the good.
Only the good can be loved. Passions "are evil if love is evil and
good if it is good."
October 18th Feast
of St. Luke
Sunday after Pentecost
Litany of the Most Precious
Blood of Jesus
Goffine’s Devout Instructions, 1896.
Goffine’s Devout Instructions, 1896.
* Note: My youngest daughter Nicole
married her loving husband Matthew on this past Sunday 10/11/20; this is for