Humor of the Day:
Be fishers of men. You catch them – Jesus will clean them.
The Loss of the Child Jesus in the Temple,
The 3rd Sorrow of Mary (Luke 2:39-52)
Imagine the sufferings in Mary’s heart when she realized the Child Jesus was not with them.
“And a sword, too, shall pierce your heart, O Mary!”
With four boys, I remember the panic I experienced when one of them ‘got away from me’ and I did not know their location. This panic, most parents will agree, is indescribable and extreme – even if just for a minute. I thought this feeling would lesson as the boys got older. What a fool I am!
Recently, my 16 year-old, newly licensed driver, son left to go to a friend’s house at noon. He had orders to be home by dark. At 8 pm, he was not home, and he was not answering any of my phone calls or text messages. I was almost literally climbing up the walls. Being a retired paramedic, and used to seeing the bad effects of life, I was imagining all kinds of problems my son had gotten himself into. Needless to say, when he came home at 9 pm, he soon realized that his actions and behaviors were unacceptable, and that these actions will not be allowed again!
That was with my son being three hours late. I can not even imagine three days of not knowing the location or welfare of my son. Was he hurt and laying in the desert? Was he abducted? Was he eaten by a famished camel? This had to be three days of pure hell for Mary and Joseph. Can you just picture them running through the dessert trying to retrace their journey, and not finding Him. Again, pure agony!
Pax et Bonum
Dan Halley, SFO
Franciscan Saint of the Day: Blessed James of Strepar
James was born in the 14th century of a noble Polish family of Strepar and was educated in a Christian manner by his pious parents. To escape the dangers of the world, he entered the poor order of St. Francis when he was a young man. Very soon he became distinguished among his brethren for eminent virtue, rare attainments, and zeal for the salvation of souls.
With the consent of his superiors James went to Russia to preach the Gospel and to save the faithful from going astray. About 1360, he had a share “>in the organization of a special group of Franciscan missionaries called Societas Peregrinantium or Travelers for Christ, who did excellent work in Russia. Wallachia, and Podolia, and in 1401 extended their activities also to the Tatars near the Caspian Sea and other parts of Asia.
Father James’ missionary efforts were so successful, and his apostolic virtues were so pronounced, that on the death of the archbishop of Halicz, the pope named him his successor at the request of the king of Poland in 1392. Only because he was compelled, did James accept the dignity. But even as a bishop he wore the Franciscan habit and as far as possible continued his missionary labors.
To secure God’s blessing on the territory entrusted to his spiritual care, he considered nothing more helpful than veneration of the Mother of God. Next to God he placed his confidence in her.
After a laborious and blessed episcopate of 19 years, God called him to receive his heavenly reward in the year 1410. Clothed in the habit of the order and wearing the marks of his episcopal dignity, he was entombed in the Franciscan church at Lwow, to which the archbishopric had been transferred from Halicz. When his grave was opened after 200 years his body and clothing were found entirely incorrupt. Later the remains were removed to the cathedral.
The continued veneration paid to him was formally approved by Pope Pius VI.
from: The Franciscan Book of Saints, ed. by Marion Habig, ofm., © 1959 Franciscan Herald Press
(From http://www.franciscan-sfo.org website)