Humor of the Day:
Quit griping about your church. If it was perfect, you couldn’t belong.
The Finding of Our Lord in the Temple, 5th Joy of Mary (Luke 2:41–51)
When he was twelve years old, Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers.
Yesterday, I asked you to picture the feelings that Mary and Joseph had in searching for Jesus for those three days. Today picture the excitement, happiness, release of stress, and total joy they experienced on finding Him. This takes me back to when I ‘found’ Him.
I was a ‘cradle catholic,’ while still being very active in my parish. I just took my faith and Jesus for granted. I then attended an ACTS Retreat. It was eye opening, and started a fire inside me that has yet to be quenched. I literally found a love for Jesus that I never had before. I was in total awe of what Jesus did for us – for me, a sinner not worthy of His love. I was excited, happy, and in total joy.
Again, scripture coming to life. Is this a ‘God-wink’ or ‘scripture-cache’ again. I have abandoned my life, and have given it to Jesus. The Holy Spirit lives in me now. There is no I any longer; only He (Jesus)!
Lord, thank you for waiting for me, and for coming into my life. Mary, thank you for showing me how to live in love with your most precious son, Jesus. Please be with me always. Amen.
Pax et Bonum
Dan Halley, SFO
Franciscan Saint of the Day: Blessed Josephine Leroux 1748-1794
Josephine entered the convent of the Poor Clares at Valenciennes when she was 22 years old. In 1770 she made her vows. Then the French Revolution broke out, and the religious were rudely driven from their convents. Josephine at first returned to her family. But when Valenciennes was captured by the Austrians, Josephine could not resist the impulse to return to the enclosure. However, the convent of the Poor Clares at Valenciennes had not yet been rebuilt, and she took refuge in the convent of the Ursulines, where her own sister lived.
But the victorious revolutionary army retook the city, and Josephine was placed under arrest as having been disloyal to her country. Without being in any way perturbed, she confronted the band of soldiers who came to arrest her and she said, “It was hardly necessary to make so much ado for the purpose of taking a weak woman captive!” Then, having served her captors with refreshments, she followed them to prison.
Because she had resumed the life of a religious contrary to the laws, Josephine was condemned to death. With a cheerful countenance she went out to the place of execution, singing sacred hymns along the way. She declared herself truly fortunate at being deemed worthy to give her life for the Catholic Faith. “Could anyone fear to leave this place of exile,” she said, “when he reflects on the beauty of Paradise?”
At the scaffold she gratefully kissed the hand of the executioner, and in a clear voice forgave everybody. Then she placed her head on the block. Her sister, Mary Scholastic, and four other companions died a martyr’s death with her. This occurred on October 23, 1794. Pope Benedict XV enrolled her among the blessed.
from: The Franciscan Book of Saints, ed. by Marion Habig, ofm., © 1959 Franciscan Herald Press
(From http://www.franciscan-sfo.org website)