Getting ready for the snow storm coming in today. Hey Al, how’s the global warming thing going anyway?
Quote or Joke of the Day:
Are you wrinkled with burden? Come to the church for a face-lift.
Through Him we have received the grace of apostleship, to bring about the obedience of faith, for the sake of His name, among all the Gentiles, among whom are you also, who are called to belong to Jesus Christ; to all the beloved of God in Rome, called to be holy. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (NAB Rm 1:5-7)
“Obedience of faith for the the sake of all…”! This is a pretty heavy statement for being one of the first lines in the letter to the Christians of Rome. Faith in God’s work by Jesus Christ. It also relates to God’s gift of new life that was made possible through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and still continues through the actions of the holy Spirit.
Paul implies that the Romans know something of his personal history. Paul was a Roman citizen, a devout jewish leader, and a real pain to the first Christians, until he converted. Paul’s post-conversion christian faith was at least as strong as the original apostles, and I believe stronger than some of them. I believe Paul, and at least one of the apostles, had verbal feuds about how to lead the early church. I wonder if Peter ever regretted the conversion of Paul? Probably not.
Paul called all of us to be holy. He often referred to Christians as “the holy ones” or “the saints,” and the Christian community regarded its members as sanctified by baptism (see Romans 6:22; 15:16; 1 Cor 6:11; and Eph 5:26-27). Christians are called to holiness (1 Cor 1:2 and 1 Thes 4:7), by making their lives conform to the gift they have already received by Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection. We are called to NOT be stagnant in our faith. We are to show our faith, and not hide it. It is OK to go against the grain sometimes, when it is necessary to show our love for others, without any prejudices.
Lord, please help me to be a good christian. Please help me in doing what is right and just, regardless of what a corrupt society and world may exist. Please allow the Holy Spirit to work through me, and to live in me always. Amen.
Pax et Bonum
Dan Halley, SFO
Franciscan Saint of the Day: Blessed Didacus Joseph of Cadiz 1743-1801
This humble Capuchin, who could make no progress at school, this “dunce of Cadiz” was later on admired by the world as the savior of the Faith in Spain, as a second Paul, as the apostle of his century. His lineage dated from the Visigoth kings. After he had taken the habit of St. Francis with the Capuchins in Seville, had been ordained to the priesthood, and had prepared himself by a holy life, he was appointed to the task of preaching. Everybody marveled at the singular power and unction of his words, which swayed his audiences and left an impression on their lives. But most astonished of all was the venerable Dominican, Antonio Querero, a fellow student of Didacus, who knew how difficult study had been for him. A child, however, solved the problem one day during a sermon, when he shouted aloud in the church: “Mother, mother, see the dove resting on the shoulder of Father Didacus! I could preach like that too if a dove told me all that I should say!”
And there was the secret. Because of his humility and virtue, the Holy Spirit had converted this unlearned man into the most celebrated preacher in Spain. But how Father Didacus prayed before his sermons! How he scourged himself even unto blood, in order to draw down God’s mercy upon the people!
Once when his superior chided him because of the austerity of his life, the saint replied: “Ah, Father, my sins and the sins of the people compel me to do it. Those who have been charged with the conversion of sinners must remember that the Lord has imposed upon them the sins of all their clients. By means of our penances we should atone for the sins of our fellowmen and thus preserve ourselves and them from eternal death. It would hardly be too much if we shed the last drop of our blood for their conversion.”
In this disposition he journeyed through all Spain and infused new Catholic life wherever he went. In a very pronounced way he preached the praise of the most Holy Trinity and of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Honors did not escape him. He was appointed extraordinary consultor of the Church, synodal examiner in almost all the Spanish dioceses, honorary canon, and honorary doctor of several universities. He died in 1801, in the 58th year of his highly blessed life, and was beatified by Pope Leo XIII.
from: The Franciscan Book of Saints, ed. by Marion Habig, ofm.,
© 1959 Franciscan Herald Press
(From http://www.franciscan-sfo.org website)
Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) Rule #6:
They have been made living members of the Church by being buried and raised with Christ in baptism; they have been united more intimately with the Church by profession. Therefore, they should go forth as witnesses and instruments of her mission among all people, proclaiming Christ by their life and words. Called like Saint Francis to rebuild the Church and inspired by his example, let them devote themselves energetically to living in full communion with the pope, bishops, and priests, fostering an open and 7.trusting dialog of apostolic effectiveness and creativity.