“My religion is better than your religion!” – Mk 9:38-39


IT IS cCoOlLdD outside.  Low was -2 degrees F with a windchill of -15 degrees F this morning.  It is so cold that the politicians in St. Louis had their hands in their OWN pockets today.  Please take time out today to pray for those that work outside.  They need the warmth of the Holy Spirit more so today.  Also pray for the four killed and five injured yesterday by a gunman in St. Louis in a fit of worplace violence.

Holy Scripture

Quote or Joke of the Day:

 

The diamond cannot be polished without friction, nor the man perfected without trials. (Chinese Proverb)

 

Today’s Meditation:

 

John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name, and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us.”  Jesus replied, “Do not prevent him. There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name who can at the same time speak ill of me.

 

“My religion is better than your religion!” and “You have to be a member of MY faith in order to get to heaven!”

I know I have heard these attacks of faith many times in my adult life.  One person (that I worked with daily – very very publically) actually called me a “papist” and not, in any way, a christian.  He further told me I was actually doomed to hell, solely for being a Catholic.  The pity is many people have these feelings.  Even my own Catholic Church once said (in the early 1900’s, and before) that the Catholic Church was the only true church; and only Catholics could go to heaven.  SO untrue and disrespectful!!

When someone is doing good things for others, especially for the underprivileged and down-trodden; they are acting as Jesus, and are open to eternal salvation with Christ, in heaven.  Jesus warns against jealousy and intolerance toward others, such as He did with the exorcists in these verses, who did not follow Jesus.  Jesus is saying  that even the smallest courtesies shown to those in need do not go unrewarded.

We all need to be more respectful to all others, and especially to those of other religions, that do good, and live a pious, polite, and respectful life.  I have worked with many Muslim, Protestant, and Jewish people that I consider to be great role models for living a proper christian life.  I pray that someday, I will be with them in eternal paradise, laughing about all the hub-bub about whose religion is best.  (P.S. – Catholics are the best. he – he)

Lord, help all of us to realize that what is important is YOU.  However we get to you, and learn to love you and all others is the right path.  Amen.

 

 Pax et Bonum

Dan Halley, SFO

 

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Franciscan Saint of the Day: Blessed Eurosia Fabris 

Eurosia Fabris was born in Quinto Vicentino, an agricultural area, some kilometers from Vicenza in Italy, on the 27th of September, 1866. Her parents, Luigi and Maria Fabris, were farmers.  She attended only the first two years of elementary school between 1872 and 1874 because even at such a young age, she was forced to help her parents with farm work and her mother in particular with the household chores.  Besides her domestic tasks, she helped her mother in her work as a dressmaker, a practice which Eurosia would also take on later. 
She was twelve years old when she made her First Holy Communion. From then on, she received Holy Eucharist on all religious feasts, since at that time daily communion was not the practice. It was not until 1905 that daily communion was permitted by a Decree of Pope St. Pius X.
Her favorite devotions were to the Holy Spirit, the infant Jesus, the Cross of Christ, the Eucharist, the Virgin Mary, and the souls in the Purgatory. She was an apostle of good will in her family, among her friends, and in her parish, where she taught catechism to the children and sewing to the girls who came to her home.
In 1885, Rosina, as she was called by her family, was affected by a tragic event. A young married woman near her home died leaving three very young daughters. The first of them died shortly after her mother. The other two girls, Chiara Angela and Italia were only 20 months old, and 2 months old, respectively. 

 

For six months, every morning, Rosina would go to care for the children and take care of their home. Later, following the advice of her relatives and that of the parish priest, and after praying about this turn of events, she decided to marry. Rosina was joined in marriage to a man named Carlo Barban, well aware of the sacrifices that married life would hold for her in the future. She accepted this fact as the will of God who she now felt was calling her through these two babies to embrace a new mission. The parish priest would often comment: “This was a true act of heroic charity towards others.”
The marriage was celebrated on the fifth of May 1886 and, in addition to the two orphaned babies, was blessed with nine other children. Her home was always opened to other children as well. Among them were Mansueto Mazzuco, who became a member of the Order of Friars Minor, taking the name, Brother Giorgio. To all these children, “Mamma Rosa”, as she was called since her marriage, offered affection and care, sacrificing her own needs to provide for them a solid Christian formation. Between 1918-1921, three of her sons were ordained priests, two for the Diocesan clergy and one as a Franciscan (Fr. Bernardino), who would become her first biographer.
Mamma Rosa became a member of the Franciscan Third Order, known today as the Secular Franciscans. She faithfully attended all their meetings, but above all tried to live the true Franciscan spirit of poverty and joy in her home, in the midst of her daily work and prayer. She had a gentle manner with everyone and praised God as the Creator and source of all good and the giver of all hope.
Mama Rosa died on the 8th of January 1932 and was buried, with the hope of final resurrection, in the church of Marola. The canonical process of beatification and canonization was initiated on the 3rd of February 2005 at the Diocesan curia of Padova, after getting passed several difficulties and misunderstandings among the different juridical persons trying to promote the Cause.

Mamma Rosa was a model of holiness in what should be the daily life of a Catholic family. Her three sons who became priests were encouraged in their vocation by her example of holiness. She was proclaimed Venerable on the 7th of July, 2003, by Pope John Paul II who recognized the testimony of her heroic and singular virtues. It was the wish of Pope Pius XII that the life of this marvelous woman be known among all Christian families of our day.

(From http://www.franciscan-sfo.org website)
 

Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) Rule #8:

 

As Jesus was the true worshipper of the Father, so let prayer and contemplation be the soul of all they are and do.  Let them participate in the sacramental life of the Church, above all the Eucharist. Let them join in liturgical prayer in one of the forms proposed by the Church, reliving the mysteries of the life of Christ.

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