November 11, 2018
It is the Thirty Second Sunday in Ordinary time
The first reading from the First Book of Kings gives us stories about the Prophet Elijah, who is a wonderful person in the Old Testament, how puts completely his trust in the Lord and does what God asks of him, even if it will put his life in danger. He has such a close relationship with God and shares everything with Him.
The second reading today is from the Letter to the Hebrews, compares Jesus Christ to the High Priest of the Jewish faith. It tells us that there is more in the world of the sacred than just the High Priest.
The Gospel is from the Gospel of St. Mark describes our Lord’s severe condemnation of those Scribes whose exaggerated opinion of their own importance made a mockery of the religion they professed to live. This is a serious warning to all of his followers not to look for the praise and esteem of their neighbors when doing their good works, but rather to hope for God’s praise and esteem in the future world.
Tuesday, November 13 is the feast of St. Frances Cabrini
Frances was refused admission to join her Alma Mater’s religious congregation instead she began charitable work in an orphanage. After the bishop closed the orphanage, she was appointed prioress of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart together with the other sisters from the orphanage. Upon the urging of Pope Leo XIII, she traveled to New York to attend to Italian immigrants. In 35 years, Frances Xavier Cabrini founded 67 institutions dedicated to caring for the poor, abandoned, uneducated and sick. She also organized schools and adult education classes. Frances Xavier Cabrini is the first United States citizen to become a saint.
Wednesday, November 14 is the feast of St. Gertrude
Gertrude was a Benedictine nun from Germany who saw herself as the bride of Christ. Her spiritual life was a deeply personal union with Jesus and his Sacred Heart, leading her into the very life of the Trinity. She devoted most of her life in the study of the scripture and works of the Fathers of the Church, including Augustine. St. Gertrude the Great was one of the mystics of the 13th century.
Thursday, November 15 is the feast of St. Albert the Great
Albert is another German saint of the 13th century, who strongly influenced the Church position toward Aristotelian philosophy brought to Europe by the spread of Islam. As a master of Thomas Aquinas, he developed his synthesis of Greek wisdom and Christian theology. He was always a curious, honest and diligent scholar. He wrote a compendium of all knowledge: natural science, logic, rhetoric, mathematics, astronomy, ethics, economics, politics, and metaphysics. St. Albert the Great, doctor of the Church is the Albert, a Doctor of the Church, the patron of scientists and philosophers.
Friday, November 16 is a special feast for Lithuania, celebrating Our Lady Gate of the Dawn
When Vilnius, the capital city, was captured by the Swedish army, Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn came to her people’s rescue. At dawn, the Polish-Lithuanian army successfully defended their city near the gate. In 1927, she was canonically crowned by Pope Pius XI and the title of Mother of Mercy was conferred to her to coincided with the return and first exposition of the original Divine Mercy painting in Vilnius in 1935.
Today, this 17th century image is venerated and greeted every morning by Lithuanians on their way to work or school. Numerous miracles and answered prayers have been attributed to the image. If you look up, when you enter the main door of our church, there is a replica of Our Lady Gate of the Dawn and Mother of Mercy.
It is also the feast of St. Margaret of Scotland
Margaret is the daughter of Princess Agatha of Hungary and the Anglo-Saxon Prince Edward Atheling. While fleeing from William the Conqueror, their shipwreck landed on the coast of Scotland. She married King Malcolm and helped him become a virtuous king. Margaret promoted the arts and education. She encouraged synods and corrected religious abuses among priests and the laity. With her husband, she founded several churches. Her private life was austere. She had spent times for prayer, reading the Scripture and devotions. She allowed beggars to come near her and was loved by them.
Parish Thanksgiving Potluck, Sunday, November 25 beginning at 2PM in the rectory garden. Let us all be together and give thanks as one family of God here at St. Casimir’s. To coordinate what to bring, call Zita (310-804-7549), Celia (818-291-3255) or Rachel (818-922-4997).
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