Intention: That we all will come to share a deep and unconditional respect for the sanctity and dignity of life and of all of God’s creation.
Today’s Gospel | Mark 3:13-19
Jesus went up the mountain and summoned those whom he wanted and they came to him. He appointed Twelve, whom he also named Apostles, that they might be with him and he might send them forth to preach and to have authority to drive out demons. He appointed the Twelve: Simon, whom he named Peter; James, son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James, whom he named Boanerges, that is, sons of thunder; Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus; Thaddeus, Simon the Cananean, and Judas Iscariot who betrayed him.
From the Meditation on Saint Francis de Sales | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
This gentleness and tenderness for his neighbor made it possible for Saint Francis to convert so many souls to God. It has been estimated that as many as seventy-two thousand heretics were won back by him from their errors. This virtue won the hearts of all those with whom he dealt, and the affection they felt for him was a means he used to bring them to God. One apostate even confessed that it was the saint’s gentleness and patience that made him come back to the bosom of the Church.
Do you have these sentiments of charity and tenderness toward the poor children whom you have to educate? Do you take advantage of their affection for you to lead them to God? If you have for them the firmness of a father to restrain and to withdraw them from misbehavior, you must also have for them the tenderness of a mother to draw them to you and to do for them all the good that depends on you.
Eternal Father, just as Jesus called his disciples and awakened them to the needs of your Kingdom, stir in us an awareness and an urgency to follow and serve. Teach us again to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, and visit those who live in isolation. Help us to reach out to others with compassion and care, especially to the innocent and to the helpless, that you might surround them with your love and strengthen them through your justice. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.