Tuesday, November 13, 2007
WEDNESDAY 32ND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
MEMORIAL, ST. JOSEPH PIGNATELLI, PRIEST
WEDNESDAY 32ND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME - YEAR I
Hear, O kings, and understand; learn, you magistrates of the earth's
expanse! Hearken, you who are in power over the multitude and lord it
over throngs of peoples! Because authority was given you by the Lord
and sovereignty by the Most High, who shall probe your works and
scrutinize your counsels. Because, though you were ministers of his
kingdom, you judged not rightly, and did not keep the law, nor walk
according to the will of God, Terribly and swiftly shall he come
against you, because judgment is stern for the exalted- For the lowly
may be pardoned out of mercy but the mighty shall be mightily put to
the test. For the Lord of all shows no partiality, nor does he fear
greatness, Because he himself made the great as well as the small,
and he provides for all alike; but for those in power a rigorous
scrutiny impends. To you, therefore, O princes, are my words
addressed that you may learn wisdom and that you may not sin. For
those who keep the holy precepts hallowed shall be found holy, and
those learned in them will have ready a response. Desire therefore my
words; long for them and you shall be instructed.
As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem, he traveled through
Samaria and Galilee. As he was entering a village, ten lepers met
him. They stood at a distance from him and raised their voice,
saying, "Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!" And when he saw them, he
said, "Go show yourselves to the priests." As they were going they
were cleansed. And one of them, realizing he had been healed,
returned, glorifying God in a loud voice; and he fell at the feet of
Jesus and thanked him. He was a Samaritan. Jesus said in reply, "Ten
were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine? Has none but
this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?" Then he said to
him, "Stand up and go; your faith has saved you."
Fr. Joseph Pignatelli was a Jesuit at the time of the suppression of
the Jesuits by order of Pope Clement XIV. It was Fr. Pignatelli who
helped keep the spirit of the Jesuits alive during the long period of
its suppression for 41 years.
Joseph Pignatelli was born in Saragossa, Spain, in 1737 and was left
an orphan at the age of nine. His older brother took charge of the
family, and Joseph and his younger brother became resident-students
at the Jesuit college in Saragossa. He entered the Jesuits when he
was sixteen, his younger brother, Nicholas, following him. During his
student years, he contracted tuberculosis and was in poor health for
the rest of his life. After his ordination in 1762, St. Joseph
Pignatelli served as chaplain to a prison and worked especially with
those condemned to die.
On April 3, 1767, the Jesuits were expelled from Spain by order of
Charles III, and similar expulsions soon took place in Portugal and
France all because they spoke out against the corrupt regimes of
Western Europe. Joseph had a chance to stay due to his noble
background, but he left with his exiled brothers. On the road they
found that the Jesuits were being expelled from all countries except
Prussia and Russia. Joseph stubbornly kept together a remnant of the
order, and these would come together for the restoration of the
Jesuits three years after Joseph's death.
Groups of expelled Jesuits grouped together into societies such
as "The Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus" in France and "The
Society of the Faith of Jesus" in Italy. The Jesuits survived in
Russia, and though he lived in Italy, Joseph associated himself with
In 1775, Pope Pius VI gave permission for Jesuits from other
countries to rejoin the Jesuits in Russia, and in 1799 approved the
opening of a novitiate in Colorno, Italy, making Joseph the Master of
Novices. In 1801 King Charles Emmanuel IV of Sardinia reinstated the
Jesuits in his kingdom. In 1800 Pope Pius VII determined to
completely restore the Society of Jesus, but was unable until the
fall of Napoleon.
Despite their being virtually nothing left of the Society's
resources, requests for the restored Jesuits to start schools poured
in from every direction. Within a year, the Society of Jesus had as
many members and as many foundations as the old Society had had in
1555. After St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Joseph Pignatelli is
considered to be the most important Jesuit in the history of the
Society of Jesus, linking the two Societies, the old Society which
was founded officially in 1540, and the new Society which was founded
forty years after the order had been suppressed by Pope Clement XIV
St. Joseph Pignatelli is thus considered the saviour and restorer of
the Society of Jesus.
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Damaso Guevara, Eligia Fernando, Sr. Belen Latorre, DC
- Erlinda Bonoan
- Epifania Ylaya
... for the personal intentions of:
- Balingit family
- Wendy Bonoan, Lou Reniva
- Mary G, Chris, Msgr. Miller, Virginia, Theresa
... for San Juan de Dios Hospital
... Good health: Guevarra Family
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Dexter U. Yu
- Wedding Anniversary: Robert & Catherine Dy
- Wedding Anniversary: Walter & Leticia Siy
- In Memoriam (+): Amado Sta. Ana
... for world peace and reconciliation.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our
prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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