Thursday, May 21, 2009
FRIDAY 6TH WEEK OF EASTER
MEMORIAL, RITA OF CASCIA
FRIDAY 6TH WEEK OF EASTER – YEAR I
One night while Paul was in Corinth, the Lord said to him in a vision,
"Do not be afraid. Go on speaking, and do not be silent, for I am with
you. No one will attack and harm you, for I have many people in this
city." He settled there for a year and a half and taught the word of
God among them. But when Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews rose
up together against Paul and brought him to the tribunal, saying,
"This man is inducing people to worship God contrary to the law." When
Paul was about to reply, Gallio spoke to the Jews, "If it were a
matter of some crime or malicious fraud, I should with reason hear the
complaint of you Jews; but since it is a question of arguments over
doctrine and titles and your own law, see to it yourselves. I do not
wish to be a judge of such matters." And he drove them away from the
tribunal. They all seized Sosthenes, the synagogue official, and beat
him in full view of the tribunal. But none of this was of concern to
Gallio. Paul remained for quite some time, and after saying farewell
to the brothers he sailed for Syria, together with Priscilla and
Aquila. At Cenchreae he had shaved his head because he had taken a
Jesus said to his disciples: "Amen, amen, I say to you, you will weep
and mourn, while the world rejoices; you will grieve, but your grief
will become joy. When a woman is in labor, she is in anguish because
her hour has arrived; but when she has given birth to a child, she no
longer remembers the pain because of her joy that a child has been
born into the world. So you also are now in anguish. But I will see
you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy
away from you. On that day you will not question me about anything.
Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name he
will give you."
Are we suffering from a certain ailment, pondering on a problem or a
concern that has been lingering or bothering us? Are we wearing our
heart on our sleeve each morning, or holding on to its shattered
pieces each day? Keep the faith. God is with us. He is trying to tell
us, show us or make us realize something so that we can discover for
ourselves what we are meant to do.
St. Rita of Cascia's life is one unlikely but inspiring experience we
can all draw inspiration from. All she wanted was a life with the
Lord, but her parents set her for marriage. She was extremely unhappy
for 18 years, enduring a harsh and cruel husband with whom she bore
twin sons, but she nevertheless gave utmost love, patience and mercy
to them. However, they were taken from her; her husband was ambushed
and killed, and her sons died of illnesses. She sought persistently to
enter the convent but they wouldn't accept her because one of the
requirements of entering the convent is virginity. There was a
miraculous account of how she got inside the well-secured convent
undetected. Despite all that she had been through, she kept her faith
and got what she had prayed all her life for: to become a nun.
Life can be crazy and harsh. But we need to remain steadfast in our
belief that God has a plan for us and that it will eventually be
revealed to us.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the healing and speedy recovery of:
- Eligia Fernando
- Sophia Gonzalez
- Mylene Lingad
- Francis Torres
- Ester Marcelo
- Elvira Belen
… for the safety of Johnson Cuiting
… for the special intentions:
- Annie Leonardo
- Franc Alma
- San Juan de Dios Hospital
… for the continued well-being: Fe Domingo
… Birthday: Chito Dychioco
… Wedding Anniversary: Jazmine and Joey Lozada
… In Memoriam:
- Luy Wai and Lok Mee Chau
- Sebastian Luy
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Jerry Guevara
- Hector V. Domingo
Eternal rest grant unto them and may perpetual light shine upon them.
May they and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Rita M. Yu
- Birthday: Lesley Castillo
- Birthday: Nori Wijanco
- Birthday: Geronimo Bumagat
- Birthday: Ma. Corazon Remo
- Birthday: Gemma Marin
… for the healing and peace of all families
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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