Wednesday, September 24, 2014

St.Mattew's 2nd Reading

We didn't celebrate the feast of St. Matthew the Apostle this year because September 21st fell on a Sunday this year. Sundays supersede most feasts. I'm sure St. Matthew does not mind. But as I was paging around in my breviary today,my eyes fell on Matthew's second reading, from St. Bede the Venerable:

"[Jesus] saw the tax collector and, because he saw him through the eyes of mercy and chose him..."

And I remembered that Pope Francis' personal motto, both  when he was a bishop and now as pope, is miserando atque eligendo, which everyone has trouble translation from Latin, but means something  like "having mercy and choosing,"   This is the passage the Pope's motto comes from.  It was on the feast of St. Matthew many years ago that young Mario Bergoglio received his vocation to the priesthood.

Anyway, it was cool to come across this passage in the Office of readings and remember the  special  connection that it has to our pope.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Padre Pio All Day Tuesday

Many of us who spend oodles of time working at computers welcome the switch to a print breviary for prayer time. It feels so good to detach oneself from screens and feel paper, rather than letter keys beneath one's fingers for a few minutes. Some people insist  that they can pray with more focus when they use a book rather than a tablet or phone for prayer.

Be that as it may, there are always those days when one says "Thanks be to God and to  Catholic web developers" and today is one of these. Unless you have the African breviary from Pauline editions in Kenya, you'd be missing out on the propers for St. Pio of Pietrelcina. Good old has everything you need, including the saint's incredible description (in the Office of Readings) of receiving the stigmata for the first time in 1918. doesn't seem to have this reading but it does have the rest. Same thing with Universalis.

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