Friday, May 20, 2016


'Tis the Optional Memorial of Saint Bernardine of Siena, Priest, O.F.M. (1380-1444): Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link.

Commentary: Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
He is known… as "the Apostle of Italy" for his efforts to revive the country's Catholic faith during the fifteenth century. His preaching was frequently directed against gambling, witchcraft, sodomy, & usury.
Quoth the Holy Family bulletin:
St. Bernardine lost both his parents before the age of seven. At the age of twenty-two he entered the Friars Minor & spent the first twelve years devoted to prayer. In 1417, he began his ministry as a preacher. He was commissioned to reform the Franciscan Order & worked as a peacemaker between feuding cities. In 1427, Pope Martin V asked him to accept the bishopric of Siena, but he refused. St. Bernardine had a special love for the Holy Name of Jesus which he considered to be a compendium of Scripture & a symbol of unity. He invented the logo IHS which stands for Iesus Hominum Salvator* (Jesus, Savior of Mankind). St. Bernadine died on the vigil of the Ascension in 1444 & was canonized a saint six years later.
*Actually, IHS is a Latin rendering of the first three letters of the Holy Name of Jesus in Greek. Iesus Hominum Salvator is a so-called "backronym."

'Tis also the feast of Saint Lucifer of Calgiari, Bishop (died circa 370): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

Commentary: There appears to be some wrangling over the status of Bishop Lucifer. If I am in error, it is in thinking charitably of such a steadfast opponent of the Arian heresy, & I intend no defiance of any of the authorities placed over me within the hierarchy Church.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings
The Letter of James, chapter five, verses nine thru twelve;
Psalm One Hundred Three, verses one thru four, eight, nine, eleven, & twelve;
The Gospel according to Mark, chapter ten, verses one thru twelve.

Commentary: Lot of verses twelve today. What do you mean, I missed the point of today's readings?

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