Monday, October 24, 2016


'Tis the Optional Memorial of Saint Anthony Mary Claret, Bishop, C.M.F. (1807-1870), founder of the Claretians, formally the Congregation of Missionaries, Sons of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Saint-link ┼źnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link C.M.F.

Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
A Spanish... archbishop & missionary, he was confessor of Isabella II of Spain & he founded the Congregation of Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, commonly called the Claretians.
Quoth the Holy Family bulletin:
By age twenty-one Anthony had been educated & was in much demand for his skill as a weaver. While suffering because of poor health, Anthony imagined himself as a Carthusian monk. He went to the bishop for advice. The bishop suggested that he first go to the diocesan seminary & then, if he wished, leave & become a monk. Anthony followed this advice & enjoyed seminary life. He founded a society of missionaries, & after being named bishop of Cuba, he won renown for his pastoral zeal. After returning to Spain, he continued to work the Church. He died at Fontfrodie in France in 1870.
'Tis also the feast of Saint Senoch, Abbot, O.S.B. (died circa 576): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings
The Letter to the Ephesians, chapter four, verse thirty-two thru chapter five, verse eight;
Psalm One, verses one thru four & six;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter thirteen, verses ten thru seventeen;

or, for St. Anthony:
The Book of Isaiah, chapter fifty-two, verses seven thru ten;
Psalm Ninety-six, verse three;
The Gospel according to Mark, chapter one, verses fourteen thru twenty.

Commentary: The readings for the Optional Memorial have changed since last year, though only the psalm. I have not kept close enough track to note is this is common or unusual.

Personal Reading
Introduction to the Letter of James;
The Letter of James, chapter one (of five; verses one thru twenty-seven).

Commentary: Address (1:1), Perseverance in Trial (1:2-11), Temptation (1:12-18), & Doers of the Word (1:19-27).

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