Thursday, November 17, 2016


'Tis the Memorial of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious, T.O.S.F. (1207-1231, A.K.A. of Thuringia): Saint-link ūna, Saint-link duae, & Wikipedia-link.

Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
Her husband was himself much inclined to religion & highly esteemed her virtue, encouraging her in her exemplary life. They had three children when tragedy struck—Louis was killed while fighting with the Crusaders. After his death, Elizabeth left the court, made arrangements for the care of her children, & in 1228 renounced the world, becoming a tertiary of St. Francis (4 October). She built the Franciscan hospital at Marburg & devoted herself to the care of the sick until her death at the age of twenty-four in 1231.
Quoth the Holy Family bulletin:
While still a young girl she was married to Louis the Landgrave of Thuringia & gave birth to three children. She devoted herself to prayer & meditation. After her husband's death, she embraced a life of poverty, erecting a hospital in which she herself served the sick. She died at Marburg in 1231.
'Tis also the feast of Saint Gregory of Tours, Bishop (circa 538-594): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings
The Book of Revelation, chapter five, verses one thru ten;
Psalm One Hundred Forty-nine, verses one(b) thru six(a) & nine(b);
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter nineteen, verses forty-one thru forty-four;

or, for St. Elizabeth:
The First Letter of John, chapter three, verses fourteen thru eighteen;
Psalm Thirty-four, verse two;
or, Psalm Thirty-four, verse nine;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter six, verses twenty-seven thru thirty-eight.

Individual Reading
The Book of Job, chapter eleven (verses one thru twenty);
The Book of Job, chapter twelve (verses one thru twenty-five);
The Book of Job, chapter thirteen (verses one thru twenty-eight);
The Book of Job, chapter fourteen (verses one thru twenty-two);
The Book of Isaiah, chapter fifty (verses one thru eleven).

Commentary: Zophar's First Speech (Job, 11, inclusive), Job's Third Reply (12, 13, & 14, inclusive), & Salvation Only through the Lord's Servant (Isaiah, 50, inclusive).

Job continues to be challenging, not least of all because Job keeps contradicting himself, proving he is far from the blameless victim as which he presents himself. I dabbled into Isaiah because a parishioner & fellow Cursillista recently quoted Isaiah, 50:4 regarding yours truly, & I wished to see those words in context:
The Lord GOD has given me
a well-trained tongue,
That I might know how to speak to the weary
a word that will rouse them.
He is overly generous in his praise.

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