Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Project BLACK MAMBA: Advent

'Tis the feast of Saint Zephyrinus, Pope (died 217), fifteenth Bishop of Rome: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the feast of Saint Dominic of Silos, Priest & Abbot, O.S.B. (circa 1000-1073): Saint-link ┼źnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link.

Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Family bulletin:
Dominic of Silos was born in Spain around the year 1000 into a peasant family. As a young boy he spent time in the fields, where he welcomed the solitude. He became a Benedictine priest & served in numerous leadership positions. Following a dispute with the king over property, Dominic & two other monks were exiled. They established a new monastery in what at first seemed an unpromising location. Under Dominic's leadership, however, it became one of the most famous houses in Spain. Many healings were reported there. About one hundred years after Dominic's death, a young woman made a pilgrimage to his tomb. There Dominic of Silos appeared to her & assured her that she would bear another son. The woman was (Bl.) Joan of Aza (2 August), & the son she bore grew up to be the "other" Dominic—the one who founded the Dominicans.
'Tis also the feast of Blessed Vincent Romano, Priest (1751-1831), the "Worker Priest:" Blessed-link & Wikipedia-link.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings
The Book of Isaiah, chapter seven, verses ten thru fourteen;
Psalm Twenty-four, verses one thru four(b), five, & six;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter one, verses twenty-six thru thirty-eight.

Individual Reading
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter eleven, verses two thru thirty.

Commentary: IV. Opposition from Israel: The Messengers from John the Baptist (11:2-6), Jesus's Testimony to John (11:7-19), Reproaches to Unrepentant Towns (11:20-24), the Praise of the Father (11:25-27), & the Gentle Mastery of Christ (11:28-30).

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