Monday, April 24, 2017

Project BLACK MAMBA: Eastertide

'Tis the Optional Memorial of Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Priest & Martyr, O.F.M. Cap. (1577-1622), martyred by Swiss Calvinists: Martyr-link ūnus, Martyr-link duo, & Wikipedia-link.

Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
Franciscan Capuchin martyr. A practicing lawyer, he traveled across Europe as a tutor to aristocrats but then started defending the poor. He became a Franciscan Capuchin monk, taking the name of Fidelis. A missionary to Grisons, Switzerland, Fidelis was so successful that local Protestants claimed that he was a spy for the Austrian emperor. Fidelis was stabbed to death in a church in Seewis.
Quoth the Holy Family bulletin:
St. Fidelis was born in Sigmaringen in Germany in 1578. He entered the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin & led an austere life of penance, vigils, & prayer. He was continuously engaged in preaching the word of God & he was commissioned by the sacred Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith to preach in the canton of Grisons. In 1622, he was attacked by a band of heretics & suffered martyrdom at Seewis in Switzerland.
'Tis also the festival of Saint Diarmid of Armagh, Bishop (died circa 852): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Saint William Firmatus, Priest & Hermit (1026-1103, of Tours): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Easter Weekday
The Acts of the Apostles, chapter four, verses twenty-three thru thirty-one;
Psalm Two, verses one, two, & three; four thru seven(a); & seven(b) thru nine;
The Gospel according to John, chapter three, verses one thru eight.

Commentary: Easter Gospel reflection by Bishop Robert Barron:
Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us that no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and spirit. He says: “What is born of flesh is flesh and what is born of spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I told you, ‘You must be born from above.’ The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

The Holy Spirit is the love shared by the Father and the Son; he is, in the lovely image proposed by Fulton Sheen, the sign of affection that goes up when the Father looks at the Son and the Son looks back at the Father.

We have access to this holy heart of God because the Father sent the Son into the world, into our dysfunction, even to the limits of godforsakenness—and thereby gathered all of the world into the dynamism of the divine life. Those who live in Christ are not outside of God as petitioners or supplicants; rather they are in God as friends, sharers in the Spirit.
Mass Readings—Optional Memorial of St. Fidelis:
The Letter to the Colossians, chapter one, verses twenty-four thru twenty-nine;
Psalm Thirty-four, verse five;
The Gospel according to John, chapter seventeen, verses twenty thru twenty-six.

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Bonus! Song of the Lord's Day
Sonntag, 23. April
Daniel Schmit & Mike Hilliker, "Christ Is Risen" from Mercy: Songs for Holy Week (The Last Angry Man)

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