Commentary: Wayback Machine.
'Tis also the festival of Saint Wolfgang of Regensburg, Bishop, O.S.B. (circa 924-994, A.K.A. of Ratisbon), the "Great Almoner:" Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link.
'Tis also the festival of Blessed Tommaso Bellacci, Religious, O.F.M. (1370-1447, of Florence; Anglicized as Thomas Bellacci): Blessed-link ūnus, Blessed-link duo, & Wikipedia-link.
'Tis also the festival of Blessed Irene Stefani, Religious, M.C. (1891-1930; nicknamed Nyaatha, "mother of mercy"): Blessed-link ūna, Blessed-link duae, & Wikipedia-link.
Scripture of the Day
The Letter to the Romans, chapter eight, verses eighteen thru twenty-five;
Psalm One Hundred Twenty-six, verses one(b) & two(a/b), two(c/d) & three, four & five, & six;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter thirteen, verses eighteen thru twenty-one.
Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, today's Gospel compares the Kingdom of heaven to a mustard seed. It seems to be a law of the spiritual life that God wants good things to start small and grow over time.Video reflection by Father Jack Ledwon: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
We're tempted to say, "You're God. Just get on with it. Do it." But why would God work the way he does? We might attempt a few explanations. It is a commonplace of the Bible that God rejoices in our cooperation. He wants us to involve ourselves—through freedom, intelligence, creativity—in what he is doing. And so he plants seeds, and he wants us to cultivate them.
"Francis, rebuild my Church." Heck, God could have rebuilt his Church, but he wanted Francis to get involved. God could have renewed the spiritual life of Christianity through a great infusion of grace, but he inspired Anthony to leave everything behind and go live alone in the desert.
There's something else. When things start small, they can fly under the radar for a time, while they gain strength and heft and seriousness. And those involved can be tested and tried.
Bible Study—Proverbs in a Month
The Book of Proverbs, chapter thirty (verses one thru thirty-three);
The Book of Proverbs, chapter thirty-one (verses one thru thirty-one).
Commentary: VI: The Words of Agur (30:1-6), VII: Numerical Proverbs (30:7-33), VIII: The Words of Lemuel (31:1-9), & IX: The Ideal Wife (31:10-31).
A Humble Contribution to the New Evangelization
The Popish Plot—Taco Tuesday: "The Reformation at 500"
Commentary: This is the first multi-person episode of The Popish Plot that I principally wrote; we do use a script, around which we then improvise. (Previously, I'd written my solo episodes.) I intended the title to be "The Reformation @ 500; or, the Miracle of Unity." Instead, the title is "The Reformation at 500," with "Halloween" also listed on screen, & no on-screen mention of "The Miracle of Unity." The Popish Plot is a collaborative effort, to its great benefit, & it is good for me to learn to play well with others, but I'm also going to need to take steps to ensure that my work is presented as intended.