'Tis the festival of Saint John Eudes, Priest, C.J.M. (1601-1680), founder of the Eudists (C.J.M.), formally the Congregation of Jesus & Mary, & the Order of Our Lady of Charity of the Refuge (O.D.N.C.); "father of the liturgical cult" of the Hearts of Jesus & Mary: Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Order-link C.J.M., Wikipedia-link C.J.M., & Wikipedia-link O.D.N.C.; & Sacred Heart-link & Wikipedia-link Sacred Heart, Immaculate Heart-link & Wikipedia-link Immaculate Heart, & Wikipedia-link Alliance of the Hearts.
Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
A French Roman Catholic priest & the founder of both the Eudists & the Order of Our Lady of Charity. He was also a professed member from the Oratory of Jesus & was the author of the proper for the Mass & Divine Office of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus Christ & the Blessed Virgin.'Tis also the festival of Saint Andrew Stratelates, Martyr (died 300, A.K.A. the Tribune, of Cilicia), martyred in the reign of the Roman emperors Diocletian & Maximian: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link.
Commentary: Stratelates is not a name but an epithet, meaning "the Commander."
'Tis also the festival of Saint Bertulf of Bobbio, Abbot (died circa 640, A.K.A. of Luxeuil), abbot of Bobbio Abbey: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Abbey.
Commentary: Kinsman of the bishop St. Arnulf of Metz [18 July].
'Tis also the festival of Saint Louis of Toulouse, Bishop, O.F.M. (1274-1297; also spelt Ludwig, Ludovico; A.K.A. of Anjou), Bishop of Toulouse: Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Toulouse.
Commentary: Nephew of St. Louis [25 August] & great-great-nephew of St. Elizabeth of Hungary [17 November].
'Tis also the festival of Blessed Hugh Green, Priest & Martyr (circa 1584-1642, A.K.A. Ferdinand Brooks, Ferdinand Brown), martyred in the reign of the Anglo-Scottish king Charles I, one of the one hundred sixty Martyrs of Douai: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Martyrs-link Douai & Wikipedia-link Douai.
'Tis also the festival of Saint Ezequiél Moreno y Díaz, Bishop, O.A.R. (1848-1906, Anglicized as Ezekiel), Bishop of Pasto: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Pasto.
Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Monday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time
The Book of Judges, chapter two, verses eleven thru nineteen;
Psalm One Hundred Six, verses thirty-four & thirty-five, thirty-six & thirty-seven, thirty-nine & forty, & forty-three(a/b) & forty-four;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter nineteen, verses sixteen thru twenty-two.
Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, today’s Gospel is the story of the rich young man. The rich young man has a deep desire to share in everlasting life. He is hungry for the infinite good of the Spirit. He knows what he wants, and he knows where to find it. Jesus is the infinite good that the soul wants. He is God’s own self made flesh.Video reflection by Monsignor James Vlaun: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
If you want to live in friendship with God, there are certain things that you must cut out of your life. Friendship with God means a life of love; therefore, those things that egregiously violate love have to be eliminated.
Jesus looks at him with love and says, "There is one thing more you must do. Go and sell what you have and give it to the poor; you will have treasure in heaven. After that come follow me." God is nothing but love, straight through, and therefore the life of friendship with him, in the richest sense, is a life of total, self-forgetting love.
But at this point the young man tragically balks. The spiritual life, at the highest pitch, is about giving your life away, and this is why his many possessions are a problem
Mass Readings—Optional Memorial of St. John Eudes
The Letter to the Ephesians, chapter three, verses fourteen thru nineteen;
Psalm One Hundred Thirty-one, verses one(b/c/d/e), two, & three;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter eleven, verses twenty-five thru thirty.
Scripture Study—Day 91: Progeny Point, Day 22
The Book of Genesis, chapter thirty-nine, verses six & seven.
Commentary: Joseph & Potiphar's Wife (Genesis, 39:6-7).
Papal Quote o' the Day
"What the world really asks of us is that the Mystery of Redemption be accessible to all, especially to the poor, the sick, children, the young, the family. It is precisely through the Eucharist that Christ's Redemption touches each person's heart, transforming the world's history."Saint Quote o' the Day
—Pope X (-, feast day:)
"While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart."
—St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226, feast day: 4 October)