The Popish Plot: vEaster
"The 2nd Mass in the Bible"
Death without the Eucharist: Day 44
He was forty-four days dying & not yet dead.
'Tis the Optional Memorial of Saint Pius V, Pope, O.P. (1504-1572; A.K.A. Antonio Ghislieri, Michele Ghislieri), two hundred twenty-fifth (CCXXV) Bishop of Rome (1566-1572), Bishop of Mondovì (1560-1566); who implemented the reforms of the Council of Trent (1545-1563, the nineteenth [XIX] ecumenical council) & excommunicated the English queen Elizabeth I through the papal bull Regnans in Excelsis (1570); & who organized the Holy League that won the Battle of Lepanto (1571), which he celebrated by instituting the Feast of Our Lady of Victory: Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, Saint-link trēs, & Wikipedia-link; Pontifex-link & Wikipedia-link Pontifex, & Wikipedia-link Mondovì; Council-link & Wikipedia-link Trent, & Wikipedia-link Regnans in Excelsis; Wikipedia-link Holy League, Battle-link & Wikipedia-link Lepanto, & Wikipedia-link Madonna.
Commentary: Wayback Machine '18.
'Tis also the festival of Saints Amator, Priest; Ludovico; & Pietro of Córdoba, Religious; Martyrs (died 855), martyred in the reign of the Andalusian king Muhammad I, three of the forty-eight Martyrs of Córdoba: Martyr-link Alpha, Martyr-link Lima, Martyr-link Papa, & Wikipedia-link (List); Wikipedia-link Córdoba.
'Tis also the festival of Blessed William Southerne, Priest & Martyr (circa 1569-1618), martyred in the reign of the Anglo-Scottish king James VI & I, one of the Eighty-five Martyrs of England & Wales: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Martyrs-link England & Wales & Wikipedia-link England & Wales.
'Tis also the festival of Saint Marie of the Incarnation, Religious, O.S.U. (1599-1672, A.K.A. Marie Guyart): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.
Commentary: Across the water in the Canadas, St. Marie's feast is an obligatory Memorial. Not to be confused with Bl. Marie of the Incarnation, O.C.D. [18 April].
'Tis also the festival of Saint Giuseppe Benedetto Cottolengo, Priest, T.O.S.F. (1786-1842), founder of the Little House of Divine Providence, nicknamed the "University of Charity:" Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link.
'Tis also the festival of Blessed Dedë Plani, Priest & Martyr (1891-1948), martyred in the reign of the Communist dictator Enver Hoxha: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link (List); Wikipedia-link Albania.
Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Thursday of the Third Week of Easter
The Acts of the Apostles, chapter eight, verses twenty-six thru forty;
Psalm Sixty-six (R/. one), verses eight & nine, sixteen & seventeen, & twenty;
The Gospel according to John, chapter six, verses forty-four thru fifty-one.
Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, in today’s Gospel Jesus declares, "I am the living bread that came down from heaven." The bread is referred to as living. Bread is good, but it’s not alive. Instead, when we take it in, and it is turned by our bodies into fat or muscle or bone, then it comes alive.Video reflection by Susan Timoney, S.T.D. (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops): Daily Reflection.
But it is just the opposite with the living bread of Christ. This we take in and we become alive in a way that we were not before. And this is why Jesus says that he is bread come down from heaven.
What is heaven? St. Paul says, "Eye has not seen and ear has not heard what God has prepared for those who love him." Paul’s pithy remark gives us a clue: "those who love him." Whatever heaven is, it is the realm of God, and therefore it is a realm of love.
What is the Eucharist, this heavenly food, but a participation in the love between the Father and the Son? In the Eucharist, the sacrifice of Christ is made present, and the sacrifice of Christ is the fullest expression of the love of the Father and the Son.
Video reflection by Curtis Mitch (St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology): Mass Readings Reflection.
Mass Readings—Optional Memorial of St. Pius V
The First Letter to the Corinthians, chapter four, verses one thru five;
Psalm One Hundred Ten (R/. four[b]), verses one, two, three, & four;
The Gospel according to John, chapter twenty-one, verses fifteen, sixteen, & seventeen.
Scripture Study—Day 91: Samuel's Summit, Day 4
The First Book of Samuel, chapter two, verses one thru ten.
Commentary: Hannah's Prayer (1 Samuel, 2:1-10).
Scripture Study—The 3:16 Project
The Second Letter of Peter, chapter three, verses fifteen & sixteen.
And count the forbearance of our Lord as salvation. So also our beloved brother Paul wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, speaking of this as he does in all his letters. There are some things in them hard to understand, which the ignorant & unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.Papal Quote o' the Day
"Each of us can say: 'I hope, because God is beside me.'"Saint Quote o' the Day
—Pope Francis (b. 1936, r. 2013-present)
"The original source of all that is good is the very act of God, who created both the earth & man, & Who gave the earth to man so that he might have dominion over it by his work & enjoy its fruits. God gave the earth to the whole human race for the sustenance of all its members, without excluding or favoring anyone. This is the foundation of the universal destination of the earth’s goods."Archbishop Sheen Quote o' the Day
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great (1920-2005, feast: 22 October)
"We hardly think about reparation any more. We seem to have dropped it in the Church. We have reparation in the human body. When I had my open-heart surgery, I was bleeding to death. I depended upon eighty people who gave me eighty pints of blood. The human body has only eight pints. Volunteers had to supply eighty pints to keep me alive. They were filling up the quota of my life. And just as we have a kidney transplant, even a heart transplant, so we have the transplanting of merits, of prayers, & sacrifices from one member of the Church to the other, to cure those members of their anemic condition. We're living in a decade that needs reparation more than any other decade in the past one hundred years. But we're failing to find it."
—Ven. Fulton Sheen (1895-1979)