THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
FROM ST. AUGUSTINE SPIRITUALITY CENTER
October 30-November 5, 2016
In the story of Zacchaeus we see a man who is willing to humble himself by climbing a tree to see Jesus. He is rewarded by Jesus who invites himself to the man’s home. Of course, everyone grumbles about Jesus’ choice to go to the home of a sinner. Luke 19: 1-10 This sinner’s public confession and repentance leads him to salvation. He gives a good example of a converted heart and the extreme to which one can go to seek forgiveness.
In the Book of Wisdom 11: 22; 12:2 “the whole universe is as a grain of sand or a drop of morning dew…” to God, who still cherishes all things and gives the sinner a multitude of times to repent. Who can claim to believe in such a God? It should be a humbling experience to know this wonderful love of the Creator.
November is introduced by the great Feast of All the Saints; this includes our deceased relatives and friends. Mary, the Mother of Jesus, leads this great host of God’s people. Rejoicing is the key for this special day.
November 2 in the Catholic Church is called All Souls Day. To the Mexican and other Hispanic peoples it is also known as Dia de Muertos, the Day of the Dead. This a special day to remember and honor those who have already gone into eternity. The image of the skull is very popular. Many visit the cemetery and place objects and food loved by the deceased. Flowers, wreaths and balloons decorate many graves in the United States. Mass is usually celebrated in Catholic cemeteries.
If you see a mouse, surely St. Martin de Porres is close by, so legend tells us. However, in my prayers and petitions to St. Martin many a sighting of a mouse has occurred (A greeting card in the mail, a TV ad, the real thing). He is a very powerful person and never fails in obtaining my petitions from God.
St. Charles Borromeo was a powerful force in the Counter- Reformation of the 16th century. He organized and directed the last segment of the Council of Trent. Among other appointments he served as Archbishop of Milan, Secretary of State of the Vatican, Director of the Papal States and adviser to many heads of State, as well as, the Pope and other ecclesiastical persons.
As we approach the completion of the Election of the next President of the United States, let pray for a peaceful transition of power and recognition of civility, justice and respect among the politicians. May there be an acknowledgement of from whom all authority comes – God.
May God be your joy on the journey to eternity,
Sister Rosemarie Goins