THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK November 13-19, 2016

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

FROM ST. AUGUSTINE SPIRITUALITY CENTER
Sister Rosemarie Goins, CSSF  Director

November 13-19, 2016

This week’s Sunday Scripture has a strong message on justice and the last days.  The consequences of our actions will determine whether we are ready for the end days.  Jesus hints at the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem, as well as, the end of time.  The temple was leveled by the Romans around 70 A.D.. Today we only see the “Wailing Wall” standing.  All things will come to an end.  Jesus says we should not be fearful, but trusting.  Worry is useless.  We will even be persecuted for our faith in Jesus and his principles. Luke 21:5-19 We see many of the signs today, but this has been so throughout history.  We should always be ready, because our personal end, our last days will come when we least expect it.

We are to follow the way of justice.“…for you who fear the name of God, there will arise the sun of justice with its healing rays…” Malachi 3: 16-21 In these times of challenges to our beliefs, in standing strong and “…persevering, we will secure our lives.” Luke 21: 19 Our brothers and sisters who are being martyred for their faith offer an example for our meditation and journey.

St. Albert the Great was a Dominican Friar and Doctor of the Church.  It is believed that he was the greatest German philosopher and theologian of the Middle Ages.  He was a contemporary of St. Thomas Aquinas.

In the eleventh century St. Margaret of Scotland was an English woman who married a Scottish King.  She was called “The Pearl of Scotland.”  She was a pious and charitable woman.  She gave birth to four Scottish kings.

St. Elizabeth of Hungary was a princess who became a queen at 14, a widow at 20 and died at 24.  In this very short life she minister to the sick and lepers.  She opened a hospital.  Her husband was supportive of her charitable works.  Other family members were not and made her suffer. Once when she was taking food to the poor from the palace, some family members accosted her and demanded that she turn over to them what she took from the palace. They expected to see all manner of silver, gold and fine food and supplies. Instead beautiful roses feel out of her cloak on a cold December day.  She is the patroness of the Third Order of St. Francis of Assisi.

The Dedication of the Basilicas of Saints Peter and Paul gives an opportunity to honor these wonderful apostles and their spreading the joy of the coming of Jesus.

As we take a break for Thanksgiving holidays here at St. Augustine High School, may you all be filled with the spirit of this season, receive many graces and are thankful for the good things in life.

Sister Rosemarie Goins, CSSF  Director

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