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Thursday

<April 19, 2018>

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.5

Daily Devotional: The Holy Eucharist/Priesthood Gift of the Holy Spirit: Counsel—the gift that assists decision making and helps to guard against rashness; as an interior guide, it assists one to counsel others and to extend compassion to them. Proclamation of Faith: “I believe in the Communion of Saints.” The Blessed Mother: In imitation of the Blessed Mother after the passion, may we refrain from judging others. Mary’s example was an encouragement to the apostles. Jesus: In imitation of Jesus, may we treat all those we encounter with kindness.
Glorious Characteristic: Quality—our bodies will be youthful and will retain our original gender. (Practice seeing all as a child of God.) (Rev 1:12-18) Spiritual Work of Mercy: Counsel the doubtful. Corporal Work of Mercy: Bury the dead. Sacrament: Holy Orders Commandment:
  1. You shall not steal.
Thought for the Day: Padre Pio: “Pray, hope and don’t worry.”

Today’s Reading

St Elphege

Archbishop

“St Elphege was born in the year 954, of a noble Saxon family.  He first became a monk in the monastery of Deerhurst, near Tewkesbury, England, and afterwards lived as a hermit near Bath, where he founded a community under the rule of St Benedict, and became its first abbot.  At thirty years of age he was chosen Bishop of Winchester, and twenty-two years later he became Archbishop of Canterbury.  In 1011, when the Danes landed in Kent and took the city of Canterbury, putting all to fire and sword, St Elphege was captured and carried off in the expectation of a large ransom.  He was unwilling that his ruined church and people should be put to such expense, and was kept in a loathsome prison at Greenwich for seven months  While so confined some friends came and urged him to lay a tax upon his tenants to raise the sum demanded for his ransom…’What reward can I hope for,’ said he, ‘if I spend upon myself what belongs to the poor?  Better give up to the poor what is ours, than take from them the little which is their own,’  As he still refused to give ransom, the enraged Danes fell upon him in a fury, beat him with the blunt sides of their weapons, and bruised him with stones until one whom the Saint had baptized shortly before, put an end to his sufferings by the blow of an axe.  He died on Easter Saturday April 19, 1012, his last words being a prayer for his murderers.  His body was first buried in St Paul’s, London, but was afterwards translated to Canterbury by King Canute.  A church dedicated to St Elphege still stands upon the place of his martyrdom at Greenwich.<br><br>Reflection.- Those who are in high positions should consider themselves as stewards rather than masters of the wealth or power intrusted to them for the benefit of the poor and weak. St Elphege died rather than extort his ransom from the poor tenants of the Church lands.

Edited by John Gilmary Shea, LL.D., page 230 Little Pictorial Lives of the Saints Benziger Brothers

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God, infinitely perfect and blessed in himself, in a plan of sheer goodness freely created man to make him share in his own blessed life. For this reason, at every time and in every place, God draws close to man. He calls man to seek him, to know him, to love him with all his strength. He calls together all men, scattered and divided by sin, into the unity of his family, the Church. To accomplish this, when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son as Redeemer and Savior. In his Son and through him, he invites men to become, in the Holy Spirit, his adopted children and thus heirs of his blessed life.

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