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Saturday

<April 21, 2018>

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.7

Daily Devotional: The Blessed Virgin Mary Gift of the Holy Spirit: Wisdom—the gift of contemplative reflection on, and love for, divine things. It enables one to assess the world by revealed truths and instills peace in the soul. Proclamation of Faith: “I believe in the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.” The Blessed Mother: May we experience God’s protection as Mary did, by imitating her obedience to God’s Will. Protection Through Obedience. Jesus: The life of Christ exemplified prudence, always seeking to do God’s Will alone. May we do the same.
Glorious Characteristic: Impassability—we will be immune from death and pain. (Rev 21:4, I Cor 15:50-57) Spiritual Work of Mercy: Forgive offenses. Corporal Work of Mercy: Give drink to the thirsty. Sacrament: Anointing of the Sick Commandments:
  1. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.
  2. You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.
Thought for the Day: Blessed Virgin Mary: “Do whatever He tells you.”

Today’s Reading

St Anselm

Archbishop of Canterbury and Doctor of the Church (A.D. 1109)

“Indifferent toward religion as a young man, Anselm became one of the Church’s greatest theologians and leaders.  He received the title ‘Father of Scholasticism’ for his attempt to analyze and illumine the truths of faith through the aid of reason.  At 15, Anselm wanted to enter a monastery, but was refused acceptance because of his father’s opposition.  Twelve years later, after careless disinterest in religion and years of worldly living, he finally fulfilled his desire to be a monk.  He entered the monastery of Bec in Normandy, was elected prior three years later, and 15 years later, was unanimously chosen abbot.<br>Considered an original and independent thinker, Anselm was admired for his patience, gentleness, and teaching skill. Under his leadership, the Abbey of Bec became a monastic school, influential in philosophical and theological studies.  During these years, at the community’s request, Anselm began publishing his theological works, comparable to those of Saint Augustine.  His best-known work is the book Cur Deus Homo (’Why God Became Man’).<br>Against his will, Anselm was appointed archbishop of Canterbury in 1093, at age 60.  His appointment was opposed at first by England’s King William Rufus and later accepted.  Rufus persistently refused to cooperate with efforts to reform the Church.<br>Anselm finally went into voluntary exile until Rufus died in 1100.  He was then recalled to England by Rufus’ brother and successor, Henry I.  Disagreeing fearlessly with Henry over the king’s insistence on investing England’s bishops, Anselm spent another three years in exile in Rome.<br>His care and concern extended to the very poorest people.  Opposing the slave trade, Anselm obtained from the national council at Westminster the passage of a resolution prohibiting the sale of human beings.<br><br>Reflection: Like every true follower of Christ, Anselm had to carry his cross, especially in the form of opposition and conflict with those in political control.  Though personally a mild and gentle man and a lover of peace, he would not back off from conflict and persecution when principles were at stake.”

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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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