Posted by: livingscripture | April 29, 2017

Second Saturday of Eastertide

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

April 29, 2017

SECOND SATURDAY OF EASTERTIDE

 

WORD of the DAY 

At that time Jesus said in reply, “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike.              (Matthew  11: 25)

How shall I live this Word?

The things hidden from the learned are revealed to the little ones.  They are the ‘little ones’ who in the history of the Church, we have seen many times transform themselves and become like giants, re-building the opportunity to return to God, to understand, to interpret more deeply the Gospel in their times.

St. Catherine, Patron of Italy, is a saint distant in time and to our attitudes.  She lived in the Middle Ages, a time full of light and of darkness that still exists today.  Catherine, a religious woman, that is, consecrated to prayer and to action in the newborn Dominican Order, a choice considered inconvenient for such a young woman.  She intervened, something considered most unusual in an epoch dominated by an oppressive chauvinism.  She acted in the political life of the time with unexpected efficacy; recalling everyone, even the Pope, to the essentials.

Against the risk of a Church that was too compromised and timid in political action, Catherine reminds the Pope of his duty to remain in his diocese – Rome – to abandon his temporary but safer place in Avignon.

We need this kind of woman; the Church needs to leave much more room for the feminine charism of the Word of God, of prophets who recall the Church and the nations to their proper origins, repeating over and over that only faith and prayer and silence can shape characters and situations.

Let us entrust to her, our world that is becoming more and more homogenized with dominating global thoughts that are petty and egoistic.  May St. Catherine recall us to the essential in her own decisive way.

The Voice of Blessed Pope Paul VI

 In her writings, Catherine of Siena offers us one of the brightest models of those charisms of exhortation, of words of wisdom and of knowledge that St. Paul shows operative in some of the  faithful in the primitive Christian communities…And truly, how many rays of supernatural wisdom; how many reminders of the imitation of Christ in the whole mystery of His life and of His Passion; how many efficacious teachings for the practice of virtue in the various states of life are spread in the Saint’s works!  Her letters are like sparks of a mysterious fire enkindled in her ardent heart by the Infinite Love of the Holy Spirit.  (04/10/1970)

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