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    First Reading

    Sirach 1:1-10...
    20/02/2017

    All wisdom comes from the Lord, she is with him for ever.  The sands of the sea, the drops of rain, the days of eternity—who can count them? The height of the sky, the breadth of the earth, the depth of the abyss—who can explore them?  Wisdom was created before everything, prudent understanding subsists from remotest ages.  For whom has the root of wisdom ever been uncovered? Her resourceful ways, who knows them?  One only is wise, terrible indeed, seated on his throne, the Lord. It was he who created, inspected and weighed her up, and then poured her out on all his works—as much to each living creature as he chose—bestowing her on those who love him.


    Gospel

    Mark 9:14-29...
    20/02/2017

    When Jesus, with Peter, James and John came down from the mountain and rejoined the disciples they saw a large crowd round them and some scribes arguing with them. At once, when they saw him, the whole crowd were struck with amazement and ran to greet him. And he asked them, ‘What are you arguing about with them?’ A man answered him from the crowd, ‘Master, I have brought my son to you; there is a spirit of dumbness in him, and when it takes hold of him it throws him to the ground, and he foams at the mouth and grinds his teeth and goes rigid. And I asked your disciples to drive it out and they were unable to.’ In reply he said to them, ‘Faithless generation, how much longer must I be among you? How much longer must I put up with you? Bring him to me.’ They brought the boy to him, and at once the spirit of dumbness threw the boy into convulsions, and he fell to the ground and lay writhing there, foaming at the mouth. Jesus asked the father, ‘How long has this been happening to him?’ ‘From childhood,’ he said, ‘and it has often thrown him into fire and into water, in order to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have pity on us and help us.’ ‘If you can?’ retorted Jesus. ‘Everything is possible for one who has faith.’ At once the father of the boy cried out, ‘I have faith. Help my lack of faith!’ And when Jesus saw that a crowd was gathering, he rebuked the unclean spirit. ‘Deaf and dumb spirit,’ he said, ‘I command you: come out of him and never enter him again.’ Then it threw the boy into violent convulsions and came out shouting, and the boy lay there so like a corpse that most of them said, ‘He is dead.’ But Jesus took him by the hand and helped him up, and he was able to stand. When he had gone indoors, his disciples asked him when they were by themselves, ‘Why were we unable to drive it out?’ He answered, ‘This is the kind that can be driven out only by prayer.’


  • Daily Reflections

    Reflection

    7th Week in Ordinary Time...
    20/02/2017

    In today’s Gospel, Jesus brings home to us the message that prayer and faith are inseparable. He had delegated his power to the disciples to cast out demons and to heal the sick. But they failed to cure the boy with a mute spirit and brought disappointment to the pleading father. Jesus is dismayed by the lack of faith in both the disciples and the father of the boy. Confessing the fact that his faith was not as solid as it should have been he says, “I believe, help my unbelief.” Jesus heals the boy, not to display his divine power but to drive home the message that everything cannot be achieved by human skills and competence. If we are expecting a miracle, the believing heart should accompany our praying lips.


  • Saint of the Day

    Blessed Francisco & Jacinta Marto

    I t was the 13th of May in the year 1917. Away from the fertile regions of Fatima, a village some 110 miles north of the city of Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, stood the little known Cova da Iria where there took place an event that was to change forever the lives of three youngsters from Aljustrel who were shepherding their flock. Having first satiated their hunger, they had just about concluded the recitation of the rosary when, of a sudden that bright sunny morning a powerful flash of lightning tore through the sky, bathing them in an astonishingly dazzling glow and revealing to them a resplendent figure — a young maiden, the Virgin Mother of God! Ten-year-old Lucia de Jesus and her two cousins, Francisco and Jacinta Marto were the 3 seers of that beatific vision and were to be recipients of the same for the next 5 months, a rendezvous they maintained uninterruptedly, except for 13 August when they were taken away for cross-questioning by the Mayor of Villa Nova de Ourem, under whose jurisdiction Fatima fell. An unexpected apparition, however, followed on 19 August while they grazed their flock in the “dos Valinhos”. The trio was asked by Mary to learn to read and write; they were also asked to pray the rosary for peace in the world and the end of the war that was raging then, as well as to pray for the Pope, for sinners and for the conversion of Russia. She asked that the Rosary be recited regularly and that the world be consecrated to her Immaculate Heart. Francisco, who was born on 11 June 1908, was called to his reward on 4 April 1919 at Aljustrel; Jacinta, born on 11 March 1910, passed away to hers on 20 February 1920 at Lisbon. Lucia de Jesus lives on today as Sr Maria Lucia of the Immaculate Heart. The process for the beatification of Francisco and Jacinta which commenced in 1952, concluded in 1979. The final documentation having been presented to the Holy Father, Pope John Paul II and the Congregation for the Causes of Saints on 15 February 1988, Francisco and Jacinta were declared “Venerable” on 13 May 1989 and beatified in the Jubilee Year 2000. Reflection: “Having been crowned by the Most Holy Trinity, from heaven, Mary fulfils for us Christians the roles of Mother, Teacher and Queen. On our part, we want to be good children, diligent disciples and docile subjects” (Blessed James Alberione).

Agenda Paolina

 20/02/2017

* FSP: 1894 a Castagnito d’Alba (Italia) nasce Teresa Merlo - 1994 a Guwahati (India) e Casa S. Tecla ad Antananarivo (Madagascar) - 1995 a Abidjan (Costa d’Avorio) - 2001 a Kinshasa, Regina degli Apostoli (Congo) - 2005 a Tulear (Madagascar).

 20/02/2017

† SSP: Fr. Luigi Toffoletto (1993) • FSP: Sr. Gregorina Baroni (1999) - Sr. Elena Ravotto (2004) • PD: Sr. M. Teresa Binello (1985) - Sr. M. Aurelia Colesso (1996) • IGS: D. Enrico Lazzarini (2008) - D. Marsilio Galli (2009) • IMSA: Palmira Teixeira Gonçalves (2001) - Giuseppina Galiano (2002) • ISF: Natalia Accattino (1984).

Thoughts

 20/02/2017 Our life has to be in Jesus Christ and that is: we must think in the manner that Jesus Christ did, to desire what Jesus Christ desired, to love that which Jesus Christ loved (FSP39, p. 666).

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