Indeed, how good is the Lord: bless his holy name.
Year: A(II). Psalm week: 4. Liturgical Colour: Green.
Other saints: Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini (1850 - 1917)
She was born in Lombardy, the youngest of thirteen children. Because of her frail health she was refused admission to two convents. She devoted herself to teaching, and founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, whose aim is to spread devotion to the Heart of Jesus by spiritual and corporal works of mercy, running homes for the old and the sick, orphanages, and schools. In 1889 the Pope sent her to New York, where she founded an orphanage. In all she founded 67 institutions across the United States, South America and Europe. She died of malaria at Chicago in 1917.
Other saints: Saint Machar (8th century)
Machar was a bishop of Irish origin. He came to Iona with Columba and preached in Mull, and later ministered to the Picts around Aberdeen.
Other saints: Bl Maria Teresa Scrilli (1825-1889)
13 Nov (where celebrated)
Maria Scrilli was born in Montevarchi, Italy, on 15 May 1825. As a young girl, through her readings of the lives of the saints, she became familiar with St Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi and thereby with Carmelite spirituality. She resolved to join the monastery in which the Seraphim of Carmel had lived, but only stayed there for a few weeks, as divine inspiration told her that the Lord wanted her in the world “to lead souls to Him”. Before returning to her family, she joined the Carmelite Third Order with the name Maria Teresa of Jesus. In her home village, a number of young girls were entrusted to her, and thus began her educational work, assisted by several young women with whom she shared prayers and work. This was the origin of the Institute of Our Lady of Carmel. She died on 14 November 1889, the feast of all Carmelite Saints.
Liturgical colour: green
The theological virtue of hope is symbolized by the colour green, just as the burning fire of love is symbolized by red. Green is the colour of growing things, and hope, like them, is always new and always fresh. Liturgically, green is the colour of Ordinary Time, the orderly sequence of weeks through the year, a season in which we are being neither single-mindedly penitent (in purple) nor overwhelmingly joyful (in white).
|Mid-morning reading (Terce)||Romans 12:17,19-20,21 ©|
Never repay evil with evil. As scripture says: Vengeance is mine – I will pay them back, says the Lord. But there is more: If your enemy is hungry, you should give him food, and if he is thirsty, let him drink. Resist evil and conquer it with good.
|Noon reading (Sext)||1 John 3:16 ©|
This has taught us love – that he gave up his life for us; and we, too, ought to give up our lives for our brothers.
|Afternoon reading (None)||1 John 4:9-11 ©|
God’s love for us was revealed when God sent into the world his only Son so that we could have life through him; this is the love I mean: not our love for God, but God’s love for us when he sent his Son to be the sacrifice that takes our sins away. My dear people, since God has loved us so much, we too should love one another.