Reflection No. 01042016

Friday of Easter Octave
Acts 4:1-12; John 21:1-14
As I said yesterday, Peter and John annoyed the high priest for for diverting the attention of people they depended on for the offertories. They are arrested and detained with no charges. Sadducees was a group that did not believe in resurrection nor presence of angels. Now here are two men teaching of resurrection. They courageously told them that they were the one who rejected Jesus.

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Jesus was still getting hungry.

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Yesterday he asked for fish and today he is caught red handed preparing his breakfast. Funny enough he shared his and Peter added what they had caught and all had breakfast together. How was Jesus fishing? How had he gotten the fish he had and the bread.

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It’s not ours to know but all we need to pray for is for Jesus to invite us today to have a meal with him. How good will it be participating in Holy Mass where Jesus is inviting us to have a breakfast.
Let’s all go for Mass.
St. Theresa of Lisieux, pray for us

St. Theresa of Lisieux, pray for us

Know your Saint

St. Disma the Good Thief (San Disma il Buon Ladrone)

St Disma died in the 1st century at Jerusalem. He is the one who was crucified on the right hand of Jesus Christ. He died the same day with Jesus Christ after repenting and recognizing Jesus as the savior.The cult of Disma is well pronounced in Cipro and Bologna. His cross is believed to be preserved at Cipro. He is venerated very much by the Franciscans.

 

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(From the image above, Disma is on the right hand of Jesus. We can see even the artist depicted good people led by our mother Mary on the right side and the soldiers and the ages of even the ulb of Jesus on the left side. Mountain with inhabitants as a sign of life and the Rocky Mountain with no sign of inhabitant as a sign of death)

He is the patron saint of Gallipoli (Puglia), patron saint of those who have death penalty (have been concede need to die), patron saint of a good death and coach driver (coachman).

adapted from Schauber, Vera and Schindler, Hanns Michael, Santi e Patroni: Nel corso dell’anno, Libreria Editrice Vaticana, Vatican, 1997.

 

San Beniamino

San Beniamino
Diacono e martire
31 marzo
† Ergol, Persia, 420
Etimologia: Beniamino = figlio prediletto, dall’ebraico
Martirologio Romano: In località Argol in Persia, san Beniamino, diacono, che non desistette dal predicare la parola di Dio e, sotto il regno di Vararane V, subì il martirio con delle canne acuminate conficcate nelle unghie. Ascolta da RadioVaticana: Ascolta da RadioRai: S. Beniamino diacono di Ergol in Persia, fa parte di un gruppo di martiri, uccisi appunto in Persia durante la lunga persecuzione contro i cristiani, che iniziò sotto il regno di Iezdegerd I e finì con quello del successore Bahram-Gor.
Vi sono varie versioni che riguardano questa feroce persecuzione, discordanti fra loro, in buona parte prese dai sinassari bizantini; anche le notizie riguardanti i nomi dei martiri, la data ed il luogo del martirio sono imprecise e discordanti.

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@Beniamino figlio piccolini di Giacobbo

L’episodio avvenuto all’interno della lunga persecuzione contro i cristiani in Persia, racconta che verso il 420, lo sfrenato zelo di alcuni cristiani, capeggiati da un sacerdote Hasu, portò ad incendiare ad Ergol (Argul) un pireo, cioè un tempio dedicato al culto del fuoco.
Per questa distruzione venne arrestato il vescovo Abdas, il fratello Papa, i preti Hasu e Isacco, il segretario Ephrem, il suddiacono Papa, i laici Daduq e Durtan; al vescovo Abdas fu ingiunto dalle autorità civili di ricostruire il tempio, poiché egli si rifiutò, furono condannati a morte.
A loro sono associati nella celebrazione altri martiri di quella persecuzione, scaturita dall’episodio dell’incendio del ‘pireo’ e sono Ormisda (Manides), Sahin e il diacono di Ergol, Beniamino.
Su quest’ultimo, il ‘Martyrologium Romanum’ commemorandolo al 31 marzo, riporta la seguente citazione: “In Ergol (Argul) in Persia, san Beniamino diacono, che non desistette dal predicare le Verità della fede, sotto Bahrom-Gor re; consumò il suo martirio venendogli conficcati negli orifizi e sotto le unghie legni sottili ed acuminati”.
Il martirio avvenne verso il 420 cioè nei primi due anni del regno di Bahrom-Gor, perché nel 422 egli fu vinto da Teodosio II, che come condizione di pace pose la libertà di culto ai cristiani di Persia.
Autore: Antonio Borrelli

St. Theresa of Lisieux, pray for us

Get Inspired!

A teacher teaching Maths to seven-year-old Arnav asked him, “If I give you
one apple and one apple and one apple, how many apples will you have?
“Within a few seconds Arnav replied confidently, “Four!”

The dismayed teacher was expecting an effortless correct answer (three).
She was disappointed. “Maybe the child did not listen properly,” she
thought. She repeated, “Arnav, listen carefully.. If I give you one
apple and one apple and one apple, how many apples will you have?”

Arnav had seen the disappointment on his teacher’s face. He calculated
again on his fingers. But within him he was also searching for the answer
that will make the teacher happy. His search for the answer was not for
the correct one, but the one that will make his teacher happy. This time
hesitatingly he replied, “Four.”

The disappointment stayed on the teacher’s face. She remembered that
Arnav liked strawberries. She thought maybe he doesn’t like apples and
that is making him loose focus. This time with an exaggerated excitement
and twinkling in her eyes she asked, “If I give you one strawberry and one
strawberry and one strawberry, then how many you will have?”

Seeing the teacher happy, young Arnav calculated on his fingers again.
There was no pressure on him, but a little on the teacher. She wanted her
new approach to succeed. With a hesitating smile young Arnav enquired,
“Three?”

The teacher now had a victorious smile. Her approach had succeeded. She
wanted to congratulate herself. But one last thing remained. Once again
she asked him, “Now if I give you one apple and one apple and one more
apple how many will you have?”

Promptly Arnav answered, “Four!”

The teacher was aghast. “How Arnav, how?” she demanded in a little stern
and irritated voice.

In a voice that was low and hesitating young Arnav replied, “Because I
already have one apple in my bag.”

Moral:

“When someone gives you an answer that is different from what you expect,
don’t think they are wrong. There may be an angle that you have not
understood at all. You will have to listen and understand, but never
listen with a predetermined notion. Most of the times, we do not try to
understand the view of the other person and we find them wrong, but in
reality it is just the matter of giving other person a chance to explain.”

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St. Theresa of Lisieux, pray for us

Get Inspired!

A 50-something year old white woman arrived at her seat and saw that the passenger next to her was a black man. Visibly furious, she called the Air Hostess.
“What’s the problem, ma’am?” the Hostess asked her.
“Can’t you see?” the lady said. “I was given a seat next to a black man. I can’t sit here next to him. You have to change my seat.”

“Please, calm down, ma’am” said the Hostess. “Unfortunately, all the seats are occupied, but I’m still going to check if we have any.”
The Hostess left and returned some minutes later.
“Madam, as I told you, there aren’t any empty seats in this class – the Economy Class. I spoke to the Captain and he confirmed that there aren’t any empty seats in the Economy Class. We only have seats in the First Class.”

And before the woman said anything, the Hostess continued “Look, it is unusual for our company to allow a passenger from the Economy Class change to the First Class. However, given the circumstances, the Commandant thinks that it would not be good to make a passenger sit next to an unpleasant person.”

And turning to the black man, the Hostess said:
“Which means, Sir, if you would be so nice to pack your handbag, we have reserved you a seat in the First Class.”

And all the passengers nearby, who were shocked to see the scene started applauding, some standing on their feet.

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St. Theresa of Lisieux, pray for us

Perché siete turbati, e perché sorgono dubbi nel vostro cuore?

Monaci Benedettini Silvestrini
Perché siete turbati, e perché sorgono dubbi nel vostro cuore?
Improvvisamente il “Risorto” appare tra gli apostoli e i discepoli. L’apparizione desta sorpresa e timore. Un uomo in carne ed ossa non può passare attraverso le porte chiuse. Essi credono di vedere uno spirito, un fantasma. Ma colui che appare loro non è un fantasma, è proprio Gesù. Il Signore rimprovera quegli uomini dubbiosi e sgomenti e li invita a convincersi della realtà. E’ veramente lui, con un corpo di carne e ossa, che porta ancora le cicatrici nelle mani e nei piedi, anche se nel nuovo stato di vita non è più soggetto alle leggi dello spazio e del tempo. Sopraffatti dalla gioia, essi non possono ancora credere. Una seconda dimostrazione deve finalmente convincerli: il risorto chiede qualcosa da mangiare; solo un corpo vero può mangiare. Con questa duplice prova il Signore stesso dimostra la realtà della sua risurrezione corporale. Anche noi, credenti manifestiamo talvolta questo atteggiamento dubbioso. Però, quando uno ha fatto l’esperienza della risurrezione, la Scrittura lo aiuta a capire in una luce nuova la vita di Gesù e anche lo scandalo della morte in croce. Gesù risorto è il compimento e la chiave di interpretazione della Scrittura. Egli ci mostra la vittoria dell’amore di Dio ed è il fondamento della speranza cristiana. Speranza che apre alla vita.

St. Theresa of Lisieux, pray for us