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|Monday, October 17, 2005
St. Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop, Martyr (Memorial)
|October 17, 2005
Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, bishop and martyr
Old Calendar: St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, virgin
Before the reform of the Roman Calendar in 1969, this was the memorial of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, virgin. In the present calendar, her feast is an optional memorial celebrated on October 16. St. Ignatius feast was celebrated on February 1.
St. Ignatius of Antioch
In the Martyrology we read: "At Rome, the holy bishop and martyr Ignatius. He was the second successor to the apostle Peter in the see of Antioch. In the persecution of Trajan he was condemned to the wild beasts and sent in chains to Rome. There, by the emperor's order, he was subjected to most cruel tortures in the presence of the Senate and then thrown to the lions. Torn to pieces by their teeth, he became a victim for Christ."
The bishop and martyr Ignatius occupies a foremost place among the heroes of Christian antiquity. His final journey from Antioch to Rome was like a nuptial procession and a Way of the Cross. For the letters he wrote along the way resemble seven stations of the Cross; they may also be called seven nuptial hymns overflowing with the saint's intense love for Christ Jesus and his longing to be united with Him. These letters are seven most precious jewels in the heirloom bequeathed to us by the Church of sub-apostolic times.
The year of St. Ignatius' death is unknown; perhaps it occurred during the victory festivities in which the Emperor Trajan sacrificed the lives of 10,000 gladiators and 11,000 wild beasts for the amusement of the bloodthirsty populace. The scene of his glorious triumph and martyrdom was most likely the Colosseum; that mammoth structure, glittering with gold and marble, had then been just completed.
"From Syria to Rome I must do battle with beasts on land and sea. For day and night I am chained to ten leopards, that is, the soldiers who guard me and grow more ferocious the better they are treated. Their mistreatment is good instruction for me, yet am I still far from justified. Oh, that I may meet the wild beasts now kept in readiness for me. I shall implore them to give me death promptly and to hasten my departure. I shall invite them to devour me so that they will not leave my body unharmed as already has happened to other witnesses. If they refuse to pounce upon me, I shall impel them to eat me. My little children, forgive me these words. Surely I know what is good for me. From things visible I no longer desire anything; I want to find Jesus. Fire and cross, wild beasts, broken bones, lacerated members, a body wholly crushed, and Satan's every torment, let them all overwhelm me, if only I reach Christ."
The saint, now condemned to fight the wild beasts, burned with desire for martyrdom. On hearing the roar of the lions he cried out: "I am a kernel of wheat for Christ. I must be ground by the teeth of beasts to be found bread (of Christ) wholly pure".
Excerpted from The Church's Year of Grace, Pius Parsch.
Patron: Church in eastern Mediterranean; Church in North Africa; throat diseases.
Symbols: Chains; lions; bishop surrounded by lions; heart with IHC; crucifix; heart.
Things to Do:Find the epistles of St. Ignatius. Read and meditate upon his words; Meditate on the words of St. Ignatius in the Communion Antiphon. Are we able to accept martyrdom, either bodily death, or "white martyrdom"? Jesus Himself was the Grain of wheat who had to die to bear fruit. The fruit produced is the Mystical Body, the Church. Pius Parsch explains that: "In turn each Christian becomes a grain of wheat that matures for the mill of martyrdom! Read the Communion as if it were your own composition. I, a kernel of wheat! I, too, am destined for the mill of suffering, to be ground not only was it true of Ignatius. What type of beasts' teeth will crush me? Persecution? Pain and suffering? Other people? It makes no difference, the kernel must die, either buried in the ground to produce another stalk or crushed to become bread. Is not this our destiny in life, to die to self or to lose ourselves in service to others?" (The Church's Year of Grace, Advent to Candlemas, The Liturgical Press, 1964)
October 17, 2005
St. Ignatius of Antioch
Born in Syria, Ignatius converted to Christianity and eventually became bishop of Antioch. In the year 107, Emperor Trajan visited Antioch and forced the Christians there to choose between death and apostasy. Ignatius would not deny Christ and thus was condemned to be put to death in Rome.
Ignatius is well known for the seven letters he wrote on the long journey from Antioch to Rome. Five of these letters are to Churches in Asia Minor; they urge the Christians there to remain faithful to God and to obey their superiors. He warns them against heretical doctrines, providing them with the solid truths of the Christian faith.
The sixth letter was to Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna, who was later martyred for the faith. The final letter begs the Christians in Rome not to try to stop his martyrdom. "The only thing I ask of you is to allow me to offer the libation of my blood to God. I am the wheat of the Lord; may I be ground by the teeth of the beasts to become the immaculate bread of Christ."
Ignatius bravely met the lions in the Circus Maximus.
WHY RATZINGER WON - The Best Campaign Staff
(Page 122-123)....despite not campaigning for the job, Ratzinger had the best campaign staff. For years, a core group of cardinals, composed of curial figures and admirers from other parts of the world, had been determined to see him elected. The new pope has talked about the future of Christianity in the West as a creative minority that has an outsized impact on the broader culture, and in miniature, that seems to have been the story of the 2005 conclave.
In June of 2004, for example, I interviewed a Latin American cardinal...his blunt comment was: "I would like very much Ratzinger." In the spring of 2003, I sat at a cafe in the Piazza of Santa Maria in...Rome with a cardinal from another part of the world....This cardinal's unambiguous view was "Ratzinger is the man the church needs as pope." Neither man works in the Roman Curia. Going into the conclave of 2005, there was no mystery that Ratzinger would have votes. During the interregnum, these cardinals were by far the most determined and organized force in the preconclave politics. One cardinal who played a key role in this regard was Schonborn, who insisted repeatedly that it was "God's will" that Ratzinger become pope. No other candidate had anything like this committed base of support.
Inside the conclave, Ratzinger's base managed to get out to a quick lead and built on it, while the possible alternatives foundered. All of which goes to show that forming a consensus isn't always a matter of crafty horse-trading, but of having the fastest horse!
"By all accounts, one of the most articulate and forceful organizers of the pro-Ratzinger campaign was...Schonborn...."
Such a passion is hardly surprising, given the close ties between Schonborn and Ratzinger, which some have said is almost like a father/son dynamic. As a young Dominican theologian, Schonborn joined one of Ratzinger's seminars while completing postdoctoral work at Regensburg, and later became a regular at annual gatherings of Ratzinger's students. More than fifteen years ago, under Ratznger's patronage, Schonborn and two other priests started a residence in Rome for young men discerning a vocation to the priesthood. The young men there are steeped in the theological works of Hans Urs von Balthasar, Henri de Lubac, and Adrienne von Speyr, a visionary and lifelong collaborator with Balthasar. Over the years Ratzinger sometimes spent an evening there, and was in the habit of attending a board meeting in February. In 1987, Ratzinger named Schonborn the general editor of the new universal Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Yet no one suggests that Schonborn played the role in 2005 that his predecessor as the cardinal of Vienna, Franz Konig, played in 1978, thrusting a relatively unknown cardinal of Krakow into the limelight as a papal contender. Joseph Ratzinger was anything but unknown, especially within this electoral college, and he entered with a determined base of support that did not need Schonborn's encouragement. What Schonborn was able to provide was a passionate testimony about Ratzinger's character and heart that apparently had impact among a few fence-sitting electors.
In the week prior to the conclave, most cardinals said, the election of Joseph Ratzinger did not yet appear to them a shoo-in.
The ending of the book:
...given the inner fire that still lights those piercing eyes of Joseph Ratzinger, one imagines that he will nevertheless get up, day after day, for whatever time divine providence allots him, putting his indelible mark on the Catholic Church and on history. No one who has read this Pope, who has spoken with this Pope, no one who understands the depth of his thought and the gravity of the crisis he believes stands before him, can fail to see that his papacy will be marked by the spirit of Chicago architect Daniel Burnham: "Make no little plans," Burnham said. "They have no magic to stir men's blood."
Benedict XVI, whatever else history may eventually say of him, will not preside over a pontificate of small plans.
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I am particularly fond of the Anglican collect for this day:
we praise your Name for your Bishop and martyr Ignatius of Antioch,
who offered himself as grain to be ground by the teeth of wild beasts
that he might present to you the pure bread of sacrifice.
the willing tribute of our lives
and give us a share in the pure and spotless offering of your Son Jesus Christ;
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
forever and ever.
Mass bump,Thank you Salvation.
Thanks for all your input about this nenw book.
Great link! Thank you.
Romans 4:20-25 / Lk 12:13-21
Today's gospel raises a perennial human question: how much is enough? And the answer as we usually feel it, even if we don't say it, is 'just a little bit more.' It's strange how that answer can be so consistent at every economic level: What would you like? What do you need? Just a little bit more. And what does that tell us? That there will never be enough to fill us full, as long as we look in the wrong places. The only one who can ever fill us full is the Lord, who made us for himself and who made our hearts to be satisfied by no one and no thing less than himself.
The rich man in the gospel was caught in that trap. His definition of success was very simply 'more.' So, when the harvest exceeded all his expectations, his response was to tear down his barns and build bigger ones to hold 'more.' On the one hand that seems so logical, but on the other, why tear down the barns, why not share the excess which he obviously didn't need and certainly hadn't expected?
This man was known as rich, but in fact he was poor, because he didn't know how to make the most of God's gifts. He didn't know that the greatest joy in having something is in being able to share it or even give it away. That's God-like joy, and it's the joy that God wants us to grow accustomed to now, because that kind of sharing of life is what heaven is all about.
|Monday, October 17, 2005
Jesus had just spoken at length to the crowd about essential matters of belief: knowing that we are beloved of the Father and have great worth in his eyes, and trusting our lives to the care and guidance of the Holy Spirit. And just then, someone interrupts. Tell my brother to share with me, he demands. Its a wonder Jesus didnt tear his hair out sometimes! Aside from its rudeness, the interruption portrays for us the kind of distractions that only keep us impoverished.
Jesus taught that it is not lack of material possessions that makes us poor. Rather, preoccupation with what and how much we haveand how to get more of itimpoverishes us. Why? Because it moves us to disregard the things that matter to God. It shifts our thoughts and efforts from serving the Creator and makes us slaves to created things instead. Jesus doesnt say material possessions are bad or to be despised. He is clear, however, that ones life does not consist in the abundance of possessions (Luke 12:15).
What are the things that matter to God? First, that we would know personally his love for us. He created us out of love, and he loves us always. He will always take care of us because we matter to him (Luke 12:7,24,30-31). Jesus died and was raised from the dead that we might experience and share in Gods life through his Holy Spirit. Confident in his love for us, we love and serve him by loving and serving others.
These are the things that matter to God (Matthew 22:36-39). We can steep ourselves in these riches! Every prayer time, we can tell God how much we love him. Better still, we can open our hearts and minds to receive his love. Every word of Scripture can become a treasure illustrating Gods immeasurable love for us and how we can respond to that love. Psalms and hymns and worshipful music throughout our day can draw us back to him, even if we listen for just a few minutes. Reading the lives of the saints or spiritual books, attending daily Massthrough all these ways, we can soak ourselves in the things that matter, storing up treasure that will last (Luke 12:33).
Father, help me to keep focused on you today. Show me how to store up riches in heaven. I trust you to care for me and provide for me.
Romans 4:20-25; (Psalm) Luke 1:69-75
|13||And one of the multitude said to him: Master, speak to my brother that he divide the inheritance with me.||ait autem quidam ei de turba magister dic fratri meo ut dividat mecum hereditatem|
|14||But he said to him: Man, who hath appointed me judge or divider over you?||at ille dixit ei homo quis me constituit iudicem aut divisorem super vos|
|15||And he said to them: Take heed and beware of all covetousness: for a man's life doth not consist in the abundance of things which he possesseth.||dixitque ad illos videte et cavete ab omni avaritia quia non in abundantia cuiusquam vita eius est ex his quae possidet|
|16||And he spoke a similitude to them, saying: The land of a certain rich man brought forth plenty of fruits.||dixit autem similitudinem ad illos dicens hominis cuiusdam divitis uberes fructus ager adtulit|
|17||And he thought within himself, saying: What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?||et cogitabat intra se dicens quid faciam quod non habeo quo congregem fructus meos|
|18||And he said: This will I do: I will pull down my barns and will build greater: and into them will I gather all things that are grown to me and my goods.||et dixit hoc faciam destruam horrea mea et maiora faciam et illuc congregabo omnia quae nata sunt mihi et bona mea|
|19||And I will say to my soul: Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years. Take thy rest: eat, drink, make good cheer.||et dicam animae meae anima habes multa bona posita in annos plurimos requiesce comede bibe epulare|
|20||But God said to him: Thou fool, this night do they require thy soul of thee. And whose shall those things be which thou hast provided?||dixit autem illi Deus stulte hac nocte animam tuam repetunt a te quae autem parasti cuius erunt|
|21||So is he that layeth up treasure for himself and is not rich towards God.||sic est qui sibi thesaurizat et non est in Deum dives|
The Rich Fool
Rembrandt Van Rijn
October 17, 2005 Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time
Reading (Romans 4:20-25) Gospel (St. Luke 12:13-21)
Our Lord tells us in the Gospel reading that we have to guard against all forms of greed. Now this is an American problem. Obviously, it is a human problem, but an American one in a very specific way because there is so much materialism all around us and what we tend to do as Americans is to judge ourselves according to others by how much we have. That really is the wrong thing. It is an interesting point because it is actually one of the Planned Parenthood ways of trying to present things: If you have a number of children, you are only going to have a little bit of stuff and you are going to be poor and isnt this going to be a rotten way to live; but if you only have one or two kids, you are going to have lots of money and you will have more material things and then life will be a whole lot easier for you. Well, it is interesting that in Scripture children are considered to be the riches and the blessing that God has given. In America, money is what seems to be the blessing. So we seem to have ourselves completely opposite of what God Himself has presented.
It is not that the money itself is something evil; as Saint Paul makes clear, it is love of money that is the root of all evil; it is that greed. This is something that as we get older especially we need to watch for. There is the old saying that lust is the sin of the young and greed is the sin of the elderly. We just simply shift our selfishness is really all that it comes down to. It is a matter of what form it is going to take, but it is all focused on the self. At the end of the Gospel reading, Jesus says, This is the way it will be for the man who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich in what matters to God. That, again, is what we have to make sure we are looking at. How much are we focused on ourselves? How much are we focused on God? The Lord makes clear to us that we have to store up treasure in heaven, not treasure on earth. It is all going to be left behind anyway, so what good is it going to do? Are we really happier because we have more things?
I always chuckle when I drive past these places that are springing up everywhere: storage places. You can rent a storage place and you can put all the things that you have accumulated because they do not all fit into your house, your garage, your basement, your shed, and every place else that you have to store your things. Now you can rent a garage specifically to store the overflow of all of your things. For what? You do not even look at them because they are stuffed away miles from your house. We are worse than squirrels burying things all over creation to see if they can come back and find them later. What good is it? What has it done to make anybody happy? It does not.
Saint Paul tells us that what was credited to Abraham as righteousness is also meant for us, and it has to do with our faith in God; not our faith in all of our materialism, not our faith in money, but our faith in God. There is no one to whom it has been credited as righteousness because they have accumulated more of the things of the world. And there is absolutely no one to whom it is credited as righteousness because they are selfish. That is exactly the opposite of charity, and we are created for the purpose of charity, for love.
So when we see what our society is presentingselfishness and materialism and greedwe see that this is diametrically opposed to everything that God is about because He is about charity. He is about everything that is opposite of what is selfish. He wants us to have true freedom, and true freedom means to be free of all of the things that the world is offering. One of the things the saints tell us, in case we get worried about what we are going to do without all our junk, is that when you are detached from everything then you have everything because you have God, and absolutely everything exists within God. Nothing exists unless it exists within Him; therefore, everything is yours because you were willing to let go of everything, and God will provide it all for you.
As we look at that, we ask ourselves: Do we have the faith of Abraham who believed that the One Who made the promise was also able to carry it through? Do we really believe in God and in everything that He has promised? This is where it is not enough just to have that generic belief that God exists. We have to put it into practice, we have to pray for detachment, we have to work at getting rid of all of our selfishness and all of our greed, and not rent more storage space so we can store up treasure on earth, but we have to make sure that the real storehouse is the soul and that we are storing up for ourselves treasure in heaven.
* This text was transcribed from the audio recording with minimal editing.
From: Romans 4:20-25
The Example of Abraham (Continuation)
From: Luke 12:13-21
Parable of the Rich Fool
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